Zojirushi NS-LAC05 Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer Review: The NS-LAC05 rice cooker is one of the inexpensive rice cookers from Zojirushi, a Japanese company. The model was manufactured in Japan, a country where rice is a staple food, so you can expect it to know what is needed in getting the rice cooked perfectly.
The Zojirushi NS-LAC05 is a micro-computerized 3-cup rice cooker that uses 450 watts. It is packaged with a measuring cup and spatula. Zojirushi NS-LAC05 Micom comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s limited warranty. It also has a timer, LCD display, and a digital menu. Its current price is around $130. While the Zojirushi NS-LAC05 is not as expensive as the other Zojirushi models, it is a reliable kitchen buddy of individuals who love to eat rice.
- 3-Cup rice cooker with micro-computerized fuzzy logic technology
- Keep-warm function; LCD display with timer; nonstick inner cooking pan
- Menu selections include white, sushi, porridge, brown, and quick cooking
- Measures 11-1/2 by 9 by 7-1/4-inch; 1-year limited warranty.
- Measuring cup, nonstick rice spatula, and spatula holder included
Some rice sticking to the pot is a common problem when cooking rice manually or electronically. This is solved with the Zojirushi NS-LAC05 that comes with a non-stick inner pot. One can rest assured that he can savor every bit of rice without any part of it to stick to the pot. This also paves the way for very easy cleaning of the inner pot. The exterior is made from stainless steel, which is a good choice if you hate fingerprints on the appliance’s surface.
Setting Up and Maintenance
The Zojirushi NS-LAC05 is easy to set up. One just needs to read the manual and follow the instructions especially in setting up the clock so you get the best benefits from the timer feature.
When it comes to maintenance, the Zojirushi NS-LAC05 proves to be one of the easiest to clean rice cookers. The inner pot can be easily removed and cleaned. You can also consider the fact that it is a non-stick pot so you will be spending less time washing.
Timer and LCD Display
Before, when there are no rice cookers in every house, people need to watch their rice and pots. From the minute it was placed on stove up to the last second until it is ready, one needs to watch and monitor the rice to avoid under or over-cooking. With the first rice cookers, one just needs to wash the rice, put the right amount of water, set to cooking mode, and leave. Today, it is possible to set cooking ahead of time with the rice cookers equipped with timers like the Zojirushi NS-LAC05.
You can easily navigate through the controls and see how you are about to set the unit with the LCD display. The LCD displays are best for electronic appliances because they give a clear view of data (i.e. time). The one in the Zojirushi NS-LAC05 is extra large and is colored.
Functions and Menu Selection
The Zojirushi NS-LAC05 is suitable for cooking several kinds of rice. You can use it to cook white rice, brown rice, sushi rice, jasmine rice, white and brown basmati, and porridge. Quick-cooking is available, too.
There is a “keep warm” mode and it automatically turns on after a cooking mode. This is very useful in keeping the rice or porridge at the best temperature until serving.
The Zojirushi NS-LAC05 is a relatively small rice cooker. It can cook up to 3 cups of rice so it is not recommended for big families.