The new steam oven from the Bosch Exxcel range boasts five steam levels and 20 pre-set programs to help you serve up a variety of succulent, healthy dishes.
Steaming can be a healthy way of cooking, as food stays moist without the need for extra fat or oil. Not only does steaming food help to seal in flavour and lock in moisture, but it also helps retain food’s nutrients and vitamins – more so than boiling.
Which? ovens expert Matt Stevens says: ‘In the last couple of years, we’ve seen more ovens being launched with integrated steam functions.
‘Something to be aware of is that this stunning-looking offering from Bosch is a standalone steam oven – so there’s no grill. Not many kitchens will have space for an oven and a separate steam oven, so if you like grilling food, bear this in mind.’
Take a look at our built-in ovens review to find out which models we recommend as Which? Best Buys.
Bosch steam oven
This steam oven from Bosch is able to steam food at 40˚, 60˚, 80˚, 90˚ and 100˚C – so you can use it to cook rice, sauces and puddings, as well as steamed fish and vegetables. It can also be used for reheating, defrosting and cleaning. If you have hard water, this oven has a built-in descaling feature to prevent limescale.
The HMT85DL53B has a stainless steel exterior and is designed to co-ordinate with the existing Exxcel range of microwaves, ovens and other compact appliances. It fits into a standard 60cm wide wall unit and is about the same size as a microwave inside, with an internal capacity of 22 litres.
If you want to make the most of limited kitchen space, you could opt for a conventional oven with a built in steam mode. We’ve tested several of these, including the Gorenje B9000BK, AEG-Electrolux B9820-5-M and Neff B16P42NOGB, which all have a built-in steam function.
A cheaper alternative to a steam oven is to choose a standalone food steamer. We’ve tested 15 steamers – and six were so good we’ve recommended them as Best Buys.
See how different steamers rated in our steamers review, including the latest offering from Rosemary Conley.