Accurately cooks hard-boiled eggs
Sleek and compact
Easy to clean
Poaching bowl can also be used to steam veggies
Measuring cup is hard to read
No dividers on poaching tray
No audible alert
An electric egg cooker can make your life easier by taking some of the effort and guesswork out of egg preparation. The VonShef Electric Egg Cooker is a small, stainless steel device that can steam up to seven eggs at once. Although it’s not a high-tech model, the $15 gadget is capable of making soft-, medium-, and hard-boiled eggs as well poached eggs. To see if it delivered on its promise of “perfectly formed eggs,” we bought a few dozen eggs and got to work testing it out. Read on to see whether this little egg cooker is a must-have kitchen gadget.
Performance: Mixed results
Our first test for the VonShef was a batch of three hard-boiled eggs. To start, we filled the measuring cup with cold water (the instructions tell you how much to add depending on the type of egg you’re cooking) and then added it to the heating plate. Then, we pierced a tiny hole in each egg using the pin located on the bottom of the measuring cup. The instructions say that the hole will prevent the eggs from cracking while they steam. Once we did that, we placed the eggs into their compartments on the egg shelf which sits over the heating plate. After securing the lid, all we had to do was push the power button. The VonShef calculates how long your eggs will cook based on the amount of water you add, so you don’t have to set a timer. Once they’re ready, the unit’s red indicator light will turn off.
It took about eight minutes for our three eggs to cook. Despite having poked a hole in each of them prior to steaming, every one of our eggs had cracked and some of the whites were sticking out of the shells. Unfortunately, it seems like cracking is inevitable; the same thing happened when testing other electric egg cookers and it’s also happened to us when boiling eggs on the stovetop.
Despite cracking, the eggs cooked perfectly with both the white and yolk nice and firm. They tasted great, too.
After pulling the eggs out of the VonShef, we let them rest for a few minutes before peeling them. Once they’d cooled, the shells came off quite easily. Despite cracking, the eggs cooked perfectly with both the white and yolk nice and firm. They tasted great, too.
When it came to poached eggs, the VonShef didn’t perform very well. Although the instructions say to break each egg into the separate sections of the poaching bowl, the bowl doesn’t have any dividers. We thought the wrong bowl may have been included with our model, but the product specifications clearly depict an open bowl (the same one that we have). The lack of dividers was a major setback, making it impossible to get the correct consistency for poached eggs. Our poached egg came out entirely too flat—it looked more like a fried egg—and the yolk was overcooked.
Design: Compact and easy to clean, but measuring cup is subpar
Our main gripe with the VonShef’s design is the measuring cup. With clear text set against clear plastic, it’s extremely difficult to read the measurements that are marked. To further complicate matters, the numbers are not only clear, but also incredibly tiny and they don’t seem relevant to the provided instructions. For example, the user manual says the amount of water required for hard-boiled eggs is 1.6 fluid ounces. However, the lines on the cup simply read one, two, three—you get the idea—up to seven. We had no idea what these numbers meant because there is no unit of measurement along with them. Since the measuring cup provided was not user-friendly, we used one of our own instead. This wasn’t a big deal since we have a bunch on hand, but other egg cookers we’ve tested have come with measuring cups that were clearly marked.
Another less-than-stellar design choice? The silent indicator light. We would have appreciated an audible alert that let us know when our eggs were ready rather than having to keep glancing at the unit to see if the light went out. On the plus side, the machine shuts off automatically when all the water is used—a great safety feature in case you get distracted.
Our poached egg came out entirely too flat—it looked more like a fried egg—and the yolk was overcooked.
Barring the illegible measuring cup and lack of audible timer, the VonShef does have some positive design components. The unit is sleek and compact, measuring just 6.8 x 6.8 x 7.2 inches, so it can fit almost anywhere on your countertop. The lid has a rubber handle at the top which doesn’t get hot, allowing you to safely remove it once your eggs are done.
The cleanup process also proved easy. The boiler cover, egg shelf, and poaching bowl just require a simple rinse with soap and water. The heating plate shouldn’t be submerged in water, rather you can wipe it down with a paper towel moistened with one tablespoon of white vinegar.
Price: Affordable but not very effective
If you’re only looking to make hard-boiled eggs, the VonShef might be worth it thanks to its $15 price tag. If you’re looking to make poached eggs, however, the model’s performance will disappoint you. There are better-designed products on the market that can accurately cook all different types of eggs (if not veggies as well)—and they cost just $10 ro $15 more.
Competition: Better performers are available
Dash Rapid Egg Cooker: The $30 Dash Rapid Egg Cooker is comparable to the VonShef model in size and shape. It does a much better job of poaching eggs, however, thanks to a specialized tray that’s properly divided. Considering its affordable price and impeccable performance, this egg cooker is a much better deal.
Cuisinart Egg Central: The Cuisinart Egg Central is a pricier option at $40, but it has a much higher capacity and a few more bells and whistles. This cooker comes equipped with two tiers, allowing you to cook up to ten eggs at a time. Not only can you steam eggs, you can also poach up to four eggs or make a three-egg omelet.
- Product Name Electric Egg Cooker with Steamer and Poacher Attachment
- Product Brand VonShef
- MPN 07/034US
- Price $14.99
- Weight 1.6 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 6.8 x 6.8 x 7.2 in.
- Warranty 2-year
- What’s Included Boiler cover, heating plate, egg shelf, poaching bowl, measuring cup with egg pin