I’ve had this for several years. Still works greatupdate: after almost 7 years, the rice cooker went kaput and stopped cooking. The funny part is, it was still trying to work, but i guess the heating element burned out. I do recommend this because i definitely used this rice cooker quite a bit. Several times a month, in fact and it lasted many years. Definitely got more use out of it than i thought for my $35 investment.
I love food, and hate cooking. And up til now, despised cooking rice even though i love it more than any other side dish. With a holiday gift card, i decided to just give a rice cooker a shot and chose this one. I find myself making rice in larger batches and freezing in 1c bundles. The steamer function is equally impressive and makes for a quick weekday meal of a fish fillet (salmon and tilapia have been done so far), which is great for someone who dislikes cooking. As i’m not an idiot, i read and followed the instructions to rinse the rice.
I was surprised to see how small it was than i anticipated it to be. I gave this to my mother as a christmas gift. It looks bulky but the inside is small. It does feed 4 people for around one cup each. I love that there’s 2 different settings for rice–white rice, brown rice, and steaming options. It does have a timer to set before you leave the house to be ready when you come back home. You can also cook it right away. I, definitely, will be buying another one in the future for myselfhowever, i took off a star because of the size and i found this at target for a cheaper price.
Did a lot of research and read a lot of reviews before making this purchase. Also decided to learn a lot more about cooking rice and specifically cookng rice in a rice cooker. Purchased “the ultimate rice cooker cookbook”. Have been trying various recipes and results have been excellent. Knowing more about various types of rice and when to rinse and when to soak and when neither matters makes a big difference. I’ve learned to allow more time when using this cooker. Typically, 30-45 minutes for white rice, longer if i am adding other ingredients such as onions, shallots, other veggies. Made an orange rice pilaf this week which required me to saute some veggies in the cooker before starting the normal white rice cycle. The whole process took about an hour, but the end product was well worth the investment of time. I’ve kept our smaller rice cooker for when i need just plain cooked rice in 20-25 minutes, typically when i mix cooked rice into some sort of casserole.
- Love it for brown rice.
- Aroma keeps working
- How did I live without it?
Aroma Housewares ARC-996 6-Cup (Uncooked) 12-Cup (Cooked) Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, White
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- Perfectly prepares 4 to 12 cups of cooked rice and automatically keeps it warm for hours
- Easy-to-use digital controls for white rice, brown rice, steam and keep-warm
- Steams meat and vegetables while simultaneously cooking rice for healthy, one-pot meals
- 15-Hour Delay Timer is perfect for flexible meal planning— rice is ready right when it’s needed
- Nonstick inner cooking pot removes for quick cleanup in the dishwasher
I bought this rice cooker to replace a cheap, drug store rice cooker i previously owned. I use it for just two people and primarily for white rice. It cooks two dry cups of rice without a problem and the rice tastes great. It can handle up to six dry cups, but i haven’t had occasion to make that much rice yet. I highly recommend this rice cooker for anyone on a budget. With the added bonus of a steamer, delay timer, and rice settings, you can’t go wrong.
I did not expect much from this product since in japan, people pay over 100 dollars for a rice cooker. I gave this one a try to see if it was worth it. And it was :)it’s not the best rice cooker out of everything, but for the asking price, it does what you expect it to do. I don’t think you could ask for more really, i have cooked brown rice, white rice, etc. Many reviews talk about making a mess but i didn’t experience this, at least not much. I recommend this to anyone looking for an inexpensive rice cooker/steamer, it is really the best for the price.
Didn’t know whether or not i would use let alone like this product. However wow is it simple & great to use. A must buy for anyone that loves to make rice in three simple steps. Measure rice, measure water hit on.
Ever since i first got a rice cooker a few years ago, it’s been one primary kitchen “gadget” that i can’t live out. Long story short, my old one died and since the aroma arc-996 got good reviews, i purchased it. I’ve had this model for several months now and i can’t say enough about it. I usually cook brown rice (usually japonica rice), but also cook white rice (basmati and jasmine), barley, farro, lentils, and beans in this baby and everything comes out great. My old cooker sometimes burnt the very bottom layer of rice but this one only has that issue with rice that’s really been sitting there on “leave warm” for a while, which is expected. I love the simple controls and compact shape of the cooker, and it’s very easy to clean. Sometimes while i’m cooking rice i like to make a foil packet of my meat and veg to cook right on top of the grains, making for the easiest clean up ever. I also like that it has an on/off button so i can leave it plugged in. Looking back at the product specs, i see that it’s listed as a 12 cup capacity machine. Personally i find that if i put 3 scoops of rice, it starts getting a little gummier than if i cook less at a time.
[updated again]knocking this down to 4 stars. Unfortunately, the steam vent attachment can too easily shed a piece of plastic on the underside. While the rice maker will still work, not nearly as well without that piece of plastic. Replacement vents are only $5 a piece, but it’s too bad there’s not a way to make that piece of plastic less likely to be lost. Interestingly, when you buy the replacement part from aroma online, it automatically adds 2 units to your online shopping cart. I suspect we are not the first to have this problem. [updated]indeed, there is new technology in rice cookers 25 years later. This model works flawlessly, and actually uses less water than i’m accustomed to using. (how they changed the technology of rice itself, i don’t know. ) brown rice, white rice, arborio rice, etc.
I have had this rice cooker for about half a year or more and it’s wonderful. Easy set up,easy cooking, and easy easy clean up. I will say that it’s only my girl friend and i eating and 2 cups of rice is the minimum this thing will cook which is alil more than we can ever eat. However we just scoop out and save it and use it in soups or reheat inside an acorn squash in the oven the next night. I love it for it’s “set it and forget it”. It also keeps it warm for many hours if you forget because your playing to much video games. Cooks brown and white rice with perfection imo. Wild rice too with the brown rice setting. I’ve yet to use this to make stews and soups which it can also do.
Rice, easy to make on the stove, yes?no. With this rice cooker you can make rice without injuring yourself, or your neighborsit is actually a requirement since chernobyl that all nuclear power plant workers are required to use these. Buy it, it will not disappoint.
I’ve been cooking for over 40 years and i absolutely love this cooker. It is an idiot proof way to make perfect rice. I bought 5 more for x-mas gifts.
Received the rice cooker today, washed it, and immediately made four cups of brown rice. The thing actually has separate buttons for brown and white rice–very idiot resistant. Rice came out beautifully with a very reasonable alarm tone.
I’ve had this for at least 3 years now, using it at least 4x per week, and it might be the most dependable appliance i have.
For a quick easy nutritious meal you cant beat it. I put veggies and meat in, 20 minutes later it’s dinner time. One note it doesn’t hold allot. About enough for two people or me a meal at night and take the rest to work the next day. I tried rice in the bottom, i let it sit to long and it got soggy. Still working on the timing. For a single adult male this is great. So far my favorite is mixed frozen veggies with spicy sausage.
Previously i owned a 20 cup rice maker by aroma. That one is more than a few years old so i bought this one. I didn’t need a 20 cup so i figured i would downsize. I have had this rice maker for about 3 weeks now and the rim of the pan no longer has its perfect o shape. It is now the shape of an oval. It has not affected how the rice is cooked yet. I do not think that this product will last for years like my old one.
Really good for the price to cook brown rice. The instructions included are valuable to keep because if you follow them, you can just set the cooker and forget about it.
We bought this rice cooker so we’d have the ability to make brown rice (healthier, more filling for you) as well as white rice and it works perfectly as stated and is easy to clean. It’s a great product at a great price.
I usually eat brown rice which takes long time to cook and needs supervision. I bought aroma to save time and to have a perfect rice. The rice cooker works awesome, although i figured out that more water is needed for brown rice (i add 25% more water than is recommended). For rice medley which has some hard pieces i use this proportion: 2 cups of rice i fill with the water up to line 3; this is the cup that comes with the cooker, and the lines are inside the cooker to indicate how much water is needed). Rice comes delicious, not mushy. I wish the rice cooker could be smaller, but it looks good and instructions are clear.
I use this to cook rice 3 times a week its very easy. Just press the on button then choose brown or white rice. The cup that comes with it is infer a cup size and i just put one to one ratio and it comes out fine.
Absolutely worth every penny. Already got my money’s worth out of it twice.
This is my first rice cooker. I’ve made brown and white rice. Rinsed rice till the water ran clear. Tried to make it with the vent both closed and open. Rice is always sticky and mushy. Grains are never separated, just all stuck together. Followed directions to a ‘t’ each time. I’ve never used any kitchen appliance that’s failed every single time.