Comparison Review: NP-HBC10 and NP-HBC18

Zojirushi is synonymous with small home appliances and is an established manufacturer that started operations in 1918. It makes several appliances including high quality rice cookers.  The NP-HBC18 and NP-HBC10 are two popular models that make different types of cooked rice. 

Cooking is easy with both appliances and involves a few easy steps of adding rice and water before pressing the start button. They have various useful features that cook different types of rice and keep it warm after cooking. Cleaning the cookers is an easy task unlike other cookers in the same price range. 

Similarities between the Zojirushi NP-HBC18 and NP-HBC10

Appearance and Capacity

The NP-HBC18 and NP-HBC10 look the same with rounded corners and a sloping top portion with the colored LCD display and the control panel at the bottom end.

Spherical Non-Stick Pan 

Both models have a spherical pan with a non-stick coating inside for easy cleaning. The spherical shape ensures even heat distribution which in turn ensures uniformly cooked rice.  

Integrated Heating Technology

Both the HBC18 and HBC10 have Integrated Heating technology which makes the pan the primary heat source, unlike MICOM cookers where the heat source is only at the bottom of the pan. This ensures more uniformity in cooking and a faster response time. 

Detachable Inner Lid

Cleaning up is made easier with a detachable inner lid and does away with the need of cleaning fixed parts that can make cleaning difficult. 

Keep Warm Function

The automatic keep warm function in both the HBC18 and HBC10 keeps rice warm for 12 hours after it has been cooked. An extended warm mode is also present in both models – it helps to keep the produce warm for 24 hours. This is useful if you are delayed serving the rice for some reason. 

LCD Display with Clock

Both the NP-HBC18 and NP-HBC10 have a clock and timer with a color LCD panel. You get 2 settings with the timer which can be set to a beep or a melody. 

Settings for Cooking-Rice

These cookers have various settings for rice including regular as well as soft and hard white, mixed, sushi, porridge, sweet, brown and GABA rice. With numerous types of rice that can be made, everyone will find these cookers useful. 

Quick Cooking

If you are in a hurry you can use the quick cooking mode for getting your rice cooked and ready in a maximum time of 45 minutes.  This is useful if you have are short of time but still want good quality cooked rice.

What's the Difference Between the NP-HBC10 and NP-HBC18?

Features of the NP-HBC10

The NP-HBC10 is a 5.5-cup rice cooker and warmer with a stainless steel exterior which uses integrated heating technology for producing superior quality rice. Measuring 14-3/16 by 9-13/16 by 7-15/16 inches, it can cook various types of rice. It can also be kept warm for 24 hours using the extended warming feature. The color LCD shows the clock and delay timer with 2 settings. The package comes with a spatula, a spatula holder, and a rice-measuring cup. 

Improvements in the NP-HBC18

The NP-HBC18 is essentially the same as the NP-HBC10 and has retained most of its useful features. The difference is that the HBC18 is a larger cooker with a capacity of 10 cups compared to the HBC10 which is a 5.5-cup cooker.  It is larger in size and measures 11 x 16 x 9 inches. 

How to Cook with a Zojirushi

The NP-HBC18 and NP-HBC10 make rice preparation really easy. Measure the rice with the measuring cup that has been provided and level off with a chopstick before washing it with cold water till it becomes clear. Put the rice into the cooking pan and add water using the markings inside the pan as a guide. Shut the lid, choose the desired setting and push start. When the cooking is over open the rice spatula to fluff and serve the rice. Cleaning is easy as the pan has a non-stick interior and the inner lid is removable. 

Conclusion: Which Model is Best - Should I Buy a NP-HBC18 or NP-HBC10?

Both the NP-HBC18 and NP-HBC10 are very good rice cookers that use the latest induction heating technology. If it comes to choosing between the two, NP-HBC18 is larger and has a 10-cup capacity and can used to serve more people than the NP-HBC10. At the excellent prices at which both are available, you can go for either one. 

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