Food Steamer Recommendations

rhsumner

New Member
Hi guys,

This is my first post on this forum so I apologise if it's in the wrong section or has been posted before (I did try searching first). I did try post this earlier today but the post just disappeared after posting, hopefully I'll be more successful this time.

I recently joined the slimming world programme and as part of my healthier lifestyle I am looking to purchase a food steamer for my kitchen, however I am struggling to find one online that doesn't have at least some bad reviews. Some of the complaints I've read in reviews that worry me are:
  • Food will take too long too cook (compared to other better steamers)
  • Food on the top tier (if it's a tiered steamer) won't be cooked properly
  • The mechanical dial mechanism stops working (would probably just be best to get one with a digital timer)
  • It produces an excess of escaping steam making it unusable without an extractor fan nearby

Additionally I am not sure if a tiered steamer or compartmentalized steamer would be better.

So there we have it, if any of you own a steamer and would recommend it I would love to hear about it.

Thanks.
 
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peggypig

Silver Member
S: 11st10lb C: 9st4.5lb G: 9st4lb BMI: 24.7 Loss: 2st5.5lb(20.43%)
Personally I have a three tier stainless steel pan steamer cost 8.99 at Morrisons I find this does the job fine I wouldnt buy an electric one as I dont have space in the kitchen.

I do think these type do an excellent job for me any way.
 

Corkscrew

I WILL lose 6 stone! :)
S: 19st8.5lb C: 15st13.8lb G: 12st4lb BMI: 34 Loss: 3st8.8lb(18.49%)
I've got an electric steamer. It was in an Argos sale a couple of years ago for £14.99. It's only a Cookworks one, but it great. Three tiers, and the food cooks evenly on every tier without a problem. It only takes as long to steam veg as it would to boil on the hob, but it tastes so much nicer.

This one is mine

I wouldn't be without mine - I use it most days. Having said that though, one that goes on the hob is just as good, and cheaper :)
 

bevhunter1986

Silver Member
S: 12st4.6lb C: 11st1.6lb G: 10st4lb BMI: 24 Loss: 1st3lb(9.85%)
I've got a tesco 3 tier electric steamer. It does create a bit of excess steam but the food I.e. veg, fish etc taste lush when cooked in it xxx

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Cheekypasterfield

Rather comfy here
S: 11st2.4lb C: 11st2lb G: 9st10lb BMI: 23 Loss: 0st0.4lb(0.26%)
Hi,

When i was looking at steamers I was originally going to get an electric one but as you say there was loads of good/bad reviews.

I decided to get a stainless steel 3teir on the hob steamer at it has been the best investment. It's easy to store as all 3 parts come apart, It's easy to wash and very simple to use. I got mine from the Range at £11.99
 

Clareel

Persistence not perfection
S: 16st8lb C: 12st10.8lb G: 10st10lb BMI: 29.1 Loss: 3st11.2lb(22.93%)
I steam everything in a bamboo steamer that I got from a little Asian shop for £4. It's amazing! Just put it on top of a pan of boiling water, dead easy to clean etc :)
 

X Kelly X

Silver Member
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Mine is just a Tesco Value 3 tier electric steamer. Had it for 5-6 years ish now and no problems what so ever. Best £6 or so ive ever spent. Cooks all food evenly on every level.
 

xMandyDx

Determination is Key
S: 18st0lb C: 14st7.0lb G: 9st1lb BMI: 37.1 Loss: 3st7lb(19.44%)
I have a steamer, one of those high-tech expensive ones. But I don't use it at all. I don't like my veg crunchy, and that's all the steamer seems to do to them. I like it soft. So I boil it in a pot, the old fashioned way lol
 

bevhunter1986

Silver Member
S: 12st4.6lb C: 11st1.6lb G: 10st4lb BMI: 24 Loss: 1st3lb(9.85%)
xMandyDx said:
I have a steamer, one of those high-tech expensive ones. But I don't use it at all. I don't like my veg crunchy, and that's all the steamer seems to do to them. I like it soft. So I boil it in a pot, the old fashioned way lol

Ewww it makes them crunchy?! Hmmm! Mine doesn't. I'm like you soft veg only!

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kingleds

Gold Member
Firstly, you did post in the right section, and I don't think I've seen another post about this vso you have done the right thing!

I have had a few of the electric ones over the years, and they all perform the job pretty well. My last one broke after 3 years, and I haven't replaced it as I tend to do alot of 1 pot cooking, so all the veg goes in at that point. I am also horribly lazy and on the odd occassion where I do have veg as a side I will buy the fresh, preprepared stuff that you can microwave in the bag. Otherwise I'm afraid its all frozen.
 




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