05 Best Japanese Rice Cooker – Reviews 2022 With Buyer’s Guide

Do you love Asian cuisine? If you do, then you might be consuming a lot of rice. This staple of Asian cooking finds its way to a lot of recipes, and in Japan, it is consumed by tons. About 85% of the 2.3 million farmlands are planted with rice in Japan. Is it a wonder that the best rice cookers come from that country? They even give them out as souvenirs.

In Japan, quality comes first and if you buy their rice cookers, it will last. That being said, you still have to choose the best among the good ones and this review will make you achieve that. I have here five of what I consider to be the best in the market at the moment and I will take them apart to guide your buying decision. Let us have a look at the 05 best Japanese rice cooker reviews 2022 with a buyers guide.

#List Of The Top 5 Japanese Rice Cooker In The Market – Editor’s Pick:

What To Look for in a Japanese Rice Cooker

There are telltale signs of a quality rice cooker. On top of that, you have to choose what will meet your needs. Before we go to the review, here are features that you need to consider when choosing your dream mini rice cooker.
  • Storage capacity
  • Power
  • Keep Warm Feature
  • Multi-purpose Settings
  • Size of the rice cooker
  • Weight of the rice cooker

How much do you need to cook at the same time? Do you cook for the whole family or do you just cook for yourself? One big pot of rice might just be enough for the entire household but is obviously too much for a single living alone.

The rice cooker reviewed here have capacities ranging from 0.5 to 10 cups, good for a single serving and an entire rice party. You have to bear in mind that the cup size is measured in uncooked rice which will expand when cooked.

Top 05 Best Japanese Rice Cooker

After hours of testing and eating lots of delicious rice, here are what I believe to be the best Japanese rice cookers in the market today. The four are complex multi-function machines while the fifth is just a simple turn-on turn-off one.

This lone one might not be my best pick, but I included it here because this is what I believe to be the best in the simple category. Let us have look at the zojirushi rice cooker series.

1. Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT

Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer, Black and Stainless Steel

For its rice capacity of 3 cups (you can call it 3 cup rice cooker) this cooker packs in decent power at 450 Watts. If you are only cooking a few cups, expect it to be done quickly. It is ideal for singles who are often in a hurry and don’t have 50-60 minutes to cook white rice, sticky rice, perfect rice, fluffy rice, etc.

Its versatile cooking setting allows you to cook sushi rice, porridge, and brown. It can hold a maximum of 3 cups of uncooked rice, yielding up to 6 cups when cooked in this sushi rice cooker.

The keep-warm function automatically kicks in, but you can also extend it with its delay timer. It has two colors to choose from, which makes it fit for any kitchen type. If you’re looking for a handy rice cooker but has many features, I highly recommend this one.

Storage 1-3 cups
Power 300W
Keep Warm Feature Yes
Settings 1
Dimension 7.8 x 7.1x 9.1
Weight 3.1lbs

2. Tiger JAX-T18U-K

Tiger JAX-T18U-K 10-Cup (Uncooked) Micom Rice Cooker with Food Steamer & Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel Black

For family cooking, the is a rice cooker to choose. This jumbo size rice cooker is equipped with a huge, easy-to-access LCD screen that houses the timer, menu, and start button. This interface ensures that you will have well-cooked rice every time.

It has a BPA-free cooking plate, rice spatula, and a cookbook. The synchro-cooking function lets you steam other ingredients while cooking rice.

Its multi-settings are slow cooking, quick rice, plain rice, sweet rice, brown rice, porridge, mixed rice, multi-grain rice, and steam cooking.

With a top-of-the-line rice cooker like this, keep warm, and delay settings are standard features. It comes in a stainless steel color which makes it attractive and fit for any kitchen design.

Storage 2-10 cups
Power 918W
Keep Warm Feature Yes
Settings 10
Dimension 11.1×14.6×9.8
Weight 9lbs

3. ZojiRushi NS-ZCC10

Zojirushi, Made in Japan Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker, 5.5-Cup, Premium White

The most hi-tech among the rice cooker reviewed, the ZojiRushi NS-ZCC10 used “fuzzy logic” technology together with a thermal sensor to monitor and automatically adjust the cooking temperature based on pre-selected settings.

Your choices range from quick cooking, white regular, sushi, mixed, porridge, sweet, semi-brown, brown, and rinse-free options.

As an add-on, this cooker comes with a spatula and holder and a rinse-free rice measuring cup. If you plan to go to a neighbourhood gathering or a potluck, this lightweight cooker with its foldable handle is good to take.

It’s also ideal for singles living in a small room because it barely takes up space. It also has the standard keep warm, reheat and delay timer.

Storage 1-5.5 cups
Power 680W
Keep Warm Feature Yes
Settings 8
Dimension 10.1x13x8.1
Weight 3lbs

4. Aroma Housewares ARC-150SB

Aroma Housewares 20 Cup Cooked (10 cup uncooked) Digital Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker, Food Steamer, SS Exterior (ARC-150SB),Black

This might sound like overkill, but if the situation calls for cooking 10 cups of rice and serving 20 cups in 45 minutes, the Aroma Housewares ARC-150SB is up to the task.

It has a limited setting of slow cook, steam, white and brown rice, but nobody would really think of making this monster play a double role.

Its keep warm function automatically kicks in, removing the need to push the button. It also has a delay timer which you can set to a maximum of 15 hours. The rather small LCD monitor ensures that you’re spot on in your cooking.

Storage 2-10 cups
Power 650W
Keep Warm Feature Yes
Settings 4
Dimension 11.2×10.8×10.8
Weight 5lbs

5. Panasonic SR-G06FG

Panasonic SR-G06FG Automatic 3.3 Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker (Silver)

Among the featured rice cooker in this review, Panasonic SR-G06FG is the most simple. It’s just an on-off cooker without any frills, but it does what it’s designed to do very well. It comes with a measuring cup and a spatula.

The machine automatically shuts off when the rice is cooked, but there is no keep warm function. The glass lid is all you’ve got to monitor the status of your rice. It has a non-stick inner pan that contains the rice.

There’s really nothing much to say about this rice cooker except that it takes minimalism to the next level.

Storage 0.5-3 cups
Power 310W
Keep Warm Feature No
Settings 1
Dimension 8.25×9.6×7.8
Weight 2.6lbs

Final Thoughts

The clear winner in this review is the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT. It just meets the portability, power, and storage needs of a regular home rice cooker. It can also double as a food steamer for veggie and cake.

From experience, it can cook restaurant-quality rice, and the space that it occupies on my countertop is barely noticeable. You will seldom find a rice cooker of this quality at this price point.

You will seldom need the big ones like the Aroma Housewares ARC-150SB and the Tiger JAX-T18U-K unless you have a huge family. It’s only suitable for those occasions where huge families gather together but other than that; you won’t need it often.

Have you used any of these Japanese rice cookers? Feel free to brag about your cooking process success in the comment section below.