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No matter how you like them cooked, eggs are a good source of quality protein. They're also an inexpensive ingredient that offers a lot of cooking versatility. Boiling eggs to your preferred level of doneness takes some practice, and let's admit it, requires you to stand around and wait because even one extra minute can result in eggs that are either under or overcooked.
Instead of waiting for water to boil, you can turn to an electric egg cooker to steam a batch of eggs to your exact liking. Egg cookers can make quick work of meal prepping so you have boiled eggs on hand for making avocado toast, snacking, or adding to a salad. They're also handy if you need to cook a lot of eggs at once to make big batches of deviled eggs or egg salad. Some even come with inserts for poaching eggs or making omelets.
Here, the best electric egg cookers.
Best Overall: Cuisinart Egg Central
Fits up to 10 eggs at once
Includes trays for poaching and omelets
Easy to clean
Lid gets hot
Omelet tray is very small
Buzzer must be turned off manually
First, let’s get this out of the way. This cooker looks pretty darned cute. It’s shaped like an egg, or perhaps a very tiny space ship. Handles on the side make it easier to lift the lid, but oven mitts are a good idea, since it does get hot during cooking. This will steam-cook eggs to hard-, medium-, or soft-boiled, and can cook up to ten eggs at a time in two tiers.
But this isn’t just for steaming eggs in their shell. It also includes removable trays so you can poach four eggs or make three-egg omelets. The cooking time is controlled by the amount of water added, using the included measuring cup. There’s a simple on-off switch and a blue LED light, audible alert, and standby mode to help keep the eggs from overcooking. This also comes with a piercing pin to poke a small hole in the eggshell for easier peeling.
Our tester reported it took 9 1/2 minutes to poach a single egg (this is normal for up to four eggs). Overall, she called the egg cooker "a great addition to your kitchen," but warned it "over promises when it comes to its omelet-cooking capacity."
Capacity: 10 eggs | Weight: 2.1 pounds | Dimensions: 6.30 x 7.30 x 7.75 inches | Warranty: 3 years
"The Cuisinart Egg Central is definitely worth buying if you regularly make hard-boiled or poached eggs." — Sage McHugh, Product Tester
Runner-Up, Best Overall: VonShef 7-Egg Electric Cooker
Accurately cooks hard-boiled eggs
Easy to clean
Can also be used to steam veggies
Measuring cup is hard to read
No dividers on poaching tray
No audible alert
With a sleek design, stainless steel exterior, and a flat stainless steel heating plate, you’ll be making hard-boiled eggs in style with this countertop cooker. It has automatic power-off, over-temperature protection, and a light that shows that the unit is on. When the water has boiled out, the eggs are done, and the unit shuts off automatically.
This holds seven eggs for boiling and you can choose to make soft-, medium- or hard-boiled eggs based on the amount of water used. They’ll be done in 8-10 minutes, which is much faster than cooking on the stove. This also includes accessories for making poached eggs or for steaming.
Our tester reported this device delivers "perfect hard-boiled eggs," but it's not the best for poaching eggs. As far as design goes, she appreciated its compact size and ease of cleaning.
Capacity: 7 eggs | Weight: 1.52 pounds | Dimensions: 6.8 x 6.8 x 7.2 inches | Warranty: 2 years
"Despite cracking, the eggs cooked perfectly with both the white and yolk nice and firm. They tasted great, too." — Sage McHugh, Product Tester
Best Multitasker: Hamilton Beach 37530A Digital Food Steamer
Included two steaming trays
Can steam taller items
Steam delay setting
Easy to use timer
Trays are made of plastic
Warm mode continues to cook food
If you like the idea of an electric egg cooker that will make your egg-cooking foolproof, but don’t like the idea of a gadget that has only one use, you might like this food steamer. It has two stackable steaming trays that have divots for holding eggs upright. You can use one or two trays at a time or remove the center divider if you need to steam larger foods like a whole head of broccoli. The trays nest for more compact storage.
Since this isn’t just for eggs, it has higher-end features, like a digital touchpad, an automatic keep-warm setting, a count-down timer, and a delayed-start feature. You can use it for fish, chicken, sausages, or vegetables. A rice bowl is included for steaming rice or keeping small food contained. Even with all of these features, it’s quite affordable.
The steamer turns the heat off automatically if the water runs low, and it will beep, the display will flash, and the low water indicator will light up. You don’t need to remove the food to add water—just pull out the water drawer to refill, and restart the steamer to continue cooking. How easy is that?
In addition to being able to steam eggs using the indented divots in the basket, its versatility makes it a game-changer in the kitchen. Our tester steamed meats and veggies at the same time, tried it out with broccoli, salmon, green beans, rice, carrots, and even pears—and said it worked "perfectly" in each test.
Capacity: 16 eggs | Weight: 3.97 pounds | Dimensions: 12.6 x 13.7 x 7.28 inches | Warranty: 5 years
"For basic steaming, this is exactly what you need—plus, the budget-friendly price can’t be beat." — Katie Begley, Product Tester
Best High-End: Chef'sChoice Gourmet Egg Cooker Model 810
Timer is easy to use
Generously sized water reservoir
Simple on/off control
One of the more expensive egg cookers, but still very affordable, the Chef'sChoice egg cooker makes it easy to cook eggs to different levels of doneness in the same batch. For example, while the eggs are soft boiling for breakfast, a few eggs can be hard-boiled for later use. As eggs are done, they need to be removed and the timer set for the remaining eggs, but it’s simple to do since the controls account for the previous cooking time.
Since this relies on a timer, there’s no need to precisely measure water for different batches of eggs—just fill the reservoir to the line and start cooking. Even better, the reservoir holds enough for several batches, so there’s no need to fill it with every batch of eggs. This cooks seven eggs at a time and has an audible alert and an on/off button, so it doesn’t need to be unplugged to stop the cooking. The egg tray is designed so it can be lifted safely with one hand to rinse the finished eggs under cold water after cooking.
Capacity: 7 eggs | Weight: 2 pounds | Dimensions: 8 x 7 x 7 inches | Warranty: 1 year
Pop your hard-boiled eggs into an ice-water bath for a few minutes after you remove them from your egg cooker to stop cooking and keep the yolks bright yellow.
Best Budget: Dash Rapid Egg Cooker
Accurate and automatic cooking
Included poaching tray and omelet tray
Easy to clean
Lid made from plastic
If you’re looking for an egg cooker that won’t cost a lot but still gives you quality performance, consider this one from Dash. It lets you make up to six hard-, medium-, or soft-boiled eggs, plus individual omelets, two poached eggs, or scrambled eggs. The device comes with a poaching tray, measuring cup, omelet tray, and six-egg holding tray. It’s simple to use, and all the non-electronic parts are okay to toss in the dishwasher.
Our tester called this device "a great deal." She liked how intuitive it was to use, how easy it was to clean, and how delicious the eggs turned out. While she noticed some slight inconsistencies in texture (but not in taste) when poaching multiple eggs, her hard-boiled eggs turned out perfectly and tasted delicious. The audible indicator is another helpful feature that keeps you from having to constantly check for the indicator light to know when your eggs are ready.
Capacity: 6 eggs | Weight: 1.1 pounds | Dimensions: 6.3 x 6.3 x 7.4 inches | Warranty: 1 year
"This compact cooker is perfect for a single person or small household." – Sage McHugh, Product Tester
Best Large-Capacity: DASH DEC012RD Deluxe Rapid Cooker Electric
Includes trays for poaching and omelets
Some reviewers note uneven cooking
If you need to cook a dozen eggs at a time, this is the cooker for you. You can make soft-, medium-, or hard-boiled eggs, or up to seven poached eggs in one go. The included omelet tray can be used for omelets or scrambled eggs.
If you want even more versatility, you can use this to steam tortillas or vegetables. This has an auto shut-off, so you don’t need to be there when the eggs are done. If you don’t need to cook as many eggs or want a more compact cooker, there’s a similar appliance that will cook seven eggs at a time.
Capacity: 12 eggs | Weight: 2 pounds | Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 8.3 inches | Warranty: 1 year
Best Ease of Use: Elite Cuisine by Maxi-Matic Automatic Easy Egg Cooker EGC-007
Lots of color options
Instead of having measuring lines inside the cooker that can be hard to read, this comes with a measuring cup that has measurements for soft-, medium-, and hard-boiled eggs. It can handle seven eggs at a time for boiling or two eggs for poaching. There’s also a tray for making omelets or steaming vegetables.
This is a compact, space-saving design that comes in a variety of colors to match the kitchen or add a pop of color. It’s easy to operate, with a large button to turn it on, a buzzer to let you know the eggs are done, and an auto-off feature to prevent the eggs from overcooking.
Capacity: 7 eggs | Weight: 1.4 pounds | Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.49 x 14.8 inches | Warranty: Lifetime
Best for Egg Bites: Hamilton Beach Electric Egg Bites Cooker & Poacher
Easy to use
Lacks timer and end cook signal
Sous vide egg bites have become a popular treat, but not everyone has a sous vide device or molds to cook them. This handy egg cooker cooks egg bites right on the counter, two at a time, and makes it easy to add your extra flavors with cheese, herbs, or sausage.
Not just for sous vide bites, this egg cooker also makes perfect poached eggs for breakfast or to top your favorite pasta. The cooker is simple to operate, with a power light that indicates that the cooker is powered on and a second light that turns on when the eggs are done. Cleanup is easy since the tray and lid are top-rack dishwasher safe.
Capacity: 2 eggs | Weight: 2 pounds | Dimensions: 4.6 x 8 x 5.69 inches | Warranty: 5 years
Best for the Microwave: Nordic Ware Egg Boiler
Easy to store
Only holds four eggs
Cooking results vary depending on microwave
It seems impossible, but this microwave cooker lets you steam-cook hard-, medium-, or soft-boil eggs in ten minutes or less. You don’t have to pierce the shells first, and the eggs won’t explode. The secret is that the cooker shields the eggs from the microwaves, while at the same time, the microwave heats the water to create steam to cook the eggs. The result is evenly cooked eggs without hotspots that sometimes occur with microwaved eggs—it’s just like steam-cooking on the stovetop or in an electric cooker.
This cooker holds four eggs, and when you’re done cooking, you can just pop it in the dishwasher. But since it doesn’t get very dirty during cooking, it’s just as easy to give it a quick wash in the sink.
Since microwaves vary in power, it might take a few tries to find the perfect cooking and resting time to get your eggs just the way you like them, but once you’ve figured it out, it will produce nearly foolproof eggs every time.
Capacity: 4 eggs | Weight: 0.55 pounds | Dimensions: 8.38 x 4.63 x 5.38 inches | Warranty: 5 years
The Cuisinart Central Egg Cooker is a one-stop egg cooker. It can steam up to ten eggs at a time to soft- or hard-boiled, depending on the amount of water you add and has removable trays for poaching eggs and making omelets. If you don't want a single-use appliance, try the Hamilton Beach Digital Food Steamer. It has two stackable trays that can hold eggs, but also can be used to steam vegetables, fish, and poultry.
What to Look for When Buying an Electric Egg Cooker
Number of Eggs
Even if you'll only be using a few eggs at a time, you might want to make a double batch so you won’t have to cook more later. On the other hand, hard-boiled eggs spoil faster than raw ones, so if you aren’t going to use large quantities, a more compact cooker might be your best bet.
Many egg cookers have very simple controls. However, certain models are slightly more complex, with lights or audible alerts to help you monitor the cooking progress.
Additional Cooking Options
While most electric egg cookers can also make poached eggs, others can make omelets as well. If you only want to cook eggs in their shells, there’s no need to pay for options you won’t use.
What does an egg cooker do?
Hard-boiled eggs are both the easiest and the hardest things to cook. The recipe is simple, but if there’s a little bit of distraction, the eggs can overcook, forming an unattractive green ring around the yolk and making the white rubbery. Egg cookers take the timing out of the cook’s hands, making perfect eggs much easier. Many include settings for soft-boiled or medium eggs, and some can even poach eggs or make omelets.
How do you use an electric egg cooker?
While there are some differences, most egg cookers require a set amount of water for soft-, medium-, or hard-boiled eggs and they turn themselves off when the water is gone. There’s no need to set a timer or watch the eggs, since the machine stops cooking on its own. However, since the cooker is still warm, it’s a good idea to remove the eggs when cooking time is done.
How do you poach an egg in an electric egg cooker?
Poaching works much like egg boiling in an electric egg cooker, except the egg is cracked into a poaching tray that fits inside the machine. Just like hard boiled eggs, it’s an easy, hands-free process.
How long does it take to cook eggs in an electric cooker?
It depends on the machine, the number of eggs, and how you like the eggs done. In some cases, they can be done in as little as 5 minutes, while it can take up to 18 minutes in larger machines that are filled with the maximum number of eggs.
Why do eggs crack in an egg cooker?
Eggs have a pocket of air in them. As the eggs cook, the pressure in that pocket increases from the heat and the expanded air needs to escape. While the eggshells are permeable and let air through, sometimes the air can’t escape fast enough through the shell, so the egg cracks. Many egg cookers suggest piercing the larger end of the egg to let the pressure out as the egg cooks, avoiding the breakage.
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Donna Currie is a cookbook author and food writer who specializes in product reviews and recipes for The Spruce Eats. She has tested more than 90 kitchen products for the brand.
This roundup was updated by Sharon Lehman, a home cook who happens to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She happily makes space for any gadget that makes cooking faster and easier and specializes in small kitchen appliance testing and reviews for The Spruce Eats.
Four of the products featured in this roundup were purchased and tested by The Spruce Eats.