The NS-LGC05XB Micom isn't the only automated rice cooker that Zojirushi has on the market. They also make the Zojirushi NP-HCC10/18 and the Zojirushi NS-LHC05XT Micom. The differences between them (if not necessarily the difference between their prices) is small, so be sure to check out all of them before you decide which, if any, to buy. The NS-LGC05XB Micom is one of the less expensive units, but it has a good set of features for the price. It has programmable settings for cooking white and mixed riced, sushi rice, brown rice, GABA brown rice, long grain white rice, as well as steel cut oatmeal and a quick cooking feature. There are heaters built into the bottom, lid and sides, to make sure your rice or oatmeal dish gets cooked evenly. The inner lid can be detached and even washed between meals.
The exterior is clear-coated stainless steel, so it will look attractive in your freshly redesigned kitchen (or that same old kitchen you've been using for decades). It uses what Zojirushi calls fuzzy logic to make judgment calls about how your meal is progressing, so that it can adjust your settings on the fly to keep anything from getting burnt or undercooked. If you're meal should get finished before you're ready to eat it, the unit automatically goes into a keep warm cycle, so that the food will still be properly heated when you get around to serving it. A delay timer allows you to set cooking for later, which is especially useful if you're setting up the meal in the morning but don't want it ready until everyone's home for dinner.
For additional rice cookers, look at the other Zojirushi units listed above or check out the Panasonic SR-ZG105 or the Philips HD3095/87 Electric Multi-Cooker, which will prepare more than just rice and oatmeal. For a general purpose multicooker, try the T-fal 10-In-1 Rice and Multicooker or the Gourmia GMC680.
Excellent product. Makes great rice and oatmeal. The timer function is great.
Makes great rice, but since it cooks at such a low temperature, it takes forever!
It cooks evenly thanks to the three heaters on the side, bottom and the inner lid that allows high temp cooking without any overflowing.