The Aroma ARC-838TC 8-cup digital combination rice cooker and food steamer offers the convenience of preparing large or small meals in just one easy step. It allows you to perfectly cook as much as 16 cups of rice of any type while simultaneously steaming meat and veggies. The product exterior has a cool touch and its programmable control panel is very easy to use. It features automatic warming and delay timer functions. The inner cooking pot is non-stick and removable which makes for easy serving and cleaning.
The Aroma ARC-838TC rice cooker and food steamer boast of a 15-hour delay timer that allows flexibility for planning meals. Aside from cooking different varieties of rice and other delectable dishes, it can also be used to make tasty stews and creamy soups. The digital food steamer is ideal for use in cooking even entire meals. It can flawlessly cook 4 to 16 cups of rice (2 – 8 cups uncooked) while at the same time steaming your vegetables and meat to complete the perfect meal. The product comes with a measuring cup, steam tray, and serving spatula.
The combination rice cooker/food steamer received an average of 4.3 out of a maximum of 5 stars from independent consumer reviews, which is very impressive. Most of the product users are pleasantly surprised with how perfectly the Aroma ARC-838TC cooks rice. According to one reviewer, it is virtually impossible to fail with the instructions provided on how much water to add for different types of rice. He says that even when he failed to put the right amount of water, the rice still came out almost perfectly.
Several product users also liked the sealed top that helps rice to cook consistently. According to them, it guarantees deliciously cooked rice each and every time. Some reviews also pointed out to the non-stick and easy to remove the inner pot as a big advantage. Food can be easily served and cleaning is very convenient. One reviewer even went as far as saying that this is the ultimate rice cooker. The steamer also works well for meat and veggies and is particularly useful when preparing quick meals.
According to several product users, perhaps the only disadvantage to the Aroma ARC-838TC is that it releases a type of starchy cream while cooking rice that can coat wood and other surfaces it spills on. Especially on wood, the starch coating can be difficult to remove. This is, however, only a minor problem associated with rice cookers in general, and can easily be addressed. Placing cloth to receive the drippings will do the trick.
The Aroma ARC-838TC is, overall, a great product as it offers everything you can possibly want in a rice cooker, and more. Its ability to cook practically an entire meal in one easy step is particularly impressive. The product is durable and easy to maintain and clean. Just avoid using metal utensils to prevent scratching on the inside cooking pot. The Aroma ARC-838TC can be considered a very good buy.