Mornings can be the most haphazard part of the day - be it because you are getting ready for work or sending the kids to school. Eggs often step in as our go to rescue meal during those frantic hours. Eggs are an inexpensive, standard brekkie that are packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals, and are an integral part of a healthy diet, making them quite popular for instant meal choices.
An egg cooker can change your mornings completely as there’s no guess-working or pot-watching involved. Most egg cookers use steam cooking, and will include a water measuring cup and a built-in buzzer or timer to alert you when your eggs are done cooking. Sounds egg-xactly like what can save the day, right?In this article, we take a look at some of the best egg cookers available, as well as some of the things you should consider before purchasing one.
Cooking a maximum of six eggs at a time in multiple styles, our best pick is the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker that is user friendly and BPA-free that comes with an automatic ‘shut off’ function and a bonus recipe book.
Coming with a lifetime limited warranty, our budget pick is the Elite Cuisine Maxi-Matic EGC-007 that is compact and has easy grip cooker that can boil 7 eggs or poach 2 eggs simultaneously.
Quick Comparison: Top 10 Best Egg Cookers
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1. Dash Rapid Egg Cooker
The Dash Rapid Egg Cooker can cook up to six eggs at a time. You have the choice of cooking your eggs in a variety of styles. You can use the egg boiling tray to soft, medium, or hard boil your eggs. The poaching tray allows you to cook two eggs simultaneously. Alternatively, the omelette tray allows you to make one egg at a time.
The Dash Rapid Egg Cooker is user friendly. Just add the right amount of water as per the measuring cup for the type of egg you wish to cook. Pierce the larger end of each egg with the pin attached to the base of the measuring cup, after which you will need to remember to put each egg in the rack with the punctured side facing upwards. Doing this will prevent the egg shells from cracking, leaking, or popping.The cooker will set off an alert once the water has evaporated from the heating plate. Also, the thermal sensor will turn off the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker automatically so there is no risk of overcooking the eggs.
2. Elite Cuisine EGC-007 by Maxi-Matic
You can cook up to 7 perfectly fluffy eggs at a time with the compact sized Elite Cuisine Maxi-Matic EGC-007. All you have to do is refer to the firmness markings on the measuring cup to fill the base of the cooker with the required level of water.
Use the piercing metal pin on the underside of the measuring cup to poke the fat end of the egg. Once cooked, the large handles on the egg tray allows you to easily transfer your eggs from the cooker to the sink so that you can quickly cool them under running water.
The poaching tray allows you to cook two eggs simultaneously. The cooker also has a built-in timer that will turn off automatically once the water evaporates away.
3. KRUPS F23070 Egg Cooker
The KRUPS F23070 Egg Cooker can cook up to 7 eggs at a go. You can choose whether to hard or soft boil the eggs by varying the amount of water you pour into the cooking dish as per the markings on the measuring cylinder. The supplied measuring cup includes an egg piercer that prevents your eggs from cracking.
The transparent removable lid can double as a bowl so that you can easily run the eggs under water in order to cool them quicker. Just flip the lid over, pour cold water, and place the egg rack in. The two poaching tray allows you to cook two eggs omelettes or poached eggs simultaneously. There is no separate tray to make omelettes. The eggs come off the plastic inserts very easily.
The buzzer goes off when the eggs are done. The cooker does not, however, shut off automatically. So, you will have to respond to the timer going off to indicate the end of the cooking cycle. Be sure to turn the cooker off before removing the eggs.What is different about the KRUPS F23070 Egg Cooker from the other cookers reviewed is the ‘keep warm’ feature. All you have to do is switch the dial once you are done cooking should you decide that you want to serve the eggs later.
4. Dash DEC012RD Deluxe Rapid Cooker Electric
The Dash DEC012RD Deluxe Rapid Cooker Electric is perfect for big families or people with busy schedules as it can soft, medium, or hard boil a whopping dozen eggs at a time in its double decker tiers. If you are cooking fewer eggs on some days then all you have to do is just take the top tray off and adjust the amount of water you are meant to use accordingly. The lower tier will hold a maximum of 8 eggs while the upper tier will hold a maximum of 4 eggs.
You can also make up to seven poached eggs at a time. Although there is only one omelette tray, it is rather large so you have cook more than one egg in there. The water measuring cup comes with a piercing pin on the other end. What’s more is that the Dash DEC012RD Deluxe Rapid Cooker Electric can be used to steam vegetables, seafood, dumplings, etc.
Your trusty alarm will let you know that your eggs (or steamed food) are ready once all the water has evaporated. The automatic ‘shut off’ function will prevent overcooking. The light stays on, however, so you will have to use the power button to turn the buzzer off yourself. The single on-off button is a no brainer.
5. Cuisinart CEC-10 Egg Central Egg Cooker
With the ability to cook 10 eggs to a hard, medium, or soft consistency at once, the Cuisinart CEC-10 Egg Central Egg Cooker is shaped like an egg and comes with a stainless steel lid. While the bottom tier holds seven eggs, the removable top tier can hold an additional three eggs. The measuring beaker has a piercing pin on its base, which comes with a small plastic cover.
The Cuisinart CEC-10 Egg Central Egg Cooker recommends using cold distilled water, since tap water has minerals that can cause eggs to discolour. Distilled water will minimise this although the mineral deposits does not change the taste of your cooked eggs.
The omelette tray can cook three eggs at one. The poaching tray, on the other hand, has a four-egg capacity. You can also use the omelette tray to cook more than just omelettes, such as steaming vegetables. An audible tone will sound when the water has completely evaporated to signal that the cooking is done. The indicator LED light will also turn off at this point. If you do not turn off the appliance at this point, then the Cuisinart CEC-10 Egg Central Egg Cooker will automatically turn back on once it has cooled down.
6. Hamilton Beach 25500
With the Hamilton Beach 25500 you can cook up to 7 eggs at a time and works optimally when large eggs are used. Available only in black, it is an electric egg cooker that can be used to make soft, medium, and hard boiled eggs. All you have to do is put the eggs into their slots, pour in the indicated amount of water, and start the cooker.
Although you do get an egg piercing tool, the cooking instruction states that piercing the eggs is optional. The Hamilton Beach 25500 can also make up to three oval-shaped poached eggs at a time. The egg poaching tray is non-stick.
An alert goes off when the eggs are done. The on/off switch on the gadget is a welcome safety feature, so you won’t risk getting scalded every time you reach behind the already heated cooker to turn off the main switch. The Hamilton Beach 25500’s instruction manual is user friendly. Although the manual does not include recipes, you can refer to the Hamilton Beach website to try out some egg classics for the family.
It is recommended that you hand wash the plastic components before and after use.
7. VonShef 7- Egg Electric Cooker
The VonShef 7 Egg Boiler comes with a sleek stainless steel finish, and can hold up to 7 eggs that you can soft, medium, or hard boil. The appliance adjusts automatically to the degree of doneness, depending on the amount of water you pour in as per the measuring cup.
There is also an egg poaching bowl. The egg piercing pin is attached to the base of the measuring cup and assists in making sure that the cooking will not be messy. It comes with an indicator light that turns on when the unit is working. The VonShef 7 Egg Boiler automatically turns off once all the water has evaporated.
8. Chefman Electric Egg Cooker
Available in black and red, the Chefman Electric Egg Cooker RJ24-V2 is shaped like a beehive and comes with a transparent plastic lid. It can soft or hard boil 6 eggs at one go. You can poach 2 eggs or make 2 omelettes with butter or non-stick spray simultaneously in the poaching tray. There is no separate omelette trays provided.
The measuring cup comes with a piercing pin. You can also steam vegetables with this cooker. It comes with a power button. The indicator light buzzes when your eggs or vegetables are done.
9. SIMPLETASTE Egg Cooker
With the capacity to boil 7 eggs simultaneously, the SIMPLETASTE Egg Cooker is available only in white. The poaching bowl also allows you to poach eggs and steam vegetables. There is no separate omelette tray, however. Add the appropriate amount of water as indicated by the measuring cup.
There is a piercing pin on the base of your provided water measuring cup. Both the automatic power-off and over-temperature protection functions help to ensure your safety.
10. Maverick SEC-2 Henrietta Hen Egg Cooker
Of all the egg cookers reviewed, the Maverick SEC-2 Henrietta Hen Egg Cooker is probably the cutest one out there. Shaped like a nesting hen, the appliance is white in colour. The boiling rack holds up to 7 eggs. The poaching tray, on the other hand, can cook 4 eggs simultaneously.
Use the piercing pin to make a hole in each egg before putting them in the egg rack to be soft, medium, or hard boiled. The indicator light will be turned on when the cooker is in use, and the appliance will ‘chirp’ when your eggs are ready.
Things to Consider Before Buying the Best Egg Cooker
The traditional method of boiling eggs in a pan of water comes with a plethora of recipes about how you are meant to boil your eggs. For example, some people recommend that you should put the egg in cold water and then bring the pan to boil while others say that you are to heat the water to boiling point and then drop in the egg. Added to this is the confusion associated with estimating how much time is needed to soft, medium, or hard-boil your eggs.
Arguably, the water measuring cup in egg cookers can solve these struggles by providing you with simple pointers about how much water you need to use with each egg recipe.
One of the most important factors you may therefore have to consider instead when buying an egg cooker is the number of eggs your household consumes.
It is also worth thinking about whether you wish to be alerted when your eggs finish cooking. Alternatively, if you and your family members value peace and quiet in the morning, then an alert that is not too loud will be more appropriate. What’s more is that you can opt for an egg cooker that quietly turns off by itself so that all you have to do is to put the eggs in your appliance and let the cooker take care of the rest.
As you have already read from this article, some egg cookers come with an automatic ‘shutdown’ function once the eggs are done cooking. Some have a ‘keep warm’ feature that will keep your cooked eggs warm until you decide that it is chow time. Still others come with a loud or soft buzzer that will go on ringing and require you to respond to them promptly.
Additionally, there are versatile egg cookers that can both cook eggs and steam vegetables, seafood, etc, so that breakfast - or any other meal time - is never monotonous.
Another consideration is the question of your personal preferences, such as whether the egg cooker is dishwasher safe, is made of plastic, nonstick, or stainless steel, whether it comes in a colour option that will complement the rest of your kitchenwares, etc.
Finally, you may also want to consider the warranty period each egg cooker offers its customers so that you can easily troubleshoot issues.
How Egg Cookers Work
Egg cookers use water and steam to soft, medium, hard-boil or poach eggs, and to make omelettes. The amount of cold water you pour into the base of the egg cooker by referring to the measuring cup will tell the egg cooker to what degree you want to cook your eggs. The boiling water will be transformed into steam, which will then proceed to cook the eggs.
The eggs are not submerged in the water unlike pan cooking.
Almost all egg cookers come with an egg piercing pin. There is a small air space in the larger end of the egg. Piercing a hole in the egg before boiling it will not only allow the sulphur in the egg to escape from the vent, but the eggs will also look and taste great.
Don’t worry, the egg will not bubble out of the hole. Instead, the shell peels off egg-tremely easily and the eggs will have a smoothly rounded end. This will also aid in the peeling process and prevent cracking.
Advantages of Using an Egg Cooker
There are many advantages of using an egg cooker over boiling eggs in a pan of water the traditional way.
Egg cookers are able to give you perfectly boiled or poached eggs every time alongside eliminating the possibility of overcooking your eggs. Indeed, the longer you boil your eggs, the more nutrients you lose. Egg cookers are built to offer this healthy option by getting the timing of the cooking process egg-xactly right.
This ultimately means that your cooked eggs taste infinitely than when you are trying your luck boiling them in a pan of water.
By relying primarily or exclusively on steam to cook, such as when you poach or boil eggs, you are also opting for a low calorie cooking method that will not add any extra fat calories to your diet.
Egg cookers are also less hands-on. They come with an automatic ‘turn off’ function or a buzzer, or sometimes with both, which will allow you to do other things while your meal is getting prepared. Moreover, being able to cook multiple eggs simultaneously will save you even more time.
Finally, the fact that most egg cookers are dishwasher safe simplifies cooking and time spent in the kitchen even further.
With all these advantages considered, all you have to do if you love eggs and buy an egg cooker is turn your gadget on!
Different Types of Egg Cooker
Egg cookers that use plastic inserts that come in contact with the eggs are BPA-free. Most of the removable components of an egg cooker that are made of plastic tend to be dishwasher safe.
The insides of egg cookers that are made of stainless steel tend to be sturdier than others that are made of plastic.
Egg cookers that have nonstick surface lining in their poaching bowl require minimal or almost no cooking oil. The omelette or poached egg will slide off the cup without a yolk-tastrophe.
Cleaning an Egg Cooker
Most egg cookers have plastic components that are dishwasher safe. There are some that require you to hand wash the removable components of the egg cooker.
Some egg cookers recommend that you use distilled water to extend the life of your appliance. This is because the mineral deposits in regular tap water tends to corrode the heating plate of your device.
If you do notice mineral deposits on the heating plate after a few uses, simply clean it with a mild solution of ten parts water and one part vinegar.
Another option is to use warm water and a ‘magic eraser’ type sponge.
So far we have reviewed some of the best egg cookers in the market. We hope we have been able to provide some useful insights into what and what not to look for when investing in an egg cooker, such as whether egg cookers can cook better than the traditional ‘egg in a boiling pan of water’, the versatility of egg cookers, and the sort of features like automatic ‘turn off’ and buzzers that egg cookers come with.Having an egg cooker in the kitchen makes nutritious food readily available to the family in the morning, during snack times, and on the go. The egg cooker is compact enough to be stored away in a cupboard or on your kitchen countertop. We hope our article will help you make an egg-ceptional purchase that will be a valuable addition to your home for years to come.