My advice as to the best family rice cooker is to choose a Zojirushi NP-HBC10 device. This is for a few different reasons that I will proceed to talk about in this review. If I am being perfectly honest, I think this is the best rice cooker that you can get for a family in the United States these days. But it is not the most expensive and I think it offers really good value for money. If you want to get the most expensive machine then you should consider the Zojirushi NP-HTC10. However this unit is more than $100 more expensive than the NP-HBC10 so I am sure you can understand my reluctance to recommend that model. But do not start to think that the NP-HBC10 is cheap. It is not. But in my opinion it offers great value for money considering the features that it has.
So just to clarify a little bit about how much you should be expecting to pay for this rice cooker, it will cost you over $250. Like I said, it is not cheap. But for this price you get lots of different and high quality features that are going to be worth the money to many of you. If you would rather not spend this sort of money on a rice cooking device then you can get lots of really good machines for round about the $150 mark. The choice is yours.
Looking at the Zojirushi NP-HBC10 device specifically for a second. What does it have that is so good? It is really just the combination of features that it contains which include Micom and Induction Heating. Micom rice cookers are good. But those with Micom and Induction Heating components are better. This model is a good choice for the health conscious among you. It has a cooking cycle for GABA brown rice.