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Zojirushi NP-HBC10/18 Review

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3 Cup Zojirushi NP-GBC05 · 5.5 Cup Zojirushi NP-HBC10 · 10 Cup Zojirushi NP-HBC18

The Zojirushi NP-HBC10 and NP-HBC18 are essentially the exact same rice cooker. When you compare them, the only difference is their capacity. The former is a 5.5 cup machine while the latter is a 10 cup rice cooker. They are the bigger brothers of the 3 cup Zojirushi NP-GBC05 unit. There are some subtle differences between the NP-HBC models and the NP-GBC unit which I shall highlight below. You can determine the best rice cooker for your needs based on the number of mouths you have to feed. The NP-HBC10 is good for 2-6 people while the larger model caters for larger families.

The reason these are the best rice cookers on the market, in my opinion, is simply because they make the best rice I have ever tasted. Personally I don’t feel there is any need to go for a pressure rice cooker, e.g. Zojirushi NP-HTC10/18. They are quite a bit more expensive, and in my opinion, don’t make rice that is noticably better. There is a difference though between the Micom + Induction Heating (IH) NP-HTC10/18 models and machines such as the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10/18 and Zojirushi NS-TGC10/18 which are Micom but without Induction Heating.

Zojirushi NP-HBC10/18 Diagram

Important features on the Zojirushi NP-HBC10/18 rice cookers

Zojirushi NP-HBC10/18 Features

  • Retractable power cord
  • Removable steam vent, inner lid and cooking bowl (standard on most Micom rice cookers) for easy cleaning
  • Non-stick inner cooking bowl
  • Two rice measuring cups (standard and rinse free)
  • Rice spatula and spatula holder (holder connects on to the side of the rice cooker)
  • Programable timer
  • 24 hour extended keep warm function

Zojirushi NP-HBC10/18 Control Panel

NP-HBC10 Control Panel diagram

Image from: Zojirushi NP-HBC10/18 Operating Instructions Manual

Zojirushi NP-HBC10/18 Settings

  • White Rice (Regular, Softer, Harder)
  • Quick Cooking
  • Mixed Rice
  • Sushi Rice
  • Rice Porridge
  • Sweet Rice
  • Brown Rice
  • GABA Brown

Differences between these larger models and the 3 cup Zojirushi NP-GBC05 are that these ones have different White Rice options, a separate Mixed Rice setting and a Sweet Rice setting. However they don’t have a Rinse Free setting. Of course, there’s the size difference too. For anyone living alone, the 3 cup model is a perfect size.

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