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Get steamy in the kitchen in 2011

Which? reveals four new Best Buy food steamers

Magimix food steamer

Kick start those new year dieting resolutions by getting steamy in the kitchen, as we reveal brand new food steamer test results and four new Best Buys.

Steaming is a healthy way to cook and many believe it makes food tastier, too. A recent poll of 1,920 Which? members found six in ten think food cooked in their electric steamer tastes better than food steamed on the hob or microwave.

You can find out how we rate 15 of the latest food steamers – ranging in price from £10 to £100 – in our newly updated steamers review, including which models are recommended as Which? Best Buys.

How we test steamers

Which? steamers expert Katie Hill says: ‘We test steamers by cooking a full meal on multiple tiers, as well as on a single tier to see how well they cope with cooking foods such as salmon, chicken breasts and vegetables.

‘A good steamer can cook quickly and evenly, regardless of what tier you use. We don’t just cook meat and vegetables either. We also test their rice steaming capabilities – but don’t always get great results.’

Tefal steamers reviewed

Among the steamers line-up is the new compact version of the innovative Tefal VitaCuisine, the basic Tefal Aquatimer and the new Tefal Simply Store steamer – which offers enough steaming capacity for a while family meal, and easy storage.

Full reviews are also available for the metal Magimix Le Cuiseur two-tier steamer and a three-tier stainless steel steamer from Morphy Richards.

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