Zojirushi NS-DAC10 Zutto 5.5-Cup Rice Cooker Review

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The Zojirushi NS-DAC10 Zutto 5.5 Cup Rice Cooker reminds me of what the Apple products stand for: Function and form. Both companies have taken the statement to the maximum height. When you look at the rice cooker, less is more and all the menu buttons are labeled in universal symbols instead of descriptive words.

The Zutto rice cooker is one of the Zutto kitchen appliance collections. There are other products in this collection such the Zojirushi CD-FAC22 Zutto Micom Electric Hot Water Dispensing Pot and the Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker. It’s strikingly attractive when you look at them side by side, the same color, the same style and design. This will definitely make a bold statement on the kitchen counter and surely be a good conversation starter.

This product line was born as a result of the collaboration between a Japanese Interior Designer and Zojirushi. The exterior and form were designed and created first before incorporating the technology. “Zutto” means “always” in Japanese. The Zutto line is designed to be appreciated and enjoyed by anyone without any geographic or linguistic boundary.

Table of Contents (click a title to jump ahead)

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

5.5 Cups of Dry Rice Capacity

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5.5 cup is the capacity of the rice cooker in dry rice. This yields about 11 cups in cooked rice. Brown and mixed rice will produce a little bit less after it’s cooked.

Heating: Fuzzy Logic

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This rice cooker is armed with the most popular heating technology in Zojirushi, the so-called neuro-fuzzy logic. In layman’s term, it means the rice cooker is controlled by a computerized chip. In this chip, humanlike logic is programmed to allow cooking time and temperature adjustment based on the types of rice, quantity and water-to-rice ratio. So in essence, the rice cooker processes the “logic” like a human with “what…if” scenarios.

What this does is to ensure the rice gets cooked perfectly every single time. No guesswork on your part, no mess due to boil-over. I can’t think of another kitchen aid as low maintenance as this rice cooker.

The inner cooking pot is heated through a spherical heating system for even heat distribution.

Easy to Use and to Clean

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Get yourself familiar with those universal symbols first. Then test a few small batches of different rice to fine-tune the “doneness” you like. Then all you need to do is to measure dry rice using the cup provided, add the water per the instruction or the line in the inner pot. Plug the power cord and hit “cook”. You can just walk away to take care of whatever you need. Come home to a pot of freshly aromatic rice that will rival that in a high-end Japanese restaurant. If you’ve been eating microwave or Uncle Ben rice, the rice made by this cooker will awake you to the new senses and taste.

Other Features – NS-DAC10

LCD and Timer: The timer is set in 24-hour military format such as 17:00 for 5 p.m. Once you get used to it, it should come naturally. Make good use of the timer to cook oatmeal for breakfast or dinner at night as if you had your sous chef 24/7.

One thoughtful feature with this rice cooker is that you can set the “jingles” when it starts cooking or when it’s done.  “Beep” is set as default. You can choose to switch to “Melody” with “Twinkle, twinkle little star” for cooking and “Amaryllis” for completion. If you just like the quietness in your house, set it to “Silent”.

Menu Selections: There are basic menu options such as: white/sushi rice, porridge, and mixed rice, and quick cooking. Feel free to cook brown rice using the “mixed rice” setting. You may have to adjust the water to rice ratio a bit until it has the right texture to your liking.

Cord: Retractable to keep the counter space free of clutter

Color: Silver

Dimensions (inches for W-D-H): 13 x 9-7/8 x 7-7/8

Accessories: A spatula, a spatula holder and a measuring cup

helpful-tipsHelpful Tips

  1. Be sure to use the measuring cup that comes with the rice cooker as it is smaller than the standard U.S. measuring cup.
  2. Adjust the water level slightly with the age of the crops: Decrease the water a tiny bit for new crops and vice versa for the old crops.
  3. Loosen up the rice with a plastic spoon upon cooking to get the moisture evenly distributed.

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5.0 The average ratings of this rice cooker by 10 online reviewers is 4.0 out 5.0.

Pros and Cons

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ProsThis is one of the stylish models in Zojirushi’s entire collection, minimalistic and modern. It cooks rice perfectly no matter what mood you are in for lunch or dinner: white, brown, mixed, sweet or porridge. It pleases those who are so into style while loving to cook. It makes a great statement if you leave it on the counter. Add this to the line of modern appliances and furniture.

The neuro-fuzzy technology is fool-proof and so easy to use. Cleaning is such as a snap. There are no protruding buttons for rice or other stuff to get caught and for extra cleaning. Take all the removable parts out to wash and wipe dry.

This rice cooker consumes 680 watts per hour in cooking and much less wattage in warming mode. Even in cooking, it only needs to bring the liquid to a boil. Then it shuts off to let the steam cook the rice.

It’s very versatile to cook many things besides rice. How about a hearty stew with root vegetables and some lean chicken for the fall season?

ConsIt’s expensive for a rice cooker. You are paying quite a bit for the style, like the royalty fee in a sense. If matching the style in your kitchen is critical, then you should splurge on it.

Price, Warranty and Where to Buy – Zojirushi NS-DAC10

1-year limited warranty like the rest of the Zojirushi rice cookers. You can get this rice cooker, the coffee pot and the hot water pot all on Amazon. Talk about homogeneity in style!

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