Hitachi Made in Japan Premium Rice Cooker RZ-KV180Y Review




S$799, from major electrical stores and Hitachi Online Store

PERFORMANCE The cooked jasmine rice was moist. The brown rice, though, turned out soft and chewy.

USING IT A breeze to use, with water levels for thick and thin porridge, and white, jasmine, brown, and sticky rice indicated on the inside of the pot.

COOKING MODES Jasmine, Japanese, mixed and sticky rice, porridge.

VERDICT Easy to use with myriad functions; great for those who like their rice soft.

RATING: 8/10





(2) IH Technology : Induction Heating (IH) Technology

With IH, the heat is transferred into the rice by alternating electrical current. This minimizes damage to the original quality and taste of the grain. Also makes cooking more evenly

Compare the usual type with the IH Type:

Micro-Computer Type

Cooks with heat conduction from the heater, Rice tends to be cooked unevenly

IH Type

Inner pot heats up on its own from the magnetic forces, Rice is cooked more evenly

Another special feature is the IRON inner pot:

(3) High Heating Thermal Sprayed Thick Iron Pot

Highly heat efficient iron responds best to IH and is heated up faster. With its high heat-generating efficiency of 82-84%, Hitachi’s iron inner pot transfers heat more deeply to the center of the pot.

IH Coil, Magnetic Force


The specially-made pot is equipped with Gold Fluorine coating that permits high heat transfer, while Thermal Spray process improves heat induction and retention.

1Anti-rust Paint

2Thermal Sprayed Iron
(Metallic Iron + Oxide Iron)

3Iron (Carbon Steel)


5Gold Fluorine Coating



(4) Delicious Rice with Pressure and Steam

Pressure and Steam maintain a high temperature to thoroughly steam and cook rice.

Optimum Atmospheric Pressure

High 1.3 atmospheric pressure generates high temperature steam that cooks thoroughly to the core of each grain.

11.3 Atmospheric Pressure

Trapped steam turns into water and is retained. Which is one of the reason the rice is more moist.

2Steam Recycling

The heater heats the water to turn it into steam again. Water is recycled during steaming and the rice is kept warm.

3High-temperature Steam

Achieves deliciously cooked rice.

4Steam Spout Vent

In order to achieve the best evenly cooked rice quality, optimum temperature must be 98°C and above. Hitachi rice cookers achieve this with its 1.3 atmospheric pressure cooking combined with the boiling point of 107°C for deliciously cooked rice.

Temperature Curve of Rice During Normal Cooking (0.54L = 3 cups)

High-temperature soaking at approx. 60°C, At approx. 100°C for 20 min.


This is another our our favourite feature: Reduce the Water Vapor while cooking

(5) Vapor Cut

With the innovative Vapor Cut Technology that traps steam within the cooker, the IH Rice Cooker can be conveniently placed anywhere.

Rice Cooking Test in Glass Case

Conventional Rice Cooker without Vapor Cut.

IH Rice Cooker with Vapor Cut.


(6) Fluorine Coating Pot for Hassle-free Cleaning

(7) Easy-to-read Water Level Indicator


(8) Removable Inner Lids and Steam Caps for Easy Washing


(9) Anti-scratch UV Coating

(10) Easy-to-read Bright Backlit White LCD Display.


For those who want to know about the technical specs, here are the details:


Tech Spec

Capacity [L]
1.8 (10 Cups)
Inner Pot
Pot & Inner Coating : Themal Sprayed Thick Iron Pot Gold Fluorine Coating
Thickness : 3.0
1.3 Atomospheric Pressure
Boiling Point
107℃ High Temperature
Vapor Cut
Steam Warm
Warm (24h) ・ Warm Hi (12h)
Steam Reheat
Rice Menu
White : Normal, Rapid, Mix, Porridge
Brown : Normal, Mix, Porridge
Variety Menu
Risotto, Steam, Cake
Small Mount Cooking
Display Panel
White LCD with Back Light
Power Source
220-230V, 50/60 Hz
Poewr Consumption (Max.)[W]
Dimensions (WxDxH)[mm]
Weight (Approx.)[kg]
Rice Scoop, Rice Scoop Holder, Measuring Cup x 1, Steaming Plate

Definitely worth your consideration when you are looking for your next rice cooker.




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