REVIEW: Zojirushi NS-LHC05 Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer


Pros and Cons

✅ Micro computerized fuzzy logic technology
✅ GABA brown rice cooking option included
✅ Triple heater (bottom, side and lid)
generate heat all around for even heating
✅ Delay timer (2 settings)
✅ 12 hour keep warm option
✅ Detachable inner lid set and
vent steam cap for easy cleaning
✅ Easy to store retractable cord
✅ Carrying handle for easy transport
✅ Comes with rice scooper holder
✅ Perfect for single, couple, and
smaller family household (3 cups)
Inner pot peeling
Not suitable for large family
Longer cooking time

Customer Reviews

Good/Positive Reviews


Customer Reviews
Customer Reviews

Great little appliance, worth the price
Perfect rice every time
Should have gotten this long ago
SHOULD have bought this years ago.
Great rice cooker. I’ve owned for over a year. It’s portable, easy to store and cooks great.
– Longevity and performance


Bad/Negative Reviews


Customer Reviews
Customer Reviews

 WARNING! 60 min for white rice and 98 min for brown! “Quick” setting for white is even 39 min!
Inner pot coating is now has micro bubbles and is blistering


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!!

Brown rice takes longer time to cook as the thick bran layer remains on. The bran layer is removed from the regular white rice. It is recommended to soak brown rice in water at least for 1 to 2 hours before cooking for the better taste. The delay timer setting comes in handy for the busy household!

Product Summary

The size 3 cups is perfect for single, couple, and smaller family household.

It is light weight and compact model which doesn’t take up a lot of space in your kitchen. The cooking option includes Jasmine rice!

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.

What is the advanced “Fuzzy Logic” technology? Read this article for more details!

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

Product Details

Brand: Zojirushi
Type: Micom (Microcomputer) Rice Cooker
Model Number: NS-LHC05
Size: 3 cups
Product Dimensions: 9.12″D x 11.88″W x 7.5″H
Voltage: 120 Volts
Weight: Approx. 6 lbs.
Country of origin: China
Date First Available: Aug. 3 2016
List Price*: $184.50
*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. 50 – 60 min
Quick cook time:Approx. 27 – 39 min
Keep warm time: Up to 12 hours
Cooking options: white/mixed rice
sushi rice
brown rice
GABA brown rice
jasmine white rice
quick cooking


Rice scooper, Scooper holder, Measuring Cup

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Cleaning Instructions

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