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8 best egg poachers to buy in 2022

Tasty and nutritious, a poached egg can be a thing of golden-yolked beauty. That said, even the best cooks can find them tricky to master so we’ve tracked down the very best egg poachers to buy right now, from pans to pouches.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Aug 2, 2021

Poached eggs on avocado toast

Keen to up your brunch game? Or fancy adding a tasty topping to a bowl of noodles? A poached egg is a versatile addition to mealtimes. 

What’s more, eggs are an affordable way of adding vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper to your family’s diet. So, although a beautifully poached egg can feel indulgent, it’s actually incredibly healthy. 

The trouble is they can be fiddly things to get right. Should you swirl the water before cracking in the egg? Do you need to add white vinegar to the mix? It can feel like a culinary minefield. 

Luckily, there are plenty of gadgets on the market to help you create perfectly poached eggs. We’ve called on the collective wisdom of Mumsnetters to narrow down the very best egg poachers to invest in. 

Here are the best egg poachers to buy in 2021.

1. Best overall egg poacher: Oxo Good Grips Egg Poacher

Oxo egg poacher

Price: £12 | Buy now from Amazon

These clever silicone egg poachers mimic the traditional “water bath” method, but without the faff. The hourglass design gently guides the egg into a pan of simmering water with no need to swirl or worry about broken yolks. The small holes in the base also ensure the egg cooks evenly. Poaching two eggs at a time requires a big saucepan, as the poachers are generously sized. But, the fact they can be collapsed and stacked for easy storage makes them a practical choice.  

2. Best budget egg poacher: Wilko Functional Non-Stick 4 Cup Egg Poacher

Wilko egg poacher

Price: £5 | Buy now from Wilko

“You need this poaching pan. Perfect every time!”  - ByAppointmentTo

This non-stick pan is an affordable option for poached egg fans using gas or radiant ring hobs. Just put water in the pan, bring to a gentle boil, crack the eggs into buttered cups and then pop on the lid. This is a great option for cooking four eggs at a time. The non-transparent lid makes it hard to keep an eye on things, though, so keep a timer handy.  

3. Best egg poacher pouch: Poachies Egg Poaching Pouches

Poachies egg poacher

Price: £3 | Buy now from Amazon

“They’re like tea bags that you crack the egg into. 5 minutes in simmering water, and the egg is perfect every time.” - magicstar1

“I have discovered Poachies, and they’re great. Much better than the traditional way if you have to do a few at a time.” – Anyonebut

These nifty poaching bags allow the water to properly cook the egg, without the egg leaking into the water. Super easy to use: once the pouch is placed in gently boiling water it self-seals. And there’s no need for butter or oil – making it a healthy option. A popular choice with Mumsnetters, these pouches are biodegradable and recyclable. That said, the fact they’re disposable means they’re not the most cost-effective option for regular use. 

4. Best microwave egg poacher: Sistema Microwave Poacher for up to 4 Eggs

Sistema egg poacher

Price: £10 | Buy now from Amazon

“Sistema egg poachers might not make the most beautiful poached eggs, but they’re cooked in less time than it takes to toast bread and for the kettle to boil. Also perfectly 'roll-sized' for a packed lunch.” - ThinWomansBrain 

For poached eggs in a jiffy, this BPA-free microwave poacher is just the thing. Simply crack eggs into the trays, add cold water, attach the lid and microwave. A convenient option for families in a hurry, the tray can cook four eggs at a time and is dishwasher safe. Just know that it can take a bit of experimenting with timings, as getting the perfect yolk will all depend on the egg size and power settings. 

5. Best silicone egg poacher: Skoo Silicone Egg Poaching Cups + Lids

Skoo egg poacher

Price: £12 | Buy now from Amazon 

These versatile egg poachers can be used in a microwave and on a stovetop. Big enough to fit large eggs in, the sturdy silicone has four vents in the base for stability and even cooking. The handles are a welcome feature when moving the poachers in and out of boiling water. It’s a good idea to butter or oil these egg poachers before use to minimise cleaning time.

6. Best 4-egg stainless steel poacher pan: John Lewis & Partners ‘The Pan’

John Lewis egg poacher

Price: £32 | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

“I have this egg poaching pan - bring the water to a boil, turn down to a simmer, pop in eggs (in pre-oiled poaching cups) and cook for 6 minutes. Firm whites with lovely runny yolks!” – TheWayOfTheWorld

This four-cup poaching pan from John Lewis may feel a bit spenny compared to other poachers. But, once you remove the poaching cups, it can double as a non-stick sauté pan and comes with a lifetime guarantee. Made from stainless steel, it works on induction hobs, as well as gas. The heat-resistant silicone handle is comfy to grip, and the pan also comes with a well-fitting glass lid.  Some reviewers state that it can be tricky to release the poached eggs from the cups so, it’s a good idea to make sure they’re well-oiled beforehand.

7. Best 2-egg stainless steel poacher pan: Judge Stainless Steel Induction 2 Egg Poacher

Judge egg poacher

Price: £22.50 | Buy now from Amazon

If you’re looking for a multi-function poaching pan but want to save on cupboard space, this two-cup pan is a good solution. It’s also made from sturdy stainless steel and works well on induction and gas hobs. The non-stick egg cups are popular for being easy to clean, as long as you remember to grease them ahead of use. A great option if you want an egg poacher that can also be used as a small sauté pan. 

8. Best electric egg poacher: Neo® 3 in 1 Durable Stainless Steel Electric Egg Cooker

Neo egg poacher

Price: £13 | Buy now from Amazon

“Don’t let anyone tell you they are a useless gadget - they are fabulous” - CarolBornAMan

This countertop egg cooker is a handy gadget for egg enthusiasts. Not only does it poach eggs, two at a time, but it can also boil them and help whip up an omelette. For poaching, eggs are cracked either straight into the steamer tray or poacher attachments. Close the lid, switch on the power and a buzzer sounds when the eggs are ready. It can just take a bit of experimenting with water levels, depending on how soft you like your yolk. 

Are egg poachers worth it?

If you’re a dab hand at preparing perfectly poached eggs using the traditional “water bath” method, maybe not. For the rest of us, egg poachers are a helpful kitchen addition. The question is: what type of poacher to buy? Disposable pouches offer an easy, space-efficient solution for occasional use. If poached eggs are a more regular menu item, it might be worth investing in a reusable poacher. 

How long does it take to poach an egg?

It all depends on the size of the egg and how runny you like your yolk. In gently boiling water on the stovetop, poaching an egg normally takes around three to four minutes. In a microwave, it can take as little as 60 seconds.

What is the best egg poacher to buy? 

The Oxo Good Grips Egg Poacher is an excellent all-rounder. It’s a good price, doesn’t take up too much space, and its smart design will prove popular with traditionalists who want to know their egg has been poached rather than steamed. 

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out what egg poachers were being recommended.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which egg poachers had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites, and what customer reviews said about them. Having collated all that information, we then narrowed our list down to the best egg poachers online at the moment.

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