I'd been after a replacement for my old egg boiler for a while, and I finally chose this one because of the steel cover and unintrusive look. I think an opaque cover is important in an egg boiler as the tray and cover get dirty quickly. A transparent cover is the last thing you'd want if you like your kitchen to look tidy. My old egg boiler was the 2003-2004 Aldi one (also branded as Princess and Bosch) and it was incredible. This one isn't quite up to the mark, but I think that's just because the level indicators on the water cup aren't quite in the right place. Also the pin on the water cup is too thick and frequently smashes an egg. I need to find my old water cup. I hope I kept it.
Somewhere along the way, someone made a stupid decision. Not only did they add a chrome-plated surround for the on button, they used the single worse button you've ever touched. Quite how they found such a bad button, or why anyone makes one, is... another topic. I fully anticipate that in a few months I will have to replace the button with something sensible, and I might ditch the awful chrome plate while I'm at it. Chrome plating is incredibly bad for the environment and doesn't even look good. If they can ban 60W light bulbs they ought to ban chrome plating.
It comes with an egg poaching tray, but no instruction on how to use it. And it's not at all obvious either. There are only two options: on the steel tray or on the white plastic tray. I wonder which is right.
There's no alarm, but practically every other egg boiler sounds a siren when ready, and on those models it goes until you turn it off. I prefer the silent approach to the emergency approach, but a brief buzz might be nice. Maybe I'll add one when I replace that button.