Rice cookers are a lifesaver for many homes. Cooking rice evenly and consistently so that it has the right fluffiness, flavor, and texture is actually harder than it seems.
It requires a lot of care and attention if you’re doing it on the stove and microwaved rice never seems to turn out quite right
A good rice cooker has the ability to consistently cook different variations of rice and keep it warm for an extended period of time. Moreover, some rice cookers can be used for other purposes such as steaming vegetables, cooking protein, baking bread or even baking a cake!
Features of Aroma Rice Cookers:
While there are several different Aroma rice cooker models from which to choose, primarily differing on their capacity and cooking method, many of them share similar features.
Capacity: Aroma cookers generally have a small kitchen footprint while being great at cooking enough for the whole family. They come in a variety of cup sizes, (6 cup, 2-8 cup, 14 cup and 20 cup), all of which should provide plenty of rice for you and several guests.
Variety of Cooking Options: Aroma cookers make delicious white or sushi rice. But they also are able to cook different grains of rice, such as the increasingly popular brown rice with ease.
Additionally, you can make more than just rice as there are different options and cooking methods to allow you to cook proteins and vegetables, as well as make oatmeal or soup. In other words, one device can prepare a complete meal the whole family.
Sensor Technology: This feature is what gives the Aroma cooker the ability to make a variety of different grains and food types. Built in sensors help determine the appropriate temperature depending on the type of food being cooked.
Design and Accessories: Aroma cookers come with a handy spatula for scooping the rice, a measuring cup and upper tray for cooking your proteins.
Digital LCD Controls: There is a pretty-easy-to use LCD display with large buttons that allow you to choose among different cooking settings such as White or Brown Rice, soup and even Cake. There’s also a delay timer allowing you to offset cooking times as well.
Best Aroma Rice Cookers:
A note about cup size:
All rice cookers come with their own measuring cups. These cups are generally about 2/3 the size of a standard cup size. When a cooker says it offers, for example, 3 cup capacity. It is referring to uncooked cup size. A 3 cup capacity rice cooker will produce 6 cups of cooked rice.
From smallest to largest, here are the best Aroma cookers available today along with a brief description of their features and functionality.
Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8 Cup Digital Rice Cooker
This is the most popular model with over 10,00 Amazon reviews and a very affordable price point.
Keep Warm Settings: It has a keep warm mode so that you can keep your rice warm before or after serving. Once rice is done cooking, it will automatically shift to keep warm mode.
Steamer: You can use the provided upper tray to steam proteins and vegetables, again, allowing for a complete meal using only one device.
Cleaning: Although it’s dishwasher safe, your best bet is to use soap and sponge to gently clean the inner pot, removable lid, and spatula after use.
If you eat a lot of rice (more than twice a week), have frequent guests, or a family of four, go for the larger capacity unit as you’ll then be able to make more rice in one go. Full review of the Aroma here.
Aroma Housewares ARC-757SG 14-Cup Rice Cooker
Another popular choice is the Aroma ARC-757SG. It features an all white design with a stainless steel interior pot.
It has a more capacity than the ARC-914SBD as it can make up to 14 cups of rice.It comes with a wooden spatula as well as opposed to the plastic ones typically provided.
However, there are several downsides. As one Amazon reviewer put it, this model is fine if you only need to make rice. And that’s it.”
There is no upper tray for steaming vegetables and/or proteins and tt doesn’t have nearly as many one touch operations and cooking settings as the other Aroma models i.e for making jambalaya, soup, brown rice etc…
In short, if all you need is rice, then this will do the trick and it has more capacity, but if you want all the features and versatility of the previous Aroma, get that one
Aroma Professional Plus ARC-5000SB 20 Cup Rice Cooker
This is the largest capacity unit of them all, serving 20 cups of rice at a time and our favorite Aroma cooker.
Features: In addition to having all of the same features as the ARC-914SBD, it has a quick rice function, which cuts cooking time in half.
It’s also equipped with a slow cooker function, expanding the range of foods you can make with a single device.
Finally, it has a Sauté then simmer function that allows the cooker to reach high heat to brown foods, while automatically switching to simmer mode once you add liquid.
4) Aroma Housewares ARC 150SB 20 Cup Rice Cooker
This Aroma cooker has a large capacity of 20 cups as well.The difference here is that it doesn’t have a delay timer, nor does it have a sauté then simmer function. The upside is that it’s $10 cheaper.
How to Use Your Aroma Rice Cooker:
It’s actually pretty simple. With one touch button operation on most models and a handy measuring cup, you’ll learn to consistently make great tasting rice pretty easily.
Measurement: Depending on the model’s capacity, 6 cup, 8 cup, 14 cup, 20 cup, the cooker will come with a measuring cup that you fill up with rice and pour inside the cooker’s inner pot.
Wash your rice: Most people generally agree that you should rinse your rice before cooking to remove any excess starch and for best taste.
You can either use a mesh strainer or simply run the rice over cold water inside the inner pot a few times. Rule of thumb is that once the water inside the inner pot that contains your rice is clear, you should be good to go. Again, this step helps prevent the grains from clumping, removes excess starch, and generally helps your rice taste better.
Water measurement: This will depend on the type of rice being used (white or brown for example) so you should adjust the ratio of water to rice according to your needs.
For white rice, you should have a ratio of 1 cup of rice: 1.5 cups of water and for Brown rice it should be 1 cup rice : 1.75 cups of water.
For additional cup size measurements, you can check Aroma’s manual (page 7) here.
Choose your cooking settings: The conveniently labeled button navigation should easily help you determine which cooking mode to choose for white rice, brown rice, or flash rice should your model come with this feature.
Cooking: Once the cooker is finished cooking your rice, it will automatically switch to keep warm mode. Most users suggest waiting about 10 minutes to allow the rice cooker to distribute moisture evenly throughout the pot.
While food aficionados may want the very best tasting rice possible and opt for a higher end Japanes rice cooker such as the Tiger or Zojirushi cookers, as evidenced by the sheer number of user reviews, Aroma cookers do a good job of cooking rice.
All of their models are affordable ($30-$100) and can help you make moist, flavorful, and delicious rice to compliment your meals for the whole family.