Comparison Review: NP-HBC18 and NP-HTC18

The Zojirushi Corporation is a Japanese manufacturer of appliances and consumer electronics including bread machines, hot water dispensers, electric water boilers, refrigerators, electric kettles, and rice cookers. It has facilities all over the world and was founded in the year 1918.

Both the Zojirushi NP-HTC18 and NP-HBC18 are two of the best cookers in their range. Both models can cook a large variety ofproduce and are easy and convenient to use. Cooking is an easy & simple task with these cookers and comprises of simple tasks like putting rice and water in the cooker and pressing the start button. Cleaning is also easy, with both cookers coming with a stainless steel exterior, a removable inner lid and a non-stick pan.

Similarities between the NP-HTC18 and NP-HBC18

Type of Technology

Both the NP-HTC18 and NP-HBC18 use Integrated Heating technology where the pan becomes the primary heat source, unlike MICOM cookers where the heat source is only at the bottom of the pan. This is its biggest advantage as it ensures an output of the highest quality of produce (and in turn healthier) with more uniformity in cooking and a faster response time resulting in very high quality rice. 


Both models are 10-cup cookers serving enough for a large family or a group of 10-12 people. 

Cooking Pan

The inner cooking pan has a non-stick interior and ensures a uniformity of heating which produces high quality rice. Both models also have Stay Cool Side Handles for additional 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 & Aspects

Both the NP-HTC18 and NP-HBC18 have an automatic warm feature which keeps food warm for 12 hours and an extended warm feature keeps the rice warm for 24 hours. This is particularly useful if you get late on your return after setting up the cooker before leaving for work. 

LCD Display with Clock and Timer

The cookers have a color LCD Display with a clock and a delay timer with 2 settings. The alarm consists of a melody or a beep. 

Types of Rice

Both models cook various types of rice including regular, soft and hard white, mixed, sushi, porridge, sweet, brown and GABA brown rice. The large variety of rice dishes that can be cooked by the HBC18 and HTC18 will please any buyer.  

Quick Cooking

If you are in a hurry you can get cooked rice in 45 minutes if you use the quick cooking mode in both cookers. This will save you a lot of time if you’re in a hurry. 

What's the Difference Between the NP-HBC18 and  NP-HTC18?

Features of the NP-HBC18 

The NP-HBC18 is a 10-cup cooker and warmer with a stainless steel exterior which uses integrated heating technology for producing superior quality rice. It can cook various types of rice including regular, soft and hard white rice, mixed rice, sushi, porridge, sweet rice, brown rice and GABA brown rice. Rice can be kept warm 12 hours and for 24 hours if you use 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, standard accessories with all Zojirushi cookers. 

Improvements in the NP-HTC18 

The NP-HTC18 has all the great features of the NP-HBC18 and also has the additional ability to cook rinse-free rice. 

How to Cook with a Zojirushi

Measure the rice with the measuring cup and use chopsticks to level off. Wash with cold water till the rice 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 a breeze as the pan has a non-stick interior and a removable inner lid. 

Conclusion: Which Model is Best - Should I Buy a NP-HTC18 or NP-HBC18?

Both the NP-HTC18 and NP-HBC18 come with the latest induction heating technology and cook excellent rice. If you have to choose between the two, NP-HTC18 also makes rinse-free rice and will be useful if you would like a rice cooker with this additional feature. At the excellent prices at which both are available, you can go for either one.

We also Highly Recommend the Zojirushi NP-NVC18

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