The Best Egg Cooker

Updated June 21, 2023

After 2 hours of research among 15 currently popular egg cookers and testing 7 of them, we’ve determined that the Tristar EK-3074 currently offers the best value for money

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Our Choice, Best budget

Tristar EK-3074

Offering the best efficiency/small price ratio, this model is the one that managed to cook hard-boiled and soft-boiled eggs the best. What’s more, it’s easy to use with its single button.

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Tristar EK-3074

In our tests, this Tristar egg cooker stood out from the competition for its formidable efficiency. In less than 3 minutes, we had a perfectly cooked boiled egg, which is quite a feat compared to other models. A hard-boiled egg was also perfectly cooked in just over 9 minutes. In concrete terms, we were able to rely on its 350 W of power and automatic shut-off to get the job done. The box also includes a measuring cup, but as with the other models, we took care to set the water level for 7 eggs (maximum capacity) rather than 1, and it worked just fine. Unlike other cookers, the egg piercer is not located under the cup, but on the egg holder. It was just as easy to use. On the other hand, we have to point out 3 minor drawbacks: the power cord is rather short (0.67 m), the buzzer emits a rather unpleasant hum and the plastic lid looks a bit cheap. Fortunately, we were able to remove the cover without burning ourselves thanks to the bulge on the side.

 

 

Best mid-range

Cuisinart CEC10E

This model includes a good number of accessories so you can also make omelettes and poached eggs. Larger than average, it can accommodate 10 eggs.

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Cuisinart CEC10E

This large cooker can accommodate up to 10 eggs. It has a 3-egg omelette tray, a 4-egg poaching tray, 2 egg cups and a measuring cup with pourer and egg piercer. We found it very easy to use, with just one button. Its stainless steel lid can be removed completely and has 2 small plastic handles which prevented us from burning ourselves. As with other models, when we followed the instructions concerning the amount of water to put in for a 1 boiled egg (90 ml and cooking for almost 7 minutes), it turned out to be softer. In our opinion, it’s better to use less water for a runnier cooking. However, with 160 ml and 11 minutes 35 of cooking time, our hard-boiled egg was perfect. The end of cooking is signaled by a fairly loud buzzer. Finally, note that the power cord is, once again, not very long (0.71 m).

 

Budget alternative

Severin EK 3164

With its more modern design, this egg cooker is the most visually appealing, which makes it all the more practical if you don’t have room for it in your kitchen cupboards.

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Severin EK 3164

For cooking up to 6 eggs, this model has an undeniably more modern look with its rectangular shape. Very simple to use, it has just one large button which lights up with a blue LED when in operation. During our tests, we noticed that its lid, which swings back, is a little less practical to clean than the others. Nevertheless, we have to admit that the presence of the automatic shut-off and its measuring cup with egg-drill made it much easier to use. After a little over 5 minutes cooking time (for a quantity of water corresponding to stroke 6), we had an egg that was a little overcooked to be really soft-boiled. So we’d advise you to use a little less water if that’s what you’re aiming for. However, we did get a hard-boiled egg after about ten minutes (still using the right amount of water for 6). Finally, while not the shortest, its 0.76 m cord isn’t exactly a comfortable length if you don’t have an outlet nearby.

 

Our selection

Our Choice, Best budgetBest mid-rangeBudget alternative
Tristar EK-3074 Cuisinart CEC10E Severin EK 3164
Offering the best efficiency/small price ratio, this model is the one that managed to cook hard-boiled and soft-boiled eggs the best. What's more, it's easy to use with its single button. This model includes a good number of accessories so you can also make omelettes and poached eggs. Larger than average, it can accommodate 10 eggs. With its more modern design, this egg cooker is the most visually appealing, which makes it all the more practical if you don't have room for it in your kitchen cupboards.
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How did we test?

o test the egg cookers, we first checked their ergonomics (how the lid and egg holder fit, length of cord, knob or knob…). We also noted the presence of accessories and paid particular attention to the measuring cup (graduated or not, presence of an egg-drill?).

Next, we cooked a boiled egg and a hard-boiled egg in each model. We timed the cooking times and judged whether they were as we’d hoped. The buzzer at the end of the cooking time was also evaluated. Finally, note that each time we put in less water than the graduations on the cups indicated (graduation 6-7 instead of 1). Indeed, it seemed odd to us to have to use more water to cook an egg rather than 6, and our tests proved that an egg did indeed cook more and for longer when more water was used (almost hard-boiled becoming hard-boiled).

 

How to choose an egg cooker?

The electric egg cooker is of interest if you regularly cook soft-boiled, hard-boiled or boiled eggs. Here’s a list of criteria to consider before making your choice:

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  • Capacity : this is the maximum number of eggs the cookers can accommodate. Typically, they have 6 or 7 slots, but it’s possible to find smaller (2-3) or larger (8-10) models.
  • Power : models for 6-7 eggs often have a power rating of around 400 W. Of course, this power decreases a little for smaller models and increases for those with a larger capacity.

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  • Cooking : some models have different buttons for selecting the type of cooking you want (soft, hard-boiled, boiled). Others simply indicate specific water measurements, and the cooker stops automatically when it detects that all the water has evaporated.

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  • Accessories : for added practicality, check that the model you’re interested in includes at least a measuring glass and an egg drill for piercing the shell.

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  • The little extras : the buzzer indicating the end of cooking is very practical, especially if your model doesn’t have an automatic shut-off. The keep-warm function at the end of cooking is also a useful feature if you like to eat your eggs while they’re still warm.

 

Other egg cookers tested

Severin EK 3166 :With its non-graduated cup, this model is rather impractical to use, as you don’t know how much water to add and there’s no helpful indication in the manual.

Severin EK 3163 :Like the aforementioned EK 3166, this model for up to 3 eggs doesn’t feature graduations on its cup. And like it, we couldn’t find any further details in the user manual, which isn’t very practical.

 

Translated by Robin Lespagnard