Looking to make poached eggs at home like an eggs-pert? Doing it the traditional way isn’t easy, especially when it comes to the skillful art of dropping the egg in the whirlpool. Luckily, there is a nifty kitchen tool that can help you whip up perfect poached eggs at home with minimal effort each time − the humble egg poacher.
If you’ve cracked it paying top dollar for your favourite Aussie brekkie at a café, and are keen to try making eggs at home, we’ve rounded up some of the best (and budget-friendly) egg poachers to help you on your way to poach-fection!
6 best egg poachers for under $50
Here are the best egg poachers, based on price and features:
- Progressive Microwave Four-Egg Poacher: $11.95 RRP*
- Morphy Richards Mico Egg: $39 RRP*
- Sunbeam Poach & Boil Egg Cooker: $44 RRP*
- The Breville Eggspert Egg Cooker: $44.95 RRP*
- Kambrook 3-Way Compact Egg Cooker: $49 RRP*
- Kmart Toaster & Egg Cooker: $49 RRP*
Progressive Microwave Four-Egg Poacher − $11.95
This microwave four-egg poacher from Kogan offers a no-fuss option to ‘egg-cellence’, allowing you to poach eggs in the microwave with just water in minutes. It features a dishwasher-safe splash-proof lid, lift and drain colander for easy serving, and even cooking instructions to help you master your brekkie every time. Did we mention it sells for a bargain price of $11.95? Eggs-quisite!
Morphy Richards Mico Egg − $39
Another easy alternative to make poached eggs at home is this Morphy Richards Mico Egg contraption, which comes with two egg pods and a cool-touch silicone lid and handles. It’s also super easy to use, just spray some cooking oil, crack the egg, add water, pop in the microwave and voila! You can poach or fry eggs with it with very little mess in a jiffy.
Sunbeam Poach & Boil Egg Cooker − $44
Whether you like your poached eggs runny, soft or hard-centered, this Sunbeam egg cooker has you covered. It can poach, boil or make an omelette with up to six eggs at a time, so that you can make brekkie for the whole family in one go. It features a handy buzzer to let you know when your eggs are ready, plus non-stick coating for an easy post meal clean-up. It’s also super compact and easy to store.
The Breville Eggspert Egg Cooker − $44.95
If you’re looking to rise and shine to perfectly poached (or boiled) eggs every morning, then this Breville egg cooker is your go-to. It comes with four separate trays for poaching, omelettes and steaming, and can cook up to seven eggs at once. Simply add the recommended amount of water for your preferred texture, then set and forget. You can also steam veggies with it.
Kambrook 3-Way Compact Egg Cooker − $49
This three-way Kambrook egg cooker can whip up eight eggs at once, perfect for large households. It comes with a separate tray to poach up to three eggs in one go, or make three mini omelettes. It also features an audible buzzer to notify you when brekkie is served, a water measuring cup with egg piercing pin and safety cap on base.
Kmart Toaster & Egg Cooker − $49
This budget Kmart toaster and egg cooker combo can help you make both perfectly crisp toast and eggs for breakfast in one go! It features a two-slice slot, five browning control settings, an egg cooker, mini egg pan and slide-out crumb tray for easy cleaning. It also gives you the option to cook your eggs and toast together or separately, using three different cooking functions.
Can you use silicone egg poachers in the microwave?
Yes, silicone egg poachers can be put in the microwave, and in fact, a lot of bakeware and cooking utensils now feature some type of food-grade silicone coating. It’s typically stated to contain no petroleum-based chemicals, BPA or fillers. Silicone is also typically freezer-safe and oven-safe. For peace of mind, always check product and cooking instructions.
How long does it take to poach an egg in a silicone egg poacher?
You can cook an egg in a silicone egg poacher in about four to seven minutes depending on the size of the egg, the cooking settings you’re using, plus your desired texture. It’s also super easy to do – just spray the egg pod with cooking oil, crack the egg into it, place the poacher cup in boiling water and relax!
Which is the best egg for poaching?
Fresh eggs work best for poaching, as they tend to have less liquidy in their whites and tend to hold their spherical shape better when attaching to the yolk. You can alternatively add vinegar to the poaching water which helps to coagulate the proteins in the whites, although this will slightly alter the taste of your eggs.
*Prices taken from respective retailers, correct as of February 2021.