Zojirushi NS-WAC10 5-5-Cup Rice Cooker Review



If you’d like to have a Zojirushi rice cooker, but don’t want to pay a premium for a newer model, this Zojirushi NS-WAC10 5.5 Cup Rice Cooker is just the ticket for you. You can easily save $40 or so to still get a quality rice cooker without the unnecessary features.

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

Capacity Sizes for Mid to Large Families

check-today's-rice-cooker-dealNS-WAC rice cookers come in two different sizes, the 5.5 cup and the 10 cup uncooked rice. The former is suitable for a mid-sized family and the latter for a large family. The price difference between the two sizes are only about $10. I’d get the bigger size for more versatility to cook for everyday and for special occasion.

Fuzzy Logic Heating

Comparing to the new model of NS-ZCC10, the NS-WAC10 has the same heating element, which is a micom-equipped rice cooker. The Micom stands for micro-computerized chip with programmed intelligence to self-adjust cooking temperature and duration depending on the types of rice. The only difference is that the NS-WAC10 doesn’t have as many sensors as the NS-ZCC10. So the fine-tuning of the cooking temperature may not be as precise. I doubt if anyone could even tell the difference unless you are a serious rice critic.

No Fuss to Use and to Clean

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All Zojirushi rice cookers are designed with the end-users in mind. It’s user-friendly and easy to clean.

Other Features – Zojirushi NS-WAC10 Rice Cooker

LCD and Timer: The LCD panel is not in color and the timer is set in 24-hour military model for you to program the rice cooker hours in advance.

Menu Selections: 7 menu settings are available, i.e. white rice/mixed rice, sushi rice, porridge, sweet rice, brown rice, rinse-free rice and quick cooking. So the most common types of rice are covered in the menu options.

Cord: The power cord is designed to be detachable so you can pull it off to store after each use.

Color: The NS-WAC10 has white color, which will not clash with your kitchen d├ęcor.

Dimensions: 13-3/16 by 9-7/8 by 8-1/2

Accessories: 2 measuring cups (1 for regular rice and 1 for rinse-free rice) and a rice spatula

helpful-tipsHelpful Tips for NS-WAC10 Rice Cooker

  1. Many customers recommended The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook to make up for the poorly written User Guide by Zojirushi. In addition, you’ll get lots of creative idea to use the rice cooker and for cooking healthy meals.
  2. It’s perfect time to try this sticky rice in coconut cream dessert garnished with your favorite fruit of the season for aesthetic appeal and for taste. Here is a link to a recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/thai-sweet-sticky-rice-with-mango-khao-neeo-mamuang/. You can also google it on YouTube to watch how it’s done. The keyword you may use is “sticky rice with mango”.

NS-WAC10 Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5The reviews on the NS-WAC10 have been quite positive. Some customers liked the fact that it does very well in high altitude area such as Wyoming at 6200 feet. Others enjoyed the versatility of cooking various grains, not just rice for breakfast and dinner. They made the timer their handy friend to program hours in advance so they didn’t have to stress out about putting dinner on the table after a long day at work.

Pros and Cons

ProsAlthough this is not the newest model of Fuzzy Logic rice cookers in Zojirushi line, it performs just as well when it comes to cook perfect rice over and over again. The features cover the basic needs of rice and other grain cooking, such as white rice, brown rice and sticky rice. It’s so easy to use that doesn’t require any brain damage. Measure rice, add water and turn it on. And it is more affordable than other Zojirushi rice cookers without compromising on the key features.

ConsThe User Guide is not written by an English speaker (it seems to me anyway). So you’ll have to take a little bit time experimenting with the rice cooker yourself to fine tune the rice and water ratio to get what you like.

Price, Warranty and Where to Buy – Zojirushi NS-WAC10 Rice Cooker

Zojirushi offers a standard one-year limited warranty to all rice cookers. I did a quick search on Google with keywords “Zojirushi NS-WAC10 rice cooker” and found the best price was on Amazon.

Granted price varies from time to time, it’s better that you check it when you are ready to buy to make sure you get the best value for your money. The other consideration is that Zojirushi’s warranty is only good for purchases through its authorized distributors such as Amazon. I would be careful to buy it from another retailer to risk the warranty benefit.

For current price on Amazon, please click on the button below:

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