Steaming food is one of the healthiest ways in which we could process our food. From steaming fish and meat to rice and flash steaming vegetables to ensure the best retention of vitamins, food steamers offer a quick, efficient and versatile way of cooking that takes minimal preparation and produces a tasty, healthy meal quickly.
While not typically a Western style of cooking, steaming has become more mainstream with the advent of the electric steamer, whether using stacked shelves or laid out in a side-by-side formation, these modern steamers now allow you to cook multiple dishes at the same time.
An electric food steamer consists of a base which holds a specific amount of water, usually for a maximum of about 60 minutes. The water is heated by a heating element that efficiently converts it to steam that arises through the shelving containers which has perforated bases that allow the steam to flow through. All steamers come with an automatic cut-off if the water ever does run dry.
For those concerned with the use of plastics in steaming, the Cuisinart and the Euro-Cuisine offers a glass and a stainless steel alternative.
Top 8 Best Electric Food Steamer
Here in this post we list some of the best electric food steamers around. A quick overview of our line-up is shown below:
- Cuisinart STM-1000 5L CookFresh Digital Glass Steamer – GLASS, DIGITAL
- BELLA 7.4-Quart Healthy Food Steamer – Dual Basket – BIGGER CAPACITY
- Viante CUC-30ST 10L Intellisteam Counter Top Food Steamer – 3 COMPARTMENT, DIGITAL, BIGGEST CAPACITY
- Pyle PKEC12- Rapid Egg Cooker and Vegetable Food Steamer
- Oster CKSTSTMD5-W 5-Quart Food Steamer
- Ovente FS53W 7.5-Quart 3-Tier Electric Food Steamer – BIGGER CAPACITY
- Hamilton Beach Digital Food Steamer –5.5 Quart – DIGITAL
- Euro Cuisine FS2500 8.5-Quart Electric Food Steamer – STAINLESS STEEL, DIGITAL, BIGGER CAPACITY
1. Cuisinart STM-1000 5L CookFresh Digital Glass Steamer – GLASS, DIGITAL
The Cuisinart STM-1000 CookFresh is the only electric steamer that has glass containers. With concerns over the safety of plastic in pro-longed high heat environments, Cuisinart’s CookFresh steamer allows you to put those concerns to rest in a large 5L capacity. Complete with digital LCD controls, it is easy to control exactly how you want to steam your food with pause and reheat buttons that allow full control over the steaming process.
- Capacity: 5L dishwasher-safe glass pot
- LCD control panel, Start/Stop, Pause & Reheat buttons
- Preprogrammed food settings
- 1L removable water tank
- Stainless steel steaming tray, glass lid with stainless steel rim
2. BELLA 7.4 Quart Healthy Food Steamer – Dual Basket – BIGGER CAPACITY
The Bella 7.4 Quart healthy food steamer has quick heating ability that heats up to steam in 30 seconds. This allows vegetables to be flash steamed to retain as much of their freshness as possible. The 2 basket cooking system also allows you to steam 2 different foods at the same time. The steam baskets and rice cup are BPA free and dishwasher safe.
- Capacity: 7.4 Quart – BIGGER CAPACITY
- Quick start heating system – begin steaming in 30 seconds
- BPA-free 2 basket cooking system allows you to separate vegetables and meats so you can prepare different dishes simultaneously for special dietary needs
- Vegetables are kept as close to their natural raw state as possible, while heating through thoroughly while retaining their original color, taste, juices and freshness
- Features auto-shutoff with boil dry protection so you are ensured foods are being cooked safely
3. Viante CUC-30ST Intellisteam Counter Top Food Steamer – 3 COMPARTMENT, DIGITAL, BIGGEST CAPACITY
The Viante CUC-30ST is marketed as an ‘Intellisteam’ which refers to the fact that it has 3 separate compartments all of which have separate timer controls. This is perfect for cooking a complete meal in one go – setting different durations for different food. The settings are such that you will be able to delay the start time for the shorter cooking food in order to ensure that they finish at the same time. The digital controls also allow for easy setting and setup of the timers.
- 3 separate compartments with different control and temperature that allows you to easily steam 3 types of food at the same time.
- Automatically sets start times so that all foods are done at the same time
- Programmable digital control
- Dishwasher safe accessories
- Visible water gauge
The Pyle Steamer is an unconventional steamer in that it is a double stacked square shape – perfect for space saving efficiency. With two tiers it does also allow different types of food to be steamed at the same time. The indentations in the tiers allow for egg steaming, which can be done quickly and efficiently. The base unit is stainless steel with heat resistant transparent plastic for the shelves and cover.
A simple knob allows you to set the timer, which unfortunately does not ‘countdown’ to it’s original position but still works well.
- Quick, Convenient & Reliable Food Prep – Begins Heating Within Seconds
- Simple & Hassle-Free Operation – Lightweight & Compact Countertop Design
- See the Steam: Heat Resistant Transparent Lid – Rotary Control for Time Setting
- Automatic Power Off Safety Function – Includes Egg Tray & Height Extending Tier
- Great for Seafood, Vegetables, Eggs & More – Max. Time Setting: 40 Minutes
The Oster is a double tiered 5 quart steamer which is relatively small but perfect for a single or a small household. There is an automatic 60 minute timer with a power indicator light and the tiers are dishwasher safe.
- Capacity: 5-Quart
- It has two steaming basket that allow you to steam 2 different food at the same time
- Double-tiered steamer with 2 transparent steaming bowls
- Automatic 60-minute timer
- Auto shut-off when cycle is completed and/or water is empty
6. Ovente FS53W 7.5-Quart 3-Tier Electric Vegetable and Food Steamer – BIGGER CAPACITY
The Ovente is a 3 tier steamer with a 7.5 quart capacity. It has a 60 minute time with 15 minute interval indicator lights. The triple stack allows for multiple types of food to be cooked at the same time.
- Capacity: 7.5 Quart – BIGGER CAPACITY
- Equipped with 120V, 400 Watts of power that instantly steam your favourite vegetables, seafood, meat, eggs and more
- Steam your food and be healthy, using a food steamer is one of the healthiest methods of preparing food – perfect for food meal prep
- Comes with three-tier stackable and removable transparent containers, each container is about 2.5 quart/ 82oz; 7.5 quarts total capacity
- 60-minute timer in 15 minute interval with power indicator light; Auto shut-off function when the timer is done and when the water tank is empty
- Built in water level indicator; dishwasher safe containers; simple and lightweight for everyday use
7. Hamilton Beach Digital Food Steamer – 5.5 Quart – DIGITAL
The Hamilton is a digital system in which time countdowns and other functions can be set with push-button ease. It also has an automatic warm system that will switch to warm automatically when the steaming is done. With it’s nested storage capacity, it is space efficient and can be put away after use.
- Capacity: 5.5 Quart
- Versatile, stackable 2-tier steaming, nested storage – fits neatly in cabinet
- Use 1 tier for small quantities, stack 2 tiers for a whole meal, or remove the center divider to fit a variety of large foods
- Automatic warm – switches to warm when food is ready
- Digital touchpad – makes setting the countdown timer and other functions easy
- The food containers are to be hand-washed in soapy water, not to clean in Dishwasher. Only the Drip Tray and Rice Bowl are Dishwasher safe.
8. Euro Cuisine FS2500 Electric Food Steamer – STAINLESS STEEL, DIGITAL, BIGGER CAPACITY
The Euro Cuisine Food steamer has a body made almost entirely made of stainless steel. While this does mean that you will not be able to see the food as it cooks without removing the lids, if you are concerned with plastics and BPA, then this is a good option.
The digital panel allows for straightforward setting of the timer and other options.
- Stainless Steel Steam basket preserves the original flavor of the food and nutrients, along with being safe to cook with.
- 2 tier of 8.5 quarts each basket, removable steam basket easy to cook in – BIGGER CAPACITY
- Use hot or cold water, generates steam in a short time, letting food to start cooking immediately
- Auto Shut-Off when cycle is completed and/or water is empty
- 4.5 quart water tank holder, Automatic 90-minute timer, Switches to warm when food is ready