December 2019 I received my Aroma Professional Rice Cooker as a Christmas present from my partner. I’d learned to perfect the art of cooking rice in a pot, but there were always times that it didn’t turn out quite right. It was about time I graduated and started eating rice that was perfection each and every time.
I’m not kidding y’all when I say the first batch of rice I made in this cooker I screamed. It was *chefs kiss*. I had found my new obsession. Needless to say we ate a lot of rice the next few weeks with no complaints from me considering it’s my favorite carb!

But it is so much more than just another rice cooker.


If you’re reading this today, it’s probably because you wanted to learn about a rice cooker and you picked the best one. But the Aroma Professional Rice Cooker can do so much more than produce the perfect steamed rice. It is patented as the Sauté-then-Simmer cooker and it has 12 different functions like grains, soup, steam, porridge, cakes and slow cooking!

The Sauté-then-Simmer function does exactly as it says and is what makes this rice cooker extra special. You can add your choice of meats or veggies right into the pot to brown them!
  • Add a little oil to the pot and select the STS option.
  • Once warmed, toss in your choice of meat or veggie and brown them to your liking.
  • Pour in your liquid, like water or stock, and close the lead to simmer.
Your cooker will automatically simmer after a few minutes and the timer will begin! I use the STS to make Spanish rice! I add my oil and rice and sauté until browned. Once it’s browned, I’ll add my stock and other ingredients, close the lid for it to simmer, adjust the time to 45 minutes and voila!
Ashamedly, I’ve yet to use my rice cooker for anything fun like soup or cakes but I have tested quite a few rice’s and quinoa!

White Rice Function

My #1 top favorite rice is sushi rice. I woke up one morning last year and craved rice for breakfast. So of course, the first thing I do is grab my phone and open up my Pinterest app to search for breakfast rice recipes. If y’all know me, I love Japanese culture and one of the first recipes I found was tomago kake goyan which is rice mixed or topped with raw egg and soy sauce. I can already hear the haters screaming about raw eggs. Don’t knock it ’till you try it!
Sushi rice is tricky if you’re trying to cook it stove top in a pot. It’s usually got odd measurements and because it’s meant to be sticky, it can easily overcook in a regular pot. This rice cooker saved my sushi rice’s life! It is the perfect amount of sticky yet still keeps it’s structure every single time.

My 2nd favorite rice is basmati. This rice should be super light, fluffy and curl into little crescent moon pieces (I almost said toenails but decided that would be crossing the line, haha!). Low and behold, no surprise here, once the timer went off I had the perfect rice for my curry!
I use the White Rice function for both of these rice’s. This will cook them for about 37-42 minutes. Most rice package instructions quote a 20-minute cook time, but I’ll break down why the Aroma cooker quotes a longer cook time. Let’s base this off of a happy medium and say it takes 40 minutes total. Your rice cooker needs time to heat up just like a pot of water. It also needs time to cook and then, word of advice, every pot of rice should be removed from the heat for at least 10 minutes to rest before serving.
  • Put your rice in water in and start your rice cooker on the White Rice function.
  • First 8 minutes (give-or-take) is the warm-up.
  • 20 minutes of turbo convection cooking.
  • Then you’ll notice at some point your rice cooker will do a 12-minute count down.

So it’s actually not a longer process! And it makes cooking rice much easier. Say goodbye to baby sitting your stove top rice and let the Aroma cooker do the work for you.
Pro-tip: Always, always, always WASH YOUR RICE. Grab a fine mesh strainer and pour in your measured amount of dry rice. Rinse it under cold water until it runs clear and then it’s ready to cook. 

Quick Rice Function

Quinoa can be cooked on either the White Rice function or the Quick Rice function. Quinoa is a great gluten free grain packed with protein to give you both a rice and pasta-like texture. Where you can sometimes get away with not rinsing your rice and still getting good results, you should most definitely never forget to wash your quinoa. Because of the pasta-esque texture, I like to cook my quinoa on the shorter end of the quoted cook-time.
Most packages call for a 15-20 minute cooking time which is why I go with the Quick Rice function on my Aroma cooker. This functions time depends on the amount that you are cooking, but 2c is pretty standard and will cook for 20-25 minutes.
One of my favorite ways to eat quinoa is as the base of a Buddha bowl or tossing it with kale.
  • Measure, rinse and add the quinoa to your cooker.
  • Quinoa is pretty nutty so I like to toss in butter to bring that nutty flavor out.
  • Once it’s done fluffy it before serving.
  • Pack it into the bottom of your Buddha bowl or toss is with kale to pack some protein in your salad.

Brown Rice Function

Does anyone else struggle with brown rice? I love the bite and chew of brown rice but I could NEVER seem to get the hang of it when cooking it stove top. It also takes forever.
With the Aroma rice cooker I finally have enjoyably edible brown rice! The Brown Rice function cooks for at least 70-75 minutes so be sure to plan ahead of time when making this!
I also go through phases of wanting wild rice, or more recently, purple rice. Both of which have just as long as a cook-time. Before I moved to Arkansas, I found a great wild rice brand in a store in Iowa and oddly enough it is grown in Arkansas! Like your brown rice, wild rice will also be cooked with the Brown Rice function. I love to use these rice’s as a savory slide of pilaf to my dishes.
  • For your wild rice, measure, rinse and add it to your cooker.
  • I like to use stock instead of water to amp up the flavor.
  • Throw in some garlic, parsley and thyme.
Close the lid, select Brown Rice and let the Aroma rice cooker do all the work. Now you can catch up on your shows, do some chores or get in a decent work out while you wait!

Say goodbye to soggy rice.

Remember back under the White Rice function when I mentioned something fancy called the turbo convection? It’s really not as fancy as it seems, it’s just science! Convection is the science of air in a circulation motion resulting in an even and quick cooking process. This explains my perfect rice every time! Convection is what happens when warmer air or liquid rises while cooler air drops and the “turbo” is just there to make it sound cool.
The Aroma’s carry handle helps for easy transportation from the cabinet to the counter, its’ lid has an easy open button and it has cool touch technology so that you don’t burn your hands on the outside of the cooker! (Note-to-self, don’t grab the inner pot until it’s completely cooled.)

Even though I haven’t personally tested every single function, it’s Amazon’s choice and people swear by it!

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product! Highly recommended!: I bought 4 of those. One for myself and 3 as presents. I have done rice, soup, cakes, European food(same approximately like in the oven for recipes). Very helpful I use it everyday. I cook in the weekends 3 times a day fresh food.

5.0 out of 5 stars Smart professional rice cooker makes great rice This professional rice cooker provides all I need and more! The 6 cup size is perfect for a family of 6. I love the fact that no steam leaks when in use which keeps all flavors inside this cooker. It makes great white rice! 2 cups of white rice takes about 40 minutes and the cooking time is controlled automatically. It automatically switches to keep warm once cooking is done and beeps to get my attention. I am also able to steam vegetables and meat at the same time which is a huge bonus when preparing dinner. Delay timer is also very very helpful – I used to use a timer outlet to do it with my old rice cooker. Overall I am very satisfied with this rice cooker and keep exploring other functions it has such as making cakes.

5.0 out of 5 stars Makes PERFECT Rice every single time! I’ve had half a dozen rice cookers over the past 30 years and this one is by FAR the BEST! Sleek, easy to use, super easy to clean and best of all – PERFECT RICE EVERY SINGLE TIME! I have recommended it to all my friends! Also nice is that once the rice is done cooking, it will keep it warm almost indefinitely and the rice still remains fluffy and moist and never sticks to the bottom of the inner pan. The champagne color is so unique and pretty on my countertop when I’m using it — I’ve gotten lots of compliments. Totally worth the money to have a set-it-and-forget-it appliance that performs beautifully!

 (Yes, that’s Rupaul in the background!)


Mine has lasted me for a year and it’s been a weekly staple for dinners. Right now it’s on sale for $121.99 which is 19% off the original price! That’s only $0.33 a day. An absolute steal for a cooker that can do so much! It’s a great addition to your kitchen collection and also makes as the perfect gift for your friends or family that love to cook!

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As always, be brave in trying new things and cook with love!
Until next time,
Haley | Creator of Haley’s Kitchen

26 Comments

  1. Hi Haley,

    If there’s one thing I’ve never quite come to terms with, it’s cooking rice (well, the traditional way).

    I will admit that I occasionally surprise myself with a great pot o frice, but more often than not, I typically overcook, and I’m left with a sticky, clump of mess.

    I did at one stage own a rice cooker, and my end product was certainly far better.

    With that said, Aroma Professional certainly catches my eye due to the multifunctions option.

    I’m definitely a morning porridge person, and I often dabble with the slow cooker.

    So to literally have an all-in-one, sounds ideal.

    I appreciate the review and you’ve certainly piqued my interest.

    Partha

    1. Hi Partha! Thank you so much for checking out Haley’s Kitchen. I have been there right beside you with mushy rice haha! I have not tried it yet for my morning oatmeal (I usually just stick to microwaving it lol) but I will update once I do try it! My Aroma has not disappointed me yet. If you do try it out, I hope you fall in love like I did!

  2. Thankyou for this post on Best Rice Cooker On Earth | The Aroma Professional Rice Cooker MTC-8008. I usually make rice on the stove but always run into issues when I am hosting people. Since its the time for grabbing deals on pretty much everything, your post was a time read for me. I did not know that it had so many fuctions. Now am definitely more motivated to get one considering that you can do so many things. 

    1. Hi JN!

      Yes I can totally relate. It can be frustrating to run into issues cooking rice on the stovetop especially when you are serving others or if it’s been a busy day and you’re just ready to eat! You should definitely consider it. It’s got so many great functions and I have not been disappointed yet! If you have any other questions about it feel free to email me at contact@haleyskitchen.com 🙂 

  3. Hi Harley,

    I think I have found a kindred spirit in you because I’m a big fan of rice too – whether cooked the traditional way or with modern rice cookers like Aroma.

    But I feel you when it comes to using a rice cooker and once you make the switch there’s no going back because apart from the well cooked dish, it just takes out the stress of having to keep an eye on the rice lol.

    Great post:)

    Femi

    1. Hi Femi!

      It’s so true, once you have a rice cooker it’s hard to go back to the tedious stovetop cooking haha! I do have some rice recipes where I’ll cook it in the rice cooker and then finish it on the stovetop. I love making tahdig which involves both my rice cooker and stovetop cooking, so in that instance they both come in handy. Thank you for checking out Haley’s Kitchen! 🙂

  4. I’m wondering if it has to be plugged in all the time and stand in the kitchen or has some solar batteries or a lithium battery so it can be without electricity occasionally? I like that it has a lot of options and that it has a screen it’s probably touch. topic and that you have explained it well and worked on every part of it how to cook rice and how to prepare it to be delicious. Great idea I wish you a lot of success and all the best to gain even more routine and culinary knowledge.

    1. Hi Dragan! 

      The rice cooker needs to be plugged in to work but I store mine under a cabinet when I’m not using it! Thank you so much for your kind words! It is touch screen and you can do so much with it.

      Have a great day! 

  5. I have to be honest I didn’t even know rice cookers were a thing until I found your post! I do cook rice sometimes but I’m more of a quinoa and bulgar wheat fan. I find sometimes I cook my quinoa for too long and it ends up sticking to the bottom of the pan so I feel the aroma rice cooker might help me avoid this?

    1. Hi Katie!

      I didn’t know about them until a few years ago but they are just a life and time saver! Literally one of my favorite appliances in the kitchen. It can cook quinoa as well! I find my quinoa does better around the 13-15 minute mark if you like it to have a good bite to it! 

      I’ve never had anything stick to my rice cooker so it would definitely help with that.

      Thank you so much for visiting Haley’s Kitchen!

  6. Thanks for reviewing the Aroma Professional Rice Cooker, the Best Rice Cooker ever! I can’t imagine how frustrating it will be to continue cooking rice on the stovetop when there’s a modern and faster way of going about it. People who cook rice using the stovetop are in the best position to explain how frustrating it is to get the food ready on time, especially when it comes to making preparations for important visitors.

    Although it’s interesting and natural to cook rice the traditional way, I’m captivated by the Professional Rice Cooker for its multifunction.

    1. Hi Michael!

      Messing up stovetop rice is frustrating for sure. Serving a mushy mess (or burnt mess) to your friends, family or even yourself is not a fun experience! The rice cooker is definitely the way to go, it’s pretty much fool proof.

      Thank you so much for visiting Haley’s Kitchen!

  7. OMGGG, you had me at rice cooker. I have an instapot that I adore! Having little tools like this always makes me feel super trendy and hipster, not gonna lie. I like the rose pink on this one I think it’d be nice for my sister or a girlfriend! Thanks for reviewing this, I’ll be sure to check it out and look for the next sale. 

    1. Rice cookers are amazing! I’m doing a review on the Instapot soon, so you’ll have to check it out! The champagne color is really pretty and it makes a great gift. I just checked and it’s still 19% off as well!

      Thank you for stopping by 🙂 

  8. According to your review, The Aroma Professional Rice Cooker MTC-8008 is a miracle rice cooker, and that’s exactly what I would need, as cooking rice in a regular pot often fails the way we want it to. Maybe I’ll give it as a gift to myself.
    Your presentation and review are excellent, I am thrilled with all the features and options, thank you!
    Friendly greeting,
    Nina

    1. Hi Nina!

      I have had my fair share of fails from cooking rice in the pot and unless it’s a special recipe that specifies cooking it in a pot, I’ll never stray from my rice cooker again. It’s a game changer. Thank you so much for your kind words! It means a lot 🙂

      Have a wonderful day!

  9. Able to sauté my onions and garlics and then simmer as well? What can’t it do! And the convection cooking, I guess I just found the rice cooker of the future. It’s embarrassing to admit that I can’t cook rice well though I’m an Asian so I just stay away from it to avoid being burned by Uncle Roger but seeing that the The Aroma Professional Rice Cooker can well cook anything perfectly, I guess it’s better late to start than never 😀

    1. Riaz! That is SO funny, I love Uncle Roger! He’s the reason I threw in the tip about rinsing your rice LOL

      It’s no shame to admit that cooking rice is a hard task. It takes a lot of practice when you’re making it stove top. But I 100% stand by this rice cooker, it’s freaking amazing. 

      I’ve recently picked up a bag of organic white long grain and it is SUPER starchy. The first time I cooked it I tested it without rinsing it and it came out super stick on the Quick Rice function. The next time, I rinsed it and it took me a good bit of time until it ran clear. I also cooked in on Quick Rice and it turned out perfectly! 

      Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂 

  10. This rice cooker just seems to be like the very best thing out there and the very best that can make the difference for us all. The more you have opened all these here is the more that I feel I can really get to focus more and more on it. Seriously, this is amazing to see and I value it all here. Thanks so much for sharing with us all.

    1. Hi Liza!

      Thank you so much. I am always here to help! 

  11. You have hit upon something I’d really like to have. Too bad I’ve already submitted my Christmas list.  Perhaps a New Year’s present?

    I’d love to have a way to cook rice so it comes out perfect, as I do eat a lot of it. I also really like the fact that you can cook other things in this cooker as well.  It is good, too, that you mentioned washing your rice before cooking it. It’s amazing how much dirt and debris you can get off the rice, at times. If you are going to cook it right, you might as well start by cleaning it right, first.  

    This product looks like an excellent choice when I buy my rice cooker.

    1. Hi Fran!

      It doesn’t have to be just a Christmas gift. It can be a “I Made it Through 2020 Gift” 😉 

      It’s definitely worth it especially if you’re a fellow rice love and it ends up paying for itself. 

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  12. I’ve been looking for a rice cooker for months! So glad I came across your post. The fact that I can saute, simmer, bake and use it as a slow cooker really makes this a great value!

    Have you used the delay timer before? Just wondering if the delay was a few hours what is the rice like after sitting in water prior to cooking?

    Glad you decided to share this recommendation. I’ll be ordering this appliance!

    Thanks and God Bless!

    1. Hi James!

      I’m so glad I could help! I use my rice cooker several times a week. I have not used the delay timer yet since I use it mostly for rice, but I will be sure to give an update once I do!

      Sushi rice is the only rice I let sit in water for up to 20 minutes. However, you CAN let rice sit in water for up to 48 hours 🙂

      Have a great day!

  13. Wow! this Rice Cooker seems to be the answer for my failed attempts of making rice…as 9 out of 10 times my rice would get overcooked.

    I like the multifunctionality and the fact we can cook different types of rice. I had a quick question: What’s the quantity of rice it can cook at a given time?(I mean for 2 or 3 people)

    Also, can this cook the authentic spicy “Chicken Biryani”? A dish that is mix of rice, chicken & spices. It is quite popular in Indian subcontinent

    1. Oh no! I have been right there with you before. I have undercooked it, overcooked it and even burnt it when I was first learning how to steam rice in a pot.

      This rice cooker has been my life saver, or, meal saver I suppose! It can make up to 16 cups of cooked rice so definitely plenty for 2-3 people. I cook for my partner and I and we always have left over rice if I prepare 1-2cups uncooked.

      And yes it should! You would just add your amount of rice and water with the spices and place the chicken on top. Whether it’s the full breast or precut into bite sized pieces the steam and pressure from the rice cooker should cook the chicken! You can also add oil in the pot of the rice cooker and use the STS function to brown the chicken a little before adding the water, rice and spices and cooking it on one of the rice functions. 🙂

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