REVIEW: Panasonic SR-HZ106 5-Cup (Uncooked) Induction Heating System Rice Cooker & Multi-Cooker


Pros and Cons

✅ Made in Japan
✅ Multi-functional rice cooker – 16 pre-set menus
✅ 5 layer induction heating technology
✅ 7 layer Diamond Copper inner pan
✅ Compact and stylish design
✅ 24H timer setting
✅ 12H keep warm option
✅ Easy cleaning (Detachable inner lid set and
the steam vent cap)
Not suitable for a large family

Customer Reviews

Good/Positive Reviews


Customer Reviews
Customer Reviews

–  This makes THE BEST RICE I HAVE EVER EATEN! Umami (the 5th category of taste) is real.
–  I can tell from the first use that the rice cooked way more evenly.
–  Easy to clean, high quality and the fluffiest ever rice and quinoa.
–  Great Rice Cooker. You pay for what you get.
–  Restaurant quality every time–and super easy!


Bad/Negative Reviews


Customer Reviews
Customer Reviews

– The one thing I definitely cannot tolerate is the huge noise its fan makes while cooking rice.


The Operating Instructions on the page 12 explains when the rice cooker is making noise;

●Whirring noise…Sound of fan that allows heat to escape operating.

●High-pitched noise…Sound of IH (induction heating). You may sometimes hear this when keeping warm.

●Hissing noise…Sound of steam jetting out. When opening/closing the Outer Lid

●Clacking noise…Sound of the ball in the Steam Cap rolling.

The Operating Instructions (Page 12)

Are you looking for “Made in Japan” IH rice cooker? Read below article for more details!

Product Summary

This model is perfect for a family of 4. It is made in Japan and the top-of-the-line rice cooker by Panasonic.

If you are looking for a Made in Japan, multi-functional IH rice cooker, this is the one. It has everything needed to cook the delicious rice, 12 hour timer, top-of-the-liner inner pan, 5 layer IH technology, stylish and compact design. I meant EVERYHING.

The IH (Induction Heating) rice cooker was invented in 1988 and uses the IH source to cook rice. It can cook rice more evenly and keep rice warm for a longer period of time without being dried out thanks to the induction heating source compared to the micom rice cooker. Because of this advanced heating function, hence the price tag is higher for the IH rice cooker.

If you are making more than 3 cups of rice, the IH rice cooker is better option as the micom (microcomputer) rice cooker is not good for making a large batch of rice due to the location of the heating source.

The 12 Hour timer function is great for a busy household (you can set the timer in the morning and it will be ready by the time you get home!).

Product Details

Brand: Panasonic
Type: IH (Induction Heating)
Item Number: SR-HZ106
Size: 5 cups
Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 9.8 x 7.9 inches
120 Volts
Approx. 9.7 lbs
Country of origin: Japan
Date First Available: May 7, 2015
List Price*: $492.43
*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. 56 min
Quick cook time:Approx. 23 – 33 min
Keep warm time: Up to 12 hours
Cooking options: delicious
brown rice
frozen rice
hot cereals
slow cooked option
steam option


Rice scooper, Ladle, Measuring cup, Rice scooper holder

Cleaning Instructions

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

Replacement Parts

SRHZ106 Panasonic Replacement Parts - Panasonic
SRHZ106 Panasonic 5 Cup Induction Rice Cooker | Panasonic replacement parts & accessories


Warranty Information

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

Is Panasonic 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 Panasonic rice cooker but is Panasonic a good rice cooker brand?

Panasonic is one of the best Japanese rice cooker brands. Here are why:

Panasonic (then Matsushita Electric) is a well-established company founded in 1918 with a long history of developing good quality rice cookers.

Panasonic (then Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., National) released their first automatic electric rice cooker in 1956.

Panasonic (then Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., National) released their first Induction Heating rice cooker in 1988.

Panasonic is in constant pursuit of best tasting rice with a scientific and logical approach. They have the professional rice cooker science group called “Panasonic Cooking @Lab Rice Cooker Team“.*1

Panasonic has been developing the top-of-the-line rice cookers in pursuit of the cutting-edge technology over many years.

*1炊飯科学のプロ「Panasonic Cooking @Lab 炊飯部」