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Zojirushi NS-LAC05XA Micom 3-Cup(Uncooked) Rice Cooker and Warmer

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  • 1-year limited warranty and 3-Cup rice cooker with micro-computerized fuzzy logic technology
  • Measuring cup, nonstick rice spatula, and spatula holder included
  • Keep-warm function; LCD display with timer; nonstick inner cooking pan
  • Menu selections include white, sushi, porridge, brown, and quick cooking
  • Holds 3 6oz cups of rice
  • NOTE: Please ensure to measure rice in the cup that comes along with the product ONLY
  • Origin : China
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Color: Stainless Steel


Zojirushi NS-LAC05XA 3-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker and Warmer, Stainless Steel

Make the most perfect, tasty rice every time with the Zojirushi Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker and Warmer. The 3-cup capacity makes 6 cups of cooked rice, ideal for singles, couples, and small families.

The NS-LAC05XA includes a variety of cooking functions including white rice/sushi, mixed rice, porridge, sweet, brown, and quick cooking.

This unit contains a removable black thick inner cooking pan that provides even heating for better cooking with measuring lines for precise control of ingredients. It also has an interchangeable melody and beep signal 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.

The unit's clear-coated stainless-steel exterior not only cleans easily, but also matches any kitchen decor. Accessories include a spatula, a spatula holder, and a rice-measuring cup. The 120 volts / 450-watt rice cooker and warmer measures 9-1/8 by 11-7/8 by 7-1/2 inches.

NS-LAC05XA Product Features
  • Small footprint. Minimal counter space.
  • Beautiful sleek design. Modern look to match most kitchens.
  • Micro computerized Fuzzy-Logic technology
  • 3-Cup (uncooked rice) capacity. Ideal for singles, couples, and small families.
  • Automatic Keep-Warm setting.
  • Built-in retractable power cord.
  • Menu Settings: White/Mixed, Sushi, Porridge, Brown, and Quick Cooking.
  • Easy-to-read colored LCD control panel with Clock and Timer functions
  • Spherical inner cooking pan and heating system provide even heating for better results.
  • Detachable and washable inner lid.
  • cETLus listed

Make every rice type imaginable with a Zojirushi Rice Cooker

Brown Rice

This is a menu setting designed to cook delicious brown rice. In order to cook hard rice bran and the rice inside, preheating time is extended for better absorption of water, and is cooked at a lower temperature to allow the rice to cook longer without becoming mushy.

Sushi Rice

Because sushi rice will be processed after it's cooked, it's easier to handle when it is a little firmer. This menu setting is very similar to regular white rice, but uses less water (adjusted by the water fill lines) for a firm finish.


Mixed rice is rice cooked with additional ingredients and seasonings. This setting extends preheating for better absorption of seasoning. Also, the cooking temperature is slightly lower than regular white rice, to avoid ingredients from boiling over.


Instead of cooking rice in larger amounts of water and risk making it sloppy, use the porridge setting to cook fluffy porridge. Cooking temperature is slightly lower than regular white rice, to be cooked longer for soft texture.

MICOM (Microcomputer) Technology

Aided by microcomputer technology, this category of rice cooker takes having rice on your menu from “occasional” to “serious”. Basically, the microchip does all the thinking for you, as far as adjusting cooking times and temperatures according to the type of rice you are cooking, and timing the pre-soaking of the raw grains and the final “wait” period during steaming.


MICOM allows the cooker to have multiple functions on its menu, making it a necessity for any avid rice fan who wants to incorporate rice into her daily diet.

How it Works

Conventional rice cookers simply turn on and off in reaction to temperature. The “fuzzy logic” of MICOM fine tunes this adjustment to adapt to various rice types, such as white, brown, sweet or porridge, which all has different cooking requirements. The trigger to everything is the thermal sensor, a small round button at the bottom of the inner body of the cooker. As the inner pan’s weight rests on it and activates the sensor, it starts the cooking process and keeps an eye on the temperature and time.

Key Features:

Convenient detachable inner lid for easy cleaning.
Spherical inner cooking pan provides even heating for better cooker.
Accessories include rice measuring cup, nonstick rice spatula and spatula holder.

Product Information

Color:Stainless Steel
Product Dimensions 12 x 9 x 8 inches
Item Weight 7 pounds
Shipping Weight 7.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Department unisex
Manufacturer Zojirushi
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Item model number NS-LAC05XA
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4.6 out of 5 stars 1,619 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,377 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#22 in Kitchen & Dining > Small Appliances > Rice Cookers
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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By M. Pierce on September 25, 2006
Color: Stainless Steel
My wife and I became busy recently and decided it was time to finally get a rice cooker to save some time in the kitchen. We bought a cheap old-school rice cooker and the rice would scorch, water would boil out of lid, and the rice was worse than cooking the rice on the stove top.

Then we decided to invest in a good rice cooker.

The Zojirushi NS-LAC05 is everything we hoped for and more. We wanted a rice cooker that would make great rice, that could handle smaller amounts of rice, that had a timer, and could handle a variety of different rices.

This rice cooker is a dream.
-It's attractive. We've already received compliments from guests.
-Its footprint is very reasonable for a small kitchen.
-With a thick, stick proof bowl the rice doesn't burn to any spot and clean up is simple.
-It easily makes rice for 2 adults (1.5 of the "cups" for us) but could handle 4 adults (3 "cups") with normal eating habits. Note: the cups aren't full size cups of rice.
-It does a great job on a variety of rices; there are different settings for different rices and the measurement markings appear correct for different rices. So far we've tried long grain brown, medium grain brown, sushi, jasmine, white basmati, brown basmati, and brown/white mixes. We haven't had a bad batch of rice.
-The computer's fuzzy logic algorithm (i.e. "Micom Neuro Fuzzy") constantly adjusts the temperature so the rice comes out perfect every time. I also think the cooker starts out at a low temperature and gradually steps up the heat but I'm not 100% sure.
-The heavy bowl seems to distribute heat perfectly and there's no scorched rice or crust attached to the bowl.
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I set the timer in the morning and the rice is ready when I come home from work. When I walk in the door, my apartment smells of cooked rice, -- which is surprisingly pleasant. The timer is a must especially for brown rice which takes one hour and 40 minutes to cook. If I come home late, the rice is still okay since it automatically goes into a keep warm mode when the cycle is completed. It has a "mixed rice" mode which actually means cooking chicken, fish and tofu with the rice (not tried it yet). The only con is that the direction are terrible. It must have been poorly translated from Japanese. I'm not subtracting a star for this issue because it's so simple to operate once you know what to do. The cooking bowl has water level gradations etched into the side-- there are several depending upon the setting (brown, white, etc.) You put the dry rice into the bowl using the supplied measuring and add water until the level reaches the line for the rice you are cooking (brown rice is from .5 cup to 2 cups, white rice is from 1 to 3 cups, etc.) That is not exactly what the directions say (e.g., "level scales according to the menu you have chosen and then flatten the surface of the rice." What? Anyway, I comes out perfect and steamy hot. A special nubby rice spatula is included.
Also, it makes great oatmeal, even the steel cut type that normally takes 30 minutes to cook. Use the "porridge" setting. Use about half as much water as recommended on the oatmeal box. It has two timers that remember the last time used and the cooking setting. I have one timer set for porridge in the morning and the other for brown rice in the evening.
It has a small footprint on my counter - about the size of a toater. The cord has a retraction mechanism (like a vacuum cleaner) which means here is no excess cord on the counter. There is a large handle, much like you would see on a small cooler, making it easy to put pick up and put away when not in use.
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Received this Zojirushi 3-cup Micom as a self-holiday gift a week ago. Since then, I've made sushi rice, basmati, brown & wild medley, along with various types of dal (basmati and red/yellow lentils with curry) and mujadarah (basmati and green lentils with carmelized onions). I've also used the warming part of things to gently steam scallops on top of rice for a New Year's treat. Yum! Soon I'll try veggies and flavored broths.

I first put in too much water, since the directions didn't make it clear that the water measures on the cooking bowl include rice at the bottom. But after I got this right, the results were perfect each time. The rice is as good or better than from a restaurant (plus fresher), and much, much cheaper to make at home, particularly if you purchase rice by the pound. I'm working on my sushi technique, but it's already tasting good if looking funky. I do advise rinsing, rinsing, rinsing the rice before cooking. Soaking the grains doesn't really seem necessary, unless you're using the timer, in which case there is no way around it.

Speaking of which, the timer works great. It was wonderful to wake up to the aroma of fresh rice. I fixed dal a few times and then left for the gym. When I came home, it was ready, steaming hot, perfectly cooked and the house smelled divine. I think it gently steams, then cooks just at or below a boil, and then steams again. So it really is terrific with beans, such as lentils, that easily fall apart with too much rough treatment, but that benefit from a long slow simmer. And, of course, that's the way to go for rice too.

The Zojirushi is easy to use, doesn't take up much countertop space, is attractive and easy to carry around. I took it over to a friend's house for my contribution to a holiday meal.
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