Steamers: Best Buys Best buy


Looking to eat more healthily with a steamer?

Steaming is one of the healthiest ways to cook food - but each steamer will cook food differently and at different speeds. Which? reviews will help you choose a steamer that cooks healthy, tasty food in next to no time at all.

We test every steamer on carrots, broccoli, potatoes, salmon, chicken and rice to see how quickly they can cook different types of food. In our latest round of testing we used 20kg of carrots, 12kg of broccoli and 14.4kg of new potatoes, along with 60 salmon fillets and 48 chicken breasts. 

  • We examine the food we cook carefully to steer you away from steamers that produce mushy vegetables and dry, overcooked meat.
  • We cook different types of food together and taste it to see if the flavours have mixed together - so you can avoid steamers that make your veg taste fishy.
  • We check each steamer for space-saving features like cord storage and baskets that stack inside each other, so you can choose a steamer that doesn't take up valuable cupboard space.

You don't have to break the bank for a great steamer - we have Best Buys for under £40. Find out which models we recommend with a £1 trial to Which?.

What makes a Which? Best Buy?

We test thousands of products each year at Which? in a controlled environment that enables us to accurately repeat each test on each product - meaning our reviews are directly comparable. We buy the products we test ourselves, and go through great lengths to shape our test programmes to match the way you use the products.

Find out more about how we test products and how we find the models that deserve to be Best Buys in the video below.

Steamer reviews you can trust

We pit steamers from the big names in kitchen appliances like Tefal, Rusell Hobbs and Morphy Richards against cheaper own-brand models from Argos and Currys, so our reviews can tell you whether you really do get more for your money.

Which? is independent - we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We don't take advertising and we buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.

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