REVIEW: Zojirushi NS-TSC10 (5.5 cups), NS-TSC18 (10 cups) Multi-functional Micom Rice Cooker


Pros and Cons

✅ Micro computerized fuzzy logic technology
✅ Multi-functional cooking options
White/sushi, mixed, porridge, sweet, brown, cake, steam
✅ Thick inner cooking pan
allows the temperature to be kept at high
✅ Delay timer option
✅ 12 hours keep warm option
✅ Quick and easy cleaning
the inner lid and the steam vent cap are detachable
✅ Built-in Retractable Power Cord
✅ Carrying handle for easy transport
✅ Comes with a steaming basket and
a rice scooper holder
Inner pot peeling
Rice dries up after 12 hours keep warm setting

Customer Reviews

Good/Positive Reviews


Customer Reviews
Customer Reviews

Best decision ever
 Perfect Rice Every Time!
Easy to Use and Outstanding Brown Rice
Easy to make restaurant quality sticky rice!!
Awesome rice cooker, for a great price!
Cooks Perfect Rice! (sushi & jasmine)
Slick design and worth the money!


Bad/Negative Reviews

Customer Reviews
Customer Reviews

 Serious drying problem after warming
– Top of inner pan paint start to worn out after 3 months


The fluorine coating could peel easily. It is recommended to use the bowl or strainer to wash rice to preserve the inner pot. Read this article for more tips on how to preserve the inner pot for a longer time!!

It is not recommended to keep rice warm for more than 12-24 hours in a rice cooker. It is recommended to freeze cooked leftover rice to keep the freshness.

Make sure to wash/rinse rice before cooking to avoid the odor after cooking as the rice bran can be the cause for the odor.

In addition, improperly stored uncooked rice can be the cause for the odor after cooking. it is very important to store uncooked rice in proper temperature and place. It is recommended to store them in temperature below 15 °C with 70% humidity in a place not exposed to direct sunlight.

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Product Summary

The size 5.5 cups is prefect for a family of 4 and 10 cups is perfect for a family of 6 +. The thick inner pan keeps the high temperature for a longer period of time. It is easy to clean as the inner lid and the steam vent cap are detachable! The built-in retractable power cord is a great bonus feature!

This multi-functional micom rice cooker can not only cook rice but also bake cake!

Micro Computerized Fuzzy Logic technology

This model comes with the micro computerized Fuzzy Logic technology. The fuzzy logic controller microchip in the rice cooker can think like humans and adjust the cooking temperature and time to make the perfect tasting rice every single time! (more details are explained in this article about the fuzzy logic)

Product Details

Brand: Zojirushi
Type: Micom (Microcomputer) Rice Cooker
Model Number: NS-TSC10 (5.5 cups), NS-TSC18 (10 cups)
Size: 5.5 cups, 10 cups
 120 Volts
 Approx. 9.5 lbs (5.5 cups), Approx. 11.88 lbs (10 cups)
Dimensions: 14″D x 10.13″W x 8.5″H (5.5 cups), 9.87″D x 15″W x 11.12″H (10 cups)
Country of Origin: China
Date First Available: January 20, 2012
List price*: $232.50 (5.5 cups), $209.99 (10 cups)
*At the time of publication. List price is the suggested retail price (USD) of a product as provided by a manufacturer, supplier, or seller.

Cooking options

Rice (white) cook time: Approx. 45 – 60 min
Quick cook time:Approx. 29 – 40 min
Keep warm time:Up to 12 hours
Cooking options:white/sushi
quick cooking


Rice scooper, rice scooper holder, steaming basket, measuring cup

Steaming basket
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Cleaning Instructions

The inner lid and the steam vent cap are detachable for quick and easy cleaning.

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Replacement Parts

Instructions Manual

Warranty Information

Parts and Labor: 1 year
Eligible Country: U.S.A. and Canada

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Is Zojirushi good rice cooker brand?

You have started searching for Japanese rice cookers and wondered:

  • There are too many options to choose from!
  • Which brand is best for my needs..? Tiger, Toshiba, Panasonic, Zojirushi..?
  • I have decided on Zojirushi rice cooker but is Zojirushi a good rice cooker brand?

Zojirushi is one of the best Japanese rice cooker brands. Here are why:

  1. Holds the top market share in Japan.
  2. Is a well-established company which celebrates 105-year anniversary in 2023.
  3. A top class knowledge and expertise in the heat insulation technology.
  4. Has been developing the top-of-the-line rice cookers in pursuit of the cutting-edge technology over many years.
  5. Has been creating and assembling 130 models of rice cookers in Osaka, Japan under the strict quality standards by craftsman.

Company History

The Zojirushi rice cookers hold the top market share in Japan.1 The Zojirushi corporation (it started as Ichikawa Brothers Trading Company) was founded in 1918 in Osaka, Japan.

The company’s philosophy is “Creating a Quality of Life” and their slogan is “Inspirations from everyday life“. Their detailed attentions to their products come from their slogan.

You might have wondered why their company logo is the cute elephant. “ZO” means elephant in Japanese, which symbolizes strength, intelligence and familiarity.2

Product Line

The company released its first electronic rice jar in 1974 and released its first micom (microcomputer) rice cooker in 1979.

They also produce the variety of electronic kitchen tools, the heat insulation water bottles, bento/lunch jars, and the home appliances such as the humidifiers, the futon dryers, and the air purifiers.

The company’s first released product was a glass-lined vacuum bottle. This bottle for home use was created using vacuum insulation which was the breakthrough technology at the time. 2

Made in Japan – High Quality Rice Cookers

The Zojirushi has been developing the top-of-the-line rice cookers in pursuit of the cutting-edge technology over many years. It is needless to say they are the leading company in the industry.

Their passion and pursuit of developing the top-of-the-line products does not just end in relying on the machines. They also excel in creating and assembling the product by hand as well. Japan is know for its craftmanship and 130 models of rice cookers are made in Osaka, Japan. Their products are developed under the strict quality standards and their top-of-the-line model “Nanbu Iron Kiwame Hagama” is assembled by hand by 46 skilled craftsmen.3

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The Zojirushi rice cookers might not be the most stylish and the instagrammable design and the company is well aware of these feedbacks, however, their passion and focus is to produce the best rice cooker which can cook the best tasting rice. I think this story defines their brand, company’s focus, and strengths.

This is one of many reasons why Zojirushi brand is trusted, admired, and loved by both new and repeated customers internationally over many years.