Hamilton Beach 25500 Review

The affordable and popular Hamilton Beach 25500 electric egg cooker does a fine job cooking seven eggs to the level of doneness we looked for in hard-boiled eggs. This helpful kitchen appliance can also make medium- and soft-cooked eggs, as well as up to three oval-shaped poached eggs.

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Our Verdict

The Hamilton Beach 25500 makes it easy to cook seven eggs at once to the degree of doneness you want, while freeing up your cooktop for other cooking tasks.

For

  • We got consistently hard-boiled eggs in our testing of the Hamilton Beach 25500.

Against

  • It dripped a small amount of water onto the counter.
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The on/off button on the front of the Hamilton Beach egg cooker lets you avoid reaching past a hot machine to unplug it to turn it off once the eggs are cooked.

The on/off button on the front of the Hamilton Beach egg cooker lets you avoid reaching past a hot machine to unplug it to turn it off once the eggs are cooked.
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You get an egg holding rack that can accommodate seven eggs in the shell to cook to soft-, medium- or hard-cooked consistency.

You get an egg holding rack that can accommodate seven eggs in the shell to cook to soft-, medium- or hard-cooked consistency.
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The instructions for the Hamilton Beach 25500 tell you to pour water into the center of the water reservoir to begin cooking, although some will flow into the outer ring area.

The instructions for the Hamilton Beach 25500 tell you to pour water into the center of the water reservoir to begin cooking, although some will flow into the outer ring area.
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You position the egg holding rack directly above the water reservoir, although the eggs should never touch the heating area.

You position the egg holding rack directly above the water reservoir, although the eggs should never touch the heating area.
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This Hamilton Beach cooker comes with the egg holding tray, a water measuring cup and a three-egg poaching tray.

This Hamilton Beach cooker comes with the egg holding tray, a water measuring cup and a three-egg poaching tray.
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Excess steam is vented through a hole in the lid of the Hamilton Beach 25500.

Excess steam is vented through a hole in the lid of the Hamilton Beach 25500.
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This egg cooker from Hamilton Beach is attractive enough to sit out on your kitchen counter.

This egg cooker from Hamilton Beach is attractive enough to sit out on your kitchen counter.
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The electrical cord can be wrapped neatly onto an area on the base of the machine for easy storage.

The electrical cord can be wrapped neatly onto an area on the base of the machine for easy storage.
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You get a plastic knob on top of the lid to help you lift it.

You get a plastic knob on top of the lid to help you lift it.
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The cord-wrap section of the base makes it convenient to store the Hamilton Beach 25500, either on a kitchen counter or in a cupboard.

The cord-wrap section of the base makes it convenient to store the Hamilton Beach 25500, either on a kitchen counter or in a cupboard.

The affordable and popular Hamilton Beach 25500 electric egg cooker does a fine job cooking seven eggs to the level of doneness we looked for in hard-boiled eggs. This helpful kitchen appliance can also make medium- and soft-cooked eggs, as well as up to three oval-shaped poached eggs.

We got great results when we tried to get seven hard-boiled eggs – all seven had firm whites and yolks that were cooked completely through with no runny center. The taste and texture were great. We also did not end up with any cracked eggshells. If you need to cook bigger batches of eggs at one time, take a look at the Cuisinart CEC-10, which lets you make as many as 10 at once.

We found it took 17.3 minutes to get hard-cooked eggs, although the soft-cooked or medium-cooked take less time, as does poaching up to three eggs in the oval-shaped poaching tray. Getting started was simple since we just measured the correct amount of water, positioned the eggs into their slots in an egg tray and started the machine. The instructions for this egg cooker say that piercing the shell is optional, which is not the case with all name-brand egg cookers. Many maintain that piercing the eggshell helps reduce the number of cracked eggs during the cooking process.

With this Hamilton Beach model, you do get an egg piercing tool to use if you want to be doubly sure that there are no cracked eggs, which might be important for presentation if you're using perfectly shaped slices of hard-cooked eggs on top of a salad, for example.

However, we found that piercing or not piercing made no difference when we were conducting tests with this machine. One drawback we encountered was that the measurement lines on the plastic measuring cup are a little hard to read, even in good lighting, but it's doable and certainly not a deal-breaker.

Overall, cooking the eggs was a simple matter except for a bit of water dripping out from the machine in the area where one of the lid handles is located. This also would not be a deal breaker since there was only a tiny amount of water, but it did detract a bit from this egg cooker's overall performance.

An audible alert tells you when the eggs are done and ready to remove from the machine. You get an on/off switch so you don't need to worry about reaching past a heated machine to unplug it to turn it off, which is a welcome safety feature. This egg cooker also is small enough to store easily since it measures just 7.4 inches wide and 5.75 inches high.

Cleaning the Hamilton Beach 25500 egg cooker takes only a little effort. You'll need to hand-wash the plastic parts, but that isn't much trouble, and you can use a cloth to wipe the water reservoir to clean it.

This device comes with a clearly written instruction manual, but it does not include recipes. However, you can find some classic egg recipes on the Hamilton Beach website if you're interested, including an Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce recipe that takes only three steps to create. The Hamilton Beach website also provides a link to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Facts website, which offers excellent safety tips.