Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8-Cup Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker Review

Rice is one of the world’s most popular and healthy choices of staple food. And you can cook it in such a variety of ways: steamed, boiled, fried, baked, and more! What is apparent in today’s world is the growing use of electric rice cookers. We’ve found the Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8-Cup Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer and will be reviewing it today.

Seeing as our lives are increasingly fast-paced, owning an electric rice cooker is a convenience that has many merits. With the growing popularity of these rice cookers comes increasing variety and choice. Choosing a digital rice cooker can be overwhelming with the availability of all the various brands and styles.

Most rice cookers available today produce perfectly cooked rice every time, and the Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8-Cup Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer is no different. So, what makes it such an exceptional rice cooker? Let’s look at the features of this product.

Features

The Aroma Housewares Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Cooker has so much to offer to busy cooks. Not only is it a rice cooker, but it will steam meat and vegetables in a separate tray while the rice cooks below. This means that you can prepare an entire meal in one very smart pot.

Alongside the convenience of digital controls, you get a 15-hour delay timer, allowing you to program your rice and food cooker so that you’ll have your meal ready when you want. This takes the guess work out of timing several pots and pans to finish at the same time.

It also means you can have meals ready at a specific time, which is sometimes necessary for many reasons. For example, if you have a family member taking time-specific medication that needs to be swallowed with food, this rice cooker will be most helpful for timed preparations.

If you want to use it solely as a rice cooker, the Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8-Cup Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer offers you many choices.

With a generous capacity of 4 to 8 cups of cooked rice and various specialized functions for Brown or White rice, this appliance will automatically switch to its handy Keep Warm setting, once the rice is cooked. Additionally, there is a Quick Rice function that will prepare rice in half the time it usually takes.

There is no need to monitor your rice, or even to stir it. The digital cooking controls and timer options help you to ensure your rice is cooked properly. There is an on-board micro-computer that regulates optimal cooking temperatures for enhanced flavor and texture.

The Aroma Housewares Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Cooker is made of stainless steel and is available in two colors, white and silver. Included with the cooker comes a recipe booklet, serving spatula, BPA-free steam tray, soup ladle, and rice measuring cup. After cooking, all the accessory pieces and the inner cooking parts come out for easy cleanup. All washable parts are dishwasher safe.

Pros

  • Capacity of 4 to 8 cups of cooked rice
  • Additional steam tray to steam meats and vegetables above the rice tray, a healthy nutritional option
  • Digital controls offering a variety of cooking methods for both brown and white rice
  • Automatic Keep Warm function that the cooker switches to, once the rice is cooked
  • Timer delay of 15 hours, to help ensure rice is ready when required
  • Made of stainless steel
  • Available in two colors, silver and white
  • Economically priced

Cons

  • The rice cooking pot doesn’t feature a non-stick surface, possibly requiring some pre-soaking before placing in the dishwasher.

Compare

So, with many manufacturers of Electrical Rice Cookers on the market, we felt it important to find a product with similar functions and price as the Aroma Housewares model to do a comparison.

The Hamilton Beach 37548 Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker was the natural choice. Offering a 2-14 cup capacity of cooked rice steamer with digital controls and a delay timer of 11 hours, this cooker is comparable to the Aroma Housewares cooker in some of its convenient features.

The Hamilton Beach does not have an additional steam tray, so though you do have the option of cooking more than just rice in this product, you cannot keep rice, and meat and vegetables separate. It does have a non-stick surface though, so you can also cook grains and pastas in the Hamilton Beach.

The Hamilton Beach cooker, along with most other rice cookers we researched, is a larger in size, taking up more counter space. What’s more, we could not find any information on whether the inner cooking pot is dishwasher safe, like the Aroma Housewares parts are.

Summary

The Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8-Cup Digital Rice Cooker and Food Cooker is an economical appliance in many ways. It frees up time in the kitchen in households with busy schedules or for people who need to have a meal ready at a specific time of day. This saves time and stress with its convenient delay cooking timer of up to 15 hours and the Keep Warm function.

The cooker also cooks just as much rice as needed, from 4 to 8 cups of cooked rice. With the additional cooking tray, nutritious steamed meats and/or vegetables become easy to prepare and are ready when the rice is. There are so many different types of rice and ways of cooking them, and this rice and food cooker will prepare them for you, with handy recipes also included.

The price of this cooker makes it one of the most affordable on the market despite the many functions it provides. Single people, couples as well as families can all enjoy this multi-functional rice and food cooker.

Verdict

Adding up all that the Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD Digital Rice Cooker and Food Cooker has to offer, we find it to be the best of its kind in today’s market.

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