How To Find your Best Japanese Rice Cooker in 3 simple steps! – Sizes, Types, Models

When you start searching for Japanese brand rice cookers, it is easy to get confused and lost as there are so many different brands, features, types, sizes, and price ranges.

As a first step, let’s decide on the size that fits your family size.

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Step 1: Pick the SIZE of Japanese Rice Cooker based on your family size!

Now, let’s look at the below size chart and pick the size.

Size 3 – 3.5 (cups)Size 5 – 5.5 (cups)Size 8 -10 (cups)
Single Person
Family of 3 – 5Family of 6 +
6 – 9 rice bowls10 – 15 rice bowls16 – 23 rice bowls
Rice Cooker Size Reference

If you need to make 3 cups of rice, it is better to pick the size 5 – 5.5 cups rice cooker for the best tasting rice.
Reason: It is said that the more space exists between the rice and the inner pan, it allows the grains of rice to move more naturally.

It is better to pick one size bigger!

Step 2: Pick the TYPE of Japanese Rice Cooker that fits your needs and budget!

There are 3 types of Japanese rice cookers. They differ in the heating locations/types/powers and the price ranges. Let’s look at each type.

  • Pressure IH (Induction Heating) Rice Cooker
  • IH (Induction Heating) Rice Cooker
  • Micom (Microcomputer) Rice Cooker
Pressure IHIHMicom
Price RangeHigh ($500+)Middle ($300+)Low ($90+)
ProsEven heating,
strongest heating power,
more cooking options,
shorter cooking time,
longer heating time
Even heating,
more cooking options
uneven heating
ConsHeavy weight,
Heavy weight,
light weight

Pressure IH rice cooker

Image Credit: Zojirushi NP-NWC10XB Pressure Induction Heating Rice Cooker & Warmer, 5.5 Cup, Stainless Black, Made in Japan

It is the top-of-the-line rice cooker. If your budget allows, I highly recommend the Pressure IH Rice Cooker.

As it uses the most advanced technologies, it has the highest price tag out of 3 types of the rice cookers.

It uses the pressurized cooking and cooks rice evenly in a shorter time. It has more cooking options such as cake, bread, simmered dishes, and steamed dishes.

IH (Induction Heating) Rice Cooker

Image Credit: Zojirushi NP-HCC10XH Induction Heating System Rice Cooker and Warmer, 1 L, Stainless Dark Gray

It is the most popular mid-range rice cooker in Japan. The IH rice cooker was invented in 1988 and uses the IH source to cook rice.

It has less cooking options compared to the pressure IH rice cooker. The IH rice cooker can cook rice more evenly and keep rice warm for a longer period of time without being dried out thanks to the induction heating source compared to the micom rice cooker.

If you are making more than 3 cups of rice, the IH rice cooker is better option as the micom (microcomputer) rice cooker is not good for making a large batch of rice due to the location of the heating source.

Micom (Microcomputer) Rice Cooker

Image Credit: Panasonic 10 Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker with Fuzzy Logic and One-Touch Cooking for Brown Rice, White Rice, and Porridge or Soup – 1.8 Liter – SR-DF181 (White)

It is the oldest type of the rice cooker equipped with the automatic heat control functions invented in 1979.

The heat source is at the bottom of the rice cooker. It is light weight and the least expensive rice cooker.

It is not good for making a large batch of rice as the heating source is located at the bottom. It does not cook rice evenly due to that.

The micom rice cooker is perfect for the single person or couple household.

Difference – IH and Micom rice cookers

The IH rice cooker is equipped with the Induction Heating coil inside which gives the stronger heating power and help rice be cooked evenly.

Therefore, the large batch of rice can be cooked evenly. Rice taste more fluffy and tasty thanks to the strong heating power.

The micom rice cooker is equipped with the heater which is located at the buttom of the rice cooker (refer to the below image).

The heat is transferred to the entire rice pot and cooks rice.

Due to the location of the heater, the micom rice cooker is not good for cooking a large batch of rice (more than 3 cups).

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Step 3: Pick the MODEL of Japanese Rice Cooker that fits your needs!

Now that you have decided on the size and the type, let’s look at the models of Japanese Rice Cooker that fits your needs! Click the below categorized link to view the different brands and models of rice cookers.

Are you looking for “Made in Japan” micom rice cooker? Click the below to determine which model fits your needs and budget!