Replace Sanyo’s ECJ-E35S inner pot with a Zojirushi NS-LAC05 pan

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I got the Sanyo ECJ-E35S Rice Cooker/Steamer as a gift 8 years ago and it’s still going strong as of this post. 

After eight years or so, the only problem with the rice cooker is that my friends and family have scratched up the 3.5-cup inner pot because they decided to use forks and spoons to mix up the rice.

So the non-stick rice-pot looks as if it got into fight with Wolverine. And we all know that Adamantium is stronger than Titanium.

Lately, I’ve been using the rice cooker like a fiend and with the pot all scratched up, who knows how much extra metal (or worse Teflon) I am taking into my body with each meal? I finally decided that it was best not to take any chances and look for the replacement inner pot for my ECJ-E35S.

The problem with finding a Sanyo replacement part now is that Panasonic purchased Sanyo back in 2010 and discontinued the rice cooker line. Some cursory research on Google, Amazon, and eBay, I determined that it was very unlikely I was going to find the exact 3.5-cup replacement pot four years after Sanyo was shuttered.

At that point, I started looking to see if I could find similar replacements pots. Luckily, for the most part, rice cookers are about the same size, but I struggled trying to find inner pot measurements to ensure off-brand cooking pot would fit into my Sanyo rice cooker.

Ultimately, I couldn’t find a rice cooker pot that was 3.5 cups, so I went with the 3-cup replacement pan made for the Zojirushi NS-LAC05. At the time, the Zojirushi website was out of the replacement pots, so I bought it from a Akechi.

zojirushi sanyo rice pot

The package arrived in a couple days. The pot was noticeably smaller than my Sanyo 3.5 cup pot, but that didn’t prove to be a problem. The Zojirushi pot fit perfectly.

So if you’re looking for a rice cooker replacement inner pot, match up the serving size, and try the equivalent Zojirushi pot. It worked for me — hopefully this post saves some trouble for other owners of Sanyo rice cookers…

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  1. avatar
    Wayne says:

    I’m so glad I stumbled upon your post as I’ve been looking for a replacement pot for years. I just ordered mine from the site you recommended and look forward to the extended life of my Sanyo Rice Cooker. It’s a shame Sanyo doesn’t have replacements. Makes me wonder why. Thanks again!

  2. avatar
    Ed says:

    I bought a ZOJIRUSHI NP-NVC18 last year when out cooker from Costco went up after about 15 years. I figured I would treat us with a good one that is large enough to make a big wok of fried rice. Since a good friend of mine is a regional manager for a rice company I get all the rice I need for free. I was at the local Goodwill today where everything is priced by the pound and electric items are priced really cheap. I found one of these Sanyo steamers in like new shape with no scratches on the bowl for $4. I brought it home and washed the parts and tried cooking 3 1/2 cups of white mixed rice. At first I didn’t think it was working and I was going to send you the bowl. I soon realized it doesn’t have a countdown number on it till the end. The Zojirushi shows how long the rice will cook and counts down on the screen. So I guess we will be giving it to one of my daughters since I bring home too much stuff from the Goodwill.

  3. avatar
    Lori says:

    Hello I bought the rice cooker Sanyo ECJ-E35S 3.5 cup in 2009/2010 at Asian market.
    After several years the inner pot was being scratched.

    I was looking for a replacement and never find one.

    Is the Zojirushi NS-LAC05 pan fits and the rice cooked well ? Thank you

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