Eggs are delicious and healthy! They are also inexpensive and a great breakfast food. They are easy to cook but you would be surprised the mess that comes from cooking this delicious food, from dirty bowls to sticky pans.
Getting consistent cooking results every time can also be difficult. If you just love eggs but can’t stand the mess and really want to get the consistency right, then the electric egg cooker is just the thing to solve this problem for you. An egg cooker is a small kitchen appliance that uses steam instead of boiling water to give you hard or soft boiled eggs that peel off much more easily.
A lot of these cookers also poach eggs and some of them can be used to make omelets.
There are various models of egg cookers in the market today. This can make it quite difficult to pick the right one. Having tested numerous egg cookers in the market I came up with this in depth guide to help you pick one that suits your needs.
1. Dash Rapid Egg Cooker
The Dash Rapid is a handy, versatile and efficient egg cooker. Basically, it is a hot plate and steamer with 3 holes. It allows to boil 6 eggs at a go. You can also poach 2 eggs, make an omelet or make scrambled eggs in the upper tray using a fork.
Using this egg cooker is a breeze. Simply pour some water on the metal plate, place the uncooked eggs in the holes, pierce them with the provided pin and hit the start button.
A loud buzzer will go off once the eggs are done and voila! You have well cooked eggs in a very short amount of time.
This egg cooker is really easy to clean, thanks to its BPA-free plastic that is dishwasher safe.
The dash egg boiler is easy to store in your kitchen cabinet, thanks to its compact nature.
It has a see-through top to help you keep an eye on your eggs as the cooking process goes on.
It has auto shut off feature, meaning you can do other things as your breakfast is getting prepared.
Note that this small machine can be used to steam small quantities of vegetables for a snack.
Pros and cons
Why should I use an egg cooker instead of a boiling pot?
An egg cooker cooks your eggs evenly, ensuring that you achieve your desired level of hardness. Whether you want them soft, medium or hard, simply pour in the right amount of water, add your eggs, press the start button and wait for the eggs to be cooked. This egg cooker has auto shut off so you don’t have to keep an eye on your eggs as they cooked as opposed to when cooking in a boiling pot.
Is it easy to peel the eggs once cooked?
Peeling eggs that have been cooked by this egg cooker is very easy as compared to eggs cooked by a boiling pot. This is because hot air from the egg cooker penetrates into the eggshell thus making pealing really easy.
How does this egg cooker cook omelets and scrambled eggs?
If you’re looking to scramble eggs, you’ll first have to scramble the egg in a bowl before adding it to the omelet or scramble tray. This ensures you of consistency when cooking it. When making omelets, simply add your omelets and the add-ons in the omelet tray and add the right amount of water for consistency.
The Dash Egg Cooker is a great little machine, made to ease egg cooking for you. It is multi-functional and very well-priced. It cooks eggs perfectly with the hard-cooked ones having firm whites and completely cooked yolks. It comes in an array of colors bound to enhance the look of your kitchen. This is definitely a handy addition to your kitchen. Try it, you will enjoy it!
2. Cuisinart CEC-10 Egg Central Egg Cooker
If you have a big family and you all just love eggs, then you will love the Cuisinart CEC-10 Egg Cooker. This is a great kitchen appliance that has a maximum capacity of 10 eggs. That’s right, 10 eggs at a go!
This egg cooker uses the innovative two-tiered cooking system to cook ten eggs at the same time. This means you get to save so much time.
Just like other egg cookers, you can cook eggs hard, medium or soft boiled eggs on this cooker.
This Egg Cooker comes with removable trays, specially designed to poach eggs and make omelets.
You can control the cooking cycle time by the level of water you add to the unit
The Cuisinart CEC comes with a measuring beaker which you can use to measure the right amount of water to add into the cooking plate.
It also has in-built in LED light, audible alert, and standby mode to ensure your eggs do not overcook.
The base of this egg cooker is made from stainless steel, making it super easy to clean. I advise you use distilled water when cleaning the base.
This egg cooker has in-built cord storage, allowing for easy cleaning.
Pros and cons
How many eggs can I poach at a go?
You can poach a maximum of 4 eggs at once.
What is the wattage on this egg cooker?
Does it have auto shut off?
No, I’m afraid it doesn’t. However it has a rather loud buzzer to alert you when your eggs are cooked.
How much time does it take to cook a batch of eggs?
the cooking cycle time is controlled by the level of water you add to the unit.
Can I use distilled water?
you need distilled water for cleaning the base but you don’t have to use for cooking.
The Cuisinart CEC-10 Egg Cooker is great! It is multifunctional, can cook 10 eggs at a go, is simple to use, clean and store. If you and your big family are looking for a quick and easy way to make all your eggs at a go, this egg cooker is for you. Try it, you won’t be disappointed.
3. VonShef 7- Egg Electric Cooker
If you just love eggs and have been wondering how to do it just a bit faster, then the VonShef 7-Egg Electric cooker may just be what you have been looking for.
This egg cooker features heavy duty construction and an appealing sleek design. It is easy to use, and quick too, giving you 7 perfectly cooked eggs in 5-10 minutes. What’s more, it can make jumbo eggs!
This Egg Cooker is compact making it easy to carry around and store.
It has an indicator light to let you know when the unit is on and also comes with auto shutoff and over-temperature protection functions, which means you can do other things as your eggs cook. This saves you time and makes the unit a safe.
With this egg cooker you get to choose the texture of your eggs, from hard, medium or soft.
The amount of water you use, automatically adjusts the temperature at which your eggs will get cooked.
You can also use this egg cooker to poach your eggs. Just crack your egg into the poaching bowl provided and add some water to the base of the unit.
Pros and cons
How fast is this egg cooker?
Very fast. It gives you perfectly boiled eggs in 5-10 minutes
How heavy is this unit?
The VonShef 7-Egg Electric Cooker weighs 1.6 pounds
Is a steel tray (aluminum tray) attached to base machine or is it detachable to wash?
Attached to base, does not require washing anyway, had similar machine for years and never had requirements to wash it
What is the wattage on this electric egg cooker?
Are all the materials that come onto contact with eggs BPA free?
Yes, they all are.
The VonShef 7-Egg Electric cooker is a great small kitchen appliance, made to make cooking easier and more enjoyable. It blends style and functionality perfectly. This is a buy you won’t regret. Go on and get it!
4. Hamilton Beach 25500 Egg Cooker
The Hamilton Beach 25500 Egg Cooker is a handy small kitchen appliance which cooks up to 7 eggs at a go. This is especially great if you have a large family.
While this egg cooker is a bit bigger than some of the other egg cookers in the market, it is still relatively small and compact, making it easy to store.
With this electric egg cooker, you can choose to cook soft, medium or hard boiled eggs and it does it perfectly.
The Hamilton Beach 25500 comes with a non-stick poaching tray in which you can make 3 poached eggs.
It also comes with an egg piercing tool to help you release the sulfur inside the egg as well as prevent cracked shells while cooking.
This egg cooker also comes with a measuring cup that has firmness markings to allow you to refill just the precise amount of water to cook your eggs just the way you like them.
It has an on/off power button, a ready timer with audible alarm to alert you when your eggs are done cooking.
The plastic parts on this egg cooker are dishwasher safe, making it super easy to clean.
Pros and cons
It looks like you put more water in for one egg and the least amount of water for 7? Does this make sense?
It makes perfect sense. More eggs mean less open air. The eggs radiate heat once they warm up. All egg cookers use this same concept.
I can’t seem to manage to get my hard boiled eggs cooked all the way. Why?
I had the same problem to in the beginning before I realized that it all comes down to the amount of water I add. Simply add more water if you’d like it more cooked.
Is the top made of glass or plastic?
The top is plastic.
Does this egg cooker scramble eggs?
No, unfortunately it doesn’t.
The Hamilton Beach Egg Cooker is perfect if you have a large family that enjoys boiled eggs. It allows you to boil up to 7 eggs at once, fast. You can also poach up to 3 eggs at a go. It is easy to use, clean and store and has great features like the in-built timer with an audible alarm. It unfortunately doesn’t scramble eggs so maybe get a different egg cooker if scrambled eggs are your thing.
5. Elite Cuisine EGC-207 Maxi-Matic
Looking for a simple to use, egg cooker which can make boiled eggs, poached eggs and omelets for your entire family? The Elite Cuisine Egg-207 Maxi-Matic may just be what you are looking for.
This small kitchen equipment is well built using stainless steel and BPA-free plastic. It boils up to seven eggs at a go, poaches three eggs and allows you to make omelets too. The boiled eggs come out well cooked at your chosen consistency. You can either choose hard, soft or medium.
The Elite Cuisine Egg cooker also comes a measuring cup with a built in piercing pin. The measuring cup helps you use just the right amount of water for your desired consistency. The piercing pin is for piercing the egg to release the sulfur inside the egg and prevent cracking of the egg during cooking. The fact that the pin is built in the cup, means that chances of losing it are zero.
This egg cooker has auto shut off which kicks in as soon as your eggs are ready to eat. This means you can do other things as your eggs cook.
This egg cooker comes in an array of beautiful colors to enhance the appearance of your kitchen.
It is also quite small and compact so it fits well on your kitchen counter.
The Elite Cuisine Egg Cooker is very easy to clean. Use distilled water when cleaning to avoid staining or discoloration. You can always use vinegar as a substitute if you don’t have distilled water nearby.
Pros and cons
Why do you have to poke a hole in the top of egg when hard boiling? If the egg bubbles out the hole, what’s the purpose?
It’s important to poke the hole into the fat end of the egg. This is because each egg has an air pocket at this end. And set the egg into the tray with the hole up so that this sulfur air can properly escape. You’re venting the nasty stuff that you don’t want infusing into the egg. Venting makes the eggs look great and taste great. Just remember, wide-end up.
Is there a beep “alarm” when eggs are done?
No it doesn’t have a beep alarm. However, the unit has auto shut off once the eggs are done. This is good as you don’t have to deal with a loud alarm.
Does this egg cooker have a tray for scrambling eggs?
Yes, it does.
Is the plastic BPA free?
Yes it is.
Should I use distilled water?
You can use regular water but distilled water is ideal to combat staining and discoloration.
This egg cooker allows you to cook up to seven eggs at a go, making it ideal for your whole family. It simplifies your egg cooking thanks to its auto shutoff function. If you are looking for a simple, multifunctional and well priced egg cooker, this is a pretty good buy. Try it.
Factors to consider when buying an egg cooker
Because the market is flooded with many different models of egg cookers which can be overwhelming, here are a few things you should always consider before purchasing one.
While almost all egg cookers are the same size, you still want to find a unit that fits well on your kitchen counter top without taking up too much space. You may also want to get one that is compact so you can maybe store it away in the drawer or cabinet when you are not using it.
Egg holding capacity
Different egg cookers cook a different number of eggs at the same time. The trays for poaching eggs and making omelets also vary in capacities. Check that the egg cooker of your choice has a capacity that suits your needs.
Plastic, aluminum or stainless steel are some of the materials used to make egg cookers. Sometimes a combination of all materials is used. The base has an inner heating plate made of a heat conducting material while the lid is usually made of plastic which doesn’t become too hot, is light and transparent to allow you to keep watch over your eggs while they cook.
Ensure the plastic used on the egg cooker is BPA-free. Aluminum and steel egg cookers are more long lasting and have a sleek look.
Egg cookers are great timesavers. The auto shut off and alarm features further enhance this. Egg cookers that have these features allow you to do other things as your eggs cook.
While egg cookers are generally not very expensive, you want to get an egg cooker within your price range.
Ensure you get an egg cooker with warranty so you can easily replace it in case it malfunctions. This will ensure you don’t lose.
When all is said and done, the best egg cooker is the one that suits your particular needs. Some cook a lot of eggs at a go, while others make omelets and poached eggs too. I hope that this article helps you find the egg cooker that meets your preferences.