5 Stars By Debbie Lee Wesselmann on 2016-04-01
No-Frills Rice Maker For One or Two (5- Stars)
I own a 15-year old Zojirushi rice cooker that handles from 2-10 cups of dried rice, but now that there are only two of us, I always have leftover rice. Enter this petite Aroma Mi rice cooker that makes smaller amounts of rice just as well as my much more expensive cooker. At only 7.5" high and 6" in diameter, this rice cooker takes up hardly any space in my cupboard or on the counter.
As with most rice cookers, the cup-size is NOT measurement cups, and instead you must use the supplied measuring cup which equals, roughly, 3/4 measurement cup. (It is slightly smaller than my Zojirushi cup, which is also less than 1 measuring cup.) Don't lose the cup! The inside of the dark non-stick bowl has measurement lines for how much water to use; the lines can be difficult to see. With exact measurements of the maximum 1.5 cups of jasmine rice and the necessary water, the Mi cooker is filled to the top with fluffy rice. My first time, I left it on warm for an hour, and it emerged with no crust or dry spots. The cooking time is about 20-25 minutes. The nonstick bowl is not as nonstick as I'd like, but it's still easy to clean.
Even though this rice cooker says that it doesn't cook just rice, it is limited by its size and lack of extra settings. The instruction booklet comes with two extra recipes, one for a pasta in tomato sauce and another for an omelette. Beyond that, you're on your own. Even on the Aroma website, it doesn't offer recipes specific to the small, no-frill cooker that has only two settings: cook and warm. If you want to make recipes beyond basic white rice and the two included recipes, expect to experiment. The instruction booklet has very few instructions. This product page says that the bowl is top-rack dishwasher-safe, yet nowhere in the booklet does Aroma address cleaning and care. I've deducted a half-star for the skimpy user guide.
The lid locks into place during cooking and can stay locked when you lift the handles to carry it. Especially if you cook or warm soup in it, it would be a great appliance to take to work or school for a warm lunch. As far as I can tell, the plug is not removable, so you'll have to wrap it around the handles when transporting, then plug it in at your destination.
Note: If you have problems with the glutinous water bubbling up through the vents, add a little olive oil prior to cooking. I make jasmine rice almost exclusively, and it spits out this mess no matter how well I rinse the rice and no matter which type of rice cooker I use and no matter how little/how much I make. The oil keeps the bubbling down to a minimum.
I've included photos with a coffee mug to give you an idea of its size.
Especially for the price, this is an wonderful, reliable rice cooker that's perfect for one or two. Except when I have company, I expect to use the Mi more ofter than I use my Zojirushi despite the better versatility of the Zoji. Most of the time, I just want my jasmine rice.
-- Debbie Lee Wesselmann
5 Stars By Constance on 2016-02-23
Exactly what I wanted!
Even though BTA-MALL had it listed as "ships in 1-2 months", I ordered this one because it seemed to be exactly the size and style I wanted. I looked for other rice cookers, but none struck me as perfect for my kitchen like this one.
Thankfully, it came in only a few weeks and I got to start using it right away!! So far, it's as perfect as I thought it would be. I don't have anyone else here in the house so I needed a very small one. Larger rice cookers always seem to burn such small amounts but my rice (which I wash with the Inomata rice bowl) came out perfectly in this. The timing was great too that in the time it took me to cut and cook my veggies, the rice was finished. It was perfectly tender without a burnt bit to be found.
I sincerely hope it keeps performing this well for some time. So far, this is the happiest I've been with a product in a long time. It would break my heart if it started sucking.
5 Stars By Lanfangming Yu on 2016-12-08
Awesome for cooking anything！
I brought it from Target around $15. It works great. I cooked eggs, soup, and ramen so far, all of them are tasty. Planned to make cakes and shabu shabu in the future. It is small, but it almost dose everything I need my kitchen to do. Very good size that's enough for one person.
5 Stars By Ronald M. Colbert on 2016-03-24
Perfect Rice in a small quantity. Awesome !!!!!
I rinsed a 1/2 cup of white rice using the included cup, I added a 1/2 cup of water as measured on the cooking container, closed the lid and selected the white rice button. The rice cooker started and stopped about 20 minutes later and produced perfect rice. Just that simple, I Love it !!! The ability to perfectly cook a small quantity of rice and not have a ton of it left over is wonderful !!!
5 Stars By WP on 2018-01-26
Solid little rice cooker shows promise for upcoming travel plans
I bought this compact little cooker for an upcoming trip my wife and I are making to Maui where we will be staying in vacation rental homes. After confirming that the places we'll be staying at don't have rice cookers in their kitchen arsenals, we decided to bring one along since rice is part of our daily diet. After doing the usual research on BTA-MALL, I decided to go with the "Aroma MI 3-Cup" mainly due to it's compact size and good performance reviews.
I unpacked and ran a first batch of white rice through it this morning and can report the following: 1) Fit & finish is very good, it feels like a quality made product. 2) Simple, basic operation - add rice & water, plug it in, press the cook tab down (I got the non-digital version) & wait about 20 - 25 minutes. 3) One reviewer reported that this cooker sputters moisture out the vent hole on the cover, making a little mess on the surrounding counter area - this was not my experience, no sputtering at all. 4) On our 120 volt power, I measured its power draw at miserly 220 watts while cooking (the coffee maker draws 1300).
Our trip is over a month away so I'll have time to do more testing before we leave, but as of the moment I'm feeling very good about the compactness of this cooker for travel and its simplicity for ease of use. The two things I wish were different: 1) It would be nice to have a removable power cord so you could store it along with the included measuring cup & "mini" rice paddle, in the cooking compartment. 2) It would also be nice to have an audible alert when the cooking process is complete (if there is one, I missed it). Neither issue is a big deal - I put them in the "it would be nice if..." category.
4 Stars By pray4jp on 2018-01-16
use for my trip.
I bought for travel to France ,of cause I used with voltage changer.very small and light weights. cooking time is about 30mins. when cooking, steam and liquid come out the air duct that’s normal for other rice cooker too, but bit much. I’m not so worried about that part. The cord is not removable that part is bit disappointed; if so much easier to carry to my luggage. rice’s taste are pretty good.
5 Stars By Andrew W on 2017-10-08
No Frills but worth it if you're cooking for 1 or 2.
I grew up cooking rice in a pot but and carried this onto adulthood. However, life got busier and I find myself having less and less time making rice that way. This little cooker is perfect! I make one cup of uncooked white rice in about 20 minutes. Wash, put into the cooker, hit white/brown and you're good to go.
This is NO frills. If you want something super fancy with tons of options, look elsewhere. Otherwise, this thing is perfect for home or in the office. My only gripe is that theres no way to disable the alert.
5 Stars By Rachel V on 2018-01-07
Does its job well.
Ok, I have a rice cooker obsession.
I have 2, 3, 6 and 10 cup rice cookers!
This one is just right for 3 people or 2 people who one of them wants
more than a cup.
Lid is a bit tricky. Usually it's operator error, just saying.
I sometimes insist on putting the lid backwards, sigh.
4 Stars By Max B. Sawicky on 2018-01-16
Used it once so far, at max capacity. Worked like a charm. Only hitch was the directions are wrong. It starts when you hit the bottom button and then the rice button. Just pressing rice does nothing. Fortunately the bottom button does have the power symbol on it, so it won't take a genius to figure out how to use it. They ought to fix the directions.
5 Stars By LadyLoki on 2018-01-07
Good Little Cooker
Adorable! Cooks the perfect amount of rice perfectly. Really nice size and it takes no time at all to make a single or double serving of rice. I used medium-grain rice, but you can also use long-grain. Makes superb sticky rice!