Zojirushi coffee maker

zojirushi coffee maker review, 5 cup Zutto, 10 cup thermal and 12 cup

Zojirushi coffee maker

$52 - 150

Zojirushi EC-YGC120 Fresh Brew Plus 12-Cup


Zojirushi EC-YTC100XB 10 Cup Thermal


Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup



  • Ice Coffee System is Excellent
  • EC-YTC100XB Thermal Warms 13+ Hours
  • Minimalist Design
  • High Temp Brewing Works Well For Some Brews


  • A Little Expensive
  • High Temp Brewing Makes Some Coffee Bitter

12 cup, 10 cup and 5 cup Zojirushi coffee maker review

When you think of coffee and espresso makers you probably do not think of the Zojirushi coffee maker. But, this 100-year-old Japanese manufacturer of rice cookers and vacuum bottle makes three very good drip coffee makers. Our Zojirushi coffee maker review comes in three parts, looking in depth at the EC-YGC120 12-cup, EC-YTC100XB 10 Cup thermal and the Zojirushi coffee maker 5 cup, EC-DAC50 Zutto.

Zojirushi coffee maker are well manufactured and designed. They have an unusual look, somewhat minimalist and also a bit retro that looks a lot better in person. They are expensive for what you get. The best features are the iced coffee systems, the removable water tank and for some, the really good thermal carafe and the minimalist design of all three. All three Zojirushi coffee makers are easy to use, brew well and are reliably made.

For iced coffee fans, the Zojirushi offers some excellent features. One other way they are different is that they brew at 200 degrees, which is a bit higher than comparable models. They have a pretty good pre-infusion process and the combination of the two does give the coffee a different flavor than a Cuisinart DCC-3200, Breville, Mr. Coffee. All three Zojirushi coffee makers are solid, high priced alternatives to better known manufacturers.

Zojirushi EC-YGC120 Fresh Brew Plus 12-Cup

The first stop on our Zojirushi coffee maker review is the EC-YGC120. This is a solid, well made machine with excellent iced coffee capabilities and solid overall brewing. The EC-YGC120 Coffee maker has a rigorous pre-infusion which works well and tastes excellent with slightly coarse coffee grounds.

The EC-YGC120 brews at 200° Fahrenheit and it does have very nice flavor extraction and aroma. But, you can’t adjust this and some coffees are going to be over extracted and taste bitter from the long extraction time and high temperatures.

The iced coffee capabilities are interesting and very well done. It has a large ice bin. When it is brewing iced coffee, it automatically brews stronger coffee with a lower water-to-coffee ratio. This is important for any iced coffee maker to avoid watery iced coffee. It also flash chills the coffee which Zojirushi says locks in the flavor. If so, that may be a response to the high temperature brewing.

The Zojirushi EC-YGC120 coffee maker has other features you would expect. The warming plate has four settings, a 24-hour programmable timer and a removable water tank. The swing basket and filter basket both are easy to access and can be dishwasher cleaned. It doesn’t have a self cleaning cycle but does have a cleaning indicator warning. The Zojirushi EC-YGC120 brews 12 cups of coffee 6 cups of iced coffee maximum.

Zojirushi EC-YTC100XB Coffee Maker, 10 Cup, Stainless Steel

Our second Zojirushi coffee maker review is the 10-cup Zojirushi EC-YTC100XB. This is the thermal version of the EC-YGC120 which is why the capacity is only 10 cups. The thermal carafe is excellent and keep coffee warm for half a day or more. Since the thermal carafe has to fit inside the housing it has to have the same rough dimensions as the glass carafe, but the thermal insulation means there is two less cups capacity inside.

The thermal carafe is outstanding. The price premium between this and comparable thermal models is less than with the other Zojirushi models. SO this is a good alternative to Mr. Coffee Thermal Coffee Makers.

Everything else about the Zojirushi EC-YTC100XB is the same as the EC-YGC120 including the excellent iced coffee brewing, pre infusion and 200 degree high temperature brewing.

Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker

The Zojirushi coffee maker 5 cup Zutto is a bit misleading. It looks so small and simple that you assume it is cheaply made. It doesn’t have any real controls, programming and is missing a few basic features. But, don’t confuse it with a cheap machine like the Aicook espresso machine or the Sowtech Espresso Machine. Zojirushi makes an excellent coffee maker worthy of your money ut it sells at a premium.

Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto is really small. It sits at 8-7/8 x 6 x 10-3/4 inches. That’s small. It is also high quality and really reliable. It has the feel of a machine that is going to last a lot of year. The Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto

A few things are awkward about the EC-DAC50 Zutto. The carafe glass feels a bit delicate, and I am clumsy. The filter cone sits inside decanter in a bit of an awkward way.

Zojirushi EC-YGC120

Zojirushi coffee maker review EC-YGC120 Fresh Brew Plus 12-Cup

The removable water tank is a great feature that more coffee makers should have. It is convenient and makes it much easier to clean.

For more information on what customers think check out the Zojirushi 12 cup reviews on Amazon.

Zojirushi EC-YTC100XB

Zojirushi thermal Coffee Maker EC-YTC100XB thermal carafe

Read the Amazon ECYT C100 thermal reviews by following this link.

Zojirushi 5-Cup Drip Coffee Maker

zojirushi coffee maker 5 cup

The Zojirushi coffee maker 5 cup is a great extra machine to have for a second home, cabin or RV. Buy it and forget about it. The charcoal water filter should up to 2 years under normal use. It comes with an instruction manual in English, Traditional Chinese and Korean. I dare you to need it. This is as simple a coffee maker as could possibly be designed.

Zojirushi coffee maker review

The company is perhaps best known for the well regarded Zojirushi EC-BD15 fresh brew thermal carafe coffee maker. Zojirushi coffee maker is a good machine. Our Zojirushi coffee maker review found that you really needed to like the iced coffee, minimalist design, thermal carafe or 5-cup simplicity a lot to justify the price and tradeoffs.

There are several other great 200-degree, SCA certified coffee makers out there. If you are not sold on this one, take a look at the Dutch made Technivorm Moccamaster the quick-brew Bunn Speed Brew models or the no-nonsense Bonavita BV1900TS.

We like the small size and simple controls of the Zojirushi coffee maker 5 cup. The Zojirushi EC-YGC120 12-cup brews excellent coffee, especially with a course ground. The Zojirushi EC-YTC100XB 10 Cup is also a very good choice. The biggest surprise was the EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup.

About Zojirushi Corporation

Tracing its routes back over 100 years, Zojirushi Corporation isn’t well known in the United States. The Japanese company started by making hand-blown vacuum bottles. They found success with small appliances including rice cookers, breadmakers and restaurant equipment.

Zojirushi EC-YGC120 Fresh Brew Plus 12-Cup Coffee Maker, Stainless Black specifications

  • Product Dimensions 8 x 11.1 x 14.9 inches
  • Item Weight 10 pounds
  • Shipping Weight 11.75 pounds
  • Manufacturer Zojirushi
  • Zojirushi EC-YGC120 12-cup
  • Item model number EC-YGC120
  • Capacity: 12 cups / 1.8 liters
  • Carafe Type: Glass
  • Filter Type: 8-12 Cups Basket
  • Time Saver Mode: Yes
  • Automatic Keep Warm: Yes
  • Hot Coffee Brewing Min/Max: 2-12 Cups
  • Iced Coffee Brewing Min/Max: 3-6 Cups
  • Special Features for Brewing Iced Coffee: Iced Coffee Water Measure Lines, Ice Basket, Keep Warm Off
  • Sample Paper Filters: Yes

Zojirushi EC-YTC100XB Coffee Maker Specifications

  • Product Dimensions 10.8 x 12.5 x 16.8 inches
  • Item Weight 9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight 11.2 pounds
  • Manufacturer Zojirushi
  • Zojirushi EC-YTC100XB Thermal Coffee Maker, 10 Cup
  • Item model number EC-YTC100XB
  • Capacity: 10 cups / 1.5 liters
  • Carafe Type: Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated
  • Filter Type: 8-12 Cups Basket or Included Permanent Coffee Filter
  • Time Saver Mode: Yes  
  • Automatic Keep Warm: Yes
  • Hot Coffee Brewing Min/Max: 3-10 Cups
  • Iced Coffee Brewing Min/Max: 4-5 Cups
  • Special Features for Brewing Iced Coffee: Iced Coffee Water Measure Lines
  • Permanent Stainless Mesh Coffee Filter: Yes      

Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker Specifications

  • Capacity: 5 cups / 0.675 liter
  • Dimensions (W x D x H):  8-7/8 x 6 x 10-3/4 inches
  • Electrical Rating : 120 volts / 650 watts
  • Carafe Glass Carafe
  • Removable Water Tank: Yes
  • Filter Type: Cone-Type Filter
  • Product Dimensions 6 x 9 x 11 inches
  • Item Weight 4.65 pounds
  • Shipping Weight 4.65 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Manufacturer Zojirushi
  • Zojirushi coffee maker 5 cup
  • Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker
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