Aroma Cool Touch Rice Cooker Review

by Tuyen Lam on February 26, 2012

Aroma Cool Touch
Review of: Aroma Cool Touch

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Rating:
3 Stars
On February 26, 2012
Last modified:April 2, 2012

Summary:

The Aroma Cool-Touch rice cooker is the perfect little rice cooker for anyone that is on a budget and looking for a good dependable cooker that can cook rice, soups, stews as well be able to steam veggies and meats at the same time.   It comes in a 6 cup or 8 cup size and can prepare anywhere from 12- 16 cups of cooked rice at once.

If never used a rice cooker before but love this is the perfect cooker for you as it is so cheap it will make you wonder why you would even make rice the old fashion ever again.

If you would like to see the price or read what others are saying about the Aroma Cool-Touch visit Amazon.com click here.

Otherwise keep reading if you want to read more about its features and specifications.

Aroma Cool Touch Features

  • There are 2 model sizes one 6 cup (uncooked) rice and 8 cup (uncooked) rice.  Each cup of uncooked rice can produce 2 cups of cooked rice
  • Steaming tray is included that allows to either steam meats or veggies while the rice is cooking
  • Has the ability to cook stews and soups.
  • It is an automatic one touch cooker so just prepare rice and press the button down and it will pop back up once the rice is done.
  • The inner pan is non-stick for easy left over rice removal and cleanup
  • Includes and automatic warming cycle of rice is finished cooking and a plastic spoon

Pros:

  • For a low price entry cooker the Aroma Cool-touch looks pretty nice.  The flowery design doesn’t look too tacky and will fit with the décor of most homes.
  • A simple basic cooker that is easy to use and the extra steamer attachment is a nice bonus

Cons:

  • Has a problem of under cooking or burning rice if the water ratio is not correct
  • Cooking switch has issue that lots of consumers appear to be complaining about.  After a couple months of use the cooking will sometimes switch to warming during the cooking of the rice
  • There no other options for the design or color so if you don’t like the flower design don’t get it
  • No sound or bell indication when rice is finished cooking

Consumer ratings

At the time of me writing this review the Aroma Cool touch Rice cooker has a pretty good rating of 4.1/5 on Amazon.com.   Around 77% of the user feedback gave it either a 4 or 5 star rating.   On plus side of the comments many users love the price and the convenience of the steam tray.  On the negative end I have 2 major complaints.  The first is the complaint of either burnt or under cooked rice and the second is the cooking button after a period of use will become loose and switch back up half way to warming mode.  On the second this can because the rice to be undercooked as it won’t be producing enough heat part way through the cooking.

Aroma Cool Touch Pricing

This is a very cheap rice cooker, I won’t be giving you an exact price because sometimes it does go on sale but you will normally find it costing anywhere from $27 to $30.  One positive note on the pricing though is compared to other rice cookers of the same price the Aroma Arc-1266f has plenty of people buying it and giving it a high rating so it is very dependable.

Check out Amazon.com for the latest price on the Aroma Cool Touch as it is currently has a free shipping promotion

My Final Say

If you are new to cooking rice or just don’t eat rice often but don’t want the hassle of cooking rice the old fashion way then this is the perfect little cooker for you.   It won’t have any of the fancy functions of the higher Japanese models rice like the Zojirushi but for what it does it does it very well which is to cook rice.   As stated before if you are experiencing undercook rice first make sure there is not a problem with the cooking button being loose and going back to automatic warming.  If this is issue and your under warranty definitely have it looked at by Aroma.  If it has been over a 1 year and out of warranty then one solution is just to monitor it more closely while it is cooking.  This is actually an issue I have heard before of old rice cookers that has failing cooking switches.  Fortunately to be a super big problem with the Aroma cool touch.

If this does bother you though than another solution is to upgrade to new model that uses a digital button on a LCD display.  It will definitely cost a bit more though but you definitely get an upgrade in dependability.

 

Note: Aroma now has a similar model called the Aroma ARC-838tc  8 cup rice cooker with an LCD display and the pricing is very similar as you can get it in the $30 range as well.   We review it here at RiceCooker-review.com and found it to be very comparable to the cool touch!

Click here to read our in depth rice cooker review

Or you can click here to check out what others are saying about it on Amazon.com

 

 

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