Last Updated on July 9, 2023
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated for 2023. Also, Aldi sold a larger 20-cup rice cooker in November of 2021 for $19.99.
Aldi is pretty aggressive when it comes to kitchen appliances. Throughout the year, we see a number of them rotate through the store’s ALDI Find (Special Buy) section, from the all-in-one programmable pressure cooker to simple one-task devices like slow cookers. As popular as Instant Pot clones are right now, I think there is still a market for devices that do one thing. Cost is one reason: while a programmable pressure cooker probably costs less than all the devices it replaces combined, not everyone wants or needs all the functions of a programmable pressure cooker. In that case, having one or two devices that total $25-$30 might be a better deal.
If you’re in the market for a rice cooker and you don’t have or want a multifunction device, Aldi is selling just the thing.
What We Know:
The Ambiano 6-Cup Rice Cooker and Steamer (product code 14647) is, like all Aldi appliances, a limited buy, so once it’s gone, it’s gone. In 2020, the rice cooker retailed for $12.99 and showed up in January. In April of 2022, the rice cooker is $16.99. In February of 2023, Aldi sold the rice cooker for the same price of $16.99, although that time with a slightly different look with a bamboo control panel and bamboo handles. This is on the cheaper end of 6-cup cookers we’ve seen.
We’ve seen Aldi sell rice cookers before, including an Ambiano 16-Cup Rice Cooker that Aldi routinely sells in February. If, however, a 6-cup cooker is big enough (and I imagine for many people it is) and you don’t want the bulk of the 16-cup model, this 6-cup model might be for you.
The 6-cup model comes with:
- The rice cooker
- A removable steamer basket for steaming vegetables, meat, or seafood
- A dishwasher-safe measuring cup
- A dishwasher-safe spatula
- A manual
This 6-cup model has the following features:
- The ability to cook rice and steam vegetables
- One-touch operation
- An automatic keep-warm function
- A vented glass lid that allows steam to escape
- Aluminum nonstick cooking pot with built-in measurements
- Available in black or white
This 6-cup rice cooker comes with a three-year warranty serviced by Kalorik, which has provided warranty service for other Aldi products such as the 2019 Ambiano Toaster Oven and the Ambiano Belgian Waffle Maker.
What We Don’t Know:
We haven’t tried this rice cooker yet, so we don’t know how well it works or how durable it is. We write open threads so readers can share about their experiences with a product.
Do you have experience with this rice cooker? Let us know in the comments.