Zojirushi NS-LAC05XA Rice Cooker Review

Zojirushi-NS-LAC05XAProducing restaurant quality rice in your own home is quick and easy using the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XA 3 cup electric rice cooker and warmer. The micro-computerized Fuzzy logic technology controls the heat for effective cooking of many types of rice including white, sushi, porridge, brown, and quick cooking. The unit’s automated keep-warm function maintains rice at an ideal serving temperature until it is all set to be served. For additional convenience, the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XA comes with an extra-large colored Liquid crystal display menu that is simple to use and shows a clock and timer function.

There is a lot to like about this rice cooker and Zojirushi continues to make really great reliable home appliances. The Zojirushi NS-LAC05XA Micom 3-Cup Rice is especially made for meals serving 2-3 people and has many great features. In this review I will be going over the features and summary for the NS-LAC05XA. Then I offer my personal review as well as what others are saying about this product.

Features and Specification

The Zojirushi NS-LAC05XA rice cooker has many features that make Zojirushi the leading rice cooker manufacturer in the market. This rice cooker has many of the features users have been accustomed to and they are as listed below.

  • spherical inner nonstick cooking pan and heating system
  • detachable inner lid for straightforward cleaning
  • Measures 11-1/2 by 9 by 7-1/4-inch; 1-year limited warranty.
  • Measuring cup, nonstick rice spatula, and spatula holder included
  • Keep-warm function; LCD display with timer; nonstick inner cooking pan
  • Menu selections include white, sushi, porridge, brown, and quick cooking
  • 3-Cup rice cooker with micro-computerized fuzzy logic technology
  • Accessories include a measuring cup, nonstick rice spatula, and spatula holder.

Zojirushi NS-LAC05XA Summary

Almost everything coming from Zojirushi is generally extremely top quality and this rice cooker is not any different. If you are a serious cook, this can be a nice entry level rice cooker. Be aware that the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XA only cooks 3 cups which is perfect for people who like rice but may not want so much of it. If you are cooking for more than 4 people you may want to take a look a Zojirushi 5 cup model.

The Zojirushi NS-LAC05XA is very easy to work with because it comes with a measuring cup and you simply measure the rice using the lines on the cup (you may want 1/2 cup per person) then remove it into the bowl that is comes with the Rice Cooker. Next, just some add water (some people will stir the rice using their fingers) and pour the water back out to clean the rice. A few of the hulls in the rice will float off once you pour the water out. Rinse twice, then fill the water back up to the mark corresponding to the quantity of rice you have inside. Place the bowl inside the rice cooker and close the lid. Then you push menu to choose the type of rice you’ve got (white, brown, sushi, etc., use porridge for steel cut oatmeal) and push start. After that just let it run and you are good to go.

Also I have found that the Zojirushi cup size is not full cup sizes. Generally 2/3 to 1 cup is enough for a full size adult but it can vary depending on the person. So you may want to do a little experimenting to see what works for you.

Two Settings for Timer

The multi-menu liquid crystal display is s very intuitive. You can set the rice to cooker at any time of the day. The timer can be set base on a clock time and be set to two separate times of the day. So you can basically set it to cook once for dinner and breakfast at the same time and all you need to do is prep the rice beforehand and if you don’t want it cook at a specific time you can cancel the timer

Zojirushi NS-LAC05XA Clean up

The cleanup is very simple. The inner bowl is non-stick and cleans up easily in the sink, the top of the lid snaps out and cleans up easily, and even the spoon cleans up quickly. You can normally clean it up in less than 5 minutes.


Esthetically it all also looks really nice and has nice modern look that fits with most kitchen designs and is small enough that it won’t take up too much counter space. The only downside is if you have a large family or need to feed about more than 4 people you may want to look for a larger capacity rice cooker like the Zojirushi NS-TGC10 is 5-1/2-cup rice cooker.

Some may say the price tag is high and you can get a cheaper rice cooker that can do the same thing for less but in my opinion it is really worth the investment. I have owned a less expensive cooker for the last several years and the rice that comes out of it is really no comparison. You will definitely notice quality of rice you get from the Zojirushi NS-LAC05XA.