|Zojirushi 6 Cup Rice Cooker / Steamer
Features The easy way to prepare perfect rice, steamed vegetables and more See through glass lid Stay cool handles Removable nonstick cooking pan 3 Cup size perfect for serving one Stainless steel steaming tray and automatic keep warm function on 6 and 10 cup unit only
- Removable nonstick cooking pan
- See-through glass lid
- Stainless steel steaming tray
- Automatic keep warm function
- Dimensions 9 1/4 long, 9 1/4 wide, 9 1/4 high, weighs 5 lbs 13 oz
- Zojirushi Rice Cooker
In general, this product works well except the heating system is too powerful that the steam/water from the rice always spill over my countertop.
What bothered me the MOST was the product description did not say it was made in Thailand. I assumed I was getting a good deal for a Japanese rice cooker. DISAPPOINTED!
- One of my best purchases
I LOVE rice. This is one of my best purchases ever. I cooks rice as good as or better than I can. I have owned this rice cooker for more than two months and I am VERY impressed! It just does its thing and the rice is better than I could make it on the stovetop.
There is only one thing to be aware of... to avoid the ricey steam deposits from the steam hole in the lid you should cover the top with a paper towel. Otherwise you will have a ricey layer on any nearby surface.
I don't see any manufacturing solution to this...steam has to escape somehow.
Overall this is a great appliance. Easy to use and to clean....more info
- Rice Cooker
It's fast and easy to use. You can basically steam your vegetables while making your rice. ...more info
- Great Rice Cooker
This is my first rice cooker. I spent a lot of time searching for an affordable rice cooker that could get the job done. I have found that this cooker meets my needs perfectly.
The key thing to this cooker (and I now believe with any rice cooker) is that you use quality rice. You don't have to look too hard to find it, most stores carry some sort of "specialty" rice these days. I have switched from using standard "American" rice (I tried it - what a mess!) to Jasmine or Basmati. The cooker handles these without any boil over or gooey starch mess. 1 1/3 cups water to 1 cup rice seems to be the trick with most types of rice that I have tried.
I have only cooked 1 to 2 cups uncooked rice. It handles it beautifully, making this the perfect size for an individual or small family. The warming feature is great, especially when I followed the advice of another reviewer and fluff the rice at some point after the cooking cycle has ended - anywhere from 5-15 minutes. I have then left the rice warming for hours without trouble.
Clean up is a breeze with the non-stick pot. Both it and the lid can go right into the dishwasher, although I do tend to wash out the pot by hand, hardly a chore.
You do have to plug it in to start (and make sure it is set to cook rather than warm) and unplug it to turn it off, however, it's hardly a hassle. It's relatively small size and light weight make it easy to store and use.
All said, this is great bang for the buck....more info
- What a mess!!!
I bought this on the high reviews and I am returning it because it is a sputtering mess maker! I had a rice cooker i loved but gave it to my college son. Bought this one to replace it and what a mess!!!! It sputters yucky water all over itself and the counter! Not just a little either! Back to the store for it! Reject!!! I loved my Zo bread machine but this is a turkey! ...more info
- rice cooker
Use this all the time, works great and is easy to use and clean up. The rice does get slightly brown on the bottom every time. I have tried to problem solve to prevent but haven't been able. The rice is not dry or burnt and it never seems to affect the taste. ...more info
- Did its job
I am a big fan of this brand so I decided to stick with it when it came time to buy another cooker. It does more than cook rice, I made bread pudding in it and it turned out great. The only problem I have is my rice would have some browness on the bottom, did it overcook the rice? The warmer feature is nice to have to keep things warm for awhile. Overall, I am happy with it....more info
- excellent cooker
I am very happy with my rice cooker.
It works well, cooks rice, oatmeal and steams vegetables.
This is just what I was looking for....more info
- Never had a rice cooker before
Grew up in Texas. Never heard of a 'rice cooker'. Married a Louisianan.... Saw no less than 3 rice cookers going at any time during the prep of a holiday meal. Bought this one. LOVE IT!
Bought the mother-in-law one, too. (the bigger one). She loved it!
Zojirushi rocks!...more info
- Not satisfactory
I have a fair amount of experience cooking rice and I know the general tips and tricks for getting a good batch (e.g., soaking the rice for about half an hour prior to cooking, and letting the rice sit for several minutes after it is "done"). BUT: when it comes down to it, cooking rice should NOT be hard, and contrary to what other reviewers here might have you believe, it should NOT be an experiment. It IS if you use a mediocre rice cooker, and unfortunately I'm going to have to put this product in that category. I had the NHS-10 for a few months and was never able to get a satisfactory batch out of it, no matter what I did and no matter what kind of rice I was using. The bottom was almost always burnt, and the rice was always unevenly cooked. I also had unsatisfactory experiences using it as a steamer (do YOU like having burnt liquid collect at the bottom of the cooking pot?). Again, experiment all you want, but the bottom line is it really shouldn't be difficult to get good results out of a product like this....more info
- Glad I took the risk - still going strong
I researched several rice cookers on this site, and I read every single review for this Zojurishi before making my decision to order it. I was aware of the warnings about the sputtering, but I decided to take a chance on it anyway. I'm very glad I did. I've been using it for months now, and I'm incredibly happy with it. It cooks rice wonderfully, and it's the perfect size for a small family (there's three of us). Taking the recommendations of previous reviewers, I follow the directions on the package of rice as opposed to the cooker's instructions, and it's worked quite well. I've used it for jasmine rice and sushi rice and both have come out great. Had a little trouble with brown rice. I have had the sputtering happen once, but it was because the cooker was too full, and now that I'm aware of that, I haven't had the problem since. I definitely recommend the Zojirushi rice cooker to anyone that needs a small, easy-to-use, reliable rice cooker that can stand up well to frequent use.
November 21, 2008 - A couple of years after my initial purchase (September 2006) and review (January 2007) of this rice cooker, I just had to come on here and add that I'm still using it regularly, it's in great shape, and still cooks rice wonderfully. This has been one of the best appliance investments I've ever made - it was more than worth every penny. I might eventually upgrade to one of the fuzzy logic models, but this serves my needs perfectly for now....more info
- Perfect rice!
I had never owned a rice cooker before I bought the Zo. I absolutely love it. It does not take up much counter space and is great for 2-3 people.
The first time I used it, I only made a cup of rice to see how it would turn out. I used the measurements I always use to cook rice on the stove:
1 cup of rice
1 and 3/4 cup water.
After the rice was done, I opened the lid and thought it was going to be soggy rice. Not so! While it was on the warming cycle, I stirred it and put the lid back on. After 5 minutes, I checked it and it was terrific! I think it is very important to stir the rice after it is done and in the warming cycle.
I am so happy with this rice maker. I was torn between this one and the 10-cup model, but am happy I got this size. It makes plenty of rice for my needs.
Oh, and I had no trouble with the rice spraying gunk out of the hole in the top. I did rinse the rice before I put it in the cooker, though.
Love it!...more info
- Works, but has problems.
This was my first rice cooker. I bought it based on the reviews on this site. The two problems that stood out in other reviews was the spitting steam hole and the possibility of burnt rice at the bottom of the pot. I thought they didn't sound like deal breakers. With a few adjustments I could deal with those problems or fix them.
Well. The spitting steam hole is a major irritation. Especially if you cook brown and black rice. I prefer to not rinse my rice either, so that probably doesn't help with the spitting. I had black spots up the wall, under the cabinets behind the rice cooker, all over the counter and even on the floor. It was a MESS. Stained the wall. I now have a towel that is specifically for covering the cooker.
As for the browned or burnt bottom of the rice, that is just a waste of about a cup of rice. I can live with that and am still tinkering with the water amount. Who knows, maybe i'll get the exact amount of water someday, so i'll have perfect rice.
And yeah, use good rice. I cooked with some old rice and YUCK...gelatinous goo. The new stuff comes out pretty good.
If you can find another cooker that doesn't have the spitting problem and is around the same price, i'd say buy that other one.
- wonderful machine.
I had a little cheapy rice maker before that wasn't bad, but was pretty difficult to clean up, not to mention that it stopped working for me after about a year. This Zojirushi really wasn't that much more expensive and feels like a much better product. The pan is coated with something that keeps the rice from sticking, which is wonderful when it comes to cleaning up; just rinse and wipe it out. I wish the steamer section sat on top of the rice pan, but on this model it sits down into it, which loses you a little space. Since it's pretty big anyhow it's not a big deal unless you want to do a LOT of rice and some veggies. If you're into eating healthy and cheap, this machine is awesome... some rice and broccoli with a little bit of chicken or something makes a good low fat meal. Highly recommended machine....more info
- Great Rice Cooker
It took me a long time to find a replacement for our old rice cooker. I am really pleased with this one as it works as advertised and does an excellent job at making rice. I have even used it for steaming vegetables and it worked equally well....more info
- Much better than your stovetop!
I must admit I was a little skeptical about how a dedicated rice maker was going to improve the quality of the rice over my trusty stove pot. I mean, it's just boiling water, right? But after using my new Zojirushi rice cooker I can honestly say the rice is vastly superior to my old school method. The rice that comes from is cooker is perfect!
I wrestled with whether I needed the fuzzy logic but I don't really eat enough rice to justify the additional expense. This cooker/warmer is simple and works effortlessly.
BTW, get the 6-cup model. It does the warming and it's still small on the countertop....more info
- low volume only,otherwise messy
cooks rice perfectly but splatters alot ,only good on less than 2 cups of rice. Also must disconnect the minute it's done or develops crust on the bottom.( must be good for individuals only ( no family portions).Does have a nice compact size....more info
- Love it
Easy to use, easy to clean, perfect for work, where you can make a quick meal with almost no prep time, and save a LOT of money (guess where this one is going...)
Definitely a recommended buy.
We have one in my current common room (3-cup model), but I'm switching buildings, so I decided to buy one for the new common room, and get the bigger model so i could steam some vegetables and eggs in there....more info
- EXCELLENT RICE COOKER
I purchased this after buying some terrible ones at the local department store. I cook rice probably 3-4 times a week, if not more. If you plan on cooking rice this often invest in this rice cooker. Zojirushi knows their cookers and this is as quality as they come. The size is perfect for my little family of 3. If you have a bigger family or if you enjoy cooking for plenty of people - get the bigger size. Rice turns out perfectly steamed each time. Acutally this cooker can double as a steamer also. I purchased the black/silvery metallic color and it looks lovely in my kitchen - not so boring appliance color. I love it. I've owned it for 3 years and it works as well as when Ifirst purchased it. My rice cookers by other brands in the past broke within the first year. ...more info
- Very good rice cooker
This is the second rice cooker we have bought from this manufacturer. I think they are the best....more info
- Serious cooks should buy something better
TThis brand is usually very good, but this unit is just too cheap and flimsy to provide results that are any better than making rice on the stove. If you live in a dorm where you don't actually have a stove, this product is better than nothing, and very well be better than some of the other products out there, but it isn't going to make any serious cook very happy.
It may have been too large for our needs, but every time we used it to make one cup of rice (it can make up to 6), it scorched the bottom. And it just feels and looks cheap. We did not have the problem with the water everywhere because we inverted the steamer tray and placed it over the top as suggested by another reviewer.
We returned it for the same brand, but more expensive NS-LAC05 that is more than double the price and about half the capacity (3 cups). The description doesn't mention that this other one uses fuzzy logic to cook it, but it in fact does, and any serious cook should require that feature. The NS-LAC05 has a much higher quality feel, the steam vent isn't a problem, the cord retracts into the unit (unlike the NHS-10) and there is a slot for the spoon you can add to either side (unlike the NHS-10). It's more expensive, but it doesn't scorch the bottom of small quantities of rice. I realize that $127 is a lot to pay for a rice cooker, but to pay about $50 for this product (NHS-10) made me feel like we didn't really get anything. At least for $127, we got a cooker that we don't have to monitor, yet turns out perfect rice.
Again, in defense of this cooker, we were only cooking 1 cup in a 6 cup cooker, so it may just not have been suitable for that small amount. Normally, anything from this brand is a cut above, and so I'd suspect that it is probably as good as you can get for $50. But that isn't really enough....more info
- Don't need anything more...
Very good and easy to use. The rice gets ready in about 15 minutes.
Good value for the money....more info
- Zojirushi NHS-10 6 cup rice cooker/steamer & warmer
This item is top notch, following along with the Zodjirushi line of appliances...we have purchased their electric cooker and fry pan also and they all are the best...This Rice cooker also cooks other items in timely fashion and perfectly...the rice comes out absolutely perfect & is done very quickly...it is large enough to cook a huge amount for many servings to use of freeze...it cleans easily and looks nice...we recommend it to anyone who is thinking about buying a rice stamer...even tho it costs most, it doesn't hold a candle to any others...my previous steamer was plastic & not worth spending any money on...the best ever!
- I really like this cooker
Typically I just make one cup of rice. However it does just fine for that amount. I agree with others that this is a fine piece of equipment. I just wanted to add that it works well when you primarily cook for only yourself (and cook mabye a cup of rice). You have to plug it in (it does not have a power switch). I would rather have that, but no big deal. You flip a switch down to cook, it does the job (quickly) and the flip switches up and goes into warm mode. I just unplug it, the rice stays warm for awhile even if you unplug it, I don't want to forget about it and leave it plugged in all night. The non-stick surface works fine. Just don't use metal items in it. I know people that do that, and you see that they scratch the non-stick surface after awhile. I expect that if you are careful about not scratching the surface (and not putting the bowl in the dishwasher), and don't drop the glass lid, you will get a long life out of this. I know the company has a reputation for that. Based on my experience now, this is the brand name I would look for if I needed another....more info
- fails out of the box
I filled it up with the proper amounts of water and rice as directed. I plugged it in and depressed the lever so the "cooking" light came on. Within seconds, that lever popped up and then the "keep warm" light came on instead and the lever did not return. If I depress the lever again so the "cooking" light comes back on, within seconds that lever pops back up again and the "keep warm" light comes on. I thought maybe this is some sort of safety feature like you have with some electric heaters where it shuts off if it gets too hot but when it cools down acceptably, they cycle back on again. Of course, I thought it odd that sufficient heat would build up to shut it off so fast. Anyway, no matter how long (over half an hour) I leave it plugged in, once that lever pops up, neither the lever ever goes back down nor does the "cooking" light ever come back on again. Nor does the rice cook. Water stays lukewarm....more info
- Makes good rice, but splatters on the counter
We read the reviews pro and con, and were concerned about the reports of sputtering on the counter, but decided to give it a try since most of the reviews were positive and some stated specifically they had not had this problem. Well, we should have listened to the warnings. For the first 2-3 months, the cooker was fine, with no splatter. Then, for no apparent reason, it began to splatter nearly every time we used it. We have no idea why this happens, as we have not changed the type of rice (even the brand is the same), the amount of water, or anything else. Totally bizarre (not to say annoying). We have "solved" the problem by placing a small piece of aluminum foil over the handle on the cover, so that part of it extends over the "blow hole."...more info
- Cooks rice fine, but NO power button!!
I bought this as a replacement to my old Hitachi rice cooker. The NHS-10 does a fine job at cooking rice. I've had soft, sticky rice with no burning issues since using this rice cooker. I do have 1 big issue with it though. THERE IS NO POWER BUTTON? Why on earth would any appliance maker make anything without a power button? I find it quite annoying to have to plug and unplug this thing each time I want to use it.
It's my fault for not looking for a power button prior to purchasing, but come on, it's 2009 and they couldn't add it in (especially for it's price???).
If I had to do it all over again, I would not buy this product specifically for that reason. No quality issues, just a serious design flaw. ...more info
- Best Simple Rice Maker
Through college and the years following I have used many different rice cookers and this one is by far the best.
Using a 1 to 1 ratio with regular white rices and 1 to 2 with brown rice has always yielded perfect rice every time. The rice has never burned (assuming you stick to the ratios) and never sticks to the container.
An important note: Make sure you ONLY USE PLASTIC OR WOODEN UTENSILS! While I personally haven't experienced this, metal utensils will scratch the non-stick lining on the pot.
That said, I have been using the same rice cooker for 4 years now and it still works like the day I bought it....more info
- Nice little rice cooker.
This really is a great item to have. Not too big, not too small. Just the right size for 2 to 3 people. My wife and I have used this cooker several times already and we haven't experienced the venting or burning problems that other people have had with this unit. We have followed the other reviewers advice though, and have added a little extra water to the mix, and the white rice comes out perfect every time.
The other bonus is that the actual cooking bowl is non-stick, and removes from the cooker for an extremely easy clean up. Yeah, it might have been a little nicer if they designed it with an on/off switch. But how hard is it to plug something in to turn it on, and unplug it to turn it off? So in my opinion, spend the money on this one!
Plus--Cooks rice to the correct consistency when following directions
Minus--like many rice cookers, pressure release hole tends to sputter ricey water all over counter on which it rests...more info
- I think I've found my last rice cooker.
I started looking for a decent rice cooker after going through 2 cheaper brands and one that would allow you to cook the rice in a microwave (horrible). For most Caribbean Hispanics like my self rice is a staple of our diet, which basically means that we eat it almost everyday. In my case it is consumed in our home about 2/3 times a week. I became pretty frustrated with the different brands and didn't have a clue as to which one would be the better one. After doing extensive research considering pricing and all that, Zojirushi had to be one of the better brands and considering where the company originated from I decided to take chance. My previous rice cooker, by the way, was an Oster brand which worked marvelously until the Teflon which lined the cooker started to wear out.
After purchasing the Zojirushi cooker the first thing which I noticed was the high quality lining of the cooker it self. It will not generate any burned over cooked rice at the bottom if you follow the correct water to rice instructions. Unlike the Oster which after some use it started to deteriorate and scorched the bottom of the rice. I would have liked a nicer cooker with more "bells and whistles" but hey IT'S A RICE COOKER! Keep it simple and that is exactly what Zojirushi has done with this model. I love it, and its pretty easy to clean after every use because the rice will not stick to the lining, at all. I have not used it as a steamer but I would not be surprised if it performes extremly well
Great buy for rice cooker beginners, regardless of the price tag.
- Awesome kitchen tool
If you eat a lot of rice this is the product for you.......it cooks it to perfection!!!!!!...more info
- Excellent product
My wife, the amateur chef, and I, the professional eater, love this product. Makes great rice every time; even brown rice which I never used to like much (too hard and dry when made the old way). The steamer basket is quite handy. Still learning how to use it to make all kinds of stuff come out right.
Don't understand other reviews which complained about the hole in the lid. Advice: WAKE UP!!! This is a whistle which lets you know that things are going well.
We got the small size for just two people. For any more, get the large size....more info
- What a great rice cooker!
It seems to work great with any short to medium grained rice. The rice is very fluffy and tasty with this rice cooker. I haven't tried this one with long-grained rice, but I think it will work also fine with it....more info
- Effortless Rice Cooking
The Zojirushi rice cooker is very simple to use -- Just put in your rice and water, push a button and forget it. No need to watch it and turn it off. It will turn off when the rice is done and keep it warm for you. The pot has a non-stick surface that is very easy to clean up. Only drawbacks are that it spurts a little through the lid which then needs to be cleaned up more thoroughly and sometimes the bottom layer of the rice gets a bit crusty. Great for cooking brown rice and mixed wild rice. Not only did I buy one for myself - I bought one for my sister-in-law who loves it too....more info
- Good Basic Rice Cooker
I have been using rice cookers for over 20 years now, and owned more than 10 rice cookers. I have been using this one for over 4 months, and use it every other day. Now, I can say, this rice cooker is a good basic one, makes good rice, and meantime, inexpensive.
The only complain I have with it is it is kind of small when you use the tray. Also, if you want to make congee, this rice cooker is way too small.
Next time, I would buy a 10 cup one. ...more info
- Just the thing for fast, easy rice!
This was our first experience with a rice cooker, having never used one before. We were blown away with how simple and fast it is to cook perfect rice. The instructions are very simple, but also include directions on steaming vegetables, cooking eggs (you can actually hard-boil eggs with this!), and miscellaneous other things. The unit is very easy to operate, and extremely easy to clean as well (although I do not recommend putting the pan in the dishwasher since it might get scratched). We have not had any trouble with it ever boiling over, even when making a full batch of rice. And neither have we had trouble with it splattering water on the counter around it.
In case you haven't used a rice cooker before, this unit makes the rice very quickly. It takes maybe twenty minutes, and the rice is done! Much faster and easier than cooking it on the stove top. And the quality of the cooked rice is perfect, neither gummy nor undercooked.
This unit is just the thing when you want good, fast rice without any hassles. It takes care of the guesswork and produces consistent results every time. And its cheap too!
Highly recommended!...more info
- Great Rice, makes a mess
The rice that we've made has tasted great. The problem that we had was with the water that comes out of the thing. We washed the rice as told in the manual and by other reviewers, but we still have water that leaks all over the counter when you make it.
It seems that it needs a heavier lid or one that fits better to stop the water that spatters through. A bit comes from the hole in the lid, but the majority of the mess comes from around the lid. Putting some weight on the lid while cooking, or even lifting the lid for a few seconds to release some of the pressure helps.
If it didn't leak so much water, I could give it a 5. Needs some minor redesign and it would be great!
- Easy/Great Rice/Messy
First of all, this rice cooker is very easy to use and I was very happy with the results on the first try. I cooked brown rice and it turned out fluffy with just the right amount of moisture left behind. It took a little longer to cook than what the instructions indicated, but that wasn't a problem.
I read a lot of reviews before purchasing this model and a common complaint was the mess that was made during the cooking process. I agree with those comments. This rice cooker did splatter pretty much everywhere. Using the rice spatula that comes with the unit to cover the exhaust hole in the lid (as another reviewer recommended) did help somewhat, but there still a pretty big mess.
However, the mess cleaned up very easily and I was very surprised with how easy it was to clean the cooker itself as it had a lot of residue on it as well.
I was very pleased with the amount of rice that this cooker made. The amount of rice is easily enough for a family of four if you are using the rice as a side dish and not attempting to make four large bowls of rice. ...more info
- Fantastic little cooker
This is my second rice cooker and I strongly recommend it to anyone not quite ready to sink the money into a fuzzy logic model. I would have given it a five star if not for the price (I think this should retail for $39.99) and the initial learning curve.
Let me just say right off the bat that the instruction manual and included measuring cup are virtually useless. Those are the only two flaws.
When I first tried the cooker out I struggled as I was accustomed to using so much water on the stovetop. As others have mentioned this is not the case with a rice cooker. For short grain Japanese style rice I'm fluctuating between 1.10 and 1.15 cups water to 1 cup rice. It is imperative that Japanese or very starchy rice is washed before going into the cooker. For Jasmine and Spanish rice I use 1.25 to 1.30 cups water to 1 cup rice.
I've made plain rice, rice with beans or meat, rice with vegetables, and jambalaya in this. All came out perfectly. I was a touch leery about steaming eggs but they came out perfect (20 minute cook time at least) as did steamed vegetables. I use this cooker to boil water for ramen and somen all the time and have had no troubles but I wouldn't use the cooker as a straight up soup pot.
Cleanup is simple, especially for someone as lazy as I. Everything is nonstick and can be washed off with merely hot water although I use detergent. Recommended, although if you have enough cash on hand to get a fuzzy logic then purchase one of those instead....more info