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Waffle Makers Buying Guide

A waffle maker brings light, fluffy homemade (not frozen) waffles to the breakfast table. American-style waffle makers produce the traditional square, thin waffles. Belgian-style makers are generally round and have deeper cavities to produce thicker waffles with a light, crispy texture.

Types of Waffle Makers

Types of Waffle Makers

With basic ingredients and a dedicated waffle maker, you can get one of the best restaurant-style breakfast foods at home. It takes a special appliance to produce the crisp-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside treats. With two common styles of waffles, thick Belgian-style or thin American-style, you need to decide which type is preferred in your household. With the addition of ingredients such pumpkin, buttermilk, or chocolate chips, you can create waffles of many flavors. Or top fresh waffles with whipped cream, fresh berries, and chopped nuts for a truly sumptuous experience.

Belgian

An authentic Belgian-type electric waffle maker creates waffles that are thick with deep grooves. Many waffle makers of this sort create one large round waffle or a large waffle that can be divided into two or four smaller waffles.

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Waring

Serve your family their favorite waffles twice as fast with this Waring Double Belgian Waffle Maker. A must-have for Sunday mornin...g brunches, this waffle maker turns out two 1-inch-thick Belgian-style waffles with a crispy outside and a soft and... read more

Cooking.com

Serve your family their favorite waffles twice as fast with this Waring Double Belgian Waffle Maker. A must-have for Sunday mornin...g brunches, this waffle maker turns out two 1-inch-thick Belgian-style waffles with a crispy outside and a soft and delectable inside. Whether your bunch prefers classic Belgian waffles, pomegranate oatmeal waffles or pumpkin spice waffles with butternut-bacon syrup, this easy-to-use waffle maker gets waffles to the table fast. Its nonstick interior allows for easy release of your waffles and fast clean-up, and an innovative rotary feature ensures even baking on both sides of each waffle. LED indicator lights let you know when the waffle maker is hot enough to begin making your waffles, and an audio alert sounds when the waffles are ready. Best Used For: We love the creativity this waffle maker inspires for making restaurant-style waffles at home, including cheddar and prosciutto waffles topped with caramel and apple slices or cornbread waffles smothered in chili. They're also great served with just a dusting of powdered sugar, and the classic dish of Belgian waffles topped with strawberries and homemade whipped cream is also a good choice. Features: Makes two 1-inch-thick Belgian waffles at onceRotary feature allows for even baking on both sides1,400-watt unit with two LED ready-indicator lightsAudio alert when waffles are readyControl knob for browningNonstick interior for easy release of wafflesComes with 1-year warranty from Waring for quality assurance read more

Waring

Make every breakfast a gourmet's delight with the Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker. This round Belgian waffle maker makes restauran...t-style waffles that are perfectly brown and crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. A flip of the wrist... read more

Hammacher Schlemmer

This waffle maker was rated The Best by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it consistently produced perfectly cooked waffle...s and was easy to use. The substantial chef?s-grade appliance has dual grid surfaces within its rotating clamshell to bake two 71/2"-diam. Belgian waffles at once. During testing both waffles came out evenly baked?golden and crispy on the outside and moist in the middle?without the burnt or raw spots found in the waffles made with lesser models. The Best model?s nonstick plates made it easy to remove cooked waffles, and its handles remained cool to the touch, unlike the scalding handles on lesser units. The Best Waffle Maker indicates when it is preheating, ready for batter, and when the waffles are ready. If a crispier texture is desired, the unit tracks any additional time so users know how long to cook the next batch. Includes auto shut-off mechanism and cleanup brush. Plugs into AC. 16 1/3" L x 10 1/3" W x 9 1/3" D. (18 lbs.) read more

Standard

Thinner, American-style waffles come from an electric maker with shallow grooves. These makers typically produce four waffles at a time, so they’re perfect when cooking for larger groups.

Waffled Pancake Pans

These gridded pans that cook on the stovetop make pancakes that are textured like waffles. They are good option if storage is limited and you’d rather store a pan than an appliance.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Before you purchase a waffle maker, think about the type of waffles you want to make, and then make the selection that best fits your needs. For plain waffles, a standard waffle maker is sufficient, but if you plan to experiment with recipes, it’s best to have a maker with temperature and brownness controls.

Depth

A waffle maker with a deep grid produces thick Belgian waffles. Flatter American-style waffles come from makers with shallow grids. Which one you choose is solely a matter of personal preference.

Shape

The shape of the maker determines the shape of the waffles. There are rectangular, square, and round makers. When choosing a shape, consider not only the waffles it will make, but also how easily the maker will store.

Novelty

Beyond the basic rectangular, square, and round waffles, some makers are designed to create other shapes, such as flowers, hearts, cartoon characters, and more.

Surface

A nonstick surface is crucial. Not only will the cooked waffles release easily from the grids, but cleaning the maker will also be hassle-free.

Easy flip

Most waffle makers have heating elements that cook the waffles on the top and the bottom at the same time. Some makers can be flipped halfway through cooking for more even doneness.

Indicator light

Because the outcome of the waffles depends on the heat of the waffle maker, it is important the maker have a light that indicates when it has heated to the proper temperature before adding the batter.

Temperature controls

If you plan on making specialty waffles such as buckwheat, oatmeal, or cornmeal, it is critical to have a maker with temperature and browning controls.

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Chef's Choice
$199.00 $270.00
at Chef's Resource

Start every day with perfectly soft on the inside and crispy on the outside Belgian waffles when you own the Chef?s Choice Belgian... WafflePro. High-powered construction with 1750 watts of power contribute to baking up read more

Chef's Choice Large Belgian Waffle Maker (Model 850)
Cuisinart
$59.00 $110.00
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The Cuisinart 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker always cooks golden waffles that are crispy on the outside and mouthwateringly tender o...n the inside. With a stylish brushed stainless steel cover, the waffle iron offers an adjustable temperature control with... read more

Cuisinart WAF-200 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker
Cuisinart
$29.00 $55.00
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Bake delicious waffles fast with this gleaming stainless steel Cuisinart Classic Waffle Maker: Cooking Sunday breakfast for one or... a few becomes a pleasurable task with this compact waffle maker. Red and green lights indicate when to add batter and... read more

Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker
T-fal
$33.00 $59.00
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The T-fal SW6100004 EZ Clean Sandwich and Waffle Maker is great for making waffles for breakfast, or a grilled ham and cheese pock...et for lunch. Two sets of interchangeable, easy to remove and clean plates make for quick and easy meals anytime of the... read more

T-Fal EZ Clean Nonstick Interchangeable Plates Sandwich and Waffle Maker
Waring Pro
$129.00 $235.00
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The Waring Pro Breakfast Express lets you whip up an omelet and a Belgian waffle at the same time - just load your ingredients in ...one side, close, flip and load ingredients in the other side. In a few minutes you've got breakfast for two! Features:... read more

Waring Pro Breakfast Express WMR300 Belgian Waffle & Omelet Maker - Brushed Stainless Steel
Metal Ware Corp.
$35.20 $49.99
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Nesco Everyday Waffle Maker

Waffle Maker Black SS
Oster
$30.73 $39.99
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This waffle maker features a cool-touch locking handle that offers simple operation. The nonstick waffle surface cooks 4 square wa...ffles in minutes and can be easily cleaned for convenience. read more

4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker
Hamilton Beach
$29.99 $39.99
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Clever Belgian Waffle Maker That Makes Great Waffles Every Rime The Hamilton Beach Flip Belgian Waffle Maker has indicator lights ...and adjustable browning to guide you, so your waffles always come out just the way you want them. The electric iron reheats quickly, so you can keep the waffles coming, too. After breakfast, nonstick grids and removable drip tray make cleanup easier than you ever imagined it could be. Choose this well-made Hamilton Beach waffle maker and treat your family to a delicious waffle breakfast. This Belgian Waffle Maker makes traditional style waffles, the kind with the deep pockets, crispy brown crust and fluffy light interior. Since the iron is nonstick, the waffles come out easily, round and delicious and ready to top with anything from sliced strawberries to maple syrup. Nothing from the freezer comes anywhere close to the waffles you can make yourself. Let this clever waffle iron with two indicator lights show you how to make perfect waffles every time. read more

040094260102 26010 Flip Belgian Waffle Maker
Chefs Resource
$199.95 $270.00
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Start every day with perfectly soft on the inside and crispy on the outside Belgian waffles when you own the Chef?s Choice Belgian... WafflePro. High-powered construction with 1750 watts of power contribute to baking up read more

Chef's Choice Large Belgian Waffle Maker (Model 850)
BeallsFlorida.com

Nordic Ware Stovetop Belgian Waffle Maker with PFOA-free nonstick interior features interlocking hinges that separate for quicker ...preheating & easier cleaning. Deep pockets capture your favorite toppings. For use on gas, ceramic & electric stovetops. 3.63L x 3.63W x 0.63H, For the Home,Cookware & Bakeware,Cookware read more

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