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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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Proctor Silex
$25.10 $29.00
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This easy to clean nonstick griddle makes 2 delicious waffles at once. Power and preheat lights let you know when pre heated and r...eady to go. This Proctor Silex belgian waffle maker is stylish yet versatile, it is sure to become as asset in any kitchen. Features: Easy-clean nonstick grids Power and preheat lights Compact, upright storage Versatile and delicious Makes 2 waffles at once Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 5.18 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 10.1 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 11.23 Inches Overall Product Weight: 5.25 Pounds read more

Hamilton Beach
$24.10 $31.60
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Features: Belgian waffle maker Easy clean nonstick grids Power and preheat lights Compact, upright storage Quick and easy meals 4....68? H x 10.5? W x 10.88? D, 4.07 lbs Color: White Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 4.68 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 10.5 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 10.88 Inches Overall Product Weight: 4.07 Pounds read more

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Serve two delicious Belgian waffles at the same time with our Double Belgian Waffle Maker. This powerful 1,400-watt unit ensures a...ll 4 sides cook evenly and simultaneously. With this restaurant-quality waffle maker, you can custom-select the precise browning level from six settings and enjoy the exact golden texture and desired crispness every time. Rotary control provides even baking on top and bottom for a crisp crust and tender interior Audio alert beeps 6 times when waffle maker is heated and ready to use, and when waffles are done Extra-deep 1" waffle pocketsBatter wont stick to the ultra-smooth nonstick interior, allowing quick and easy release of waffles Cool-touch handle features wide easy-hold grip Brushed stainless-steel housing 36" cord read more

Waring

The Waring Pro Waffle Maker bakes an extra-deep, 1-inch restaurant style waffle that are crispy on the outside and light and fluff...y on the inside. Adjust the browning control for custom results. Easy-to-handle rotary feature for even baking on top and bottom 2 Blue LEDs indicate when the unit is ready and when the waffle is done Browning control knob that adjusts to 6 settings for custom results 1000 watts; Brushed stainless steel housing with black base; stainless steel drip tray 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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Calphalon
$109.99 $140.00
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The Calphalon high-performance bronze nonstick waffle maker features the illuminated No Peek? indicator, so youll always know wher...e you are in the cooking progress. waffle makers large surface area allows for up to four square, Belgian-style waffles at one timeexclusive Opti-Heat system is designed to consistently provide accurate temperature control and even heat deliveryilluminated no-peek progress indicator shows browning progress without lifting the coverhigh-performance bronze nonstick plates provide effortless waffle releasesleek curves and a combination of brushed and polished metals lend a timeless appealstands upright and cord wraps underneath for easy storage Manufacturers 1-year limited replacement warranty and 5-year limited nonstick warranty. 1500W. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

Calphalon® No-Peek Large Waffle Maker
Crate & Barrel
$59.99 $110.00
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Make delicious, extra-thick Belgian waffles with a professional touch. Restaurant-style waffler rotates for even baking. Extra-dee...p pockets make the thickest waffles around, cooked the way you like them thanks to a browning control knob. Nonstick plates release waffles cleanly.Waring® Belgian Waffle Maker. 15"Wx9.5"Dx10"H Brushed stainless steel housing Non-stick waffle plates 1000 watts Makes ½" thick waffles Ready/done LED indicators Rotary thermostat Browning control knob Clean with a damp cloth Made in China Overall DimensionsWidth: 15" Depth: 9.5" Height: 10" Warranty AvailableView the manufacturer's warranty (PDF) read more

Waring® Belgian Waffle Maker
Calphalon
$84.95 $129.99
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Calphalon's No Peek Waffle Maker is perfect for making thick, delicious Belgian waffles. Just pour in the batter and set the shade... selector; the No Peek indicator lets you know exactly how brown your waffle is getting - without lifting the cover! Calphalon's exclusive Opti-Heat system ensures even heat delivery. The high performance bronze nonstick surface means you won't have to add butter or oil to get easy release. And clean-up is a breeze. Features: Simply your life and beautify your kitchen with our Kitchen Electrics collection. Each features Calphalon's exclusive OPTI-HEAT system, to deliver even, consistent heat and exceptional cooking results. And Calphalon's high performance nonstick formula makes a stand-out statement in stunning bronze, while offering flawless food release and effortless clean-up. Chimes when ready. Automatic shut-off feature. High performance bronze nonstick plates. Illuminated No Peek progress indicator shows. browning progress without lifting the cover. The Calphalon Kitchen Electrics collection features our exclusive Opti-Heat System. Designed to provide accurate temperature control and even heat delivery, Opti-Heat ensures that foods cook evenly and thoroughly, for reliable results you can count on - every time. Three temperature settings; Light, Medium and Dark. Top locks to store flat or upright. Specifications: Cover: Brushed stainless steel. Handle: Cast stainless steel with brushed finish. Double riveted for durable performance. Dishwasher Safe: No Broiler Safe: No Freezer Safe: No Cleaning: Allow to cool before cleaning with a damp cloth. Utensils: Nylon, Coated or Wooden Limited One Year Product, and Limited Five Year Nonstick Manufacturers Warranty read more

Calphalon No Peek Waffle Maker (HE400WM)
Waring Pro
$89.00 $190.00
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Features: Makes 2 Belgian waffles Rotary feature ensures even baking on top and bottom Extra deep 1" waffle pockets 1400 watts 2 L...EDs and 3 audio beep tones indicate when each waffle is done Rotary thermostat/ browning control knob read more

Waring Pro WMK600 - Double Belgian-Waffle Maker
Waring
$99.95 $190.00
at Chefscatalog.com

Serve two delicious, Belgian waffles at the same time and enjoy hotel-style breakfasts at home. Powerful 1,400-watt unit ensures a...ll 4 sides cook evenly and simultaneously. With this restaurant-quality waffle maker, you can custom-select the precise browning level from six settings and enjoy the exact golden texture and desired crispness every time. Simply add batter using the included measuring cup, flip 180 degrees using the rotary-action lever and add batter to the second grid plate. Separate green LED lights illuminate for upper and lower grids indicating when each waffle is ready, plus an audio signal beeps 3 times to alert you for foolproof results. No need to lift the lids to check when waffles are done. Nonstick-coated plates allow easy release and cleanup. Features "on/off" switch clearly visible on the front panel. Drip plate and measuring cup are dishwasher-safe. Wipe clean. 10-lb., 10-oz. Product Features? Restaurant-quality maker features two nonstick cooking plates to produce two deep-pocketed waffles at once ? Powerful, 1,400-watt unit ensures all 4 sides cook evenly ? Audio alert beeps 6 times when waffle maker is heated and ready to use ? Batter won't stick to the ultra-smooth nonstick interior, allowing quick and easy release of waffles ? Browning control adjusts from 1 to 6 for exact golden texture and desired crispness ? Separate green LED "ready" lights for upper and lower grid indicate when each waffle is done ? Audio alert beeps 3 times to also indicate waffle is done ? On/off switch is clearly visible on the front panel ? Includes measuring cup to ensure precise filling of grid plates ? Cool-touch handle features wide easy-hold grip ? Brushed stainless-steel housing ? Waring Pro, an innovator in providing professional-quality kitchen appliances for more than 60 years, offers a full line of high-performance countertop alliances for restaurant and home kitchens read more

Waring Pro Professional Double Waffle Maker, WMK600
Hamilton Beach
$24.10 $31.60
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Features: Belgian waffle maker Easy clean nonstick grids Power and preheat lights Compact, upright storage Quick and easy meals 4....68? H x 10.5? W x 10.88? D, 4.07 lbs Color: White Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 4.68 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 10.5 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 10.88 Inches Overall Product Weight: 4.07 Pounds read more

Belgian Waffle Maker
Cuisinart
$39.95 $80.00
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Make Breakfast Your Favorite Meal Bake delicious waffles fast with this gleaming stainless steel Cuisinart Classic Waffle Maker. C...uisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker: Bakes one large traditional-style waffle Five-setting browning control Regulating thermostat Red and green ready to bake/ready to eat indicator lights Nonstick baking plates BPA free Dimensions:Measures 7.88 in. x 9.69 in. x 3.31 in. A Closer Look: The Cuisinart Classic Waffle Maker has brushed stainless steel housing and comes with an instruction/recipe book. Take Care: You may clean the grids by wiping with a damp cloth to prevent staining and sticking from batter or oil buildup. Be certain grids have cooled completely before cleaning. If batter adheres to plates, simply pour a little cooking oil onto the baked batter and let stand approximately 5 minutes, thus allowing it to soften for easy removal. To clean exterior, wipe with a soft dry cloth. About the Brand: When the food processor was introduced in 1973, it wasnt known as a food processor; it was commonly referred to as a Cuisinart. The rest is culinary history. read more

Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker
Cuisinart
$63.49 $110.00
at Casa

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 six browning settings for ultimate control. The result? Precise perfection. Imported. Product Details: Nonstick coated baking plates Six-setting browning control Ready to Bake/Ready to Eat indicator lights Audible alert Material: Brushed stainless steel top cover Recipe book included Nonstick coated baking plates Dimensions: Measures 7.09 wide by 10.31 long by 13.62 tall/deep Care Instructions: Please follow instructions in manual ? Imported- China read more

Cuisinart 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker
Euro Cuisine
$33.99 $59.99
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Features: Traditional belgiun waffle maker Manufacturer provide three years warranty Non stick surface makes four triangular secti...ons at a time Variety of batters and shades Adjustable temperature control Wide drip rim Power and redy to cook light Vertical storage Easy clean up ISTA 3A Certified Chrome exterior finish Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 4.5 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 10 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 8 Inches Overall Product Weight: 4 Pounds read more

Traditional Belgian Waffle Maker
Cuisinart
$37.77 $55.00
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Bake delicious waffles fast with this gleaming stainless steel Cuisinart Classic Waffle Maker. Features: Bakes one large tradition...al-style waffle Five-setting browning control Regulating thermostat Red and green ''ready to bake/ready to eat'' indicator lights Nonstick baking plates Brushed stainless steel housing Instruction/Recipe book Limited 3-year warranty Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 3 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 8 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 9.5 Inches Overall Product Weight: 8 Pounds Special Offer: 13 Issues of Southern Living Magazine Included with your purchase - a $20 value (Subscription and Rebate info) read more

Round Classic Waffle Maker
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