I was married last summer and as a gift, a Zojirushi rice cooker came into my life. We requested it, basically because I knew it was the Cadillac of rice cookers, but I didn’t know how much I would wind up liking it. I mean, it’s a rice cooker.

zojirushi rice cooker

I Love This Rice Cooker

The Zojirushi is really good at cooking rice. It’s menu is probably over complicated. It’s pretty easy to clean, but it does get crud up in the lid, which is below the main lid, which in turn makes it actually not easy to clean. It has a handle for all those times I want to carry it from the kitchen to the…kitchen counter.

Where the Zojirushi really excels is in the unexpected. I love it because instead of beeping and buzzing annoying and harsh tones to tell me when it’s starting and finishing, it plays awesome nursery rhyme melodies. Yes, nursery rhymes!

Now that I type it, it sounds a bit crazy to me, but few things make me smile more than firing up the Zojirushi and hearing that damn melody. Without fail, it makes me smile and happy, so I love it for that. I want to take care of the Zojirushi and have it in my life forever. Then, after waiting a while, you know your rice is perfectly prepared when this plays:

It makes you food and makes you smile. It turns, “Finally, that rice is cooked!” into “Hooray! It’s time to eat!” Beyond food, it makes me think, how can the seemingly mundane things we work on be tweaked to bring happiness to someone? Using a melody instead of a buzz is an easy change and there must be countless other simple changes that product designers can make to bring a little more happiness to our users and the world. These are the sorts of details that take a product from successfully doing a job to turning it into something you actually want to use and want to evangelize to everyone you know…maybe you’d even write a blog post about how great it is.