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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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KALORIK
$49.99
at HSN

Kalorik Rotary Belgian Waffle Maker So how deep are your pockets? Master chefs know you don't just drop dough and get a good break...fast. You have to rotate it, too. The extra deep pockets and an adjustable temperature control on this rotary waffle maker mean those waffles are easier to make and better to serve. Buttery, fluffy and melt-in-your-mouth? Now that's what we call "rich." read more

HSN
Frontgate

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 pockets Batter 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

All-Clad
$199.95 $300.00
at Williams-Sonoma

We worked closely with All-Clad for two years to conceptualize and design this superb machine that makes thick, golden waffles tha...t are deliciously crispy on the outside and meltingly tender inside, with deep pockets to hold plenty of toppings. Advanced heating technology ensures perfectly consistent baking and browning. Steam-release system prevents condensation buildup as waffles bake. An indicator light signals when the optimal temperature is reached. Overflow trough channels away excess batter. Nonstick finish ensures effortless release and easy cleanup. Two square produces two 1"-thick, 4 1/2"-sq. waffles. Four square produces four 1"-thick, 4 1/2"-sq. waffles. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

Stonewall Kitchen

Make Professional Belgian Waffles with this electric cast iron waffle maker. Maker makes individual, 7-inch round, thick, Belgian-...style waffles. Durable, handsome chrome housing and nonstick waffle grids for easy clean-up. Six-level browning control and cool-touch handles. Stands upright for easy storage. FREE with purchase of waffle maker, one 16 oz. Farmhouse Pancake and Waffle Mix. 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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Cuisinart
$29.99 $55.00
at JC Penney

Wake up your breakfast or brunch menu with crispy, delicious waffles made with this durable, dependable waffle iron. Stainless ste...el housing features nonstick baking plates. Custom-control knobs for perfect browning. Heavy weight lid wont rise during baking so your waffles brown evenly on both sides. red and green ready-to-bake/ready-to-eat indicator lights5-setting brown control with regulating thermostatrecipe book included.1000W read more

Cuisinart® Round Classic Waffle Maker
Presto
$38.02 $49.99
at Sears

Special rotating design bakes extra-thick Belgian waffles in minutes. Flips 180 degrees to evenly spread batter for waffles that a...re crispy outside and tender inside. Deep grid makes a 7-inch diameter waffle with four... This product: Presto FlipSide Waffle Maker $38.02 Finally.. I have a waffle maker. There's only one way in the world to make waffles and thats with a waffle maker. This waffle maker is easy to use and has a timer. I like that it flips to ensure even cooking. Waffles came out crunchy on the outside but light and fluffy in the inside. I would recommend this product to a friend. by koogal01, | Tue, Mar 25, 2014 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag Verified Purchasewaffle maker I bought this waffle maker for my mom for Christmas and she loves it. It is a deep belgian waffle maker and works very good with the ability to flip it and cook it evenly. pretty well built as well I would recommend this product to a friend. by Eric___Cranesville, PA | Thu, Jan 16, 2014 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag 1 visitors found this helpfulVerified PurchaseBest Waffle maker ever ********!! I would recommend this product to a friend. by assessor1Williamstown, NY | Wed, Dec 11, 2013 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag 1 visitors found this helpfulVerified PurchaseExcellent Product. Easy to Use. Easy to Store. I previously had one of these waffle makers and loved it so I decided to purchase another one when mine died. The design of the Presto FlipSide Waffle Maker makes it extremely easy to use (much easier than the kind you find in hotels) and easy to store. Once I heat the waffle maker, I pour in the batter, flip it and set the timer for 4 minutes. Perfect extra-think Belgian waffle every time. Cannot beat the waffle maker for this price. I would recommend this product to a friend. by number16a, | Fri, Nov 29, 2013 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag 2 visitors found this helpfulGreat waffles, but died four months after warranty was over. Made great waffles every working day. My wife loved them. However it died four months after warranty was over. by GreishaSan Diego, CA | Sun, Nov 17, 2013 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag 1 visitors found this helpfulLove it! I was using a regular plastic Belgian waffle maker and my friend loaned me her new Presto Flipside Belgian waffle maker. Wow! What a difference it made! I used a Belgian waffle store-bought mix and the waffles were so much thicker and lighter than from my old waffle maker. I was very impressed with the short cook time and the crispness of the waffles. I also used the recipe in the instructions. I've been making waffles almost every Sunday now and hoping my friend won't ask for it back soon. I would recommend this product to a friend. by StarbirdMount Vernon, WA | Fri, Feb 10, 2012 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag 1 visitors found this helpfulPresto Flipside(TM) Belgian Waffle Maker is a good product Presto Flipside(TM) Belgian Waffle Maker is a good value for the money and makes great waffles that my family enjoys. Sears had a very good price for the product. I would recommend this product to a friend. by Sh1Pensacola, FL | Sun, Dec 19, 2010 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag 6 visitors found this helpfulcrispy waffles! A fun waffle maker! As long as you follow the instructions, and are willing to pitch the first waffle you make you'll love this machine. It is eas to use, makes a great waffle and is easy to clean as well. It takes up very little room on your counter, and since it can be stored in a narrow configuration it is easy to find space for. Your kids will like watching you make waffles in this one, and again, as long as you follow instructions you will really enjoy it! I would recommend this product to a friend. by abbazabaFremont, NE | Mon, Aug 2, 2010 via kmart.com Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag 3 visitors found this helpfulPresto Waffle maker a blast!! This product is great. I was staying at a hotel in read more

Presto FlipSide Waffle Maker
Waring Pro
$54.02 $69.99
at Sears

Bake a delicious, extra-deep 1/2-inch restaurant style waffle with the Waring Pro WMK200 Belgian Waffle Maker. The easy-to-handle ...rotary feature provides even baking on top and bottom and the rotary browning control knob adjusts to 6 settings for custom cooking. Clean up is easy with the... This product: Waring Pro Belgium Waffle Maker - Round $54.02 Verified PurchaseWaring lives up to its reputation My family loves waffles but the only time we get fresh ones are when we visit a hotel with a machine on their breakfast bar. We broke down and purchased a Waring Belgian Waffle maker for the family for Christmas, and we were not disappointed. The basic recipe was a bit surprising in that it called for yeast in the batter rather than baking powder or baking soda) but the result was crispy, tender on the inside, and delicious! From first waffle to last, it made consistently good waffles. I would recommend this product to a friend. by ILOVEWAFFLESNorristown, PA | Thu, Jan 23, 2014 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag read more

Waring Pro Belgium Waffle Maker - Round
Oster
$29.99 $39.99
at Sears

What better way to gather the family than with hot, delicious waffles? The CKSTWF40 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker by Oster® makes i...t easy. The waffle maker bakes four square-shaped waffles at a time--in minutes and just how you like them. The waffle maker can also be used for... This product: Oster 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker $29.99 read more

Oster 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker
All-Clad
$199.95 $300.00
at Williams-Sonoma

We worked closely with All-Clad for two years to conceptualize and design this superb machine that makes thick, golden waffles tha...t are deliciously crispy on the outside and meltingly tender inside, with deep pockets to hold plenty of toppings. Advanced heating technology ensures perfectly consistent baking and browning. Steam-release system prevents condensation buildup as waffles bake. An indicator light signals when the optimal temperature is reached. Overflow trough channels away excess batter. Nonstick finish ensures effortless release and easy cleanup. Two square produces two 1"-thick, 4 1/2"-sq. waffles. Four square produces four 1"-thick, 4 1/2"-sq. waffles. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

All-Clad Belgian Waffle Makers
All-Clad
$129.95 $200.00
at Williams-Sonoma

A breakthrough in waffle makers, our exclusive waffler creates the best waffles weve ever tasted ? golden, deliciously crispy on t...he outside and meltingly tender inside, with pockets for toppings. Advanced heating technology ensures perfectly consistent baking and browning. Steam-release system prevents condensation buildup as waffles bake. An indicator light signals when the optimal temperature is reached. Nonstick finish ensures effortless release and easy cleanup. Produces a 1/2"-thick, 6 1/2" diam. round waffle with four sections. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

All-Clad Classic Round Waffle Maker
Breville
$249.95 $379.95
at Williams-Sonoma

Say "good morning" to an innovative new machine that lets you make Belgian-style waffles exactly the way you like them?with more o...ptions for precise customization than any other waffle maker on the market. Brevilles smart sensor technology automatically adjusts the temperature and baking time to guarantee perfect, personalized results. A nonstick moat prevents overflowing batter from making a mess on countertops. Enjoy crisp, golden Belgian-style waffles baked to your exact preferences. Menu dial has options for four different batter types, plus a special "custom" setting. Control dial has 12 settings that allow you to customize baking and browning. Smart technology automatically self-adjusts time and temperature based on your specifications, the batters moisture content and other variables. Brevilles patented "A Bit More" button lets you opt for a touch of extra browning. An integrated switch automatically starts the countdown timer when the lid is closed. Every aspect of the baking process is shown on the user-friendly LCD screen. A nonstick moat surrounds the baking surface to catch excess batter?and bake it into crispy waffle bites. No mess, no waste. Audible chime sounds when waffles are done cooking. Convenient restart button makes it easy to bake batch after batch of waffles. Die-cast aluminum cooking plates ensure impeccable heat retention with uniform browning. PFOA-free nonstick finish releases waffles instantly?and makes cleanup a breeze. Lid locks to the unit for slim, compact storage. Two-square: makes two 4" x 4" x 1"-thick waffles. Four-square: makes four 4" x 4" x 1"-thick waffles. read more

Breville Smart Waffle Maker
Waring
$79.99 $150.00
at Chefscatalog.com

Over 60 years ago, Waring brought blenders and ice crushers to America. Ever since, their equipment has been known for its premium... quality and performance. The stainless steel housing, blades and commercial motor mechanism of this ice crusher deliver long-lasting ice crushing performance. The spacious container holds up to 12 cups of crushed ice. The large ice chute provides for easy filling without wasting cubes. Model: IC70. Product Features? Engineered to professional quality for home use ? Brushed stainless-steel housing is durable, elegant and easy to clean ? Large ice chute is easily accessible ? Stainless-steel blades and commercial style mechanism allows you to crush up to 30 pounds of ice per hour ? Simple toggle switch operation is easy to use ? Clear, break-resistant container hold up to 12 cups of crushed ice read more

Waring Pro Ice Crusher
Cuisinart
$29.99 $55.00
at JC Penney

Wake up your breakfast or brunch menu with crispy, delicious waffles made with this durable, dependable waffle iron. Stainless ste...el housing features nonstick baking plates. Custom-control knobs for perfect browning. Heavy weight lid wont rise during baking so your waffles brown evenly on both sides. red and green ready-to-bake/ready-to-eat indicator lights5-setting brown control with regulating thermostatrecipe book included.1000W read more

Cuisinart® Round Classic Waffle Maker
Hamilton Beach
$45.56 $59.99
at Sears

Premiere Cookware Electric Griddle ? Perfect for family gatherings ? Convenient warming tray - keeps prepared food warm until you'...re ready to serve ? 220 sq. inch nonstick cooking surface ? Durable die-cast pan and handles ? Brushed stainless steel base ?... This product: Hamilton Beach Premiere Cookware Electric Griddle $45.56 read more

Hamilton Beach Premiere Cookware Electric Griddle
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