Eggs are quick and easy to fry, poach, scramble or boil. But if you don't have the time to even do that, here comes the Rollie Vertical Grill (available from Big W for $38) to save the day. It's a small appliance that turns eggs and other sweet and savoury dishes into tube-like pops. Sounds yummy, right?
We find out.
How the Rollie Vertical Grill works
The Rollie has a vertical heating element surrounded by a non-stick cooking surface, and claims to be "the fast, easy, pan-free way to make perfect eggs every time". Its silicone grip makes it easy to tip the eggs out onto a plate and you aren't restricted to cooking eggs – you can also make burritos, pizza rollies or cinnamon rollies. The instruction booklet has a selection of recipes for you to choose from.
Fiona Mair, home economist from CHOICE's test kitchen, tested the Rollie by cooking eggs and mince meat (the burger dog recipe in the booklet).
Before putting any food into the chamber to cook, you need to add a generous amount of cooking oil spray to avoid sticking. It performed poorly when cooking eggs for the first time – they were tough and stuck in the chamber, making the egg-pop difficult to remove.
On her second attempt, Fiona used more cooking oil spray and got a very good result – the eggs had a soft yolk and firm, cooked whites. Eggs are ready within six minutes, but using your stove and frypan gives you a quicker result, not to mention you can cook them however you want.
Fiona then followed the instructions to cook the burger dog. She found it difficult to feed the mince into the narrow cooking chamber and needed to use the plunger that's provided. During cooking, fat and meat juices splash onto the bench and as the meat cooked and rose it also snapped in half. Although the meat was cooked, it had limited browning and a chewy, stewed texture.
Ease of use
- Feeding some foods into the chamber can be awkward.
- It has bright indicator lights to let you know when it's on and ready to use, but a timer would be handy to avoid over- or under-cooking.
- It's pre-heated and ready to go within a minute.
- The exterior doesn't become hot but steam is produced and released from the top of the chamber.
- It has a short cord that can be annoying and restrictive.
- It's lightweight and compact for easy storage.
- It's easy to clean. The exterior can be wiped over and the interior can be cleaned with the bottle-type brush that's provided.
The Rollie does perform as it's intended, so if you're into these types of gadgets you might get a kick out of it; however, we aren't convinced that it's in any way a necessary kitchen appliance.