Fuzzy Logic Rice Cookers - What Are They?

When discussing a purchase of a new rice cooker, the phrase ‘fuzzy logic rice cooker’ often comes up. What, exactly, is a fuzzy logic rice cooker? Is the term fuzzy logic just marketing hype designed to get you to splash out on a newer model rice cooker or does it really signify something different? The answer is yes, fuzzy logic rice cookers really are different than the older on/off variety of cooker you may be familiar with.

The familiar, standard rice cooker you typically see is an on/off model which usually does a pretty good job of making a good batch of rice and then shuts off once it has been cooked. Some models may also have a warming feature.

A fuzzy logic rice cooker incorporates a computer chip with fuzzy logic processing technology which lets the fuzzy logic cooker make decisions on its own, adjusting the temperature and cooking time so that it can produce a perfect batch of rice every time.

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How exactly it manages to do this is a topic for another article but briefly, fuzzy logic is derived from fuzzy set theory developed in 1965 by UC Berkeley professor Lotfi Zadeh. This type of logic applies to reasoning and decision making which is approximate in nature rather than strictly accurate. It allows decisions to be made which take into account factors that could be considered shades of gray rather than simple black and white. This type of technology is, of course, not limited to the rice cooker but is increasingly found in a wide range of consumer electronics including refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and more.

This more human like decision making ability allows the fuzzy logic rice cooker to make judgments as to the moisture level of the rice and make decisions on the fly to quickly adjust cooking settings to guarantee perfect rice. Most fuzzy logic cookers also come with a wide variety of settings available to give the rice cooker an even more fine grained control over the cooking process. If you already know how to use a rice cooker, you'll find these models much more versatile.  On many rice cooker models you can select which type of rice you are cooking, brown rice, sushi, jasmine rice, etc. In addition, you may be able to select the texture you would prefer – whether you like a softer or harder texture to your rice.

Zojirushi rice cooker NS-VGC05If you are in the market for a new fuzzy logic rice cooker you should definitely give some consideration to choosing a model with a fuzzy logic chip. Two of the best quality brands with stellar reputations are Zojirushi and Cuckoo rice cookers.  Both Zojirushi and Cuckoo make a wide variety of cookers in different sizes and with a host of different features.

You can take a look at the best Zojirushi and Cuckoo rice cookers on Amazon.  This Cuckoo rice cooker has received a perfect 5 star customer satisfaction rating. 

Your initial cost in choosing a quality fuzzy logic rice cooker may be higher but, depending on how you intend to use it, you may find it a wise investment in the long run.