Zojirushi NHS-18 10-Cup Rice Cooker/Steamer & Warmer

 
List Price: $73.00

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Product Description

Plump moist grains of rice and brilliantly colored flavorful vegetables are yours with this steamer. Steaming not only preserves nutrients, flavors, and colors marvelously well, it also allows you to cook without adding oil or fat. Once your food is cooked it will stay warm until you're ready to serve, eliminating those timing headaches. And last but surely not least, the cooking pan is removable and non-stick, ensuring your precious time isn't spent cleaning up.

Busy cooks cherish rice cookers. This is Zojirrushi's largest, suitable for cooking up to 10 cups of dry rice (white or brown) and keeping it warm up to five hours. A separate tray steams seafood and vegetables, cooks hard- or soft-boiled eggs, and even makes tender custards. Instructions and a cooking chart explain everything. A measuring cup and serving spatula are included. A glass lid permits monitoring of the cooking process. The cooker/steamer operates with admirable simplicity: just push a switch to start. The switch and a light turn off when cooking is completed, and the unit automatically goes into its keep-warm mode. Stay-cool handles on the cooker/steamer's sides permit it to be moved. Only plastic scrubbers and mild detergent should be used for cleaning. --Fred Brack

Features:
  • Cooks rice and keeps it warm up to five hours
  • Use also to steam seafood and vegetables and to cook custards and eggs
  • Measuring cup and serving spatula included
  • Uses 600 watts of power
  • 9-1/4 inches high to lid knob; 13 inches in diameter, including handles

Customer Reviews:

  • Overrated
    This rice cooker is completely overrated. I searched far and wide for a good rice steamer after my last one died, and I kept coming across rave reviews of the Zojirushi brand of rice cookers. So I bought one, and I must say I am dissappointed. It's not that it doesn't work, it works adequately, just like my last rice cooker. But for the price I payed for this cooker, I expected to be wowed. My last rice cooker (which was a common name-brand) cost a third the amount of this one, and worked just as well....more info
  • Second Zojirushi, great product
    This is an upgrade of a smaller capacity Zojirushi I bought through Amazon a year or two ago. I loved it, and the only reason I am replacing it is that my brother loved it as well. Since we have a family of six and eat rice every day, I figured I would just buy a bigger one and give him the smaller. He is happy, I am happy. My husband is Thai, so we cook only Jasmine rice. To make Jasmine, I use the ratio of one provided cup full of rice to one and a quarter provided cup of water, and it comes up perfect. Definitely rinse your rice, otherwise you will have white stuff spitting everywhere. Also, when the rice is finished cooking and it clicks over to warm, make sure to stir the rice first, otherwise it will brown a bit on the bottom. I have made brown rice as per the directions and it was great, though I discovered I prefer mine a little undercooked. I cannot fault this machine at all, it is a breeze to clean, doesn't take up an inordinate amount of space on my counter, and lets me get everything else done without having to risk a burnt pot on the stove. I see no need to spend more money on the fancier rice cookers with AI or fuzzy logic or whatever it is, and the price here for a basic rice cooker is even cheaper than our local Asian market for similar products. I recommend it to people all the time, and if you are like me and feel that a pot on the stove works just as well, upgrade. I still use the pot on the stove for browned rice, but if you mostly eat just plain rice like we do, you will not regret the purchase....more info
  • Bought this twice
    I had this rice cooker before (for almost 10 years), but the pot got bent and wouldn't sit properly in the outer container, so the appliance kept popping over to the "keep warm" function and wouldn't cook. I looked at many other models before replacing it with the exact same model. It cooks my rice perfectly, every time. It's also easy to steam veggies, though I wish the capacity were a bit larger (family of 6). This new one does seem to spit a bit more fluid from the vent hole, which is why I'm giving it 4 stars rather than 5. All told, I'd buy it again if I had to. ...more info
  • Easy to use Rice cooker
    I bought this to replace an older, smaller Salton model that worked well, but did not have replacement parts available when the silicone insert in the steam opening was lost. I wanted something to cook rice easily and larger quantities than the old one. Despite some negative reviews, this seemed to be the best choice for the price. I am not disappointed. I just add a little more liquid when cooking brown or a wild rice mixture we cook very often. No problems and the rice is just right. I'd recommend it without reservations. I also like the separate steaming basket included. A great addition!! ...more info
  • Well worth the money!
    This is the first time I've bothered to write a review on something I've purchased through Amazon. I eat exclusively brown rice and this rice cooker has no problems preparing it. The directions contained in the manual for rice to water ratio work pretty well.

    There are a few problems though, the boiling water bubbles up and "spits" out the vent in the top making your counter a little messy. The other problem I've had is trying to incorporate rice into every meal I eat. Cereal & rice, ham sandwich & rice, Spaghetti & rice, you get the picture.

    In summary, I am impressed with the Zojirushi appliance and I would have given it 5 stars if it didn't hock loogies all over my counter....more info
  • The Second One
    My sister and I bought this model for my mom years ago and it still works without any problems.

    The only reason that I bought a replacement now for my mom is that the nonstick coating has finally worn out from daily wear and tear.

    The replacement came in last week and it's working fine. I would recommend this rice cooker without hesitation.

    The only thing I think might be a negative is that you have to watch the rice cooker in case it boils over. It could be the way one cook's rice. I don't know but it happens sometimes with my mom's. Though she's already got that problem under control....more info
  • Excellence!
    This rice cooker made beautiful, delicious rice the very first time I used it. Having lived in Japan for four years, I know what rice should be like. It was perfect. I am a college student, and with this rice cooker, I am creating healthy, inexpensive meals since the steamer tray means I can make delicious, healthy veggies while I make rice. Plus I love being able to start the rice, and wander off to do other things. A short while later, click-done!

    The people who were reporting a starchy mess coming from the cooker obviously have never cooked rice before. Rice must be washed thoroughly until the water runs clear. Then you add the rice to the to the cooker and put in however much water you need. If you wash the rice properly, you won't have any issues.

    My rice came from Sam's Club. They sell 25lb bags of Jasmine rice. Bulk is a better deal, and will last you a while, prepare a lot of rice like I do. ...more info
  • what? rice again?!!...............you bet!!
    i just wanted to add my two cents to help offset some of the negative reviews. i bought this particular cooker due to the positive reviews both here and on some other websites. i wanted a cooker due to being tired of cooking potatoes with most meals and getting tired of them. i received the unit very quickly and immediately tried it out. i wanted to try brown rice first, so i washed it briefly and put it in the machine to cook. shortly, a mass of bubbles filled below the lid and started 'sputtering' through the steam hole. not happy about the mess it was making, i endured it and ended up eating some fairly good rice with my first meal. i thought "yeah, they were right, it's messy, what a bummer". so, round two and three, i cooked some more, this time trying varieties of white rice and both resulting in a repeat of the first messy attempt, along with some 'browning' of the rices on the bottom of the pan. again i thought "this is no fun, friends or guests are going to think this is a piece of junk". by this time, i had been reading quite a bit on the 'net about rice, and concluded that a more thorough rinsing of the grains were in order, so my fourth round started off with such, along with an accurate measurement of rice and water, and....a pat of butter thrown in......i thought maybe it might help it from sticking or browning in the bottom. the result......perfect rice! i'm now making that my preparation regimen and i'm getting better results each time. i'm convinced that the errors others are reporting are not the machine's fault and i'm also convinced that, like most other machines, the user needs to figure out how to use it. in a short time a person should be able to make perfect rice repeatedly. to help the bottom-sticking, i'm also now opening the lid and giving a couple of stirs a couple of times through the cooking cycle. also note, like others have said that washing the rice is a must (maybe up to and including soaking, but i haven't tried that yet), as you are washing off a lot of the starch that helps make the mess in the first place. take note of the type of rice you buy. some rices have been stripped of their vitamins and have them 'sprayed back on', the bags will have instructions on them telling you to NOT wash the rice. i would avoid those types. i have yet to steam veggies or whole meals in it, but i'm sure i can get good results from it just as well.

    good luck and good health!...more info
  • Excellent Product
    As I expected from a Zojirushi this is the best rice cooker I have used. Rice comes out perfect every time (as long as you put the correct amount of water in. Would recommend to anybody....more info
  • no mess, cooks rice really well
    Since we eat rice practically everyday,I was looking for a rice cooker that would be easy to use, easy to clean and would cook rice in minutes.
    This cooker does it all, at the end of a tired day, my rice is ready within no time and the best part is that none of it sticks to the bottom of the cooker.I use my own water measure for each cup and I have had no problems and the rice turns out real nice n fluffy.Considering the price I bought it for, I would say its a super deal!...more info
  • Now anyone can make good rice
    Awesome product! My previous rice cooker finally bit the dust so I had to replace it. At first I was unsure about the brand since I had never heard of it, but after researching I read and heard from people that it is "the Sony of Japan." My mother, who has made rice everyday for the last 50 years, even commented that she wouldn't mind one herself. It makes perfect rice and doesn't burn the bottom, even after it has been left to warm a few hours. I've never seen such a thing! I do rinse my rice several times in cold water, to remove excess starch that makes the rice a little sticky, so I don't know how it would perform otherwise. I haven't tried the steaming yet but I'm sure it'll be great....more info
  • One of my favorite things in the kitchen!
    Zojirushi NHS-18 10-Cup Rice Cooker/Steamer & Warmer

    If you enjoy Asian cuisine or steamed rice in general, a Zojirushi is a must have. They are the Rolls Royce of rice cookers. This is an entry level model, but it does everything I need and then some. If you compare models, this one actually receives better reviews than some of the higher end Zojirushi models.

    It cooks white rice just like you get in a good Japanese restaurant. It's a relatively healthy side and quite tasty. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you follow the directions: YOU MUST THOROUGHLY RINSE THE RICE (or soak it). You will not have the desired results if you don't. I have also found I get better results using sushi rice. Normal short-grain white rice works, but sushi rice is preferable. I also use it to steam vegetables and found it works great for hard-boiled eggs. Cooking anything in this steamer is simple. Add the prescribed amount of water, the item(s) to be cooked, turn it on, and walk away. It stops cooking automatically and switches to warm mode.

    Honestly, this is quite probably my favorite appliance in the kitchen. All my Asian dishes (stir fry, General Tso's chicken, broccoli beef) taste better over sticky rice. Stop reading, and buy one! :)...more info
  • good machine; DO rinse your rice
    This is a good machine for the price, considering it is also a steamer, and a good one. If all you want is to make rice, any cheaper rice cooker will do. This one's for people who like to make everything in their rice cooker (which is possible in cheaper rice cookers, only there's no rack so you can't steam vegies as easily).

    Just wanted to respond to what Drew wrote about not having to rinse rice. Rice connoisseurs *always* rinse polished rice to rid the grains of the powder clinging to them. Whether it's talc or rice starch or glucose or whatever is immaterial. If you don't rinse the rice it will *not* have the texture prized by people who eat rice as a staple food, particularly Asians.

    Cooked rice should not stick together in clumps, i.e., every grain should separate easily from neighbouring grains. This is the perfect bowl of rice, not one where the starch/glucose/talc/whatever has created a film over the grains and caused them to stick to one another almost like glue.

    Risotto is another story altogether. If you want risotto, use Italian arbor rice, and add lots of water ... and cook it in a saucepan....more info
  • great time saver for the kitchen
    great rice cooker. the steamer addition is a real time saver, not to mention dish saver, as one can cook almost a full meal with just this one appliance. my roommates and i cook rice almost everyday, and this machine has really helped make that process easy and enjoyable. the only downside is occasionally water/steam will come out of the hole in the cover, resulting in a mess. this only happens when cooking a lot of rice without using the steamer, which acts like an additional layer of covering. not a problem, just something to be aware of when cooking 4+ cups of rice without steaming.

    overall, it's a great unit and i'd be happy to buy one again. definitely recommended!...more info
  • Very Good Product
    I bought the cooker in Jan 09 and use it at least 3 times a week. I use the Indian rice water ratio 1/1/2 to 1 and it comes out perfect every time....more info
  • Super Steamer
    I haven't used it to cook rice yet. I decided to try steaming vegetables in it first. This is a great device. I use to own a cheaper steamer but it just didn't hold up. I really love my steamer and use it several times a day to steam vegetables or fish....more info
  • Notes on Cooking Rice
    As for the product: I'm not into modern rice cookers. My parents have a double-lid contraption from the 60's, and it cooks the best rice out of any other place/person/cooker I've ever experienced. The new swing-lid, sealed ones cook well, but I have a soft spot for cooking mine in a plain ol' pot, as I can monkey with it while it's cooking (spices, etc.).

    The real reason I'm writing this review is some misinformation from another review...
    I live in the middle of rice-country in California (The last statistic I had was that CA was #2 or #3 in US rice production, following either TX or LA...), and have -literally- eaten rice 3 times per day, sometimes. I LOVE rice, and there are so many ways to cook and enjoy it that I consider it a "perfect" food.

    A statement in a past review caught my attention, and I feel it needs clarification. Another reviewer wrote that rice needs to be rinsed before cooking so it won't foam. According to the reviewer, foaming is the result of packer-applied talcum powder.

    Talc is NOT used by rice manufacturers and packers in the US. It was used in the past, but not now. I don't know if it's still used in Asia.

    Talc wasn't used to keep rice dry, like with an infant. Talc was used to make the rice look shiny. I guess people thought shiny rice was good, or something. So, rice would have to be rinsed before cooking in order to wash away the powdered rock. People in the US still rinse rice out of habit, though there is no need. A family friend told me that she always saw her mother rinse rice, so she thought that was something "that just had to be done".

    NOTE: There is no such thing as white rice. All rice is brown rice. White rice is merely brown rice with the "brown" ground off through the process of milling.

    As a consumer, you wouldn't want your rice "dry". Ever. I won't go into the whole harvest-drying-milling process, but dry rice is a bad, bad thing.

    In the end, you have rice with some moisture in it (around 12-13% average moisture), even after it's in a bag, sitting on a store shelf. Totally dry rice cracks and breaks easily, so that's why it needs to have some moisture when being hulled and milled, or else you'd be left with nothing but little broken bits of rice instead of nice, whole grains. Dry rice also doesn't cook as well as rice with some residual moisture.

    Currently, rice is coated with glucose in order to make it more shiny (I guess people still like shiny rice...). One could argue that the glucose and some bran residues from milling would cause the boiling water in your rice cooker to foam. More likely, the starches being drawn out of the rice are causing the foaming. Think of how risotto becomes creamy -it's the starch being drawn out- and of sticky rice, which is really starchy....more info

  • Great product at a great price
    I've been using this model for just over two years now with no problems at all. We routinely cook brown rice and have had none of the problems that others have called out. The one thing you must remember though is that you MUST rinse the rice (white or brown) before cooking it. We put it in a screened collander and run cold water through it for about one minute. Shake the excess water and you're ready to go. The reason for the rinse is to keep the rice from foaming while it cooks. Evidently, the rice packers dust the rice with a talcum-like substance to keep it dry. This will cause the water to foam when it boils if you don't rinse it off before you cook the rice.

    Cleanup couldn't be easier. Just rinse and wipe with a soft towel. Don't use metal scrubbers becuase the pan has a non-stick coating that you don't want to scratch. After two years of moderate use, our cooker still looks new and works perfectly.

    This is a premium brand, and the product has lived up to my expectations. Five stars for this one....more info

  • rice cooker
    Zojirushi NHS-18 10-Cup Rice Cooker/Steamer & Warmer
    I say its ok. It makes too many rules to make rice and to me the rice is watery. You can't put the rice in the rice maker pot and drain the rice before turning the rice maker on. you have to use their measure cup, use a separate bowl, use the measure inside the pot for water amount, the glass lid is heavy, slippery and hard to clean. I expected more simple instructions and better steamed rice....more info
  • This Rice Cooker Hits the Spot With Mr. Mom
    I really like this machine. It is my second rice cooker. This model is much sturdier than my first cooker. It is very easy to use and turns out excellent rice every time that I have used it. The steamer tray works well on vegetables and does a great job on hard boiled eggs. However one draw back is that the steamer tray does not hold alot of vegetables nor will it hold 12 eggs. I usually get 11 in it. But for rice this model has come out perfect every time. Clean up is very easy and I would recommend this model to anyone in the market for a rice cooker....more info
  • A Must Buy
    I could not be happier with my Zojirushi NHS-18 10-Cup Rice Cooker/Steamer & Warmer. You can't go wrong with this exceptional machine. You add rice (I use Jasmine), you add water, push the little lever down and about 15-20 minutes later you have tasty tasty rice. I use about a 2 cups of rice to 2 1/2 cups of water ratio. The cooker will actually turn from "Cooking" to "Keep-Warm" when the rice is done. No need to watch it; just let it do its thing. I haven't used the Steamer function as of yet, but I imagine it will be just as easy. The only down side is that it is a 10-Cup rice cooker and I doubt I'll ever use it to its full capacity. There are smaller Zojirushi models, but for the extra cash the Keep-Warm feature on this model makes it worth-while. If you want perfect rice every time get yourself a Zojirushi!...more info
  • As I expected
    I always cook rice and most of it would end up at the bottom of the pot sticking to it. THerefore, I would always waste rice. This product is great. Its nonstick and I like how the rice comes out soft and fluffy...more info

 

 
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