Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 vs NP-HBC10

If you put Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 and Zojirushi NP-HBC10 side by side, it’s very obvious that they look different from the design perspectives in color and shape/structure. But what about the “gut” of the rice cooker? There has to have some material difference to justify the significant price differential.

Let’s put our Detective Columbo hat on and figure out what differentiates one from the other. Here is a comparison chart to highlight the features in each rice cooker.

FeatureZojirushi NS-ZCC10Zojirushi NP-HBC10
zojirushi-ns-zcc10-5-5-cup-rice-cooker

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zojirushi-np-hbc10-5-5-cup-rice-cooker

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Capacity5.5 cups5.5 cups
Heatingdirect heating/neuro fuzzy logicinduction heating
Functionrice cookerrice cooker
Timer24 hours in military time24 hours in military time
Menu Settingwhite rice (reuglar, softer, harder), mixed rice, sushi rice, porridge, sweet rice, semibrown rice, brown rice, rinse-free rice and quick cookingwhite rice (regular, softer, harder), mixed rice, sushi rice, porridge, sweet rice, brown rice, GABA brown rice
Colorpremium whitestainless steel
Dimensions10 1/8 x 13 x 8 1/810 x 14 x 8
Accessories 2 measuring cups, spatula and spatula holdermeasuring cup, spatula and spatula holder
Power Consumption680 watts/cooking hour & 37 watts per warming hour1230 watts/cooking hour and 29 watts/warming hour
Customer Rating4.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
Read ReviewZojirushi NS-ZCC10 ReviewZojirushi NP-HBC10 Review
PriceCheck Latest PriceCheck latest price

Differences

Design, Style and Color

The first thing that might have caught your attention is how they look. NS-ZCC10 is white and has a futuristic appeal to it. In contrast, the NP-HBC10 looks more “industrial” with its stainless steel color and structure. What surprises me is that as different as they are, the overall dimensions are so similar. The NP-HBC10 is about 1 inch deeper than ZCC10. Please refer to the comparison chart for respective dimensions.

Heating Technology

Induction vs Fuzzy Logic: The main reason for Zojirushi to justify the price hike in NP-HBC10 is in the heating technology. Induction heating is applied in NP-HBC10 vs. Fuzzy Logic in NS-ZCC10.

Induction heating is one of the most advanced heating technologies available.  While most of the rice cookers on the market get their heat through the heating plate from the bottom of the cooking vessel, the induction heating rice cooker is heated through the alternating electric current between the external cooking vessel and the inner cooking pot. So the rice is cooked not only from the bottom, but from all sounding areas.

Best of Both Worlds: By the way, the NP-HBC10 also combines induction heating with Micom/Fuzzy Logic. A very simple explanation of Fuzzy Logic is that it is a computer chip with human-like logic processing power. The rice cooker is able to adjust cooking temperature and time based on types of rice, water to rice ratio, etc. So you could say that NP-HBC10 has the best of both worlds.

Benefits of Induction Heating: There are several noticeable advantages offered by induction heating such as quick response to temperature change and precise adjustment. It takes less time to heat up the cooking vessel, hence less time to cook the rice. I would describe the time saving as marginal though.

The rice gets cooked more evenly due to the larger heating area and the high conductivity of the inner pot. As a result, rice tastes better and texture fluffier.

Drawbacks of Induction Heating: Induction heating doesn’t come without flaws. First off, it’s more expensive.The induction heating rice cookers range between $200 to $500.

It consumes more electricity to cook. The NP-HBC10 almost doubles the power consumption per cooking hour with a slight saving in warming hour vs NS-ZCC10.

Thirdly, it’s much heavier. NP-HBC10 weighs about 9 lbs comparing to 6.4lbs of NS-ZCC10.

Menu Settings

The menu settings in Zojirushi rice cookers remind me of lego-playing. It’s modular (plug and play). One may have a certain set of menu options and the other a different set. It’s precisely what happens here in NP-HBC10.

It has most of the common menu options all other Zojirushi rice cookers, including NS-ZCC10 have such as white rice (with regular, softer or harder texture), mixed rice, brown rice, sweet rice, sushi rice, porridge and quick cooking. However, NP-HBC10 doesn’t have settings for rinse-free rice, semi-brown rice, but it does GABA brown rice. It’s a type of sprouted brown rice with enhanced nutrients. For more information on GABA brown rice, please refer to my review on NS-YAC10 Rice Cooker.

Other Features

A few other things that are not available in NP-HBC10 such as no reheating cycle and the power chord is not retractable as both features in NS-ZCC10. I bet you can scoop the rice and heat it up in the microwave just as easily if not more.  As far as the power chord, you can use one of those brands to clip it if you want to tidy up your kitchen counter.

Accessories

NS-ZCC10 has one extra green measuring cup for the “rinse-free rice” vs. the one measuring cup in NP-HBC10.

Customer Rating

Both rice cookers have received glowing reviews by customers with 4.6 out of 5 stars. As much it costs for NP-HBC10, people still made comment about the best kitchen investment. Clearly, those folks know a thing or two about well-prepared rice.

Price

The difference in price between the two models are over $100 more for NP-HBC10.

Similarities

  • Both rice cookers have 5.5 cup capacity size.
  • Both have Fuzzy Logic technology.
  • Both have regular menu settings mentioned earlier.
  • You can’t ask for a better rice cooker than these two to produce flawless rice every single time.
  • Both cookers have the same one-year limited manufacturer warranty.
  • Both have been loved and enjoyed by many rice enthusiasts.

Summary

If you are very practical and want to get your money worth, Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 would be a wise choice. It has Fuzzy Logic technology and the cooker executes the “commands” without fail whether you cook white, brown or sweet rice. For over a $100 savings, you can spend on cookbooks, accessories, etc.

On the other hand, if money is no object for you and you’d LOVE to get the latest and the greatest, knock yourself out in buying NP-HBC10. With the induction heating technology and the GABA brown rice alone, you might be able to justify the price. Who needs to justify anyway if you don’t need to penny-pinch?

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