The Oster 5712 Digital Food Steamer receives high marks in owner reviews for cooking performance and durability among electric food and veggie steamers. This Oster steamer conveniently switches to a warm cycle after cooking and then shuts off automatically after an hour. A see-through water reservoir makes it easy to monitor the water level, and it has visual and audible alerts if the water level gets too low. Owners don't report many durability issues, but some say the textured plastic can be tricky to clean. It's available in white and has a two-year warranty. We called Oster and verified that the plastic containers are BPA-free. If you prefer the simplicity of a timer dial instead of digital controls, the Oster 5711 Mechanical Food Steamer (*Est. $30) also receives good reviews from owners.
The Oster 5712 Digital Food Steamer isn't included in expert reviews (steamers aren't reviewed very often by experts to begin with), but we found no shortage of owner reviews at Amazon.com. We also consult owner-written reviews at Cooking.com, Viewpoints.com and Epinions.com.
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No other online retail source comes close to the number of owner-written reviews at Amazon.com, which also sells far more models of food steamers than other retail sites. The Oster Digital Food Steamer 5712 receives an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 from more than 250 owners. Reviewers agree it's easy to use and has very few durability issues.
Review: Oster 5712 Electronic 2-Tier 6-Quart Food Steamer, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Oster Digital Food Steamer 5712 receives an overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 from more than 50 owners. Most of the 35 reviews written by owners are brief. Reviewers like the capacity and say it steams like it should.
Review: Classic Digital Food Steamer by Oster, Contributors to Cooking.com
The Oster 5712 Digital Food Steamer receives an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 from about two dozen owners. Reviewers say it's extremely simple to use, and rice turns out perfectly. They say it's fairly easy to clean, although the holes in the bottom of the containers can accumulate a gummy residue after cooking meat.
Review: Oster Digital Food Steamer and Rice Cooker 5712 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com
The Oster Digital Food Steamer 5712 (Epinions.com misidentifies this model as a rice cooker) receives an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 from about 10 owners. They all date back at least two years, but some are quite lengthy. Owners say it works better on some foods than others. The main concern is avoiding steam burns when removing the lid, which doesn't have a center knob.
Review: Oster 5712 10-Cup Rice Cooker, Contributors to Epinions.com