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Where to buy a Zojirushi NP-HBC10

There are a few different places where you can purchase this rice cooker. The biggest difference in retail location is whether you buy it from a store or an online retailer. At an electronics store you will have to pay a bit of a premium but the benefit is that you get to see and touch the machine. Whereas if you get it from an online store such as Amazon you are likely to get a lower price but you will not get to actually see the real machine until it arrives.

Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Review

This is one of Zojirushi’s top of the range rice cookers. Of course it is a Micom rice cooker. All their best machines have this technology. But not only this, it uses their Induction Heating system as the way to cook the rice. This is a completely different technique than standard Micom machines. For a start, in the NP-HBC10, there is no heating element. How then does it heat the rice? This rice cooker has electrical coils that generate a magnetic field when the device is turned on. This has an effect on the metal heating bowl which becomes instantly hot and the whole inner pot becomes the source of heat within the machine. The result of this is the most even heat distribution possible which means perfectly cooked rice.

The inner cooking bowl of this machine is spherical and is covered in a non-stick coating. On the inside it has markings that make it clear how much water must be added for certain amounts of rice. There are a host of different programmable options to cook many different types of rice. One option that is unique to Induction Heating models is the ability to make GABA brown rice. This takes close to 3 hours because it includes a pre-heating phase that helps to release more nutrients from the rice. For the health conscious this may be an important function.

The NP-HBC10 is Zojirushi’s latest Induction Heating System rice cooker. It can also be used to keep rice warm and includes induction heating and micro-computer technology. There are a variety of features and settings on this Japanese rice cooker. These include superior induction heating technology when you compare the machine to other manufacturers.

The NP-HBC10 has a range of healthy cooking options which include brown rice, GABA brown rice and germinated brown rice. There are also a variety of multi-menu cooking functions. These include options for making white rice, mixed rice, sushi rice, rice porridge, sweet rice as well as quick cooking. The NP-HBC10 is a 5.5 cup Zojirushi rice cooker. If you require a rice cooker with a larger capacity you may want to buy a Zojirushi NP-HBC18. This is the big brother of the device featured on this page. This makes is perfect for many different sorts of households. It is small enough not to take up too much space. Deciding to buy a Zojirushi NP-HBC10 will suit those living alone as well as families. It is a well designed piece of kitchen equipment and has an easy to clean clear coated stainless steel exterior. The cooking pan is thick and hard wearing. Fortunately there is a detachable and washable inner lid. This is useful because it means it is easy to get all parts of the rice cooker clean. The machine also has an easily readable LCD control panel incorporating both clock and timer functionality. Induction heating is a special type of technology that Zojirushi employ. It involves the use of magnetic heating coils that produce a magnetic field that allows for instant heating of the contents of the non-stick inner cooking bowl. This heating method that the NP-HBC10 uses means that rice simply will not burn while it is cooking.

Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Best Price

To find the best deal for this Zojirushi rice cooker it is a good idea to compare prices from as many different vendors as you can find. The best place that I have found is Amazon. They offer the lowest price online for the Zojirushi NP-HBC10 as well as many other rice cookers. They are a good place to start your search so you can see what price you have to beat if you are to get it from somewhere else.

Zojirushi NP-HBC10 vs NS-ZCC10

The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 is probably the best rice cooker that does not have Induction Heating so it makes a very good choice if you want to save some money [EDIT: Since early 2011, the Zojirushi NS-YAc10 Umami has become their premium non-IH model]. In fact, it is almost $100 to get the NS-ZCC10 instead of the NP-HBC10 so it may well may economical sense to choose the cheaper model. The NS-ZCC10 does not have the GABA brown cooking option but it does have a re-heat cycle that the more expensive machine does not have. Both have spherical cooking bowls and removable inner lids so they both make very user friendly cooking appliances.

Zojirushi NP-HBC10 vs NP-GBC05

When you compare the Zojirushi NP-GBC05 and the NP-HBC10, you can see that there model numbers are slightly different. The “05” and “10” at the end are easily explained. The lower number means that machine is a 3 cup rice cooker and can feed up to five persons while the higher number means that the NP-HBC10 is a 5 1/2 cup rice cooker than can make enough for ten people. The difference in the lettering is probably to do with the slight difference in functionality. For example the larger machine has the option of making hard, regular or soft white rice but the NP-GBC05 just has one white rice setting. In addition, the bigger device has an extended keep warm setting but the 3 cup device just has one keep warm temperature. Both these rice cookers have Micom and Induction Heating technology. Their primary difference is their size. Price does not vary much at all.

Zojirushi NP-HBC10 vs NP-HBC18

In the same way that the NP-GBC05 is smaller than the NP-HBC10, the NP-HBC18 is just a bigger version. In fact it is even closer in specification. Literally the only difference is the capacity of these two rice cookers. There is very little difference in the price either. I would say that if you are going to regularly make rice for more than six or seven people then you may want to think about getting the larger unit.

Zojirushi NP-HBC10 vs NP-HTC10

These are two of the top of the range Zojirushi rice cookers. As far as their settings are concerned, they have the same menus for cooking rice. The one main difference between these rice cookers, other than their coloring, is that the Zojirushi NP-HTC10 has a Variable Pressure control feature. So when you choose your rice cooking setting the cooker will automatically select one of three pressure levels. This is a nice feature to have but it adds more than $100 to the price tag. For me, there is more of a difference between Micom and Micom plus Induction Heating than there is between Micom plus Induction Heating and Micom with Induction Heating plus Variable Pressure control. How much you are willing to spend will obviously play an important role in whether you buy a Zojirushi NP-HTC10 or the more reasonably priced NP-HBC10 rice cooker.

Zojirushi NP-HBC10 vs Sanyo ECJ-JG10W

Both of these machines are 5 1/2 cup rice cookers. The Sanyo machine is more expensive but it also has a Variable Pressure control as well as a few other cooking options that make it quite an attractive choice. For example it is only about $50 more expensive than the Zojirushi. However for your money you get the pressure cooking feature, a steaming rack to steam vegetables and seafood and also a slow cooker setting which is great for soups and stews. The Sanyo however does not have the setting to make GABA brown rice. Also Zojirushi rice cookers have the reputation as being the best. Perhaps this accounts to a certain extent for the relatively high cost. Now that I own the Sanyo ECJ-JG10W rice cooker, I have to say that I’m a little bit disappointed with it. Knowing what I know now, I can safely say that, for me, the Zojirushi NP-HBC10 is the better option.

Low Cost Zojirushi NP-HBC10?

This is really a question that only you can answer for yourself. It costs well over $200 for this kitchen appliance so it is quite expensive. That said, it is one of the best Japanese rice cookers that money can buy so you are sure to get many years of use and great tasting rice from this device.

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2 Comments on "Zojirushi NP-HBC10"

  1. Rosita on Tue, 10th May 2011 6:01 am 

    I bought this rice cooker about 2 years ago. Today I am shocked to see the coating of the rice pan coming out. It is really surprised me as I have paid more than US$300.00 for this rice cooker. It is a very expensive rice cooker. And because of the reputation of Zojirushi, I am willing to pay that much of money for a rice cooker.
    But I am really really disappointed about their products that I will take a second or third thoughts or just never buy this brand name products in the future. I will let all my friends to know about it too.
    Moreover their customers service are not very helpful, they only ask me to pay US$77.00 for a new rice cooking pan. It is really a bad bad customers service. I highly recommend the company to provide more professional training to their employees.
    And I would like people to think before they make the decision to buy any products from Zojirushi.

  2. Andrew on Sun, 22nd May 2011 10:55 am 

    Hi Rosita,

    Sorry to hear that the non-stick coating started to come off. In my experience, I have never had any problems at all with my inner cooking bowls. How often did/do you use your rice cooker?

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