(posted on Nov 08, 2011)
I bought this rice cooker a while ago. Has been using it on daily basis since the day I recived it. We love it.
We can't tell the difference for white rice. But the advantage is very obvious for Brown rice. Brown rice come out moist, fluffy, but still nutty.
(posted on Oct 11, 2011)
I Bought this item this year and for a spanish person like me, I Love it!!. I have made many different spanish rice cuisine in this Pressure cooker. I would recommend highly..I'm very proud to own this product...
(posted on Sep 07, 2011)
The negative first: it's expensive and not for everyone (i.e. you do not eat rice a lot, and yet I am Asian).
The rest is nothing but positive. It looks good and makes fantastic rice. I don't quite understand how it does it, but this rice cooker manages to make brown rice the same consistency of white rice. If you and your family only casually eat rice, this is not the rice cooker for you, buy something a lot less expensive. If you eat rice more than once a week it is definitely worth it from my perspective. It is well designed and very easy to clean.
(posted on May 06, 2011)
A great device added to our kitchen arsenal! The rice cooker does a wonderful job of cooking rice the way it is suppose to be done, Easy to program, easy to cook and easy to clean. Great product so far! Beats the pot!!
(posted on Mar 04, 2011)
The rice tastes much better than the Sanyo we used to have...The Sanyo was good but you can definetly notice the difference with the HTC...still takes time to cook but even under the "quick" it is still good rice...My wife is Japanese so she is picky when it comes to our rice and the way it tastes after it is cooked and now she is extremely happy...
(posted on Jan 08, 2011)
My wife already had one of these and I bought this one for my daughter. They are expensive, but this was the best price I could find. Both the girls love it. My wife is Asian, and knows her rice cookers well.
(posted on Jan 06, 2011)
I have been cooking rice with Japanese rice cookers for decades. When my last one failed after more than 20-years of service, I decided to buy the best replacement I could find, regardless of cost. (It's easy for me to justify paying a premium for a product I plan to use on a daily basis for decades.) After much research, I chose this one because it seemed to me that the Zojirushi induction pressure rice cookers were regarded as among the best rice cookers sold in US.
I am very happy with the build quality, look and convenience features of the product. However, after buying the rice cooker, I realized that pressure cookers produce rice that is too soft for my taste. I now know that many people prefer pressure rice cookers specifically because they produce super soft rice that doesn't adhere together too much. I prefer rice with a little more body. After corresponding directly with Zojirushi, I learned that the "soft", "medium", and "hard" settings can only be used when cooking white rice on the default setting, but not in any of the other settings (e.g., quick rice) or with any other grains (e.g., brown rice) and that white rice cooked on the "hard" setting in this cooker is roughly as hard as white rice cooked in a non-pressure cooker on the default setting.
I had eight people from three families individually compare high quality white and brown rice freshly cooked in this cooker and a budget one-button rice cooker in side-by-side blind taste tests. Everyone had surprisingly strong preferences, but their preferences were roughly equally split between rice cooked in the pressure cooker and budget cooker based on texture. Those who liked super soft rice thought the rice cooked in the Zojirushi was great. Those who didn't prefered the rice cooked in the budget cooker.
I rate this cooker with 1-star, while my wife would give it 5-stars, based solely on whether we happen to like super soft rice. I like everything about the cooker, except for the texture of the rice it produces. If I had my druthers, I would swap this pressure induction cooker for a non-pressure version from the same maker. Unfortunately for me, her vote is more equal than mine, especially in the kitchen....
(posted on Aug 13, 2010)
I have never had a better more intuitive rice cooker than this Zojirushi! I am just sorry I had not purchased it sooner. It makes delicious brown rice (I have not tried the GABA yet, but I expect it to be par excelllence). The brown rice is the best that can be made as long as it is washed, as you should with all rice. I love trying new things to add to my brown rice and I am itchin' to try the GABA. I could not recommend this rice cooker with greater enthusiasm, delight and satisfaction.
I cooked Steel Cut Oats on the Porridge setting, and I could not have made it better; as a matter of fact, I was extremely pleased and mine, heretofore, never tasted as good.
(posted on Sep 14, 2009)
This is an excellent rice cooker if it was not the their top-of-the-line model at $400. Its well made in Japan, and not in China like the cheaper models. However, the high-end features are pure marketing crap, which is consistent with the final outcome of the GABA Brown setting. After patiently waiting for almost 4 hours for the unit to make the rice, it came out completely overcooked and mushy. I knew ahead of time from previous reviews that this would happen, but I needed a starting point and so I chose to stick with instruction manual. I had to call out for Chinese instead. Fortunately their rice was much better.
When I called their customer service, they didn't offer an apology, but instead, stated that I should use less water as "to my liking". Also, I can find no evidence that alpha starch is better than beta starch or even if that was the case, that high pressure cooking will indeed convert the starches in that manner. As I told the Zojirusi rep, what has been stated by their marketing material on this model is probably the most overblown statement since they said that the Titanic was unsinkable. For this price, I would have expected some kind of "Happy Ending" feature. Save your money and stick to the lower end models like the the NS-LAC05.Zojirushi NP-HTC Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker & Warmer - Color: Stainless Brown, 10 cups / 1.8 liters
(posted on Mar 13, 2009)
1) Note that better prices can be had offline. I bought this product for $239 at an Asian grocery store and it came with a 20lb bag of rice to boot. I imagine the invoice price is around $200. Someone's making an insane amount of profit selling this for $400+.
2) This rice cooker produces moist, fluffy, chewy, textured rice that exceeds a vast majority of the restaurants out there, including those that cook individual portions of rice in stone pots. It will spoil you and make you a snob when it comes to rice. The menu has different settings for pretty much any kind of rice you want to cook like white (soft, regular, hard), brown, mixed, rinse-free, sushi, porridge, GABA, etc. You can keep the rice warm and tasting fresh for upto 24hr.
3) Good things take time, but this cooker pushes the limit of patience, taking ~50mins for white rice, ~75min for mixed rice, and upto 3.5hr for GABA rice. Fortunately, there's a timer so you can tell it to have rice done by say 6pm, as well as an express mode (25mins) when you are starving. Though still quite good, rice cooked in express mode tends to be slightly firmer and not as impressive as the regular mode. (Minus half star for long cooking time)
4) Compared to the $10 variety I used for a number of years, this one has more parts to clean. The non-stick bowl, the inner lid, and the steam vent needs cleaning after each use as you'd expect. In addition, you need to check if any debris is obstructing any of the sensors, holes, or vents. The air intake and exhaust located on the bottom of the cooker for dissipating heat needs an occasional vacuuming. (Minus half star for extra cleaning required)
5) This unit is rated at ~1230 watts, but that doesn't mean it's using that much electricity continuously like a hair dryer. The cooker turns the heat on and off as needed like an oven to maintain internal temperature and pressure. (Since posting this review, I measured the total electricity consumed by using a Kill A Watt 4460 meter and it came out to 3 cents per use.)
6) Back to the original question, is it worth it? This is really a personal decision based on your budget, utilization, and love for rice. My thought process was I could buy 16 x 20lb bags of rice, or get this rice cooker and enjoy that 1 bag of rice like I never have before. Finding it for $200+ cheaper sweetened the deal too.