How Well Do Eggies Work?

Mr. Lazy Cook loves hard boiled eggs and eats one every day. Anyone who has ever eaten a hard boiled egg knows that peeling the skin off can be frustrating. For that reason when he saw the ad for Eggies on TV which eliminates peeling the skin, he ordered Eggies immediately.

CRACK, BOIL, TWIST Those are the words from the TV ad and also what the box says and shows. What could be simpler? If it truly were CRACK, BOIL, TWIST, the Eggies gadget might be super. Sadly, Eggies aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

The Eggies box and one of the Eggies in its four parts

Mr. Lazy Cook was very disappointed. Once you open the box, the directions add a new procedure immediately. You must place oil inside each of the little Eggies before you put the egg inside. On TV the voice over says the special non-stick surface allows the cooked egg to come right out, but the surface  isn’t non-stick at all. You have to coat it with oil. So it should be APPLY OIL, CRACK, BOIL, TWIST for starters.

After washing each of the Eggies out, Mr. Lazy Cook was dismayed to learn that an Eggie isn’t a simple cup as pictured on the box. It comes in four pieces and they screw together very delicately. This is no small consideration. The pieces have to be seated perfectly or the Eggies will leak, but it proved very difficult to get the pieces together.

The first thing you find in the box, but never even hinted at in the commercial

I decided to cook up a batch of six Eggies hard-boiled eggs. It took me about 15 minutes to get the four pieces of each Eggie to screw together accurately. This was extremely frustrating and the precision of the process was never mentioned in the Eggies ad.

Secondly, because the Eggies are thicker than egg shells, it took longer to cook the eggs. Normally, my hard-boiled eggs cook 7 minutes and 25 seconds. But it was clear to me that the eggs weren’t cooked nearly enough at that time, so I added minutes in two-minute intervals. They ended up cooking for over 11 minutes. So, prep time increased and so did cooking time. Not much of a time saver.

When I finished, I let them set and cool for several more minutes as the directions stated. I then unscrewed the Eggies, again with some difficulty, and removed the eggs. Unfortunately, I seem to have under-oiled several of them and the eggs stuck to the inside. This possibility is never mentioned any where.

One last item not mentioned: The six Eggies were now apart and I had to wash and dry all 24 pieces before putting them away. I think it took me another five minutes to get the pieces clean which involved scrubbing with a brush to remove some of the egg stuck to various pieces.

Bottomline: The ad was terribly misleading about the complexity of using the Eggies. Even though I now have six cooked eggs that have no skins, I worked much harder to prepare them than if I had simply boiled up six eggs in a pot of water.

I suggest you don’t shell out good money for Eggies. Mr. Lazy Cook was less than eggs-cited about them, and that’s no yolk.

I got a Return Authorization from Amazon.com and sent the box back today. I bought them from Amazon instead of the TV Offer because I am constantly being confused by those people. Once I ordered a dog toy for my pooch for $9.95. There was a second one free for shipping only, so I ordered one for my daughter. Later, when I checked my credit card, I had been charged $69.95. Needless to say, I cancelled that order, too.

Someone suggested to me putting a teaspoon of baking soda into the water before boiling the eggs and there would be less sticking to the shell. It seems to be working so far. Yet another reason to pass on buying the Eggies.

You might also want to check out Another idea better than Eggies.

Seems there is a song that goes something like, “Don’t go bacon my heart. I couldn’t if I fried” or something like that.
Tony

45 Comments

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45 responses to “How Well Do Eggies Work?

  1. Brenda Berner

    Boy, that ad sure is deceiving! Sorry you had to go through all of that, but glad it wasn’t me.

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    • Tony

      HI, Brenda –

      Well, hopefully, a lot of other folks won’t have to go through the same ordeal.

      Tony

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    • Mark

      It only costs $1.00 in the dollar stores so it seems worth a shot. But every part of the process is a pain in the ass! In retrospect, I would have paid $20.00 to not have purchased this.

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      • Good point. Even at $1.00 Eggies is not worth it. Awful to think how many of the bloody things they sold. Certainly very few of the folks who read this piece disagreed about them. Eggies are definitely not all they’re cracked up to be.

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  2. Nancy

    Thank you for the information. I was thinking of getting an eggie but after your post, will pass. The commercial is very deceiving. Sorry you had to go through such a disappointment but if it is any consolation, you have helped others.

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    • Tony

      Thanks, Nancy. You are entirely welcome. Glad to have helped. Mr. Lazy Cook was truly disappointed, though. He was looking forward to effortless skinless hard-boiled eggs.

      Tony

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  3. Kara

    How disappointing! I am usually not taken in by those commercials, but the eggies were tempting me. I’m so glad I found your post.

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  4. If you make boiled eggs that is a great product. One warning is don’t try to make boiled scrambled eggs. The owners manual says it is possible but they turn our really gross looking.

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    • Tony

      Thank you, Eggies Canada for your unbiased opinion.

      As you can see from my blog entry, I didn’t think Eggies was such a great product. Eggies commercials neglected to mention the necessity of thoroughly oiling the product before you start. Also, I found the extremely fine threading of the Eggies to be very difficult to put together. Cooking with them worked, but then the cleanup was another expenditure of time and effort not necessary by simply boiling the eggs in a pot of hot water.

      Tony

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  5. Michael Kemmerling

    Hello,
    I agree these EGGIES are not what they are advertised to be. They forgot to mention that the two halves should ‘snap’ together first. There is a tiny ‘o-ring’ on the top. If you snap the two halves together first then put the collar on the two halves come together easy (and they do not leak while boiling). Then apply the oil a couple of drops into the top opening and spread with your finger.
    I don’t particularly like the consistency of the egg it is not like the real egg cooked in it’s own shell. The egg does not taste the same.
    The EGGIES are an experiment in invention technology. The lady behind the egg is Betsy Kaufman. She took her ‘idea’ to a manufacturing team and they did all the work; of course Betsy had the final say.
    Overall this is a great idea!
    Mike

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    • Tony

      HI, Michael –

      Thanks for your thoughts. I agree with you that the idea of cooking an egg and being able to peel it easily is a great idea. As far as the Eggies go, however, the execution falls well short of the idea. I worked way too hard making those six hard-boiled eggs to justify the expense of the Eggies. Mr. Lazy Cook is back to boiling them au naturel.

      Tony

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  6. I purchased two boxes of the Eggies at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and use them at least three times per week, with zero complaints. Yes, it’s an assembly mechanism and a different process, but it’s not difficult to the point of discust, infact, after three ot four times using them, there’s no noticable inconveniences at all. Another point of order that causes people problems, is putting them into the water before it starts boiling, which is not recommended in the directions. I have gotten into making these Bacon & Cheddar deviled eggs with mine, VERY yummy!!

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    • Tony

      Frank –

      Glad Eggies’ various inconveniences and misleading advertising about ‘non-stick surface’ aren’t a problem for you. They were for me.

      Tony

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  7. castev

    I bought them this weekend. Two exploded in the pot. One yolk was to big to fit and spilled all over the counter. What a mess – can’t make deviled eggs due to the poor shape of the eggs.

    Don’t want to peel difficult eggs. Buy them and then keep them in the refrigerator for several days before boiling them.

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    • Tony

      Very sorry you had such a bad time with them. I hope you are able to return them for a full refund.

      Thanks for the tip on boiling eggs and not having the skins stick. Will try it.

      Tony

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  9. Stojef

    I’ve tried my Eggies twice. They suck. They leak. It takes longer to prepare the Eggies, make the eggs and then clean the Eggies than it does to just boil up some eggs and peel them.

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  10. Kathy

    I agree, we have wasted over a dozen eggs trying these things. We followed directions (husband) exactly. The eggies were oiled and the the pieces were very tight. Most of the eggies escaped and pieces came apart during the boiling process. The idea is great, just too bad they don’t work. I am not sure why the person above said they are great, not so for the rest of us.

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    • Tony

      Thanks for sharing, Kathy. I just found they were waaay too much work. They definitely are more work than boiling water and dropping the eggs inside.

      Tony

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  11. Thank you for your review!!!

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  12. Gloria

    You are right, they stink. I can boil and peel the old way in half the time. Unfortunatly I discarded the box. (bought from Walmart) so I guess I will just toss in the garbage. Won’t use again.

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  13. Linda

    I was so disappointed. It took longer to clean, oil, cook and clean again. I also threw out the box. They were also very difficult to get the egg into the eggie without some spilling on the counter. Usually I enjoy most products “as seen on tv”. This one is a total failure and will be in next week’s garbage.

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  14. shayla

    I too do not like this product, I followed directions exactly and 4 of my 6 eggs exploded in the pot………. disappointment!!!

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    • Tony

      HI, Shayla –

      Sorry to hear about your experience with Eggies. I think they are a terrible waste of money.

      BTW, I have found that adding a teaspoon of baking soda to the boiling water seems to reduce the skin problem.

      Tony

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  15. Tami

    Seriously… how hard is it to peel an egg cooked the old fashioned way? And seriously why would you cook something in plastic?
    If you really have difficulty cooking an egg, buy a good electric steamer, do 6 at the same time, and tada! ready for the week. Plus you can use it to steam other foods healthier.
    Also- use older eggs rather than fresher and they will peel easier.
    People spend a lot of money trying to make an easy chore harder.
    I buy these things to sell in the store I work at and I feel really guilty about it when i see how much $ you can make selling garbage.

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  16. Nina

    Hi there! Next time I will consult Mr. Lazy Cook before I purchase! I got mine at ACO for half price – I wonder if they will take them back? Really? Let’s make making eggs into rocket science! I am an educated adult and I read the instructions at least 5 times! LOL … the eggs turned out great, but geez, they had flat tops and you can’t even spray the PAM in? LOL … you had to spray the paper towel and hand oil? OMG … I could’ve done 2 loads of laundry and vacuumed the house by the time I had cooked eggs! Feeling bad that I have reached a new all-time, laziness low, I think I might try to get my $7.49 back today!

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    • Tony

      Nina –

      Good luck getting a refund. Don’t know if you caught it, but I now include a teaspoon full of baking soda in the water and that seems to keep the eggs from sticking. I like hard-boiled eggs and eat one every day.

      Thanks for writing!

      Tony

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  17. LisaMoore

    Only good thing would be if you want to make egg appetizers. The eggs had a flat end so they sat upright. None of mine exploded so maybe high heat hurts effectiveness. Still all you had to do made it more work than just boiling an egg,

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    • Tony

      Thanks for your comment. Agreed it was way more work than boiling an egg. Also, I was bothered by the substantial omissions in the ad. They were much more complicated than the ad led you to believe.

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  18. Jennifer

    You know, it’s weird… I was sooo excited when I saw these Eggies in the store. So I bout them for $6. Good price and I was excited!! My kid threw away the box so I didn’t have the instructions. I used them and I yelled and got angry! But all I could see is what I was doing wrong. So I cracked the egg into a cup and then poured it into the eggie. Instead of throwing them into the pot (like I did the first 2) I learned to gently place them in there. I knew nothing about the oil, and now I’m excited to have read all of these so I am definitely going to do that! If anyone paid some crazy price for these, ok, I can see why you would be annoyed, but I guess I’m just patient, or I just want to know what I’m doing wrong. Because that is usually the problem… This product may not be just perfect but It’s a good idea for those of us who want some egg salad and hate taking off the shells! For $6, I’ll make it perfect for me 🙂

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    • Jennifer –

      Thanks very much for your thoughtful comment. Your patience and persistence are a wonderful lesson for us all. Congratulations on practicing those virtues. I’m glad you are happy with your Eggies and can enjoy using them.

      They didn’t work for me and I am equally happy to be rid of them.

      I understand your feeling about the difficulty of removing the shells. One of the readers mentioned in a comment that a small amount of baking soda in the water while the eggs were boiling was very helpful if ‘freeing’ the eggs from the shells. As a matter of fact, I use that technique now and it works well.

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  19. I had never planned to buy these at all. I could see just from watching the TV commercial that they would not be worth the price. But when I found them at my local dollar store, I thought “what the heck, it’s only a buck. Worst case scenario I’ll turn them into planters for tiny roses or something”. I’m trying them right now, we’ll see how they come out. I can say that I like the idea of being able to add seasoning to my boiled eggs before I cook them. But that seems to be my main benefit. And since I don’t really make boiled eggs all that often to begin with, I suspect these will be repurposed.

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    • Lynne –

      You were wiser than most in your assessment of Eggies.

      If it’s not too much trouble, please drop us a line and say how you repurposed your Eggies.

      Happy Easter!

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  20. Lorie

    I just bought my set at the DOLLAR store, used them for the first time today, and LOVE them! Maybe a trick is using non-stick cooking spray instead of oil, and tending them a little as they boil. Mine worked exactly as advertised, and for $1.00, and I will never have to peel another hard-boiled egg! Happy, Happy Day.

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    • Congratulations, Lorie –

      So nice to hear someone actually is happy about purchasing these. Of course, you paid the right price. It’s hard to go wrong when you only risk $1.00 Happy day, indeed.

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  21. At least cooking hard boiled eggs the old-fashioned way isn’t too difficult, even for “Mr. Lazy Cook”! Gadgets are so enticing though.

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    • Exactly right. I couldln’t believe how much work those bloody things were.

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      • Speaking of gadgets that are not really improvements, what do you think of the electronic bike shifting devices? My husband and I were just talking about that. Just seems like more stuff that can break!

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      • I may be a bad source for this one. I have a stick shift car and love it. I have spoken to mechanics about the electronic shifters. They said that they don’t work well. By the time they ‘know’ to shift it is way late, so they ride strange. I can’t imagine how they could be good. If you are interested, though, maybe you can get a test ride someplace that sells them. That way you can see how you and hubby like them.

        I do agree that it adds another layer of potential problems. Also, if it is automatic, that may mean with a problem, you are stuck walking the bike back.

        I would be interested in hearing what you think if you guys decide to try them.

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