Best Egg Poachers

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 3, 2017
If you still think that cooking poached eggs is a hassle, then you've never heard of egg poachers. With this appliance, the healthiest breakfast will be prepared in minutes. Treat your family with this daintith dish! Read our review and make your choice. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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OUR VERDICT
TYPE / USE
CAPACITY
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USABILITY
MAINTENANCE
 
PROS
Quite durable appliance made of anodized aluminum guarantees fast heat up time and even heating resulting in properly cooked eggs.
CONS
It is not very convenient to slide the eggs out of cups because of the handles shape.
OUR VERDICT
The best choice for making poached eggs for a family of 2-4 people. You can use the pan for frying bacon or making a sauce as an addition to your breakfast.
detailed parameters
TYPE / USE
Poacher pan / Stovetop
CAPACITY
4 poached eggs
MATERIALS
- Hard-anodized aluminum - Nonstick interior - Silicone handle - Tempered glass lid
USABILITY
4 removable egg cups with handles, Removable support frame for cups with a handle, Transparent lid, Stay-cool handle, Oven safe to 400ºF
MAINTENANCE
Hand washing only
PROS
Just pour the required volume of water to prepare soft, middle or hard eggs, and the appliance will shut off automatically when the water boils away.
CONS
It lacks sound alerts when the cooking is finished.
OUR VERDICT
If you need to feed your friends quite fast, this poacher will come in handy. It takes from 7 to 10 minutes to boil 7 eggs and only several minutes to make poached eggs.
detailed parameters
TYPE / USE
Poacher and boiler / Electric
CAPACITY
1 poached egg, 7 boiled eggs
MATERIALS
- Stainless steel flat heating plate and lid - BPA-free plastic
USABILITY
Egg poaching bowl, Egg rack, Lid, Measuring cup for water, On/Off button with indicator light, Automatic power turn-off, Over-temperature protection functions
MAINTENANCE
Hand washing only
PROS
This model is both compact and quite stable to be used on a stove top; it'll stand firm without overturning.
CONS
The poacher is too small for use on big and medium-sized burners.
OUR VERDICT
An outstanding poacher for a single serve. The perfect shape of a poached egg is ideal for making Egg Benedict. Several minutes and voila, your breakfast is ready.
detailed parameters
TYPE / USE
Poacher pan / Stovetop
CAPACITY
1 poached egg
MATERIALS
- Stainless-steel pan and lid - Nonstick poaching insert
USABILITY
Removable egg cup with a small handle, Lid
MAINTENANCE
Dishwasher safe
PROS
Pretty capacious egg poacher made of chrome nickel stainless steel provides rust resistance and sleek look even after years of use.
CONS
The handles on the poaching inserts are not stay-cool.
OUR VERDICT
Making breakfast for 3-6 person is a breeze with Excelsteel egg poacher. You can purchase 3 items at a stroke and present 2 poachers to your friends.
detailed parameters
TYPE / USE
Poacher pan / Stovetop
CAPACITY
6 poached eggs
MATERIALS
- Stainless steel pan - Non-stick interior
USABILITY
6 removable poaching inserts with handles, Removable support frame for cups with a handle, Transparent lid, Stay-cool handle
MAINTENANCE
Dishwasher safe
PROS
The poacher is suitable for use on both microwave and stove top, so every housewife is able to choose the most appropriate way of eggs poaching.
CONS
The lid doesn't snap with the bottom that might be a bit unhandy.
OUR VERDICT
This versatile poacher offers you an ability to prepare single/double portion of your favorite dish. You can also buy a pack of 2 items for more nutrient-rich breakfasts for you and your special one.
detailed parameters
TYPE / USE
Poacher pan / Stovetop, microwave
CAPACITY
2 poached eggs
MATERIALS
- Silicon and plastic
USABILITY
Transparent lid, Grab handles, Stable feet, Heat resistant to 450°F
MAINTENANCE
Dishwasher safe

What is an Egg Poacher

Poached eggs are known to be one of the most preferable and healthiest breakfasts all over the world. This traditional French dish is prepared by poaching a broken-out shell egg in the simmering water. Just swirl the water to make a whirlpool and gently tip the egg into the center. As a result, you will get firm but creamy whites and runny yolks. Moreover, poached eggs are the basis for many dishes such as Eggs Benedict, soup, broth, and spicy tomato sauce. Most people got used to preparing poached eggs by the traditional method but to make the tastiest dish, you should use some tricky techniques and skills. But if you want to poach egg every day and don't want to put a lot effort, opt for an Egg poacher. The appliance consists of several parts: a pan, egg cups, and a lid. Here, the eggs are poached on a stove or in a microwave oven (depending on the type of material an appliance is made of). Want to treat your family with this dainty without efforts? Be sure, egg poacher would come in handy in your kitchen!

To vary your daily menu with different and delicious breakfasts, we recommend you to read our review on waffle or sandwich makers.

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What Features to Compare

Type and Capacity

Egg poachers are divided into several types. And what differs one model from another is their utilization and the number of eggs poached at once. Some are designed with several egg cups and are useful if you need to feed all your family members, while other models are meant for a single portion of poached eggs. As regards the appliance's utilization, there are poachers that are designed for the microwave, stovetop, and electric use. The egg cups in which you drop the raw eggs should be carefully placed in a pan of boiling water or attached to the rim of a pan. Some other models must be placed into a microwave oven or plugged into the mains.

Materials

You should also know that the material an egg poacher is made of determines the device's utility. Therefore, if a device is designed for use on a stovetop, it is generally made of anodized aluminum or stainless steel. These materials ensure durability and long service life of an egg poacher. Concerning the egg cups, they usually feature a non-stick coating for an effortless drawing of an egg out of a cup. By contrast, plastic is also used in an egg poacher manufacturing. But it should be BPA-free as the material contacts with food and this marking ensures lack of harmful vapors.

Usability and Maintenance

For convenient and safe use, an egg poacher should have a stay-cool handle so that you couldn't burn your fingers accidently. It is also preferable if an appliance comes with a lid so as to keep the steam inside a pan and evenly cook poached eggs. In case a lid doesn't fit tight, the eggs won't absorb the heat and may be uncooked. We recommend you to opt for an egg poacher with a transparent lid and removable egg cups that enable you to see the readiness of eggs, prevent overcooking and get eggs out of the cup effortlessly. Every homemaker would appreciate an opportunity to clean kitchenware in a dishwasher but hand washing is a breeze owing to a non-stick coating. If you've chosen an electric egg poacher, you will surely like the safety features it offers. Electric models are designed with an automatic shut-off option so the chance of overheat and water evaporation is reduced to none.

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Calphalon 1793893

Combination of All the Necessary Properties in One Egg Poacher

The most crucial features an egg poacher should have are durability, long service life, and ease-of-use. Well, we can say that Calphalon Nonstick 4-cup Egg Poacher does obtain all these required features! The pan is made of durable hard-anodized aluminum, thus the appliance will become your "right hand" for many years and will help you treat your children and maybe even grandkids with the tastiest poached eggs. Moreover, such material guarantees fast heat up time and uniform heating, resulting in properly cooked eggs. For easy drawing of eggs out, the egg cups have a non-stick interior. We should also mention that the silicon handle and glass lid withstand high temperatures up to 400ºF and ensure fuss-free maintenance. The producer has manufactured Calphalon Nonstick 4-cup Egg Poacher with safety in mind by designing the poacher with a stay-cool handle. So, you can fearlessly hold the handle while cooking. Another feature we adore in this poacher is a transparent lid which offers you an ability to control the cooking process and preserves the heat inside the pan. You should also know that Calphalon Egg Poacher's manufacturer offers 10-year warranty and, thus, you may be sure of the appliance's quality and durability.

Review of Calphalon 1793893 Nonstick Egg Poacher with Cover

More Than a Poacher

Calphalon Egg Poacher is the appliance designed for making poached eggs on different cooking tops. Therefore, you can place the poacher on gas, electric, electric rings, halogen, glass tops or even use it in the baking oven. We also like the fact that the poacher can be used as an ordinary skillet. To make this, just get the egg cups out and your poacher will turn into an 8" x 2" pan. Calphalon Egg Poacher offers you an ability to make breakfast for a family of 4 people: first, make poached eggs and then fry some bacon or ham to make your dish nutritious. Just imagine the taste and aroma of creamy whites and runny yolks along with several slices of crispy bacon. Yummy! What's more, you can use the pan for making different sauces or preparing food for your children. We are sure that this egg poacher will become an irreplaceable appliance in every kitchen.

Calphalon 1793893 Nonstick Egg Poacher with Cover in the use

More Products to Consider

The egg poacher has a non-stick interior, hence it requires special silicon spatula. KitchenAid Classic Silicone Mixer Spatula is a perfect match for this egg poacher. You can also opt for Calphalon 5-Piece Nylon Utensil Set - the whole set of heat resistant kitchen utensils for any kitchen purpose.

If you want to vary your everyday menu with interesting dishes, you will definitely like Breakfast (Williams-Sonoma Collection N.Y.) recipe book.

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Calphalon 1793893
Calphalon 1793893
 

VonShef 07/034US

Breakfast for a Large Family

VonShef Electric Cooker is a perfect appliance for those who want to eat boiled eggs every day but don't want to spend time waiting till they are ready! The electric egg poacher is a really user-friendly device that doesn't require some special skills to puzzle out its principle of operation. Just fill it with the required volume of water and turn it on. When the water boils away, the appliance shuts off automatically. Thus you can prepare 7 boiled eggs at a time or make poached eggs using the egg poaching bowl. The bowl is capacious enough to hold up to 2 broken-out shell eggs, you just need to crack them carefully to be able to separate them when they are done. We are sure that this appliance is a perfect choice for a large family.

Lots of people cannot imagine having breakfast without a cup of coffee, thus we recommend you to opt for a coffee maker and have a cup of flavorous drink every morning.

Review of VonShef 07/034US Electric Cooker with Poacher

Boiling Eggs Is Not As Simple As It Seems

One might think what's so special about eggs boiling? Put them in the water, wait till the water boils and wait for several minutes after that. Voila, the boiled eggs are ready! But it is not as easy as you think as the cooking time affects the dish doneness:

2 minutes - The white isn't fully set and the yolk is totally raw.

4 minutes - The white is fully set, but the yolk is thick and runny.

6 minutes - The white is fully set, and the yolk is mostly set, but still a little runny in the middle.

8 minutes - The white is fully set, and the yolk is set, but tender.

10 minutes - The white is fully set, and the yolk is fully set.

So, as you may see, on buying VonShef Electric Cooker you'd simplify the process of eggs boiling dramatically! It comes with a measuring cup that will help you track the exact amount of water you add so as to make soft-, medium- or hard-boiled eggs. Just pour the water, place the required number of eggs into a poacher, close the lid and wait till your breakfast is ready. Bon appetite!

VonShef 07/034US Electric Cooker with Poacher in the use

More Products to Consider

If you have got a large family and want to serve your breakfast perfectly, you'd definitely need Egg Cups Set4 and Eparé Egg Cracker/Topper Set | Shell Remover.

For those who need a set for 1 person, we'd recommend opting for Impeccable Culinary Objects (ICO) Aluminum Egg Topper and Cracker.


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VonShef 07/034US
VonShef 07/034US
 

R.S.V.P. POACH-1

A Perfect Portion for You

Maybe you faced a situation when you wanted to prepare something tasty. But eventually, you understand that even the smallest bowl you've got is still too big for 1 portion of some meal. That's why R.S.V.P. company has designed the single egg poacher for making 1 portion of your favorite dish. R.S.V.P. Endurance Nonstick Stainless Steel 1 Egg Poacher is a first-rate compact appliance that should be used on a stovetop. Just pour the water in a pan and crack an egg into the egg cup. Owing to a non-stick poaching insert, getting an egg out is as easy as possible, just swoop it with a silicon spatula and you will get the poached egg of a perfect shape. Using R.S.V.P. Endurance Nonstick Stainless Steel Single Egg Poacher Set, you can treat yourself with the tastiest poached eggs or use them as a basis for other dishes.

Review of R.S.V.P. POACH-1 Nonstick Egg Poacher Set

Eggs Benedict - the Unity of American and French Traditions

The poached eggs are considered as the French dish that is now widely known all over the world as a basis for different meals. One of the favorite breakfasts in America that includes poached egg is the Eggs Benedict. Traditionally, this dish consists of an English muffin, ham, poached egg, and hollandaise sauce, but, of course, there are many variations of the original recipe. Another interesting thing about the Eggs Benedict is that there are several versions of their origin. One of the most widespread is the history about Lemuel Benedict who wandered into the Waldorf Hotel in 1894 searching for a cure for his hangover. The man ordered "buttered toast, poached eggs, crisp bacon, and a hooker of hollandaise". As a result, the combination of these ingredients impressed Oscar Tschirky, the famed maître d'hôtel, that much that he decided to include the dish to the breakfast and luncheon menus. However, Oscar Tschirky substituted muffin for toasts and ham for the bacon. You can also experiment with different ingredients to make the Eggs Benedict, but the crucial basis - the poached eggs can be easily cooked in R.S.V.P. Endurance Nonstick Stainless Steel 1 Egg Poacher. On buying the poacher, you will be able to make the tastiest dish of the needed shape. To slice the ham, we highly recommend you to opt for an electric food slicer.

R.S.V.P. POACH-1 Nonstick Egg Poacher Set in the use

More Products to Consider

If you are a poached eggs lover while other family members prefer fried eggs, you can purchase Set of 2 Red Non Stick Egg Ring Cooking Molds or Ozera 4 Pack Nonstick Silicone Egg Ring Pancake Mold to treat your family with tasty breakfast.

But if you're an adherent of classic methods of egg frying, Flamekiss 8" Red Ceramic Coated Fry Pan by Amorè would come in helpful in your kitchen.

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R.S.V.P. POACH-1
R.S.V.P. POACH-1
 

Excelsteel 522

Capacious and Eye-catching Poacher

Apart from plastic egg cups, Excelsteel Egg Poacher is made of 18/10 stainless steel. Hence you may be sure that the appliance will serve you for long years! To confirm this, we should specify that such stainless steel contains 18% of chrome and 10% of nickel. Here, chrome binds oxygen molecules thereby preventing oxidation of the poacher while the high assay of nickel guarantees rust-resistant and mirror-smooth finish. All in all, Excelsteel Egg Poacher is a quite durable appliance that won't lose its relish and sleek design after years of use. This model is a must-have for large families as it holds up to 6 eggs at a time! The eggs slide out of the egg cups with ease owing to a non-stick interior. We are sure that this 6 egg poacher can become an irreplaceable appliance in your kitchen!

Review of Excelsteel 522 Non Stick Egg Poacher

Do You Know All the Benefits?

It may be the news to our readers that eggs are very healthy and nutrient rich food. Breakfast consisting of 1-2 eggs is quite enough to keep you satisfied much longer owing to protein and fat that sustain your energy. The eggs are pretty low-cal and still they are a great source of vitamins such as D, B12, selenium, choline and other nutrients that are meant to improve our health. Choline stimulates cerebration and increases memory retention. Lutein and zeaxanthin protect your eyes from UV exposure and prevent cataracts. As eggs contain lots of protein, you'll get all the amino acids your organism requires. In sum, eating eggs for breakfast is a key to the health!

 

Excelsteel 522 Non Stick Egg Poacher in the use

More Products to Consider

If you want to store eggs safely and preserve their freshness, Zondam Eggs Dispenser Covered Egg Holder for 2 Dozen 24 Eggs or Zondam Egg Holder with Lid Stackable Eggs Storage Container Box, Holds 15 Eggs is just what you're looking for.

And if you don't want to overcook or undercook eggs, opt for ZICOME Kitchen Gadget Hot Magic Color Changing Egg Rite Egg Timer.


Excelsteel 522
Excelsteel 522
 

Norpro 996

Simple and Versatile

This silicon egg poacher is suitable for both microwave and stovetop use. So you can choose between these 2 methods depending on your needs. But you should know that if you poach eggs in a microwave, always use the included lid as it releases steam and retains heat. On the other hand, you can use any skillet you have got, just fill it with the required amount of water, place the silicon egg poacher in it and close the skillet with the lid. Don't forget to spray the egg cups with oil so that the dish could slide out easily leaving no egg remnants. The poacher is made of heat-resistant material and is able to withstand high temperatures of about 450°F. You can be sure that the poacher won't change its shape during use. Using Norpro egg poacher, you can make a portion of creamy whites and runny yolks for you and your significant other.

Review of Norpro 996 Silicone Microwave Double Egg Poacher

Microwave + Eggs

Many people avoid cooking eggs in a microwave oven and how wrong they are! We assure you that on knowing several tricks, you'll be able to cook lots of different egg dishes pretty fast. Almost everyone has got a microwave in their kitchen, so let's try? To make a poached egg, you should consider several important points. First of all, pay attention to a power output of your microwave. For example, if your appliance has an overall power of 150 Watts, you should prepare your dish at 80% power. As for the recipe, here are some instructions: pour into a microwave-safe bowl about 1/3 cup of water, crack the egg into it, add a bit of vinegar (optional), cover the bowl with a lid, then place it into a microwave oven and cook it on 50%-80% power for 60 seconds. Then check the egg for doneness, and if it is still wobbly, return it back to a microwave for another 20 seconds. But you should always remember that the yolks are cooked faster than whites, so if you want to have a runny yolk, take the egg out when the white is a bit wobbly. Nevertheless, you should never be afraid to experiment as it is you who know what dish doneness is the best for you.

Norpro 996 Silicone Microwave Double Egg Poacher in the use

More Products to Consider

If you are away from home and lack some appliances to vary your daily menu, you will surely appreciate 4 Piece Microwave Cookware Set.

And your children will adore pancakes of a different shape you can easily prepare them using pancake batter dispenser and a crepe maker.

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Norpro 996
Norpro 996
 

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