If you love hard-boiled eggs but hate having to peel them, Eggies could be just what you need. Just crack a raw egg into one of these small plastic cups and then drop it into a pot of boiling water. Once finished, simply remove the top and tip the cup over to reveal a perfectly cooked egg.
Unfortunately, Eggies aren't all they're cracked up to be. The process of assembling each egg cup is complicated, owners say, and each Eggie must to be greased before cooking -- a potentially time-consuming process. Eggies also tend to create a mess because large eggs may overflow, and improperly sealed cups may leak while cooking. Some reviewers also complain that eggs prepared in Eggies don't always come out fully cooked and are hard to remove in one piece.
A reporter at KFVS in Cape Girardeau, Mo., tests Eggies and gives them a failing grade, saying they are time-consuming to prep, messy and hard to remove cooked eggs from. A reviewer at KLRT in Little Rock, Ark., has slightly better results, but notes that eggs stick to the cups. Eggies are also reviewed by a reporter at Boston's New England Cable News; she gives the product a grade of D because it takes twice as long as boiling eggs usually does and creates a big mess in the process.
Owners aren't much happier; most reviewers on Amazon.com give Eggies a 1-star review, finding it overly complicated, time-consuming and messy to use. Reviewers on BedBathandBeyond.com have similar complaints, and even those who get decent results with Eggies say that it's easier and less messy to just boil eggs the old fashioned way.
1. KFVS (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Reporter Lauren Keith tests Eggies at a viewer's home and has terrible results. She says greasing each Eggies component is time-consuming and messy. Whenever she cracks an egg with a large yolk, it spills over the cup, and the amount of water necessary for Eggies to work causes the pot to boil over on to the stovetop. While boiling, one of the cups comes loose and leaks egg white into the pot. When removing the cooked eggs, they do not slide out easily; Keith needs a utensil to get them out of the Eggies cups, and some of the eggs are not fully cooked. Due to the amount of time necessary and the mess created to use Eggies, Lauren gives the product an F-minus and says she would rather peel hard-boiled eggs.
Review: Does it Work Wednesday: Eggies, Lauren Keith, Updated Aug. 10, 2011
2. KLRT (Little Rock, Ark.)
Chad Garneau tests Eggies and finds that cracking the eggs into the cups is a bit messy. After boiling the eggs, they do not come out easily, and he needs a utensil to remove them, ruining the smooth texture. The cooked eggs are misshapen, Garneau says, and he deems Eggies a 'dud.'
Review: Deal or Dud: Eggies, Chad Garneau, Aug. 4, 2011
3. NECN (Boston)
Leslie Gaydos puts Eggies to the test with a viewer. They find assembling and greasing all the Eggies before use to be very time-consuming, and cracking the eggs into the cups is often messy. The first batch of eggs they put in boiling water spill all over the pot, so they try a second batch, this time putting the Eggies in warm water and then bringing it to a boil. The second batch cooks better, though some of the cups come apart in the water. The eggs do not slide out of the cups easily and all of the eggs are not fully cooked. Leslie gives Eggies a D, saying that while it can produce cooked eggs without shells, it takes more than twice the time necessary to make regular hard-boiled eggs and creates a huge mess.
Review: Eggies: Does it Work?, Leslie Gaydos, Aug. 17, 2011
About 325 customers review Eggies on Amazon.com, and an overwhelming majority give it the lowest possible rating. The most common complaints are that the product is time-consuming and messy. Assembling, greasing and boiling Eggies requires more time than boiling and peeling regular eggs. Some of the cups don't seal tightly, so they leak while cooking creating a huge mess in the pot. Customers also complain that large eggs don't fit in the Eggies cups, so the raw egg spills all over. Many find that cooked eggs do not slide out of the cups, and a utensil is needed to scrape them out. Most reviews say that Eggies will cook an egg properly, but it's much easier to boil eggs normally and deal with having to peel the shells.
Review: Eggies Hard Boiled Egg System, Contributors to Amazon.com
More than 30 customers review Eggies, and most are unhappy with the product. Complaints are similar to those expressed by owners at Amazon.com.
Review: Eggies Hard Boiled Egg Cookers - Set of 6, Contributors to BedBathAndBeyond.com