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If you are trying to find out if a large or small rice cooker is better. Or are asking yourself “Does the larger Zojirushi induction rice cooker cook better than the smaller one?” Then hopefully I can help.

First of all, size of rice cooker alone does not determine how well it will cook your rice. Of course, the quality of the rice cooker you use will have a large bearing on how well your rice will be cooked. So if you can afford to get one, you should definitely try to get a Micom rice cooker. What does Micom mean? It is a type of rice cooker that is Micro Computerized. This means that the rice cooker itself takes care of things like how long to cook your rice for as well as the exact temperature at which it cooks. Then if you can afford an Induction Heating machine the rice will taste even better. Having owned both regular Micom machines and now an Induction Heating rice cooker I can tell you that the difference in taste and texture is noticeable. The only issue is that it does cost quite a bit more.

How to get the best tasting rice

As I have said above, a bigger rice cooker does not mean you will get better rice. What matters is the quality of the rice cooker you use as well as the quality of the actual rice you are cooking. But, say you have two rice cookers that are technologically identical such as the Zojirushi NP-GBC05 and the Zojirushi NP-HBC18 but different in size, the first is a 3 cup cooker while the second is a 10 cup machine, and you cook just 1 cup of rice, I would argue that the smaller machine will give you better quality cooked rice. Obviously, with a smaller machine you are limited to making 3 cups maximum.

Now, this is not to say that smaller rice cookers are better than larger ones. The most important point to bear in mind is that you should aim to cook at least 1/3 of your rice cooker’s capacity to ensure that the rice it makes tastes as good as possible. From owning both 3 cup and 5 1/2 cup rice cookers I can say with confidence that only cooking 1 cup definitely comes out better in the smaller rice cooker.

If you need help choosing one, there are a host of rice cooker reviews on this site that will be of interest and can help you choose the perfect device for your kitchen.

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