Egg molds have seemingly endless uses. A round one can make perfect circles that cook eggs in breakfast sandwich-ready circles—and can also be used for pancakes, biscuits, burgers, and just about any other food you want to shape. Other types—hearts, stars, flowers—can double as cookie cutters, and those designed for hard-boiled eggs can work their shape-making magic after an egg is cooked. Whatever egg mold you use, it's a way to take your cooking to a professional level any day of the week.
To help figure out which egg molds are right for your kitchen, we tested them side-by-side at home and evaluated each on design, size, durability, and overall value. Dozens of eggs were baked, fried, and boiled in order to make sure these egg molds are truly the best. As a bonus, we even tested their multitasking capabilities with pancake batter to give you the perfectly round and golden crisp breakfast of your dreams.
Here are the best egg molds.
Sensible Needs Silicone Egg Bites Molds
Silicone is thick and sturdy
Lids latch securely onto molds
No pre-greasing required
Finished egg bites tend to be asymmetrical
Capacity is on the small side
If you’re a fan of Starbucks’ egg bites, you’ll love these mini egg molds. This set includes two trays, each measuring 8.25 inches in diameter, and there are seven mini molds in each tray for a total of 14 egg bites. Each tray also comes with a hard plastic lid that snaps on, which is convenient for traveling and stacking.
These egg mold trays are made of BPA-free, food-grade silicone, which is also stain-resistant and odor-free. They are wonderful for making a variety of foods, such as popsicles, brownies, yogurt, baby food, and, of course, eggs.
Our tester found five large eggs with vegetables (she used chopped peppers and onions) and shredded cheese mixed in was just the right amount to fill one tray. She forgot to grease the mold the first time baking egg bites, but the cooked eggs popped right out with no mess left behind.
While there are instructions for cooking time and temperature for an Instant Pot, there is no guidance for those who prefer to use an oven. That said, our tester baked a batch at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, and her egg bites came out perfectly cooked, albeit a little lopsided.
As mentioned above, these trays are compatible with a 6- or 8-quart Instant Pot or a pressure cooker. They can also be placed in the freezer, microwave, and oven because they are resistant to temperatures up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. When it comes time to clean, they are dishwasher safe.
Price at time of publish: $26 for 2-Pack
Size: 8.25 inch diameter with 7 compartments each | Material: Silicone | What's Included: 2 egg molds, 2 plastic lids
"These silicone molds are some of the sturdiest silicone bakeware pieces I've ever owned. I felt confident sliding them in and out of the oven without the use of a baking sheet, and the lids make it easy to meal prep. They will definitely become a regular for making egg bites and maybe even mini pancake bites in my house." — Sharon Lehman, RDN, Product Tester
HIC Nonstick Cooking Rings
Wooden handles stay cool
Handles fold down for flat storage
Nonstick coating free of PFOA and BPA
Food sticks if you don't grease rings
Metal rings may scratch nonstick cookware
Not oven safe
These egg molds are another egg-cellent option at a reasonable price. They are also a fun way to mix up your morning breakfast because they come in both circular and heart shapes, working well for poached or fried eggs and other breakfast foods, like pancakes and crepes.
Each mold is about 4 inches and features a handle that folds flat, making it convenient to store. The set of four is made from nonstick carbon steel with a PFOA- and BPA-free coating that prevents food from sticking to the pan. They are also heat resistant and able to handle temperatures up to 430 degrees. To clean, wash in warm, soapy water.
Our tester was impressed with the perfectly circular shape and uniform cook of her over-easy eggs. The real star of the show, though, were pancakes. They were flawlessly round and more appealing than pancakes cooked without the ring mold, golden and crisp around the edges, and soft on the inside. It was easy to remove the ring, then flip the pancake to finish cooking on the other side without any stuck-on bits.
Price at time of publish: $16 for Non-Stick, Set of 4
Size: 4-inch diameter | Material: Nonstick carbon steel | What's Included: Available in sets of 2 or 4 ring molds
"I liked the perfectly round shape of my finished food. The molds also helped me fit more in a pan, so I could cook more at once, as opposed to eggs and pancake batter that spread when they're added to a pan with nothing to contain the shape." — Sharon Lehman, RDN, Product Tester
Best for Hard-Boiled Eggs
Fred & Friends Dino Fred MATIC Hard-Boiled Egg Mold
Easy to use
Eggs release easily from mold
Latch is tricky to open and close
Only shapes one egg at a time
Those who prefer hard-boiled eggs will get a kick out of the way this egg mold transforms basic round eggs into a 3D dinosaur skull. It not only makes for a great gift, but it also puts a fun twist on lunch for kids who are fussy eaters.
After you’ve already boiled and peeled your hard-boiled egg, simply place the egg inside the mold, let it sit for about 15 minutes in the refrigerator or an ice bath, and then find that your egg has been transformed into a completely new shape.
Our tester reports the latch on the mold takes some effort to open and close, but the mold itself is a piece of cake to use. After about 15 minutes in the refrigerator, she opened the mold to reveal a hard-boiled egg imprinted with a dinosaur skull shape. It seemed to have made more of an impression on the bottom half of the mold than the top, but this might be because the egg was a little smaller than the mold. That said the dinosaur imprint was still visible on both sides and held its shape. It released easily from the mold, too—no spray needed and no stuck-on bits.
This dinosaur skull egg mold is made from food-safe, BPA-free plastic that is durable. It must be washed by hand.
Price at time of publish: $9
Size: 3.15 x 2.56 x 2.17 inches | Material: BPA-free plastic | What's Included: 1 egg mold
"It's cute if you have a child that loves dinosaurs or are making a themed meal, but since the molds are sold individually and you can only make one egg at a time, you'd have to have several molds or dedicate a lot of time to preparing more than one dinosaur egg." — Sharon Lehman, RDN, Product Tester
Sweton Stainless Steel Egg and Pancake Mold Set
Six fun shapes
Handles fold for flat storage
Good for pancakes, cookies
Need to be greased well
Metal may scratch nonstick cookware
Egg whites likely to leak out
This bundle includes a total of six shaped egg molds, including a classic round shape, a heart, a flower, a star, a Mickey Mouse face, and a Christmas tree. They're made of food-grade stainless steel, which is durable and resistant to high temperatures. Each egg mold has a small knob that makes it easier to move around when cooking. The handle also folds down, making it easy to store.
The key to using all egg molds, our tester says, is making sure the pan and mold preheat long enough that the egg white begins to set as soon as you add it to the pan to prevent leakage, but even with a hot pan, some egg still leaked from these molds. The remaining egg did take on the shape of the molds, but the shapes that feature points—the tree, heart, and star, for example—were really tough to remove the egg from. The egg stuck to the molds even though our tester greased them with cooking oil, and the shape was changed or torn when she tried to free the eggs from the molds.
The stuck-on egg was also really hard to clean from the more detailed shapes. The molds needed to be soaked and scrubbed with the assistance of a small wire brush and toothpicks since a dish sponge won't quite reach each point. That said, they can also be placed in the dishwasher, which makes for a much easier cleanup.
Price at time of publish: $13
Size: About 4-inches in diameter | Material: Stainless steel | What's Included: 6 shaped molds (star, heart, circle, flower, character, tree)
"I'd pass on these and use cookie cutters to cut shapes from cooked pancakes or stick to nonstick coated circular ring molds for eggs." — Sharon Lehman, RDN, Product Tester
Best For Instant Pot
Sugaroom Silicone Egg Bites Molds and Steamer Rack Trivet
Easy to clean
Includes lids for cooking and storage
Includes spoons for easy removal
Eggs can stick without enough oil
This set, which includes two egg mold trays, two silicone lids, a pressure cooker trivet with silicone handles, and two spoons is incredibly versatile. Not only can the trays make mini egg bites, but they can also make ice cubes, store baby food and leftovers, and more. They're also compatible with 6- and 8-quart pots and electric pressure cookers (including Instant Pots). The trivet, with its heat-resistant handles, makes it especially convenient for placing inside your pressure cooker. And the silicone lids can also be used inside of one, whereas the plastic lids are best for storage or traveling. These egg mold trays are dishwasher-, microwave-, freezer-, and oven-safe.
Price at time of publish: $17
Size: 8.3-inch diameter molds with 7 compartments each | Material: Silicone | What's Included: 2 silicone molds, 2 silicone lids, 2 spoons, pressure cooker trivet
The Sensible Needs Silicone Egg Molds are our top all-around pick for high-quality, versatile egg molds. The molds create perfectly round egg bites that pop out easily and are made of easy-to-clean silicone. Go with the simple and effective HIC Cooking Rings for something more budget-friendly.
How We Tested
We sent egg molds to our experienced home chef and product tester, who tried each out with eggs in different forms (fried, baked, and boiled) as well as pancakes to determine which molds are truly the best. Each one was rated on design, size, durability, and overall value. Our tester then offered additional insights on each mold's strengths and weaknesses.
What to Look for in Egg Molds
Egg molds are available in several forms. You'll find rings, cups, and fun shapes.
Ring molds are best for cooking egg circles or "patties"—perfect for building breakfast sandwiches or topping a burger. You can also find ring molds in fun shapes, like hearts and stars. Ring-style egg molds are sold individually or in sets. A ring mold is designed to cook one egg at a time.
Cups are best for cooking egg bites. Cup molds can be used to cook plain egg bites or individual sized frittatas filled with cheese, meat, and/or vegetables. This style mold usually holds several eggs at a time, similar to a muffin-tin. The capacity of cup molds differs depending on brand and style.
Egg molds that transform eggs into fun shapes, like the dino mold on this list, are fun for kids of all ages. You can find egg molds in the shape of hearts, stars, cars, and more.
Egg molds are made from metal, silicone, or plastic. The material determines the cooking method and temperature range a mold can be exposed to and whether the mold is dishwasher safe.
Most stainless steel and silicone egg molds can be used on the stovetop or the oven. Silicone molds can also be used in a microwave, but metal not can not. Most plastic egg molds are designed for microwave use or adding a design to hard-boiled eggs after they've been cooked. Plastic molds can not be used on the stovetop or oven.
Metal egg molds may or may not have a nonstick coating to help the egg release easily from the mold. Whether they're nonstick or not, it's a good idea to lightly grease metal egg molds to ensure your eggs release easily.
Silicone molds have the advantage of easy release, since they don't stick to food the same way metallic cookware does and are easy to "peel" away from the food. Silicone molds don't need to be pre-greased, but a little cooking spray won't hurt if you want to make sure your egg bites turn out whole and intact.
With the exception of hard-boiled egg molds, most ring and cup egg molds can be used for more than just cooking eggs.
Ring molds can also be used to cook perfectly circular pancakes. Silicone cup molds can be used to freeze baby food purees, make ice cubes, or bake other treats.
Do you need to use cooking spray on an egg mold?
It's a good idea to grease most egg molds before adding the eggs. Whether you're using stainless steel, nonstick coated metal, or silicone, adding a bit of cooking spray or oil of choice will ensure your eggs release easily from the mold and make cleaning the molds easier.
How do you flip an egg that's cooking in a ring-style egg mold?
For cooked over easy eggs, let your eggs cook in a ring-style egg mold until mostly set. Use the handle on the ring mold ro remove the mold and then use a spatula to flip your egg and finish cooking to your preferred level of doneness.
What else can you make using an egg mold?
Egg bite molds are the most versatile type of egg mold. They can be used to bake mini pancakes and mini meatloaves or for freezing baby food purees in individual servings. You can also bake muffins, brownies, cupcakes, and other desserts in these molds.
Egg bite molds are typically smaller than a standard cupcake/muffin tin, so you'll likely have miniature versions of these dishes, as well. Look for dessert recipes designed for similar molds though, since traditional brownie, muffin, and cupcake recipes will make more batter than you'll need.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Cheyenne Elwell tests a variety of products for The Spruce Eats. She’s constantly researching and writing about the latest kitchen tools, and she’s tried several egg molds on this list.
This roundup was updated by Sharon Lehman, RDN, an enthusiastic home cook who also happens to be a registered dietitian nutritionist. Eggs are a staple in her home—she serves them several times a week to her family for breakfast and dinner. Since personally testing multiple products on this list, she’s switched to using ring-style molds to cook perfectly round fried eggs and pancakes.
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