Poached eggs are delicious, but they can be a hassle to make — unless, of course, you have a special egg poacher to do all the work for you. These wonderful contraptions come in many forms — poaching cups, pans, racks, and even automated electric cookers. To determine the best egg poacher for you, think about the pros and cons of each type:
- Poaching cups: Designed to work with almost any of your own pots, poaching cups are typically designed with silicone, making them easy to use and clean. They also don't take up much space in your kitchen. The downside is that they may not cook as evenly or offer the same durability as options made of stainless steel.
- Stovetop cooker: This complete pot-and-cooker set offers everything you need in one place, without having to hunt down separate pieces, and it's typically made from long-lasting stainless steel. The downside is that it's heavier and takes up more space in your cupboards.
- Poaching rack: Space-wise, a poaching rack lies somewhere between silicone cups and a full stovetop cooker. However, the pieces can often be separated for easier storage, and it's designed to work with a wide range of your own pots and pans. Additionally, this option tends to keep the eggs more stable while you cook.
- Electric egg poacher: The major benefit with this option is convenience. An electric egg poacher takes up more space in your kitchen but requires almost no effort — some models even come equipped with a timer and auto-shutoff for maximum ease.
To help you pick out the perfect gadget for your kitchen, I've done some research to find the best egg poachers of each kind. Take a look below, so you can get cooking.