Zojirushi NS-LAC05 3-Cup Rice Cooker Review



If Zojirushi NS-LAC05 3-Cup Rice Cooker has been on your “Wish List” for a while, maybe it’s time to seriously consider getting one. This is a perfect rice cooker for a single person or a small family. It literally takes all the hassles out of having restaurant quality rice time and time again. Tired of eating out and paying skyrocketed food price in a restaurant? Let the Zojirushi cook you a healthy and affordable meal.

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 |

Zojirushi NS-LAC05 Capacity

This is the smallest rice cooker in the Zojirushi line in terms of capacity. Many of the customers who bought this were either singles or small families, up to 4 people. Typically, a cup of uncooked rice can feed a person very comfortably. So with 3-cups of uncooked rice, you can expect to have 6 cups of cooked one (white rice, that is) because brown rice may yield less. In addition, the supplied cup with the rice cooker is smaller with 6 oz as compared to 8 oz U.S. measuring cup.

Heating Technology for Zojirushi NS-LAC05

Zojirushi NS-LAC05 is a proud “recipient” of the computerized micro-chip. Equipped with the artificial intelligence, the computer chip knows how to detect what grain you are cooking and adjust the temperature and cooking time very accurately. The beauty of this technology is that you will get 100% perfectly cooked rice and other grains just the way you like it. Not too hard, not too soft, just right!

Easy to Use

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If you are wondering whether or not to get a Master Degree just to understand and be able to use the technology, just relax. The rice cooker is very easy to use. If you’ve used a conventional rice or another type of electric cooker before, the Zojirushi rice cooker is not that much different.

It’s as simple as input and output. Here the input would be uncooked rice measured with the supplied cup, add water or another type of liquid (e.g. chicken or veggie broth), select the menu setting to your liking (al dente or softer), then go to the gym or do some shopping. When you are back, the aroma of the freshly cooked rice will be waiting for you.

I suggest that you try to make a few small batches using different types of rice so you can get a hang of it.

Other Features – Zojirushi NS-LAC05

LCD & Timer: Set in military time, the timer will be your good friend if you learn how to utilize to its fullest potential. Set the timer to cook you breakfast and do the same for dinner before leaving the house in the morning.

Menu Selection: There are five options in the Menu for white or mixed rice, sushi, porridge, brown rice and quick cooking. If you are not that pressed for time, I wouldn’t use the Quick Cooking option. It may compromise a bit on the quality of the cooked rice.

Cord: The electrical cord is retractable so you don’t have wires dangling on your kitchen counter.

Color: Two colors are offered for this model, black stainless steel and plain stainless steel. Both are sleek and neutral that would work with any color scheme.

Dimensions: Being the most compact rice cooker in Zojirushi lines, this rice cooker has a very small footprint that won’t take much space on your kitchen counter. The dimensions are 11-1/2 by 9 by 7-1/4-inch. Some customers deliberately leave the rice cooker on the counter due to its modern and high-tech design. Others want to do so to brag about the top of the line rice cooker to their friends and families.

Accessories: All Zojirush rice cookers come with standard accessories, a studded plastic rice spoon or spatula, a spatula holder and a measuring cup. This rice cooker only has one measuring cup as opposed to NS-ZCC10/18 model with two measuring cups (one for regular rice, the other for non-rinsed rice).

helpful-tipsHelpful Tips for Zojirushi NS-LAC05

  1. Always measure your rice with the measuring cup provided
  2. Rinse the rice a few times before adding water for cooking to get rid of the bran and other debris
  3. Wipe out any water of the inner pan and on the heating plate before cooking
  4. Always use a plastic spatula or a wooden spoon to dish out the rice. Never use a metal folk or spoon as it will scratch the surface of the inner pan.
  5. Adjust the water down so slightly if you have new crop of rice and up by a hair for old crop.
  6. Do not use strong alkaline ionic water to cook rice as it may cause the rice to turn yellow and too sticky.

Zojirushi NS-LAC05 Customer Reviews

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At the time of this review, 347 customers shared their honest feedback about this Zojirushi rice cooker.

4.5 out of 5

Most of them are thrilled to have owned it and used it day in and day out. It goes beyond just cooking rice. People use it for cooking meals, soups, desserts, you name it. This rice cooker has helped many folks eat healthier foods. They have shrunk their waist lines as well as their budget.

Pros and Cons of Zojirushi NS-LAC05

ProsWith the compact size and sleek design, Zojirushi NS-LAC05 3 Cup Rice Cooker serves many everyday people like you and me in more ways than one. It cooks perfect rice every time, in fact, rice of all kinds. It’s an ideal size for singles and couples. The rice cooker is made of durable materials inside and out. No more scorched rice or 2 inches of burnt rice crust on the bottom. You can expect to have restaurant quality of rice without the expense. No wonder it’s one of the most gifted and wished for items.

ConsOne consistent feedback I’ve gathered is that it takes longer to cook. The instructions are poorly translated from Japanese to English. English is not my Mother Tongue so I can really appreciate the skill required to do a good job in translation. My advice to you would be to read the instructions, watch some videos and play around with the menu options. As I said before, cook a few small batches to test things out. Then you will be a pro in no time.Here is a table with estimated cooking time for your quick reference:



Price, Warranty and Where to Buy Zojirushi NS-LAC05

There is a one-year limited warranty. I’ve surfed around on the Internet for best prices. Among many sites, Amazon carries most models of Zojirushi and other brands of rice cookers and also has the most favorable price due to multiple merchants competing for your business.

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