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Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Vs NP-HTC10 - What's the Difference?

By Edited Sep 13, 2015 0 0

Comparison Review: NP-HBC10 and NP-HTC10

Zojirushi is a Japanese manufacturer of domestic appliances which makes exceptional rice cookers that are attractive as well as user friendly. An established company that started its operations as far back as 1918 it now has a range of cookers that is the favorite 'brand' of rice eaters around the world.

The Zojirushi  NP-HTC10 and NP-HBC10 are two popular cookers in their price range. Both can cook a large variety of rice and are convenient to use. Cooking is as simple as putting rice and water in the cooker and pressing the start button. Cleaning is easy as well, with both cookers coming with a stainless steel exterior, a removable inner lid and a non-stick pan. 

Similarities between the NP-HTC10 and NP-HBC10

Cooking Types & Variations

Both the NP-HTC10 and NP-HBC10 use Integrated Heating technology to cook rice. In this type of technology the pan becomes the primary heat source, unlike MICOM cookers where the heat source is only at the bottom of the pan. This ensures an output of the highest quality of rice with more uniformity in cooking and a faster response time. 


Both models are 5.5-cup cookers serving enough for a small family or a group of 5-6 people. 

Appearance and Design

Both the cookers look the same with a sleep look with rounded corners and a tapering top portion which has the control panel and LCD display. Moreover, the NP-HTC10 is available in stainless brown while the NP-HBC10 is available in a stainless steel finish. 

Cooking Pan

The inner cooking pan has a non-stick interior and forms the Spherical Pan and Heating System of the cooker. This ensures a uniformity of heating which goes a long way in making high quality produce. Both models also have Stay Cool Side Handles for your safety.

Detachable Inner Lid

The ease of cleaning is ensured by a removable inner lid which does away with cleaning fixed parts which might take time and effort.

Warming Features

Both the NP-HTC10 and NP-HBC10 have an automatic warm feature which keeps food warm for 12 hours. In addition an extended warm feature keeps the rice warm for 24 hours. 

LCD Display with Clock and Timer

The cookers look sleek & attractive with a color LCD Display with a clock and also have a delay timer with 2 settings. A melody signal can be turned into a beep if required. 

Types of Rice

Both models have the ability to cook regular, soft and hard white, mixed, sushi, porridge, sweet, brown and GABA brown rice. (Note: If would like to follow a diet with healthier rice, these cookers make it possible with their brown and GABA settings)

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-HTC10?

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 10x14x8 inches , it can cook various types of rice (incl variations as mentioned above). It can 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-HTC10 

The NP-HTC10 has all the great features of the NP-HBC10 and measures 4.2 x 7.9 x 9.9 inches. The ability to cook rinse-free rice is an additional feature in the HTC10. 

How to Cook Rice with a Zojirushi

The Zojirushi  NP-HTC10 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-HTC10 or NP-HBC10?

Both the NP-HTC10 and NP-HBC10 are great rice cookers that use the latest induction heating technology. If you have to choose between the two, NP-HTC10 has an additional setting for rinse-free rice and will be useful if you or anyone in your family consumes rinse-free rice. At the excellent prices at which both are available, you can go for either one. 

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Moreover, if you have any questions, remarks or issues regarding either the comparison of the Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Vs NP-HTC10 or about either cooking appliance specifically, then please do not hesitate to make them in the comments section (which you will find just below) and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.

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