Zojirushi NP-HBC10 5-1/2-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer with Induction Heating System, Stainless Steel

 
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Product Description

The Induction Heating System Rice Cooker & Warmer uses a high-tech Induction Heating (IH) method to heat the inner cooking pan. Because of this heating method, rice cooks exceptionally well. This IH Rice Cooker also features easy-to-clean clear-coated stainless steel exterior, healthy cooking options such as brown rice, GABA BROWN and germinated brown rice settings, and an interchangeable melody and beep signal. GABA BROWN is a way of cooking brown rice to activate it and increase naturally occurring gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an amino acid in brown rice believed to have health giving properties such as lowering blood pressure, improving kidney function and relieving stress. The brown rice is activated by soaking the rice at 104 F for 2 hours before the actual cooking begins. Other features include automatic keep warm, extra large LCD display for Clock and Timer functions and detachable inner lid.

Capacity - 5.5 cups / 1.0 liter Dimensions (W x D x H) - 9-13/16 x 14-3/16 x 7-15/16 inches Electric Rating - 120 volts / 1,230 watts Stainless Steel

Features:
  • 5-1/2-cup rice cooker and warmer with micro computer technology
  • Superior induction heating evenly distributes heat for excellent results
  • Multi-menu cooking functions; LCD control panel; keep warm; timer
  • Spatula, spatula holder, and rice-measuring cup included
  • Measures 14-3/16 by 9-13/16 by 7-15/16 inches

Customer Reviews:

  • Works just like the Japanese version
    We had the same cooker while living in Japan. The only difference we have seen between the Japanese version and this one is that the writing is now in English...works exactly the same. Recommend using the cooker with California rice (ex: Nishiki or Hinode) for best results. Great value if you are serious about rice......more info
  • I LOVE my new Zojirushi induction rice cooker!
    Zojirushi NP-HBC10 5-1/2-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer with Induction Heating System, Stainless Steel

    My old dime store rice cooker finally died a few weeks ago so I got online to shop for a new one. I tried the high-end brand names I usually buy for my kitchen since I love to cook and invest in good quality items. The selection of typical hot pots with and on-switch was endless. Even the better brands only offered a sleeker look for the higher price. And then there were a couple foreign makers at very high price tags. I browsed them just to see what made them so proud of thier product and figured they would be for commercial use or something. After I read the features and looked back at the others, they all just looked pitiful. I have delayed starts,keep warm, audible finish signals, and LED read-outs on other kitchen and household appliances, so why not a rice cooker. I just hated to pay that much just to make rice. After all rice is rice and it's not like we eat rice every day or even every week. I tried making rice one night on the stove and that was awful. I finally bought the Zojirushi 5 cup induction in stainless for the convenience features. The delay start and keep warm are hard for a busy mom to resist. It looked nice in my kitchen when I got it out of the box. The instruction book was a bit intimidating until I realized it was mostly sections in other languages. The English section made sense and is much easier to operate than my cell phone. The first pot of rice was with my regular store brand. Rice is rice, right? Nope. This stuff had an aroma, texture and taste that was wonderful. It was like trying a new food. Had I known how fabulous it would taste, I'd have bought it for the food quality alone. Sure it was an investment and a risk. It could have arrived and just made... well... rice. But it didn't. After the first meal, there was no more discussion about the expense for plain old rice. This new stuff was well-worth it. Now if it's buying one of these or paying your electric bill, keep the lights on. You have other things to worry about. But if this is within your reach, it would be a sound investment. I truely enjoy cooking and trying exotic foods. My mother-in-law has become very trusting over the years and will try anything I make even if she can't pronounce or recognize it. Sadly, rice (well this new stuff) had never been on the menu much. All that has changed. My sushi can stand up to any sushi restraunt. Just think what you'll save by making your own California rolls. I'm reading Asian cookbooks that have been collecting dust in my archives for years. Now I know what they were talking about. You have to start with great rice. Even if you don't cook and aren't a foodie, this is still the right machine. Should this sturdy little gizmo ever need to be replaced, it will be with a Zojiurshi. ...more info
  • This cooker is beyond awesome...
    I was first intrigued when almost EVERYONE gave this product a glowing 5-star review. (The statistics were similar for the companion models.) Still, I was skeptical, but interested enough to invest the rather steep cost to get this model.

    WOW. It is an awesome rice cooker. I've never tasted rice like this, and I've had a lot of rice over the years. It's delicious, it's soft, it's flavorful, in short - it's PERFECT. And it's easy to use and foolproof. The GABA rice is superb. Yes, it takes 3.5 hours, but that's because there is a 2 hour "soaking" at 104 degrees before the cooking begins. It's worth the wait. It prepares the best brown rice I ever tasted.

    The only wish item is the timer. It doesn't "count down." If you want rice in, say, 6 hours, it shows "6" hours but doesn't count down the time as time passes. That's kinda strange, but I can live with this since the rice is great. Did I say, it's perfect?...more info
  • Works better than it looks!!
    I just retired the Zojirushi rice cooker I was given by my mother over 10 years ago which she used. This is a worthy replacement. It is even better with the multiple settings than the one button. (you know what I'm talking about) But face it, guys aren't supposed to be into appliances but I can't stop thinking this is sweet looking every time. A cool thing is the clock is already set when you get it. It has a battery. I thought it was a sticker at first and tried peeling around the display. (Don't be mean) Yeah it really is expensive but I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for. After the previous Zojirushi's track record I am brand loyal. If you eat rice frequently and have a small family you won't be disappointed by any of their rice cookers, but this will be the best looking one in the family....more info
  • one excellent rice cooker
    It seemed like a risk because of the price, but this is an excellent (really excellent) rice cooker. My wife sets the timer at night and each morning when we get up, this little baby has perfect rice all ready for us....more info
  • Love it!!
    I have had Zojirushi rice cookers for 15 years and would not buy any other brand. This "induction heating" rice cooker is the BEST one I've ever had. I can find NO fault with it and absolutely love it. One of the features I like is that you set the timer for when you want the rice to finish cooking as opposed to when you want it to start cooking. How convienent is that!!
    Ebay is selling them for a much better price!!:-)...more info
  • Had to buy another one, the first one only lasted a year!
    Had to buy another one, the first one only lasted a year! Hopefully this one lasts longer, or I will have to try a different brand....more info
  • Awesome!
    We were a little hesitant to buy this rice cooker because of the price. We eat a decent amount of rice, but not for every meal and not every day. Still, I thought it would be nice to try one with the induction heating, and we liked the Zojirushi website.

    Needless to say, I never knew rice could be this good :D Every type of rice was amazing. Sushi rice was excellent. It spread on the nori very easily for making sushi. Oh, and the GABA brown rice was soo good it made a boring vegetable soup taste great!

    If you definitely do not want to spend this much on a rice cooker, there are other options, but if you're not sure, I say take the leap! We almost didn't buy this one, but are now VERY glad we did. We originally thought the quality wasn't going to be that much different, but it absolutely IS!...more info
  • Wow.......wow..........wow............
    I was in Japan last year visiting my family. I then went to visit an electric store to look for a rice cooker to bring it back to the USA. I did an extensive research by going around talking to experts on these rice cookers who are marketing them. BOY OH BOY there were TONS of them to choose from. Unfortunately, I could not buy anyone since I found out that the electricity would not match....I was heart broken since I enjoy rice meal everyday as a Japanese native living in the USA. When I came back to the USA, I had such a hard time locating what I have seen in Japan and gave up in the end buying some cheap kind. OKEY, few years later, these HIGH quality rice cooker hit the US market~!! Now its all over the place~!! And and.....I found this product made to be used in the USA~! I bought it in heart beat, the performance and design is far exceeding my expectation. DOMO ARIGATO~!!!!!! Finally available in the USA~!!!! Highly recommended. You would not regret, and has a hell of rice cooker for years to enjoy. It even comes with a factory warranty. Super good deal~! Well worth the price~!!!!...more info
  • great cooker
    we decided to upgrade our old standard Zojirushi rice cooker purchased at around $100 7-8 yrs ago. It was working just fine, but we wanted to have brown rice cooking function. the new cool-looking rice cooker has been doing its job very well since we bought it about a month ago. ...more info
  • The absolute best rice cooker
    I've been using this rice cooker for the last two months, and really feel that this is one of the best kitchen appliances that I own. The main advantage of the induction cooker over the regular fuzzy logic model is that when using induction, there is no burnt rice, or any other grain that you make. It may not seem like a big deal to alot of people, but for people that use the rice cooker daily, it is something that is really appreciated. Usually when making brown rice, I use the gaba setting. Some people feel that when making gaba brown rice, the heating/pre-cooking step should be longer to get the maximum health benefits, but I feel that 3 1/2 hours is the maximum amount of time I'd ever devote to making a batch of rice. I've been making a lot of quinoa lately, and it comes out perfect. I use the "Quick Cooking" cycle for quinoa, which takes approximately 25 minutes. The main disadvantage of this rice cooker is the hefty price, but I feel like it's a wise investment in healthful eating. I don't eat out very often, feeling it's too much money to spend on a regular basis for food of dubious quality, so in the long run, using this rice cooker and eating at home more often is a healthier way for me and my loved ones to eat....more info
  • Excellent grain cooker
    The cooker has done excellently. All of the rice types have been great. I'm using it for other grains. After some experimenting, here are my methods so far:

    Steel-cut oats for breakfast: add 1/2 cup oats to bowl; wash a few times until the water is mostly clear; add water to slightly above 1 brown rice mark; press timer button; select porridge setting. Great oats are ready in the morning. Adjust the water addition to your personal preference. I add spices, fruit and ground flax later so I need it wet enough. Some residue gets on the top plate and into the steam vent. I set the top plate in water while eating to make it easier to clean.

    Quinoa + oats: add 1/2 cup of each into bowl; wash a few times to get mostly clear water; add water to 1 white rice mark; cook as regular white. We enjoy this grain mixture at meals. It saves well in the refrigerator. Saute some onions, etc and add the grain at the end to heat it.

    Hulled Barley: cook as brown rice. I like it with slightly extra water. I cook 1 cup barley at slightly above the 1 brown rice water mark.

    Amaranth: I've haven't tried it enough to make a recommendation as yet. The regular white rice setting overcooked it. ...more info
  • Brown rice cooking is good
    I use this cooker to cook my brown rice almost everyday. It is excellent! Also I set a morning timer for steel cut oats porridge. Unlike the other reviews, I think the porridge water setting on the manual is pefect for an asian porridge. Besides the price, the only two inperfections are:
    1. when I open the lid after cooking, there's some water dripping down from the Steam Vent Set and staying at the back handle. May be there's too much water in the Steam Vent after cooking porridge, or this steam vent set is not sealed well enough.
    2. the Inner Cooking Pan is a little bit hard to take out with one hand.
    Anyway, as a picky asian, I still think this rice cooker is an excellent one to cook brown rice....more info
  • Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Rice Cooker
    My wife and I are very pleased with this rice cooker. Whatever kind of rice that we cook it does the job perfectly. The rice is moist but not mushy and the grains are all separate. We had previously tried 2 other rice cookers and were disappointed with with both. They spit water out the vent on the counter and floor and the rice was in a gooey clump. This Zojirushi cooker was much more expensive than the others but I will say that it works well and is worth the extra money....more info
  • Perfect rice.
    Although expensive, it was all that I expected. I had a simpler Zojirushi rice cooker before this, and this one is way better. I think the induction heating does the trick, absolutely no burning or even tanning of the rice on the bottom, and much easier to clean.

    Works fine for even 1/2 cup of dry rice (using the cup that came with it, which is smaller than a regular cup). It is smaller than it looks in the pictures, at least for my eye....more info
  • best rice cooker I have owned
    I have owned at least 4 rice cookers since 1982. The first was a cheap thing that got as a wedding present. It died. The second two were were passed on to children who flew the coop. The most recent one was a less expensive Zojirushi with the same capacity but not with the same design. This rice cooker is the best rice cooker I have ever used. The pot is thick and distributes heat well. The rice is just the way I like it and it holds the rice overnight without drying it out so that my daughter can take rice with her lunch. It was worth every single hard earned penny to get this one....more info
  • Worth the price
    Great rice cooker. First I ever owned. Easy to understand, operate, and clean. Love the timer feature. I mostly make brown rice, and only give a quick rinse to brown rice or it cooks too mushy. I also use a little less water than the water indicator suggests. Use this just about every day. Saves so much time from pressure cooker or pot cooking rice. Nothing to monitor....more info
  • Lasted only 15 months
    After almost every day, but gentle use for 15 months, it just stopped working. If you think 15 months are long enough, you may go ahead on your risk. For me, it was not worth the expensive price. Cooking itself was a O.K., but not much better than other rice cookers I have used before....more info
  • Money well spent!
    April 8th, 2009. I literally use this product everyday. I've owned it now for a little over 30 days and I love it! The timer feature is great. Easy to clean, and perfect rice and steal cut oatmeal every time. This was money well spent!
    ...more info
  • I love my rice cooker!
    I've waited for years to buy the rice cooker of my dreams, and now I have it! I've cooked rice on the stove for years, and I thought I had a pretty good recipe for that, but when I first used my Zo IH, I could tell a huge difference. The rice was perfectly cooked. So far, I've used white, short-grain rice, brown rice and made porridge. The porridge turned out perfectly, as well. And so easy-I put the ingredients in the night before and used the timer function, and presto! we had porridge for breakfast. I like to eat porridge (juk) plain, with a little salt and sesame oil for breakfast. We tried one of the recipes in the booklet for a one-dish meal which I thought turned out well. I like the little chiming sounds for starting and finishing, although there is a way to change those to beeps or silence. I love the keep warm function. The rice will stay perfect even if we can't eat it just when it's done.

    One difference is learning how to clean the Zo, which, compared to washing out a pan is a little more tricky, but after 2-3 uses, I felt like I had the process down and didn't have to think about it anymore. The pan is super easy to clean, and the other 3 spots to clean were easy to learn and not as complicated as I feared at first.

    Please, everyone learn to wash your rice before you cook. It does make a difference, and it's not that time consuming. Also please look for the highest quality rice you can get, also the newest rice. It all makes a huge difference, and I swear you will never want to go back to your old rice. I'm hoping to be able to buy farm-fresh rice in this country, but so far have not located a source that would send me fresh rice. But I'm sure I'll find something eventually.

    Sure, it's a lot of money, but if rice is an important food to you, you can't go wrong with this cooker. Zojirushi is a reputable brand, so I'm counting on many years of use. I saved a little money each month till I had enough, then bought it.

    ...more info
  • Love the clock timer and cooking ability
    I was expecting this machine to cook rice very well based on previously owning a neuro fuzzy logic rice cooker made by zojirushi, which I've worn out after many years of use. I'm very happy with the new induction heating style of cooking. It cooks brown rice better.

    Pro's

    --Exceptional rice results, almost foolproof.

    --Multiple menu settings account for most types of rice, including GABA brown (which is supposed to make brown rice even healthier)

    --Easy to operate. Select menu setting, add cups of rice to bowl (rinse the rice), fill to applicable mark in bowl, and hit cook button.

    --Battery backup. A lithium battery means the cooker will remember its last settings even if you unplug it. If you're a creature of habit, this feature makes it even easier to operate.

    --Clock timer with 2 time settings you can set based on the clock's time. Like previously stated, the cooker remembers the timer settings until you change them. I leave my cooker set to have rice ready at 6:30a.m. (to pack for lunch at work) or 5:30p.m (dinner).


    Con's

    --Water level markings in pan are based on the 6.2 oz cup provided (~3/4 cup). Don't lose the cup!

    --Expensive (my justification is it saves me $5 every time I pack rice for lunch instead of eating in the cafeteria)

    --Takes longer to cook rice than the equivalent stove method (baking or stovetop)

    --Timer is military time only (so when I said the timer was set to 5:30p.m., it's actually 17:30)


    In summary, buy this machine if you want to use the timer function. If you're the type of person who only remembers things at the last minute or don't like to plan meals ahead, keep your money and get a pressure cooker or a good pot instead.

    It fits my needs perfectly, so I give it 5 stars. I also recommend a Zojirushi lunch jar system if you want to use this to make rice for lunch at work. A lunch jar will keep the rice warm and moist, so you don't have to microwave it.
    ...more info
  • The best rice cooker on the market!
    Amazingly easy to use and the rice comes always perfect... better than any previous rice cookers I have used - especially if you need to cook more than 1 cup at a time!
    Highly recommended....more info
  • Fantastic
    Life has gotten so much better with a good rice cooker. It makes amazing sushi rice. I especially love the GABA brown rice setting. It makes really good polenta (on the porridge setting). I highly recommend this. ...more info
  • The very best
    My wife asked me to order this rice pot after seeing it at her sisters house in Japan.. Now they are two very happy women. stick with the best (and Zojirushi is the best brand) and you wont have any problems....more info
  • Makes the best brown rice I've ever had plus steel cut oatmeal.
    I lived in Japan and can tell you that the Japanese are rice fanatics. They are also "gizmo" fanatics. Well, those two combinations create this most unbelievable kitchen appliance.

    We use it for Brown (Gaba Setting) rice, I never liked Brown rice before, I liked traditional Japanese White Rice. Brown always tasted bitter. Gaba is a very complicated method of cooking rice and you could never do it without a timer, the induction system helps too since it can regulate the temperature on the rice much more accurately. This thing also has some kind of logic chip that controls the cooking. The brown rice comes out sweet and a little "nutty". The rice kernels kind of "pop" in your mouth when you bite .

    Also, Steel Cut Oatmeal, no problem. I purchased a smaller Zojirushi without logic and no induction. It made a mess (I live at 6,000 feet, that could be a factor).

    This one makes steel cut perfectly, no mess, beautiful oatmeal. Mix ratio: 1 part oatmeal to 3 parts water. Use the porridge setting. I can't imagine going back to quaker rolled oats.

    Awesome piece of engineering....more info
  • zojirushi rice cooker
    I LOVE this machine! I originally purchased it just to cook Steele Cut Oats (do not soak them overnight). A friend had cooked some in her rice cooker and WOW, they puff up. Totally different than when cooked on the stove. I found I finally can eat oats and really like them. The rice that comes out is amazing too. You can taste each individual grain. And the keep warm option works a long time (so far 12 hrs.)and keeps the rice moist. I haven't tried any other recipes yet. But I'm sure I will like the way they turn out. The tune it plays is a little corny, but them machine turns out most magnificant rice.
    ...more info
  • Best rice I have had. Ever.
    This is the second time that I really feel the urge of getting here and writing a review. I usually don't do it unless the product is really extraordinary, or really bad. My first time was with an awful product, and now with a great Rice Cooker.
    I have just had my first (GABA Brown Rice) experience with this machine. And I have to say that I seriously fell in love with it.
    Rice done in the exact time it says in the manual. I was not going to be at home by the time the cooker would finish cooking the rice, so I found the machine in automatic "keep warm" mode.
    When it was time to have dinner, I first tasted the rice, while I was finishing cooking something else. And I couldn't believe the shape, temperature, texture and taste of the rice.
    No trace of water, nothing sticked on the pan, rice was like crispy on the outside, and the perfect kind of soft on the inside. And from then on, I just couldn't stop opening the lid to grab spoons of rice, until I served it, and ate the whole portion (I usually eat half of a cup, and the other half in the next seating).

    Again: the rice is the best I have ever had.
    And I made the mistake of preparing some lightly sauted vegetables (onions, carrots and zucchinis) which I added to the rice, in a stupid mechanical action, that is what I do when I cook the rice by the mechanical way, because the taste is not so great so the vegetables add some flavor to the rice.
    This time they spoiled some of the experience, since I felt that this rice needs nothing added in it. It stands on its own, like I discovered with a tiny portion that I saved for last, without the veggies.

    Cleaning the unit: ten seconds. Soft sponge, a drop of detergent, warm water, and just like the silk, the pan itself seemed to let any minuscular dust that was slightly adhered to the inner surface of the pan.

    One downside to the product: the extended warming mode doesn't work for the Brown Rice, nor the GABA Brown Rice (and not for others too), and they are the only two ways in which I will have the rice, ever.
    So, it would have been good to know in advance, since the extended warming mode was a definite point in favor of this machine.

    Sorry for the lenght of the review, I hope that it helps....more info

 

 
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