Summary: The Zojirushi induction cooker lives up to the stellar reviews. Every time I've used it I've gotten perfect rice. My wife and I love the smell of cooking rice that permeates the kitchen. The timer function is very easy to use. Because you set the time of day that you want the rice to complete, you don't have to do any thinking about how many hours you want the cooker to wait before starting.
Poor Durability! Two rice-cookers (NP-GBC05 3-cup) died in 3 years!
31 March 2014
Summary: When this rice cooker was new, and when it works it's wonderful. It makes perfect sushi rice, brown rice, white rice etc ... consistently every time, again, when it works. However, when the first one died on me in about 1.5 yrs in (using sporadically once or twice a week), I thought it was a fluke.
Summary: We needed to replace a very inexpensive rice cooker. I shopped around and finally asked "Who would make a better machine than the people who eat rice as a daily staple?" I accept that we paid a lot of money for this machine, but as I'm in my mid-50s, it will probably be the last rice cooker I ever purchase. The engineers who built this machine must have been fanatics about their mothers meals.
Summary: I've had it for about a year, and have used it almost every day. It's been easy to use, easy to clean, and completely dependable. The only thing that miffs me is that occasionally there's some bubbling-over / spillage through the top vent. It's been trial and error to find the correct stuff-vs-water proportions, especially with steel cut oats. However, that's a minor point - overall it's an excellent device, and I recommend it.
Excellent rice cooker - has greatly improved my diet!
Roz MacDonald, Amazon
8 August 2013
Summary: Having begun cooking sushi rice with a cheap supermarket rice cooker, I got adequate results, but also a lot of mess, as it would boil over and spit glutinous water all over the place! Eventually I found that what I had read about how well a proper rice cooker does the job just too beguiling to resist! I'm so glad I took the plunge, and spent the extra money on the Zojirushi.
Summary: This is the best rice cooker I've ever used so far. It's perfect for the family of 1 or 2. In fact you can not put more than 2 cups of rice even though the description says 3. If you put 3 cups it will boil over. However.... I am hearing very annoying high frequency sound when it's operating. I assume it comes from the induction. (my ear picks up sound up to 18-19khz) It makes 3 seconds long beeppppp sound every 10 seconds.
Summary: This is a top notch rice cooker by a top notch name in Japanese kitchen appliances. My only complaint is that it doesn't have a retractable power cord like the one I bought in Japan did. (ex-wife got that one) The power cord is thick, stiff and heavy. It is removable though, so I suppose you could coil it in the bowl when not in use.
Summary: This is expensive, the most expensive kitchen item I've ever purchased with the exception of my fridge. However, if you enjoy rice, it's worth it! I don't have the income that allows me to just decide to buy something like this, I had to save some money first, but I love rice, especially brown rice. I'd reached the point I could no longer spend that much time on my feet to cook rice so I was going without.