Steamers Buying Guide

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Steaming is a fast and easy way to cook delicious vegetables while retaining their color and nutrients. Steamers come in a variety of types and styles. Decide if you want to control the cooking duration or set a timer to do it for you. Vegetables can easily become soggy and overcooked when steaming; a timed method is a surefire way to have crisp-cooked vegetables with your meals.

Types of Pots & Steamers

Types of Pots & Steamers

A steamer is a relatively fast cooking method. Food is placed in a steamer basket, set over boiling water, and covered. Steam from the boiling water cooks the food -- usually vegetables -- while helping to retain color and nutrients. Electric and microwave steamers come with cooking guides so the steam time can be set and the machine does the rest. A steamer basket is just as easy but requires the cook to pay attention to cooking time for perfectly steamed foods.

Steamer Baskets

A stainless-steel steamer basket fits into a bigger vessel and keeps moisture in with a lid that fits the pot. Very little water is required to steam foods. Some basket styles have adjustable sides to fit a variety of pot sizes. The steam time needs to be monitored for perfect vegetable doneness with this type.

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Rachael Ray
$49.99

Give veggies and more the steam treatment with the handy Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Enamel Nonstick 3 qt. Covered Multi-Pot Set with ...Steamer. This convenient three-piece set offers a fast and easy way to steam everything from garden-fresh veggies to... read more

Rachael Ray
$40.00

Give veggies and more the steam treatment with the handy Rachael Ray(r) Cucina Hard Enamel Nonstick 3-Quart Covered Multi-Pot Set ...with Steamer. This convenient three-piece set offers a fast and easy way to steam everything from garden-fresh veggies to plump, briny shrimp to piquant tamales and more. The saucepot features durable aluminum construction to promote fast, even heating while helping to reduce hot spots that would boil steaming water or liquid away. The sturdy hard enamel exterior features warm, welcoming color in Rach's rustic-modern Cucina palette. A shatter-resistant glass lid keeps the steaming and cooking action visible and the heat and moisture inside. And the saucepot, lid and polished stainless steel steamer insert sport coordinating, grippy rubberized handles that are double-riveted for plenty of solid, comfortable support. This clever steamer set makes fast work of cooking delicious vegetables, potatoes, fresh corn cobbettes for the kids, and other delish foods. The handy saucepot and lid also combine as a separate piece of cookware whenever you need one. Rachael's stylish color sense meets convenience with the distinctive espresso-colored, PFOA-free nonstick that releases foods effortlessly, complements the exterior, and cleans up easily. Oven safe to 400 Degree F, the steamer set is suitable for all stovetops, except induction, This rustic, earthy butter warmer is a welcome addition to inviting serveware, dinnerware and other cookware pieces in the Rachael Ray Cucina collection. Get steamed in the most positive way possible making delicious broccoli, cauliflower and carrots and more with this easy-to-use Rachael Ray(r) Cucina Hard Enamel Nonstick 3-Quart Covered Multi-Pot Set with Steamer. read more

Cook N Home
$33.75

Cook N Home Stainless steel 4-Piece 8-Quart Pasta/Steamer Cooker, What in Box Set include 4-Piece, 8-Qt stock pot include a temper...ed Glass lid, steamer insert and pasta insert all in stainless steel mirror polished. read more

Rachael Ray
$52.00

Give veggies and more the steam treatment with the handy Rachael Ray™ Cucina Hard Enamel Nonstick 3-Quart Covered Multi-Pot Set wi...th Steamer. This convenient three-piece set offers a fast and easy way to steam everything from garden-fresh veggies to... read more

Bamboo Steamers

Generally tiered to accommodate steaming more than one kind of food at a time, this style of steamer is a cooking fundamental in Asian cuisine. Like a steamer basket, it is placed in a cooking vessel with very little water. Because this steamer has a lid, any style of cooking vessel large enough for the steamer to sit in can be used.

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Island Bamboo
$11.99

The Island Bamboo 40671 collapsible colander and food steamer really comes in handy with multiple uses and easy storage. This amaz...ing colander folds down into two sizes for shallow or deep pots, then collapses flat to take up less storage space. The Island Bamboo 40671 collapsible colander is made of food safe, premium grade silicone that will not absorb flavors or odors. This durable colander is dishwasher safe and perfect for those everyday tasks. Island Bamboo Colander/Food Steamer Features: Island Bamboo colander and food steamer Ingenious design combines two in one Collapses flat for easy storage Food Steamer folds into two sizes for deep or shallow pots Made of food-safe silicone which will not absorb odor or flavor Dishwasher safe Heat resistant up to 450 Color Vibrant RED Colander has 8-inch diameter Manufactured by Island Bamboo Island Bamboo Model 40671 14 x 11 x 12 inches read more

Island Bamboo Hue
$15.19

Two tools in one, plus a space-saving design. This 8-inch stand-alone colander/steamer comes in handy for everyday culinary tasks ...and food steaming, then it collapses flat for easy storage putting an end to the clutter caused by conventional steamers. Prepare healthy steamed vegetables with ease. This ingenious design folds down into two different sizes to fit shallow and deep pots. Use it to rinse and serve fruits and berries. Great for rinsing pasta or cooked grains. It’s a handy helper collecting food scraps during food prep. Made of premium grade, food-safe silicone that will not absorb food flavors or odors. Dishwasher safe. When it comes to great design, it’s all about hue. read more

Island Bamboo Hue
$21.11

Two tools in one, plus a space-saving design. This 8-inch stand-alone colander/steamer comes in handy for everyday culinary tasks ...and food steaming, then it collapses flat for easy storage putting an end to the clutter caused by conventional steamers. Prepare healthy steamed vegetables with ease. This ingenious design folds down into two different sizes to fit shallow and deep pots. Use it to rinse and serve fruits and berries. Great for rinsing pasta or cooked grains. It’s a handy helper collecting food scraps during food prep. Made of premium grade, food-safe silicone that will not absorb food flavors or odors. Dishwasher safe. When it comes to great design, it’s all about hue. read more

Island Bamboo Hue
$39.42

Two tools in one, plus a space-saving design. This colander/steamer comes in handy for everyday culinary tasks and food steaming, ...then it collapses flat for easy storage putting an end to the clutter caused by conventional steamers. Prepare healthy steamed vegetables with ease. This ingenious design folds down into two different sizes to fit shallow and deep pots, 10-inch diameter or larger. Use it as a colander for rinsing fruits, vegetables and pasta, and for collecting food scraps during food prep. Made of premium grade, food-safe silicone. Dishwasher safe. When it comes to great design, it’s all about hue. read more

Electric

Electric steamers manage the steam time for you. These steamers, which look like crock pots, come with a removable pot or bowl for holding the vegetables. Some three-tier steamers include warmers for keeping freshly steamed veggies warm while the rest of the meal is prepared.

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Rachael Ray
$100.00 $49.99

Set includes: 3-qt. saucepot, steamer insert, lid. Aluminum with nonstick coating. Porcelain enamel exterior in bold color options.... Grippy handles are dual riveted and match enamel. Shatter-resistant glass lid with handle. Polished, quality stainless steel steamer insert. Oven-safe to 350 degrees F. Hand wash only. Steam up a storm and do it in style with the Rachael Ray 3 qt. Hard Enamel Nonstick Covered Multi Pot Steamer. This set includes a porcelain enamel pot in bold color options, a polished steel steamer insert, and tight fitting shatter-proof glass lid. Rubberized handles stay cool to the touch and match the enamel color. This steamer pot is oven-safe to 350 degrees. About Rachael Ray Cookware and CutleryRachael Ray means fun, functional, colorful cookware and cutlery inspired and endorsed by one of TV’s warmest Emmy-winning personalities. Each unique cookware, ovenware, serveware, and prep piece is made with high-quality materials like cast iron, nonstick, and silicone with and bright enamel exteriors and sensible features like tight-fitting lids, ample capacities, easy-grip handles, and designs that go from the oven to the microwave to the dishwasher or freezer. Prep dinners, set the table, and serve in brightly hued hospitality. Color: Agave Blue. read more

StoreBound
$55.12 $52.36

StoreBound's Dash electric multi-pot is like having a 5th burner ready to use when you need it most. This 2-liter stainless steel ...pot with cool-touch handle and tempered glass lid boils water in minutes. With the included pasta basket/steamer rack you... read more

Starfrit
$72.05 $59.99

The removable glass lid also features a heat-resistant handle to protect your hands and fingers from hot steam while cooking. This... nonstick skillet cookware is easy to use and clean up after. Make all sorts of delicious meals from scratch without... read more

StoreBound
$62.99

TOJ1070 Features Dash collection Material: Stainless steel 1500 Watt electric stainless steel pot Rapid heat technology boils wate...r in minutes Detachable power cord for easy clean up and storage Made in the USA Country of Manufacture: United States... read more

Microwave

Most microwave steamers are plastic, shaped like a cake pan, and include a lid for steaming.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Before buying a steamer, think about how often you plan to use it. If you serve cooked fresh vegetables daily, a quality steamer that will last for several years is a good investment. If steaming is a method you use rarely, a less expensive option such as a steamer basket is sufficient. An electric or microwave steamer does have the advantage of freeing up cooktop space.

Size

Many steamer baskets are designed to expand and collapse to fit pots of varying sizes, while others are designed to fit a specific pot. Bamboo steamers come in a couple of sizes and have the advantage of multiple tiers for steaming more than one food type at once. Electric and microwave steamers are fixed in size.

Storage

If storage space is limited, consider the simple collapsible basket. Steamers of other varieties are fixed in size, so more storage space is needed.

Material Type

Most basket steamers that fit in a pot for use on the stove top are made of stainless steel or bamboo. Although a stainless-steel basket will look the same use after use, a bamboo steamer will darken with age. Microwave steamers are plastic. Electric steamers come in a variety of material types but commonly have plastic inserts for steaming.

Steaming Process

Cook times and water amounts vary based on size, quantity, and type of food. Look for cooking guides with each product.

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Rachael Ray
$130.49 $41.25

Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick 3-Qt Covered Multi-Pot Set with Steamer, Agave Blue: 3-qt covered saucepot Alumi...num construction Nonstick interior Stainless steel steamer insert Shatter-resistant glass lid Grippy rubberized handles... read more

Cook N Home
$39.99 $37.35

Cook N Home Stainless Steel 4-Piece Pasta Cooker Steamer set includes four pieces: 8 qt stock pot with a tempered glass lid, steam...er insert and pasta insert all in stainless steel mirror polished. read more

Calphalon
$150.00 $99.95

A unique modern shape combines a hard-anodized, heavy-gauge aluminum exterior and nonstick interior for even heat conductivity and... easy cleanup. Domed, tempered glass lid has stainless steel rim and ergonomic, stay-cool stainless handle. Versatile multipot includes stainless steel steamer basket and pasta insert see more photos.View all Calphalon products Calphalon and other Wedding Registry offers • Heavy-gauge aluminum • Pot has hard-anodized exterior with nonstick interior; inserts are stainless steel • Stay-cool cast stainless steel handles • Domed, tempered-glass lid with stainless rim • Highly conductive • Dishwasher-safe • For use with all cooktops • Made in China or USA read more

Le Creuset
$305.00 $229.95

Now experience the heritage and quality of Le Creuset in new hi-tech, tri-ply cookware that conducts heat so evenly and energy-eff...iciently that only low to medium heat is needed for most cooking. Premium quality stainless steel sandwiches a "total" aluminum core-from the base all the way up to the drip-free, precision pour rims-for even heat throughout. A special magnetic steel makes it perfect for all cooktops, including induction. Versatile multipot is a stockpot, pasta cooker and steamer all in one, with calibrated interior and drip-free pouring rim. Steamer insert stacks on pasta insert for simultaneous dual cooking.View all Le Creuset products Le Creusetr and other Wedding Registry offers • Stainless steel • Premium mirror-polished stainless steel finish • Double-riveted stainless steel handles • Calibrated interior • For use with all cooktops • Dishwasher-, freezer- and oven-safe to 500 degrees • Made in China read more

Cuisinart
$39.99 $29.99

The Cuisinart(R) 5.5 quart stainless steel multi-pot encapsulated bottom for even heat distribution. Heavy gauge 18/10 stainless s...teel. Glass lid. Dishwasher safe. Oven safe to 500 degrees. read more

Rachael Ray
$130.49 $41.25

Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick 3-Qt Covered Multi-Pot Set with Steamer, Agave Blue: 3-qt covered saucepot Alumi...num construction Nonstick interior Stainless steel steamer insert Shatter-resistant glass lid Grippy rubberized handles... read more

Starfrit
$72.05 $59.99

The removable glass lid also features a heat-resistant handle to protect your hands and fingers from hot steam while cooking. This... nonstick skillet cookware is easy to use and clean up after. Make all sorts of delicious meals from scratch without... read more

Cuisinox
$118.40 $97.99

CNX1755 Features Color: Silver Material: Stainless steel Set includes 16 quart covered belly shaped stock pot and 5.3 quart specia...l steamer insert Material: 18/10 Stainless steel Graduated interior markings Induction ready Dishwasher safe Gourmet... read more

Gourmet Chef
$19.99 $16.99

RMQ1057 Features Lid material: Glass Comes with frying basket and cover Professional performance Induction-Safe: Yes Color: Blue B...ase/Core Material: Metal Dimensions Overall Product Weight: 3.5 lbs read more

Nordic Ware
$26.00 $12.99

"Nordic Ware Microwave Multi Pot - Online Only. Easily steam rice and vegetables, boil pasta, oatmeal and more with this convenien...t multi pot and lid! The reversible lid serves as a strainer, and it prevents boil overs, ensuring you a safer experience." read more

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