REVIEW: Zojirushi NL-GAC10 BM (5.5 cups), NL-GAC18 BM (10 cups) Umami Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer, Metallic Black, Made in Japan


Pros and Cons

Made in Japan
✅ Multi-functional cooking options
(Jasmine rice, soup, slow cooking included)
✅ Advanced micro computerized
Fuzzy logic technology
✅ Umami setting – soaks and steams
rice longer for enhanced flavor
✅ Delay timer setting
✅ Keep warm option (12 hours)
✅ Quick and easy cleaning
(detachable inner lid and steam vent cap)
✅ Newer model (2021)
Inner pot peeling
Longer cooking time

Good/Positive Customer Reviews


Customer Reviews
Customer Reviews

Total gamechanger, even if you own other Zojirushi rice cookers
Incredibly easy to use and versatile
best rice cooker brand in the world i didnt know i could perfect sushi with a rice cooker
Well Worth My Money
Love it and wish I bought it sooner.
– Worth the extra money


Bad/Negative Customer Reviews


Customer Reviews
Customer Reviews

 Non stick coat went off after 3 months


It is highly recommended to use a bowl or strainer to wash rice, as this helps to preserve the quality of the inner pot. For more tips on how to extend the lifespan of your inner pot and keep it in pristine condition, be sure to check out this article on the topic!

Product Summary

The 5.5-cup capacity is ideal for a family of four and the 10-cup capacity is ideal for larger families of 6 or more. This Zojirushi micom rice cooker is manufactured in Japan and represents the latest (2021) model in its category.

With its various cooking options, including jasmine rice, soup, and slow cooking, this model is highly versatile. Moreover, the advanced micro computerized Fuzzy logic technology enhances its performance.

One of the most convenient features of this model is its detachable inner lid and steam vent cap, which make cleaning quick and easy. The non-stick coated inner pot also makes it a breeze to remove any leftover rice or food residue, while the sleek and modern design will look great in any kitchen.

Zojirushi NL-GAC10 BM (5.5 cups) and NL-GAC18 BM (10 cups) Umami Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer have been selected for the BEST multi-functional Japanese rice cooker and the BEST made-in-Japan micom rice cooker!

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)

Product Details

Brand: Zojirushi
Type: Micom (Microcomputer) Rice Cooker
Size: 5.5 cups, 10 cups
Product dimensions: 10-1/8W x 14-7/8D x 8-3/4H inches (5.5 cups), 11W x 16D x 10H inches (10 cups)
Voltage: 120 Volts
Wattage: 610 watts (5.5 cups), 820 watts (10 cups)
Weight: N/A
Country of origin: Japan
Date First Available: March 19, 2021
List price*: $336.00 (5.5 cups), $361.00 (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. 48 – 59 mins (5.5 cups)
Approx. 48 – 58 mins (10 cups)
Quick cook time: Approx. 27 – 44 mins (5.5 cups)
Approx. 29 – 49 mins (10 cups)
Keep warm time: Up to 12 hours
Cooking options: white
GABA brown
quick white
quick Jasmine
steam and slow cook


BPA-free steaming basket, Measuring cup, Rice scooper, Scooper holder

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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.