The Cuisinart Egg Central takes our top spot: It’s a reliable model that can cook up to 10 eggs at a time and has a standby mode to prevent overcooking (view at Amazon). If you’re looking for even more versatility, go with the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker, which can make a variety of egg dishes along with steamed veggies (view at Amazon). This model is also the easiest to store because all the accessories fit inside the egg cooker, so nothing gets lost.
How We Tested
We sent these six egg cookers to be tested in the home kitchen of our expert food writer and product tester, Jacqueline Weiss. She spent several days using these cookers to see how well they were able to cook soft, medium, and hard-boiled eggs. Jacqueline also looked at the cookers that can cook more than boiled eggs, such as those with separate cooking trays to make scrambled eggs, omelets, poached eggs, and even steamed vegetables and fish—and took notes on how they performed in those aspects. Jacqueline also offered additional feedback on extra features such as ease of setup, automatic shut-off, over-temperature protection, dishwasher-safe parts, and more. After her tests, she ranked each of the egg cookers in terms of ease of use, design, size and capacity, versatility, flavor, and ease of cleaning. Learn more about how we test products.
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What to Look for When Buying Egg Cookers
“Having an automatic power-off, over-temperature protection, and advanced features help a lot [so you can] do multiple things at the same time,” says Bali. Auto shut-off will make sure the eggs don’t overcook and that the appliance won’t stay hot if it doesn’t get unplugged.
Size and Counter Space
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“Size is also an important factor most of the time, but an egg cooker is one of those things that I like if it doesn’t take a lot of space on my kitchen counter,” Bali adds. So be sure that the egg cooker you get hits the sweet spot of being compact enough to fit on a small piece of your counter while also still being able to cook the appropriate number of eggs for your needs.
We recommend looking for models that are at least partially dishwasher-safe. The parts that cannot go in the dishwasher should be easy to wipe clean.
What’s the best way to store an egg cooker?
Try to find an egg cooker where all of the extra pieces will nest into the main appliance. If your preferred model does not have this capability, be sure to keep all of the smaller pieces together in a plastic bag or bin and label which appliance the pieces go with. Store your egg cooker with the base side down on a sturdy shelf or countertop.
Should I pierce eggs before putting them in an egg cooker?
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Some people pierce eggs before putting them in the egg cooker to prevent egg explosions or to get a more uniform cook. Most egg cookers do recommend that you pierce the egg, and some even provide a handy tool to do so, but it’s totally up to you. Always put the pierced side facing up in your egg cooker!
Why Trust Simply Recipes?
This article was written by Megan duBois, who is a kitchen and lifestyle expert for Simply Recipes. Throughout her career, she has tested an endless amount of products, from TikTok-famous gadgets to chef-approved knife sets. To choose the best products for this article, she consulted product reviews, interviewed an expert, and considered each egg cookers’ design, functionality, and price to make wise choices for the consumer.
Jacqueline Weiss contributed to this piece. She is a freelance food writer who loves to experiment in her kitchen. Jacqueline personally tested and photographed all the products in this piece and reported on her findings.
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