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Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Induction Heating System Rice Cooker and Warmer

by Zojirushi
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • 5-1/2-cup rice cooker and warmer with micro computer technology
  • Superior induction heating evenly distributes heat for excellent results
  • Multi-menu cooking functions; LCD control panel; keep warm timer
  • Spatula, spatula holder, and rice-measuring cup included
  • Measures 14-3/16 by 9-13/16 by 7-15/16 inches

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Zojirushi NP-HBC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker and Warmer with Induction Heating System, Stainless Steel

Perfectly Cooked Rice with the NP-HBC10

Along with micro computer technology, this 5-1/2-cup rice cooker and warmer provides superior induction heating for more evenly distributed heat to ensure perfectly cooked rice every time. Choose from a variety of cooking functions including white rice (regular, softer, or harder), mixed rice, sushi rice, porridge, sweet rice, and quick cooking. In addition, healthy cooking options include brown rice, GABA brown rice, and germinated brown rice. The unit's black, thick, spherical, inner cooking pan and heating system provide even heating, and its interchangeable melody and beep signal indicates when the cooking cycle has ended. Other highlights include a detachable and washable inner lid, an easy-to-read LCD control panel with clock and timer features, and automatic keep warm and extended keep warm, as well as a delay timer with two settings and a detachable power cord. The unit's clear-coated stainless-steel exterior not only cleans easily, but also matches any kitchen decor. Accessories include a spatula, a spatula holder, and a rice-measuring cup. The 1230-watt rice cooker and warmer measures 14-3/16 by 9-13/16 by 7-15/16 inches.

Make Every Type of Rice

Brown Rice

This is a menu setting designed to cook delicious brown rice. In order to cook hard rice bran and the rice inside, preheating time is extended for better absorption of water, and is cooked at a lower temperature to allow the rice to cook longer without becoming mushy.

Sushi Rice

Because sushi rice will be processed after it's cooked, it's easier to handle when it is a little firmer. This menu setting is very similar to regular white rice, but uses less water (adjusted by the water fill lines) for a firm finish.

Mixed Rice

Mixed rice is rice cooked with additional ingredients and seasonings. This setting extends preheating for better absorption of seasoning. Also, the cooking temperature is slightly lower than regular white rice, to avoid ingredients from boiling over.


Instead of cooking rice in larger amounts of water and risk making it sloppy, use the porridge setting to cook fluffy porridge. Cooking temperature is slightly lower than regular white rice, to be cooked longer for soft texture.

Easy-to-read LCD control panel

Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Features

  • Superior induction heating (IH) technology
  • Healthy cooking options: brown rice and GABA brown rice settings
  • Easy-to-clean clear coated stainless steel exterior
  • Automatic keep warm and extended keep warm
  • Delay timer (2 settings)
  • GABA brown setting or Brown Rice Activation activates brown rice for increased nutritional values
  • Menu settings include: white (regular, softer or harder), mixed, sushi, porridge, sweet, brown, GABA brown and quick cooking
  • cETLus listed, tested to comply with FCC standards

A newly discovered way of cooking brown rice to "activate" it and increase natural occurring gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an amino acid in brown rice believed to have health giving properties such as lowering blood pressure, improving kidney function and relieving stress. The brown rice is "activated" by soaking it at 104°F for 2 hours before the actual cooking begins. All Induction Heating System rice cookers, including the IH Pressure models, have the GABA brown rice setting.

Detachable inner lid for easy cleaning
MICOM (Microcomputer) Technology

Aided by microcomputer technology, this category of rice cooker takes having rice on your menu from occasional to serious. MICOM allows the cooker to have multiple functions on its menu, making it a necessity for any avid rice fan who wants to incorporate rice into her daily diet. The microchip does all the thinking for you by, based on the type of rice you are cooking, from adjusting cooking times, temperatures, and timing the pre-soak of the raw grains to the final "wait" period during steaming.

Conventional rice cookers simply turn on and off in reaction to temperature. The "fuzzy logic" of MICOM fine-tunes this adjustment to adapt to various rice types, such as white, brown, sweet or porridge, which all have different cooking requirements. The trigger to everything is the thermal sensor, a small round button at the bottom of the inner body of the cooker. As the inner pan's weight rests on it and activates the sensor, it starts the cooking process and keeps an eye on the temperature and time.

Induction Heating (IH) system for precise temperature control

Induction Heating took rice cooking to another level by introducing another dimension to the heating process. Where the heating element would normally be located at the bottom of the cooker, IH transforms the entire inner cooking pan into a heat conductor, allowing for higher, more precise and more uniform cooking temperatures.

Induction heating occurs when a magnetic material enters a magnetic field. This is recreated by passing an electric current through coils located at the bottom of the rice cooker's body. As the special, 2-ply inner cooking pan is placed inside, a magnetic field is created, which in turn generates instant heat. The entire cooking pan becomes the heat source, with the ability to cook at higher temperatures, which can be turned on and off instantly for greater control.

Spherical inner cooking pan and heating system provide even heating for perfectly cooked rice.
Accessories include rice measuring cup, nonstick rice spatula and spatula holder.

Product Description

Zojirushi's newest Induction Heating System rice cooker and warmer incorporates induction heating and micro computer technology. The features are as follows: Superior induction heating (IH) technology; healthy cooking options- brown rice, GABA brown rice and germinated brown rice; multi-menu cooking functions: white rice (regular, softer or harder), mixed rice, sushi rice, porridge, sweet rice and quick cooking; new easy to clean clear coated stainless steel exterior; black thick spherical inner cooking pan; detachable and washable inner lid; easy-to-read LCD control panel for clock and timer functions; interchangeable melody and beep signer.

Customer Reviews

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game changer May 25 2012
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This machine is a jewel. Rice is not hard to cook, but requires supervision and cleaning of the "rice water" that inevitably bubbles out onto the stovetop. If you're like me, you also regularly end up with some rice overcooked at the bottom of the pan. No more with this machine. Rice cooks automatically after following the easy to read lines adjusting liquid volume to rice volume. You can even set the timer in the morning so the rice starts cooking before you come home. An important benefit for me is the warmer feature that keeps the rice at serving temperature for roughly 1-2 hours after its ready (and in good serving condition). This takes rice out of the equation when timing the other parts of the meal. Several good books here on Amazon have recipes for various simple and exotic rice recipes, including risotto (a more involved experience). The different menu options are invaluable including brown rice and other grains. There is an option for porridge, that you can setup the night before going to bed and wake up to porridge in the morning. An important thing to consider is the time needed to "optimally" cook rice, which includes a soaking period. Depending on the type of rice and quantity wanted the time required to cook rice from start to finish can reach 90mins. This can be shortened by using a quick-cook cycle that can take as little as 25 mins. This size is great for a family of 4.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the Best April 5 2012
This rice cooker replaces one of the same brand that we had a few years ago. The old one died on us but, because the brand has such a good name I decided to give it another try. Frankly, I cannot say enough about what a good rice cooker this is. I love brown rice but getting it nice and fluffy is actually not so easy. This cooker makes brown rice so scrumptiously that you will want to eat it every day. I've been using the cooker for three months and I have no criticisms at all!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Rice Cooker Dec 30 2011
By cjpcsy
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This Zojirushi NP-HBC10 rice cooker is fantastic. I bought it to replace my 10-year old National. Rice has never tasted this good! The only thing I don't like is the non-retractable cord. But I would still give it a five star 'cause I love the rice it cooks for me.
Good price from Amazon.ca. Don't go Chinatown or T&T!!! Once you see the Amazon price, you can see how ridiculous their profits are!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ninja cooker Feb. 10 2012
By K
This cooker has everything you could want - it schedules timimg based on when you want it done (brilliant), can germinate brown rice (no water changes and waiting), does oatmeal as well, does rice perfectly... and sings you songs. Add the measurement scales on the bowl, the temperature control and inductive cooking (more controllable than gas) and the non stick - left oatmeal in it for 48 hours and it rinsed out - yeah, it costs more than your average rice cooker, but this is a lifetime cooker - I use it about 5 times per week between rice and oatmeal, so in ten years it will cost ten cents each time.
I do have a penchant for buying the best, but it has never steered me wrong.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality build! Feb. 20 2013
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Having owned a cheaper brand of rice cooker I was hesitant to jump up in price just to cook rice, but the Zojirushi cooks rice and a lot more and does it very well. GABA option for brown rice is a nice feature even if you can't tell whether the health benefits are truly there. We make oatmeal several times per week, and it is nice to use the timer to have it ready in the morning, and the keep warm function keeps the oatmeal fresh tasting and consistent for a long period of time for the late risers.
My only quibble is that the countdown timer telling you how long until your rice is ready only activates for the last 10 minutes of cooking, it would be helpful for meal planning if it gave you a rough idea from start to finish.
Small complaint for a great product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny March 7 2012
I had used National and Rival rice cookers for years. Being an Asian, I eat rice almost everyday, but it is not my favorite food until I bought this one over a month ago.

This rice cooker cooks rice in about the same amount of time like others, but the rice tastes better than before. They are beautifully white and fluffy. Cooking and eating rice become simple.

Btw it is cheaper from Amazon than T&T supermarket.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Jan. 1 2012
By Siege
Excellent rice maker. This one is made in Japan and the quality is outstanding. Wait to you feel the weight of the rice bowl.

Love the kitschy tunes that play when the rice is done.

Bought this after a friend used his for two years. Best on the market.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The melodies have grown on me Jan. 30 2011
By Ella
I bought this because it is made in Japan, isn't bright white and makes GABA rice. I have never had brown rice that was the texture of perfect white rice before. This machines does it, brilliantly. There is a melody when you press start and one to let you know the rice is done which irritated me at first, but now I quite like them -- they are part of the charm of this excellent little unit. Even my dogs know which one means the rice is done (we add a bit of GABA rice to their otherwise raw diet and their love love love it). I love the timer feature and use that to have the GABA ready for breakfast time... I quickly learned to work in when the "aroma" starts into the time because the dogs would wake up at 4am in the morning because it was starting to smell good in the kitchen. The unit is small and discreet looking enough that I can keep it up on my counter all the time. I have a white Zojirushi that I got tired of lugging in and out of the drawer (we make rice every day) and the colour of this is low key which was part of the appeal. Today's homes, with their open kitchen concepts, mean we have to 'hide' evidence of our day to day living in case someone drops in and thinks we're slobs or some such nonsense, and that effects a lot of small appliance purchasing decisions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant rice cooker!
In 4 month's time this rice cooker will be 3-years old! It's still in excellent working condition, just like new. Now you know why it has a 'Made In Japan' label on it. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sebastian L
5.0 out of 5 stars Better food, convenient
I cannot believe how good the rice is, even if cooked using the timer and then left in the cooker for a few hours on the automatic keep-warm setting. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Markus Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth It
Works beautifully - great rice every time - excellent for porridge - timer feature is handy and keeps warm (and moist) for a long time
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Bozek
5.0 out of 5 stars I Should Have Bought This Brand A Long Time Ago
I struggled with buying rice cookers, one after the other, that never cooked consistently. This one was my last resort - and thankfully it has never given problems, except it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by lowercase i
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Purchase longtime ago from amazon when there was a sale we were being using it all the time, works perfectly. very easy to use. best cooker for sure.
Published 2 months ago by ZISHAN YANG
5.0 out of 5 stars Every house should have one to save time and mess in the kitchen.
We had it before with us. It meets more than our expectations. Everyone in the family love to eat hot and perfectly cooked rice.
Published 2 months ago by Rachhpal Pandher
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
As promised, this machine works perfectly and oozes quality. We have been using it every day for the few months since we got it and not a single problem so far. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andre Mader
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality and performance
As reported, a great performing rice cooker. It excels on wild rices and following simple instructions makes it an easy option. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M L (yyz)
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect rice cooker- Made in Japan!
We use it 3-4 times a week. Makes rice perfectly, and the build quality is so apparent. The size of the unit was perfect for our lifestyle, although a bigger one is available if... Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Penn
5.0 out of 5 stars Good rice cooker
It is one of the best rice cooker I ever owned. The non stick container is easy is easy to clean. There is no spill even when cooking porridge. Read more
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