Any good rice cooker needs a combination of both software and hardware designed to automate the process of cooking rice while ensuring that there is consistency in the meal cooked every single time.
The hardware should be durable and work under the instructions of the software to make the entire process of using the rice cooker easy and fun.
So, what features of the Aroma ARC-914SBD, Digital Rice Cooker/Food Steamer makes it ideal for any household?
Easy to use programmable digital controls
The digital controls of any rice cooker are the heart of the cooker. They dictate the functionality of the cooker, the usability of the rice cooker and the type of foods that you can cook in that cooker. The more the functionalities of the cooker, the higher its ratings.
The Aroma ARC-914SBD, Digital Rice Cooker/Food Steamer has a digital easy to use and programmable microcontroller which has a host of functionalities. The one-touch controls on the side of the cooker are carefully laid out for easy use and accessibility at all times.
The functionalities available on the rice cooker include white rice, brown rice, keep warm, steam, delay timer and flash rice.
The white and brown rice are self-explanatory. The only difference between the two settings is the amount of time that each takes to cook.
The steam option is used to facilitate steaming of stews while the rice cooks underneath. Pressing the steam option increases the amount of steam propagated to the stew cooking above.
Keep warm option
The keep warm option keeps the food warm long after it has finished cooking. The cooker will always automatically switch to this option immediately after the food has finished cooking. It will ensure that the food is warm up until the moment you decide to serve it to your guests.
The delay timer also comes in handy as it affords you the flexibility to set the cooker to start cooking the rice on delayed time. Using the LED display on the controller, you can set the delay timer in such a way that the rice can start cooking exactly when you want it to start cooking.
Flash Rice function
The flash rice function is a revolutionary one, because it ideally is what differentiated this cooker from the average cookers in the market.
Pressing the flash rice function will get your rice cooked in record time. This feature reduces the amount of time taken to cook rice by more than half.
Brown rice that averages about 40 minutes will be ready in about 18 minutes without jeopardizing with the quality of the rice being cooked.
The flash rice function comes in handy to people who are always on the go and don’t have enough time to wait for the rice to cook for an hour or so.
The other rice cooker that we reviewed which has a similar function, is the ARC-150SB and you can check it out too to get a better understanding of the flash rice function.
Finally, there is the on and off button on the controller. This might look like a simple basic requirement on any appliance but it is not common in many rice cookers.
A lot of rice cookers don’t have the on/off button. They start working from the moment you plug them in and the only way to switch them off, is to unplug again.
This is pretty tedious and the on/off button comes in handy therefore.
Nonstick cooking pot
The Aroma ARC-914SBD Rice Cooker/Food Steamer has a removable nonstick cooking pot. The nonstick cooking pot is made from high-grade metal and is highly durable.
The pot is easily removable for easy cleaning of the interior of the rice cooker and the pot itself.
Above the cooking pot, lies a steaming plate. The spacious steaming tray is capable of holding sufficient stew to serve together with the rice below at any one point.
From veggies, meat stew, poultry to fish, there is literally no stew that you can’t steam on this streaming tray.