Kitchen Gadgets: Ditch the Pot. Buy a Cuisinart Egg Cooker.

Listen. Put down the pot. Save the fish and stop wasting all that water trying to get the perfect hard-boiled egg. Instead of filling up a saucepan with cold water, bringing it to a boil, waiting for the eggs to cook, then sticking them in an ice bath…I’m getting bored already…just put the pan away and spend $40 on a Cuisinart Egg Cooker.

Eggs are a staple of the American breakfast and for many health-conscious folks, provide an essential morning protein kick. Instead of sitting around monitoring the procedure for perfect hard-boiled eggs, pop them into the Cuisinart Egg Cooker and move on with your life.

It takes exactly 14 minutes for six eggs to cook inside the little stainless steel machine and only 1/4 cup of water. So instead of throwing out all that used water from the saucepan and then throwing out all that melted ice (now water) from the ice bath, get a small measuring cup and enjoy the no fuss process of the Egg Cooker.

The model I have holds up to seven eggs; some can cook up to 10, though. I usually cook only six eggs because I like uniformity and even numbers (read undiagnosed OCD) as well as the fact that I don’t have to experiment with how much water I need for seven. All you have to do, even you busy moms on-the-go and twenty-somethings that are late for their first business presentation, is dump the water into the egg cooker, place the eggs in the handy plastic holder, put on the metal lid, and click the switch on.

You now have exactly 14 minutes to do a variety of morning tasks including, but not limited to, the following: blow-dry your hair, put on makeup, make your lunch, take a lightening-fast shower, wander around aimlessly, feed the dog/cat/fish/tamagotchi, enjoy a cup of coffee, tell those darn kids to get off your lawn.

Unfortunately, the Cuisinart Egg Cooker makes a shrill beeping sound when it’s done, but this allows you to hear it even if you’re upstairs sorting your laundry. Remove the lid, watching for excess steam of course, and let the eggs cool. It takes about 26 minutes for the eggs to reach a temp where they’re easy to handle (still warm), but this allows you to continue your morning routine without a ton of wasted time. The entire egg endeavor takes 40 minutes, but its simplicity makes it easy to fit into any schedule.

You can alter the cooking procedure as well to get harder or softer yolks. I prefer them on the harder side so the quarter of a cup for six eggs works best for my breakfast. For those who want to play scientist, the Cuisinart Egg Cooker comes with a handy measuring cup (with piercing pin) that allows you to change up the amount of water added for softer or harder eggs.

For those who worry their next dinner party will be ruined by ugly green rings around the yolks, fear not! The Cuisinart Egg Cooker leaves no such rings behind! Perfect for presentation and palatability. So instead of worrying that you’re making a large impact on the fresh water supply or checking several different recipes to ensure your eggs come out just as you imagined, buy the $40 Cuisinart Egg Cooker and never worry about egg-tremely underwhelming eggs again.