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Food Steamers: Ratings of Sources

Total of 10 Sources
1. Amazon.com
As of Feb. 2011
Food Steamers
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells far more models of food steamers than other retail sites, but many have only a small number of reviews or haven't been reviewed at all by owners. Oster's digital and mechanical two-tier food steamers are top-rated. The single-tier Black & Decker Handy Steamer earns praise from more than 50 owners in two separate postings. Owners who have been using it daily for years say it's indispensible and durable.
2. Which? magazine
As of Feb. 2011
Steamer Reviews
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentWhich? magazine is the U.K.-based counterpart to ConsumerReports.org. Editors have tested a total of 15 food and veggie steamers, although not all are side-by-side comparisons. Most recently, six steamers were reviewed in January 2010. Four of these models, along with two previous models tested, are named best buys. The information is presented in a chart that shows ratings for performance cooking individual foods, tiered cooking, rice cooking and ease of use. None of the top-rated food steamers are available in the U.S., but the article provides extensive information about vegetable steamer features, advantages and disadvantages.
3. Choice magazine
Sept. 2009
Food Steamers: Review and Compare
by Editors of Choice magazine
Our AssessmentAustralia's Choice magazine tests the performance and speed of 15 food steamers by cooking salmon, rice, broccoli and hard vegetables. Fiona Mair, the home economist at Choice, also evaluates the ease of using the controls, storing and cleaning the food steamers. Only the Breville Digital Food Steamer BFS600XL is available in the U.S., so it isn't as helpful for U.S. consumers as it is for Australian readers. The article provides buying advice about key features as well as the benefits of steaming food.
4. Walmart.com
As of Feb. 2011
Slow Cookers, Rice Cookers and Steamers
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com sells about nine models of food steamers. The Hamilton Beach Digital Two-Tier Food Steamer receives 4.4 stars out of 5 from about 30 owners. Owners say it works well and is durable. The Deni Stainless Steel Food Steamer 7600 receives an average of 4.1 stars from almost 50 owners. Reviewers like the roomy, 3-tier capacity, but report mechanical problems with the electronic controls. The other models only receive a handful of reviews, if any.
5. Macys.com
As of Feb. 2011
Food Steamer
by Contributors to Macys.com
Our AssessmentMacy.com sells three models of food steamers. The Oster Mechanical Food Steamer 5711 receives a solid overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 from about 50 owners -- a very high average rating.
6. Cooking.com
As of Feb. 2011
Food Steamer
by Contributors to Cooking.com
Our AssessmentCooking.com sells several models of food steamers but only the Oster Digital Food Steamer 5712 receives any reviews worth noting. It receives a high average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 from more than 50 owners. About 35 of these owners have written reviews (the rest only leave a star rating). Owners agree it's a high-quality steamer. They like the size and the see-through water-level gauge.
7. Viewpoints.com
As of Feb. 2011
Rice Cooker Reviews
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentThere are about two dozen reviews for the Oster Digital Food Steamer 5712 among rice cooker reviews at Viewpoints.com. The Oster receives a good average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Owners like the convenient features, even though it's not as fast as stovetop methods.
8. Epinions.com
As of Feb. 2011
Rice Cookers and Steamers
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentOwners rate food steamers on ease of use and cleaning, durability and style at Epinions.com. The two Oster food steamers have accumulated about eight reviews each, which is more than any other food steamer. Owners give them an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Owners say it works well for vegetables and seafood, but some say rice isn't so successful.
9. Target.com
As of Feb. 2011
Rice Cookers and Steamers
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentTarget.com sells two models of food steamers. The West Bend Electric Food Steamer and Black & Decker Handy Steamer both receive an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from less than 10 owners. Owners of the West Bend food steamer say it meets cooking expectations and is easy to program and clean.
10. ConsumerGuide.com
As of Feb. 2011
Rice Cookers & Steamers
by Editors of ConsumerGuide.com
Our AssessmentReviewed here are two food steamers along with several rice cookers. The reviews date back to 2006 and 2007 and the products mentioned are no longer available. The Deni 7500 food steamer has been replaced by the 7550 and 7600, and the Salton Richard Simmons Steam Heat Electronic Steamer EST7 is no longer available at all.

Food Steamers Runners Up:

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Black & Decker HS1000 Handy Steamer with Flavor Scenter Screen
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Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer
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Deni 7600 3-Tier 9-1/2-Quart Stainless-Steel Digital Food Steamer
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