Zojirushi NS-TGC10 Micom 5-1/2-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer, Stainless Steel
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- 5-1/2-cup rice cooker and warmer with advanced fuzzy logic technology
- Multi-menu cooking functions; LCD control panel; keep warm; timer
- Black, thick, inner cooking pan and heating system provide even heating
- Spatula, spatula holder, and rice-measuring cup included
- Measures 14 by 10 by 8-1/2 inches
- NOTE: Please ensure to measure rice in the cup that comes along with the product ONLY
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|Color||Silver||Stainless Brown||White||Stainless Black||Black/Stainless Steel|
|Item Dimensions||14 x 10 x 9 in||8.5 x 10.1 x 14 in||8 x 14 x 10 in||9.12 x 11.88 x 7.5 in||9.1 x 11.8 x 7.5 in|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel||Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Size||5.5 Cup|10 Cup||1.0 Liter||1.0 Liter||—||3 cup|
The Zojirushi versatile Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer cooks perfect rice and even bakes cakes. The features are as follows: Advanced fuzzy logic technology; New multi-menu cooking functions: white/sushi rice, mixed rice, porridge, sweet rice, brown rice, cake and quick cooking; New easy to clean clear coated stainless steel exterior; Black thick inner cooking pan; detachable and washable inner lid; easy to read LCD control panel; interchangeable melody and beep signal.
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I was really torn between this model and Zojirushi's NS-LAC05 3-Cup model. Most of the time, I will be cooking rice for only 2 people, so the 3-Cup NS-LAC05 seemed ideal. But, on the other hand, I liked the flexibility of getting this bigger 5 1/2-Cup model - e.g., when having company over for dinner, or for cooking "one pot" rice-based dishes - I thought I could use the extra room in both cases. And, this bigger model can make cakes, where as the 3-Cup is too small. The only thing that worried me about getting this bigger model was I wondered if it would cook a small amount (i.e., one "Zojirushi cup") of plain rice as well as the smaller model - after all, that is what I would be doing most of the time.
Well, the flexibility won out in the end (as well as the surprisingly lower price of the NS-TGC10 on Amazon - $10 cheaper than the smaller NS-LAC05). And my worries about making a small amount of plain rice in the NS-TGC10 turned out to be unfounded as I discovered in my test run.
So, if you are torn between these two Zojirushi models, I recommend this one - $10 cheaper & more flexibilty. Plus, judging from the dimensions of both, it is not much bigger than the NS-LAC05 so it won't take up significantly more kitchen counter space.
EDIT (on September 21, 2011) - Three & a half years later, this rice cooker is still going strong & we use it all the time. Our love of this cooker can best be summed up by the comment my wife made several months back. She is not one for special-purpose kitchen gadgets, but she said that this rice cooker was BY FAR the most useful such kitchen gadget we ever purchased or tried...
Things I like:
- It looks very nice, matching with my stainless steel appliances
- The unit feels very sturdy and made with quality material
- The bowl is easy to clean
- The rice it makes tastes very good. Everything is cooked evenly.
But there are a few things that are annoying with it:
- It takes about 45 minutes to make white rice and 2 hours to make brown rice. This is a lot longer than my previous Panasonic rice cooker.
- When pressing the top button to open the rice cooker, the lid only comes up halfway and then I have to open it up manually
- The little lid inside of the lid needs to be washed every use or it gets this funk on it.
Size/Capacity: Should you get the 3, 5, or 10 cup?
* As a rule of thumb, I would offer that the 3 cup cooker may be good for singles & couples; the 5.5 cup for families; and the 10 cup for those who want to make a whole lot of rice, or maybe use the cooker as a kind of crock pot.
* As noted by other reviewers, the "cup" indicated in these models is not a standard US dry measure cup; the measuring "cup" that comes with the cooker is about 3/4 of a typical measuring cup.
* The "cup" measure is important because the cooker comes with a detailed spreadsheet that describes the type of rice and the maximum amount of rice you should cook. The "cups" refers to WHITE rice. Brown rice has a different capacity-- with brown rice the maximum amount of rice is 2 "cups" in the "3 cups" rice cooker. The spreadsheet describes capacities for white rice, brown rice, sweet rice, long grain white, Jasmine, Basmati, wild rice, and oats. Here are some details, just for white and brown rice:
3 Cup Cooker -- 3 "cups" max
5.5 Cup cooker -- 5.5 "cups" max
10 Cup cooker -- 10 "cups" max
3 Cup Cooker -- 2 "cups" max
5.5 Cup cooker -- 4 "cups" max
10 Cup cooker -- 8 "cups" max
* To summarize, the 3 cup cooker is small.
I bought this cooker to replace a fuzzy-logic cooker made by Panasonic that I had for 15 to 20 years. It worked fine until destroyed by human error. What impressed me about Zojirushi is the cooking bucket.
* This cooker has a heavy, thick metal cooking pot. It is much heavier than the pan that came with my old Panasonic cooker. I believe that this does improve cooking quality, just as heavy pots can be better on the stove for distributing heat.
* The cooker has clearly marked, easy to read measurements etched into the pan. The instructions recommend dumping the correct number of "cups" into the cooker, and then adding water up to the appropriate mark on the cooking pan. This is actually more convenient than measuring rice and then measuring water in a separate measuring cup.
* There is a non-stick surface on the cooking pot, but it seems to be a next-generation material. Like others, I have some concerns about ingesting non-stick surface particles, and didn't like the fact that the surface in my old Panasonic cooker was scratching off. I am hopeful that this cooker, which looks better made, will not do this. Time will tell.
* I was hoping that this product was made in Japan, feeling that this would assure some higher level of quality control. However, this cooker is Made in China, but the construction quality seems very high.
(we like brown rice what can I say!)
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