Zojirushi np-nvc10 rice cooker.
Both rice cookers have induction heating. Whereas most rice cookers have bottom mounted heating elements, these machines make the entire inner pan a heat conductor. The Zojirushi np-nvc10 also uses pressure cooker technology which increases water absorption. Rice made with a pressure cooker tends to stay softer longer. This feature works especially well with brown rice which is notoriously hard and takes longer to cook.
Multiple rice cooking options
Both rice cookers have multiple rice cooking functions. You can cook white, mixed, sushi, sweet, porridge, brown, and GABA brown rice. The GABA brown rice option works by “activating” your brown rice and increasing gama-aminobutyric acid. This amino acid is believed to have health benefits, i.e., lowering blood pressure and improving kidney function.
I was surprised to learn that so many people were interested in a rice cooker that could make “crunchy” or even burnt rice. But it’s not uncommon. There are many dishes that require toasted rice, like this thai toasted rice recipe. It adds texture and flavor to the dish. Only the Zojirushi np-nvc10 comes with a scorch setting.
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Both rice makers in the Zojirushi np-nvc10 vs np-hbc10 come with nonstick inner pans. The np-nvc10, however, has a platinum coating. This platinum coating changes water quality allowing for better water absorption. This helps you make better tasting rice.
Zojirsuhi np-hbc10 rice cooker.
Both machines are smart. They have the same keep warm settings. The keep warm settings can detect how many times the cooker is opened, and how much rice is left. Based on that info, the rice cooker determines how much heat is needed to keep the rice at the ideal temperature.
There is a beep that alerts you 4 times after rice cooking completion to fluff rice. The keep warm setting automatically turns on after the cooking finish and will stay on for up to 12 hours. There is also an extended keep warm setting that reduces the temp to prevent drying and yellowing; it’s best to use this setting if you plan on keeping your rice warm for long periods of time.
Only the Zojirushi np-nvc10 has the Umami setting. In Japan, Umami is considered to be the “5th flavor”, it means “good flavor” or “deliciousness”. This setting soaks the water for longer than normal. This extended time means that more sugar contained in the rice is released into the water. When the rice is cooked, that sugar in the water reattaches itself to the surface of the rice. This makes the rice sweeter.
The Zojirushi np-nvc10 comes with a spatula, spatula holder, and two measuring cups (regular and rinse free). The np-hbc10 comes with just one regular measuring cup.
The Zojirsuhi brand makes high-end rice cookers. This quality is reflected in the price. You can click here to see the price for the Zojirushi np-nvc10 or you can click here to see the price on the Zojirushi np-hbc10.