Rice Cooker

Zojirushi NS-LAC05 Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker Review

“Best Small Rice Cooker – Perfect for Small Family”

Zojirushi NS-LAC05 Micom 3-Cup Rice CookerIf you are looking for a rice cooker that will make perfect rice, that can handle smaller amounts of rice, and can handle a wide variety of rice types, the Zojirushi NS-LAC05 is for you. It has all the features of a modern rice cooker, such as fuzzy logic technology, a timer, and a Keep Warm setting, but it’s packed in a smaller footprint.

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This is the smallest rice cooker in the Zojirushi line of rice cookers in terms of capacity. It’s a 3-cup rice cooker. Typically an ‘average’ adult eats about 3/4 of a cup (uncooked rice) in a meal. So with 3 cups of uncooked rice, you can feed up to 4 people with normal heating habits.

Heating Technology

It uses the fuzzy logic algorithm. This is what that makes this rice cooker “smart”. It will observe rice as it cooks, adjusting for type (white or brown, long or short grain) and volume. It will intervene by changing the time and temperature when necessary. You will always get perfectly cooked rice.

Other Features

Can cook a variety of rice – You can make every rice type imaginable with this Zojirushi cooker. Menu selections include settings for white, sushi, porridge and brown rice.

Timer and Keep Warm setting – Set the timer on the machine, and it will be ready just in time for dinner. After cooking is completed, it will automatically switch to Keep Warm mode from Cooking mode.

Quick-cooking option – This function comes in handy when you are in a hurry, but it may compromise a bit on the quality of the cooked rice.

Small Footprint – It has a small footprint, about the size of a toaster. This makes this cooker ideal for smaller kitchens with limited counter space.


  • Automatically adjusts temperature and cooking time
  • Can cook different types of rice
  • Comes with timer and Keep Warm function
  • Compact


  • I find the instructions little hard to understand. They are poorly translated from Japanese to English. My advice to you would be to watch some videos on YouTube and play around with the menu options.

Final Words

If you are looking for a small rice cooker, you can’t get any better than Zojirushi NS-LAC05. It is packed with all the features that you would expect in a high-end rice cooker. You will always get restaurant-quality rice – No more undercooked or overcooked rice!

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