Four new Which? Best Buy steamers tested New steamers rated include new top-scoring Best Buy

24 January 2012

Breville Digital Herbal Infusion VTP068 steamer

The Breville Digital Herbal Infusion VTP068 is among the nine new steamers we've tested

Four new steamers have aced the Which? tests and earned a Best Buy award - and one of them is the best steamer tested by Which? in the last four years.

This new steamer earned a Which? test score of 84% and was the first ever to earn top marks in the three cooking tests we used to assess each steamer. 

The test of this steamer found that it cooked food better than its rivals and was very easy to use. 

The Which? Test Lab experts said: 'We were hugely impressed with it in almost every respect.'

The tests also revealed two other Best Buys and several models which were good but just missed out on a Best Buy award. 

Affordable steamers

Which? steamers expert Matt Clear said: 'Our kitchens are cluttered with all manner of cooking gadgets, but if you want to eat more healthily then a good steamer is definitely worth making space for in your cupboard. 

'You can cook meat, fish, vegetables and rice quickly in our Best Buy steamers and you don't have to pay through the nose as some of the best models are available for under £30.'

Thorough cooking tests

Which? tests how well steamers cook one type of food, how well they cook several types of food at once, and how well they cook rice. 

These tests take into account the quality of the food and how long it takes to cook. Which? also examines how easy it is to set up, use, clean and store each steamer. 

Read the Which? steamers review if you'd like to see results of these tests for the 23 steamers tested.

The complete list of new steamers on test is:

  • Argos Cookworks Signature 422/9409
  • Breville Digital Herbal Infusion VTP068 
  • Currys Essentials C70STW12
  • Lakeland Superchef 15312
  • Logik L90SSS11
  • Russell Hobbs 15071
  • Tefal Mini Compact VC135215
  • Tefal VC100715
  • Tesco ST10

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