Zojirushi NP-GBC05 3 Cup Rice Cooker Review



With the most advanced heating technology (induction heating) and the solid brand behind, this Zojirushi NP-GBC05 3-Cup Rice Cooker has the winning combination for singles and small families.

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Capacity | Heating Technology | Easy to Use | Other Features | Helpful Tips | Customer Reviews | Pros and Cons | Price, Warranty and Where to Buy

Capacities for Singles and Small Families

Rice cookers rarely come in smaller than 3 cups uncooked rice in size. If you are one of the people who don’t want to have more than what you need, this is the right size for you. You can cook as little as 1/2 cup of rice to have fresh cooked rice every day or for every meal.

Induction Heating with Even Heat Distribution

NP-GBC05 is among top of the lines in Zojirushi’s rice cookers. It combines induction heating technology with micro-computerized chip. The induction heating ensures the rice is cooked from all sides, not just from the bottom. The micro-computer sensors “tell” the rice cooker when to cook and when to shut off with the right temperature and the right cooking time. The bottom line is that the rice will be cooked without fail each and every time.

Easy to Use and Effortless Cleaning

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This rice cooker is no exception in that you need to rinse the rice in cold water a few times until the water is clear. Then add the water per the marked line in the inner pot. Choose a menu setting, it’s good to go.

Like all Zojirushi rice cookers, the inner lid and the inner pot are removable for easy cleaning. As long as you take care of the inner pot to prevent from scratching, the rice will not stick to the bottom as it would on a stove-top sauce pan.

Other Features – NP-GBC05

LCD and Timer:The color LCD display makes it so easy to read and the timer is set in 24 hours military time. That is, there is no AM/PM. You will have to set it 17:00 for 5 p.m. for the cooker to cook the rice before you get home.

Menu Selections: One of the competitive advantages Zojirushi has over many others is the elaborated menu setting. The NP-GBC05 has settings for white rice or mixed rice with regular texture, quick cooking in case you need to cook a pot in a hurry, sushi rice, porridge, brown rice, GABA brown rice and rinse-free rice. For more details on GABA brown rice, and why it’s important, please read my review.

Cord: Detachable

Color: Stainless brown

Dimensions: 9-1/8 x 11-7/8 x 7-1/2

Accessories: Spatula, spatula holder and measuring cups (one for regular rice, one for rinse-free rice)

helpful-tipsHelpful Tips for NP-GBC05 Rice Cooker

  1. Run a batch of water to get rid of the smell from the new cooker.
  2. One customer tested the best water to oatmeal ratio is 1.5 to 1. Add your favorite flavor such as cinnamon or vanilla. Add 1/2 cup of milk after it’s cooked. The residual heat will warm up the milk in 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Tired of the same old plain white rice, saute some onion, garlic and bell peppers on the stove-top, add some chicken stock and some diced tomato from a can. Make sure your combined liquid still adds up to the water line. Choose the Mixed Rice setting. There you have some tasty Spanish rice for a change.

NP-GBC05 Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5It’s very rare that a product gets almost perfect score based on the actual customer reviews. This is one of them. The 4.9 rating should speak for itself. Many people commented that this is the best rice cooker they’ve ever owned. The more important part is that it cooks perfect rice every time and it’s very easy to clean.

Pros and Cons

ProsIt’s great for cooking oatmeal for breakfast. It draws out the best flavor in rice, white or brown. Cleaning is just a snap. The induction heating makes a big difference in the rice. This size is perfect for singles.

ConsTakes longer to cook than a simple conventional rice cooker. The LCD display is not backlit.

Price, Warranty and Where to Buy – Zojirushi NP-GBC05 Rice Cooker

The price of this rice cooker is not for the fainted heart. Yet, 4.9 out of 5 star rating should tell you something about the quality and the worthiness of the price tag. Amazon carries this model at about 25% discount from the list price. Do some comparison shopping online to make sure you get the best price.

Zojirushi offers a one-year limited warranty. 

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