The Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker & Warmer uses "fuzzy logic" technology to adjust the temperature and cooking time, based past cooking settings. It gets high praise from customers who say it is one of the best rice cookers on the market. Experts and users both agree that it's very easy to use and clean.
"Logical" cooking. The Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-ZCCIO consistently cooks rice perfectly, reviewers say. Its advanced Neuro Fuzzy logic technology automatically adjusts temperature and heating time. Eight menu settings include white (regular/sushi, softer or harder), mixed, porridge, sweet, semi-brown, brown, rinse-free and quick cooking. This Zojirushi also has two keep-warm settings -- automatic and extended cycle. It has a spherical inner cooking pan and heating system. The down side to this type of cooker is that it takes longer to cook than a basic rice cooker. Also, it has no on/off button. A steamer basket is not included.
Cleanup is easy. The Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-ZCCIO is easy to use, reviewers say. Cleanup is simple, too; the rice cooker's inner lid detaches, and the inner pan's side handles stay cool for easy removal and cleaning. The easy-to-read LCD control panel has clock and timer functions. Having rice ready to eat when you get home is simple with the use of the rice cooker's timer, while a retractable electrical cord keeps your kitchen counter neat.
One-year warranty. The Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer NS-ZCCIO/18 comes in two sizes. One holds up to 5.5 cups of dry rice, and the other holds up to 10 cups. These models are relatively light, weighing only 6 and 8 pounds, respectively. The rice cooker is reported as durable and sturdy, and some reviewers say they have used theirs for many years. It has a one-year warranty.
1. Fine Cooking
FineCooking.com says the Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker & Steamer model NS-ZCC10 is the best cooker all-around after testing five top-of-the-line fuzzy-logic rice cookers. Testers cooked long-grain white rice and brown rice. They evaluated the entire pot of rice for evenness in consistency and texture.
Review: Equipment Review: High-Tech Rice Cookers, Maryellen Driscoll, Not dated
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Cook's Illustrated ranks rice cookers on quality of taste and texture, and consistency of the cooked rice; efficiency -- how fast the machines cooked different types of rice; ease of use; and additional features- steaming, cake baking and porridge, as well as programmability.
Review: Rice Cookers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, Oct. 22, 2007
This enthusiast site reviews rice cookers based on several criteria and also includes tips for cooking rice. The reviewer says the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 is very easy to use, but it takes longer to cook a pot of rice than with simpler cookers.
Review: Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2 Cup Rice Cooker Review, "Lei ", Not dated
The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 receives an overall rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 based on nearly 500 reviews on Amazon.com. Consumers consistently say they love the rice cooker and rice has never tasted so good. Only a few reviewers say the cooker does not work well for them.
Review: Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer, Premium White, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 receives an overall score of 94 out of 100 based on about 45 reviews, with nearly all reviewers praising its ability to cook rice perfectly. The larger version, the NS-ZCC18, receives 97 out of 100 based on more than 15 reviews. A few reviewers say the Zojirushi's high price is worth it.
Review: Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Neuro Fuzzy 5.5-Cup Rice Cooker Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of July 2013