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Zojirushi NS-ZCC18 · Zojirushi NS-TGC18
This site contains a host of rice cooker reviews. This time I want to compare two rice cookers produced by my favorite company, Zojirushi. The NS-ZCC18 and NS-TGC18 are both 10 cup rice cookers. This is the largest size designed for home use. When you look at the model product codes you can see “18” at the end. This indicates that when filled to their 10 cup capacity (un-cooked rice), they are able to provide enough rice for up to eighteen people. You can see that the two machines look quite different. The NS-ZCC18 has a hard plastic shell while the NS-TGC18 has a stainless steel body. The NS-ZCC18 on the left looks smaller but that is just they photograph. In actual fact they are about the same size.
Both of these rice cookers include two measuring cups, one for regular rice and the other for rinse free rice. Additionally they both include a Zojirushi plastic rice spatula. The NS-ZCC18 is a bit more expensive than the NS-TGC18. Part of the reason for this is because it includes an advanced Micom computer chip with Fuzzy Logic technology that Zojirushi term Neuro Fuzzy. Click this link to find out more about what Micom means. The NS-ZCC18 also has more cooking options for rice. But, in its favor, if you buy a Zojirushi NS-TGC18 you are able to make cakes in your rice cooker. Not many rice cookers have this feature. For me it is of no use but I know people who love putting a cake mix into their rice cooker!
To find the best price for either of these machines, a good place to look is Amazon. They offer low prices on many different rice cooking machines. My advice would be to only consider a rice cooker of this size if you actually need the capacity. Will you regularly be cooking for more than six people? If so then purchasing a 10 cup rice cooker may well be worth it.
Finally, both these appliances come with a detachable inner lid. It is only in the last few years that rice cookers have had this feature. Compared to older style machines with fixed lids, they really seem much cleaner. All you have to do after making your rice is to let the machine cool down, un-clip the lid and give it a wash in warm water. This ensures that you get your rice cooker completely clean. If you have a large family, buying one of these machines may well be the best rice cooker.
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