Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 vs NS-TGC10

If you are in the market for a Zojirushi rice cooker and have done extensive research to narrow it down to Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 and NS-TGC10, then you might be wondering where to go from here. In fact, you are not alone. Many people, including myself, would have the same question.

Now let’s take a look at the comparison table and get into the nitty-gritty details to see how they are different and which one is right for you.

FeatureZojirushi NS-ZCC10Zojirushi NS-TGC10
zojirushi-ns-zcc10-5-5-cup-rice-cooker

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zojirushi-ns-tgc10-5-5-cup-rice-cooker

zojirushi-ns-tgc10-5-5-cup-rice-cooker

Capacity5.5 cups5.5 cups
Heatingdirect heating/neuro fuzzy logicdirect heating/fuzzy logic
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), mixed rice, sushi rice, porridge, brown rice, cake, quick cooking
Colorpremium whitestainless steel
Dimensions10 1/8 x 13 x 8 1/810 x 14 x 8 1/2
Accessories 2 measuring cups, spatula and spatula holdermeasuring cup, spatula and spatula holder
Power Consumption680 watts/cooking hour & 37 watts per warming hour610 watts/cooking hour and 29 watts/warming hour
Customer Rating4.6 out of 54.5 out of 5
Read ReviewZojirushi NS-ZCC10 ReviewZojirushi NS-TGC10 Review
PriceCheck Latest PriceCheck Latest Price

Differences

Design Elements

At least you can see the distinct difference in the appearance of the two rice cookers. The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 has premium white color and curvier shape whereas NS-TGC10 is boxy-looking, not as fluid or as cute (if I may say so). NS-TGC10 has a stainless steel exterior that might fit well with a kitchen full of stainless steel appliances.

The dimensions are somewhat different, but not by much though. Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 is measured as 101/8 x 13 x 8 1/8 and NS-TGC10 10 x 14 x 8 1/2. I doubt if the minute difference is going to make a big impact in your counter space.

The NS-ZCC10 has a colored LCD vs. a black & white one in NS-TGC10.

Heating Technology

Both rice cookers are all equipped with Micom and Fuzzy Logic technology. Micom is an abbreviation for micro-computerized chip with artificial intelligence. Fuzzy Logic or Neuro Fuzzy Logic is another fancier way to say Micom.

In short, Fuzzy Logic enables the rice cooker to mimic human thinking like “if-then” scenario. In the context of a rice cooker, the smart cooker knows what types of rice you are cooking, how long it should be cooked and at what temperature. So the multiple sensors in the rice cooker send signals to cause the cooker for finite temperature and cooking duration adjustments to yield perfectly cooked rice.

In terms of product release, NS-ZCC10 is a newer model than NS-TGC10. Therefore, it has several enhancements. The first noticeable difference is that it has Neuo Fuzzy Logic vs. just Fuzzy Logic in NS-TGC10. What this means is that NS-ZCC10 has more sensors to detect more subtle differences for temperature and duration changes.

Menu Settings

The most significant difference lies in the Menu Settings. NS-ZCC10 is enhanced with two more settings for white rice texture vs. NS-TGC10. The two settings are “softer” and “harder” in addition to the “regular” white rice setting. If you are really into the “art” of rice cooking, this feature may be important to you.

The other difference is that NS-ZCC10 has a setting for Semibrown Rice. Semibrown rice is a type of rice in between white and brown rice due to the milling process. The last menu setting added to NS-ZCC10 is the “Rinse-Free Rice”. Rinse-free rice is milled via a new technology developed in Japan where excessive bran and starch are eliminated resulted in smoother texture in cooked rice. I’ve never bought and used “rinse-free rice” myself. It’s not that well-known here in the U.S.

One menu setting available in NS-TGC10 that’s absent in NS-ZCC10 is the “cake” setting. Yes, this rice cooker can “cook” or “bake” cakes. If having multi-functional features appeals to you, by all means, consider NS-TGC10.

Other Features

The NS-ZCC10 has an “Extended Keep Warm” feature which NS-TGC10 doesn’t. The difference in “Keep Warm” and “Extended Keep Warm” is that the latter keeps the rice warm at a lower temperature. Therefore, the rice retains moisture better without drying out.

NS-ZCC10 also has a “Reheating Cycle” vs. NS-TGC10. You can reheat the rice to serve for the next meal or reheat it for your family member at a later time.

Power Consumption

Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 consumes 680 watts per “cooking” hour and 37 watts per “keep warm” hour as compared to NS-TGC10’s 610 watts and 29 watts. The difference is negligible.

Accessories

NS-ZCC10 has one extra green measuring cup for the “rinse-free rice” vs. the one measuring cup in NS-TGC10.

Customer Rating

Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 has received a 4.6 out of 5 rating by 367 reviewers in comparison to NS-TGC10 4.5 by 161 reviewers at the time of this comparison. Both rice cookers have been in the top 50 best sellers in the category on Amazon.

Price

The price difference between the two rice cookers is about $10 more for NS-ZCC10. The $10 will get you quite a few enhancements in NS-ZCC10.

Key Similarities

  • Both rice cookers have the same capacity size as in 5.5 cup uncooked rice.
  • Both have Fuzzy Logic technology in additional to the Micom.
  • Both are capable of cooking common types of rice (white, brown, sushi, mixed rice, sweet rice, porridge and quick cooking).
  • Both produce restaurant quality rice without any fuss.
  • Both cookers have the same one-year limited manufacturer warranty.
  • Both have been rated very favorably by consumers.

Parting Thought

The bottom line is really a personal preference for the color, design and a few extra features. If you prefer stainless steel and a more sturdy looking and caking-baking rice cooker, get NS-TGC10. Or to spend an extra $10 to get more sensors for even better cooked rice in addition to more choices on the menu setting, then the NS-ZCC10 would be a great option.

Whichever you choose, the product is always backed by one of the biggest names in the rice cooker space and by millions of happy customers in Japan and around the world.

  1. Robert Fair says:

    NS-TGC10
    I need to replace the electrical cord. How do I order the part NS-TGC 03881024?
    Thank you.

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