Electric Egg Cookers
They eliminate the need to watch the clock while boiling or poaching eggs. But are they necessary?
How We Tested
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.