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Zojirushi NL-BGQ05 micom fuzzy logic rice cooker

Zojirushi NL-BGQ05 micom fuzzy logic rice cooker
Ex Tax: £174.17
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  • Model: NL-BGQ05

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Easy to see features of Zojirushi NL-BGQ05 rice cooker

  • 220-240v, 50hz with 3 pin UK plug (add 2 pin EU plug for £2.50)
  • 3-cup capacity of uncooked rice - enough for 1-3 people
  • Short grain (white rice setting), sushi, congee, long grain and brown rice settings
  • Keep warm, extended keep warm and reheat function
  • Low energy LCD display with clock and timer feature (for up to 13 hours in advance)
  • Detachable inner lid
  • 5mm heavy duty Sumiflon non-stick " kuroatsugama"  inner bowl
  • Detachable power cord
  • Comparison of all rice cookers


Zojirushi NL-BGQ05 * micom fuzzy logic electric rice cooker and warmer.

The NL-BGQ05 is a small cooker with an attractive, unique design of a durable clear-coated white and champagne gold exterior. This cooker is designed to be used on 220-240v, 50hz power and has a UK three pin plug.

Please note - the BGQ05 is a very small capacity rice cooker. We only recommend the BGQ05 to singles or couples who will not ever cook for anyone other than themselves.

The NL-BGQ05 has multi-menu selections which uses Micom (micro-computerised) Fuzzy logic technology to control the temperature for the efficient cooking of many different types of rice including short grain (this is the standard white setting), sushi, congee, long grain and brown rice. There is also a quick cooking feature on this model. The micro computer chip inside the NL-BGQ05 automatically makes adjustments to temperature and heating time - it ensures perfect rice every time. This is what we call the 'yum factor'.

The Zojirushi NL-BGQ05 has an automatic keep-warm function. There is a countdown feature during the cooking cycle and when the rice is cooked a tune is played and the cooker automatically shifts to keep warm mode. The NL-BGQ05 has a low light LCD display, a 5mm heavy duty Sumiflon/Teflon coated  "kuroatsugama" inner bowl and a convenient detachable inner lid for easy cleaning.

Accessories include a measuring cup, a mini non-stick rice spatula and spatula holder.

* Note that there is not a US (110v) equivalent of this model. The nearest Japanese (110v) equivalent is the NL-BS05 and it will NOT work with UK / European / Australian power



Product Specifications
Capacity 3-cup capacity of uncooked rice (0.09 - 0.54 litres) enough for 1-3 people
Design Attractive clear coated champagne gold and white finish
Power 220-240V, 50Hz with 3 pin UK plug, 455-500W
Accessories Measuring cup, non-stick mini spatula, patula holder, manual in English with recipes included
White rice cooking time Takes between 50-60 minutes to cook perfect white rice
'Quick' cooking time Takes around 27-41 minutes to cook perfect white rice on the 'Quick Cook' feature
Brown rice cooking time Takes between 89-95 minutes to cook perfect brown rice
Dimensions (L x W x D) 30.00cm x 23.00cm x 19.00cm
Long grain rice cooking time Takes between 62-69 minutes to cook perfect long grain white rice

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We often get asked questions about the products we sell, here is a selection of the questions which customers most often ask us.

Does this rice cooker work with UK or European power?

Yes. This rice cooker is factory made for UK and European 220-240v, 50hz power supply.

What plug/power cord is this product supplied with?

All the rice cookers we sell are supplied with a 3-pin UK plug. However, if you live in Europe you can opt to add a 2 pin EU plug for £2.50 extra – select using the available options before adding to cart.

I don't understand what 3 cup capacity means

The capacity of rice cookers can be confusing, especially because the international standard is to display the capacity in terms of litres of uncooked rice. To make it easy to understand we put this table together: 

This rice cooker seems very small, is there any disadvantage to this?

The NL-BGQ05 is a very small capacity rice cooker and therefore has slightly less functions than the other models. We usually only recommend the NL-BGQ05 to couples who will not ever cook for anyone other than themselves.

Where is this rice cooker made?

The Zojirushi rice cookers we sell are either made in dedicated Zojirushi factories in China or Japan. Only Zojirushi products are made in these factories; Zojirushi manufacturing standards are extremely high and the factories have a reputation of excellence with build quality and detailed quality control. The NL-BGQ05 model is made in China.

Is it ok to cook a small amount of rice in this cooker?

Yes. There isn’t any problem cooking one or two cups of rice in a bigger capacity rice cooker, Zojirushi’s are actually 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.

What is the maximum capacity for brown rice in this cooker?

You can only cook 2 cups of brown rice in a 3 cup capacity rice cooker. This is because brown rice absorbs water differently to white rice and expands differently during the cooking process.

Is the display in English and what language does the manual come in?

Yes. The display and menu is in English and the supplied manual is also in English. No other language options are available for the manual. To take a look at the NL-BGQ05’s manual, it is available to download further up this page (under the ‘Add to Cart’ button).

Do you supply spare parts for this rice cooker?

Yes, we supply spare parts for the NL-BGQ05. These spare parts need to be ordered in advance and can take approximately 8-10 weeks to come in stock. Our prices for spare parts include shipping and the spare parts we supply can be found here.

Why don't you stock Zojirushi Induction Heating (IH) models?

We only stock Zojirushi fuzzy logic rice cookers. We have no plans to sell Zojirushi Induction Heating models because the Zojirushi IH models for 220-240v power haven’t passed any CE safety tests (nor RoHS compliance) for use in the UK or Europe so they therefore cannot be legally supplied within the UK or Europe. Fuzzy logic models are quite straight forward and are manufactured in a specific way; Zojirushi do not release any kind of information about their rice cookers, so we cannot be sure the IH models are made in the usual way with usual components. With IH models there are a lot of additional CE Certification tests that have to be passed around the Electromagnetic Compatibility tests (as they are essentially magnetic coils that power the rice cooker), so it’s not as straight forward as fuzzy logic models.Zojirushi IH rice cookers are very expensive to purchase for us initially, so this would mean a really high price for customers that we just cannot justify. For a 5.5 cup Zojirushi IH model you’d be looking at a sale price of more than £450, for a 10 cup Zojirushi IH model it would be closer to £500. Once the majority of customers learn of they high price we’d have to charge for Zojirushi IH models (even if we could get them through the CE Certification), they have told us they would like IH models, but not at any price.The only IH model that is certified for use in the UK and Europe is our own branded Induction Heating rice cooker model, Bamboo. Bamboo UMAI Induction Heating rice cooker as it has similar functions to the YSQ10 and some superior features to this model as well