Comparison Review: NS-TSC10 and NS-ZCC10

Zojirushi is a Japanese manufacturer of domestic appliances which makes excellent rice cookers that are attractive as well as user friendly. The Zojirushi range of cookers is the first choice of rice eaters around the world. 

The Zojirushi NS-TSC10 and NS-ZCC10 are two popular cookers in the entire range. In order to cook great quality rice you can follow a few simple steps with these cookers and have your it ready in minutes. 

Similarities Between the Zojirushi NS-TSC10 and NS-ZCC10


Both the NS-TSC10 and NS-ZCC10 have a capacity of up to 5.5 or 10 cups which is enough if you are single or have a small family. 

Latest Technology

Both cookers have been incorporated with the state-of-the-art micro computerized fuzzy logic technology. This makes the machines intelligent and ensures an output of the best quality of rice that is possible. 

Zojirushi NS-TSC10 Rice Cooker (1 Liter)

Zojirushi NS-TSC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer, 1.0-Liter
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Non-stick Interior

If you would like to save time while cleaning up after cooking you will be happy to know that both these machines have a non-stick interior which will result in healthier rice besides saving time while cleaning.  

Detachable Inner Lid

The inner lid can be taken out which makes it much easier to clean and dry it before putting it back for use in the cooker. 

Warming features

Both the NS-TSC10 and NS-ZCC10 have a feature whereby the cooked rice will be kept warm for a period of 12 hours after cooking. This can be activated by an automatic keep-warm button located on the front face of the machines. 

If you would like to serve rice beyond a period of 12 hours you can switch over to extended keep-warm mode which can keep it fresh for 24 hours. In case you have rice leftover in the cooker you can use a nifty feature called reheat cycle which will reheat it for serving later. 

Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker (1 Liter)


Both models have a clock and timer which are clearly displayed on the front of the cooker. The delay timer has two settings which is really helpful while cooking.

Retractable Cord

The NS-TSC10 and NS-ZCC10 have retractable cord which makes it very easy to store the cooker away after using it. It also means that you do not have to store the cord separately after use or while travelling which is useful if you are forgetful. 

Melody Sound

When you need to be informed that the cooker has completed its job you will hear a melody sound. This also plays when the cooking starts and when the reheating is over. The sound can be set to low or high and can even be changed to a beep if you do not like melody sounds. 

Quick Cooking

The quick cooking mode in both cookers can be used if you are short of time and would like your rice cooked fast. Using this setting will get your cooked rice ready in 35 to 45 minutes. 

Cooking Settings

Both machines offer a variety of settings for cooking -- making it easy for you to cook the type of rice you would like to serve -- which includes mixed, sushi, porridge, sweet  and brown. 

What's the Difference Between the NS-TSC10 and NS-ZCC10?

Features of the NS-TSC10

The NS-TSC10 comes in a premium white color whereas the NS-ZCC10 is available in stainless brown. It also has a steaming basket which can be used for steam and a special cake setting to bake rice-cakes - which are not available with the NS-ZCC10. A variety of settings enable cooking different varieties and types of rice and the bright LCD display makes it easy to choose relevant settings. The package comes with a spatula along with a holder, and measuring cup. 

Improvements in the NS-ZCC10

The NS-ZCC10 has most of the useful features of the NS-TSC10 and also has some useful additional features which are given below:

Spherical Cooking Pan

The NS-ZCC10 has a spherical inner cooking pan and heating system which helps in distributing the heat evenly through the rice in the cooker.  It also has a handle which is specially treated to stay cool after cooking rice so that you don't feel the heat while lifting the inner pan out of the cooker. 

Colored LCD

All Zojirushi cookers have a large and bright the LCD display. But the NS-ZCC10 has a colored LCD display which looks impressive on it. 


The NS-ZCC10 has more variations for white-rice including regular, softer and harder settings. This helps you customize the type of hardness you would like for your white-rice. It also has an ad additional setting for semi brown rice. This makes it easy to obtain your rice faster than you would get your brown rice as semi as brown-rice lesser time to cook. It even has rinse free setting for those who opt for rinse free rice (which is a newer type compared to traditional forms). 


While the NS-ZCC10 also comes with a spatula with a holder it also offers 2 cup sizes with one for regular and one for rinse free rice. 

How to Cook with a Zojirushi

First measure the rice with the measuring cup and level off using a chopstick. Wash the rice using cold water and repeat until the water becomes clear. Put the rice into the cooking pan and add water using the markings inside the pan for help. Put the pan into the cooker and shut the lid. Select the setting that you want and push start. When the cooking is complete open the rice spatula to fluff and serve the rice. 

Conclusion: Which Model is Best - Should I Buy a NS-TSC10 or NS-ZCC10?

Both the NS-TSC10 and NS-ZCC10 are good cookers which produce excellent cooked rice. If it comes to choosing between the two you can pick the NS-ZCC10 as it has a few more useful features as well as a spherical inner cooking pan which will distribute heat evenly. 

Moreover, if you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding either the comparison overview of the NS-TSC10 Vs NS-ZCC10 or about either cooker specifically then please do not hesitate to make them in the comments section (which you will find below the fold) and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.

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