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Top Of The Best Egg Cookers Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – VOBAGA Electric Egg Cooker & Poacher Maker Up To 7 Eggs | Durable Stainless Steel Rack Tray Basket With Marked Measuring Cup | For Soft, Medium, Hard Boiled Eggs, Omelettes, Poached, Scrambled & More
№2 – Hamilton Beach 25500 Egg Cooker with Built-In Timer
№3 – Dash Rapid Egg Cooker, Black
After completing our research we think the best electric egg cooker is the Dash Go Rapid. This unit looks modern and stylish so will complement most kitchen styles. It comes with simple controls, instructions, is well made and has glowing reviews from users.
Most cookers come with a buzzer that sounds to alert a user of the end of a cooking cycle. In many cases a user will then have to shut off the appliance themselves. If you have a hearing impediment you might be interested in a cooker that shuts down automatically.
The types of units will only work if you already own a microwave oven. The pros of the best microwave egg cookers are; they they will cook faster than countertop cookers and are easier to clean. The cons include the fact that every set of eggs cooked will be of the same consistency, so you will need to invest in several types of microwave cookers that will allow you to poach, boil and scramble eggs.
What matters to Users
During our research, we have analyzed what users have been saying about egg cookers and here are the most common things to have been mentioned;
Cooking time: Most users want eggs ready within a few minutes. So if this is something you want then check the average cook time for the unit your interested in.
Easy Cleaning: Most users would prefer that they can clean a unit using a dishwasher. With these units most parts except for the base can usually be cleaned in a dishwasher. Make sure you check the manufacturers instructions.
Automatic Shutoff: Users would prefer a unit that features an automatic shutoff so that once a cooking cycle has completed so that eggs are not overdone. There are a few units that have this feature included as standard including the Dash Go Rapid.
Measuring water: Users want to have easy to read and understand measuring instructions.
Warranty: Like any gadget out there these units could at some point malfunction, which is why many users are interested in the length and scope of the manufacturers warranty.
These are superb smokers and roasters, the best outdoor ovens going. They are fine pizza and bread ovens because the sides and domes absorb heat and radiate it back like a professional brick oven so the pizza and bread can cook properly from above. They are also great for paella and tandoori cooking.
Easy to start in all wind and weather conditions, the insulation means that they need very little charcoal or oxygen, even in far northern winters. The thick sides retain and radiate heat very efficiently. That means less charcoal and oxygen are needed so there is not a lot of airflow out of the chimney. When meat heats up a lot of liquid evaporates from its surfaces, and the more airflow the more the meat dries out. Since ceramics have low airflow, meat remains juicier. Other smokers have thinner walls and many leak a lot so they require more charcoal and airflow, which means that airflow out the chimney and the leaky doors carries away more moisture than the ceramics. It is not unusual for a pork shoulder to lose 30% of its weight in an offset smoker. Water loss on a ceramic is often under 20%.
Ceramics are so well insulated and the interior absorbs and radiates heat so evenly that they are very good at holding steady temps. The meat is usually higher up above the coals than normal charcoal grills, so there are no flareups, and temperature control is easy once you get the hang of it with intake dampers down low and outflow dampers on the top (wear gloves). The design of these dampers is an important differentiator between models. Some work better than others. But get a kamado started, bring it to temp, and there’s little need to touch it until the meat is ready.
When you are done cooking, close the dampers, and it is easy to starve the coals and you have leftover coals for the next cook. The interior is more or less self cleaning so it does not need to be scrubbed. In fact, wire brushes can damage the surface. The only cleanup is to brush the ash out the bottom, and scrape the cooking grates.
Some of them come from the factory with a deflector plate that sits between the coals and the food for indirect cooking. Some sell it as an option. You need it. A lot of the cooking you will do with it, especially smoking, needs this plate.
Advantages of the oval shaped kamado and the problems of round kamados
I am a very strong believer in the 2-zone system for grilling. The concept is to place the coals on one side of the grill and leave the other side without coals. On a gas grill you turn on the burners on one side but not on the other. With 2-zones you can move food from very hot direct radiant infrared heat to mild indirect convection heat quickly and easily. This is rapid temperature control and temperature control is the secret to all cooking. Please click this link to see why 2-zones are so important. The secret to effective 2-zone cooking is that you can have one side where there is direct radiant heat from coals near the surface for radiant heat searing, and the other side can be much lower in temp and cook with only convection air. So you have two distinct cooking methods and two distinct cooking zones. This provides the cook with important control options.
Because of its oval shape, the Primo (left in the picture) can be easily set up for 2-zone cooking and the large diameter Komodo Kamado (at the top of the page) has an optional insert plate that covers the coals on one side creating a 2-zone system. A few other kamados have created special dividers to facilitate 2-zone cooking but they really don’t do a great job of creating two zones with 100 to 200°F difference in temp or more. That’s partially because the kamado is round and the cooking surface is narrow and partially due to the kamado’s chief asset, the thick insulating walls. On a ceramic unit the walls abosorb so much heat it is pretty even all over. A great advantage when it comes to smoking, baking, pizza making, and roasting. A great disadvantage when it comes to 2-zone grilling. Here is a Primo set up for zone cooking wqith different temps on the left and right, and with the optional upper grate.
Yes, you can use the deflector plate to cook indirect on a round kamado, but then you have to put on your gloves and remove it to switch to direct or visa versa. When the unit is hot, this maneuver can be tricky and it is not as quick and easy as sliding a steak or a piece of chicken or even a burger from side to side as you can on a conventional grill. Another option is to use only one half of a split deflector like this one from Kamado Joe (it can also be used as a pizza stone).
Here is a video from Primo showing how they use a 2-zone setup to do reverse searing on a steak, a method that delivers the best even interior color. Read more on the method here. And no, this is not a paid ad.
All is not lost if you have a round 11/2″ kamado like the Big Green Egg, There is a product on the market that does a respectable job of gibing you a 2-zone setup, and more. The
You should always wear fire resistant gloves, the longer the better, when opening a kamado. To prevent flashover fireballs, slowly open the top damper a bit and wait a minute. Open the lid slowly and stand to the side rather than the front. Called “burping” a kamado, Linkletter says “It is safest for a new user to always assume that flashover conditions are present and to use the utmost care whenever opening their cooker.”
How an Egg Cooker Works
Each egg is pierced with a pin (included with most cookers) before placing it in a rack, to prevent it from breaking while heating.
When the water has completely evaporated, through the heating process, it will trigger an audible alert that tells you your eggs are cooked to your preference.
The green discoloration is due to a reaction between iron in the egg yolk, and hydrogen sulfide in the egg white producing ferrous sulfide where the two meet. This is an indication that the egg has been overcooked.
To stop the cooking process, run your hard-boiled eggs under cool water or place them in an ice bath.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Water fill lines for all egg cookers are to be used as a guideline ONLY. The age of your eggs, atmosphere, altitude and the number of eggs you are cooking WILL impact the cooking time as much as plus or minus a minute or two.
VonShef Stainless Dome 7-Egg Cooker
With a stainless steel domed lid and front control switch, this little cooker will complement the counter of any kitchen. It also has a metal dish rather than plastic for the water that will cook the eggs.
The VonShef brand is owned by Designer Habitat, Ltd. in the U.K. and their products are made in China.
Measuring about 8-inches in diameter at its widest point this little unit takes little counter space.
Fairly basic in its design, it does not have some of the features like stay cool handles and sides on the egg tray that are seen in other models.
Cuisinart CEC-Egg Central Egg Cooker
Out of the egg cooking appliances reviewed, the Cuisinart CEC-is the only one that actually looks like an egg! Intended or not, this is the costlier option with features that go with the price tag.
Measuring about 6.5-inches in diameter at its widest point and about 8-inches tall, this little unit will cook up to eggs at a time unlike the other models that have a maximum capacity of eggs.
The brushed stainless accents will complement any kitchen and this unit utilizes a 600-watt heater for better cooking with a higher quantity of eggs. (The other unit heaters are 400 watts or lower.)
What to Look for When Choosing an Egg Cooker
Standing over eggs to make sure they are cooked perfectly can be inconvenient, especially when you have other things to be doing. A quality egg cooker, however, will allow you to leave the eggs as they are cooking which is a godsend to many people that are likely to be busy with other things. Auto-switch off mechanisms and signaling lights and sounds help to make sure that you get eggs that are cooked perfectly every time.
The top of the range egg cookers can cook soft or hard boiled eggs in the shell and also have trays that let you cook omelets, poached eggs and scrambled eggs to perfection. Soft and hard-boiled eggs using quality egg cookers are also much easier to peel than those cooked using other methods, while omelets have a fluffiness that is so difficult to achieve when cooked in a pan.
Added extras tend to include measuring jugs, recipe books and also a pin with which to prick egg shells with before cooking. Ideally when buying an egg cooker, you should be provided with all that you need to be able to begin cooking hassle free straight away.
Cuisinart CEC-Central Egg Cooker
With a egg capacity, the Cuisinart CEC-central egg cooker is ideal for people with big families, or for anybody that is entertaining. As well as cooking soft or hard boiled eggs in their shell, it can also cook poached eggs and a perfect egg omelet.
Overcooking is prevented with a light and sound alert that let you know when the eggs are ready, along with a standby mode that switches the machine off for you. This cooker also comes with a measuring cup plus a piercing pin for eggs that are cooked to perfection.
Nordic Ware Microwave Egg Cooker
This microwave egg cooker/poacher will save you a lot of time in the morning, and it couldn’t be easier to use. Just crack open each egg in a cup with 1.teaspoon of water and 30 seconds later you will be enjoying delicious poached eggs ready to be served!
You can also use this with egg whites, by pouring large egg whites in each cup, then microwaving for a minute on high.
This non-stick microwave cookware accessory is made of solid plastic and can be quickly washed by hand or put in the dishwasher.
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First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Egg Cookers wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Egg Cookers
- №1 — VOBAGA Electric Egg Cooker & Poacher Maker Up To 7 Eggs | Durable Stainless Steel Rack Tray Basket With Marked Measuring Cup | For Soft, Medium, Hard Boiled Eggs, Omelettes, Poached, Scrambled & More
- №2 — Hamilton Beach 25500 Egg Cooker with Built-In Timer
- №3 — Dash Rapid Egg Cooker, Black