Cooking eggs should be one of the simplest tasks in the kitchen, right? But if you’ve been cooking for quite a while now, you realize that this isn’t always the case. You may have had experiences wherein you overcooked the eggs because you were too distracted with other tasks.
However, with an egg cooker, cooking eggs should be as easy as A-B-C. Egg cookers also have advanced features like poaching eggs or making omelets. More advanced models can even be used for steaming foods.
There are two types of egg cooker. The countertop egg cooker is the more widely available. It usually has inserts for poaching and boiling eggs. The more advanced models can cook eggs at different consistencies at the same time, which is great if you are in a hurry. Other common functions include timer and alarm, so you don’t have to closely watch the eggs.
The other type is the microwave egg cooker. As you can guess from the name, this kind of egg cooker needs a microwave oven to be operational. It can cook faster than countertop egg cookers. It is also easier to clean.
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What to look for in an egg cooker?
Egg cookers may look alike, but there are plenty of features that you need to look for in choosing the right unit for you:
This is perhaps the most important factor in selecting an egg cooker. Capacity here simply pertains to the number of eggs that the unit can cook at one time. Countertop models can cook six to a dozen boiled eggs in one instance. Ask yourself—how many eggs do you usually cook in a day? If you have a small family, then an egg cooker with a smaller capacity should be good enough.
An egg cooker will be able to boil eggs of different hardness. However, a good egg cooker can also let you poach eggs and make omelets. As I mentioned earlier, the more advanced units can also be used in steaming food like vegetables.
This is a common feature in most egg cookers, although not all egg cookers have it. I find this a very important function because it will let you know that the cooking process has ended. This is a function that busy homemakers will appreciate.
Like the alarm function, this one is also very important because it can prevent the overcooking of eggs. If the egg cooker you are interested in doesn’t have an alarm or buzzer, it should at least have an auto shut-off function.
Fortunately, most egg cookers are compact, so it is likely you’ll get one that can be very easy to store when not in use. Look for an egg cooker that won’t take up a lot of space in the countertop.
A good egg cooker is also lightweight and easy to move around, which comes in handy when you are to store it.
Ease of cleaning
Similar to shopping for any kitchen tool such as sausage stuffer and cutlery trays, ease of cleaning of the egg cooker is an important consideration. Look for an egg cooker which has dishwasher-safe parts.
Anyway, this article shares several ways on using an egg cooker.
Top 5 Egg Cookers That You Can Find In The Market Today
Let’s proceed to the meatier part of this post. I’ll be sharing five highly-rated egg cookers and discuss the pros and cons of each model. At the end of this part, I will tell you which of these egg cookers I think stands out from the rest of the field.
#1. Dash Rapid Egg Cooker
This egg cooker is capable of making six soft, medium and hard-boiled eggs in one sitting. It can also make individual omelets, two poached eggs, and scrambled eggs. The unit comes with a measuring cup, a poaching tray, an omelet tray and a six-egg holding tray.
This is an egg cooker that’s very simple to use. You only have to fill the measuring cup to the line of your desired consistency. Push the on/off button to switch on the cooker, and it will automatically shut off once the eggs are done. There’s also an audible sound that would let you know once the eggs are cooked.
I like that this cooker is very easy to clean. Its parts are all dishwasher-safe. There’s also a recipe book that comes with it.
- Very compact size that makes it easy to store in a cabinet
- It is very easy to clean with parts dishwasher-safe
- It is convenient/easy to use
- There’s a recipe book included in the package
- The cord is a bit short
- The audible sound is a bit too loud/distracting
#2. Elite Cuisine EGC-007
This egg cooker has a slightly larger capacity than the item preceding it. Measuring eight inches by eight inches by eight inches (height, width, and depth), this egg cooker has a small footprint so you should be able to store it in your cabinets.
The measuring cup that goes with it has firmness markings designed to make it easier for you to cook eggs according to your desired hardness. The measuring cup also has a piercing pin on its button to prevent the shells from cracking. This egg cooker is ready to operate right out of the box. In fact, it will start to operate once you plug it in. Once the eggs are done, the power button with light indicator will automatically shut off so you would know when to get the eggs.
- Compact and easy to store
- It is easy to cook eggs according to desired hardness
- The cooker is ready to operate/be used out of the box
- Automatically shuts off once the eggs are done
- No buzz or alarm to tell you that the eggs are cooked
- The metal part tends to get brownish over time
#3. Cuisinart CEC 10
This Cuisinart egg cooker features a two-tiered cooking system that facilitates cooking of up to 10 eggs at one time. There are removable trays which you can use in poaching eggs as well as making omelets.
This is a very functional egg cooker with an audible alert and standby mode that can prevent overcooking of eggs. The blue LED lights up to indicate the unit is in operation.
As you would expect from a modern egg cooker, the CEC 10 cooks eggs via steam so you can expect the eggs to peel a lot easier.
It’s also very compact measuring 6.3 inches long, 7.3 inches wide and 7.8 inches tall. As in the case of the other egg cookers in this list, I bet you won’t have problems storing this unit.
Cleaning it should be a breeze as you can use a little vinegar/baking soda solution and a paper towel to get rid of stubborn stains and dirt.
- Can cook up to 10 eggs at a time
- Smart features like audible alert and standby mode to prevent overcooking of eggs
- Very compact/easy to store
- Very easy to clean
- Its alarm is a bit loud/annoying
- No auto off function
#4. West Bend 86628
This unit is capable of quickly poaching 4 eggs at a time and boiling seven eggs in one sitting. The poaching pan has a non-stick, easy-to-clean interior. You can check the progress of the eggs because its lid is clear. There’s also an alert that sounds off when the eggs are ready for the picking. As you would want from a good egg cooker, this unit is pretty easy to operate.
Take the measuring device and add water based on the type of eggs you are to cook. Put the eggs in the unit, press on and you’ll hear the alarm indicating that the eggs are done after 15 minutes.
This is also a compact egg cooker with dimensions of 8.4 x 8.3 x 7 inches. It is quite lightweight, too, at 2.3 pounds. Simply put, moving it around should not be a concern at all.
- It is easy to operate
- It has a very small footprint
- It is lightweight/easy to move around
- You can check progress of the eggs because of its clear lid
- The poaching cups are quite small
- No auto turn off function
#5. Egg Genie Electric Egg
This electric egg cooker can cook up to seven eggs in one sitting. Again, you can choose hardness of the eggs when you use this cooker. To use this unit, place the eggs inside, add water and turn the unit on. The cooking time is dependent on the amount of water. Once the eggs are done, an audible sound will alert you that the eggs are ready.
This egg cooker is ready to use right out of the box as there is no assembly required to operate it. I also like that this unit is designed for quick and easy cleaning.
The unit is made of plastic which some of its users say isn’t the best regarding durability and quality.
- Easy to use/operate
- Can cook seven eggs at a time
- Audible sound/alert to tell you that the eggs are done
- Quick and easy to clean
- Not as durable as other egg cookers because of plastic material
- The measuring cup is a bit confusing
As I have said at the start, all these egg cookers are highly rated online. But which of these cookers is the best, in my opinion, you might ask. I would have to go with the Cuisinart egg cooker.
It pays to have a very big capacity, and that is what the CEC 10 can offer. Aside from the ability to cook 10 eggs in one sitting, I like that this cooker is easy to use with audible alert, standby mode and LED light functions.
This cooker should also last for a long time because it is made of stainless steel. While some people complain that the stainless steel material from which it is made of makes the cooker tricky to clean, a simple solution of vinegar and baking soda should be enough to clean the cooker.
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