Among different cooking methods, I think steaming should be the healthiest. With the best electric food steamers, you can always enjoy freshly steam food at any time.
The operation is very simple. Just add water, load up the tray with your favorite food, and adjust the timer.
You may ask what is the difference between steam the food on a stovetop burner?
There are many advantages. The main advantage is you don’t have to watch the fire. No need to worry about when the steam pot has no water. The second advantage is you can set the delay timer to fit your schedule.
Do you want to know more?
If you want to get more insights and ideas, please go through How To Choose The Best Electric Food Steamers first. I will write all the criteria and the different advantages in more detail there.
Out of the options below, my #1 choice is Aroma Housewares 6-Cup (Cooked) Pot-Style Rice Cooker and Food Steamer because it’s a 2-in-1 machine and comes with 2 big cool-touch handles and keep-warm mode.
Table Of Content
- Cuisinart STM-1000 Digital Glass Steamer Stainless Steel – [THE MOST EXPENSIVE]
- Aroma Housewares 6-Cup (Cooked) Pot-Style Rice Cooker and Food Steamer ARC-743-1NGB – [TOP PICK]
- Oster Double Tiered 5 Quart Food Steamer CKSTSTMD5-W-015 – [EDITOR CHOICE]
- Hamilton Beach Digital 5.5 Quart Food Steamer 37530A – [EDITOR CHOICE]
- Rosewill RHST-15001 9.5-Quart (9L) 3-Tier Food Steamer – [BUDGET PRODUCT]
- Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer
- Aroma Housewares NutriWare 14-Cup (Cooked) Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer
- BELLA (13872) 7.4 Quart 2-Tier Stackable Baskets Healthy Food Steamer
- AICOK 9.5 Quart Food Steamer
- Ovente 3-Tier Electric Steamer (FS53W)
- Aroma Housewares 5-Quart Food Steamer
- Maxi-Matic EST-2301 8.5 quart Food Steamer
- Breville BFS800BSS Steam Zone Food Steamer
- Euro Cuisine FS2500 Stainless Steel Electric Food Steamer
- Secura 2-Tier Stainless Steel 8.5 Qt Food Steamer
- How To Choose The Best Electric Food Steamers
Best Electric Food Steamers
Cuisinart STM-1000 Digital Glass Steamer Stainless Steel
I like this food steamer because the steaming tray is made of stainless steel. The pot and the lid are made of glass. It’s better than plastic a lot. Actually, I don’t like steaming plastic. Do you like?
This steamer is obviously heavier than others because of the stainless steel housing, stainless steel steam tray, glass pot, and the glass lid. When you need to move around the countertop, be careful about this.
It comes with a 1L transparent removable water tank in the back. The glass pot is 5L large that is removable and dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. It’s big enough for you to steam any food. The steam tray can use upside down to fit a variety of food.
In the control panel, it has LCD, start/stop, pause, reheat buttons, and the dial in the right for you to select different preprogrammed food settings. They are seafood, poultry, grains, vegetables, and manual.
The LCD comes with the backlit blue light. It shows you the setting and countdown clearly. If you don’t like the pre-programmed settings, you can set it by your own time to achieve your desired result.
The steamer can start steaming in about 38 seconds. It’s really convenient. If you are hungry, you can have food very fast.
The most remarkable feature of this steamer is all the parts that can contact with the food are not made of plastic. I think this is the most important reason why it can become one of the most expensive food steamers in the market.
Aroma Housewares 6-Cup (Cooked) Pot-Style Rice Cooker and Food Steamer ARC-743-1NGB
It’s a 2-in-1 machine. You can use it as a rice cooker and food steamer. According to my research, it’s one of the most popular machines in the market. I think the main reasons are size, reasonable price, and multi-function.
The operation of the machine is very simple. In front of the machine, there are cook indicator light of the left, the button in the middle, and the warm indicator light on the right.
There are 2 big cool touch handles on both sides for you to carry it easier.
When you press the button, the cook indicator light will go on. When the rice is done, it will switch to keep warm mode. The warm indicator light on the right will go on. If you don’t have to cook the rice, you can pour the water and use it as a pure food steamer.
It comes with a steam tray, rice measuring cup, and serving spatula.
The steam tray is separated from the rice cooker. If you want to steam the food, just pour the water inside, stack the steam tray on top of the rice cooker and cover it by the glass lid. Finally, just press the button in the middle.
The keep-warm mode is very useful. You can keep the food warm inside until it ready to serve. When the weather is cold, you still can enjoy the warm food all the time.
You can always keep your eye on the food through the glass lid so you can know the progress at any time.
Oster Double Tiered 5 Quart Food Steamer CKSTSTMD5-W-015
Although it’s a 5-quart capacity food steam, it’s very lightweight and compact. It’s really suitable for family use if you like to steam food.
Actually, steam food is much healthier than a lot of food. During steaming, you don’t have to add any oil to your food. Steaming can retain more nutrients than fry.
It’s very simple to use. In the front, it only has a timer dial and the power indicator light. The maximum minutes you can set is 60 minutes. The indicator light will on when the machine is running.
No matter how many minutes you choose, the machine will shut off automatically when the cycle is completed. It has no keep warm function on this machine.
When the water is empty, no matter the cycle is completed or not, it will shut off automatically too. It can prevent the machine from overheating.
It’s a double-tiered design food steam that allows you to steam 2 different foods at the same time. If you don’t have so much food to steam, you can use 1 tiered only.
The steaming bowls and the lid are totally transparent except the separator between them. You can watch the progress of the food all the time. I think most of the kids like to see how the steam to cook the food.
Except for the base, all the parts are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
If you want to store on your cabinet, you can remove the white separator first. Then nest the bowls together. It helps you to save more space.
Hamilton Beach Digital 5.5 Quart Food Steamer 37530A
Why it’s called digital food steamer? This is because there is a very clear digital display in the middle of the panel. There are so many functions there. I think you must feel interested.
On the left-hand side, there is a digital water level in red color that visually shows you how much water left.
When the water level is low, the steamer will power off automatically and come with a beep sound. Then the digital display will flash and the LOW WATER light will on.
There is a water drawer on the right for you to add water. It provides you a great convenience without taking the steamer apart. Just pull out the water drawer and fill the water slowly until it’s full. Then restart the steam again.
There are 4 buttons below the display. They are the delay, up arrow, low arrow, and on/off buttons.
You can set the delay timer from 30 minutes up to 24 hours. When the time is a countdown, the DELAY indicator light will on. If you want to enjoy the freshly steam food when you back home, this feature is good for you.
But, remember not to use the delay timer to cook any meat. Steam produce only.
When the steaming cycle is completed, it will switch to WARM settings automatically. The WARM indicator light will on at the same time. It will keep the food warm up to 1 hour.
Inside the steam bowl, you can see 8 places for you to cook the eggs upright. If you like the egg, it’s a nice feature for you.
You can use either 1-tier to cook a small quantity of food or use 2-tier to cook different food at the same time. The divider in the center can be removed for you to steam large food.
The rice bowl is included for you to steam any kind of rice.
Rosewill RHST-15001 9.5-Quart (9L) 3-Tier Food Steamer
It’s a big steamer. It has a 3-tier stackable BPA-free transparent basket totally 9L capacity for you to steam the food. You can steam different food in each basket. One for you, one for mummy, and one for the kids.
The rice bowl is also included for you to steam different rice such as white rice or brown rice.
In each basket, it has 6 egg holders for you to boil the eggs upright. You can totally steam 18 eggs at the same time. It provides you great convenience if you need to make a large bowl of salad for many people.
In front of the steamer, you will see the window for you to see the water level. If the water is empty, the steamer will shut off automatically to prevent overheat.
You can add the water in water-fill inlets on both sides slowly without taking all the baskets away. The water-fill inlets can also use as handles for you to easily carry the steamer.
In the middle, it has a power indicator light and timer control. You can steam the food for up to 60 minutes.
If you are new to use or always forget the time needed to steam the food, there are 8 instructions on the right for you to easily know the required minutes.
The 800-watt powerful turbo ring design lets you steam the food in less than 40 seconds. You can always prepare food faster for your family.
All the accessories are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. When you need to store it on your cabinet, you can nest the basket together to save space.
Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer
It’s a 2-tier food steamer. The steam basket, lid, and the rice bowl are made of plastic. But the divider of each basket is made of stainless steel.
The divider between can be removed if you want to steam a large food such as corn, a long sweet potato, or the whole broccoli.
Each basket has 8 egg holders for you to boil the eggs upright. 2 baskets totally can boil 16 eggs in one time.
In the steamer base, there is a digital water level indicator show you the water clearly at any time. On the left-hand side, there are some steam suggestions tell you how minutes required for different food.
You don’t have to remember anything or check the manual all the time.
In the control panel, you can set the delay timer up to 24 hours. With this feature, you can enjoy the freshly steam food whenever you wake up and back home.
But, remember not to put any meat. The delay feature is only suitable for steaming produce.
You can also choose to steam now. When the cycle is completed, the steam will switch to keep warm setting automatically. There is a little digital display in the middle that shows you the time and count down for you.
There are 3 indicator lights show you the current setting. They are the delay, cook, and warm. You can know at any time without guesswork.
All the baskets and rice bowl are a dishwasher for easy cleanup. When you need to store it on your cabinet, you can nest the baskets together to save more space.
Aroma Housewares NutriWare 14-Cup (Cooked) Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer
This is Aroma Housewares NutriWare Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer and weighs 6.2 pounds. It measures 9.5 x 12 x 12.4 inches.
It’s not only a food steamer but also a slow cooker and rice cooker. It’s 3-in 1 multicooker. I like the multi-function machine. I don’t need to buy a standalone machine for every purpose. It saves money and saves space.
The inner pot and the steam tray are made of stainless steel. I love stainless steel because it can use forever unless the base cannot function anymore. It has no chemicals inside no matter how many scratches on the surface.
In the control panel, there are many functions. They are White Rice, Brown Rice, Steam, Saute-Then-Simmer, and Keep-Warm.
In this machine, you can cook rice and steam the food at the same time. If you just need to steam the food, add the water into the inner pot instead of rice. Then press the steam button in the control panel.
As you see, the operation is very simple. Just add the water and the food and press the correct button.
When the food is finished steaming, it will switch to keep warm function that can keep the food warm until you are ready to serve.
Since the machine has no water level window or indicator, you can add a lot of water in one time if you afraid the pot has no water.
It comes with a stainless steel steam tray, rice measuring cup, serving spatula. The included glass lid allows you to watch the progress of the food at any time.
BELLA (13872) 7.4 Quart 2-Tier Stackable Baskets Healthy Food Steamer
It’s a 2-tier food steamer. All the food baskets and the rice bowl are made of plastic. The housing of the steamer is also plastic.
It’s a simple steamer. In the front, there is a water reservoir view window on the left. You can know how much water at any time. When the steamer has no water, it will shut off automatically to prevent overheat.
If the water almost finishes, you can add water by pulling out the little drawer on the right slowly without stopping the steamer and taking away all the baskets. It provides you a convenience to continue steaming.
In the middle, it is a timer control up to 60 minutes. I think it’s enough for you to cook any food you want.
There is a steaming chart on the right. The chart has 6 guess-free steaming guides for you to steam different food without checking the manual. It ensures you have a desired steaming result every time.
With the 7.4-quart capacity, it’s large enough for family use. You can always steam 2 different foods at one time. One basket for Daddy and one basket for Mummy.
The steaming baskets, lid, and the rice bowl are all dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
It features a quick start heating system that allows you to steam the food in 30 seconds. If you want to cook fast, it’s really a nice feature for you.
AICOK 9.5 Quart Food Steamer
It’s a large food steamer with 3-tier. All the baskets are made of plastic and BPA-free which is chemical resistant and able to withstand temperature up to 284 degrees F.
3 baskets provide you a 9.5-quart capacity to cook any food you want such as egg, fish, vegetables, and more. A powerful 800-watt heating system can heat up fast and cook more evenly.
Each basket has 6 eggs holders for you to cook the eggs. 3 baskets totally can cook 18 eggs at the same time. If you always need to cook a lot of eggs, this feature is really useful for you.
It features a safety design when the timer is finished countdown or the base reservoir has no water, the steamer will shut off automatically and the bell will sound to alert you.
You can see how much water left in the reservoir in the base through the view window at any time. On both sides, there are 2 water vents for you to add the water. Remember not to add too fast because the vent is not very big.
Both water vents can also use as handles for you to carry the steamer easily.
All the baskets can nest together for easy storage and save place.
Overall, this is a simple food steamer. It comes with basic functions that other steamers have.
If it has a steaming guide on the base, it will be better a lot. I think no one likes to check the manual.
Ovente 3-Tier Electric Steamer (FS53W)
The design of this food steamer is really simple. Just only the timer and water level indicator in the front. On the left, it has 5 steaming guides provide to you.
You can set the timer up to 60 minutes with 15 minutes interval. Therefore, you only have 4 options that can be selected. They are 15, 30, 45, and 60.
When the time is up or the water tank is empty, the steamer will shut off automatically to prevent overheat. There is no water vent for you to add the water. Every time you want to add, you have to take away all the baskets.
When you need to add the water, prepare a towel on your countertop first because the water will drop from the basket.
In the basket, there is no egg holder. If you want to cook the eggs, just put inside. You can put as many eggs as you want.
There is no divider that can be removed between the basket. When you want to steam the large food, you have to cut it into small pieces.
You don’t have to use all the baskets every time you steam the food. You can use either 1 or 2 or all the baskets. It’s totally up to you.
Similarly, the baskets are dishwasher and able to nest together for easy storage. Each of the baskets is around 2.5-quart capacity.
Aroma Housewares 5-Quart Food Steamer
It’s a 2-tier food steamer. All the baskets made of BPA-free plastic. Each basket has 6 egg holders. Totally you can cook 12 eggs in one time.
In the base, there is a water level view window on the right. You can know how much water left at any time. There is no water vent or drawer for you to add water. When you need to add water, you have to take all the baskets away.
Remember to place the towel on your countertop when you take the basket away because the water condensed by the steam on the basket will drop to your countertop.
In the middle, there is a timer control. You can steam up to 60 minutes. It’s enough for many kinds of food. On the left, there are 10 steaming guides for you. You can always know how many minutes you have to steam without checking the manual.
As you see the product image, the top basket is smaller than the bottom one. It’s just formed by a lid. If you want to steam more food, put it in the bottom basket. If the food is very large, you can remove the divider between 2 baskets.
2 baskets allow you to steam different foods at one time. It shortens your food preparation time. Without steamer, you have to steam 2 times.
Maxi-Matic EST-2301 8.5 quart Food Steamer
It’s a 3-tier food steamer. But, the capacity of 3 baskets is not the same. The top basket is just 1.5-quart. It looks like a half oval. The other 2 baskets are 3.5-quart. It totally has an 8.5-quart capacity.
There is a water level window in the front. You can see how much water left in the water tank at any time. When you fill the water, remember not to fill over the MAX line. The water level should be between the MIN line and the MAX line.
It also comes with 60 minutes timer control with 10 minutes interval. There are 10 steaming guides on the left. They are Rice (35-50 min), Potatoes (24-40 min), Broccoli Florets (5-6 min), Corn (15-19 min), Baby Carrots (4-5 min), Chicken (20-30 min), Squash; sliced (5-10 min), Eggs (10-15 min), Zucchini (5-10 min), Fish Fillets (12-14 min).
When you need to cook a large food, you can remove the divider between each basket. With the divider, you can cook 3 different kinds of food in each basket at one time.
Except for the base, all the parts and accessories are made of plastic with BPA free. They are all dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
Similar to other steamers, the baskets of this steamer are also able to nest together for easy storage. Just simply invent one basket to protect the base. And stack the others on the top.
Breville BFS800BSS Steam Zone Food Steamer
This is Breville Steam Zone Food Steamer and weighs 10.9 pounds. It measures 20 x 10 x 11 inches. The housing is stainless steel. It looks nice and elegant. It’s much more durable and long-lasting than the plastic housing.
Breville is one of the famous brands in a kitchen appliance. The quality is always high and the price is high too.
Why the product name has a “steam zone” two words? This is because this steamer really provides you 2 steam zones with 2 steaming pot for you to cook the food individually.
There are many advantages. Each steam zone has its own temperature setting and time setting. You can steam different food and achieve your desired result every time.
In the traditional steamer, all the baskets are stacked together. The flavor of each kind of food will contaminate each other because the liquid from the top basket will drop to the bottom basket. With the separate steam zone, it won’t have this problem anymore.
In this steamer, it not only steam separately but also can steam in the same temperature and time setting by using the SYNC function on the control panel. As you know, it’s impossible to steam the fish in 2 temperature settings. The result will not good.
In the base, it also comes with a water level window for you to know how much water left in the water tank.
It has one feature that never appears in other steamers. That is the pour spout. The water tank features a pour spout. You can pour the water easily without any drops.
It also included a big beautiful stainless steel cover.
Overall, I think the functions and designs are very outstanding. But the price is not cheap.
Euro Cuisine FS2500 Stainless Steel Electric Food Steamer
I like this steamer. Why? This is because all the baskets, lid, drip tray, and water tank are made of stainless steel. It’s extremely durable, sturdy, long-lasting.
It won’t break easily. Stainless steel is a material that can use forever unless the steamer base is broken. Do you ever see the drip tray and water tank are made of stainless steel?
It’s a 2-tier food steamer. Each basket has 2 big handles. You can carry it easier. There is no divider between each basket. If you want to steam a large food, I think you have to cut it into small pieces first.
The stainless steel lid also comes with a big cool-touch handle. You can grip it comfortably. You will not get hurt even just finish steaming.
The base is white. It’s very beautiful although it’s easy to get a stain. In the middle is a control panel. There is a digital display show you the time and the count down.
The time you can set is 1.5 times more than other steamers. It’s up to 90 minutes.
It also comes with a delay timer for you to steam your food later. You can always enjoy the freshly steam food every morning. But, remember don’t apply the delay timer in any meat. Use it on vegetables only.
When the cycle is completed or the water tank is empty, the steam will shut off automatically to prevent overheat.
Secura 2-Tier Stainless Steel 8.5 Qt Food Steamer
Again, all the baskets and the water tank of this steamer are made of stainless steel. The price is much cheaper than the previous one. I think the main reason is control. This one is analog and the previous one is digital.
In the control panel, there is only one timer control knob. A small LED on the left. 4 steaming guides on the right. Nothing else.
I like stainless steel. It’s durable and sturdy. Unless the base cannot function anymore, I don’t need to replace a new because of the baskets broken. Stainless steel also has no chemicals no matter how many scratches on the surface.
The base and all the baskets have 2 big cool-touch handles. You can carry it easier at any time without getting hurt even just finish steaming.
2 baskets provide you the 8.5-quart capacity to steam every food you want at any time. You can separate the food into 2 baskets so that the flavor will not contaminate each other.
The glass lid allows you to watch the progress of the food in the top basket at any time.
It comes with a safety feature. When the water tank has no water, the steamer will shut off automatically to prevent overheat.
All the baskets and glass lids are a dishwasher for easy cleanup.
With the 800-watt powerful heating system, it can generate steam in 15 seconds.
How To Choose The Best Electric Food Steamer
I will try my best to write down everything I know. I hope it will be helpful for you to understand more about how to choose the most suitable food steamer for your family.
This factor is very important. Normally, it has 1-tier, 2-tier, and 3-tier. But don’t just look at how many tiers the steamer has. You have to look at how many quarts is the steamer.
If your family loves steam food so much, you have to buy a bigger steamer. Buy the biggest is always better than buy smaller ones because you don’t have to use all the baskets at one time. You can just use one basket to steam the food.
If you underestimate the capacity, it will not big enough to steam enough food for your family. It will longer your food preparation time.
Water Vent/ Drawer
Sometimes, when you want to start steaming your food but forget to add the water, you can add it through the water vent or drawer if your steamer has this feature.
Not all the steamer comes with this convenience feature. It totally depends on the design of your steamer. With this feature, you don’t have to take away all the baskets and add water directly to the water tank.
If you think you will always forget to add water, pay more attention to this feature in the product description.
If the divider is removable, you can steamer a bigger and longer food in the basket. Otherwise, you need to cut the food into small pieces.
Water Level Window
With this feature, you can always know how much water left in the water tank through the water level window.
Auto Shut Off
This feature is very important because the steamer will shut off automatically when the water tank has no water or the cycle is completed.
This is one of the functions that the stovetop burner cannot do.
Try to imagine, if you forget the food is steaming on your stovetop after going out. What will happen? It will be very dangerous.
With this feature, you don’t have to worry about anything. Just turn on the steamer. It will do all the rest for you.
Most of the steamer has 60 minutes timer. Only some of them have 90 minutes timer. If you want the longer timer, pay more attention to this feature.
If you want to enjoy the freshly steam food when you wake up or back home, this feature is very important for you. Not all the steamers come with this feature.
This is one of the functions that the stovetop burner cannot do.
Material Of The Basket
In the market, the baskets are made of glass, stainless steel, or plastic. Most of them are made of plastic.
If the basket made of glass or stainless steel, the price will be higher. But it’s more durable and sturdy.
This feature is very useful. It tells you how many minutes you need to steam different food so you don’t have to check the manual every time. It helps you to achieve your desired result without any guesswork.
If the basket comes with an egg holder, you can cook the egg upright. Otherwise, you can just put the eggs in the basket.
This feature only available in Breville BFS800BSS Steam Zone Food Steamer.
The steamer has 2 heating elements for 2 steam zones. Each zone has its own timer and temperature control. You can steam different food in a different basket at the same time. It can prevent the flavor of the food from contaminating each other.
This feature only available in Breville BFS800BSS Steam Zone Food Steamer.
The water tank features a pour spout for you to pour the water easier without any drops to your countertop.
The information shown depends on the design. Normally, it will show the time and countdown.
In some high-end models, it will show you the temperature and the current setting.
The settings already store the required minutes and the temperature need to steam the food. Just press the correct button or select the correct menu. You can achieve the best result without any guesswork.
In the end, I think all of you already know how to choose the most suitable food steamer for your family.
I always eat fresh vegetable. I like steam chicken. It’s fast, convenient, and healthy. You can read Is Steaming Food Healthy(Advantages + Tips) to know more about that.
With the food steamer, you can prepare the food very fast. With the benefit of the delay timer, you can also enjoy the freshly steam food at any time.
Just like the bread maker. You can enjoy the freshly baked bread at any time because it also comes with a delay timer.
If you have these 2 kitchen appliances at home, you can always enjoy the fresh homemade food at any time.
Do you want no additives and preservatives in every meal?
I hope my post is helpful for all of you making the best and right decision. If you have any questions about the food steamer, please leave them below. I’d like to hear that.