Sistema Microwave Collection Steamer, 2.4-Liter

Last updated date: February 10, 2020

DWYM Score
9.1


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Overall Take

Make delicious meals and snacks in the library using the Sistema Microwave Collection Steamer, 2.4-Liter, which has a lid that lets steam out. The steamer and lid are both dishwasher and freezer safe, making it a great addition to your kitchen. It comes in a variety of sizes and matching containers that are stackable for easy storage between uses. In our analysis of 50 expert reviews, the Sistema Sistema Microwave Collection Steamer, 2.4-Liter placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note February 10, 2020:
Checkout The Best Food Steamer for a detailed review of all the top food steamers.

Expert Summarized Score
10.0
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
4,290 user reviews
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What experts liked
About 85 percent of over 1,000 Amazon reviewers have given the Sistema a four or five-star rating and like that the steamer is durable, easy to clean, and versatile so that you can cook a variety of foods. It’s safe to store it in the freezer, and it’s also safe to wash in the dishwasher.
- Reheat Suite
It comes with a unique design lid that allows you to control the steam for different food needs and also splatter free heating with high performance. You will find that the steamer comes with a handle that stays cool during steaming where you can easily hold and remove the steamer from the microwave thus protecting you from any burns.
- V Best Product
The BPA- and phthalate-free container is easy to use and safe to handle. The locking tabs on the side do not get hot and make it easy to lift the container out of the microwave. The stem in the inside steamer basket also stays cool for safe removal.
- Mom Dot
The lid locks in place so little to no steam escapes. I noticed immediately my veggies are brighter colors and just prettier than my other two steamers.
- Commuter Cruiser
Has a steam release vent on the lid for splatter-free heating and cool-to-the-touch, easy-lift tabs for easy opening of the steamer. Also great for reheating leftovers.
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What experts didn't like
About 5 percent of buyers did have negative experiences with the Sistema mostly due to lid issues, where they had difficulties closing the latch.
- Reheat Suite
Besides the tabs and center stem, the rest of the plastic gets very hot, so handle with care. Doesn’t taste quite as good as food steamed via other methods.
- Mom Dot
Be careful, a small amount of hot steam will escape below these handles, although not enough to burn me.
- Commuter Cruiser

From The Manufacturer

The Sistema Microwave Collection Steamer is designed to conveniently cook vegetables, fish, and poultry in the microwave. The lid features a steam release vent for splatter-free heating and cool-to-the-touch, easy-lift tabs. The middle stalk of the removable steamer basket stays cool so you can lift food out after cooking. Made from 100% virgin plastic, this BPA- and phthalate-free food storage container is dishwasher-safe when placed on the top rack, microwave-safe with the vent open, and safe for storing in fridges and freezers.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Farberware Stack ‘N’ Steam Steamer Set, 3-Quart
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 3
2. Sunsella Vegetable Steamer
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 5
3. Cuisinart Digital Glass Steamer, 5-Liter
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 3
4. Mockins Stainless Steel Steamer Set, 3-Quart
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 5
5. OXO Silicone Steamer
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Sistema Microwave Collection Steamer, 2.4-Liter
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 5
7. Secura Electric Food Steamer, 8.5-Quart
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Circulon Stainless Steel Steamer, 4-Quart
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 3
9. Hamilton Beach Digital Food Steamer, 5.5-Quart
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
10. Oster Double Tiered Food Steamer, 5-Quart
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Food Steamers

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to food steamers. In fact, there are so many different styles, you’ll first have to decide the type of steamer you want to use. One of the easiest, most affordable, ways to add a steamer to your kitchen appliance collection is by choosing a steamer basket that fits into your existing pots and pans. You can even find steamer baskets that will slide handily into your pressure cooker.

Another popular option is the steamer set, which features the large outer pot and the steamer insert that fits inside. Like the steamer basket, you’ll use this type of steamer on your stove, so it’s important to make sure you choose an option that will work on the type of stovetop you have. Many are made from stainless steel, so they’ll work with gas or induction stoves and should also be safe for ceramic cooktops.

One last type of steamer is the dedicated appliance. These set up on any surface and include everything you need to steam food. The downside of this type is that you’ll need somewhere to store it when it isn’t in use, but the upside is that it keeps your stovetop free for cooking other items.

DYWM Fun Fact

When you think of food steamers, your mind probably immediately goes to rice and vegetables. But steam cooking can bring out the best in a wide range of food types. Shelled seafood like crab legs and shrimp are great for steaming, along with fresh corn and potatoes. Steamers also bring out the nutrients in leafy green vegetables such as collard greens and bok choy, which you can eat as is or use in smoothies. Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower also taste delicious after being steamed. If you have frozen leftovers, you can use a steamer to defrost and cook them for moist, fresh-taking results.

The Food Steamer Buying Guide

  • Safety is a top consideration when you’re considering any cooking appliance. With a steamer, take an especially close look at the handles. Some steamers promote their handles as safe to touch even without oven mitts, but you may want to test this before trusting it. Some consumers report that the handles get hotter than advertised.
  • The design of the steamer contributes to how evenly it can cook the food inside. Many basket-based steamers have a thick aluminum core covered in stainless steel on either side to promote even cooking. Other types of steamers emit steam from the top of the unit down to ensure heat is distributed as evenly as possible.
  • As you’re shopping for a steamer, pay attention to the lid, as well. Some steamers include self-basting lids to lock flavor in. Many others have clear lids so you can monitor the progress of the food inside.
  • If you’re not a fan of handwashing dishes, look for a steamer that is dishwasher safe.
  • Some steamers go beyond steaming food to let you also boil, heat and simmer items. If you plan to use your steamer in the oven, make sure it’s rated for oven use.
  • Stainless steel is typically the best bet when it comes to cookware you want to last.