by Enda

perfect boiled eggs

My Mum used to say to me that “I couldn’t boil an egg.” She was not saying that to offend me. She was simply telling the truth, as my skills in the kitchen back then, were simply woeful. Now I have improved a lot since then and these days I would consider myself half decent in the kitchen.

Well these days I can indeed make the perfect 4 minute boiled egg. If you don’t know how to do just that, and many people don’t then check out the excellent video below. This video is about how to make the perfect 4 minute boiled egg the traditional way.

You can also boil an egg in a microwave oven. If you want to see that then check out this video below and you will know exactly how to make a boiled egg quickly for breakfast.

Using an Egg Boiler

Did you know that there are also egg boilers which make this even easier? For anyone who doesn’t know how to cook, or just wants something to do this faster, or wants a gadget that does the work so as they can get on with someone else, then the egg boiler is the gadget for you.

Here is one in action below from Cuisinart:

Below we have checked these out to make sure they are available in the United Kingdom and indeed they are. We have picked out the top 5 according to buyer’s reviews and you can have a look at them below.

No 1 Choice – Andrew James Electric Egg Boiler

Andrew James Electric Egg BoilerThis one is the best seller on Amazon in the UK. It is from the highly popular Andrew James brand.

This one can boil up to 7 eggs or poach 4 eggs. That makes it ideal for those people who need to make a hearty breakfast in a short space of time.

This product has sold in its thousands, and over 700 buyers at Amazon have rated this at 4.2 out of 5 stars. As you can see that is a very high and consistent rating. It costs on average around £15-20 depending on where you make your purchase.

I would use this machine 2-3 times a week and it is just a handy small appliance to have in the kitchen. It works like a charm and will last for ages. You Can Read More Reviews Here

No 2 Choice – VonShef Exclusive Egg Boiler Cooker

VonShef Exclusive Egg Boiler CookerIf you are looking for something a bit cheaper, then you should check out this one from the brand VonShef. Like the one above this one also can boil up to 7 eggs at any one time. (No idea why they pick 7 for these) This one has a pretty sleek design as well.

This one only costs about £11 so slightly cheaper than the one above. In terms of ratings this one gets a 4.3 out of 5 stars, so slightly better than the Andrew James model above.

For the price though it is I think really good value for money. It is good safety functions that will automatically turn the power off and provide any risk of getting too hot when in use.

One thing I do like about this one is that there is a water indicating level alarm. That is just such a good idea but not available on all of the models. Have a look at the video below for a short review.

Read More Reviews and check prices at Amazon UK

There are three more of these boilers which I think are worth a look at, and they are slightly different from the more traditional design.

No 3 Choice – Wahl ZX642 Non Stick Egg Boiler

Wahl ZX642 Non Stick Egg BoilerWahl are a well known brand and they do make good quality products, but they are probably not that well known in the kitchen world. They are better known for their hair clippers and shaving appliances.

My kitchen is done in the traditional style and I think this one is better suited to a more contemporary style.

This one gets an overall average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars, again can cook up to 7 eggs, and it costs on average around £14.

There is an audible alert when the eggs are ready. So in the morning for example you can set this up, go and do something else and simply wait for the alarms to tell you that your eggs are ready for you to enjoy. You can check it out in the video below.

Check at Amazon UK

At number 4 on our list we then have the following option.

No 4 Choice – Kabalo Electric Egg Boiler / Steamer for 6 Eggs

Kabalo Electric Egg Boiler / Steamer for 6 EggsThe main differences in this one is that it can cook up to 6 eggs and it has a different coloured base. I am assuming the base is supposed to represent a chicken like colour???

It has a non-stick cooking plate and buyers agree that it makes this one easier to clean than many of its rivals.

This one costs under £10 depending on where you make your purchase, and it has a very good rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars.

I couldn’t find a video for this one. As I don’t own this product I couldn’t make one either.

You Can Read More Reviews Here

No 5 Choice – SEVERIN SEVOF EK 3161 Egg Boiler

SEVERIN SEVOF EK 3161 Egg BoilderAt number 5 on our list we have something that is a little bit different. They are a good brand and this one is better suited for a smaller family, or indeed for people living alone or as a couple.

This one can do boil up to 3 eggs at any one time. It costs a bit more than those above with an average price of £22-25

It is also the one with the overall highest rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, so buyers clearly like this product.


It uses a stainless steel heating element and you can set the way you like your egg to be cooked.

You Can Read More Reviews Here

How To Use an Egg Boiler

If you have never used one of these before, then you will find that they are very simple to use. Essentially you use a measuring jug (comes with the appliance) to add water to the egg boiler. Then you prick or pinch the egg using the provided tool.

Once that is done you pop it into the egg boiler, set the timer and do whatever else it is you have to get done. With most of them there is an alarm that will let you know when it is finished. This is a convenience kitchen appliance gadget.

It will allow you to quickly set up boiling your eggs so as you can get on with doing other things. It is also great for egg lovers who can never just seem to get it right. Many people seem to buy this as a gift for someone. No matter what the reason maybe, they are a handy little item to have around the home at breakfast time.

About the author 


I enjoy cooking and love using a whole variety of small kitchen appliances. On this website, I review many of the best kitchen gadgets that are fun to own, and even more fun to use.

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