The EZ Cracker is advertised as an easy way to crack eggs without making a mess. The gadget consists of two plastic handles, rings on both sides and a claw. When you place an egg into the EZ Cracker, the two rings hold it in place. Once you squeeze the two handles together, the claw cracks the egg open, allowing the egg to drop into your bowl. The EZ Cracker includes an attachment that's designed to separate eggs and peel hardboiled eggs.
For cracking eggs neatly, the EZ Cracker gets mixed reviews. Tests show that it usually works well for cracking one or two eggs, and then it starts to get messy. After the first few eggs, it begins working inconsistently, leaving bits of shell in with the eggs about half the time. Cleanup can be time-consuming, as it is not dishwasher-safe. It's also slow; tests show that cracking eggs by hand is faster. Most reviewers give the EZ Cracker a firm a thumbs-down when it comes to using the attachment to separate eggs or peel hardboiled eggs. It sometimes works well at separating eggs, but it's not very consistent.
We found the most thorough tests of the EZ Cracker at TV station KNXV (Phoenix), where the gadget is used to crack a dozen eggs. The egg separator attachment isn't tested here, since it was defective and wouldn't attach properly. The separator is tested at StarReviews.com, where the EZ Cracker is reviewed in detail, listing both pros and cons. It is also tested at TV station WXIA (Atlanta) with equally mixed results.
Tests at a third TV station, KWCH (Wichita, Kan.), are interesting because reviewers use a stopwatch to find out if the EZ Cracker saves more time than cracking eggs by hand (turns out, it doesn't.) Time is also of the essence in the review at KDFW (Dallas), where the EZ Cracker is tested by a chef. The review at WTSP (Tampa, Fla.) is the most enthusiastic we found, but the tester only tries it a couple of times. We also found useful owner-written reviews at Amazon.com, where the EZ Cracker earns the lowest possible average rating.
1. KNXV (Phoenix)
This video test of the EZ Cracker shows that out of a dozen eggs cracked, shells got into the mix half of the time, leading reporter Daphne Munro to give the product a thumbs-down. The egg-separating attachment was defective so it couldn't be tested.
Review: EZ Cracker Claims to Keep Shells out of Eggs, but Will It?, Daphne Munro, April 15, 2010
This reviewer says the EZ Cracker does crack eggs without getting bits of shell in them, but works inconsistently when it comes to separating egg whites or peeling hardboiled eggs. The EZ Cracker is deemed comfortable to use, but inconvenient to wash since it's not dishwasher-safe.
Review: EZ Cracker Video Review, "StarArthur", Jan. 4, 2010
3. WXIA (Atlanta)
In this review of the EZ Cracker complete with video, volunteer tester Maureen Cochran says it's useful for cracking eggs, since it keeps hands clean. However, it fails completely to peel hardboiled eggs, and isn't easy to use as a separator.
Review: Try It Review: EZ Cracker, Karyn Greer, March 1, 2010
4. KWCH (Wichita, Kan.)
Three women test the EZ Cracker, timing it against the traditional method of cracking eggs by hand (the latter proves to be faster). Two of the women conclude that the EZ Cracker isn't worth the trouble since it needs to be rinsed off after just a few uses to avoid breaking the yolk. The other woman says she likes the EZ Cracker because it does a better job than she can -- even though it doesn't work perfectly. Tests here don't cover the separator attachment.
Review: EZ Cracker, Kim Setty, April 2010
5. KDFW (Dallas)
This video review shows the EZ Cracker being tested by chef Ryan Collerosi, who says he cracks about 5,000 eggs a week. He says the EZ Cracker is a good product for home use, although it's actually slower than doing it by hand. The separator attachment is also judged effective, but it's only tested on one egg.
Review: Deal or Dud: EZ Cracker, Steve Noviello, March 3, 2010
6. WTSP (Tampa, Fla.)
This review gives the EZ Cracker a thumbs-up not only for cracking an egg but also for separating it neatly. Christie Bruner notes that it didn't work so well the first time she tried it, but she got the hang of it on the second try.
Review: Try It Before You Buy It: The EZ Cracker and EZ Scrambler, Gene Yagle, April 27, 2010
The handful of users reviewing the EZ Cracker here give it the lowest possible average rating of 1 star, saying it's a lot easier to crack and separate eggs by hand.
Review: As Seen On TV EZ Cracker and Egg Separator, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2010