Accurate and automatic cooking
Included poaching tray and omelet tray
Audible timer alert
Easy to clean
The Dash Rapid Egg Cooker can boil up to six eggs at a time or poach two eggs in one go. All you have to do is measure the appropriate amount of water for the type of egg you’re making, pour it into the heating base, and let the electric egg cooker work it’s magic. On paper it seems simple enough, but we wanted to see if the Dash was as convenient as it claimed so we picked one up for our kitchen. Assessing components like performance, design, and ease of use, we set out to determine whether we’d recommend the gadget to friends and family. Keep reading for our verdict.
Performance: Automatically cooks eggs perfectly
Our first test for the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker was preparing a few hard-boiled eggs for breakfast. Following the instructions in the user manual, we pierced the top of each egg with the pin on the bottom of the measuring cup (this is intended to prevent the eggs from cracking as they’re cooking), and then filled the measuring cup to the top line marked ‘Hard.’ We then poured the cold water onto the heating plate, placed the boiling tray with our eggs (pierced sides up), covered them with the lid, and then hit the power button to start cooking. The Dash will calculate how long it needs to cook based on the amount of water you add, so you don’t have to set a timer. A pleasant jingle will sound once your eggs are done cooking. We really liked the audible alert feature; it saved us the trouble of having to constantly check the indicator light to see if our eggs were ready.
Our first batch of hard-boiled eggs cooked perfectly and tasted delicious. We followed Dash’s recommendation to run them under cold water when the cooking cycle stopped. This prevents them from cooking further and it makes the shells easier to remove. While the shells peeled easily and cleanly, a few of our eggs did crack while steaming, so they made a bit of a mess. Some of the whites ran over onto the boiling tray or got stuck to the lid. While this was a bit annoying, the cracking seems to be inevitable, as it’s happened with other egg cookers we’ve tested and when we’ve boiled eggs in a pot on the stovetop. Thankfully, the little gadget is very easy to clean.
Our first batch of hard-boiled eggs cooked perfectly and tasted delicious.
For our next test, we used the cooker to make two poached eggs. First, we sprayed the poaching tray with nonstick cooking oil, then we cracked an egg into each side of the tray. After filling the measuring cup to the ‘Omelette/Poached’ line, we poured it onto the heat plate, placed the poaching tray atop the boiling tray, covered it with the lid, and then let the cooker get to work.
The resulting eggs tasted great, but we did notice a slight inconsistency in texture between the two. One yoke ran right out when we placed it on a piece of toast, but the other yoke was firmer and didn’t break until we cut into with a fork. The next time we make poached eggs, we’ll add a bit more water to the heating plate so they cook just a little longer.
We really liked the audible alert feature; it saved us the trouble of having to constantly check the indicator light to see if our eggs were ready.
Design: Intuitive and easy to use
The Dash Rapid can cook up to six hard, medium, or soft-boiled eggs. You can also poach up to two eggs or make an omelet in the specialized trays provided. It’s one of the smallest egg cookers on the market, but its compact size makes it ideal for small kitchens, college dorms, and campers. Since it measures just 5.5 x 6 x 5.5 inches and weighs 1 pound, it’s also highly portable. Since all of the included accessories fit inside, it’s easy to store as well. This model is available in five colors—black, white, red, yellow, and aqua—so you shouldn’t have any issue finding one to match your kitchen or decor.
Despite the mess some of our eggs made, cleaning the Dash proved simple.
While we were impressed with the Dash’s step-by-step instructions and the straightforward measuring cup (it has clear markings for each type of egg), we didn’t love the see-through plastic lid. The egg boiling process isn’t a pretty sight; as our eggs steamed, a few of them cracked and some of the egg whites oozed onto the lid. We would have appreciated a stainless steel lid to conceal the mess. This is an aesthetic choice, of course, but we thought it was worth mentioning.
Despite the mess some of our eggs made, cleaning the Dash proved simple. All of the parts—except the electric heating plate—are dishwasher safe. If you don’t have a dishwasher or prefer to hand wash them, a swipe of a soapy sponge is all it takes to get the gadget cleaned up.
Price: A great deal
The Dash Rapid Egg Cooker has an MSRP of $30 but you can often find it for $20. Since we live in a small household, this little egg cooker is the ideal size for us. We eat hard-boiled eggs once or twice a week and occasionally cook up a batch for egg salad. If you have a larger family or want to make more than six eggs at a time, though, you might want to consider a higher-capacity egg cooker.
Competition: Plenty of larger models to choose from
Dash Deluxe Egg Cooker: Dash makes a larger egg cooker that is also a favorite amongst users. Retailing for $40, the Dash Deluxe Egg Cooker can cook up to a dozen eggs at a time and it can poach up to seven eggs in one go. The Dash Deluxe also includes an omelet tray and, for more versatility, you can even steam vegetables or tortillas in this high-capacity cooker.
Cuisinart Egg Central: The $40 Cuisinart Egg Central is another great option. Since it has two egg trays, it can cook up to ten eggs at a time. It also has the ability to make four poached eggs or small omelets. Depending on your aesthetic preferences, the Cuisinart’s brushed stainless steel design might be more appealing than the plastic lids on the Dash cookers.
- Product Name Rapid Egg Cooker
- Product Brand Dash
- Price $29.99
- Weight 1 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 5.5 x 6 x 5.5 in.
- Color Black, white, red, yellow, aqua
- Warranty 1-year limited
- What’s Included Lid, heating plate, boiling tray, poaching tray, omelet bowl, measuring cup with pin