Zojirushi NS-TSC10 Rice Cooker
Zojirushi rice cookers are oddly shaped pod-like small appliances. For some reason, they kind of remind me of the re-entry spacecraft from Apollo 13. The dimensions are virtually the same for each machine (you can see the dimensions on the comparison chart below).
As you can see from the pictures, the biggest difference in appearance is the color. The Zojirushi ns-tsc10 is stainless steel/brown while the Zojirushi ns-zcc10 is white (the material is stainless steel). I prefer the stainless look of the ns-tsc10, but both look decent. You can see a closer pic of the Zojirushi ns-tsc10 here or the Zojirushi ns-zcc10 here.
The Zojirushi ns-zcc10 comes with the following accessories: spatula, spatula holder, and two measuring cups (one for regular and one for rinse free rice); but it does not come with a steam tray. The ns-tsc10 comes with a spatula, measuring cup, and steamer tray.
Convenient Physical Features…
The rice cookers in the Zojirushi ns-tsc10 vs ns-zcc10 comparison have several convenient features. Both have a retractable cord. It’s a really simple yet thoughtful feature that more products should have. The fold down handle makes carrying and storage easy. The ns-zcc10 has a spatula holder that helps to prevent additional mess.
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Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker
Control panel and LCD Display
The layout of the control panel is similar on both models. Both keep the time without the machine being plugged in. Both are easy to use. But with the Zojirushi ns-zcc10 you get a much larger control panel with big obvious buttons. The display is brighter on the ns-zcc10, you can see it here.
Both of these machines have a nonstick coating on the inner pot. Treat it like any other nonstick pot; don’t use any metal utensils with it and don’t scrub it with an abrasive. You do have to be careful when using it, but it will save you on cleanup time.
The inner pot of the Zojirushi ns-tsc10 is shaped like any standard pot you would use on your stovetop. On the flip side, the Zojirushi ns-zcc10 is spherically shaped. The advantage of a spherically shaped pot is that it will distribute the heat more evenly and uniform. The Zojirushi ns-zcc10 also has “stay cool” handles attached to the inner pot. There’s no need to use oven mitts. You can click here to see the pot.
Both machines in the Zojirushi ns-tsc10 vs ns-zcc10 comparison are listed as 1 liter or 5 ½ cup capacity machines. This isn’t entirely true. In the U.S., a cup is eight ounces. When Zojirushi refers to a cup they are referring to the measuring cup that comes with the rice cooker (for best results, you should only use the measuring cup that comes with your rice cooker). It’s about six ounces. Based on what I’ve read, these machines should be suitable for a family of four. If you think you might need a larger size, both machines are available in 1.8 liter (10 cup) models.
The automatic “keep warm” for both machines is 12 hours max. The extended keep warm can keep your rice warm for days. Though you probably wouldn’t want to keep rice warm for days.
Both machines feature the famous microcomputer Neuro Fuzzy logic technology. It means that your rice cooker will adjust cooking times and heat based on rice type and amount of water added for each individual pot of rice you make.
Only the Zojirushi ns-zsc10 comes with a steamer tray. A really cool benefit is that you can actually steam and cook rice at the same time.
However, rice does take longer to cook than most items that you would steam. It can be done though. Let’s say you want to cook chicken and rice. For example, the rice takes 60 minutes and the chicken takes 30 minutes (just an example, refer to your manual for actual cooking times). It’s best to say start the rice then about halfway through start the steaming function for the chicken. This feature makes the Zojirushi ns-tsc10 rice cooker very versatile.
I’ve come across many customers that prefer to buy products that are not made in certain countries. The Zojirushi ns-tsc10 is made in China, while the more expensive Zojirushi ns-zcc10 is manufactured in Japan. Despite the manufacturing country origin, neither machine has many complaints about quality.
You can see the price for the Zojirushi ns-tsc10 here, and you can click here to see the price on the Zojirushi ns-zcc10.