Sunsella Vegetable Steamer

Last updated date: February 10, 2020

DWYM Score
9.5


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Overall Take

The Sunsella Vegetable Steamer utilizes a petal design that easily folds up for storage. This design also means you can use it in smaller pots, if you're cooking for a small family, or much larger pans for entertaining a large group. The stainless steel build means it will give you years of reliable use. In our analysis of 50 expert reviews, the Sunsella Sunsella Vegetable Steamer placed 2nd 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
1,266 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The expandable petal design allows the SVS to fit in pans of various sizes. When you are cooking for two, you can use it in a small saucepan but when you need to cook for a crowd in can fit into a much larger pan that will allow you to meet your needs. This collapsible design also makes it easy to store. It can be stored open or the petals can be folded across the top making the profile similar to small serving bowl.
- The Smart Consumer
This quickly expandable vegetable-steamer is built from 100 percent stainless-steel plus features openings on its whole surface.
- Top Best 10 Reviews
This simply designed high-quality vegetable steamer can expand up to 9.3 inches wide, allowing it to fit a variety of pan sizes. The center post can be removed for steaming bigger items or the included extension handle can be added for easier lifting.
- Mom Dot
This vegetable steamer is sized 5.3’’ to 9.25’’ in diameter and of height range 2’’ to 3.35’’ including the leg height can expand to fit different pot sizes. It can also collapse to allow easy storage.
- Cook & Brown
What experts didn't like
The design has small hinges on the petals that, if roughly washed or scrubbed, can come off.
- The Smart Consumer
The tiny size of these baskets.
- Top Best 10 Reviews
The only thing to keep in mind is that all metal equals all heat. Without any silicone, be sure to be careful when removing the hot steamer from a pan.
- Mom Dot

From The Manufacturer

Sunsella's premium quality 100% stainless steel vegetable steamer is a great way to get the best out of your fruit and veggies retaining all the nutrients and minerals lost by other cooking methods. Fantastic for family meals or single serves, this steamer will quickly become one of your favorite kitchen gadgets.

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.