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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.
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. At the time of this post, the rice cooker retails for $12.99 and shows up in January. 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. The 16-Cup Rice Cooker is only $2 more — $14.99 — so if you need a really large rice cooker you might consider waiting until 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
What We Don’t Know:
This is the first we’ve seen of this particular rice cooker. The 16-cup model comes with a 3-year warranty serviced by Wachsmuth & Krogmann, a common Aldi warranty provider, but we haven’t yet seen who makes or services this model. Because of that, we don’t know much about its performance or warranty, at least not at the time of this post.
Do you have experience with this rice cooker? Let us know in the comments.