Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Rice Cooker Review

by Tuyen Lam on February 20, 2012

Zojirushi NP-HBC10

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Rating:
5 Stars
On February 20, 2012
Last modified:May 6, 2012

Summary:

There are times when you’re in the market for quality, and when it comes to cooking your food, quality should be the first thing that you should not skimp on. It’s hard enough to make a perfect batch of cooked rice after a long, stressful day at work, but if you have to keep your eye on it, as well as cook the rest of the dinner, then you’re really going to pile even more stress on yourself.

The Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Rice Cooker with Induction heating and made with Stainless Steel is for any serious rice eaters that are looking for restaurant quality rice.  The Induction Heating System is what separates this rice cooker from all the rest.  It does not matter if you are cooking for one person or an entire family because this rice cooker can accommodate a wide range of cooking option that will allow you the rice to come out perfect all the time.

Specifications

The Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Rice Cooker is a beautifully crafted rice cooker unit made with a stainless steel interior, and brushed with a silver exterior to give it a modern and elegant finish.  It comes with micro-computer technology that allows you to just place the rice inside, then, after the touch of a button, just walk away! The computer programming allows to you input a variety of times designed to cook different kinds of rice, and different amounts of water. No matter if you’re cooking white rice for supper or a rice pudding for dessert, the Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Rice Cooker is sure to create a perfectly cooked batch of rice. You can even choose how well-done you want your rice to be cooked.

Unlike other rice cookers, the Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Rice Cooker use induction heating, so not only does your rice cook faster, it also cooks more evenly as the heat is distributed throughout all the rice grains. No more overcooked rice at the bottom, while the rice at the top is underdone!

The unit also features an easy to read LCD display and a control panel so that all the functions can be programmed with a simple touch! And no worries about walking away and coming back to overcooked rice; the micro-computer also automatically shuts off the unit once the cooking is done, and sets it to “warm” setting. And if you’re a real stickler for details, the Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Rice Cooker comes with an interchangeable melody and beep menu, so that you can fully customize your rice cooker.

For easier cooking, the Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Rice Cooker also comes with a rice spatula, a measuring cup and even a spatula holder.

So just what is Induction Heating?

On most rice heat is produce on the bottom of the cooker and while this is good way of cooking rice it has its flaws.  The amount of heat the rice receives is uneven and this can cause rice on the top of the bowl to be undercooked or the rice at the bottom of the bowl to overcooked and sometimes burnt.  With the Induction Heating System the pot is evenly heated throughout and the result is a more evenly cook rice that comes fluffier and evenly cooked.  The Zojirushi NP-HBC10 takes it one step further though by allowing you to customize that type rice and texture of the rice.  So if you are a fan of a harder type wild rice or a moist type white rice the setting can be change to suit your needs.

Pros

  • Stainless steel pot
  • Induction heating system that evenly distribute heat
  • Timer setting that can be set to cook rice at any time of the day
  • Lower price model of a high end rice cooker to include induction heating.
  • Can automatically adjust to cooker any type of rice

Cons

  • Higher Price than most cookers in the market.
  • Can be quite heavy at 9 pounds, mainly due to the stainless steel materials

My Review

If you are looking for rice cooker that has Induction Heating the Zojirushi NP-HBC10 is probably the most economical choice. I have mention on several occasions of the high quality materials of this cooker and it really does make a difference in quality especially the stainless steel materials.    On lower quality you often find that the pot is made out of aluminum and while it is lighter and cheaper it is not ideal if you eat rice on a regular basis.  Aluminum pots have a tendency to peel after a while and this can give the rice a weird taste and result in more burnt rice.

Some people might be put off by the high end price tag but with the Zojirushi NP-HBC10 you definitely get what you paid.  The pictures online does not do this cooker justice and it definitely won’t look out of place on any modern kitchen.

Zojirushi NP-HBC10

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