REVIEW: Zojirushi NL-AAC10 (5.5 cups), Zojirushi NL-AAC18 (10 cups) | Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer


Pros and Cons

✅ Made in Japan
✅ Advanced Micro computerized
Fuzzy Logic technology
✅ Delay timer setting
✅ 12 hours keep warm option
✅ Detachable inner lid set and
vent steam cap for easy cleaning
✅ Best Value Zojirushi rice cooker
made in Japan
✅ Carrying handle for easy transport
✅ Steam cooking option (comes with
steam bascket)
✅ Comes with rice scooper holder
Inner pot peeling
Longer cooking time

Customer Reviews

Good/Positive Reviews


Customer Reviews
Customer Reviews

Love the handle and color.
I get perfect rice with this and am very pleased
– Great Rice Cooker from Japan
– Simple, Well Built, and Great Rice!
–  It’s one of the best rice cooker brand in the market and it’s made in Japan.


Bad/Negative Reviews


Customer Reviews
Customer Reviews

 the inner pot chips badly and 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!!

Product Summary

The size 5.5 cups is perfect for family of 4 and the size 10 cups is perfect for family of 6 +.

This model is made in Japan. This multi-functional micom rice cooker can not only cook rice but also comes with the steam cooking option!

It is priced under $200 and is the most affordable Zojirushi rice cooker that is made in Japan!

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: NL-AAC10 (5.5 cups), NL-AAC18 (10 cups)
Product Dimensions: 10.5″D x 14.6″W x 8.6″H (5.5 cups). 11-7/8″W x 15-3/4″D x 10″H (10 cups)
Voltage: 120 Volts
Weight: Approx. 8 lbs. (5.5 cups). Approx. 10 lbs. (10 cups)
Country of origin: Japan
Date First Available: October 12, 2012
List Price*: $189.49 (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. 52 – 57 min (5.5 cups)
Approx. 50 – 60 min (10 cups)
Quick cook time:Approx. 26 – 39 min (5.5 cups)
Approx. 27 – 46 min (10 cups)
Keep warm time: Up to 12 hours
Cooking options: white
steam cooking
quick cooking


Rice scooper, Scooper holder, Measuring Cup, Steaming basket

Cleaning Instructions

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

Image credit:

Replacement Parts

Instructions Manual

Warranty Information

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

Zojirushi Limited Warranty for Electrical Products |
Zojirushi stands by its products with our Limited Warranty. Enjoy one year of protection against manufacturing defects and comprehensive support.

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

Image Credit: 日本経済新聞 (

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.