The Aroma 20-Cup Pot-Style Rice Cooker & Food Steamer, White is a convenient and easy to use product that I recommend. Some pros and cons are:
- It comes with all that you need (pot, pot cover with steam vent, steamer tray, measuring cup and mixing spatula).
- A good size, light-weight, non-stick pot. The pot's water lines are clearly marked for ease of use.
- Not much assembling required and when it is pulled apart for cleaning it can be easily fitted back together.
- It has three feet to keep it off the surface it is being used on. I used it on a solid surface countertop, but a placed it on a silicone heat resistant pad just in case.
- It is relatively easy to use as it literally only has to settings: Cook and Warm.
- Clear manual instruction for white and brown rice among other recipes like steamed vegetables, chile, soup, fish, chicken etc, which again offers ease of use. But you can cook your rice the way you like.
- The pot is non-stick, which is a definite plus because I would not want the trouble of cleaning a non-stick pot with a rice cooker.
- Despite a slight challenge with the white rice cooking process (see cons), it did cook the rice well as it came out fluffy and was just right to the taste.
- The steamer tray is plastic. I would have preferred a stainless steel tray.
- The cook time (for white rice) stated in the manual is not consistent with the real-time cook time. I did 2 cups to line 2 in the pot, which according to the manual was supposed to take 18-23 minutes to cook. Well, it cooked long before 18 minutes and I did not realised that it had switched from cook to warm (I thought I heard a flick) - I think it switched from cook at about 10 minutes. This is an issue because the cooker is supposed to facilitate the convenience of not having to watch it. Despite it switching from cook to warm, which I only realised because I heard crackling when I went near it, the rice still was not properly cooked, so I had to add some more water to it, set it to cook again for another 6 minutes to get it to cook. I would not feel comfortable leaving this to cook on its own.
- When rice is in Warm setting, it is basically being parched. I recommend taking the pot out of the steamer's hot plate or the bottom of your rice will become hard and parched.
- The measuring cup is not a regular measuring cup, so users need to be mindful of this. It is 180 ml, which the manual states is approximately 3/4 of a regular measuring cup - I have not verified as yet.