Best 5 Cup Rice Cooker Models
Below is a list of the best 5 cup rice cooker models that are worth checking out. Please click on model number for full rating, review, and description along with pros & cons. The information provided is based on our own research along with customer feedback we gathered throughout the social Net. Please use this insight for further aiding in your selection.
(model list subject to change as updates & new units become available)
Micro-computerized 5 Cup Rice Cookers
Sanyo ECJ-HC55S – For the money along with the multiple benefits & features we believe this is the best five cup rice cooker model on this page.
Cook very good quality rice, steam vegetables, poultry, seafood, and eggs, and even prepare slow cooked meals. For rice folks can select several varieties using this Sanyo unit and even select their desired texture all with the press of a few buttons on the sleek easy touch digital interface.
A great all-in-one kitchen appliance that is well-built and performs excellent. Full Sanyo ECJ-HC55S Review
Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 – For folks who wish to have a Zojirushi brand and do not care so much for steaming or slow cooking features, the NS-ZCC10 is a good choice.
Like the Sanyo, this model makes very good quality rice, comes with options for multiple rice types, performs well, and doesn’t have a very high price tag. It has a non-stick bowl that is easy to clean, has a user-friendly panel, and sports a retractable cord for easy storage.
Experience the difference this Fuzzy Logic 5 cup rice cooker offers! Full Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Review
Zojirushi NP-HBC10 – This cooker is a must for folks who love brown rice and want it cooked to perfection each and every time with moist and fluffy consistency.
However the reason this five cup rice cooker is at “Number 3” in our list is due to the expensive price tag, and this cooker should be only considered if rice (and not just white rice), is served daily to justify the cost. But is worth it if so!
The unit uses IH cooking, Fuzzy Logic technology, and an additional technology called “GABA” which prepares a much more flavorful and healthier bowl of brown rice. It does take longer, but the end results are the best one can get from an electric cooker. Full Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Review
Basic 5 Cup Cookers
Tiger JNP-1000 – Barely beating the below Zojirushi model is the Tiger JNP-1000 rice cooker.
As you will learn, Tiger rice cookers are one of the best you can buy, especially when considering a basic one lever unit. Although the JNP-1000 does not offer advanced settings or features, it makes a great bowl of white or brown rice in a decent time frame and can keep it moist and warm for hours unit folks are ready to serve.
The overall durability and performance we believe are unmatched when considering these types of basic cookers; and while the Zojirushi NS-RNC10 does closely rival it, the Tiger offers just a tad bit more in terms of overall quality. Full Tiger JNP-1000 Review
Zojirushi NS-RNC10 – At a very close Number 2 is this Zojirushi 5 cup rice cooker. The benefits, overall style, and features are pretty much the same but we leaned more towards the Tiger only because we received more feedback.
The NS-RNC10 sports a retractable cord, cooks fast, is non-stick and cleans fast, and at around 10 inches is compact enough to fit comfortably on counter tops. Like the above Tiger model it features an air tight lid for locking in moisture and flavor as well as holding the rice for hours at a ready to eat temperature without any noticeable drying.
Since they are priced pretty closely and make good rice, in the end this is really a coin toss unless folks have mixed feelings on what flower blossom design they prefer. Full Zojirushi NS-RNC10 Review
Sanyo ECJ-N55W – Another good performer coming in third on our list is this great basic cooker from Sanyo.
Now while it does not offer everything the elite ECJ-HC55S offers, for a basic unit it gets the job done fast and most of all is affordable! We like the modern design it offers and is pretty simple to operate without having to study a manual.
It makes good quality white rice (with somewhat of a small learning curve for brown rice) and has an additional feature/setting for making soup and porridge. It also does something the above two basic cookers do not…simultaneously steam other food using the included tray. Full Sanyo ECJ-N55W Review
Browse 5 Cup Cookers by Brand:
Five cup rice cooker are more of your medium sized cookers that allow up to 15 cups of cooked rice to be served.
In fact, to be more accurate the majority of units sold are 5.5 cup rice cooker models rather than just 5 cups. Also keep in mind that “5 cups” refers to the raw measurements in rice-cooker-sized cups, (not standard cup measurements).
Fuzzy Logic Cookers
Several top brands such as Zojirushi, Sanyo, and Panasonic offer a nice line of models that utilize Fuzzy Logic technology and in addition come equipped with setting for specific rice types.
This technology and settings along with the commonly included spherical pan produces consistent great tasting moist and fluffy rice after every use. It is true when they say these types of Fuzzy Logic cookers take most of the guess work out of preparing rice!
They also cook brown rice much better than traditional basic rice cookers.
Steaming & Slowing Cooking
Some 5.5 cup rice cookers may come with additional benefits such as a steaming or slow cooking feature; in some cases both. See the Sanyo ECJ-HC55S
However, with most 5 cup Fuzzy Logic rice cookers folks cannot steam food while simultaneously cooking rice. Also, the bowl size for slow cooking soups & stews are only good for about 2 people; 3 max!
Granted this size is perfect for single live-alone chefs and even couples.
With 5 cup rice cookers, there are plenty of brands and models to select from, all with diversified price ranges and benefits. And as far as rice capacity goes, they are the ideal size for households consisting of 3 to 5 people.