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Makes fluffy tender eggs
on November 13, 2011
I got this after seeing an HSN infomercial for the Chef's Choice version. I liked that this one had an auto shut-off feature the other one was lacking and it was the only one I could find that delivered to Canada at the time. So I went for it. I ended up returning mine because I hated the shape of the poached eggs mold which makes it nearly impossible to get the eggs out without breaking the yolk. Also the auto shut-off feature is not like that of a kettle. It waits untill the machine has cooled down, and then starts heating again until you either turn it off or unplug it. So after returning this one and purchasing the Chef's Choice version, here's what I think of the Cuisinart:
- The fact that piercing the shells is recommended (and you do get a pin under the water cup for this) is a good thing. It makes for fluffier, dreamier eggs;
- The fact that the machine only shuts off once the water you measured has completely evaporated, makes for a more difficult cleanup of the base, which happens to contain electronic parts. Not good;
- If you tend to lose stuff like the measuring cup, you may prefer the Chef's Choice as that one has a sliding timer with the desired egg type written on the machine and you won't have to measure the water;
- If you plan on using the poaching tray, be aware that it makes weird 1 inch deep sharp pie shapes. Not great for sandwiches, not great for unmolding, and not great for omelets either. I prefer Chef's Choice wider, rounded bottom oval shapes;
- While the auto shut-off feature is far from perfect, this one is the only egg cooker I could find with one.
All in all, neither machine is perfect, but you'll probably only prefer this one if you're not planning on poaching much.