Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing.
Our appetite for breakfast appliances and tchotchkes, including Call Me by Your Name–esque eggcups, a compact waffle maker, and five-star French presses and pour-overs, has been well-sated. Now, we’re hunting down the best cups, pans, and appliances to make the yolkiest, most Instagrammable egg of all: the poached egg. Here, the best egg poachers currently available on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best egg poacher for the microwave
“I have tried a number of microwave egg poachers, and they all make a mess and don’t work very well. This one is exactly what I wanted. It is easy to clean, does not make a mess in the microwave, and cooks the eggs just how I like them. With a 1,100-watt microwave at 50 percent power for two minutes, you will get poached eggs with a slightly runny yolk. The eggs slide right out. No fuss … no mess.”
Best egg poacher for stovetop
“Love, love, love these little cups for making my poached eggs. I lightly coat the inside of each cup with butter, fill a large stainless saucepan with approximately 1.5 inches of water and bring to a boil, crack an egg into each cup, turn the heat down to medium-high, and then lower the cups into the water. So easy. No more swirling. No more vinegar. No more mesh colanders and other so-called ‘expert’ ways to cook poached eggs. These work perfectly every time.”
Best egg poacher for Instant Pot
“These cups are ideal for poaching eggs in an Instant Pot. Just spray the cups with cooking spray, crack eggs into the cups and place on trivet or basket, add one cup of water to the inner pot, and steam at high for three to five minutes, depending on how runny you wish the eggs. Release pressure immediately … remove and enjoy!”
Best egg poacher for microwave or stovetop
“I’ve been looking for a way to poach eggs without introducing another pot into my crowded cabinet, and these silicone egg poachers by Cozilife are the answer to my quest. They make the best and easiest way to poach one to four eggs without any hassle. You can also hard-boil your eggs without the shells. You can also do four scrambled eggs with different added ingredients all at the same time. The ingredients stay put because of the flat-bottom construction, just don’t overfill the water the little baskets are sitting in. It also makes great puddings that need a water bath or anything that needs steaming. What a find!!”
Best six-egg poaching pan
“I absolutely love this egg poacher! Last Sunday, I made three beautiful poached eggs in this poacher and enjoyed them over a delicious warm corn muffin. I sprinkled curry on the eggs. How delightful my leisurely Sunday breakfast was! This stainless-steel nonstick cookware is the very best I have ever had. My old poacher was black and had become somewhat worn. This one is so much better, larger, and easier to use.”
Best four-egg poaching pan
“This is a very nice egg-poaching pan. There are several good features. First, the ‘coating’ it has is that ‘hard anodized’ kind. For boiling eggs and water, this will never FLAKE off. So you need not fear that problem. And, the pan is sturdy, heavy, and solid to the feel. It has a vented lid, and I really like the eggs it cooks for me. [Only] 3.5 minutes in this pan, and I have ‘medium poached,’ whites cooked, yolks still not cooked, but HOT. Very awesome to me.”
Best egg cooker with poacher insert
“I need to preface this by saying I LOVE eggs. This is my fourth egg cooker in 13 years (I’ve burned through the last three). I prefer my eggs poached: The poaching tray holds extra-large eggs without any problems, not so for other models. You can boil up to ten eggs at a time perfectly, and the BONUS — the omelette tray. The unit and parts are very easy to clean; this is very important, as others have not been as easy. Hands down — best egg cooker if you love eggs for breakfast and find you don’t have time.”
Best affordable egg cooker with poacher insert
“YES, YES, YES, a million times YES! This machine saved my life. I make breakfast every day before work, and this makes it easier on days that I’m running a little late! You can put the eggs in and get it started, get ready for the day, and when you’re done, so are the eggs! It also makes great poached eggs. Can you say BENEDICT?!”
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