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Food steamer reviews

Electric food steamers do what they claim, but which do it best?
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01.Introduction

Food steamer

15 food steamers on test, ranging from $60 to $330.

Traditionally, steaming has been more a process that requires a stovetop rather than its own unique product. However, a market seems to be growing for this kind of single purpose device. Muscling in on the microwave territory, sales of electric food steamers have grown by 11% from 2007 to 2008.

Judging by the product packaging and branding, health concerns and a desire for low-fat cooking in particular are driving their popularity. But are food steamers any healthier than other ways to steam that you may already have in your kitchen?

For more information on Benchtop appliances, see Kitchen.

Please note: this information was current as of September 2009 but is still a useful guide to today's market. 

Traditionally, steaming has been more a process that requires a stovetop rather than its own unique product. However, a market seems to be growing for this kind of single purpose device. CHOICE put 15 food steamers on test, ranging from $60 to $330.

Models tested

  • Breville BFS400 (A)
  • Breville BFS600
  • Cuisinart FP2207A
  • George Foreman GF3TS
  • George Foreman GF3TSM
  • Kambrook KFS300
  • Kenwood FS470
  • Morphy Richards 48780 Intellisteam (A)
  • Sunbeam ST6810 VitaSteam (A)
  • Sunbeam ST6820 VitaSteam
  • Tefal Simply Invents VC1016
  • Tefal Steam Cuisine Easy Store 6161 (A)
  • Tefal Steam Cuisine Ultra Compact VC1006
  • Tefal Steam Cuisine Vitamin + VC4007 (A)
  • Tefal Vita Cuisine 3 in 1 Steamer VS4001 (A)

(A) Discontinued.

How we test

Ease of use, Performance, Standby energy consumption

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