Top 5 Best “Made in Japan” Micom Rice Cooker in 2022

The micom (microcomputer) rice cooker 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 compared to the IH (Induction Heating) and the pressure IH rice cookers.

“Made in Japan” often stands for high quality, reliability, durability, and cutting-edge technology.

I am Japanese and have had an opportunity to work with Japanese engineers. I was extremely impressed with their passion and seriousness toward work, their kaizen mindsets (continuous improvement), and amazing work ethics.

There are 5 micom rice cookers that are made in Japan. There has been many inquires on which models are made in Japan so I created the below comparison table to find the best model!

Zojirushi
NL-GAC10 BM

Tiger
JAX-T10U-K

Zojirushi
NL-AAC10


Zojirushi
NS-ZCC10

Tiger
JBV-S18U

List Price (USD)*$319.50$196.58$244.00$269.50$139.95
Size5.5 cups5.5 cups5.5 cups5.5 cups10 cups
Keep warm time
(Max.)
12 hours12 hours12 hours12 hours12 hours
Easy cleaning**✅ ✅ ✅ ✅ 
Delay Timer Setting✅ ✅ ✅ ✅ ✅ 
Rice cook time
(Approx.)
48-59 min44-59 min52-57 min48-55 min43-74 min
Quick cook time
(Approx.)
27-44 min25-45 min26-39 min36-42 min23-44 min
Built-in retractable
power cord
Steam cooking✅ ✅ ✅ 
Slow cooking✅ ✅ 
Sushi rice✅ ✅ 
Mixed rice✅ ✅ ✅ 
Porridge✅ ✅ ✅ 
Sweet rice✅ ✅ ✅ 
Brown rice✅ ✅ ✅ 
GABA brown rice✅ 
Multi-grain rice✅ 
Jasmine rice✅ 
* List price is the suggested retail price of a product as provided by a manufacturer, supplier, or seller. ** The definition of the easy cleaning is both the steam vent cap and the inner lid are detachable.

No. 1 – Zojirushi NL-GAC10 BM

This model is finally equipped with the multi-functional cooking options (Jasmine rice, soup, slow cooking included)! This newer model (released in 2021) even comes with Umami setting option – soaks and steams rice longer for enhanced flavor!

Zojirushi rice cookers have amazing reviews and many repeated customers which tell everything.

No. 2 – Tiger JAX-T10U-K

This model is equipped with the multi-functional cooking options also! It also has the Syncro-cooking function “tacook” makes it possible to cook main dish and rice at the same time.

It is at a more affordable price compared to Zojirushi brand (priced under $200).

No. 3 – Zojirushi NL-AAC10

This model has the steam cooking option and is priced under $200. It is the most affordable Zojirushi rice cooker that are made in Japan!

No. 4 – Zojirushi NS-ZCC10

This model doesn’t come with the multi-functional cooking options, however, it is the best-designed model. It is equipped with the built-in retractable power cord and the inner cooking pan has the fold down handle for easy carry and transport.

This model is perfect for people who eat rice almost every day and are looking for the top-of-the-line rice cooker that is user-friendly and makes delicious sticky rice!

No. 5 – Tiger JBV-S18U

This model is equipped with the multi-functional cooking options also! It also has the Syncro-cooking function “tacook” makes it possible to cook main dish and rice at the same time. The size 10 cups is perfect for family of 6+.

The inner lid is not detachable for easy cleaning, however, it is the least expensive model out of 5 rice cookers that are made in Japan!

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