Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer

A rice cooker smaller than most other offerings by Zojirushi, the NS-LAC05XT comes packed with all the features you could ask for. It is equipped with fuzzy logic mechanism, a retractable cord, a digital timer, you name it! It can cook all kinds of rice without stopping for a breath. You will be surprised to find so many cooking functions for such a great price.

Latest Customer Reviews

Versatile and Efficient
Rating (5 out of 5)
By Xander Drufus on May 14, 2016
The NS-LAC05XT is much better than ordinary rice cookers, and is certainly a few steps ahead of its competition in the price range. I don’t really need to care after putting all the required ingredients into the cooker. All the hard work is done by this machine. I would definitely recommend it!
No Complaints so far
Rating (4.8 out of 5)
By Nina Kudrow on May 10, 2016
I have been using the cooker for a little more than 5 months, and it is still working in the same way as in the beginning. I have had no complaints with the cooker whatsoever. I needed a compact cooker with a little bit of brains, enough to cook rice for me and my husband, and got the exact same thing at a bargain!
A great appliance
Rating (5 out of 5)
By Caroline Gonzalez on May 8, 2016
The NS-LAC05XT served me delicious rice for more than a year. Its technology didn’t allow me to do much work. Cleaning was literally a breeze. However, after cooking and cleaning several times in the past 15 months, the Teflon coating over the bowl slowly got peeled off after each cleaning session. I can’t really use the bowl now. But I’d definitely buy Zojirushi’s other models.

Our Review

Finally, an affordable cooker that comes equipped with almost everything that rice cooking technology has to offer. It would be tough for any other cooker to compete with this one at the same price. It can cook white rice, mixed rice, brown rice, sushi, porridge, and so much more without breaking a sweat. The speed at which it cooks these kinds of rice is commendable. Its LCD control panel is extremely precise. Its keep-warm feature will maintain the temperature of the rice for quite some time. Its footprint on the counter is reasonably small for such a feature packed cooker. It also has a retractable power cord that comes handy.

Size

Its size is so small that if its design wasn’t a bit prominent, no one would notice it if it was kept in a far corner of the kitchen counter. And I am not exaggerating! It has dimensions of 7.5 x 11.8 x 9.1 inches. For a reasonable size, it weighs just about 7 pounds.

Heating Technology

The NS-LAC05XT is equipped with the fuzzy logic mechanism. It adjusts the heat according to the proportion of ingredients placed inside, thus bringing out the perfect quality of rice each time around. Even if you miscalculate the proportions of ingredients a bit, the quality would not differ. The bowl that comes included with the cooker is very efficient at distributing heat. Thus, you won’t find a single uncooked patch of rice after the process is complete.

Design

It falls a bit short in this regard. The NS-LAC05XT is by no means an attractive cooker. It has been ergonomically designed without a shred of art. However, our major concern is with the lack of innovation. Almost all the cookers that come out of the Zojirushi lot have a similar design.

Usage

This is one of the many things that the NS-LAC05XT does best. It can be used to cook a number of different types of rice. It is built in with special functions to cook each type of rice. The quick cooking feature enables you to cook rice in the least possible time and can be used effectively whenever you are in a hurry. Given its size, it can only cook 3 cups of rice, not enough for serving a large family.

Clean Up

The bowl is thick and stick-proof. Thus, you don’t need to rub it hard to get the stains out. Just let hot running water flow through it for a few minutes. It will shine as good as new.

Price

Its manufacturing price is $175. However, you get a flat 30% discount on the price when you shop on our website. $130 makes this high-end cooker quite affordable for those who cook a lot yet it might seem a lot for beginners who are just starting out with this.

Warranty

It comes with a one year warranty, which is pretty reasonable for a cooker of such magnitude. The make is quite sturdy, so I doubt you would ever need to avail of the warranty. However, a couple or three reviewers have complained of the peeling of the Teflon coating post warranty period. We haven’t experienced any such issues.

Add Ons

A retractable cord, a measuring cup, a rice spatula, and a spatula holder are included. You may think that many add-ons means harder clean up, but it’s not the case here. There’s a perfect balance between these two.

Features and Specifications

The Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer is an astonishing machine for people who love perfectly-cooked rice. While the name is mouthful to say, it is actually nothing compared to the mouthful of rice you will be enjoying once you start using this rice cooker. The machine also has a thermal sensor which is activated according to the cooking option you select, ensuring a perfectly-cooked rice.

  • Dimensions of 15.4 x 10.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Auto Keep Warm Technology
  • Cooks all types of rice
  • Pressurized induction heating
  • LCD panel
  • Quick cook option

Pros and Cons

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Cooking Rice:
It can cook all types of rice. Its functions of cooking white rice, mixed rice, brown rice, sushi, and porridge aid greatly in the process.
Cleaning Ease:
Given that the cooker comes equipped with a non-stick inner pan, you can get it cleaned without having to waste too much time. The detachable inner lid also helps quite a bit.
Carefree Cooking:
You do not need to care about the rice once all the ingredients have been placed into the cooker. The fuzzy logic technology will adjust the temperature automatically. The keep warm setting will keep the heat around the rice for quite some time.
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The Repetitive Design:
Most of the Zojirushi models carry the same design as this one. It is not all that appealing to the eye, but gives the quality of the rice cooked, the design doesn’t really matter.
The Limited Quantity:
You can only cook 3 cups of rice. Given that it takes less space on the counter, it can feed a family of not more than 4 at one sitting.
The Teflon problem:
A few customers have complained about the Teflon on the top getting peeled off, after which they could not use the cooker. So far, we haven’t experienced this issue.

Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Review: Summary

The NS-LAC05XT is one of the most affordable cookers in the market. If you are looking for a cooker to feed a close knit family of not more than 4 members, you simply cannot find a better one out there. It has got everything that an expert rice cook could ask for. The latest fuzzy logic technology also comes included. Just dump all the ingredients into the cooker; it wouldn’t really matter the proportion in which they are placed. The artificial intelligence will do the rest of the job for you. It will even keep the rice warm after it has been cooked. Bag this outstanding rice cooker at a still more affordable price here.

The Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Miom 3-Cup Rice Cooker is a perfect choice for couples, small families or even singles. The money spent on this appliance is worth it, and in time it will simply end up paying for itself. It can be a great device for yourself, or a generous gift that will bring many years of pure joy to the recipient.

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