The Best Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker

The best quality electric rice cooker uses fuzzy logic, induction heating and pressure to prepare perfect rice. However, is an induction heating pressure rice cooker worth its expensive price? I review a few of the best induction heating pressure rice cookers.

Benefits Of Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker

A normal electric rice cooker uses a heating element to transfer heat to the bottom of the inner pot. This might lead to inconsistent cooking results, with the rice on the bottom being burnt and the rice at the top being slightly dry. The middle portion of the rice is just right. However, an induction heating system heats up the whole pot. The energy is transferred from the surrounding magnetic coils to the ferrous material in the pot, which causes it to become hot. Anyway, I am no scientist, so please excuse my rather flimsy explanation. Nevertheless, it is the results that are the most important. Induction heating cooks the rice evenly from top to bottom.

Where does the pressure system fit into the picture? Well, rice that is cooked under pressure tends to be even softer because moisture penetrates deeply to the center of the rice grain. The pressure inside the cooking pot increases the boiling point of the trapped water beyond the normal 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

Is an induction pressure rice cooker worth the cost?

If you believe that the extra pressure is going to decrease rice cooking times, then think again. This is not an electric pressure cooker. It seems like there is not much difference in cooking time between pressure and non-pressure rice cookers. For example, the estimated cooking time for regular white rice in the Zojirushi NP-NVC10 induction heating pressure rice cooker is between 49 and 55 minutes. The estimated cooking time for regular white rice in the Zojirushi NP-HCC10 induction heating rice cooker is between 47 and 54 minutes. Therefore, it appears that the pressure system does not decrease the cooking time for rice!

If you are only going to use it for cooking white rice, then it might not be worth the cost. A non-pressure induction heating rice cooker will cook white rice just as well. However, if you regularly cook brown rice, then a pressure rice cooker might be worth the higher price. The extra pressure forces more moisture into the brown rice grains to produce a truly tasty rice with a softer texture. This also holds true for cooking brown rice with the GABA brown setting.

The bottom line is that the combination of both induction heating and pressure-cooking produces the best possible results. There is no other type of rice cooker that can cook tastier rice. So, why does everyone not own an IH pressure rice cooker? The reason is simple: the price is not right for everyone. Most people cannot afford to pay between $300 to $600 for this type of electric rice cooker.

Zojirushi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker

Zojirushi NP-NVC10 Micom IH Pressure Rice Cooker
Zojirushi NP-NVC10

The Zojirushi company had only one induction heating pressure rice cooker for the American market: it was the NP-NVC. Although, it seems like that is no longer the case, for the reason that there is now a Zojirushi NP-NWC induction heating pressure rice cooker model available. Click here to read my Zojirushi NP-NWC review.

There are two models in the series. The NP-NVC10 has a 1.0 Liter, 5.5-cup uncooked white rice capacity. The NP-NVC18 has a 1.8-Liter, 10-cup uncooked white rice capacity.

The Zojirushi NP-NVC obviously excels at cooking white rice. It has more menu settings for white rice than you might ever need:

  • White Rice Regular
  • White Rice Softer
  • White Rice Harder (pressure is not applied)
  • Umami (longer soaking and steaming time for a sweeter tasting rice)
  • Quick (cooks rice quickly)
  • Mixed (white rice cooked with added seasonings)
  • Sushi / Sweet
  • Porridge (for making a traditional rice porridge)
  • Scorch (allows the bottom of the rice to scorch)
  • Steam Reduce (amount of steam is reduced, but obviously the rice texture will be harder).

If you eat white rice every day, then you might be more than satisfied with the taste and texture that induction heating and pressure-cooking produces in the cooked white rice.

In contrast to white rice, the NP-NVC has only two menu settings for cooking brown rice. Nevertheless, you do not need more than that. The BROWN RICE setting takes up to 80 minutes to finish cooking. The GABA BROWN setting starts by soaking the rice for about 2 hours at 104 degrees Fahrenheit to increase levels of a beneficial amino acid. Therefore, the GABA BROWN setting needs up to 3 hours and 25 minutes to complete the cooking process. However, this rice contains much more gamma-aminobutyric acid and it also has a fluffy, soft texture.

The PORRIDGE setting is for making rice porridge, not any other porridge. The Zojirushi company warns that the NP-NVC IH pressure rice cooker should not be used for making steel cut oats. The reason for this is that the oats will clog up the vents, valves and filters, which might cause the cooker to malfunction. If you want to cook steel cut oats, then you should consider one of these rice cookers with an oatmeal setting.

The Zojirushi NP-NVC has two keep warm settings: regular or extended. The rice cooker automatically goes into regular keep warm mode after finishing a cooking program. The extended keep warm mode keeps the rice warm for up to 24 hours at a slightly lower temperature to prevent too much drying and discoloration. The extended keep warm is not available after using the Mixed, Porridge, Brown or GABA Brown cooking settings.

Most people think that the NP-NVC rice cooker is easy to clean, even though it has more parts to clean. The exterior is wiped down with a dry or slightly damp soft cloth. The vents, valves and holes can be cleaned with a bamboo stick according to the instruction manual. The induction heating system has air intake and exhaust ducts on the bottom of the rice cooker, which need a good clean about once per month. The inner pan and accessories should be washed with a soft sponge and mild kitchen detergent, but do not put it in the dishwasher.

The only part that might be a problem is the outer lid gasket, which cannot be removed. An owner complained that the gasket retained odors from mixed rice dishes. The owner took the lid apart to clean the gasket ring. This is not recommended. However, the instruction manual suggests filling the inner cooking pan with water and then using the QUICK setting to remove odors inside the rice cooker. The cooker is then cleaned and left in a ventilated spot with the lid open to dry completely.

Cuckoo Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker

Cuckoo CRP-HY1083F Electric Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker
Cuckoo CRP-HY1083F

In contrast to Zojirushi, the Cuckoo company seems to have about a dozen different IH pressure type rice cookers. We chose the CRP-HY1083F as the best example for this buying guide because it has voice guidance in three languages: English, Chinese and Korean. Other Cuckoo models only offer voice guidance in the Korean language. The control panel buttons are labeled in both English and Korean. The LED display shows text in English. We also like the way the CRP-HY1083F model looks: it is one of the models in the “Black Pebble” series.

The Cuckoo CRP-HY1083F has 13 menu selections which include options for brown rice, baby food, chicken soup, glutinous rice, mixed rice, Nu Rung Ji, nutritious rice, porridge, sushi rice and turbo glutinous rice. The names of the menu selection are sometimes unusual, but not incomprehensible. For example, the Nu Rung Ji menu option prepares scorched rice. The Glutinous Rice menu selection is suitable for preparing sticky, sweet rice.

The inner cooking pot has a nonstick coating and a 10-cup uncooked rice capacity. The marketing material says that the coating contains diamond particles (Diashield) which is supposed to increase heat conductivity and overall durability. We do not know much about that, but it looks like a sparkling idea.

Zojirushi vs. Cuckoo Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker

So, how does the Zojirushi NP-NVC compare to the Cuckoo CRP-HY1083F IH pressure rice cooker?

When it comes down to price, the NP-NVC is more affordable than the Cuckoo CRP-HY1083F. The Zojirushi is also more popular in the US than the Cuckoo.

Nevertheless, the Cuckoo looks more stylish with its high quality, ultra-modern design.

Conclusion

We could not find a Tiger electric rice cooker that had both induction heating and pressure-cooking. Well, there are such models, but they are only available in Japan with Japanese text on the buttons and LCD.

The Cuckoo CRP-HY1083F is an expensive rice cooker which offers all the benefits of induction heating pressure-cooking combined with fuzzy logic control. It is definitely one of the best Korean IH pressure rice cookers available in the US (buy it on Amazon).

If you put us under pressure, then we would choose the Zojirushi NP-NVC. It is the best Japanese IH pressure rice cooker (made in Japan) that you might buy online (check price on Amazon).

That concludes our review of the best induction heating pressure rice cookers. You may buy one of those rice cookers if you want to, no pressure.