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These two rice cookers are both mid-priced machines. They are not cheap, costing well over $100 but there are certainly more expensive machines available for those who want the best. These devices though are very high quality machines being produced by the Japanese electronics companies Sanyo and Zojirushi. Interestingly, Sanyo is now a subsidiary of Panasonic, another Japanese electronics producer.
Firstly in this comparison I shall outline where there machines are similar and then go on to discuss their differences. Hopefully this will help you to decide whether to buy a Sanyo ECJ-PX50S or purchase a Zojirushi NS-ZCC10.
They are both rice cookers, obviously. This is their primary function. Their sizes are approximately the same although the Sanyo device is a 5 cup rice cooker while the Zojirushi is a 5.5 cup appliance. Although, this is close enough to be considered the same size. It is unlikely this difference would be a factor in choosing which of these machines to go for. If you required a smaller or larger machine it would be wise to think about buying a 3 cup or a 10 cup rice cooker depending on whether you required a smaller or larger machine.
The cooking bowl that these rice cookers have has a round bottom. This is advantageous for heat distribution and helps to ensure that every grain of rice is cooked to perfection. Their bowls have a non-stick covering to make it much easier to serve the rice when it has cooked. Both of these rice cookers have a timer function that can be set up to 24 hours in advance. Typically you do not need to program it so far in advance. A popular use of the timer function is to allow you to prepare your rice before going to bed and set the timer so that it cooks it ready for when you get up in the morning.
The range of rices that these machines can prepare is large. Many cheap rice cookers only have settings for plain white rice. These more advanced cookers on the other hand have many more options. These include things like white, rinse-free, brown, sweet, mixed and sushi rice. There are slight differences in the things that they can cook. I shall go on to discuss these below.
You can remove the steam vent from these rice cookers for easy cleaning. The inner lid can also be taken out. Most of the more expensive machines these days have this option. It is much nicer than having a fixed inner lid. These types of lids are a bit harder to clean because you have to wipe the cooker. However it also makes it harder to clean it thoroughly. With a fixed lid most people want to avoid using any kinds of cleaning products. If you don’t remove then correctly this could have an impact on the next time that you use the machine.
They are both Micom (Micro Computerized rice cookers) and both have a Fuzzy Logic component. The difference is in the name. The NS-ZCC10 uses Zojirushi’s patented Neuro Fuzzy technology.
Anyone reading this review will obviously know that these machines are made by different manufacturers. The ECJ-PX50S being made by Sanyo and the NS-ZCC10 by Zojirushi. If you have a personal preference for one of these brands then this may be reason enough to go for one or the other. Their price is in the same ball park. Both these machines cost over $150. The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 is marginally cheaper but if you are looking for a cheaper rice cooker you could think about buying a Zojirushi Micom machine.
The biggest difference in function is that the Sanyo machine can also be used as a slow cooker and it also has a pressure cooking function. To get the pressure cooking with Zojirushi you have to buy an NP-HTC10 rice cooker which costs well over $300. This makes this much cheaper Sanyo device seem quite attractive.
Further the Sanyo ECJ-PX50S can also cook haiga rice, sprouted brown rice and Bi Bim Ba. So on paper it seems like the Sanyo machine is the winner. It has more options and greater functionality. What Zojirushi has is romantic appeal as due to their reputation as the biggest seller of rice cookers in Japan. I typically buy Zojirushi rice cookers for myself and am very happy with their performance. Perhaps it is about time I buy a Sanyo ECJ-PX50S and see what it can do.
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