Considered one of the best Japanese rice cookers on the market, this new model by Zojirushi is an induction style model that offers users one of the easiest ways to achieve the perfect flavor and texture each and every time. If you normally hate wasting time monitoring your rice as it cooks, then this induction model is the way to go. It’s perfect for large and small batches of rice and it offers the type of hands-off cooking that every user can appreciate.
Our Verdict: This rice cooker scored well with cooks of all skill levels. However, it fell flat with users who were looking for a model that allowed them to cook other types of foods such as fish and veggies. Overall, if you’re looking for a dedicated, highly programmable, and powerful rice cooker, then your search is over. We recommend this model to anyone in need of a durable rice cooker that can handle heavy use.
Overview and Features
This top of the line model is manufactured in Japan and comes equipped with fuzzy logic, pressure cooking capabilities, induction heat, and a pan that’s platinum infused. The pan’s cooking capacity is five cups of uncooked rice, so it’s perfect for large families.
While this isn’t a versatile rice cooker that can handle more than just rice, it does offer users a wide variety of programmable options that will allow them to cook different types of rice ranging from sticky to fried.
This model allows you to choose the type of rice and cooking settings, so you know each batch will be cooked to perfection.
Preset options include:
- Quick cooking
- Steam reduce
- Keep warm
Rice options include:
- GABA brown
The umami setting works by increasing the steaming and soaking time, which can result in better flavor and texture. The steam reduce setting is a great choice for dishes that require less steam time.
The body of the rice cooker is made out of durable stainless steel. This model is also equipped with an easy to read, vivid LCD control panel complete with a delay timer and clock. The delay timer can be used to program the rice cooker’s start time.
This model comes with two measuring cups that you can use to measure the uncooked rice. The green measuring cup can hold a little over five and a half ounces of rice and is perfect for rinse-free rice. The clear measuring cup can hold six ounces of uncooked rice.
The user’s manual includes detailed care instructions in Japanese, Korean, English, Chinese, and French.
As we mentioned earlier, this model comes with a control panel that’s loaded with some great presets. Aside from rice type options, you’ll also find the rinse-free function that you’ll use when you’re cooking certain types of rice. The cancel button can be used to cancel a menu selection or halt the cooking process. The menu selection is what you’ll use to choose from the many different cooking options and types of rice.
In the keep warm section, you can choose from:
- Automatic keep warm
- Extended keep warm
Obviously the automatic keep warm setting is one that every user will find invaluable. Once the rice is cooked, the temperature will drop, working to keep the rice warm and lock in moisture, all without cooking it further. This will prevent mushy, overcooked rice.
While this feature will allow the rice to be kept fresh and warm until you’re ready to serve, it shouldn’t be used for more than twelve hours. If you hit the keep warm setting again, it will work for another twelve hour period, but doing so can easily dry out the rice.
The extended keep warm feature can be used during the keep warm mode, but should not be used to keep the rice warm for more than twenty-four hours. This extended mode uses an even lower temperature than the basic keep warm mode.
Reheat mode can be used even when the extended keep warm mode or regular keep warm mode is activated. It’s often used to keep the rice hotter and should only be used to reheat white rice. If you use it for different types of rice it can burn the rice or cause discoloration.
- Loaded with a variety of rice type options
- Three reheating options
- Easy to clean
- Fuzzy logic
- High cooking capacity
- Cannot steam veggies or cook other types of food.
What Does the Scorch Setting Do?
If you’ve never used a rice cooker before, then this model’s wide range of settings may be confusing. Many newbies have asked how the scorch setting works and what exactly can it be used for. This setting is often used to make fried rice dishes and works by lightly toasting the bottom of the rice. Since this is a separate setting it can’t be combined with other settings, such as reheat.
Is this Rice Cooker Low Maintenance?
This rice cooker is fairly easy to use, but the internal pan can be difficult to clean if you use certain settings, such as scorch. To learn more, click here to read our article on how to clean rice cooker.
Can I Steam Veggies With this Rice Cooker?
This model is fairly versatile, but it doesn’t come with a crock pot feature that will allow you to steam veggies or slow cook meat and fish, however. If you’re looking for a more versatile model that will allow you to cook other food as your rice is cooking, then we recommend the Tiger JKT-S18U 10-Cup (Uncooked) Multipurpose IH Cooker, which is available at a comparable price.
Conclusion and Rating
The Zojirushi induction rice cooker provides a variety of cooking and warming options that will allow users to cook their rice to perfection each and every time. Highly programmable, you’ll have total control over the cooking process, which is what most buyers are looking for. We gave this model a rating of five out of five stars.