Amazon shoppers are obsessed.

By Christie Calucchia
September 16, 2019
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So, you’re cooking rice on the stovetop, turn away for a few minutes to chop veggies or tend to your main course, and when you return your attention to the grains they’re stuck to the bottom of the pot, burnt, or unevenly cooked. Sound familiar?

Perfectly preparing rice is no easy feat. No matter how diligently you watch your pot, one small distraction can lead to a botched side dish. That is, unless you have a rice cooker at your disposal to take the guesswork out of figuring out how to cook rice.

If you’re not ready to invest in a multi-tasking pressure cooker like the Instant Pot, you might consider purchasing a simple rice cooker to help you out in the kitchen. Amazon shoppers are obsessed with the Aroma Housewares Rice Cooker—it’s currently the retailer’s number two best-selling rice cooker—and for good reason. The easy-to-use appliance features programmable digital controls to perfectly prepare up to eight cups of any variety of rice (it even has specialized functions depending on whether you’re cooking brown or white rice). It also offers smart settings like a 15-hour delay timer for expert meal prepping, and it automatically switches to a warming setting once the rice is finished cooking so it will stay hot and fresh without overcooking even if you forget to set a timer.

Although rice cooking is the device’s main function, you can use the handy gadget to do everything from steam meat and vegetables to saute then simmer food at the touch of a button. A steam tray allows you to steam food in the appliance while rice cooks directly underneath it, saving you time (and dirty dishes).

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Plus, if you’re in a hurry, you can use the quick rice function to cut cooking time nearly in half. And if you do have the time, you can turn to the slow cook function to perfectly prepare meat just as you would in a slow cooker. The ultimate sous chef, this rice cooker provides a quick and easy way to prepare sides and main dishes with minimal time spent in the kitchen.

Cleaning the rice cooker after use is also a breeze, as you can simply pop the inner cooking pot and all of the accessories—including the steam tray, rice measuring cup, and serving spatula—directly in the dishwasher after dinner.

With all this in mind, it’s no surprise that Amazon shoppers are fans of the genius device. The product has garnered over 6,500 five-star reviews thanks to its multitasking features and, of course, its ability to prepare perfectly cooked rice every time.

“Aroma Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer is going to be your best friend if you cook and eat rice often,” one reviewer wrote. “I’ve tried out a few rice cookers myself, and this works perfectly to prepare some steamy rice that’s just right. That’s coming from an Asian who grew up eating rice everyday too!” they added.

Another shopper claimed this rice cooker is the best they’ve ever tried. “I lived in the Philippines for two years and got used to having rice often,” they explained. “This is the third rice cooker I've owned since I moved back to the U.S. and it is, by far, my favorite. I generally eat rice 3-5x a week. This makes a fluffier, better tasting kind of rice than any other rice cooker I've used.”

Whether you make rice regularly or are just looking for a way to cut down on time spent in the kitchen, give this rice cooker a try.

To buy: $36 (was $40); amazon.com.

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