The Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer Review is written after using the steamer and reading the many consumer reviews. I found this compact steamer both durable and easy to use.
A versatile steamer for cooking vegetables, seafood, poultry, shellfish, and even eggs. And you can use the rice bowl to prepare perfect white rice and brown rice.
The two bowls enable you to cook two different dishes at the same time, which cuts down on meal preparation. Your food will stay hot for up to an hour after it’s cooked with the automatic “warm” setting.
An electric food steamer can take care of a several cooking jobs in a kitchen. Like a steaming basket, a grill or even one of those bulky rice cookers once so popular. The Hamilton Beach 5.5 Quart Steamer is great to steam cook fish (the best way of cooking fish I think). It was moist, flaky with perfect texture and taste and the herbs used weren’t water logged.
Chicken is also good in a steamer. Although steamed chicken isn’t one of my favorites. If you’re on a low cholesterol or low fat diet then steaming’s the way to go. Shorten the cooking time by 10-15 minutes and let the residual heat complete the cooking. You’ll get more succulent, flavorsome meat that way.
This is a useful device. Steam chicken, fish or seafood in one basket while vegetables are cooking in the other basket. You can even steam your potatoes for beautiful fluffy mash..
This steamer also makes pretty good rice too, it’s not just for vegetables, fish and chicken etc.
Even using the advanced features, the steamer is intuitive. Look at other models on the market. You just fill the required amount of water and when it’s boiling the timer kicks in and counts down the set time. Couldn’t be easier, just like using an alarm clock..
The unit’s size was perfect for my counter top and it’s large enough to take care of an average sized meal. It’s true some electric steamers have 3 tiers but I’ve rarely needed more than two. My initial reservation, when I unpacked it, was the size of the water container. Some other models I tried were bigger, but this reservoir was fine and didn’t need refilling. But if you did need to refill you don’t have to take off the tiers. Other models I’ve tried one had to. There’s a handy little drawer, for adding extra water + a small window at the front to keep an eye on the water level.
That’s pretty neat I found. neat I found.
It also has a bowl for rice, a start delay, a timer and all the digital features you’d need from a steamer. The central divider is removable for large or tall items like corn. Plus you can stand eggs up in the small indents on the bottom.
After the feast comes the reckoning. The Washing Up
An electric steamer is no exception and this model is dishwasher friendly. Except, the water holder, which contains electrical parts etc. If you did feel like washing it by hand it’s also quick and easy. I always wash mine by hand because the food baskets take up a lot of space in my dishwasher. Space I’d rather use for the greasy dishes and pans.
Do you love Chinese food and Dim Sum (steamed savory dough cakes) ? Then an electric steamer is a huge help. I just love Dim Sum or Tibetan Momos with chili sauce.
It packs away easily and the food tiers nestle comfortably into the water container. This gives compact storage when you’ve finished using it. If your kitchen is like mine then you haven’t got too much room and don’t want it standing on the counter top after use.
The Quick Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer Review – 5.5 Quart
Product Features and Specs
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 12.9 x 12.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
- 2 stackable baskets, so you can steam two dishes simultaneously.
- Switches to the automatic warm feature when food is done
- Easy-to-use digital touchpad
- Compact design and nested storage means steamer will easily fit in a kitchen cabinet
- Delay Start timer
- Includes Use & Care guide and steaming chart.
The Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer 5.5 Quart had a total of 1,643 customer reviews. Plus an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars.
Many buyers loved how easy the Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer is to use. As one reviewer wrote, “It makes steaming so easy as you can just set it and forget it. After the allotted cooking time is over it automatically switches to warm. There is plenty of room for steaming large amounts. Cleanup is a breeze and this is so compact I leave it out on my counter.”
Several reviewers praised the compact size, not to mention how easy it is to clean. As one buyer said, “I wish I had purchased this years ago. It is amazing. It cooks fast, the food is great. It’s super easy to clean and breaks down so it’s compact to store.”
The Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer is also durable and versatile. According to one customer, “We’ve had this steamer for about a year now and use it very often! I love the versatility of it. We can all use it and we wash all the pieces except the base in the top rack of the dish washer and they have held up great!”
A much appreciated feature was the steamer’s two trays. In fact, one buyer said, “I love it!!!!! I get to make my salmon and broccoli at the same time…”
Some buyers had minor complaints about the Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer. One reviewer wrote. “It would be nice if you could set the cook timer for more than an hour without having to recycle the timer.” The reviewer still loved this steamer. Adding, “Overall a good product if you plan on cooking healthy…”
Other customers who bought the Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer wrote, “I love this product,” “Awesome steamer! I love that it has two trays!” and “Love this steamer. Easy to operate and clean.”
Considering all the great reviews and ratings, it’s easy for us to give the Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer 5.5 quart our full recommendation.