10 Top-Rated Rice Cookers 2013

I wrote a similar post at the end of 2012 for Christmas shoppers looking for Asian inspired gift ideas. When I compared the 10 Top-Rated Rice Cookers for 2013 vs. the same for 2012 on Amazon, I was amazed at how Zojirushi’s rice cookers stand the test of time while others such as Aroma and Panasonic fell behind in the rank.  To further prove my point, 9 out of 10 rice cookers in the list are by Zojirushi and only one by Instant Pot.

Before we get into specific features of each rice cooker, let me touch on why I choose Top-Rated vs. Bestseller category on Amazon.

Top-Rated in any product category is the result of the number of customer reviews and star-ratings. The more reviews + higher star-ratings drive the product higher in the ranking.

Granted not all reviews and ratings are absolute as they are the opinions of the customers. Customers are happy or displeased with a certain product based on their own vantage point and experience. With this caveat in mind, let’s go through each one and find out why it deserves the spot (“1” being the best).

zojirushi ns-lac05xa

1. Zojirushi NS-LAC05XA 3 Cup Rice Cooker

  • It’s ideal for singles, couples and small families with 3-cup capacity in uncooked rice.
  • Equipped with Fuzzy Logic technology of pre-programmed heating pattern and cooking time to cook different types of rice flawlessly with the touch of a few buttons.
  • Menu Settings: White/Mixed, Sushi, Porridge (or Oatmeal), Brown and Quick Cooking (to reduce the cooking time)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.7/622 customer reviews
  • Detailed Review: Click to read
  • Price: Under $150
  • Great For: People who cook rice multiple times a week and appreciate perfectly prepared rice.

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Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer, Stainless

2. Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT 3 Cup Rice Cooker

  • The same as # 1 except the color in stainless steel

 

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Zojirushi NP-GBC05 3 Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer

3. Zojirushi NP-GBC05 3 Cup Rice Cooker

  • Once again, it’s 3-cup in uncooked rice suitable up to small families (2-3 people); it can cook as little as 1/2 cup of rice and takes very little counter space.
  • Induction Heating is applied in addition to Fuzzy Logic technology. Induction heating uses the inner cooking pot as a heat conductor to ensure more even heat transfer and distribution. As a result, the rice is fluffier and tastier.
  • Menu Settings: White/Mixed, Sushi, Porridge, Brown, GABA Brown, Quick Cooking and Rinse-Free Rice
  • Customer Reviews:4.8/82 customer reviews
  • Detailed Review: Click to read
  • Price: Under $250
  • Great For: Those who love eating rice and appreciate how technologies are applied in small appliances.

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Instant Pot IP-LUX60 6-in-1 Pressure Cooker

4. Instant Pot IP-LUX60 6-in-1 Pressure Cooker

  • Surprisingly this pressure cooker has been ranked so well among the top-rated rice cookers due to its multi-functionality to replace 6 appliances (pressure cooker, sauté pan, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer & warmer) in the kitchen to save space, time and money in buying so many cookware.
  • 6.33 Quart or about 25 cups in capacity that’s big enough to feed up to large families
  • Includes a 3-ply stainless steel cooking pot that will alleviate any concerns from cookware made of aluminum or non-sticking coating
  • 10 built-in programs that are easy to operate
  • Customer Reviews:4.6/560 customer reviews
  • Detailed Review: Click to read
  • Price: Under $120
  • Great For: Those who have limited counter space and for those who don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking. This multi-functional cooker will cut down cooking time up to 70%.

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Lodge Logic L14SK3 15-Inch Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet

5. Zojirushi NS-ZCC18 10 Cup Rice Cooker

  • 10 cup of uncooked rice versatile for all sizes of households and for special occasions and holidays
  • Designed with the tested Fuzzy Logic technology that takes the guesswork out of rice cooking
  • Fluid in shape and white in color that matches any kitchen décor
  • Menu Settings: White (regular/sushi, softer or harder), Mixed, Porridge, Sweet, Semi-brown, Brown, Rinse-free and Quick Cooking
  • Customer Reviews: 4.5/642 customer reviews
  • Detailed Review: Click to read
  • Price: Under $200
  • Great For: Large families or those who like to entertain a large group of people.

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Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5 1/2 Cup Rice Cooker

6. Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5 1/2 Cup Rice Cooker

  • The same as #5 except in capacity size (5 1/2 cup vs. 10 cup).

 

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Zojirushi NS-TSC10 5 1/2 Cup Rice Cooker

7. Zojirushi NS-TSC10 5 1/2 Cup Rice Cooker

  • 5 1/2 cup for small to medium-sized families
  • Fuzzy Logic in stainless steel brown color
  • Steamer is added for steaming veggies, meats or seafood with or without cooking time at the same time; can also bake a cake
  • With “Extended Keep Warm” function that keeps rice at serving temperature without drying the rice. “Reheat” function allows you to heat the rice during “Keep Warm or “Extended Keep Warm” mode so you don’t have to dish the rice out and heat it up in the microwave.
  • Menu Settings: White/Sushi, Mixed, Porridge, Sweet, Brown, Cake, Steam and Quick Cooking
  • Customer Reviews:4.5/155 customer reviews
  • Detailed Review: Click to read
  • Price: Under $150
  • Great For: Buy for those who have similar color scheme in the kitchen and like to steam food in the rice cooker.

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Zojirushi NS-TSC18 10 Cup Rice Cooker

8. Zojirushi NS-TSC18 10 Cup Rice Cooker

  • The same as #7 except for capacity size 10 cup vs. 5 1/2 cup.

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Zojirushi NS-YAC10 5 1/2 Cup Rice Cooker

9. Zojirushi NS-YAC10 5 1/2 Cup Rice Cooker

  • Umami setting soaks and steams rice longer to bring out the inherent savory flavor from rice.
  • “Slow Cook” can be used for soups, stews and so on.
  • Menu Settings: White, Umami, Mixed, Sushi, Porridge, Sweet, Brown, GABA Brown, Rinse-free, Quick Cooking and Slow Cook
  • Customer Reviews: 4.7/70 customer reviews
  • Detailed Review: Click to read
  • Price: Under $200; does come with a 10-cup size as well (NS-YAC18)
  • Great For: Those who have a very discerning taste for rice and food at large.

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Zojirushi NP-HBC 10 5 1/2 Cup Rice Cooker

10. Zojirushi NP-HBC 10 5 1/2 Cup Rice Cooker

  • Fuzzy Logic + Induction Heating
  • Options to cook rice per your own texture preference – Regular, Softer or Harder
  • Menu Settings: White (regular, softer or harder), Mixed, Sushi, Porridge, Sweet, Brown, GABA Brown and Quick Cooking
  • Customer Reviews: 4.5/208 customer reviews
  • Detailed Review: Click to read
  • Price: Under $300; also comes in 10-cup size (NP-HBC18)
  • Great For: Those who’d love to own a top-of-line appliance and use it to enhance the joy of cooking and eating rice. And, money is no object.

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