REVIEW: Zojirushi NL-BAC05SB Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer, Silver Black


Pros and Cons

✅ Advanced Fuzzy Logic technology
prepares perfect rice every time
✅ Multi-functional cooking options
Quinoa included
✅ Triple heater with Extra large heating element
heats and warms rice from the bottom, side and top
✅ 2.5mm thick inner pan
✅ Quick and easy cleaning
– detachable inner lid and steam vent cap
✅ Modern and stylish color and design
✅ Size – 3 cups
Not suitable for larger family
No steam/slow cooking option

Product Summary

The size 3 cups is perfect for single, couples, and smaller family household. It is compact, light weight and doesn’t take up a lot of space in the kitchen. The modern and sleek look will complement the sophisticated kitchen design.

The heat source is at the bottom of the rice cooker for the micom (microcomputer) rice cookers, however, this model has the triple heater (bottom, side, and lid) to generate heat all around for even heating.

2.5 mm thick inner pan keeps the high temperature for a longer period of time. This multi-functional micom rice cooker can not only cook rice but also bake cake and cook quinoa!

Are you interested in the small size (3 cups) rice cooker? Click below for more details!

Advanced Fuzzy Logic technology

This model comes with the advanced 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)

Customer Reviews

Good/Positive Reviews


Customer Reviews
Customer Reviews

The Best Rice Cooker I’ve Ever Owned
Hands down the best company to buy a rice cooker from
 Worth the wait , rice tastes Wonderful every time! Worth the Price!
Capable of handling the variety of rices and is well built.
Wow! Easy to use, no mess and perfect rice and steel cut oats every time
The best investment in my kitchen
VERY easy to clean!


Bad/Negative Reviews


Customer Reviews
Customer Reviews

 Takes a long time to cook
– Only 3 cup capacity.


This rice cooker has the quick cooking option which helps rice to cook in 25 – 40 minutes (approximately). Click the below link to check all the Japanese multi-functional rice cookers if you are looking for a bigger size (5.5 cups or 10 cups)!

Product Details

Brand: Zojirushi
Type: Micom (Microcomputer) Rice Cooker
Size: 3 cups
Dimensions: 9.38″D x 12.88″W x 7.88″H
 120 Volts
 Approx. 2.72 kg (6 lbs.)
Country of origin: China
Date First Available: January 1, 2017
List price*: $149.00
*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. 51 – 60 min
Quick cook time: Approx. 25 – 40 min
Keep warm time: Up to 12 hours
Cooking options: white/sushi rice
brown rice
long grain white rice
steel cut oatmeal


Rice scooper, Measuring cup

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Cleaning Instructions

The inner lid and 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.