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

If you love a good stir fry, homemade sushi or basically any other dish made with tasty rice, but don’t like the hassle of cooking it often, a rice cooker can be a really useful appliance. It can save you time with its automatic functions or even cook parts of your meal simultaneously. But which rice cooker will be the best for you? Luckily we love rice in almost all our dishes, and we have taken a look at a rice cooker so you don’t have to test it yourself.

In this review we take a closer look at the Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD. It is a large 8 cup rice cooker (4 uncooked cups) and it has easy to use functions with an intuitive design.  It has a delay timer with a range of 15 hours and programmable settings for steaming or for cooking different types of rice. You can also keep the rice warm with the cooker.

It has an extra steam tray and comes with a measuring cup and spatula. It also has dual functionality so you can cook rice and steam other dishes at the same time. That covers the features, but how does it perform in the real world? We have the pros and cons ready and we have a verdict on this Aroma cooker.

Features

  • It yields up to 8 cups of cooked rice
  • It can handle 4 cups of uncooked rice
  • It has easy to use functions
  • It has a delay timer of a range of up to 15 hours
  • It has different programmable settings for steaming, for different types of rice or keeping it warm
  • The inner parts are removable for cleaning
  • It comes with a BPA free plastic steam tray
  • It comes with a separate measuring cup and spatula
  • It has a dual functionality for cooking rice and other meals simultaneously
  • It has a black trim and stainless steel design
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches (23.6 x 14.7 x 22 cm)
  • Weight: 4.2 pounds (1.9kg)

Pros

  • The delay timer is very useful
  • The on/off function is also very convenient
  • It is a really good mid-range cooker for its size
  • It works well with different types of rice and oatmeal
  • The timer is very handy and helps you to manage your cooking
  • It is easy to use and well-priced
  • The buttons are easy to understand and to use
  • It has a good capacity for rice and the steamer can handle quite a lot as well

Cons

  • It can be unreliable and not as durable after months of use
  • The brown rice cycle is not reliable and either overcooks or underheats
  • The steamer accessory is tricky to figure out and can overflow
  • There can be a lot of water left over after cooking
  • It can boil over easily and can be difficult to keep clean

Summary

This Aroma rice cooker is a great mid-range option if you want a little more versatility from your cooker. The simultaneous steaming and cooking feature is very convenient and the timer is a nice feature, especially if you want to come home to meal that is seconds away from eating.

It can take a little experimentation to get used to how the cooker works in the beginning and you will need to play around with the quantities a little. It is one of the few cookers that has a clear on/off switch and it is very useful. It easily cooks different types of white rice, and will ensure you can have oatmeal ready in the morning, just right for eating.

On the other hand, no rice cooker is without its quirks or faults. So in this price range you have to keep in mind that this cooker can have issues with its reliability, especially after months of heavy use. The steamer accessory is a bit tricky to get used to, and can cause overflow.

It has a tendency to lose its cool and boil over. This is a hassle and makes it difficult to clean and detracts from the convenience. Unfortunately, if you love brown rice, this cooker is not up to the task. The brown rice cycle either does not give you fully cooked rice, or it can burn to the bottom of the pot.

So, now we have come clean about all that we noticed that is good and bad about this cooker. Next, we will give you our verdict so you can decide if this cooker is welcome in your kitchen.

The final verdict

The Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD that will really respect your wallet. It is well priced and comes with a good range of features and a good level of performance for a mid-range option. It will serve you well if you prefer to cook white rice types, from basmati to jasmine and other cereals like oats. But it does not really perform well with brown rice and can throw a tantrum by boiling over if you don’t follow the instructions very carefully.

As a mid-range rice cooker, for someone who doesn’t want to cook brown rice often, it is a great choice. The timer is very useful and we think it is one of the best parts of this cooker. It has a beeper to tell you when it is done, and you can wake up to a warm bowl of oatmeal, or come home after a long day to rice and veggies ready for you to enjoy.

If you are fine with a rice cooker that does not handle brown rice well, but performs in all the other ways you need it to. This is a good choice, but if you don’t like cleaning and want to be able to rely that you will never have to deal with something that boiled over, this might not be the cooker for you.

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