Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker, 5 1/2-cup

Last updated date: August 28, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0

Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker, 5 1/2-cup

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 97 expert reviews, the Zojirushi Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker, 5 1/2-cup placed 8th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 23, 2020:
Checkout The Best Rice Cooker for a detailed review of all the top rice cookers.

Expert Summarized Score
9.8
15 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
1,835 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Thanks to a computer chip that can sense things like moisture and temperature and adjust cooking parameters to account for human error, the Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy NS-ZCC10 made great rice, even in situations where other cookers (including those with similar technology), produced starchy, congealed messes.
- New York Times Wirecutter
March 22, 2019 | Full review
Operating the cooker is quite simple, you only need you to add the rice, water, and any other ingredients, and leave the rest up to the machine. The motor accompanying this rice cooker is also one of the best we’ve seen on the market.
- Pressure Cooker Portal
January 20, 2019 | Full review
The way the model has been built, it can be said that you will find it quite easy to use and maintain. The model has been coated with non-stick materials so you can be ensured that it won’t stick dust.
- Kitchen Rated
June 9, 2018 | Full review
What’s more, this rice cooker comes with lots of accessories like 2 measuring cups, rice spoon holder, nonstick rice spoon/scooper, and recipes.
- Top Most Reviews
Its other programmable features include automatic and extended maintenance of warm cycles, reheathetic cycles and delayed timer that allows you to set start time or end time cooking process.
- B4 Best Reviews
The automatic keep warm function is excellent for those times when the rice is ready but you're still working on other meal components. You'll be able to serve your whole meal piping hot whenever you're ready. It's also great if you have family members who are partial to going back for seconds!
- Foodie Selections
You will love the delay timer, programmable beep letting you know that the rice is done, and the warning cycles. This indeed comes with almost everything that you need like measuring cups, spatula holder, and retractable cord.
- Quick Easy Cook
It features five different settings to choose from. It is computerized and qualitative.
- Best Reviews Info
September 18, 2017 | Full review
Perfect size rice cooker for a medium-sized
- Cookware Ninja
February 28, 2019 | Full review
One of the reasons why Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 rice cooker has been the best-seller is because it’s equipped with the Neuro Fuzzy logic technology which allows for the rice cooker to think for itself. While the rice is being cooked, this technology allows the machine to keep an eye on and monitor the process and adjust the temperature and time of the cooking based on a variety of factors, including how much rice is being cooked.
- Quiet Hut
April 3, 2019 | Full review
This model has a retractable cord. So you can adjust the cord length on the countertop or completely retract it for storage.
- Consumer Well
September 30, 2015 | Full review
This appliance can also be used to make porridge and soup while being able to deal with oatmeal and grains as well. It is especially proficient at making brown rice taste more wonderful.
- Basenji Mom's Place
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Due to the special heating method used, the rice cooker can be adjusted to precise temperatures to cook rice exceptionally.
- Big Deal HQ
Size is perfect; anybody can adjust with this fantastic rice cooker.
- Cookware Review Plus
With advanced“neuro fuzzy” (Zojirushi’s special trademark) technology, this rice cooker can make fine tuned adjustments to temperature and cooking lengths, which means it’s super easy to make amazing rice.
- The True Japan
December 25, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The price may be the only downside of this particular model; considering other models with comparatively fewer features are available at a lower price.
- Pressure Cooker Portal
January 20, 2019 | Full review
You will not understand the time that would take to cook the rice until there are 10 minutes left.
- Kitchen Rated
June 9, 2018 | Full review
Could be more durable
- Top Most Reviews
Be aware that as Zojirushi is a Japanese brand, 5.5 cups means 5.5 Asian cups, which are around 6 oz. each. This is equivalent to about 4 American cup measures. Therefore, this model will comfortably feed a family of four or five.
- Foodie Selections
Not clear instructions
- Quick Easy Cook
Unit is not dishwasher safe
- Best Reviews Info
September 18, 2017 | Full review
Not ideal for keeping rice in it for a long time.
- Cookware Ninja
February 28, 2019 | Full review
Only displays remaining cook time at end of the cycle.
- Quiet Hut
April 3, 2019 | Full review
On rare occasions, some models have been known to have issues with the ‘Keep Warm’ temperature not being high enough
- Consumer Well
September 30, 2015 | Full review
Little problem with outer lid
- Cookware Review Plus
Cooking times can certain types of rice (up to 1 hour or more)
- The True Japan
December 25, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker & Warmer features advanced Fuzzy Logic technology, which allows the rice cooker to 'think' for itself and make fine adjustments to temperature and heating time to cook perfect rice every time. The Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer cooks flawless rice . This 5-1/2-cup rice cooker and warmer makes 10 cups of cooked rice and includes a variety of cooking functions comprising of white (regular/sushi, softer or harder), mixed rice, porridge, sweet, semi-brown, brown, rinse-free, and quick cooking. This unit uses a black thick spherical pan with stay cool side handles that provides even heating for better cooking. There is a programmable melody or beep audio indicator to indicate when the cooking cycle has ended. Other highlights include a detachable and washable inner lid, an easy-to-read LCD control panel, and automatic keep warm, extended keep warm and reheating cycle, delay timer with two settings and a built-in retractable power cord. Accessories include a spatula, a spatula holder, and 2 rice-measuring cups (regular and rinse-free). The 680-watt rice cooker and warmer measures 10-1/8 by 13 by 8-1/8 inches.

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An Overview On Rice Cookers

Rice is one of the largest crops in the world, and it’s one of the most commonly consumed grains. An estimated 3.5 billion people worldwide eat rice as a staple food, and it accounts for roughly 20% of their daily calories. 

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Rice, particularly brown rice, has a number of important health benefits. A single serving of brown rice contains plenty of manganese, an essential dietary element that helps your body convert calories into energy. It also aids in your body’s defense against free radicals, which are unstable molecules that may increase your risk of cancer and other diseases. 

Brown rice is rich in fiber, which helps you feel fuller for a longer period of time after you’re done eating. It’s also a good source of selenium, a mineral that’s vital to your body’s metabolic and immune systems. 

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With all of these benefits, it’s easy to see why you’d want to add rice to your daily diet. However, cooking rice on a stovetop is trickier than it looks. It’s easy to burn rice when using this method. The cook time can vary between different types of rice, and you have to keep a careful eye on it as it simmers. Removing the lid on your saucepan to check on the rice allows steam to escape, which can increase the cooking time significantly. 

You don’t have to go through multiple servings of burned or sticky rice to enjoy it as a nutritious carbohydrate. A rice cooker does the tough work for you — and you don’t even have to watch it as you cook.

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Rice needs a lot of water and heat to transform from a small, stiff grain to a large, fluffy mouthful. A rice cooker takes care of the entire process in minutes.

Rice cookers are countertop appliances with a highly conductive metal bowl inside. A heating element and temperature sensor sit beneath the bowl. You’ll pour your rice and water into the bowl, then choose the correct setting for temperature and time. 

After you turn on the rice cooker, it starts heating the bowl, which conducts heat into the water and rice. Once the water starts boiling, it’s eliminated in the form of steam and rises from the bowl. This steaming process helps the rice cooker maintain an even temperature. Without the steam, the water at the bottom of the bowl would get too hot for an even cook.

The rice in your cooker begins absorbing some of the water in the bowl at this point. This creates a fluffy texture that comes with a perfectly cooked batch of rice. Once all of the water has either disappeared as steam or been absorbed by the rice, the temperature of the bowl shoots up. 

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This sudden temperature increase triggers a mechanism inside the rice cooker to lower or turn off the cooker’s heat. Once the rice is done cooking, the cooker will either shut off or keep your rice warm until you’re ready to serve it. 

When you’re deciding on a model of rice cooker to buy, consider first how often you cook rice and in what quantities.

“If you aren’t making rice frequently, this will be just another one-function gadget taking up space in your kitchen cabinet or lingering in storage,” explains our resident kitchen expert Julie Chernoff, a food journalist, dining editor of Better magazine and member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. “If your family does eat rice frequently, this can be one of the most-used gadgets in  your kitchen arsenal.”

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She suggests looking for features that make a rice cooker easy to use.

“You want a non-stick interior, an easy-to-clean exterior, a reasonably long electrical cord and a ‘keep warm’ function,” Chernoff says. “Bonus points if you can throw in water and rice in the morning, set the timer, and return to perfect rice when you return in the evening. Ease of use is something to consider, as is price.”

Do you already have an Instant Pot or other multi-function cooker? Remember that your rice cooker will take up extra space; there’s no need to double up if you already own something that cooks rice well.

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Rice can serve as a base starch for hundreds of dishes, and it’s great at soaking up sauces and marinades. Since it’s used to make other components of a meal stand out, it’s easy to forget that rice is tasty and fascinating on its own. However, rice does get one day a year to toot its own horn — April 19 is Rice Ball Day.

Rice Balls, or O-nigiri, are inexpensive and tasty Japanese treats. They’re made from boiled white rice that’s formed into a three-dimensional triangle or ball, then wrapped in seaweed. Rice balls are usually filled with salty, sour or pickled fish. Vegetarians can enjoy rice balls with salted plum or mustard plants, while adventurous diners can try squid-filled O-nigiri.

The Rice Cooker Buying Guide

  • Rice cookers are the most convenient way to make a delicious meal, but they can be tough to clean. Before you buy, look at what materials are used in the cooker. Bowls with a non-stick coating will wipe clean in a blink. Meanwhile, features like detachable lids make it easier to wash every nook and cranny. 
  • Make sure that your rice cooker is dishwasher-safe before you toss it in on that high-heat setting. Cookware with a nonstick coating should never be placed in the dishwasher, and the electric components of your cooker need to stay nice and dry. To be on the safe side, wipe down the outside of the cooker, the lid and the bowl inside the cooker with gentle dishwashing liquid. Rinse them clean, then allow them to air dry completely before using your rice cooker again. 
  • The classic rice cooker design uses a heating component under the bowl to boil your water. However, some cookers use more advanced heating technology. Rice cookers with induction heating will evenly warm the water from all sides, including the lid. Induction heating allows your rice cooker to make more precise heating adjustments for a perfect cook on your rice every time. 
  • There are dozens of different types of rice, and they all require different preparation times and different amounts of water. Long-grain white rice fluffs up pretty quickly, but you do have to spend a few minutes rinsing it through a strainer before you pop it in the rice cooker. You’ll use just under two cups of water to cook it. Fragrant jasmine rice only takes 20-25 minutes to cook, while medium and long-grain brown rice strains can take up to an hour to finish cooking. Double-check what kind of rice you have and research its cook time before you fire up your rice cooker. 
  • Cook times can also vary from model to model. If you don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen, compare the estimated cook times on each model and go for the fastest rice cooker you can find.
  • Most rice cookers are fairly small, but cookers with extra features might take up a little more room on your counter. That won’t matter if you’ve got a large kitchen with plenty of storage space, but you’ll want to measure your available space carefully if you’ve got a smaller countertop. Space-saving traits like retractable power cords are also helpful. 
  • You’ll also want to figure out the exact spot on your counter where you’ll be using your cooker. If it’s not next to a power outlet, make sure that the cooker’s cord is long enough to reach one without using an extension cord.
  • Traditional rice cookers use analog dials and buttons, but newer models often have digital displays and controls. You can make very precise temperature adjustments with digital controls, and digital displays are easier to read. Digital models tend to cost a bit more, but they’re worth it if those features are important to you. 
  • Using a rice cooker is generally safer than cooking rice on your stovetop, but it’s still an electrical appliance. Look for an auto-shutoff feature or timed warming cycles on your rice cooker — those will help prevent the unit from overheating and reduce the risk of fires. 
  • Your rice cooker won’t be very convenient if you have to keep loading it to cook the amount of rice you need. Check each rice cooker’s capacity before you buy to make sure it’s large enough for you and your family.
  • Some rice cookers go well beyond their name. Examine each cooker’s product description to see if they come with accessories like steamer baskets. This adds to the value of your rice cooker, and it makes it really easy to whip up a healthy meal in minutes. Some models can even make soups, stews and desserts.
  • Most rice cookers are relatively soundless, but some models are noisy during the steaming process or make loud “thump” sounds when the cook cycle is complete. Think about how much sound you’re willing to put up with before you pick your rice cooker.
  • If looks are important to you, pay careful attention to each rice cooker’s color and style before you choose one for your kitchen. They come in a variety of shapes and colors, from futuristic stainless steel to cheery, colorful pot-style cookers. 
  • Rice cookers are handy, but they’ll still add to the amount of electricity you use on a daily basis. Look for energy-efficient models to cook a little greener.