I have owned a grand total of 4 rice cookers in my life. At the time I owned them, I really liked each of them in turn and each has been part of a steady progression towards attempted perfection in rice preparation. I guess it is some bizarre, psychological thing for me; the rice I can cook in a simple sauce pan on the stove is perfectly acceptable. It should really be good enough, but each time I improve the quality of my cooked rice, it makes me happy. It is hard to exactly explain why, but properly cooked rice is a real treat and is generally worth the effort in my book.
After my faithful Hitachi Chime-Omatic bit the dust, I spent about a year in limbo, cooking rice on the stove top; no worries…things were fine. As time wore on, I started cooking quite a bit of rice for sushi and really needed something to streamline the process. Enter the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XA 3-Cup Rice Cooker. After much research and agonizing, this is what I settled on and have not been disappointed….