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Zojirushi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker NP-NVC10 Review

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Zojurishi’s top-of-the-line rice cooker boasts several features, including artificial intelligence (AI) for you to cook perfect rice. But do all the bells and whistles—not to mention countless number of buttons—of this unit actually make a good meal? This Zojurish NP-NVC10 review breaks down all you need to know about this machine.

About the Zojirushi NP-NVC10

ManufacturerZojirushi
Model NumberNP-NVC10
ColorStainless Brown
Dimensions15.4 x 10.1 x 8.6 in
39.116 x 25.4 x 21.844 cm
Weight13  lb
5.9 kg
Max CapacityUp to 5.5 cups / 1.0 liter
Power Supply120 V
Power1,240 W
Product AccessoriesSpatula
Spatula holder
Measuring cup


Zojirushi
Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker & Warmer is a space-age unit that uses advanced fuzzy logic technology with AI to ensure that your rice is cooked exactly how you want it, each and every time. The NP-NVC10 has several menu settings including: white (regular, softer or harder), umami, sushi/sweet, porridge, brown, GABA brown, steam-reduced, corch, rinse-free and quick cooking. As you can see, there are two healthy cooking options for you to choose from—making the NVC10 the ultimate unit for any type of rice cooking you want.

The AI technology also helps the beginner cook by automatically selecting from three pressure levels according to the menu setting you pick.

Zojirushi NP-NVC10 Benefits

If Star Wars had a rice cooker, it would be this one. The NP NVC10 is, arguably, the most intelligent rice cooker in the market today. This is because its advanced fuzzy logic technology “learns” and adjusts the cooking cycle depending on the menu setting you choose from. Then, the unit automatically selects from three pressure settings to give you the best cooking results each time. Further, Zojirushi designed its nonstick cooking pan to be infused with platinum particles, allowing grains to absorb water quicker for better tasting rice.

 

Multiple Cooking Functions

You can make every rice type imaginable, from the standard white rice to rice you can use for sushi. For those of you who want healthier rice, the NVC10 has two options just for that: brown and GABA brown. Additionally, this machine also cooks porridge.

 

AI Fuzzy Logic Technology

This rice cooker “learns” from past cooking experiences and adjusts its cooking “flow” to cook ideal rice. Thus, the NVC10 cooks to the same consistency regardless of the season, when water and room temperature may be different. With this AI technology, the NVC10 remembers the capacity you cook at most often and then adjusts its “flow” from the very first stage of the cooking process.

Zojirushi is known for producing highly advanced rice cookers that incorporate modern technology to deliver quality performance. Many of their models, like the NS-ZCC18, make use of fuzzy logic technology for a better cooking experience.

 

Induction Heating and Pressure System

Unlike some rice cookers that only heat rice from the bottom (resulting in sometimes burnt rice), the NVC10 uses induction heating, where it transforms the inner cooking pan into a heat conductor, giving way to more precise and uniform cooking temperatures. Moreover, Zojirushi’s pressure system prevents air or liquids from escaping below the preset pressure measure, resulting in rice that stays soft for longer periods.

 

Platinum Infused Nonstick Inner Cooking Pan

The cooking pan is infused with platinum particles which alkalizes the water, breaks down the protein on the surface of the rice grain, and makes it easier for water to penetrate the grain. As a result, you get sweeter, better-tasting rice.

 

Automatic and Extended Keep Warm Settings

The NVC10 has two Keep Warm settings: automatic and extended. The rice cooker automatically switches to Regular Keep Warm when cooking completes, keeping cooked rice warm for up to 12 hours. On the other hand, the Extended Keep Warm setting keeps cooked rice warm at a lower temperature than the Regular Keep Warm which minimizes drying and yellowing of rice. You need to manually switch to Extended Keep Warm.

 

Keep Warm Monitor

The lid sensor detects how many times the lid has been opened and for how long, helping the AI calculate the amount of rice left inside the inner cooking pot, and how much heat is needed to keep that rice at its optimal warm temperature. The monitor will alert you of all its computations with a beep.

What People Are Saying About It

Despite all the buttons and hallabaloos that come with the unit, and a real need to go through the manual, the NVC10 is quite easy to use and understand. The initial cooking may seem scary at first, but constant use and practice makes the NVC10 less scary.

At first, I was afraid it would be too high tech, with all the different buttons. But I quickly found out it was idiotproof: You put in your grains and liquids, press the button for the preparation you want (porridge, sushi rice, etc.), and it’s done. There are even measures inside of the cooker that show you exactly how much rice and water to add.
Victoria Blamey
Chumley Chef writing for The Strategist


This unit, however, is not affordable. It is definitely one of the more expensive rice cookers out there but
 worth the price, since rice made with the NVC10 is consistently cooked well. Its multi-function menu settings also allows you to experiment with different types of rice, including its “umami” setting which soaks the rice for longer, giving a more robust flavor.

If you’re looking for cheaper Zojirushi rice cooker models, check out our other Zojirushi reviews.

 

Where to Buy the Zojirushi NP-NVC10


The Zojirushi
Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker & Warmer is part of Amazon’s Best Sellers rank, coming in at #37 in the Rice Cooker Category. You may check for the best deals here.

Zojirushi applies a limited warranty for all its products for a period of one year from the date of original retail purchase. Commercial products have a 6-month warranty from the date of purchase. In both cases, a copy of the purchase receipt is required.

Have you recently purchased the Zojirushi NP-NVC10? Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments box down below!

Price
8
Functionality
10
Quality
10

Summary

This rice cooker is definitely worth the price; but we do admit that its initial price tag can scare off the more laid-back buyer. That being said, all its functions and menu settings make for some of the best-tasting rice we’ve tried so far. Having tried rice from the NVC10, it’s hard to go back to less expensive, but less capable machines.

Total Rating

9.3
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Ji-hyun

Hailing from California, USA. Ji-hyun is a Korean American 🇰🇷🇺🇸 with two growing boys who eat their weight in rice each week. After graduating UCLA & becoming a mom she started We Know Rice as a guide for all the students and moms out there looking to cook healthy and filling meals.

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