In reviews, the 10-cup Zojirushi NHS-18 is a great combination of features and price in a user-friendly package; there is just one button on this machine. Reviews say that it makes excellent rice, provided you rinse the rice first. As with other basic machines, the Zojirushi NHS-18 doesn't come with controls that fine-tune cooking for specialty rices such as sushi rice. The Zojirushi NHS-18 has a steamer basket and a large capacity perfect for families. The measuring cup that comes with the machine holds less than a standard cup, though, so the yield is closer to 7.5 cups than 10 cups. A warming feature keeps rice hot for up to five hours. If you're willing to sacrifice features, the Panasonic SR-G06FG (*Est. $30) is another good basic option, but it lacks a warming feature and has a 3.3-cup capacity.
By and large, professional reviews of rice cookers center on more expensive fuzzy logic models. We turned to user reviews on Amazon.com and Epinions.com for insights into this Zojirushi rice cooker.
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Several dozen users rate the Zojirushi NHS-18 4 out of 5 stars. Many admonish that to get perfect rice with good texture you must follow the directions, which state rice must be rinsed beforehand or it may get clumpy during cooking. A few note it does a better job with white than brown rice.
Review: Zojirushi NHS-18 10-Cup Rice Cooker/Steamer & Warmer, Contributors to Amazon.com
About a dozen users vouch for the Zojirushi NHS-18, saying it's a great basic model and a money saver. It earns 4.5 out of 5 stars. Several complain the vent can spit out steam or sticky liquid and leave a mess. Owners like this model's simple styling and one-button operation.
Review: Zojirushi NHS-18 10-Cup Rice Cooker, Contributors to Epinions.com