The Best Egg Cooker of 2020
The Dash Rapid is a great tool that balances convenience, size, and functionality. With so many kitchen gadgets on the market these days, it can be a hard sell to convince consumers to give up any storage space for something with limited uses. The Dash makes a strong case for being worth the small amount of cabinet space it takes up. While this device is primarily used for making boiled style eggs, it is also capable of making small omelets and poached eggs. All of the pieces nest together nicely and clean with relative ease. In all of our trials, we were able to get perfectly boiled eggs that peeled without too much trouble.
One of the few limitations we found was the cooker's limited egg capacity, but the great storability on account of its small size more than made up for it. With an easy to use process, great storability, and the ability to make tasty and consistent eggs, the Dash Rapid is our number one choice.
For those with a serious affinity for eggs or families needing to feed many mouths, the Dash Deluxe is the perfect device to streamline your egg making process. With the ability to cook twelve boiled eggs, seven poached eggs, or one large omelet, this device can do doubt, crank out a lot of eggs. Similar in design to the Dash Rapid, this is the scaled-up version. The boiled eggs it made were consistently easy to peel and evenly cooked to our desired doneness.
The biggest drawback for us was the device's size. With the most significant footprint of any of the models we looked at, you need to be a die-hard egg fan to justify the space it takes up. The other main issue we found was that when poaching a full seven eggs, the eggs in the top rack cooked at a different pace than the lower rack. Having to monitor the cook times between the two levels defeats the set it and forget it convenience that these devices promise. That being said, if your primary goal is to whip up large batches of boiled eggs with minimal effort, the Dash Deluxe will be a great addition to your kitchen arsenal.
Without question, the Easy Eggwich is the simplest and quickest model we tested. You simply crack an egg into the device, scramble it, close the lid, and microwave the whole package for around a minute. What comes out is a circular scrambled egg patty similar to what you'd find on most fast-food breakfast sandwiches. Besides cooking quickly, the cleaning process is equally as efficient. The plastic cooking surface wipes clean with virtually no effort despite not calling for oil or butter.
While the Easy Eggwich excels in efficiency, it lacks in the taste and texture department. The eggs come out of the microwave with a rubbery texture that is a far cry from a fluffy french omelet. However, if quickness is the name of the game, you can't beat this device. The Easy Eggwich is a perfect choice for young kids who aren't allowed to use the stove or for parents who are trying to beat the morning hustle.
The Cuisinart Central is a medium-sized device capable of cooking up to ten eggs in a batch. With a modern-looking aesthetic, this device doesn't just look like it belongs in a dorm room. It consistently cooked our eggs to the desired doneness, and the cooked eggs peeled with ease. The steamed omelet it made was one of the fluffiest and moist omelets we tried during our testing.
The main issue we had with the Cuisinart Central was that not all the included accessories could nest inside the stored device. Needing to house some of the parts in another location is inconvenient and takes up even more kitchen space. The provided poaching tray can hold four eggs, while most of the other devices we tried can only hold two. While that makes the cooking process faster, we found that the small and deep egg holes were more prone to sticking and harder to clean. Overall this is a high-quality model that balances cooking capacity and size. With its modern look, it won't look out of place when left out on the counter in any kitchen.
The Dash Deluxe Sous Vide Style Egg Bite Maker is a bit of niche product that specializes in making small bite-sized omelets. The egg bites it makes have a great texture, and the silicone cooking cups are incredibly easy to clean. It also comes with a larger omelet tray that lets you make one breakfast sandwich-style egg patty.
Given the size of the device, it's unfortunate it cannot cook more than two eggs at a time. While it makes a slightly higher quality omelet than some of the other models, the fact that it's so specific and can't boil eggs is a big detractor when it comes to justifying giving up essential storage space. This device is best suited for people who can't live without their morning breakfast sandwich or meal preppers who want an alternative to boiled eggs.
The Hamilton Beach is entirely reminiscent of the Dash Rapid. The one thing the Hamilton Beach version has that the Dash doesn't is the ability to cook seven eggs at a time. While they both have a similar footprint, the extra egg capacity is a plus. The quality of the cooked eggs was consistent, and for the most part, all peeled with relative ease.
We found that it came down to the small details when deciding our preference between the Dash and this device. We preferred the handle on the Dash egg tray as opposed to the small tabs found on this model. The buzzer sound on this device was also highly obnoxious. With a bigger egg capacity and a lower price, this is a great model for those who aren't concerned about the small finishing details and just want a decent utilitarian option.
The Chefman Electric is a tall and skinny device capable of cooking a full dozen eggs all at once. Its skinny profile may lend itself to being slightly more storable than the Dash Deluxe. Its large size also gives you the ability to better steam a larger serving of vegetables than many of the smaller models.
This device has a twist lock closure system that, at first glance, seems helpful but in actual practice is cumbersome and clunky. Depending on preferences and the altitude you live at, cooking times and the amount of water you need can vary. For that reason, we prefer measuring cups with actual metrics, so when you figure out your preferred water level, it's easy to reproduce. The provided measuring cup has just three lines to indicate varying degrees of doneness, which in our experience are often inaccurate. At a price point lower than the Dash Deluxe, this high capacity contender is best suited for the thrifty shopper with the need to cook large quantities of eggs.
In most regards, the Elite Cuisine is a well-functioning device that has no trouble boiling eggs, poaching them, or making omelets. It scored well in the peel ability factor and required the same cooking process as all of the other models. Our device, however, came with a defective buzzer. When the eggs are finished, the machine is supposed to buzz to let you know to turn it off. Without a working buzzer or auto shut off function, it required guesswork to take eggs out at the right time.
Being that these machines are all about convenience, a defective buzzer was a huge detracter from the ease of use. While scoring similarly to the other options of comparably sized models unless you're really in need of a bargain, we couldn't recommend buying the only product that arrived with a defect right out of the box.
The Sistema Microwavable is a small plastic container equipped with a steam vent designed for cooking eggs. This egg cooking system is fast and certainly inexpensive. With a secure closing latch, this small device could also easily double as a universal container and is also very easy to clean. The nonstick plastic had no issues with egg getting stuck to it.
The instructions call for a multi-step process in which you zap your egg for 40 seconds, stir it, and then put it back in for 40 seconds. We found that after the initial 40 seconds, the eggs were consistently already overcooked. We also found that it wasn't uncommon for a bit of egg to drip out of the steam vent. While this isn't our favorite way to cook eggs, it is fast and economical, especially when you consider that the egg is already in a to-go container as soon as you pull it out of the microwave. This could be an excellent device for students on the go who are more concerned about eating something quick and healthy than having a perfectly textured egg.
Why You Should Trust Us
Buck Yedor, our lead tester on this review, is no stranger to making eggs. Eating at least two a day for an uncountable number of years, he undoubtedly knows the ins and outs of what makes an egg tasty. Beyond his love of eggs, he spent some of his younger years working in commercial kitchens whipping up enormous batches of eggs for a wide variety of preferences.
To discover which models are the most convenient and consistently pump out the most delicious eggs, we researched 15 different models before independently purchasing 9 of what we hoped to be the very best. We cooked dozens upon dozens of eggs to see where each device flourished or failed. We made soft-boiled eggs, hard-boiled eggs, omelets, poached eggs, and every variation in between. By subjecting each model to the same series of tests, we were able to compile a list of results that will hopefully help you decide which contender is right for your kitchen.
Analysis and Test Results
In a world full of kitchen gadgets, it can be hard to know which ones are worth it. For us, a healthy balance between convenience and size are crucial. Taking these factors into account, we scrutinized each one's ease of use, storability, versatility, cleanability, and the quality of the cooked eggs, including texture and how easy it was to peel the boiled eggs.
Ease of Use
The devil is really in the details with these cookers, as all of the electric plugin models we looked at essentially work the same way. You add water to a hot plate, poke a small hole in each egg, place the eggs on an elevated rack, close the lid, and press on. What separated them were little details that made the process more streamlined. The Dash Rapid was the highest scorer in this metric. We found that the handle attachment that lets you remove the hot egg tray without burning your fingers to be the best. Perhaps the easiest to use device was the Easy Eggwich microwavable option, which from the time it takes to open the fridge and grab an egg, takes less than two minutes to get a scrambled egg on your plate.
While many of the devices functioned similarly, it was often small issues that separated the pack. The Elite Cuisine came with a malfunctioning buzzer that is supposed to let you know when the eggs were done. Without the buzzer, it was anyone's guess when the eggs might be done. With the Chefman, the little details like the cumbersome twist-lock closures and the lack of metrics on the measuring cup made the user experience less quality than the high performers. The high performers didn't necessarily wow us with unique features but consistently did the job they were supposed to do without us noticing any setbacks.
Storability is crucial when it comes to tightly packed kitchens, especially when it comes to gadgets. Both microwavable egg cookers, the Sistema and theEasy Eggwich, were the smallest and easiest to store away. Of the electric models, we found the Dash Rapid to be the highest scorer in this metric. With the smallest footprint and the ability for all its accessories to nest inside, it wouldn't be hard to find room for this device even in the most cluttered kitchen.
The Cuisinart was the worst performer in this metric, primarily because you can't nest all of the accessories inside of it. Not only do you have to find space for its semi-large footprint, but you also have to have the drawer space to stash away its small parts.
When it comes to versatility, we were looking at how many different uses each device has. The majority of the electric models could all make boiled eggs, poached eggs, omelets, and steamed vegetables. The Dash Deluxe was the most versatile in that it could cook the largest quantity of eggs of all styles. The machine was also big enough to steam more than just a tiny serving of veggies. Surprisingly, we found the Sistema Easy to double as a great microwavable ready, to-go container.
The Dash Sous Vide egg cooker was one of the least versatile egg cookers we tried. While it excelled at making egg bites, that was really it. In a similar fashion, both of the microwavable egg cookers were rather limited in their cooking functions.
While convenience is essential when it comes to the cooking process, we wanted to know if the clean up was just as convenient. The silicone cooking cups from the Dash Sous Vide egg maker were effortless to clean. After popping out the egg bites, there was hardly any residue left in the cups. The Easy Eggwich and the Sistema models were also very easy to wipe clean.
The worst performer was the Cuisinart egg poaching tray. With small and deep holes, we found that egg would stick somewhat significantly and be hard to clean.
Quality of Cooked Eggs
Perhaps one of the most important factors to take into account is how good the eggs actually came out. While it took some figuring to finally get the water levels right for all of the electric egg cookers, once that was dialed, they all performed pretty similarly. None of the different plugin devices really stood out as far as how easy the eggs were to peel and if they all came out to a consistent level of doneness.
The larger plugin devices, the Dash Deluxe and the Chefman, did have trouble cooking eggs in the bottom and top racks at the same speed. The eggs on top were often slightly undercooked as compared to the bottom rack.
After researching the best egg cookers available in 2020, we honed in on nine different models to find out which device could serve up the best eggs. We systematically tested each device to determine the ease of use, storability, versatility, cleanability, and the quality of the cooked eggs. Taking into account the size of devices and their respective costs, we hope to help guide you in finding the golden egg that's right for your needs and kitchen space.
— Buck Yedor