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Aroma 20-Cup Digital Rice Cooker Review (2013 Holiday Gift Guide)

 A special thanks to Aroma for providing us with a free product for our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide!

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Aroma 20-Cup Digital Rice Cooker  & Food Steamer ARC-150SBAroma 20-Cup Digital Rice Cooker & Food Steamer


  • Perfectly prepares 4 to 20 cups of any variety of cooked rice
  • Steams meat and vegetables while rice cooks below
  • Easy-to-use, programmable digital controls with automatic Keep-Warm and White Rice, Brown Rice, Steam and Slow Cook functions
  • Great for roasts, soups, jambalaya, and so much more!
  • 15- hour Delay Timer for flexible meal planning
  • Includes Steam Tray, Rice Measuring Cup and Serving Spatula

“Enjoy easy home cooking with the Aroma 20-Cup Digital Rice Cooker & Food Steamer. Restaurant-quality rice. Healthy steamed meals. Delicious one-pot dishes. Prepare all this and more at the touch of a button! Aroma takes the “cook” out of home cooking – turning kitchen time into your time! Help the kids with homework, get creative at play time or pick up that novel you’ve been waiting to dive into. All while delivering hot, hearty and healthy meals the entire family will love. This convenient cooker’s generous capacity perfectly cooks 4 to 20 cups of any variety of rice with specialized functions for both White and Brown Rice. Once the rice has finished, it will automatically switch to Keep-Warm so there’s no need for monitoring or stirring. The Steam Tray allows for healthy steaming of meats and vegetables, even as rice cooks below! With Aroma’s Slow Cook function your rice cooker transforms into a 3-quart slow cooker, furthering its use as a meal-making powerhouse. The programmable 15-hour delay timer is great for families on the go, delivering delicious rice ready when it’s needed. And when the cooking is done, the inner cooking pot and all accessories remove for easy cleanup.”

*Products Included: Steam Tray, Rice Measuring Cup and Serving Spatula.

My Review

 I recently had the opportunity to review a product that I have always wanted to try, an Aroma 20-Cup Digital Rice Cooker! We are huge fans of rice in our home and typically have it three times a week with our dinners. Cooking rice on the stop can be very time consuming and I always seem to forget to make it last minute, so dinner gets held up over the uncooked rice. My mother had asked for a rice cooker a few winters ago and once she had one, she would tell me all the time how much she loved it! So you can only imagine how excited I was to have one of my very own and you can guarantee I had rice cooking in it the day I received it. The first feature that I noticed upon using the rice cooker was that it heats up so incredibly fast. I was so surprised at how fast it not only heated up, but the short time it took to cook the rice. This is also I really easy product to keep clean and I had no problems getting the rice off with a little soap and water. What intrigues me most about this product is that it’s also a food steamer… oh the delicious vegetables I have in store to cook in the future. My first recipe to try out was some homemade apple sauce. I figured this would take the entire day to cook, as it typically does in a crocpot. However the kids and I were ecstatic  once I discovered that it was done within a few hours. As you can see in the pictures below, it came out exceptionally delicious and I can’t wait to make another batch.  Overall I am 100% satisfied with this product and I can’t believe I went so many years without having one… my kitchen would just not be complete without it!

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110 thoughts on “Aroma 20-Cup Digital Rice Cooker Review (2013 Holiday Gift Guide)

  1. i love appliances that can do many things and i really like the steaming capability of this unit, i steam a lot, daily. great review!

  2. My kids and I love rice. Growing up my Dad would fix it for breakfast and we would put sugar, nutmeg and milk on it. I really like the fact that this can be used to cook so many other things.

  3. I’ve always wanted a rice cooker. One of my aunts couldn’t function in the kitchen with hers. I love the large capacity of the Aroma and the ease of use and clean-up. Sounds like a great product. Thanks for the review!

  4. I hate trying to cook rice! I would love to be able to just put the ingredients together and it come out perfect. This looks like a great product to try.

  5. Wow, I never knew you could make applesauce in a rice cooker–now I have to have one. I always thought that you could only make rice in it so therefore was not very economical. Thanks for the review and for educating me.

  6. This is exactly what I need. I do a lot of Oriental cooking (especially Japanese) and my current rice cooker is completely worn out (not to mention too small – only about half the capacity of this one). I love how it’s programmable, too.

  7. Genius idea to try to make apple sauce in the rice cooker! That is something that I never would have thought of doing, but it seems like such a great idea. Thank you for your review! It makes me happy that this product allows you to cook meat and vegetables simultaneously with the rice.

  8. This is so awesome that this rice cooker can cook 20 cups of rice, steam and has a timer delay.

  9. I love that it cooks so quickly. I forget to add the rice into our meals also and end up doing a quick butter noodle fix for the meal… when you have hungry teenage boys, they aren’t going to wait for rice! LOL! You made homemade applesauce in it also? I didn’t know that you could even do that. I love this rice cooker!

  10. i like that you can steam meats and veggies while the rice cooks below it! it makes for a hands free dinner! it would be great when i am busy or just don’t feel like cooking. and it holds a lot!

  11. This looks to be a great product. I love that it’s a rice cooker and more! I was surprised to see homemade applesauce being cooked.

  12. To be honest, I didn’t even know there was such thing as a rice cooker! Learn something new everyday. I think it’s really cool that it also contains a steamer!

  13. Oh wow! I’ve wanted a rice cooker for so long, and this one steams vegis, too! Definitely going on my wish list!

  14. This is a really nice cooker. I love the controls and digital timer. It it a nice size as well. I would definitely take a look at this one when I am looking for a new cooker.

  15. That is really handy that it doubles as a vegetable/food steamer and a slow cooker. I like the digital controls and that it holds up to 20 cups of food for large batches. Thanks for the review, I like to have one now.

  16. I would love to have this. We eat rice a lot and I love that this is a food steamer as well! Thank you for sharing.

  17. I would love to try this. We like rice, but it never comes out right when I cook it. I also like that it steams vegetables, we are trying to get away from using canned veggies.

  18. I need this for my husband, lol. He is retired and I still work full time, so he took it upon himself to make dinner almost everynight. His rice needs help! It is usually sort of crunchy, lol. This sounds like the solution!

  19. This looks like a great alternative to my small rice cooker…I usually have to do 2-3 batches in order to feed my family this would be GREAT!!!

  20. Fancy! I bought a cheapie rice cooker at our local Chinese grocery store, and it died within a year… maybe I should shell out a bit more next time for quality!

  21. I have never been one to eat a lot of rice, because it never turns out when I make it. This looks like something that I would be able to do for perfect rice every time!

  22. This would be perfect for my daughter who has trouble making rice and it is so easy to use. I like that you can also steam in it.

  23. I love that it allows for a 15 hour delay. That would definitely help my family stop eating out as much when we’re tired later at night and don’t want to cook. It’d just be timed and done! I also would not have thought to do applesauce in it. That is pretty clever.

  24. I love this making apple sauce would be wonderful in it . My son only eats gluten free so I didn’t know you could do this I will have to check into the other recipes you can use with it.

  25. This looks like it would be so awesome to have and use. Looks like it would be easy to use and not take to long to cook in as well! Thanks for sharing

  26. I want one! We are Jasmine Rice lovers. 🙂 I love the fact that this rice cooker has great “curb appeal”, too!

  27. The words EASY, Restaurant Quality, Healthy, Did I say Easy? I can’t wait to work magic in my Kitchen with this new machine!

  28. This is a great product, I currently own the smaller one and it is excellent for steaming vegetables. Heres a tip, soak your veggies in seasoned water for extra flavor!

  29. I am like you, I have never owned a rice cooker! And I love rice!! I love the fact that you also tried other types of foods in the Rice Cooker with success and in great time! I have a friend that cooks everything in hers and I would love to have one for myself! Also I saw in a comment above I cannot cook rice to save my life and I love rice! Thank you for the honest review as it helps to know that the item does what it says and more!

  30. Jambalaya!! I cook Jambalaya down here on the bayou in Louisiana, and I use rice cookers but it doesn’t quite turn out the way I want, alsmost but not quite there. I would like to try this rice cooker, and promote it at the Jambalaya cookoffs I always enter

  31. This looks like an amazing product. My old rice cooker would make steamed veggies slimy, but I would be eager to try this one! Plus I had no idea all the other things you can do with it !

  32. I love the fact that it can steam rice, but also cook other foods!! This would come in handy at my house. We eat a lot of rice.

  33. I have a friend that would love this. Getting rice to the right consistency can be hard, and this would help. Plus, it makes a lot.

  34. I like that you can do so much with this cooker. It is not only for cooking rice. It would be very useful in the kitchen.

  35. Love this rice cooker.. My family loves rice and eat it all the time.. This would make things easier to make.. love it 🙂

  36. I never thought to try other foods in my own rice cooker (which is ancient and nowhere NEAR as fast or versatile as this one is)! I will have to see if I can make applesauce in mine. For now I’m eyeing this model, and trying to figure out if I can save up enough to get one for myself, hehe…

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