Aroma ARC-150SB 20 Cup Rice Cooker Review



The Aroma ARC-150SB 20 Cup Rice Cooker and Food Steamer is one of the best sellers in Aroma’s rice cooker collection. Its versatility to cook rice, slow cook meals and the affordable price make it a steal among all the digital rice cookers on the market to date.

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Capacity | Heating Technology | Easy to Use | Other Features | Helpful Tips | Customer Reviews | Pros and Cons | Price, Warranty and Where to Buy

Capacities for Small to Large Families

Aroma markets its rice cookers in cooked rice capacity, which is opposite to the Japanese and other rice cooker manufacturers. This rice cooker is 10 cups for uncooked rice and 20 for cooked. The size is good enough for most of the household use from a small family of 3-4 to 6 to 8. One of the misconception is that you have to buy the right size for your family. In fact, I always advise people to buy a bigger one for the flexibility to cook less or more. Typically, you can cook minimum cups of rice to get the best cooked rice, that is two cups for most rice cookers. Any less than that, your rice would be likely to be brown or burnt on the bottom.

Digital Heating Technology

The Aroma ARC-150SB is one of the newer models. It is designed with digital programming capability and a 15-hour delayed timer. What this means to you is that the rice cooker will know how long and what temperature to use to cook different types of rice. You can set the timer in the morning to cook the rice, say one hour before you return home from work.

You can use this cooker to cook rice, steam vegetable and meat at the same time or set it for slow cooking a pot roast or a one-pot meal with your choice of meat/s and vegetables.

It’s Easy to Use and Clean

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One of the Aroma rice cooker hallmarks is its easy-to-use feature. This is no exception. As long you follow the instructions to measure rice, rinse the rice (very important!) and add water, turn it to cook or set a delayed timer, you can walk way and come back with your rice or meal all done and ready for you.

It’s also easy to clean. Remove the inner pot from the cooker and rinse it with a bit dish soap and water.

Other Features – Aroma Digital Rice Cooker

LCD and Timer: The LCD display is easy to read with a timer.

Menu Selections:The settings include the most essential uses for the cooker:White rice, brown rice, slow cook, steam and keep warm. Few choices in this case may be a good benefit for many who don’t care to have all the bells and whistles.

Cord: No retractable or detachable feature

Color: Stainless steel

Dimensions:10.8 x 11.2 x 10.8

Accessories: Measuring cup, steam tray and serving spatula

helpful-tipsHelpful Tips for ARC-150SB

  1. Wash the rice a few times in cold water until the water is clear.
  2. If you like softer rice, soak the rice for 10 to 20 minutes before turning on the “Cook” button.
  3. Substitute water with a broth (chicken or vegetable) to add more flavor.
  4. Make sure the steam vent is tightly fitted before cooking.
  5. Allow double or triple time for brown rice depending on the number of cups you cook.

ARC-150SB Rice Cooker Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5Many people are loyal customers to the Aroma brand. They are pleased with the simplicity and affordability of the Aroma rice cookers. Having the steam tray and slow cook capabilities are the icing on the cake when it comes to saving time and energy.

Pros and Cons

ProsHaving just the essential menu settings serves a lot of people well because not too many of them want to know how to cook GABA brown rice. No need to jump hoops to cook brown rice with this rice cooker. The multi-tasking function is much appreciated by many customers.

ConsIf you don’t soak the rice first, it will boil over and make a big mess on your kitchen counter. Rice on the bottom tends to get a bit brown. My suggestion is to cook two cups minimal and don’t keep it on “Warm” for too long.

Price, Warranty and Where to Buy – Aroma ARC-150SB Rice Cooker

You can’t find a more affordable digital rice cooker on the market than this. You can find this rice cooker in many online and retail stores. Aroma has it on its website, but the price is almost doubled there. You are much better off buying it on Amazon.

There is a one-year limited warranty by Aroma. You need to register for the your rice cooker upon purchase.

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