Best Egg Boiler 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

Cooking eggs is something which even the most experienced of chefs can struggle with. Timings, taking the egg out at the right time, plunging it into ice cold water, swirling the water. All rather stressful.

Thankfully, there are now gadgets out there which will boil and poach your eggs to perfection without you having to panic. Our best-rated egg boilers and poachers are well worth the investment.

No matter how you like your eggs in the morning (or afternoon), having one of these to hand will help even the most hapless of cooks struggle no more.

The Best Egg Boilers – Our Top Picks

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Andrew James Egg Boiler Poacher
  • Capacity: 7 eggs
  • Power: 380W
  • Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 16.4 cm
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Aicok 5-in-1 Toaster with Egg Boiler and Poachers
  • Capacity: 5 boiled eggs
  • Power: 1250W
  • Dimensions: 38.1 x 16 x 19.05cm
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VonShef Premium Electric Egg Boiler for 16 Eggs
  • Capacity: 16 eggs
  • Power: 500W
  • Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 21 cm
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Best Egg Boilers

Andrew James Egg Boiler Poacher

Make seven boiled eggs, four poached eggs or steam your vegetables at dinner time. This egg cooker is a handy little gadget for any regular kitchen user to have in place.

It is a lot easier and quicker than boiling up a saucepan of water and watching over everything. Even though it can hold seven eggs at once, you can use it just to make one. A measuring cup will tell you how much water you need to add, depending on how many are cooking and how well you like them done. Once this has all gone, and the eggs are ready, a buzzer will sound to let you know you need to come and collect them.

The poaching tray attachment lets you cook poached eggs and steam vegetables so it can be used for any meal of the day. On the bottom of the measuring cup is the piercer you need for boiling eggs, which cuts down on the number of attachments and extras you need to keep in a safe place.

We will say that the boiling function is much better than the poaching option. The latter will accommodate four eggs but it is compact, so this is a squeeze – you’d have to use very small eggs. It is still a fab option if you want the luxury of both types, however. We have no complaints about the actual way any eggs turned out.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 7 eggs
  • Power: 380W
  • Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 16.4 cm

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We like

  • Eggs cooked perfectly
  • Easy to clean

We dislike

  • Plastic lid can be a bit temperamental to fit

Final Verdict

It rings when the eggs are cooked, and you get the results you are after - there isn’t much more you could want. Perfect for any smaller kitchens

VonShef 3 in 1 Egg Boiler, Poacher and Omelette Maker

Sometimes you’ll have a soft boiled egg and soldiers for breakfast, or add a hard-boiled egg to your salad for lunch. Other mornings when you have a bit more time, you like nothing more than a poached egg on avocado toast. For dinner, you occasionally love an omelette. All that egg variation, yet you’ve still not quite mastered cooking it all.

Fear not. This VonShef is an egg boiler on the outside, but upon closer inspection, you also get attachments for perfect poaching and omelette preparation. No matter your meal or what takes your fancy, this model is all you need.

It will hold up to seven eggs at any one time for boiling, and to choose between soft, medium or hard, just change the water volume. The machine will do all the work for you. You are supplied with a little measuring cup which lets you know how much water is needed for your desired outcome.

There is over temperature protection, and auto switch off so you can leave it to work its magic without having to monitor it as you would a pan. The latter function switches the machine off when the water is gone, so if you’d rather work with a machine where you can set the timer, it isn’t going to be for you.

But if you want something that is flexible, affordable and gives you time to do everything else you need to do in the mornings, it is ideal.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 7 eggs
  • Power: 360W
  • Dimensions: 17 x 16 x 17 cm

We like

  • Price
  • Multi-use
  • Measuring cup included

We dislike

  • Would like an alarm to say it has turned off as well as light

Final Verdict

A bit of a bargain. Takes a little while to get used to but once you get the hang of it, you’ll wonder how you did without

Swan SF21020N 7 Egg Boiler and Poacher

One of the easiest models to use, this Swan is capable of boiling seven eggs at any one time. Or, poach three using the dedicated attachment.

Soft, medium and hard eggs are achieved by using a particular amount of water, and you can use the measuring cup included to get this right. We liked the lid, which is metallic so easy to fit. Plus the handles are comfortable to hold and lift with.

There is a buzzer which sounds when all the water has gone, and your eggs are ready. The auto-off will stop any more heat being produced if you can’t quite make it to the appliance to turn.

All of the attachments and extras are easy to disassemble and clean. They fit together nicely again for storage and safety. Both the boiled and poached eggs come out perfectly. Even though the poached attachment is not non-stick and you need to plan in advance for this, the results are great. If you’re currently using those poaching pods, paper bags or trying to wing it, it will certainly save you a lot of grief.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 7 eggs
  • Power: 350W
  • Dimensions: 17.5 x 20 x 20 cm

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We like

  • Design
  • Lid easy to take on and off
  • Easy to clean

We dislike

  • Markers on measuring cup are difficult to read

Final Verdict

Simple to use and with great results, it also feels reliable and sturdy - one for those who like to invest or use often

Aicok 5-in-1 Toaster with Egg Boiler and Poachers

You probably don’t just have an egg for breakfast – there is probably some toast involved too. And for anyone who finds it hard to multi-task and use two products at once, this can cause all sorts of issues.

Well, this all-in-one is an ideal solution. You can toast your bread, and also use the mini pan to either make boiled, poached or fried eggs. Don’t just stop there though – why not heat your beans or keep other items warm?

The slots aren’t the widest, but still wider than some so good if you like thicker bread. Cleaning is just as simple as it is with a standard toaster, with a removable crumb tray and an egg tray you can just wipe clean.

The instructions are a letdown, as they’re a little vague. The big thing to remember is that the boiling plate will turn off when water evaporates but will turn on again when it cools down. You have to physically turn the toaster off after every use. The cable is also short, and it is larger than an ordinary toaster, but this last point is understandable.

But it is perfect if you know you’ll get a lot of use out of it, as it is so much easier than having multiple devices on the go. It is quick, so the perfect accompaniment to a busy morning where breakfast is vital but you’re always pressed for time.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 5 boiled eggs
  • Power: 1250W
  • Dimensions: 38.1 x 16 x 19.05cm

We like

  • Multiple egg types can be cooked
  • Simple to clean
  • Fast

We dislike

  • Instructions aren’t clear

Final Verdict

There have been several products like this on the market for a while now, but this is one of the strongest and most reliable once you get the hang of it

Nutri-Q 34360 Healthy Eating Egg Boiler with Poaching Tray

Soft, medium, hard-boiled, scrambled, poached and even omelettes – no matter how you like your eggs in the morning, this device can help you out.

It is simple to use, with a 6-12 minute cooking time. You also have the ability to cook up to seven eggs at any one time. All you need to do is fill with the right amount of water, and the eggs will cook with the help of the steam produced. Piercing the end of the egg helps it to cook.

This makes it a very healthy way to cook, too. You can just cook one egg if you like, by changing the water amount, so it is perfect for any occasion. Results seemed pretty spot-on, and the eggs came out just how we hoped.

It is a nice shape, and easy to store and clean. For under £15, it is the perfect solution if you always struggle to get the perfect poached or runny egg.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 7 eggs
  • Power: 360W
  • Dimensions: 17.4 x 17 x 16.6cm

We like

  • Price
  • Simple to clean and store

We dislike

  • Top gets very hot in use

Final Verdict

Not much to say, except that it does the job and does it well

VonShef Premium Electric Egg Boiler for 16 Eggs

Breakfast time when you’re looking after yourself before work can be a task. Breakfast time when you’re trying to get ready for work and everybody wants a boiled egg and soldiers is a million times more hectic.

If you have a packed household, you really really like your eggs, or you run a B&B, then this 16 egg capacity boiler will come very much in handy. There are two tiers, but if you’re only cooking a maximum of eight, you can remove one tier.

How well the eggs are done is decided by how much water you use. Once they are ready and the water is all gone, automatic turn-off will keep them warm without further cooking.

You aren’t just limited to boiled eggs, either. There is an attachment included for the usual poached eggs option, but also one for omelettes. For the former, you get a tray which accommodates four eggs. The latter is a dish which gives you a great portion size.

It is safe to say that the design is one of the most modern and stylish of those we reviewed. This is welcomed as it is so large that it probably isn’t one for storing away. If you do have the room though, the fact you can separate the tiers will likely come in handy.

One of our concerns was that the top layer of eggs would cook slower than the lower shelf. This thankfully doesn’t seem to be the case. If everyone likes their eggs done differently, then you may have to start keeping on top of times and take some out earlier than others, but this is an issue you’d find with most egg cookers.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 16 eggs
  • Power: 500W
  • Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 21 cm

We like

  • Large capacity
  • Design and style
  • Great, reliable results

We dislike

  • No instructions if you want to make less than eight eggs
  • No sound to alert that it has finished

Final Verdict

To say it handles 16 eggs at once, performance is high and you won’t be left disappointed

Tower T19010 Egg Boiler/Poacher

A brilliant price for a device which takes a lot of the hassle and guesswork out of boiling eggs the conventional way.

Seven eggs can be boiled at any one time, or you can poach four. The power means they are cooked within a matter of minutes. By the time your toast or other meal aspects are done, the eggs will be perfect.

An automatic cut off feature will keep the appliance safe, as it won’t boil dry. As soon as the water is gone, you are free to take the eggs out without having to rush to switch them off. The eggs we tested were all done just as we expected and hoped. From soft dippy eggs to hard boiled ones perfect for salads and sandwiches, little effort was required.

There is no alert to let you know the eggs are done. This means you do preferably have to keep an eye on proceedings. It is also difficult to read the measurements on the cup included. If you use large eggs, it is all a bit of a tight squeeze so we’d say to use medium at the most.

For the price, it is well worth a shot. Especially if you want an introduction to the electric egg boiler and poacher world. Results are good overall and won’t disappoint. Even though it doesn’t feel the most substantial, we don’t see why it couldn’t cope with regular use until you’ve at least got the value out of it.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 7 eggs
  • Power: 360W
  • Dimensions: 13.5 x 17 x 15.3 cm

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We like

  • Good results
  • Attachments are easy to clean and remove eggs from

We dislike

  • Would like a sound to let you know the eggs are done

Final Verdict

Don’t expect a wonder machine for the price, but the results are still great enough to keep you happy and save you from the guesswork of using a pan

Lakeland Electric 6 Hole Egg Boiler

With this purchase, you get the usual egg boiler tray, a poaching dish suitable for cooking two eggs at once, and an omelette dish which can be used if you want a light lunch or dinner.

These can all be popped into the dishwasher after use for an easy cleanup. This increases how effortless the whole process is. We loved the recipe book which is included, too. You aren’t just limited to boiled and poached eggs but also scrambled and even mayonnaise.

There is a little water jug included so you can measure ready for how you like your egg, although we will say that it didn’t provide the best results. When we aimed for a soft boiled egg, it came out slightly more well done than we expected. Perhaps use a few drops less than recommended if you get the same results.

Still, it makes things easy and the range of varieties which can be prepared is great for the price. One of the best options for any smaller households or singles.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 6 eggs
  • Power: 360W
  • Dimensions: 16 x 16 x 19 cm

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We like

  • Compact size
  • Range of egg dishes you can make

We dislike

  • Misses an audible finish alert

Final Verdict

A little tweaking needed on the water levels, but apart from that, it is reliable and cooks good portion sizes

Neo 3 in 1 Durable Stainless Steel Electric Egg Cooker

Boil, poach and cook omelettes to your heart’s desire with this simple, effective and stylish egg cooker.

Soft, medium and hard boiled eggs are done in good time (8/10/12 minutes). If you’re after something which is simple to use and gives you a quick breakfast before you rush out of the door in the morning, it is ideal.

There is a buzzer and automatic cut-off when the eggs are ready. Whether you’re busy getting on with other things or just in the next room, you don’t have to keep a check on the clock or set up an extra timer.

It is on the smaller side, so best for anyone who is in a small household. We’d also say that even medium eggs are a bit of a squeeze. This makes the amount of water you use require a tweak compared to what the measuring jug suggests. Once you nail it, perfection will be a breeze.

Our biggest issue was that water seeped over the edge and onto the worktops if you are only cooking one or two eggs. Because it requires more water than cooking the maximum number, we would say it is best for anyone who will be making multiple eggs at any one time.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 7 eggs
  • Power: 350W
  • Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 20 cm

We like

  • 3 in 1 use
  • Alerts you when the eggs are ready

We dislike

  • Small amount of space in cooking chamber
  • Water spills over edge

Final Verdict

Not the easiest to navigate or accommodate your wishes, but it does the job it should and is a fab price if you want to save some space on the hob

Help and Resources

Egg Boiler Buying Guide

Capacity

The vast majority of egg boilers on the market will hold seven eggs at any one time, but can cook anywhere between one and seven. There are some available which will hold fewer, which is great if you will only cook one or two at a time, and some which can hold up to double this.

Poaching is often more limited, perhaps a maximum of four at any one time. Omelettes are even more limited if this function is available, with one at a time.

Think about how many you will need to cook at once. If you have a large family and everyone has egg and soldiers for breakfast before leaving the house, you’ll need a larger model than a couple who occasionally cook eggs.

Size

Whether you are going to keep it out on the kitchen bench at all times or pop it away in the cupboard, the size is important.

Also, bear in mind the size of the eggs which the boiler will accommodate. Some will comfortably fit any size, but some of the more compact models will only really fit small eggs, especially if they are going to be used at full capacity.

Attachments

If you cook your eggs in a variety of ways, it may be worth getting a model which can cook them all. Look to see if they are easy to remove and clean because even through contact with water, they can often stain slightly.

Price

A factor which may surprise a lot of you out there – electric egg cookers don’t cost a lot of money. There are models available which start at just over £10, and they don’t really go much over £25.

Whether you get through a lot of eggs or only enjoy the occasional one but can’t ever get to grips with how best to cook them, it is well worth grabbing one. We found that the price didn’t really make much difference in terms of performance, so there is definitely one out there to fit your budget.

FAQs

Why Should I Get An Electric Egg Boiler?

There are several reasons why one of these little appliances could be the perfect fit for your kitchen. Firstly, they are a lot easier to use than a pan of boiling water, as the timings and hard work are all pretty much sorted out for you. If you struggle with this, you will soon find getting the perfect runny egg a breeze.

Many can also be used as other items, too. Whether you are after a healthier alternative to a fried egg or like eggs benedict for your weekend breakfasts, they are much simpler to use than the pods and paper bags which are on the market.

It also saves some room on your hob. Great if you’re cooking a large meal. If you often get frustrated at the slow timings of the hob, too, then a dedicated machine could cut this right down. A soft boiled egg can be ready in an average of six minutes depending on the model.

An electric appliance can also take out effort compared to the manual options which you pop in the microwave and have to keep an eye on.

How Does An Electric Egg Boiler Work?

They work in a similar manner to a steamer which you would use to cook vegetables or fish. Rather than submerging the egg in boiling water, you fill the base with a certain amount of water, close the lid and this creates a cooking chamber.

There are two broad types of egg boiler/poacher – ones with a timer and ones which use a water-based timing method. Most of those available are the latter, where you fill the base and it turns off when all the water is gone. The former may be best if you know your timings to a tee, but beware it isn’t the same as using a pan of water.

What Are Some Egg Boiling Tips?

  • Always use room temperature eggs for best results
  • Pierce the eggs before boiling in a dedicated appliance to prevent the shell cracking
  • When peeling, start from the end of the egg as opposed to the side