Why I Prefer Zojirushi Rice Cookers

Zojirushi manufactures some of the best rice cookers available on the market today. Dominating the market in Japan, they have established themselves as a leader in the rice cooker business. An entire nation of serious rice fanatics has to say something for the quality of product that they produce.
Zojirushi rice cookers range from the most basic for those on a budget or who don't need many features all the way up to the most advanced rice cookers on the market. Whether you're just one person or a large family Zojirushi has a rice cooker that will fit your needs.
Zojirushi offers a number of different features throughout their line of rice cookers, below are some of the most prominent:
The Ability to Warm
All but a select few Zojirushi rice cookers come with a warming feature these days and I personally would never buy one without it. At the very least this feature allows the rice to stay warm for hours after it's finished cooking, but many also provide a re-warming ability, allowing you to re-heat rice or other foods in the rice cooker. One thing to keep in mind though is to try to avoid using any warming feature with very small amounts of rice, such as 1 or 2 cups as this can dry the rice out.
Steamer
Many Zojirushi rice cookers have a steamer plate attachment. This plate usually hangs from the lip of the cooking bowl and allows the steaming of just about anything from vegetables to fish. Many types of rice should be steamed such as Jasmine and Thai sticky rice. Although these types of rice can be cooked in the same way as other standard varieties of rice, their texture is much better is steamed.
Neuro Fuzzy and Fuzzy Logic
Fuzzy technology is very common in Zojirushi rice cookers, in fact, just about all mid to upper-range models come with it. If you are particular about the way your rice comes out then you shouldn't get any rice cooker without this technology. Neuro Fuzzy is a newer version of Fuzzy Logic but both work very well. Rice cookers with this feature are able to constantly update the temperature and cooking time, thus allowing it to always produce a perfect pot of rice. It also helps reduce the impact of poor measuring or other possible human errors.
The Induction Heating Feature
This feature is typically only available on the higher-end Zojirushi rice cookers. Contrary to most standard rice cookers those with induction heating don't have a heater coil near the bottom of the cooking pot. Instead, it uses a technology that allows a very uniform heating and thus a uniform cooking, preventing rice on the edges of the pot from getting cooked more than that in the center.
Again, Zojirushi rice cookers are the best in my book, finding the right one for you can sometimes seem a bit complicated. I hope that the features described in this article help you in finding the perfect rice cooker for you.

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