Egg toppers neatly slice off the tops of soft-cooked eggs. These devices claim to be faster, neater, and more precise than the standard method of cracking the shell with the back of a butter knife. While some of the models available didn’t perform well during our tests and left behind a trail of broken shells, the egg topper by Rösle worked just about every time.
Gadget name: Rösle Egg Topper
It looks like: A beautiful, stainless-steel, miniature plunger. Or, perhaps, the lever to a trapdoor.
How it’s supposed to work: With spring-loaded toppers the bowl fits over the end of the egg like a dunce cap. Two pulls on the spring-loaded lever in the handle punctures a circle around the top of the egg that can be gently pried off.
How we tested it: We placed our soft-cooked egg in an egg cup and lopped off the top part of the shell.
How it actually works: Pretty much just as it’s supposed to. This sturdy model was the most precise of the toppers we tested, quickly topping eggs in about 20 seconds with neat, even breaks due to a lever that had just enough force to punch out a circle without cracking the entire shell.
Our favorite part: Its reliability. No one wants to make the perfectly soft-cooked egg, only to destroy it in the topping process. With the Rösle, we knew we didn’t have to worry about messing up breakfast.
Good to know: The Rösle is also good for is removing the top of raw eggs, so you can reuse the shells for other purposes.
Best for: The soft-cooked egg lover who cares about presentation as much as taste.
Overall: The Rösle topper is all that it’s cracked up to be.