We have put together an easy pictorial way of comparing our own brand and Zojirushi rice cooker models we sell. Below these icons is a further, more detailed comparison between the models.
Zojirushi NS-LAQ05 micom fuzzy logic rice cooker
Zojirushi NL-BGQ05 micom fuzzy logic rice cooker
Zojirushi NS-TSQ10 micom fuzzy logic rice cooker
Zojirushi NS-TSQ18 micom fuzzy logic rice cooker
Zojirushi NL-AAQ10 micom fuzzy logic rice cooker
Zojirushi NL-AAQ18 micom fuzzy logic rice cooker
Zojirushi NS-YSQ10 micom fuzzy logic rice cooker
Zojirushi NS-YSQ18 micom fuzzy logic rice cooker
Sakura by Yum Asia micom fuzzy logic rice cooker
More Detailed Comparison Information
We have put more information on our FAQ page about how the 180ml cup size relates to cooked rice and about the sizes of the different rice cooker models.
- The LAQ05 and BGQ05 are 3 cup models suitable for 1-3 people;
- The TSQ10, AAQ10 and YSQ10 are 5.5 cup models suitable for 1-5 people;
- Sakura by Yum Asia is an 8 cup model suitable for 1-8 people; and,
- The TSQ18, AAQ18 and YSQ18 are 10 cup models suitable for 1-10 people.
The LAQ05 and BGQ05 are very small capacity rice cookers and therefore has slightly less functions than the other models. We usually only recommend the LAQ05 to couples who will not ever cook for anyone other than themselves.
As an example, we own a 5.5 cup model and we are only a couple, this gives us the flexibility to cook for other people as well as ourselves. There isn't any problem cooking one or two cups of rice in a bigger capacity rice cooker, in fact, Zojirushi's are the only brand of rice cooker which can do this successfully - one cup of rice comes out as perfectly as when you cook the full capacity of rice. We ensured with Sakura that it could cook rice as well as a Zojirushi and it also cooks small amounts of rice perfectly.
Although the capacities of these rice cookers almost double between models (i.e. from 3 cup to 5.5 cup to 10cup with the 8 cup in between), the actual physical sizes do not differ that much. The physical footprints of the models are:
LAQ05 - 23cm width - 30cm depth - 19cm height
BGQ05 - 23.5cm width - 32.5cm depth - 19.5cm height
AAQ10 - 25.5cm width - 33cm depth - 20.5cm height
TSQ10 - 25.5cm width - 35.5cm depth - 21.5cm height
YSQ10 - 25.5cm width - 38cm depth - 23.5cm height
Sakura - 29cm width - 39cm depth - 24cm height
AAQ18 - 28cm width - 35cm depth - 24cm height
TSQ18 - 28cm width - 38cm depth - 25cm height
YSQ18 - 28cm width - 40.5cm depth - 27cm height
Differences between the different models of rice cookers
We often get asked which is the ‘best’ rice cooker and we always answer that there isn’t really a best all round rice cooker, the features of each one are almost the same with just a few slight differences, and, depending on what features a customer wants will determine which model is the best for them.
All of the 5.5 cup and 10 cup Zojirushi rice cookers we sell have the same core features you have come to expect from the Zojirushi brand (white rice, brown rice, sushi rice, mixed rice, sweet rice, porridge settings, a timer function, automatic keep warm and extended keep warm) but there are small variations between the models.
We designed our own rice cooker as we realised that the cookers did not always fit into everyone’s budget. We also realised that whilst some models ticked all the boxes of what a customer wants from a rice cooker, sometimes certain models didn't tick all those boxes. We therefore spent many months thinking and designing a rice cooker with functions that were most appealing to people that love Asian food with the core emphasis being based around cooking great tasting rice.
Some essential model differences are listed below.
Please note the Zojirushi models NS-TGQ10, NS-TGQ18, NS-ZAQ10 and NS-ZAQ18 have been discontinued. These models have been replaced by the NS-TSQ10, NS-TSQ18, NL-AAQ10 and NL-AAQ18 respectively.