Best Food Steamers

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 6, 2018
Food steamers will prove to you that healthy food has much in common with tasty food. These kitchen appliances can free you from kitchen slavery. If you want to read an interesting book or play with your kids instead of cooking, this review will help you choose the best food steamer! ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
CAPACITY
TRAYS / SIZE
CONTROL
FUNCTIONS
CONVENIENCES
MATERIAL
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PROS
It is possible to remove the center divider to prepare a variety of large foods (corn or broccoli). Water drawer can be filled with water without taking the steamer apart.
CONS

The food might stick in the holes sometimes.

OUR VERDICT
It is a perfect quality kitchen appliance for a moderate price. This 2-tier multi-functional device is quite easy in maintenance.
detailed parameters
CAPACITY
5.5 quart
TRAYS / SIZE
2 / equal
CONTROL
Digital
FUNCTIONS
Keep-Warm, Auto shut-off, Countdown timer, Low water light
CONVENIENCES
Nested storage, Low water indicator, Removable dividers to fit large foods, Rice bowl
MATERIAL
Metal exterior, Plastic baskets and lid
POWER

800 W

EXTRAS

Manual

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

The moment your food is ready the steamer will automatically switch to the Keep-warm mode so you need not be in the kitchen and can go do something else while the cooking is in the process.

CONS

Not very big capacity.

OUR VERDICT

The Aroma Housewares steamer is a real helper in healthy and tasty food cooking: it has non-stick bowls, a transparent tempered glass lid to keep watch over the process, comes with a measuring cup and a spoon. It is also really energy-saving.

detailed parameters
CAPACITY

1.5 quart

TRAYS / SIZE

2 / different

CONTROL

Mechanical

FUNCTIONS

Automatic Keep Warm

CONVENIENCES

Removable non-stick inner pot, One-Touch operation

MATERIAL

Metal body and bowls, Tempered glass lid

POWER

350 W

EXTRAS

Rice Measuring Cup, Serving Spatula, Manual

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The bowls are removable and can be put one into the other to save some space. Both bowls are dishwasher-safe, as is the lid, which simplifies maintenance.

CONS

It gets rather hot during operation.

OUR VERDICT

Two see-through bowls will allow you to cook two dishes simultaneously and see how the process goes. The control is easy to get the grasp of and needs no special skills. Big food steamer for a big family.

detailed parameters
CAPACITY

5 quart

TRAYS / SIZE

2 / equal

CONTROL

Mechanical

FUNCTIONS

Automatic 60-minute timer

CONVENIENCES

Power indicator light, Parts are dishwasher safe

MATERIAL

Porcelain-enameled steel body, Plastic bowls and lid, Nested storage

POWER

400 W

EXTRAS

Manual

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS
Three steaming bowls are great for simultaneous cooking of various dishes. A 1-hour timer and four 15-minute time intervals allow consumers to set the required length of time for cooking.
CONS

Takes up quite some space.

OUR VERDICT
This highly productive food steamer is an amazing option for a large family. It prepares healthy food in a short timespan so you won't wait for your favorite dishes for too long. It's possible to remove 1 or 2 bowls if you want to prepare less food.
detailed parameters
CAPACITY
5 quart
TRAYS / SIZE
3 / equal
CONTROL
Mechanical
FUNCTIONS
Auto shut-off, 1-Hour Timer
CONVENIENCES
Indicator lights up as time set on the indicator ends, Removable and interchangeable 2nd and 3rd layers, Cooking time tips
MATERIAL
Porcelain-enameled steel body, Plastic bowls and lid
POWER

400 W

EXTRAS

Rice bowl, Manual

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS
The device is equipped with time indicators and transparent plastic baskets that are necessary for cooking various dishes.
CONS

The bowls need careful cleaning due to thin plastic.

OUR VERDICT
This kitchen appliance is a very good budgetary purchase for middle-class families. It is very stylish and easy in use.
detailed parameters
CAPACITY
5 quart
TRAYS / SIZE
2 / equal
CONTROL
Mechanical
FUNCTIONS
Keep-Warm, Auto shut-off and Automatic 60-minute timer
CONVENIENCES
Power on indicator light
MATERIAL
Steel body, Plastic baskets and lid
POWER

400 W

EXTRAS

Manual

WARRANTY

1 year

Hamilton Beach 37530A

Performance

Hamilton Beach 37530A Digital steamer is the kind of device that can persuade you to eat healthily by showing you that steamed food can be not only good for our health but also really tasty. The device comes with three removable dividers and three baskets with transparent lids so you could keep watch what's happening inside. The total capacity of the steamer is 5.5 quart, which is on a big side, making it suitable for large families. Thanks to its 800W, it's also suitable for quick cooking sessions as well as keeping food warm once it's done. The option to stack bowls makes the Hamilton Beach 37530A a space-saving solution suitable both for home and office use. It is interesting that many consumers compare the Hamilton Beach 37530A with Veggie steamer and Tefal steam cooker. So we won't lie if we say that this steamer can soon become a serious competitor in the market.

Review of Hamilton Beach 37530A Digital Food Steamer

Control

A contemporary rhythm of life is very fast. It leaves us no time for cooking, especially if we spend all day working. Thus, most of us will surely appreciate the possibility to eat warm food when we come home at the end of a hard day. As Hamilton Beach steamer has the electronic control system and Delayed Start function, it is possible to program this device to cook your favorite food before you come back home. Due to its inbuilt countdown timer, digital touchpad, and low water light, the maintenance of this steamer is very convenient. For instance, you will always be alerted about the necessity to add more water into a water tank to complete the process of cooking. Isn't it enough for purchasing this very device?
Hamilton Beach 37530A Digital Food Steamer in the use

Conveniences

The body of this compact electric steam cooker is metallic, whereas its lid and baskets are plastic. In fact, they are very easy to clean. They are also dishwasher safe. It comes with a handy, removable divider to fit large foods. On using this steamer, you'll see that cooking isn't necessarily time-consuming and boring. Due to its nested storage, this device is very convenient for both home and office use. In case you ever encounter with any issues during exploitation, you can consult an instruction (included). It will answer all your questions no doubts. We hope that this device will open new perspectives for your creativity!
Detailed review of Hamilton Beach 37530A Digital Food Steamer

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Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer Demo

What customers say about this product

Size & Weight

Love it! Love the size and it does a great job!

Key Specs

reat value for the price. Very effective steamer. Nice, large capacity.

Control

Digital timer is awesome! It even alerts you if water is getting low.

Functions

I absolutely love the delay function, just set the cooking time and then press the delay button. You can set it for a minimum of 30 minutes up to 24 hours maximum

Features

It comes with a egg holder so the eggs will stay on end to cook them.
 

Aroma Housewares ARC-743-1NGB

Small Healthy Family

Now, this is not just a food steamer but a rice cooker with a food steamer tray included, which is a great combination if you think about healthy food. This device is hardly appropriate if you're getting ready for a big Birthday party in your backyard but if it's about feeding your family, it's more than enough. The bigger bowl is big enough to fit 3 cups of uncooked rice and turn it into 6 cups of freshly cooked one. And since there are two bowls, you can both prepare the main dish (i.e. rice) and steam some meat or vegetables simultaneously by placing one bowl above the other. Or if you only need one dish and not two, you can still utilize this food steamer since the bowls can be used separately.

The main bowl has a non-stick finish so whatever you cook there, washing the bowl will be a cakewalk. The second "bowl" is a steam tray and it is made of aluminum so it is lightweight and fast when it comes to heating up. You can cook whatever you want with this compact kitchen appliance thanks to the materials proven to be safe for human health.

Review of Aroma Housewares ARC-743-1NGB Rice Cooker and Food Steamer

More Convenient Than Most

Besides the food steamer itself, the delivery package will also contain the measuring cup and a special rice paddle that will not scratch the non-stick coating when you stir the dish cooking in the bowl.

The steamer has the simplest controls and it will send your dish to the Keep-Warm mode automatically after the cooking process is complete. This is convenient when you can't or don't want to spend the time the dish cooks in the kitchen: you just set the device to start preparing and go do whatever you wish to do besides, be it reading a book or starting a laundry. You don't need to adjust the starting time so that your rice with steamed veggies is ready right when it's dinner time since even if it's complete too early it will still be kept warm without any additional efforts on your side.

Besides the convenience of the automatic Keep-Warm feature, there is also a tempered glass lid. Thanks to it, you will be able to monitor the process without having to lift the lid if you wish to. The lid also has a venting hole for the steam.

Aroma Housewares ARC-743-1NGB Rice Cooker and Food Steamer in the use

No Cluttering the Space

As we've already mentioned, this is a food steamer for a small family or a couple, not for some big events. It is not big in capacity and it is not big in size either so it won't take up much space on your counter and won't get in the way of your other kitchen activities. You can even hide it somewhere when you're not using it since it is not heavy to carry back and forth at all.

The appliance is offered in three color options: the classic white, black, and a red one. Depending on your kitchen interior design and your personal preferences, you can select the one you prefer.

Detailed review of Aroma Housewares ARC-743-1NGB Rice Cooker and Food Steamer

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Oster CKSTSTMD5-W-015

Compact Yet Capacious

The nicest feature of this food steamer is that despite being a 5-quart appliance (which is the standard for these devices) it is still fairly compact and easy to store. If you leave it on the countertop, it won't be in the way too much since it's not bulky and if you prefer to put it away when not in use, it will be easy to find the space for that, too. When not in use, the steamer can be made even more compact—the bowls are constructed to be put one into the other to save space.

The Oster steamer has two tiers, meaning you can cook two dishes simultaneously without mixing the flavors. Put the meat or fish into the bottom bowl and the veggies into the top one, turn the appliance on, and in some time, you will have a complete lunch, tasty and healthy.

The steaming bowls and the lid are made of transparent plastic, allowing you to monitor the preparation at any given moment without having to do anything. This also allows you to put them in the dishwasher when the cooking is finished, eliminating the need to spend time on washing everything by hand. Just wipe the main body with a cloth while the bowls are being washed.

Review of Oster CKSTSTMD5-W-015 5-Quart Food Steamer

You Are Free to Do Other Things

The Oster food steamer has a timer of up to 60 minutes and an automatic shut-off feature when the time is up or when there is no more water to make steam of. Owing to this, you don't really need to always be nearby as your food cooks—nothing can go wrong with it if you've set the settings right. Besides, if you need to quickly check if the appliance is on, it has a glowing red indicator right beside the timer. You can simply glance its way as you pass the kitchen while doing something else.

Oster CKSTSTMD5-W-015 5-Quart Food Steamer in the use

Safe to Cook In

The only thing we recommend you to keep in mind is that between the plastic bowls and steam, the Oster food steamer can get rather hot to the touch during the operation so you will need to exercise care as to not get your fingers burned. Otherwise, there is very little to complain about. The device is even FDA approved, therefore, it is considered safe to put food in.

Detailed review of Oster CKSTSTMD5-W-015 5-Quart Food Steamer

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Oster Two Tier Food Steamer
 

Ovente FS53 W

Performance

Ovente FS53W is a highly productive 400-Watt food steamer. This item is perfect for cooking a variety of steamed dishes that can satisfy the demands of both gourmets and healthy diet followers. The main advantage of such appliance is that it keeps the food away from the boiling water, while it still absorbs the moisture. This way, meals cooked in this steamer, are much more useful for human digestion system. Since the capacity of this steam cooker is 5 quarts, you can easily prepare enough food for a 5-member family. This kitchen appliance consists of 3 bowls, 2 of which are removable. So you can cook either a single meal or the whole lot at a time in different bowls. Busy people will highly appreciate this device!
Review of Ovente FS53 W Electric Vegetable and Food Steamer

Control

This food steamer features a simple mechanical control. A mechanical thermostat is located on the body of the device so you can easily switch it off while cooking. A 1-hour timer with four 15-minute time intervals is very convenient for setting the precise cooking time. Having purchased this kitchen appliance, you can be sure that your food won't get overcooked or burnt. Never mind if you ever forget to switch off the steam cooker before leaving home. When the time span set on the timer comes, the appliance turns off automatically. Great!
Ovente FS53 W Electric Vegetable and Food Steamer in the use

Conveniences

After all, this model is rather easy in maintenance. The cooking time tips on the housing will tell you exactly how much time this or that meals takes to be cooked. Even if a haute cuisine does not fall under the category of your hobbies or abilities, you will easily cope with cooking fish, chicken, vegetables, eggs, and cereals. When the set time comes to the end, you will be alerted with a red indicator light. The design of the steam cooker will add a sophisticated touch to the interior of your kitchen. As for heat-resistant bowls, they perfectly fit in a porcelain-enameled body of the appliance. Note that this item is shipped to customers with a convenient rice bowl and a detailed instruction. In sum, this steam cooker will help you reveal the beauty of cooking!
Detailed review of Ovente FS53 W Electric Vegetable and Food Steamer

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

This steamer holds lots of veggies, meat, and anything else you can think of. It will easily feed a family of 4

Control

The timer is really helpful for people who forgets to check on their food.

Size & Weight

This steamer is very easy to be use and very easy to clean.

Features

great steamer!!! very user friendly. you dont even need to read the instruction before you use it

Functions

Great for steaming a lot of veggies at once and it makes rice
 

Nesco ST-25P

Performance

Steamer Nesco ST-25P is the best food steamer for the family where every member has diverse tastes. Its 2-tier design allows users to cook two different meals at a time without flavor mix. You can load meat and vegetables in different trays and spend less time on cooking. The unit also includes a rice bowl that makes for the overall capacity of 5 qt. If you are looking for a food steamer for daily use, Steamer Nesco ST-25P will suit you perfectly.
Review of Nesco ST-25P 5-Quart Food Steamer

Control

This is a mechanical food steamer, switched on and off by turning the knob. The timer allows users to set the required cooking time and leave cooking to the steamer while they can walk away and concentrate on other things. Nesco ST-25P automatically shuts off when the meal is done, shifting to the Keep Warm function, so that your meal is still warm when you’re about to eat. You won’t struggle getting started at all. The instructions are very clear, you may not use them at all.
Nesco ST-25P 5-Quart Food Steamer in the use

Conveniences

The tips throughout the steamer will guide you in the time required for preparing different foods. No matter whether you’ve ever steamed poultry or fish before, you’ll see the optimal time specified on the housing. The food steamer has two steam trays for simultaneous cooking of several meals, greatly saving your time. Just like most other food steamers, Nesco ST-25P is dishwasher-safe so its cleaning will be a breeze.
Detailed review of Nesco ST-25P 5-Quart Food Steamer

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Nesco Food Steamer

What customers say about this product

General Specifications

Great product. Use it almost every day.

Size & Weight

Love this steamer - it is small and compact, works great

Key Specs

Much easier to cook rice!

Functions

I use it occasionally and it gives good results each time.

Features

It is easy to clean and I like the timer on it
 

What Is a Food Steamer?

So many words have already been said about the advantages of steamed food, its positive effect on human health is the secret of its worldwide popularity. There are several ways to provide your family with some of this healthy source of nutrients, and, contrary to some beliefs, steamed food can be tasty as well. Certainly, you can use a pot to prepare some steamed food, though it is not particularly convenient. Here is a solution! An electric food steamer can significantly simplify the steaming process and enhance its flavors. If you want to prepare tasty and healthy food effortlessly, look through our Food Steamer review and choose the best one.

We also recommend you to consider the benefits of rice cookers. These devices have gained popularity among people who want to lose some weight. We hope that purchasing a rice steamer will help you discover new tastes and diversify your daily menu. Slow cookers will come in handy if you don't want to sit in the kitchen for hours waiting.

What Features to Compare

Performance

Well, what should people know before purchasing a steam cooker? First of all, they should take into consideration its performance (capacity, number of baskets, and power). Having decided on the amount of food you need, you can easily choose the steamer that will satisfy your needs. For a 1-2 people household, a 3-quart food steamer will be enough. However, if your family is quite big or you like to gather guests at home, a 5-quart capacity steamer will suit you more! Although most steamers are equipped with 2 or 3 baskets, some models come with a single one. As for the power, it varies between 350W-1500W. It should also be mentioned that steam cookers with higher power will prepare food considerably faster.

Control

Please, keep in mind that the control system is a very important aspect when choosing a steamer. There are two types of food steamer controls - digital and mechanical. Mechanical food steamers are equipped with an adjustable mechanical timer. You have to turn on/off this device, then find the mode you need for cooking and press the button. Food steamers with the digital control system have a keypad and display which shows the cooking mode. Such type of steamer is very functional and simple in maintenance. So, you can easily program the kitchen appliance to prepare some food when you are away. Almost all food steamer models have the Keep Warm function. What does it mean? It means that your food will stay warm (after cooking is done) until you dish it up.

Conveniences

Finally, pay attention to the conveniences of a steamer maintenance. Its non-stick surface, beeping sound alerting about the preparedness of your food, water level indicators, the possibility to fill the water drawer with water during the cooking process - all those things that make the maintenance easy and convenient. It is also important to consider the material the chosen food steamer is made of. Undoubtedly, steamer devices made of stainless steel have a long lifespan. Nevertheless, their plastic analogs are no worse because they are made of heat-proof and durable material. In fact, you are unlikely to experience any trouble while cleaning the baskets of the device because the parts of food steamers are designed for cleaning in a dishwasher. Thus, you will be impressed with how pleasant the process of cleaning can be. Furthermore, manufacturers attach detailed instruction to every household unit for its convenient maintenance. It should be added that a measuring cup and a paddle facilitate the cooking process just as well.

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