Our top choice for a rice cooker with a large stainless steel inner pot was this Aroma 14-cup monster. It’s big enough to make enough rice for our family of 6, and it was available online in Canada – shipped straight to our door.
We’ve had it for almost 2 years now, and we make rice almost every other day. This rice cooker just keeps on ticking, without a hiccup. Because it has a stainless steel inner pot it does cost a little more up-front then the cheap non-stick cookers, but after this much use, it still works and looks just as good as the day we bought it (except for some scratches of course!).
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This is the rice cooker we decided to buy. It checked all the boxes we had – a stainless steel inner pot, a large capacity, a decent price, and available in Canada.
How well does the Aroma Stainless Inner Pot Rice Cooker Cook Rice?
Admittedly, I am not a rice expert, but I have spent a couple years in Latin America where rice is a daily staple. I also have a wife who wants us to stay healthy so we have cooked brown rice in the rice cooker. Plus, I like sushi, so we’ve done sushi rice too!
All told, the rice cooker performs well. Adding the right amount of water is important, which I imagine it would be with any rice cooker. After all, how can you cook rice properly without the proper rice to water ratio?
The glass lid allows you to peak at the rice to check in on the progress, and on occasion when we’ve been in a rush, we have shut off the cooker when the rice looks done before it shuts itself off.
This picture shows white rice cooked in the stainless steel inner pot. The rice cooker turned itself from ‘cook’ mode to ‘warm’ mode, and you can see that hardly any rice has burnt or stuck onto the bottom. The longer you leave it on ‘warm’ mode, the more browned rice you will have at the bottom. If you stop the rice cooker right after it is done cooking, there is virtually no browned rice stuck to the bottom of the stainless steel pot.
How to clean a stainless steel inner pot rice cooker?
Since the inner pot is stainless steel, rather than an aluminum pot with a non-stick coating, it’s easy to clean – there’s no need to worry about scratching the coating.
To clean out pot, we first soak it with water. After 5 or 10 minutes, or sometimes a whole night if I’m lazy, I pour off the water and scrape the chunks out with a spoon into the compost.
Next, if there is lots of rice gunk on the bottom, you can continue to scrape with a spoon or hard scraper, or just attack it with a scrub sponge.
Considering we don’t cook the rice with any oil, the stainless inner pot does clean very easily.
Aroma Rice Cooker Reviews
FoodShark ranked the Aroma Rice Cooker Canada – 14-cup Stainless Steel Inner Pot Rice Cooker as the #1 on their list claiming it was the 'Best Pick' in their product review. [November 2018]
Simple and stainless steel is all that was needed to win out! Strangely, the rest of their options just have a 'stainless look' to the exterior, so they aren't even real stainless steel rice cookers worth comparing.
Amazon.ca ranked the Aroma Rice Cooker Canada – 14-cup Stainless Steel Inner Pot Rice Cooker as the #1 on their list claiming it was the 'Amazon's Choice' in their product review. [November 2018]
Amazon's choice for searches for "stainless steel rice cooker". In a funny twist, it's also called "America's #1 Rice Cooker"
Alternative to consider:
If you don't need something quite so large, there's a smaller 6-cup version of this exact stainless steel inner pot rice cooker from the same company. If you are limited on counter space and living a tiny or minimized lifestyle, than this is the one you'll want. However, buying the larger one doesn't cost much more, and then you'll be prepared for hosting large holiday meals without worry :)