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11 Egg Essentials

No matter what kind of eggs you prefer, these tools will help you perfect them.

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ooking the perfect egg can be difficult, but fear not! This week we've gathered 11 essential pieces of equipment that are sure to help you achieve excellent eggs every time. Once you’ve armed yourself with this test kitchen–approved equipment, you’ll want to be sure you’re using the right recipes and techniques, too. Whether you're hard-cooking eggs before adding Easter decorations or cooking a big family breakfast, the expert instructors of our Online Cooking School will help you execute flawlessly cooked eggs—plus hundreds of other test kitchen dishes.

This pan came slick and stayed that way—we stopped both fried egg tests after 50 eggs. It cooked and released food perfectly, thanks to its darker finish and excellent nonstick coating. Its gently flared sides and lightweight design made it easy to load, unload, and move. Its grippy stay-cool handle was flawless and its cooking surface vast. It showed some light knife marks but otherwise emerged from testing unscathed.  More on this test

With an ergonomic Santoprene rubber handle and a balanced, lightweight feel, this whisk was like an extension of a hand. It whipped cream and egg whites quickly, thanks to 10 wires that were thin enough to move through the liquid quickly but thick enough to push through heavy mixtures and blend pan sauces to smoothness.  More on this test

The heaviest, thickest ramekins in our lineup, these sturdy ceramic dishes didn’t slide around in a slippery baking dish and stayed perfectly still while we layered delicate berry pudding. Straight sides meant soufflés and puddings emerged picture-perfect, and thick walls provided gentle insulation, producing baked eggs with creamy whites and runny yolks. A bonus: They stack securely for easy storage.  More on this test

This dish is nearly the same height and thickness as our winner but has a shelf-like indentation all the way around the inside rim and a slightly smaller capacity (2 quarts plus 1/4 cup). It gave soufflés just enough room to rise without going over the edge—but it was close.  More on this test

The lightest of the stainless-steel models, this nearly perfect spoon had a long, hollow handle that felt like it was molded to fit our palms; its wide, shallow, thin bowl made it a breeze to scoop up food. Quibbles were minor: The bowl got a few scratches in the dishwasher, and a few testers thought the steep, ladle-like angle between the handle and the bowl upset the balance of the spoon.   More on this test

Roomy and collapsible, this basket comfortably held fish, broccoli, and dumplings. Our only quibble? The long pop-up handle. To cover the pot—a spacious Dutch oven—we had to depress the basket’s handle into the “down” position; removing the basket meant reaching into the hot steam to pop the handle back up.   More on this test