Best Egg Incubator Review – Buyer’s Guide

There is not a single egg incubator that will hatch 100% of the eggs 100% of the time. However, there are plenty of incubators that will hatch zero eggs all the time. Although most eggs can actually withstand some abuse (as sometimes happens in nature itself), eggs are vulnerable to changes in environment. If either the temperature or humidity drops or rises too far, all eggs will be dead.

And it’s not just temperature and humidity. Frequent but not too frequent turning is important as well. It is possible to just let nature do the job, but when compared to automatic egg incubators, it is often the fully automatic egg incubators that have the best hatching rate.

Just make sure you get a high quality egg incubator if you go for a fully automatic model, because if it does mess up, it will mess up badly.

Different types of eggs require different temperatures and humidity levels as well, though chicken eggs are by far the most common. As such, chicken egg incubators are the most popular, thought the best brands can also be used for incubating for example quail eggs or even ostrich eggs.

Egg IncubatorSizePower Consumption 
Brinsea Mini Advance EX7 Chicken Eggs12 Watt
Brinsea Ovation 28 28 Chicken Eggs25 Watt
Brinsea Mini Advance7 Chicken Eggs12 Watt
Magicfly Digital Mini12 Chicken Eggs40 Watt
R-COM Mini Digital3 Chicken Eggs6 Watt

Brinsea Mini Advance EX Egg Incubator

The Brinsea Mini Advance EX is the only mini chicken incubator with a build in humidity sensor as well as a fully automatic humidity pump. Aside from that, the Advance EX comes with premium programmable temperature control, and automatic turning as well.

It can hold up to 7 chicken eggs or about 12 quail or pheasant eggs. The Advance EX is the only incubator that can be considered a truly set and forget, as it’s possible to leave the incubator on its own during the entire incubation period. I would still recommend to candling the eggs once every week though.

If you are looking for the best of the best, when it comes to mini egg incubators than the Brinsea Mini Advance EX wins the title with ease. If you’re looking for more information, you can find our full Brinsea Mini Advance EX review here.

 Brinsea Mini Advance EX key specs

  • Up to 7 chicken eggs / 12 quail eggs
  • Fully automatic programmable temperature control
  • Fully automatic humidity control
  • Low power consumption (12 Watt)



Brinsea Ovation 28 Advance Egg Incubator

Second place is yet another Brinsea egg incubator, this time the Ovation 28 Advance. The Ovation 28 is far larger than the Mini Advance EX, and is capable of holding up to 28 chicken eggs. Aside from chicken eggs, it can hold pretty much any kind of egg. For example, up to 60 quail eggs will fit in at once or up to 12 goose eggs.

When it comes to automation, the Ovation 28 egg incubator is close to the Brinsea Advance EX. The only real difference is that the Ovation 28 does not come with an additional humidity pump. It is possible to purchase one separately, but out of the box it is not included.’

Temperature control and turning is fully automated, and the temperature is programmable as well. Without the optional humidity pump you will need to keep an eye on the water level, and refill the water every so often.

Brinsea Ovation 28 Advance key specs

  • Up to 28 chicken eggs / 60 quail eggs
  • Fully automatic programmable temperature control
  • Optional humidity pump
  • Low power consumption (30 Watt)



Brinsea Mini Advance Egg Incubator

Third place is yet again a Brinsea egg incubator, but it’ll be the last one of this list. The Brinsea Mini Advance is basically a less advanced version of the Brinsea Mini Advance EX, which we ranked first. Main differences are the lack of a humidity pump, as well as a slightly less appealing design.

For example, the floor in the Advance EX has egg shaped holes which prevents eggs from rolling around, while this egg incubator does not have those holes. As long as the incubator just stands still it isn’t that much of a difference, but it is a small difference nonetheless.

Despite being slightly worse, the hatch rate still exceeds 90%, which makes it a very decent egg incubator. If you’re looking for more information, you can find our full Brinsea Mini Advance review here.

Brinsea Mini Advance key specs

  • Up to 7 chicken eggs / 12 quail eggs
  • Fully automatic programmable temperature control
  • Water reservoir that requires manual refilling
  • Low power consumption (12 Watt)



Magicfly Digital Mini Egg Incubator

The Magicfly Digital Mini is a small incubator made of PC and ABS. The build quality is definitely less than that of Brinsea products, and it features no transparent panes. Temperature control, however, is excellent, though not programmable nor is a cooling option provided. Humidity works OK, but there is no humidity sensor included.

The power consumption is significantly higher than the Brinsea products, at 40 Watt. That said, 40 Watt isn’t that much, and if you only want to hatch eggs every so often, it doesn’t make that big a difference.

Basically the Magicfly Digital Mini is a budget model incubator, and it does its job very well. Its lacking the additional features, and the design doesn’t feel as sturdy, but at the end it is a decent budget egg incubator. If you’re looking for more information, you can find our full Magicfly Digital Mini review here.

Magicfly Digital Mini key specs

  • Up to 12 chicken eggs
  • Fully automatic temperature control
  • Water reservoir that requires manual refilling
  • No humidity sensor
  • High power consumption (40 Watt)



R-COM Mini Digital Egg Incubator

The R-COM Mini is our final incubator, and what sets it apart is its size. The R-COM Mini holds only up to 3 chicken eggs. Despite the toy-ish appearance, the R-COM Mini is actually a decent working incubator, with presets for chicken eggs, duck eggs, pheasant eggs, and quail eggs.

The R-COM Mini also has a bit of additional space, allowing the first hatched chicks during the lockdown phase to move around a little bit. Unfortunately there is no humidity sensor included, so either you have to get your own, or candle the eggs regularly. There is a water reservoir included, and the humidity level seems to be about right on its own most of the time.

The power consumption is the lowest of all egg incubators listed here, though when looking at power consumption per egg it scores just OK. If you want to hatch just a few eggs, the R-COM is definitely the least power hungry at just 6 Watt average. If you’re looking for more information, you can find our full R-COM Mini Digital review here.

R-COM Mini Digital key specs

  • Up to 3 chicken eggs
  • Fully automatic temperature control
  • Water reservoir that requires manual refilling
  • No humidity sensor
  • Low power consumption (6 Watt)



Best Egg Incubator Brands

When it comes to egg incubator brands, there is a single brand that has been standing at the top for a very long time. That’s Brinsea. Brinsea offers a wide variety of egg incubators, which are mostly geared towards chicken eggs. Despite that, their fully automatic models can handle quail eggs and the like just as well.

Aside from Brinsea there are quite a few lesser known brands, some of which offer a surprisingly good product for its price. Both a Magicfly and an R-com egg incubator made it into the top 5.

Pretty much all brands aside from Brinsea are made in China. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t any good options out there. While Brinsea egg incubators can be quite expensive, the Chinese options tend to be cheaper. The Magicfly is an example of an egg incubator working OK on a budget.

If you’re considering buying an egg incubator not on this list, as long as it’s a Brinsea you will be safe. All their products that we’ve reviewed are stellar quality. Their support is very decent as well. If it isn’t a Brinsea you are after, you will have to be careful though. When looking for the best egg incubators, there were plenty of contenders that turned out to be pretty bad. About half of them had a 0% hatch rate!

Egg Incubator Tips and Tricks

Depending on what kind of egg incubator you end up buying, you may have to do more or less manual work. But even if you get the fully automatic Brinsea Mini Advance EX we got some extra tips:

  1. Where you place your incubator can make a big difference. Make sure there is no direct sunlight, no heating elements nearby, and no airflows either. Preferably in a room that is stable in temperature if possible.
  2. Thoroughly clean your incubator after your chicks are out. Check the manual of your egg incubator to see what cleaning products you can use. Not all cleaning products are safe with all incubators!
  3. Different breeds of chicken eggs can have slightly different optimal humidity levels and temperature levels. Make sure to check online for your exact breed.
  4. If you have a problem controlling humidity in your egg incubator, we got a great guide on how to control humidity in your egg incubator.


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