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Zojirushi NS-LAC05 Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer, Stainless Steel
List Price: $177.00

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Product Description

Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer NS LAC05 Fuzzy Logic - Zojirushi NS LAC05

  • 3-cup rice cooker with micro-computerized Fuzzy logic technology
  • Menu selections include white, sushi, porridge, brown, and quick cooking
  • Keep-warm function; LCD display with timer; nonstick inner cooking pan
  • Measuring cup, nonstick rice spatula, and spatula holder included
  • Measures 11-1/2 by 9 by 7-1/4 inches; 1-year limited warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • Fantasic rice cooker!
    Great rice cooker. Even cooking and perfectly done every time [brown and white rice]. When programming however there is some confusion as to whether or not the time entered is the time it starts cooking RATHER than the time the rice with be finished. KEY POINT!

    Small footprint and convenient size for 2 -3 adults.

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  • excellent!
    This has mode for different type of rice such as white rice, brown rice, sushi rice and soupy rice. The way the rice comes out is superb! I love everything about it!...more info
  • Makes perfect rice - Attention and intelligence optional
    While this unit is a little pricey, it was worth every cent. Living in a small apartment and cooking just for myself makes this particular size perfect. It's very sleek looking, and clean up is very easy (just wash out the bowl, and it's even easier if you remember to do it as soon as it cools off). Most importantly, it's very easy to operate and I have had no burned rice. The only setting I use is for sushi rice (short grain rice), but it does it very well (as can be expected, as it is a Japanese model!) and it's always fluffy and perfect. My only warning is that it might take a bit longer than one is used to: it takes almost 45 minutes to make the rice on the normal setting, and the quick cook, while nice to have, leaves something to be desired (it's the post-cooking time that makes the rice fluffy). However, I just put the rice and water in, go do something for 45 minutes, then dinner is served! 5 stars!...more info
  • Wonderful and easy
    My wife and I wanted to cook brown rice for our kids but never had the time. We bought it as a Christmas present to ourselves and we could not be happier. We are in love with the ease of the programing mode, we get perfect rice right on time all we have to do is remember to set it up in the morning before we go to work. Our kids love the brown rice and the songs that the cooker plays when it is finished! Clean up is really easy can not say enough about how great this rice cooker is....more info
  • Happy Camper
    This product is all I expected and more. I was concerned it would be too small for a two person family, but that is not the case. It makes perfect rice and is easy to clean up afterwards. You MUST buy the Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook to get the full benefit of this beautifully engineered cooker....more info
  • Great product
    So i researched this thing for like a decade before finally pulling the trigger. I have to say i am completely satisfied and then some. I initially cringed at the idea of spending over $100 on a rice cooker but this was far and away worth it. I actually like it so much, I bought a second zojirushi, the induction model (GBC05) to see if it does any better on grains since i've heard mixed results. The LAC05 is damn near perfect anyhow and i don't know if ill notice much difference, but im gonna give it to my girlfriend since she liked it too and it was a convenient excuse to upgrade :) I'll let you guys know on that one too.

    So far things i have made succesfully with the cooker include :sushi rice (made great sushi with it), brown rice (comes out very well but can be slightly mushy when i set the timer overnight probably due to the long soak time, though some prefer this consistency), jasmine rice was superb, and steel cut oats came out great too (i used 3/1 ratio with water).

    So if you want to make various kinds of rice to perfection or near perfection, just suck up the price loss and think of it as a one time investment that will yield a very high return....more info
  • good oatmeal maker
    This rice cooker makes steel-cut oats perfectly on the porridge setting. The measuring marks for porridge are geared to rice, which is unfortunate, but 1 cup oats to 2.5 cups of water is just right. Makes 3 servings, which can be reheated in the microwave. Easy to use, easy to clean, and seems to be well made. Much better than stirring for a 1/2 hour when you're groggy....more info
  • Excellent product and results
    The Zojirushi rice cooker works very well. The book that comes with it is ok for starting to use the machine but the recipes are worthless.
    It makes good sense to buy the "Ultimate rice cooker cookbook" by Beth Hensperger. This book tells the new owner everything they need to use the cooker like a pro.

    We are pleased we bought the cooker and are making new recipes daily. We are eating more rice in 2 weekes than we ate in a year before.

    One thing I haven't seen commented on in other reviews is how inexpensive these recipes are to make. We have the 3 cup model and it works ok for the two of us but if I had to do it over again I would buy the 6 cup model. Its no more expensive on the internet and most of the recipes are for the 6 cup model. It would avoid having to break the recipe ingredients down the the 3 cup model.
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  • No Waste... Perfect Portion... Great Taste!
    I received my expensive rice cooker from Amazon today (ordered yesterday and had selected standard 3 to 5 day shipping to Wash, DC). I was so excited that I decided to stop the by local Asian market near my house to get soba noodles, soba sauce, ginger, wasabi, seaweed, and sushi rice. I made my first 1.5 cups of rice today and it ROCKED! I felt like I was back at Yoshinoya (Tokyo, Japan fast food joint)!

    The best part is I made just enough rice in about 30 minutes and all I did was press 2 buttons. No waste or messy clean-up. The unit is also very compact and stylish looking!

    Zijorushi is the Rolls Royce of rice cookers and worth the money! You get what you pay for here... quality!...more info
  • i can't even use a rice cooker
    I don't know where to begin. i have now purchased 3 rice cookers--the last one I now have is a NSLAC05. I have followed instructions to the tee. I have cleaned my rice 3 to 5 times. i have used 1 cup rice to 2 cups water and I have used 2 cups rice to 2 cups water per the instructions. the first batch, I could make sushi with. the second batch I could make a papermache doll once I drained all the water. I put the system on white rice and left it alone except for the additional starch that showered my countertop. Someone please help because, even following instructions, how do you use a rice cooker?...more info
  • Should have bought sooner
    I'm one of those people who believes in "the less clutter, the better," so I'm always loathe to purchase kitchen equipment that I might never use. I fear complicated and difficult-to-clean devices in particular. In my house, things that aren't dishwasher safe go to Goodwill in a hurry.

    No part of the Zojirushi cooker is dishwasher safe, but that didn't stop me from falling in love with it after the first batch of perfectly-cooked rice. Unlike the pots I used to use to cook rice, this little machine's solid non-stick coated bowl sloughs off any and all bits of rice with the lightest brush of my hand. It's a cinch to clean. Handwashing the rice cooker bowl takes thirty seconds. That's less time than it used to take me to prewash/scrub the pots I used to use to cook rice before putting them in the dishwasher.

    What's more, the rice comes out perfectly and evenly cooked; the machine plays cute songs when starting and stopping the cooking process, making cooking seem a little less awful (I hate cooking); the timer function means I don't lose any sleep getting fresh rice ready at 5 AM when I pack my husband's lunch; and the mixed rice function lets me throw in bits of chicken or other items to be cooked at the same time.

    I couldn't be happier with this rice cooker and would recommend it to anyone who is considering a small cooker for their own family....more info
  • Couldn't be happier
    I first bought a cheap-O cooker from Target and it was junk. Burned the first batch of rice. Dropped it in the recycle bin and started my research and even thought the price was far more than what I had paid for the cheap-O from Target, I absolutely do not regret it. Perfect brown rice ever time... Well worth the price.
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  • Why did I wait so long?
    For years, I had one of those inexpensive rice cookers that always burned half the rice. I kept looking at this rice cooker, but didn't take the plunge for a few years--the cost made me hesitate. It's been worth every penny, and you shouldn't hesitate if you're looking to make smaller amounts. I've made all kinds of rice, as well as steel cut oats, and the quality is always superb. It's easy to use, program, and clean. Highly recommend!...more info
  • This thing is really great
    I've had this for about two months now and it has turned out better than I expected. I've never had brown rice that I liked before but it turns out perfect with this.

    I found out that I can cook dried beans in this to perfection! I put 2 1/2 parts water to one part beans and use the white rice setting. After the timer goes off I pour cold water on top then rinse and drain. Beans come out firm with skins attached but not mealy. I've tried black beans and black-eyed peas this way so far with great results. A bag of mixed beans did not work as well....more info
  • I never knew rice could taste this good or be this easy to make!
    All I could say for the first week after purchasing this rice cooker was, "why did I wait so long?" It is everything you could want in a rice cooker, and produces some of the best rice I have tasted.

    It is amazingly easy to use. You put rice in, fill water according to the guides that are imprinted on the inner bowl, place the lid down, push the menu button to whichever type of rice you are making, and push the cooking button. I don't think it could be any easier than that. After the rice has cooked for a certain time, a timer shows up to inform you have how long is left, and afterwards, a tune/beep will sound and it automatically shifts to a "Keep Warm" function. The rice can be kept in that function for up to 12 hours.

    The nonstick bowl prevents rice from sticking and I have never found a stuck or burnt piece of rice, unlike many other rice cookers I have seen. The footprint is fairly small which makes it ideal for an apartment or small family. Even though the cups used are smaller than most american cup-measures, the 3-cup maximum capacity seems like enough after cooking to feed 3-4 people as a side dish or 2 people as a full dish. The instructions tell you to only use a maximum of 2 cups of white rice, and for porridge, the maximum is only 1 cup, but again, it comes out to be plenty to feed a small family.

    You can make white rice, brown rice, sushi, porridge, or even mix in other ingredients. The fuzzy logic algorithm adjusts the temperature constantly, allowing the rice to come out perfect each time. It may seem like a lot to spend on a rice cooker, but honestly, this was some of the best money I have spent in a long time. There are no regrets here. ...more info
  • finally one that works
    I got what I thought was one of the better rice cookers for my boyfriend for Christmas. I went thru the trouble of having it shipped in for the holidays as we were going skiing. We got it home and tried it out. We were so excited. Each time we used it, it made a huge mess all over the counter top no matter how much we made or how little we made. Finally we gave up and tried this one. It has been a dream. We have made all different kinds of rice, grits, oatmeal, and no fuss, no mess. It even has a fast cook setting that we use most of the time - we don't plan for dinner quite well enough to do it the long way. The fast cook method is just as great. We have been creative and tried some of our own recipes and made things up. No mess, no fuss! The instruction book that comes with the cooker is not great but be creative. It has been great and so easy. We both laugh when the little tunes play as you begin and end cooking cycles. It was worth a bit extra to spend to get a great product. Thanks Amazon for your great policies as well. I highly recommend this cooker and we are tough on things. It has been great!...more info
  • Great for Singles
    I've always cooked rice on the stovetop and I never thought I would prefer the rice cooker to my tried and true method. However, my method doesn't work as well when a person is cooking just enough rice for one. If I cooked enough to get consistant results, I wasted too much. Also, I switched from an electric coil stove to a flat top, and every pot of rice boiled over.

    This cooker is the perfect solution. I can make just enough for me without sacrificing quality. It is very easy, and the brown rice is the best I've ever tasted. No boiled-over messes, extremely convenient and easy to clean while using very little counter space. I expect to use this cooker every day....more info
  • easy sushi
    This rice cooker in incredible. All claims are valid. Imagine making sushi rice while you're out walking, or gardening. Just push a's a simple as that. No more bubbling over; no more mess to clean up. Even my husband, who never cooks, was intrigued. It IS expensive, but life is short and I have better things to do than watch rice simmer....more info
  • You just thought you knew what rice tasted like !
    I have became a brown rice and steel cut oatmeal freak since purchasing this cooker! Perfectly cooked every time and easy cleanup.

    Be aware:

    *3/4 U.S. cup = 1 rice cooker cup:

    *This cooker has a maximum of 2 cups (1.5 cups U.S.) raw brown rice. More than enough for 2 people.

    *It will cook 3 cups of raw white rice.

    *For steel cut oatmeal, cooking 3/4 cup raw, cooks fine for 2 medium servings. Cooking 1 cup - add a pinch of salt to the oatmeal - to keep it from boiling up to the top vent.

    I always pushed rice to the side of my plate until I tasted brown rice a year ago and ordered a $30 cooker from Amazon. Since then, I have eaten more rice in the past year than I have in the past 50 years. I noticed the brown rice grains in my cheapo cooker were sticky, cracked and exploded and decided to take a chance on this very fine cooker to see what the difference was. By varying the amount of water just a very little bit, you can make a rice that is firm or soft and have it come out the same every single time, just the way you like it. Use the markings on the inside of the pot as a general guide only and vary the water level to your own preference.

    Because of the soak and rest cycle in the machines program, it takes about 90 minutes to cook brown rice. Steel cut oatmeal is about 50 minutes. Both worth the little extra time.

    My wife objected to this purchase as just another gadget cluttering up the kitchen cabinet. Now she has oatmeal 3-4 times a week instead of maybe twice a year and even used some left over rice to make stir fired rice w/egg for breakfast and became hooked.

    If the size is right, go for it. ...more info
  • I love it
    Great rice cooker. It can cook brown rice very well and I love it so much....more info
  • Wonderful rice cooker
    I had one of those cheap rice cookers I got at Target and the rice was never consistent. I invested in this rice cooker and I have tried, white(Jasmine), brown, and wild and have gotten great results each time.

    My only complaint is similar to others. The instruction manual gives really no concrete information on how to measure your rice and water. Even when I thought I added to much or too little water, the rice has turned out.

    The cooker was easy to clean and easy to transport to various counters. Overall, I'm glad I made the investment....more info
  • I don't get it ...
    All these great reviews ... I don't get it. I have tried several ways to try and make rice without success. Whether its a half cup or a whole it takes well over 1.5 hours to cook and I end up with moush. A few minutes in the microwave comes out so much better. I should have returned it when I had the chance....more info
  • Compact and Stylish
    When this arrived I realised that I'd ordered the wrong one! I meant to buy the larger model. I couldn't be bothered returning it and have found it to be great. It has more than enough capacity for three rice servings and we are fairly happy with it. It does take far longer than boiling a pot of rice but the rice comes out perfectly and does make a difference to the meal....more info
  • Only adequate for the money
    I purchased this rice cooker based on the reviews that I had read and honestly it only does an adequate job considering the cost.

    I have yet to produce Batsami rice that doesn't come out like mush from it. I have used two different brands of rice and have the same problem each time. White rice and some of the other brown rices come out perfect but not the Batsami. I have read that other less expensive cookers perform just as adequatly without the high dollar tag.

    It sure does look good sitting on my counter though......more info
  • Worth the money
    I ordered this brand because my friend said its the best rice cooker on the market. Completely agree, the rice always cooks perfectly. The only frustration is that it takes quite a while, so prepping is necessary so you're not waiting forever. Its a very pretty rice cooker and the musical start and finish sounds are cute. ...more info
  • Compact and Stylish
    When this arrived I realised that I'd ordered the wrong one! I meant to buy the larger model. I couldn't be bothered returning it and have found it to be great. It has more than enough capacity for three rice servings and we are fairly happy with it. It does take far longer than boiling a pot of rice but the rice comes out perfectly and does make a difference to the meal....more info
  • Handy-Dandy rice cooker
    This rice cooker is perfect for (relatively) small batches. It has done a good job on long-grain, jasmine and basmati rices, with the automatic features performing flawlessly. It is very easy to clean, and the non stick removable container performs as promised. It is a welcome replacement for my 14-year old Tiger cooker....more info
  • Cooks short grain brown rice.
    I gave this nifty rice cooker 4 stars because its expensive. I eat mostly an Asian diet where most dishes are served with rice. After losing the battle to eat or not eat lower nutritional value white rice, I had to buy a brown rice cooker. Did you know another benefit of eating brown rice is the extra fiber slows down the absorption of carbohydrates meaning you won't experience the blood-sugar drops that send your mind into eat like a pig tomorrow with never come. With that said the Zojirushi 3 cup does a fine job with cooking short grain brown rice. My cheap rice cooker didn't have a longer cooking-time setting required to cook brown rice most cheap ones do not. I live a speedy lifestyle. If this rice cooker could cook short grain brown rice in 30 minutes instead of 1 hour 20 minutes, I would of paid twice as much. Otherwise, this handy appliance is cute and functional. As long as it doesn't break. I'm sure I'll get my money worth. I'll definitely gets my money's worth if I drop ten pounds because I switched to brown rice:-P...more info
  • Love this cute thing...!
    I wanted a SMALL rice-cooker for my office, so I can eat lunch in a more healthy way and in a less expensive way. I like it a lot. I've made brown rice, white rice, and oatmeal in it. Someday soon I'll read the manual and figure out how to make the silly music go away. (I saw that that is do-able...) It plays twinkle twinkle little star or something, at various times, for various reasons, and I work in a library and this just won't do. It is sleek. It is gorgeous. I wish it didn't cost so much, but I'm SURE it's better and longer-lasting than a $30 or $40 alternative....more info
  • :)
    It is nice rice cooker.
    I would recommend this one for you if you want to buy rice cooker.
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  • Great rice cooker, no complaints!
    Recently remarried, my new spouse and I each had rice pots and could not agree on how to consolidate duplicate small appliances into our small kitchen. For example, we each had a rice pot, and did not have room or need for both.

    My husband found the Zojirushi LAC05 and we were able to solve our multi rice pot delimna by replacing both pots with this new one. Although I was initially skeptical, it turned out to be a really good choice!

    The LAC05 does not spit or spatter at all - it is completely self contained and has only a steam release. The internal cooking bowl is engaraved with cooking measurements, and is coated; washes up easily with no sticking. Clean the outside with damp cloth. It has a small, contained footprint - it is compact and has no external dust catchers. It also sings - plays different tunes for start up and !ready now, come eat!. Has a warmer that also lets you know it is STILL on.

    It has different settings for white, brown, mixed rices, also does porridge (e.g. oatmeal.) We sometimes cook lentils or seaweed with our rice and it handles all that on the "mixed" setting.

    The Zojirushi LAC05 model makes 3 cups and it is fine for the two of us. For a few $$ more you can get a 5.5 cup size (I assume you can make less than a full pot).

    Only drawback at all (if it is one) is that it is not fast. Different rices take different times of course, but the point is, this cooker takes about the same time as stovetop, does not reduce cooking time. But with the preset timer options, time is not a factor if you can plan ahead.

    I would recommend this product to anyone! It is far superior to any of the other rice cookers that either of us have used over the years. You may think the price is a bit steep for a rice cooker, but do not be detered, it is worth the price many times over in convenience, reduced clean up and perfect rice every time!...more info
  • Does a wonderful job!
    I gave my adult children these Zojirushi rice cookers for Christmas gifts last year. Yesterday -- while doing some holiday shopping for this year -- both of them commented about how much they love the cookers. They are very impressed with how good the rice always turns out and how easy it is to clean the interior bowl. ...more info