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Right-sized for a family, this 6-cup (12 cooked cups) rice cooker makes rice lovers happy. An Aroma ARC-1266F review on the Rice Cooker Review blog deems this model a good value, one that sells for a low price and delivers a high-quality product. The Aroma ARC-1266F (starting at $27, Amazon) is a basic on/off rice cooker with one cooking mode that produces toothsome white and brown rice, as well as grains like quinoa. In reviews on Amazon, for example, consumers write of using this machine daily. Many report taking advantage of the steamer tray for steaming vegetables and proteins (meat, poultry, fish) while the rice bubbles away below and using the keep-warm function as a slow cooker for soups and stews. Rice cooks fairly quickly in the Aroma ARC-1266F -- about 20 minutes for white rice and 30 minutes for brown, users report. Some reviews, like one on Best Rice Cooker Ratings, say the cooking instructions are a bit off and some experimentation with the proper amount of rice and liquid may be necessary. We also read a few dissenting reviews detailing mishaps ranging from a thin layer of stuck-on rice to crusting and browning when rice sits too long in keep-warm mode, starchy cooking liquid boiling over when filled to maximum capacity, and automatically switching to keep-warm before the contents are fully cooked.
The Aroma ARC-1266F features an easy-clean nonstick cooking pot and a hinged, locking lid. There's a water reservoir under the lid that collects condensation during the cooking process, a design element that helps to keep the rice fluffy and appropriately dry. The ARC-1266F comes with a measuring cup and spatula. User ARC-1266F reviews stress the importance of reading and following the directions to ensure the best results.
With a price tag at the low end of the Cheapism range, the Aroma ARC-1266F claims pride of place for the consistency of its output and feature set.