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SHAPE Tested: The Best Steamers for Fat-Free Cooking



Heating vegetables over boiling water helps retain their nutrients, texture, and flavor. Now a new generation of gadgets makes steaming easier than ever. We put the hottest models to the test.

Best for the traditionalist: Lotus Steamer
An update on the old classic, this easy-to- clean, non-metal version works with any size pot and stays cool to the touch. ($17;

Best for the brown bagger: Aladdin Collapsible Steamer Set
To avoid soggy office snacks, fill this container with veggies and 3 tablespoons of water, then microwave. ($10;


Best for the multitasker: Sili Gourmet Steamer Set 
This 27-ounce model doubles as a colander, fits into most standard sauce pots, and collapses for easy storage. ($25;


Best for the entertainer: Lékué Steam Case
The extra-large silicone tray holds up to four servings and withstands super-high heat, so it can go in the microwave or oven. ($50;


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