Who would be so insane to drop $700 on a rice cooker? I’d have asked myself the same question if I didn’t know any better. Zojirushi introduced the Rolls Royce of Rice Cooker in December 2012, Zojirushi NP-NVC10 or 18.
Talk about bells and whistles that are not just for the show, but for real functionality that produces the best rice you’ve ever indulge your taste buds with.
The rice cooker carries on the shape of previous bestselling models with stainless brown color that will fit in with kitchen décor.
The most treasured features are the combination of the best heating elements in the industry, fuzzy logic, induction and pressurized heating with artificial intelligence to boot.
It learns and adapts to your rice cooking habit to ensure perfectly cooked rice every single time. Fuzzy logic is a form of artificial intelligence application. It enables the rice cooker to think like a human and solve “what…if…” scenario. For instance, if you were cooking brown rice, it would know to extend the preheating time to allow the rice to absorb the water. It also lowers the cooking temperature for a longer period of time.
Next is the induction heating. What it does is to heat the inner pot as a conductive vessel through a magnetic field via the coils in the heating plate. Contrary to a conventional heating element from the bottom only, the induction heating utilizes the entire cooking pot to heat from the bottom and the sides for even heat distribution and absorption.
The pressurized heating plays an important role to seal the moisture inside of the vessel and to apply the right pressure setting based on the type of rice. It helps transform the beta to alpha starch in rice for better texture and easier digestion.
Don’t you worry about safety in pressure cooking! Several safety features are built into the rice cooker such as a primary control valve, a backup valve, a filter that prevents food particles from blocking the steam vent, a pressure indicator and an automatic lid locking function under pressure.
Following Zojirushi’s convention, this rice cooker comes in 5.5 and 10 cup sizes in dry or uncooked rice. Remember the measuring cup is smaller than the U.S. standard cup size (6 vs. 8 oz.). So keep it in mind when cooking. For 3 people in my family, I usually cook 2 cups of dry rice which is enough for dinner and some leftover for later use.
The menu options features a versatile selection of different types of rice and the nuanced taste and texture. Cooking rice is a science as well as an art. This Zojirushi NP-NVC10 or 18 helps you strike the perfect balance.
Interested in finding out more about the menu options and all the other features to help you in using and cleaning this “wonder cooker”? Click here to read my detailed review.
As one of the online reviewers put it so nicely – once you taste the rice cooked in this cooker, you’d never be wowed by restaurant rice anymore.