Last Updated: May 5, 2023 @ 3:16 pm.

Which is the best egg incubator? We took several top brands and did eight hours of research, comparing quality and features. Which ones are best for a 4H project? Budget-friendly? Here are the ones that out tops.

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Best With Candler

Simple to use
We like this incubator's overall performance—it does the best job at holding temperature and humidity steady. Built-in candler is also helpful.

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Best With Candler: KEBONNIXS 12 Egg Incubator

Egg incubators keep the eggs at the right temperature for hatching by controlling humidity and temperature.

Yes, some models turn the eggs automatically. Otherwise, you have to do the turning yourself.

Fertilized eggs take about 21 days to hatch. After hatching, you should leave the chicks in the incubator for another 24 hours before moving to a brooding box.

One key feature to look for with egg incubators is a candler function. This is a light that can check the progress of the embryo. After researching a dozen different egg incubators with candlers, we think the KEBONNIXS is the best bet for most folks. Here’s why:

What We Liked

• Holds humidity and temperature well.

• Easy to clean.

• Built-in candler works well.

What Needs Work

• Doesn’t work as well for larger chicken eggs or duck and goose eggs.

• Interior space is cramped for chicks after they hatch.

Best for 4H projects

Set it and forget it
Loved how easy this incubator is to use—perfect for a child to set-up (with adult help, of course).

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Best for 4H projects: Magicfly Digital Mini Fully Automatic Egg Incubator

We liked the design of this incubator—and it is so simple to use, it is our pick if your child has to do a 4H project. The automatic temperature control works well.

What We Liked

• Easy to use.

• Egg turner works well.

• Compact size.

What Needs Work

• Directions could be more clear.

• No hygrometer to monitor humidity level.

Best For Large Numbers Of Eggs

Good hatch rate
The clear top and large capacity are the star features here—easy to use and easy to clean.

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Best For Large Numbers Of Eggs: Manna Pro Harris Farms Nurture Right Incubator

Most incubators we researched were designed for a dozen or so eggs. But what if you have more? This model by Manna Pro can handle 22 eggs—and we liked the overall quality here, albeit at a higher price.

What We Liked

• Easy to use.

• Easy to clean.

• Thermometer.

• Hygrometer to indicate humidity level.

What Needs Work

• Instructions could be more clear.

• Turner works best with chicken eggs, in our opinion.

• Pricey.

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