SILVER SERVICE 71/100
Sage by Heston Blumenthal The Steam Zone £200 johnlewis.com Performance Design Ease of use
FORM AND FUNCTION Unlike the traditional, stacked steamer, this has one large level that can be used as a steaming tray. A clever tool stops cooking when the water runs low to prevent damage and the ‘keep warm’ function comes in useful when you’re still busy pouring yourself a drink. EXPERT VERDICT Chicken and vegetables were impressive but rice and fish were underdone and disappointing. It could do with more guidance on cooking times in the instruction manual. The ‘split zone’ and sync finish are the best features, timing everything to plate up at the same time.