My own personal opinion is that the Zojirushi NP-GBC05 is the best 3 cup rice cooker that is sold in North America. Now I must admit, I am biased. I actually own this device myself. However, since I live in Japan it is called a NP-GD05. You can read more about my rice cooker by following that link. Briefly, if you buy a Zojirushi NP-GBC05, the only difference between it and my machine is that the Japanese version has a retractable power cord while the American model has a detachable cable. And of course, the U.S. and Canadian machine has English buttons while mine are Japanese. So in this Zojirushi NP-GBC05 review I will discuss why it is the best rice cooker I have ever owned. Currently I am on to my third Zojirushi.
Firstly, if you have a family or will be regularly making rice for more than three people then perhaps this model will be a bit to small. You could read a Zojirushi NP-HBC10 review for details of a comparable 5 1/2 cup machine. The NP-GBC05 is the perfect size of you live alone or with your partner. Admittedly, it can actually prepare rice for up to five people but I like to make more than I need so that there will be left overs that I can freeze or take to work for lunch the following day. One of my current favorites is Jambalaya which I discovered on the Zojirushi website. I just half all the measurements and this makes enough for a very large dinner or two meals. The NP-GBC05 can be used for much more than cooking plain rice. But it has to be said that it makes great tasting white and brown rice. The white rice is succulent and the brown is much more palatable than any brown rice I have ever eaten before.
Technically, this is the highest quality 3 cup rice cooker in the Zojirushi range and I would argue, the best 3 cup rice cooker available outside of Japan. Of course it features Micom technology. However, this is not all. It also has their Induction Heating system. My previous two rice cookers were Micom but just had a standard heating element. So although the rice was good quality, the Induction Heating makes a noticable difference to the taste and texture of the rice. It is hard to describe. The rice comes out soft but still has bite to it. Simply put, it makes the best rice I have ever eaten. To be honest, living in Japan, eating out is economical and delicious. But now with my new Zojirushi NP-GD05, I am quite happy to cook for myself. And indeed this is actually saving me money on my food costs. This is an important point to consider. Yes, if you buy a Zojirushi NP-GBC05 it will be quite expensive. This unit costs well over $200. But over time you are likely to make savings on your food bill. So if you look at it as an investment rather than an expenditure, it becomes a more attractive purchase.
If you are interested in the NP-GBC05 or simply want to compare it against other machines then you can check out their prices on Amazon. They are known for having the best prices available online. This is definitely the best rice cooker for those of you who live alone and want to make your own great tasting rice based meals.
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