Zojirushi NS-LAC05 Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer, Stainless Steel Review

by Amy Chang

For people who are looking for a high quality rice cooker that will deliver great results every time the Zojirushi NS-LAC05 Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer is one of the best choices around. This is even the perfect rice cooker for people who have never used a rice cooker because it is practically fool proof. To use the rice cooker all a person has to do is add the rice and water to the cooker and press start. Best part is that the outcome is always the same, each time the rice cooker is used the user produces restaurant quality rice.

I used to always cook my rice on the stove, which after years of using a rice cooker I have found was a complete waste of time. When I cooked rice on the stove, I constantly had to watch the rice to ensure it didn’t scorch. With the rice cooker, I simply put it in and go. With the Zojirushi NS-LAC05, the stainless steel exterior is easy to keep clean, but it is also highly durable. Even better is how little room the rice cooker actually takes up on my counter top, makes cooking meals with a variety of appliances easy.

Pros:

    • Micro-Computerized Fuzzy Logic Technology – This is probably the best feature on the rice cooker because it allows the rice cooker to be used in a variety of ways. The fuzzy logic technology controls the temperatures that are being used to cook the rice, so a variety of different rice can be cooked to perfection. I have personally used this rice cooker to cook brown, white, and sushi rice. I have also known a few others who use it to cook oats, including steel cut oats each morning.

 

    • Automatic Keep Warm Function – This setting is needed on every rice cooker to help serve perfect rice. What I love about this setting is that as soon as the rice is done cooking it switches over to the keep warm setting. This keeps the rice at a warm temperature until the rice is ready to be served. This ensures that I am always serving hot rice no matter when everything else is done.

 

    • Retractable Cord – One of the nicest features that this comes with is the retractable cord. I no longer have to worry about the cord getting in the way when I am storing it, plus no cord to wrap up before putting the rice cooker away. All I have to do is press a button and the cord is gone.

 

  • Two Timers – This rice cooker comes with two different timers, which I find to be a little overkill, but can see how it would work out nicely for some people. I personally only use one timer. I simply set the time on the timer that I want the rice to start cooking and leave the house. When I come home, the rice is done and ready to serve.

Cons:

  • Instructions hard to understand – The only thing I find difficult about this rice cooker is that the instructions are hard to read because they don’t make much sense due to the wording. However, I don’t use the instructions anyway because of how easy the rice cooker is to use and how clearly the water lines are marked.

The Zojirushi NS-LAC05 Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer is almost identical to the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2 Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer. The biggest difference between these two rice cookers is the size of the rice cooker. The 3-cup rice cooker is perfect for single people, couples or a very small family, while the 5-1/2 cup rice cooker is great for large families or even people who eat a lot of rice. Another difference between the two rice cookers is the 5-1/2 cup rice cooker comes with a reheat cycle, so the rice can be reheated in the rice cooker the next day to serve with dinner.

The Zojirushi NS-LAC05 Micom 3-cup Rice Cooker and Warmer is one of the best rice cookers on the market. The rice cooker comes with its own measuring cup, nonstick rice spatula, and even a spatula holder. The nonstick inner cooking pan is easy to clean up, so even with the higher price tag this is one of the best investments I have ever made.

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