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The rice cooker on the left is the Zojirushi NS-TGC10 which is a Micom device. The one on the right is the NP-HBC10 which is also a Micom machine but this one features Zojirushi’s Induction Heating system. So if you generalize this principal we can see that all Induction Heating (IH) rice cookers also have the Micom component. Micom units have a micro computer that controls the way they cook the rice. Induction Heating is a specific way of generating heat within the rice cooker. Both types of machines are very similar in most respects but the way they create heat is completely different. Standard Zojirushi Micom rice cookers have a heating element that warms up when the appliance is turned on. The Micom controller can then adjust the temperature as your rice cooks. Induction Heating style machines on the other hand do not actually have a heating element inside. Instead when this type of unit is switched on, the electrical current creates a magnetic field within the rice cooker which acts upon the metallic inner cooking bowl. This magnetic force turns the cooking pot into the heat source for the machine.

Having owned two regular Zojirushi Micom rice cookers and now an Induction Heating NP-GD05 which is the Japanese version of the Zojirushi NP-GBC05, I can safely say that in my own experience the rice from an IH machine is noticeably better. Rice from regular Micom units is great but using an IH cooker, it is really great! The thing is though, to get the IH functionality, the cost doubles. If you check out Amazon you will find the best deals for Zojirushi rice cookers online. So it really comes down to what size of budget you have available for your new rice cooker as to which machine you should purchase. If you have never owned a Micom machine before then I am sure you will be happy with the quality of rice that it makes. It is really good. However if you have previously owned a Zojirushi rice cooker you will know what good rice is supposed to taste like. Therefore it might be time to consider the top of the range IH models.

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2 Comments on "Zojirushi Micom vs Induction Heating"

  1. s. williams on Wed, 9th Mar 2011 4:11 pm 

    i have owned the Micom and it wasn’t bad but a VITAL point that i think the reviewer ‘should’ have mentioned is this machine is made in China, NOT Japan. The Model # NP-GBC05 Induction Heating model however IS made in Japan. Yes, it is more expensive but in my opinion, it’s very worth the extra money (if you can afford it, of course).

  2. Andrew on Thu, 24th Mar 2011 9:50 am 

    Thanks for stopping by. I agree, going for an Induction Heating rice cooker is the best choice.

    When I spoke with Zojirushi, they informed me that it is the serial number rather than the model number that allows them to determine the country of origin. That said, they did advise me that the more expensive models were more likely to be made in Japan.

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