Having a steamer in the house makes preparing food for your baby easier. At the press of a button, you get to cook the baby's veggies, fruits, or meats. But how do you choose the best products out there? In this review, I take you through a list of the best ones out there and tips on what to look for when buying. Now, let's take a look and see what I have for you today.
9 x 7 x 9.5 inches
7.3 x 13.7 x 12.6 inches
6.5 x 6.5 x 12.1 inches
10.6 x 7.2 x 7.6 inches
5 x 4.7 x 3.5 inches
BEABA Babycook Cooker Blender
This one cooks your baby food in just under 15 minutes and beeps an alert once the food is ready. It allows you to attend to other duties without having to keep checking. It's easy to operate, even with one hand while you hold your baby in the other. It has a large capacity of 4.7 cups which allows you to make so much food in one session, in case you want to store some.
The water reservoir is made from nonreactive steel and the plastic bowls from BPA and phthalate free plastic, so there's no heath risk when you use this to prepare your baby's food. It's also easy to clean and operate.
The only problem with this is portability. It combines a steamer and a blender, both with large capacities which results in a size too big to carry around. So you will have to contend with having it sit in one place.
Hamilton Beach Digital
It's an easy- to-use product. You should have no trouble to operate it, even if it's your first time. The digital touch-pad allows you to set everything from timing to auto switching when the food is ready. It has a two-tier steaming capability which allows you to steam two different foods at the same time.
It's dishwasher safe which makes cleaning it easy. The plastic parts that make it are BPA- free and pose no health risk to your baby. It comes with ten containers which you can use to put baby food for refrigeration.
The blades are a bit sharp, so, you better be careful when washing it.
Philips Avent SCF870/21
This device is easy to use. You only need to place your baby food in the steaming basket, fill it with water and press a button. It steams a variety of foods, and there's almost no limitation to what you can put in for steaming. It's easy to clean too, with parts that are dishwasher-safe.
It's compact and doesn't take a lot of space. The only drawback is that the opening to the reservoir is too narrow which makes cleaning it a little difficult.
Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Turbo
This is a small device that doesn't take much space in your kitchen. Being small in size makes it quite easy to operate and clean. It has parts that are dishwasher-safe. The plastic that makes it is BPA-free and safe for your baby. It comes with baby food storage containers which you can use to refrigerate extra food. The cups are made of BPA-free plastic and therefore safe to use.
It has a steaming capacity that limits you to little amounts at a time, which is a disadvantage when you need a big amount to store and you don't have the time for many small batches.
Fresh Starts Baby Food Prep
It is a compact option that will not require much space to store. It steams a variety of foods despite its size. Cleaning is no big deal because it has parts that are dishwasher-safe. And it's easy to use too as it doesn't have many complex parts. The plastic that makes it is strong and durable. Being BPA- free, it poses no health risk to your child.
One disadvantage of this is its size. It limits the amount of food you can make at a go.
How to buy
When buying a new steamer for your little one, its capacity will matter, depending on how much food you will want to make per session. Large capacity ones are more expensive but will save you time because it makes enough to last you for days. A large capacity will not limit you; you can choose to make a large or little amount.
The size you choose will depend on how much space you have in your house to store it. Small devices are easy to store, and they steam food just as well. Their only limitation is when you want to make a large amount of food.
Look to see if the product you choose is capable of handling other functions. There are times you will need to just defrost or reheat food from the refrigerator. You may need something to be able to blend your steamed food without having to transfer it. Make sure the product you choose can perform these extra functions.
The power rating also matters. The higher the rating, the less the time it will take to cook foods. Large capacity steamers should come with higher power ratings because they handle large amounts of water. You don't want to wait forever to cook your food. Also, make sure the voltage input is compatible with your domestic socket voltage. Some devices require socket a voltage of 220V. Having such device would require you to buy a converter to step up your 110 volts to match its requirement.
Choose a unit that's easy to clean. Ensure it has parts that can be taken apart and put in a dishwasher. Having something that's not dishwasher-safe will subject you to having to wash it manually, which can be cumbersome and time-consuming. If you have to clean it manually, choose a steamer with a wide opening, it will be easier to clean.
Go for a product that's is made of strong materials. Metal parts make it last longer compared to ones that are all plastic. Durability gives you value for your money, and you shouldn't compromise it.
A strong, efficient and durable device will give you a nice experience in making your baby's food. But it depends on how well you make that choice. A poor steamer is a good as wasted money, not to mention the stress it subjects you to.