The 9 Best Steam Ovens

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This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in January of 2020. Steam convection ovens combine the benefits of healthy cooking with the convenience of a microwave. These countertop models not only use vapors to retain nutrients and moisture but also employ convection heat. Thanks to a fan that circulates air through the interior, foods cook quickly and evenly. Often, the result is a dish that is juicy on the inside and crisp on the outside. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Cuisinart CSO-300N1

2. F.Blumlein JU-3200

3. Tovala Gen 2

Editor's Notes

April 07, 2021:

There are numerous benefits to cooking food with steam. Meat remains tender and moist, vegetables retain their nutrients and flavor, and it's a healthier alternative than baking or frying in oil or fat. In addition, steaming cooks food quicker and makes less mess as there is no grease or smoke produced. These steam ovens usually combine several cooking methods in one appliance, so they can also be used to bake, roast, broil, and grill. During this update, we removed a number of outdated appliances and replaced them with models that have a variety of useful functions, from quickly reheating bread and pastries, to preparing a family meal.

The most important consideration when choosing a suitable steam oven is its capacity. Some models, such as the Balmuda K01M-KG and the Iris Ohyama Horizontal are relatively small and are more suited to cooking or reheating individual dishes or baked goods. Whereas, others such as Vestaware Convection 32QT and the F.Blumlein JU-3200 have much larger capacities for up to eight servings. The additional functions and ease of use are other factors that may influence your decision. The Cuisinart CSO-300N1 has very simple to use controls and has a special mode for proofing bread, making it a good choice for baking. Its compact size and stainless steel finish mean it won't look unsightly on your countertop either. The Tovala Gen 2 has a handy feature that allows bar codes and recipes to be scanned from a smartphone, this allows you to check on your food's progress from the next room and receive a notification when it's done. Finally, we included the Elite Gourmet Rotisserie, which is a multifunction oven that includes an oven-top, nonstick grill and griddle, and a steamer with a dome lid.

January 25, 2020:

Steam cooking technology has long been used in fine restaurants. As people sought to cook healthier meals from home, manufacturers found ways to meet their demands. The first steam cooker was perfect for a few health fanatics who had grown accustomed to bland foods, but it did little to satisfy the yearnings of those transitioning into a healthy lifestyle.

Traditional steam ovens only reach 212 degrees. Unfortunately, this temperature is not enough to brown foods. The models presented here use a combination of steam and convection heat to ensure foods remain moist on the inside and crisp on the outside.

The Emerson Deluxe and Cuisinart CSO-300N1 do a great job of keeping all the nutrients in foods without the need for oil and butter to give them color, texture, or flavor.

Most units can fit a medium-size pizza, but not all can ferment dough like the F.Blumlein JU-3200, or gently thaw foods like the AUG Convection Steam Grill.

Also, the F.Blumlein JU-3200 holds a 37.2-ounce water reservoir, which extends the maximum steam time to three hours as opposed to two hours with the other models on this list.

For those pressed for time, the Tovala Gen 2 Smart Oven often saves the day. With Tovala's scan to cook technology and smartphone compatibility, you can prepare meals in as little as 20 minutes.

Special Honors

Robam The Robam CT761 is manufactured by an award-winning luxury appliance brand that has been in business for over 40 years. With seven different settings, this space-saving model brings food to life. It comes equipped with a 3.17-gallon water tank to infuse foods with moisture, and a built-in convection fan ensures consistent results. A low water-indicator notifies you when the 180-minute vapor stream is nearing an end, and the self-cleaning mode keeps the interior spotless.

Thermador If you want a steam oven with a larger capacity, Thermador supplies a variety of different options, from single or double home kitchen models to large professional and commercial ranges. Not only that, but they can also be operated remotely from your smart devices.

4. Sharp Healsio

5. Vestaware Convection 32QT

6. Balmuda K01M-KG

7. AUG Convection Grill

8. Iris Ohyama Horizontal

9. Elite Gourmet Rotisserie

Chris Gillespie
Last updated by Chris Gillespie

Starting his career in the building industry, Chris built and managed a plumbing and heating company in northern England. After 13 years, seeking a more fulfilling lifestyle, he moved to southeast Asia, eventually settling in Vietnam, where he teaches writing and comprehension at a number of international universities. Drawing on his previous experience, and his passion for kitesurfing and windsurfing, Chris is knowledgeable in all things water related both recreationally and within the construction industry.

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