Having used the relatively smaller but extremely effective Aroma ARC 2000SB rice cooker for months, our bar of expectation as far as Aroma rice cookers are concerned was very high.
So high that we were skeptical that the Aroma ARC-1033E Housewares Commercial Rice Cooker wouldn’t live up to the expectation but we were in for a rude shock- it surpassed our expectations by a mile.
Non-stick inner pot
This commercial rice cooker is equipped with features aimed at saving you as much time as possible while cooking you very large volumes of high-quality meals.
At the core of the Aroma ARC-1033E Housewares Commercial Rice Cooker is a non-stick inner pot tasked with evenly distributing the heat to all parts of the meal meant to be cooked in it.
The nonstick coating on the cooking pot not only helps with evenly distributing heat to the food, but it is also instrumental when it comes to retaining the natural flavor and taste of the food. The coating doesn’t tamper with the smell or taste of the food.
Rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot as well. A lot of the other commercial or larger rice cookers we tried had sometimes burned rice stuck at the bottom of the pots much to our disliking.
The moment rice gets stuck at the bottom of a pot, then it not only becomes ineffective in cooking the rice above but it poses a big challenge when it comes to cleaning the pot.
The nonstick pot on the Aroma ARC-1033E Housewares Commercial Rice Cooker is therefore a great plus.
One touch controls
The other feature that made us rate the Aroma ARC-1033E Housewares Commercial Rice Cooker so highly, is the fact that it has one-touch controls with automated functionalities. This makes the operation of the Aroma ARC-1033E Housewares Commercial Rice Cooker so simple.
Running this humongous rice cooker is a small microcontroller mounted on the side of the cooker with two modes of operation. The cook and warm mode.
All these modes can be selected by pressing a button on the control panel. There is also one button for switching the cooker on and off which most cookers lack.
The electronic operation is pretty straightforward and anybody that can read English can easily use the cooker without much trouble.
A lot of people have complained about the lack of other functionalities on this cooker but truth to be told, this is meant for commercial use and a lot of the other functionalities such as flash cook, delay timers and STS are not too necessary.
If you are looking for a cooker with these functionalities, then it would be nice to check out our review for the ARC- 2000SB.
Stainless steel lid
The other impressive feature about the Aroma ARC-1033E Housewares Commercial Rice Cooker is the stainless steel with insulated handle.
The heavy-duty stainless heavy-duty lid is very heavy which makes it very effective in tightly covering the entire pot while it cooks.
A lot of people often complain of lids not being heavy enough and therefore place heavy objects on their cookers to avoid sputtering of hot sticky rice and hot water.
With this heavy-duty stainless steel lid, you won’t have to worry about the boiling water leaking or rice sputtering all over your kitchen countertop.
The fact that the lid is stainless also makes it durable and pleasing to the eye. You will easily be able to wash it after a cook and it won’t lose any of its shiny lusters.
It is also important to note that the lid comes with an insulated handle at the top with a groove below it to give you enough room to carry the lid off and replace it back.
You also have to marvel at the durable metallic body with which the Aroma ARC-1033E Housewares Commercial Rice Cooker is built.
Not only does the durable exterior offer protection to the interior components, it’s insulated to protect your fingers from scalding. You can, therefore, handle the cooker even when it is in operation without worrying about accidents.
Although the exterior is insulated, the Aroma ARC-1033E Housewares Commercial Rice Cooker comes with a pair of plastic handles attached to the sides of the cooker.
These handles have a very ergonomic design to enable you to comfortably carry the cooker around.