Electric Egg Cookers

Published March 1, 2009. From Cook's Illustrated.

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They eliminate the need to watch the clock while boiling or poaching eggs. But are they necessary?

Overview:

It doesn’t take an expert to boil or poach eggs, but it does take good timing. Like rice cookers, electric egg cookers eliminate the need to watch the clock by controlling the heat and turning off automatically. The amount of water added determines the consistency of the egg—hard-, medium-, soft-boiled, or poached.

We tested six models. All boiled eggs without creating a green ring around the yolk (a sign of overcooking). But the similarities ended there. One model could boil just four eggs at a time—and leaked; two others boiled perfectly, but poached eggs came out spongy or overcooked; a fourth had a too-tight lid that nearly burned our tester as she tried to remove it; the fifth cooked too slowly. Our favorite produces a maximum of either seven perfectly boiled eggs in 17 minutes or four perfectly poached eggs in 7.5 minutes, has a pleasantly audible timer, and is easy to use.

It doesn’t take an expert to boil or poach eggs, but it does take good timing. Like rice cookers, electric egg cookers eliminate the need to watch the clock by controlling the heat and turning off automatically. The amount of water added determines the consistency of the egg—hard-, medium-, soft-boiled, or poached.

We tested six models. All boiled eggs without creating a green ring around the yolk (a sign of overcooking). But the similarities ended there. One model could boil just four eggs at a time—and leaked; two others boiled perfectly, but poached eggs came out spongy or overcooked; a fourth had a too-tight lid that nearly burned our tester as she tried to remove it; the fifth cooked too slowly. Our favorite produces a maximum of either seven perfectly boiled eggs in 17 minutes or four perfectly poached eggs in 7.5 minutes, has a pleasantly audible timer, and is easy to use.

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  • Highly Recommended - Winner

    West Bend Automatic Egg Cooker

    Our favorite egg cooker has it all: It produced seven perfectly boiled eggs in 17 minutes, four perfectly poached eggs in 7.5 minutes, has a pleasantly audible timer, was easy to use, and is one of the least expensive models.

    $24.99

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  • Recommended

    Cuisinart Electric Egg Cooker

    This egg cooker came in a close second place, boiling seven eggs and poaching three eggs to perfection, but took 20 minutes and 15 minutes respectively, slower than our winner.

    $29.99

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  • Recommended with Reservations

    Chef’s Choice Electric Egg Cooker

    This egg cooker boiled and poached well and is the only unit that didn’t require piercing the eggshells before boiling (a simple additional step), but a tester almost burned her hand trying to pry off its tight lid.

    $39.95

  • Not Recommended

    Oster Egg Cooker/Poacher

    Though this egg cooker boiled eight eggs perfectly, its poached eggs had a spongy, overcooked texture, and the unit lacks an audible alarm.

    $30.22

  • Not Recommended

    Krups Egg Express

    This unit boiled eggs fastest—15 minutes for seven eggs—but overcooked poached eggs.

    $26.04

  • Not Recommended

    Maverick Automatic Egg Cooker

    This egg cooker could boil only four eggs at a time (the rest held at least seven) and leaked when the water began to boil.

    $24.99

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