Zojirushi NS-WAC10 vs NS-ZCC10

If I didn’t know much about rice cookers, I would have had a hard time telling the differences between Zojirushi NS-WAC10 and NS-ZCC10 rice cookers. Both of them are 5.5 cups in capacity size and both have Fuzzy Logic heating technology. But there are some differences to make each model unique. What are they?

Model #Zojirushi NS-WAC10Zojirushi NS-ZCC10
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zojirushi-ns-zcc10-5-5-cup-rice-cooker

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Capacity5.5 cups5.5 cups
Heatingdirect heating/fuzzy logicdirect heating/neuro fuzzy logic
Functionrice cookerrice cooker
Timer24 hours in military time24 hours in military time
Menu Settingwhite rice/mixed rice, sushi rice, porridge, sweet rice, brown rice, rinse-free rice, quick cookingwhite rice (reuglar, softer, harder), mixed rice, sushi rice, porridge, sweet rice, semibrown rice, brown rice, rinse-free rice and quick cooking
Colorwhitepremium white
Dimensions9 7/8 x 13 3/16 x 8 1/210 1/8 x 13 x 8 1/8
Accessories2 measuring cups, spatula and spatula holder 2 measuring cups, spatula and spatula holder
Power Consumption610 watts/cooking hour and 29.5 watts/warming hour680 watts/cooking hour & 37 watts per warming hour
Customer Rating4.5 out of 54.6 out of 5
Read ReviewZojirushi NS-WAC10 ReviewZojirushi NS-ZCC10 Review
PriceCheck Latest PriceCheck Latest Price

Differences

Design, Style and Color

The design of the two rice cookers is very similar. Both have the same look and feel and only differ in color. NS-WAC10 has pure white vs. NS-ZCC10 premium white. To an naked eye, the premium white has some cool tone to it unlike the milky white in NS-WAC10.

There is very slight difference in the dimensions. The NS-ZCC10 is just a hair wider, but smaller in height and depth. Please see the comparison chart for specific dimensions.

Given the NS-ZCC is a newer model, it has a color LCD for easier reading vs. the black and white panel in NS-WAC10.

Heating Technology

The NS-ZCC10 has so called Neuro Fuzzy Logic heating vs. NS-WAC10’s Fuzzy Logic. The difference is more in the semantics. The neuro fuzzy logic has more sensors than the fuzzy logic. Therefore, the former is more capable of finite adjustment in temperature and cooking time.

The other thing is that the NS-ZCC10 has spherical heating vs. direct heating in NS-WAC10. Spherical heating is conductive to more even heat distribution. So far, I haven’t seen any quantifiable data or even a good explanation by Zojirushi.

NS-ZCC10 is capable of reheating the rice for your next meal vs. NS-WAC10 is not.

Menu Settings

As in many sets of Zojirushi rice cookers, the major differences are reflected in the menu setting options. For example, the NS-ZCC10 has the option for white rice texture (regular, softer or harder) while it’s not available in the NS-WAC10 cooker.

The NS-ZCC10 also has designated settings for mixed rice and semi-brown rice while NS-WAC10 combines “mixed rice” with white rice setting. There is no semi-brown rice menu at all. In all seriousness, these are minor enhancements as how many of us really cook semi-brown rice anyway.

What you should be concerned about is whether or not the rice cooker has the basic menu settings as it does in NS-WAC10. Basic menu options are for white rice and brown rice. Everything else is just gravy.

Other Features

The NS-ZCC10 has stay-cool side handles in the inner cooking pot for you to take out the pot without burning your hands. In the case of NS-WAC10, you will need a kitchen towel or a mitten instead.

The power chord for NS-ZCC10 is retractable vs. “detachable” for NS-WAC10. No big deal in the grand scheme of things.

Power Consumption

These two rice cookers have very similar power consumptions that I almost would consider it as a similarity. Both are very energy-efficient. See the chart for more details.

Customer Rating

Both rice cookers have been the top-sellers on Amazon. NS-ZCC10 has been reviewed by more customers. Customers raved about how well the rice turned out no matter what types of rice and grains.

Price

NS-ZCC10 is about $40 more than NS-WAC10 due to its added-features such as more sensors in the rice cooker and a few menu buttons for white rice texture, mixed rice and semi-brown rice.

Similarities

NS-ZCC10 and NS-WAC10 have very similar, almost identical design. Both are 5.5 cups in size. Both rice cookers are equipped with Fuzzy Logic heating technology. Both are favored by customers all over the world. The same warranty applies to both cookers.

Summary

It really boils down to whether you’d like to get the latest and greatest or want to be more frugal. By paying $40 or so, you can get NS-ZCC10, which is an updated version of NS-WAC10 in many respects with a few more sensors and additional menu settings. On the other hand, NS-WAC10 has been proven to be a wonderful rice cooker without the premium price. No matter what you choose, it’s really hard to beat Zojirushi rice cookers.

 

  1. Bess says:

    Thank you SO MUCH! I am choosing between the two and you have made that doable.

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