Summary: If I had written this review within the first two weeks it would have been 2 stars at best. In last 2 weeks it would be a 5+. I'll try to explain. I'm a senior, definitely not a foodie, pretty good with computer and smart phone etc. I received a Zojirushi water boiler as a Christmas gift from my Asian-American daughter in law and fell in love with the efficiency and engineering of that product. I started looking at some other products in their line.
Summary: I researched 3 cup rice cookers for a week and it came down to this one or the non-IH model, NS-LAC05 for $100 less. Not wanting to regret my purchase if the rice came out badly I spent the extra to get the Induction Heating model. Very pleased so far (2 days), both steel cut oatmeal and brown rice come out perfectly. The timer function is really essential for oatmeal for breakfast.
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: I didn't want to simply get any rice cooker, I wanted one that was up to the challenge of perfection. I enjoy brown rice and white rice on differing days, so this was seen as a prime choice candidate. I found the rice to be cooked very well, no burned bottoms which was my main troubles with other rice cookers. Yet the rice was not exceptionally great to the point where I would entirely justify my purchase of such a pricey rice cooker.
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.