Commercial Steam Cookers

Energy efficient steam cookers that have earned the ENERGY STAR offer shorter cook times, higher production rates, and reduced heat loss due to better insulation and a more efficient steam delivery system. ENERGY STAR certified steam cookers or "compartment steamers" are about 60 percent more energy-efficient than standard models. 

Steam cookers that earn the ENERGY STAR include both electric and gas models, which must meet a minimum cooking efficiency of 50 percent (electric) and 38 percent (gas) while also meeting maximum idle energy rates. Idle energy rates are given for 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-pan sizes.

ENERGY STAR certified steam cookers also save 90 percent or more water than standard steam cooker models - using, on average, 3 gallons of water per hour for certified steam cookers versus 40 gallons of water per hour for standard models.

For more information on saving water, please visit "Best Practices - How to Achieve the Most Efficient Use of Water in Commercial Food Service Facilities."

Related Information

Current Specification Effective Date: August 2003

  • Steam cookers, also known as "compartment steamers", that have earned the ENERGY STAR are about 60 percent more energy efficient than standard models.
  • ENERGY STAR certified steam cookers include both electric and gas models. Steam cookers that earn the ENERGY STAR must meet a minimum cooking efficiency of 50 percent (electric) and 38 percent (gas) while also meeting maximum idle energy rates. Idle energy rates are given for 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-pan sizes.

Commercial Steam Cooker Key Product Criteria: ENERGY STAR

Learn How a Product Earns the Label

What else should I look for when buying a commercial steam cooker?

For a list of ENERGY STAR partners that sell ENERGY STAR certified equipment, see Where to Buy.

For a list of CFS incentives, please see either the CFS Incentive Guide or the ENERGY STAR CFS Incentive Finder.

The ENERGY STAR CFS Incentive Finder displays utility incentives for ENERGY STAR certified commercial food service equipment.

The CFS Incentive Guide (EXCEL, 1.2 MB) is an excel spreadsheet that includes incentives for both ENERGY STAR certified equipment and energy efficient equipment not covered by the ENERGY STAR program.