Best Egg Cookers of 2018

Linda Thomson ·
Writer/Reviewer
Updated
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We spent 40 hours researching egg cookers and our favorite turned out to be the multi-purpose Cuisinart Egg Central CEC10. This egg cooker is compact and weighs just over 2 pounds, but it can still boil 10 eggs at once by using the second egg-holding tier that comes with it. You can make hard-, medium- or soft-boiled eggs, or you can poach eggs or make an omelet. This egg cooker also includes built-in safety features like automatic shut-off, two handles to lift it, and an alert sound when the eggs are done.     

Best Overall
Cuisinart Egg Central CEC-10
You can boil up to 10 eggs with the Cuisinart Egg Central CEC10, or opt to make an omelet or poached eggs. This egg cooker also gives you plenty of welcome safety features.
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Best Budget
Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker
With the Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker, you can boil six eggs at once or make poached or scrambled eggs, or an omelet in little time, and you can wash parts of this device in the dishwasher.
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Best 7-Egg Cooker
Hamilton Beach 25500
You get consistently good boiled eggs with the inexpensive but useful Hamilton Beach 25500, and you can poach eggs with this machine as well. It's easy to use and sounds an alert when eggs are done.
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Best Overall
The well-designed Cuisinart Egg Central CEC-10 can cook as many as 10 eggs at once, and this multi-purpose egg cooker will yield a batch that is soft-, medium- or hard-boiled. You can also poach four eggs in a special tray or make an omelet that includes as many as three eggs. Our testing for hard-cooked eggs showed the Cuisinart produced first-rate eggs prepared exactly the way we wanted them, with thoroughly cooked yolks and firm whites that tasted wonderful. We experienced no difficulties in cooking, including no water dripping onto the counter, and two cool-to-the-touch handles on each side make lifting the lid easier and safer than other models.
This Cuisinart egg boiler is made of BPA-free plastic parts and sports an attractive brushed stainless-steel lid. However, with its compact dimensions (6 inches high and 5.2 inches wide), you can easily tuck it away in a cupboard or closet. It has built-in storage space for the electric cord on its base, which is helpful. This device is equipped with two detachable tiers: a lower tier that holds seven eggs and an upper tier that holds three more. You measure water in the accompanying beaker, put that into the base, add a tier or two depending on how many eggs you're cooking, gently poke a tiny hole in each egg with the piercing pin that comes with the measuring cup, and put them in place. Then push the on button and a 600-watt heater creates steam that cooks the eggs. The steam escapes through holes in the lid. The piercing pin is sharp, unlike some lesser models, and comes with a small plastic cover. In addition, the Cuisinart Egg Central CEC-10 provides helpful features including an audible alert that tells you when the eggs are done, and an LED light indicator showing the machine is on.
Pros
  • You can boil 10 eggs in this cooker.
  • You can make poached eggs and omelets as well.
  • It has two handles that help with lifting.
Cons
  • It costs more than many popular egg cookers.
  • You should use distilled water to avoid mineral deposits.
  • Water levels and cooking times may need tweaking to get perfect results.
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Best Budget
The handy Dash Rapid Egg Cooker lets you boil six eggs at one time, and you can choose to poach two eggs, make an omelet or use a fork to scramble eggs in an upper tier tray.
Unfortunately, there is no on/off button, so you will need to reach past a warm appliance to get unplug it once the food is done. With this egg cooker, the water in the base heats, creates steam to cook your eggs and the steam escapes from holes in the top of the machine. When your eggs are cooked to your liking, a rather loud alarm will sound so you know the eggs are done. You might have to experiment with water levels to get eggs exactly the way you want them. Along with hard-cooked eggs, you also can choose to poach two eggs, make an omelet or use a fork to scramble eggs in an upper tier tray. Clean-up is a snap since this Dash egg boiler is made of BPA-free plastic that is durable enough to put in the dishwasher. This is a petite machine at 7.6 inches wide and 6.5 inches high, so it's easy to store out of sight in your kitchen unless your family eats so many eggs that you want it to be a permanent fixture on a countertop. The top is a see-through dome so you can keep an eye on the eggs as they cook, although some steam can block the view a bit.
Pros
  • You can boil six eggs at a time.
  • You can poach or scramble eggs, and make omelets.
  • The non-electric parts are dishwasher-safe.
Cons
  • You may have to experiment with cooking times.
  • It's easy to misplace the small needle egg piercer.
  • There is only one handle for lifting.
$21.49Amazon
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Best 7-Egg Cooker
The Hamilton Beach 25500 performed well in our testing and produced seven hard-cooked eggs with just-right yolks and firm, but not rubbery, whites that tasted great. We found no cracked eggs in the process and the cooking worked nicely, except for a tiny bit of water dripping out near the handle. This affordable egg cooker is designed with an on-off switch so you don't have to stretch your arm past a warm machine to turn it off by unplugging it. At 7.4 inches wide and 5.75 inches high, it is compact for each storage, and it weighs just 1.7 pounds.
Unlike many egg cookers, the Hamilton Beach does not require you to poke a hole in the top of an egg before cooking, and our test eggs turned out exactly the way we wanted them. You get a sharp egg-piercing tool with the water measuring cup if you want to take that extra step, but we found it made no difference in the consistency of the eggs we cooked. Like with other egg cookers, you measure the correct amount of water for the eggs you want to cook (the proportions are noted on the measuring cup) and pour it into the water reservoir, put the number of eggs you want to cook and turn the machine on so the water heats and steam cooks your eggs. You'll know the eggs are done when the unit sounds an alert. It took just over 17 minutes to cook seven eggs in our testing, and not one ended up cracked. One difficulty we encountered is that the markings on the water measuring cup are a bit difficult to see. The plastic parts must be hand-washed and you simply wipe the water reservoir clean with a cloth.
Pros
  • It has a helpful timer and alert.
  • The egg piercing tool works well.
  • It is inexpensive.
Cons
  • It dribbled some water out the side when cooking.
  • This machine took more than 17 minutes to cook seven eggs.
  • The measurement lines in the water measuring cup are hard to see.
$16.99Amazon
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Best Big Boss
The Big Boss 8863 Genie did its job pretty well and dripped almost no water onto our test kitchen’s countertop – another model we tested dribbled so much water that it ran off the counter and pooled on the floor.
You can also use the 8863 Genie to steam vegetables and make poached eggs. This Big Boss model did a respectable job making “boiled” eggs (they’re actually steamed). However, we got mixed results when we made hard-cooked eggs – they had softer centers, more like medium- or soft-cooked eggs. You’ll likely need to experiment with the machine to get hard-cooked eggs with yolks that are firm and pale yellow.
Pros
  • It has a loud alarm that lets you know when your eggs are ready.
Cons
  • You need to experiment to get great hard-cooked eggs.
$19.95Amazon
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Best Proctor Silex
The Proctor Silex 25501A is easy to use and makes as many as seven soft-, medium- or hard-boiled eggs (steamed, rather than boiled), as well as poached eggs.
However, two of our seven hard-cooked eggs had softer centers than we wanted, so it may take a bit of experimenting to get the correct doneness. A bit of water dripped on the counter, but it was not a big problem. Although this is a simple machine, it has helpful features, including a red light that glows as it heats, a timer, a handle to lift the lid, non-stick cooking surfaces and a small water measuring cup. All its removable parts are dishwasher safe, so cleanup is a breeze.
Pros
  • This egg cooker is easy to use.
Cons
  • Some water dripped onto the counter.
$22.85Amazon
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How We Tested

We spent 40 hours researching and testing egg cookers for their performance, ease of use, cooking methods, egg capacity and safety features. We followed each manufacturer’s instructions for hard-cooked eggs, put in the correct number of eggs, carefully measured the proper amount of water and timed each egg cooker to see if it did the job within the advertised time. We measured the external temperature of the machine since this could be a potential safety problem in a kitchen, and we also checked the internal temperature.



In addition, we determined if the egg cooker had a real on/off button or simply an indicator light showing it was working. The machines that operate simply by plugging them in were docked points since this often means you’ll have to reach past a hot machine to stop the cooking. Egg cookers gained points if they had a buzzer or alarm that alerts you when the eggs are done.

After that, we looked to see how many eggshells cracked (not good for Easter eggs, among other things). Then came the ultimate test: We checked each egg for its texture to see if it was fully cooked. A properly prepared hard-cooked egg presents a pale yellow yolk that is fully cooked and reasonably solid, although it will crumble a bit when you touch it with a fork. The egg whites should be firm but not tough or rubbery.


Things to Look for in an Egg Cooker

Whether you make eggs for the health benefits or as a tasty snack, electric cookers make it easy to cook them in a variety of ways, primarily using steam or your microwave. Find the best egg cooker that fits your lifestyle at a price that also fits your budget.

Egg cookers come in many styles. Different designs make boiled, poached and scrambled eggs, and some even make patties for easy breakfast sandwiches. In just a few minutes, you can make one or several eggs to eat right away or to save for another day.



Bruce Kjar, an experienced home cook from Utah, said this might be a great value for families who need to get breakfast ready for many people on busy mornings. He also suggests that this would come in handy at other times when you need plenty of cooked eggs, for something like egg salad, but have other meal preparation to do.

Cooking Options

One of the most important features to look for in an egg cooker is multiple cooking options. If you love breakfast sandwiches, look for a device that cooks eggs you have cracked open, preferably in a round shape to fit onto your English muffin or sliced bread. Most countertop egg steamers can make boiled or poached eggs in under 20 minutes. Boiled egg options include soft-, medium- and hard-boiled.

Timers
The best cookers notify you of a finished cooking cycle in different ways. Some alert you with an audible signal that tells you to turn the machine off. Others shut themselves off when the cooking is finished. A few models even have a feature to keep the eggs warm until you're ready for them. Some electric egg cookers have a timer on the machine that you can watch, but the best models base cook times on how much water you put in the bottom of the machine and let you know when cooking is done. We did encounter some cookers with no alert system, which means you must watch the clock or time the machine with your phone, which is a nuisance.

Number of Eggs
Another important feature is how many eggs a cooker can prepare at once. Electric cookers often hold up to 10 eggs in a cooking cycle. Microwave egg cookers, however, usually hold up to four eggs at a time. If you're cooking for a large family every day or you like to keep hard-boiled eggs on hand for a snack, having a cooker that can handle a dozen eggs at once can save you time.

What Does An Egg Cooker Cost?

As kitchen appliances go, egg cookers are inexpensive. They tend to range from as little as $13 to as much as $40. We found that a high price doesn’t necessarily indicate good performance.