Are You Struggling To Cook Rice? Use An Aroma Rice Cooker

Electric rice cookers are popular kitchen appliances for cooking rice. It can even cook more than rice such as oatmeal porridge or steam vegetables. Aroma rice cookers are available in a variety of sizes and colors to suit your requirements and personal taste. If you want to cook rice automatically, then consider getting an Aroma rice cooker for your kitchen.

Who makes Aroma rice cookers?

These electric rice cookers are made by the Aroma Housewares company. They are located in San Diego, California. Their rice cookers are very popular in America. The company also makes many other kitchen appliances such as electric kettles, indoor grills, food steamers, food dehydrators, countertop ovens, induction cook tops and hot pots.

Aroma Rice Cooker Safety Precautions

You should always observe basic safety habits when using an electrical appliance such as a rice cooker. Be careful when handling hot cooking pots. Do not cover the steam vents and be careful of hot steam while cooking. Also, do not leave cooked rice in the inner cooking pot on a warm cycle for longer than 10 hours.

Keep the rice cooker away from heated surfaces and away from water. Make sure that the inner cooking pot is completely dry before use. Plug the appliance into a suitable 120V AC power outlet. Unplug the rice cooker and let it cool off before cleaning it. Use the rice cooker indoors in the kitchen, but never outdoors.

Once you have actually read the instruction manual, then you can remove the packaging material. Wash the cooking pot and the accessories with warm water and soap. Rinse it with clean water and dry it completely before using it to cook rice. You can wipe the outside of the rice cooker with a damp cloth.

How To Cook Rice With An Aroma Rice Cooker

Here are the basic steps for cooking rice in an Aroma rice cooker:

  1. Add rice to the inner cooking pot with the included measuring cup.
  2. Rinse the rice with water and drain it to get rid of excess starch.
  3. Add water up to the water line that matches the number of cups of rice you added.
  4. Put the pot into the rice cooker (make sure the outer bottom is dry) and close the lid.
  5. Insert the plug into an outlet and press the cook switch button.
  6. If you have a digital Aroma rice cooker, then press the power button and a menu button.
  7. The cooking indicator light should now be active while the rice is cooked.
  8. The rice cooker automatically switches to keep-warm mode after cooking the rice.
  9. Open the lid and stir the rice with the included spatula to balance the remaining moisture.
  10. Turn off the rice cooker by pressing the power button and unplug it from the outlet.

You might leave the rice in the pot on keep-warm mode until you serve it, but remove it after the meal. Do not leave it in the pot to keep warm for longer than 10 hours because it might spoil.

Can you cook rice and steam food at the same time?

If your Aroma rice cooker has a steamer tray, then you can probably do that. Be sure to follow the instructions in the manual when cooking both rice and food simultaneously. Add the rice and water to the inner cooking pot and start the cooking process. Put the meat or vegetables into the steam tray, carefully open the lid and place the tray on top of the rice.

Image shows removable cooking pot, steamer and glass lid of the Aroma ARC-360-NGP
Rice and food can be prepared simultaneously.

There should be a meat and vegetable steaming table in the Aroma rice cooker instruction manual. Check the suggested steaming time for the food you are steaming and remove the lid to see if it is cooked after the suggested time has elapsed. Remove the steamer tray and replace the lid so that the rice can continue cooking until it is ready.

Is it possible to steam food without cooking rice?

You can steam food in an Aroma rice cooker without having to cook rice. You should study the steaming tables in the instruction manual before doing this. These tables provide you with water mounts and steaming times for different kinds of meat and vegetables.

After studying these tables, add the suggested amount of water to the cooking pot. Place the pot in the rice cooker and add the steam tray with the food. Put on the lid, plug in the Aroma rice cooker and press cook.

Make a note of the time and check the food after the suggested steaming time has elapsed. If the vegetables or meat is fully steamed, then press the cook switch back to the keep-warm position. Remove the steam tray from the rice cooker to prevent overcooking and unplug the rice cooker.

You do not have to increase the amount of water for larger servings of vegetables because the veggies absorb very little water. However, if the meat is not yet fully cooked after the suggested time, then you should add more water into the cooking pot and continue steaming the meat until it is properly done.

If you have a digital Aroma rice cooker, then you will press the steam button repeatedly until the suggested steaming time is displayed on the small screen. The digital rice cooker will start counting down the time once the water inside the pot has reached the boiling temperature to create steam. It will switch to keep-warm mode once the time is over. Check the steamed food to see if it is done and remove it from the rice cooker. Turn off the rice cooker and unplug it.

What is the ratio of rice to water in an Aroma rice cooker?

The Aroma rice cooker with a glass lid and a single cook switch has an inner cooking pot marked with water lines. If you add one rice measuring cup of white rice, then you fill it with water up to the first water line. However, these lines are marked for white rice only.

So, what is the water to brown rice ratio for an Aroma rice cooker? If you want to cook brown rice, then you need to measure the water with the included measuring cup. For example, 1 rice measuring cup of uncooked brown rice needs one and three-quarter cups of water. This results in approximately 2 cups of cooked brown rice. Moreover, 2 cups of uncooked brown rice requires 3 measuring cups of water to yield approximately 4 cups of cooked brown rice.

A digital Aroma rice cooker also has a cooking pot with water lines, but it has a specific button for cooking brown rice. You add water to the water line and then select the White Rice or Brown Rice button. The Brown Rice function adjusts the cooking time and temperature for brown rice automatically. There is no need to measure the water separately if you are using an Aroma digital rice cooker with a brown rice setting.

Please note that the included rice measuring cup is not the same as a standard U.S. cup. Instead, it uses the rice industry standard of 180mL capacity. Therefore, you can use three quarters of a standard U.S. cup if you ever lose the original rice measuring cup.

Aroma Mini Rice Cookers

There are many reasons why you would want a small rice cooker. You might be a student living in a dorm or a single person living in a small apartment. Your partner might not eat rice while you regularly eat rice. The number of single-person households in the U.S. are also on the increase.

The smallest Aroma rice cooker is the MRC-903 series of cool touch mini rice cookers called the Mi Aroma, Aroma MI or something like that. The “Mi” refers to mini or minimalist. Anyway, the Aroma MRC-903 series has a 1.5-cup uncooked rice capacity (approximately 3 cups of cooked rice capacity). Thus, it is definitely a mini rice cooker for a single person or a couple living in a tiny house.

Aroma Housewares MI MRC-903 Analog Cool Touch Mini Rice Cooker
The Aroma MRC-903 has an analog control panel.

There are actually three models in the series. The MRC-903 has an analog control panel with a cook/warm switch and white color scheme while the MRC-903BL has a white and blue color scheme. The MRC-903D has a digital control panel with buttons for power, white rice and brown rice. These mini rice cookers have a collapsible carry handle that is quick to lift or fold down (buy on Amazon).

Aroma 3-Cup Uncooked Rice Cookers

Aroma Housewares has a lot of pot-style rice cookers with glass lids in the 3-cup uncooked, or 6-cup cooked, capacity segment of the market. For example, the Aroma ARC-743 has a simple cook/warm switch, a tempered glass lid and a steam tray for steaming vegetables. It is available in three colors: black, red or white.

Aroma Housewares ARC-743-1NG
The Aroma ARC-743 is a pot-style rice cooker.

The Aroma ARC-743 is a cheap and easy-to-use 3-cup electric rice cooker (read review here). However, owners are divided over whether it has more pros than cons. The main issue seems to be that the steam vent hole in the glass lid often spits out starchy water during cooking. For that reason it is very important to rinse the rice thoroughly to remove excess starch and bran. Rinsing the uncooked rice reduces starchy bubbles that might boil over and cause a mess.

Aroma Housewares ARC-363-1NGB 3 Cups Uncooked Rice Cooker Steamer
Aroma Housewares ARC-363-1NGB

We have also noticed a similar Aroma 6-cup cooked rice cooker model called the ARC-363 that looks almost the same as the ARC-743. The Aroma Housewares ARC-363-1NGB has a black exterior with probably an aluminum steamer and a glass lid. The analog control panel has a single switch and indicator lights even though the configuration is vertical when compared to the ARC-743. There is probably no significant difference between these two Aroma 6-cup cooked rice cooker models, not even when it comes to the retail price (check price on Amazon).

Aroma 4-Cup Uncooked Rice Cookers

It seems like all the 4-cup uncooked Aroma rice cookers are cool-touch models, thus there are no glass lids. Like most rice cookers it has a removable nonstick cooking pot. The Aroma ARC-914S has an analog control panel with a simple cook switch and an automatic keep-warm mode.

Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer
The Aroma ARC-914SBD is a cool-touch digital rice cooker.

If you want a digital Aroma rice cooker, then you can look at the ARC-914D and ARC-914SBD. These 8-cup cooked digital rice cookers have digital control panels with buttons for cooking white rice or brown rice. There is even a professional version of the ARC-914SBD with buttons for cooking quinoa or oatmeal. If you want an inexpensive digital rice cooker for making up to 8 cups of cooked rice, then the Aroma ARC-914SBD is a popular option. You can read this review to learn more about the ARC-914SBD model.

Large Capacity Aroma Rice Cooker

Aroma Housewares also produce large capacity rice cookers that can prepare between 14 and 32 cups of cooked rice for a large family or other gathering.

The Aroma ARC-747 is the 7-cup uncooked rice version of the smaller ARC-743 pot-style rice cooker. It has the same one-touch operation switch, nonstick cooking pot, steam tray and tempered glass lid. This model is too big for a single person, but large enough for a small family. It also has more space for cooking rice and steaming food simultaneously.

Aroma Housewares ARC-7216NG Pot Style Rice Cooker
The Aroma ARC-7216NG has a 32-cup cooked rice capacity.

If you want a large pot-style rice cooker with an analog control panel, food steamer tray and tempered glass lid, then choose either the ARC-360 or the ARC-7216NG. The ARC-360 has a 10-cup uncooked (20 cups cooked) rice capacity while the ARC-7216NG has a 16-cup uncooked (32 cups cooked) rice capacity (purchase on Amazon).

If you prefer a cool-touch rice cooker with a hinged lid, then there are both analog and digital models available that can make up to 20 cups of cooked rice.

Aroma Professional Rice Cookers

The professional series consists of digital rice cookers and multi cookers that have more buttons and a higher retail price.

Aroma Housewares ARC-5000SB 10-cup uncooked digital rice cooker and food steamer
The Aroma Professional ARC-5000SB can cook more than just rice.

For example, the Aroma ARC-5000SB is a 10-cup uncooked (20-cup cooked) rice cooker that has a digital control panel with buttons for cooking white rice, brown rice, sushi rice, quick rice, quinoa, soup and oatmeal. It also has slow cooking, saute-then-simmer and delay timer options. The included removable steam tray can be used to steam meat or vegetables. Therefore, if you have many mouths to feed with rice or oatmeal, get this Aroma professional cool-touch style rice cooker (buy on Amazon).

Aroma Housewares MTC-8010 Professional 10-Cup Uncooked Rice Cooker
The Aroma Housewares MTC-8010 is an induction heating rice cooker.

When it comes to egg-shaped digital rice cookers, Aroma Housewares does not disappoint. There is a 6-cup, 8-cup and 10-cup uncooked rice capacity model for you to choose. For instance, the Aroma MTC-8010 is a cool-touch professional rice cooker with induction heating and convection heating technology. It has a 2 mm thick Titanium nonstick inner cooking pot that can prepare between 4 and 20 cups of cooked rice. It has menu options for cooking white, brown, sushi and wild rice. Furthermore, it has multi-cooking functions such as sauté-then-simmer, slow cooking, soup, steam, cake and porridge (check price on Amazon).

Aroma Stainless Steel Rice Cookers

If you do not want an electric rice cooker with a nonstick pot, then consider getting a rice cooker with a stainless steel cooking pot.

Fortunately, Aroma Housewares offers both analog and digital rice cookers with a stainless steel inner bowl.

Aroma ARC-753SG Select Stainless Rice Cooker
The Aroma ARC-753SG has a stainless steel cooking pot.

The Aroma Select Stainless Rice Cooker has a stainless steel cooking pot with a glass lid. It is available in two sizes: 6-cup cooked or 14-cup uncooked rice capacity. It has a single switch with indicator lights that alternates between cook and warm. A rice spatula and measuring cup are included, yet you have to buy the stainless steel steamer tray separately. If you are never going to steam food, then of course that is not a problem (read this ARC-753SG review).

Aroma NutriWare 14-Cup Cooked Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer
Aroma Nutriware

The Aroma Nutriware is a digital rice cooker with a stainless steel cooking bowl, a stainless steel steamer and a tempered glass lid. It has a 14-cup cooked rice capacity. The steamer tray is included with the rice cooker. The digital control panel offers these functions:

  • Brown Rice
  • Keep-Warm
  • Saute-Then-Simmer
  • Steam
  • White Rice

All in all, the Aroma Nutriware is a good choice if you want a pot-style digital rice cooker with a stainless steel inner pot and tempered glass lid (read full review).

Conclusion

To conclude, there are dozens of Aroma rice cooker models and sizes available. If you are frustrated by cooking rice in a pot on the stove, then buy one of these Aroma rice cooker models.