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What size rice cooker to buy? Zojirushi NP-HBC10 or 18?

@ AlexisT

I have a 3 cup rice cooker (Zojirushi NP-GD05) and currently make a lot of mixed rice dishes e.g. (I just make half this amount). If I eat some bread or steam some vegetables to go with it, this is enough for my evening meal and lunch the next day. I could probably cook double this amount in my rice cooker if I wanted to.

If you are going to cook 3 cups of rice or more, every time you use your cooker then getting the larger 10 cup machine would be fine. Of course the 5.5 would be good too. But if there are times when you might be cooking only 1 or 2 cups of rice then the 5.5 is possibly the better choice.

The rule I live by is to cook at least 1/3 of the rice cooker's capacity or rice.

Aug 30, 2010
Elephant all the way in Cookware

Scratches on your Zojirushi rice cooker non-stick cooking bowl?

I just got a Zojirushi NP-GD05 last week and already seem to have marks on the inside surface of the cooking bowl. It is not like they are deep gouges and I when I run my fingers over them it is hard to actually feel anything.

I am taking care to wash it with a sponge as opposed to a scouring pad. The only thing I can think of is that as I wash my rice (gently), the actual rice grains are marking the cooking bowl. However I thought the non-stick coating was supposed to be really hard wearing.

Aug 08, 2010
Elephant all the way in Cookware

When using a rice cooker (Zojirushi), do you have to let the rice stand for 10 minutes after cooking?

At Tripeler says, there are some Zojirushi cookers that have the "rest" time programmed in. I just bought a NP-GD05 - the Japanese version of the NP-GBC05 and the rice is ready as soon as it beeps. In addition, the cooking time is certainly longer than my previous Zojirushi (which I did need to let the rice rest in after cooking).

This page ( states, "5. When cooking completes, allow the cooked rice to 'rest' for 15 minutes. On some advanced models this is done automatically."

Unfortunately it does not specify which models include this extra time in the cooking cycle. I have a feeling it is the Induction Heating machines but this is just a guess.

Aug 07, 2010
Elephant all the way in Cookware

What size rice cooker to buy? Zojirushi NP-HBC10 or 18?

Personally I would choose the 5.5 cup. In my case, I just downsized from a Zojirushi 5.5 cup to a Zojirushi NP-GD05 (Japanese model of NP-GBC05). Admittedly it is a higher end product but cooking just one cup of rice does not feel "too little" as it used to in my 5.5 machine. If you are only going to be cooking a few cups then in my experience, less is more. The 5.5 can still cook enough rice for up to 10 people.

To those of you who make 1 cup of "perfect rice" in your 10 cup cooker. Have you tried making one cup in a 3 cup machine? It's perfecter!

Aug 05, 2010
Elephant all the way in Cookware