Zojirushi NS-TGC10 5-5-Cup Rice Cooker Review



If you love perfectly cooked rice and cake using the same cooker, you are in for a special treat with Zojirushi’s NS-TGC10 5.5 Cup Rice Cooker.

Perhaps there is not a brand more well-known than Zojirushi when it comes to best-in-class rice cookers. Zojirushi rice cookers represent cutting-edge heating technology, aesthetically-appealing design and user-friendly menu-setting options. Isn’t it a match made in heaven?

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

Two Capacities for Mid to Large Families

NS-TGC rice cooker line comes with two sizes in capacity. NS-TGC10 is the 5.5 cup and NS-TGC18 the 10 cup. Keep in mind, these are all cups for uncooked rice. You will get twice as much rice after being cooked. A general rule of thumb is that 1 cup uncooked rice should be plenty for a person. So to use it for a family of 3-5 people, you may want to get the 5.5 one. Or many people, including myself, just get the 10-cup one regardless of the family size. You can always cook less, for instance, two cups of uncooked rice for your everyday use. Then do more when you have company for dinner. The bigger size offers you upside option.

Advanced Fuzzy Logic Heating Technology

This rice cooker is equipped with advanced Fuzzy Logic heating technology. What does Fuzzy Logic means in the case of a rice cooker is that a computer chip senses and dictates how the rice is cooked. If you cook two cups of white rice, the rice cooker has one set of temperature and duration of cooking time. But if you cook brown rice, another set of variables will be selected. The bottom line is that no matter what types of rice or cake you cook, the rice cooker ensures that you get the best result each and every time.

Easy to Use and Cleaning Is Effortless

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Once you figure out the rice vs. water ratio, it’s as easy as select a menu setting, push the “cook” button and plug the cord into the wall. No need to stand by the stove nervously watching the rice be boiled over or make a big mess on your stove top.

Cleaning is a snap as well due to the heavily coated non-stick inner pot. All you need to do is to soak the pot with some water. Add some dish soap and use a soft dish rag to clean out the rice. The secret is to use the spatula with the rice cooker or another wooden or plastic spoon. Treat it the same way as your other non-stick pots and pans.

Other Features – Zojirushi NS-TGC10/18 Rice Cooker

LCD and Timer: The rice cooker has a great LCD display and a timer. You can program the timer to cook for you ahead of time. In fact, many people take advantage of this feature to set it up to cook oatmeal the night before. Then set it up to cook rice before you come home from work.

Menu Selections:There are 7 settings in the menu: white/sushi rice, mixed rice, porridge, sweet rice, brown rice, quick cooking and cake. The one setting that has received most of the praises is the brown rice setting. You might have experienced the trial and error in cooking brown rice on a stove top. It’s so temperamental and you never know what you are going to get at the end of 30 minutes.

Cord:The retractable power chord is a very nice touch by Zojirushi to help you tidy up the kitchen counter.

Color: The stainless steel color will complement any kitchen color scheme.

Dimensions: 14 by 10 by 8-1/2 inches for the 5.5 cup and 15 by 11 by 10 inches for the 10 cup model

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

helpful-tipsHelpful Tips for NS-TGC10 and NS-TGC18

  1. Make sure you rinse the rice in cold water a few times until the water is clear to prevent boil-over.
  2. Spay the inner pot with baking spray to stop the cake from being stuck to the pot.
  3. Be sure to put the rice cooker on an even surface to have the water evenly distributed in the inner pot throughout the cooking.
  4. You can cook sponge or cheese cake in the cooker by following the recipes that come with the rice cooker. You may also try an Asian dessert such as sweet rice with adzuki beans. The recipe is included as well.

NS-TGC Rice Cooker Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5At the time of this review, 184 reviews were written by actual customers on Amazon for the two models. A Shaw said in the review, this Zojirushi rice cooker is “turning hard grains of rice into fluffy goodness”. Another customer in Colorado was so impressed with how well the rice turned out in high altitude at 6200 feet.

Pros and Cons of NS-TGC10/18 Rice Cooker

ProsVersatility to cook all types of rice and “bake cake” in the same cooker. Energy efficient with electricity consumption of 610 watts for the NS-TGC10 and 820 watts for the NS-TGC18 per cooking hour. Built to last and quality is the middle name of Zojirushi.

ConsTakes longer to cook rice, even more so for brown rice than a simple one-button rice cooker. Then the simplicity and the perfectly cooked rice seem to negate the longer cooking time. Plus you don’t have to stand there and wait for it to cook anyway. You can’t replace the battery yourself. You’ll have to contact Zojirushi service center to have them replace it for you. One customer suggested that keep the cooker plugged in the wall socket so you don’t have to use up the battery.

Price, Warranty and Where to Buy – NS-TGC Rice Cooker

I will be the first to admit that Zojirushi’s rice cookers are not cheap. But you will get a smart rice cooker that will be your best kitchen gadget for many years to come. In fact, many customers passed on the Zojirushi rice cooker from generation to generation.

A standard one-year limited warranty comes with the purchase.

You may google “Zojirushi NS-TGC10 Rice Cooker” to see who has the best price. Also pay attention to different pricing structure by each merchant. Some only lists the base price. Then they will add S & H and Sales Tax on top of it. Amazon is maybe the most transparent online shopping site. You can compare prices by different merchants and also review their service level to make sure you get the best price and the best service through and through.

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