Features of Breville The Steam Zone Food Steamer:
- Multi functional cooker. Cook a single large item on the large steaming tray or use the two separate steaming baskets to prepare two different foods.
- The two separate steaming zones can operate independently with different times and power, or can be set to finish cooking simultaneously.
- Quick start up; reaches maximum steaming power in less than 30 seconds.
- Available settings: high, low, split zone, keep warm up to 45 minutes, automatic keep warm up to 15 minutes.
- Steam Zone cooks just above the water.
- Sync finish features allows you to finish cooking different foods at the same time even if they require different steaming times and power.
- Included accessories: 2 stainless steel steaming baskets with glass top lids, water hardness identification kit.
- Materials: made from brushed stainless steel with some BPA-free plastic parts
- Wattage: 1800 Watts.
Breville vs. Cuisinart Cookfresh Steamer, How Do They Compare?
Features of the Cuisinart CookFresh Steamer:
- 5-liter glass cooking pot allows you great cooking capacity while being able to observe food as it cooks.
- Choose from 5 settings: seafood, poultry, grains, vegetables and manual.
- LCD screen with 60-minute timer, manual settings Button controls include start/stop, reheat and pause.
- 1-liter removable water tank.
- Includes a stainless steel steaming tray and glass pot/lid with stainless steel rim.
What’s The Difference Between the Breville Steam Zone vs. Cuisinart CookFresh Steamer?
Breville’s The Steam Zone comes with a major advantage over Cuisinart’s and that is the fact that The Steam Zone has two separate zones in addition to the single large zone. This means you can use it to steam a full size fish or chicken, or you can use the baskets to steam different foods separately using a timer and power dedicated to each zone individually. Another great feature is Synchro finish, which when chosen, it will work on finishing cooking both your baskets at the same time.
On the other hand, the Cuisinart works wonderfully as a digital steamer (without any separated zones). It has a large capacity of 5 liters, so it should hold plenty of food. And with a clear timer on display and simple button controls, it’s quite easy to use.
When it comes to programmability, both steamers have pre-sets and room for adjustability. The Cuisinart has 5 programs: seafood, poultry, grains, vegetables and manual – which allows you to set your own settings. The Breville using different kind of settings (which pretty much lead to the same results), you have your high setting, low setting, split- for using two zones in stead of one, and Keep warm. Then there’s the clever Sync option. Since the Breville comes with more advanced features, using it might require some learning curve to get all the settings right. But it shouldn’t be hard to use after you’ve got it all figured out.
Which One Do You Buy?
Picking between the Breville Steam Zone or Cuisinart CookFresh comes down to one thing:
Does the split zone feature of the Breville Steam Zone sounds like something useful to your cooking needs?
Eventually, that’s the one thing that truly sets these two steamers apart from each other.