COMPARISON CHART FOR WAFFLE MAKERS:
What’s almost as special as a trip to Belgium, without the hassle of lines at the airport or worries about fluctuating exchange rates? Well, if your kitchen has a best waffle makers, and there’s some ice cream in the freezer….you see where we’re going with this? Come on, there’s a big smile on your face already, isn’t there?
Waffles are a staple of western culture – 15th century master Breugert painted them being cooked and consumed. They have religious significance and have crossed and re-crossed so many borders that numerous countries lay claim to theirs being the “best” version.
We’ll leave the art and arguments to others – if you’re like us, you simply want to savor this light, sweet (usually), warm, soothing, versatile comfort food, and to do that at home you need a high quality waffle maker. And let’s face it – what’s an easier sell if you have a child who’s going through that finicky stage – scrambled eggs with toast or a Belgian waffle? Fortunately, there are many excellent models available to choose from, and if you’re inclined to stock your kitchen with one griddle for Belgian waffles and another griddle for the classic version, we promise not to tell anyone.
Quick and easy, cooked to perfection, waffles from your own kitchen are the perfect antidote to a harried morning getting the kids ready for school or prepping for a stressful meeting with the boss. Waffles are perfect for daytime snacking, too, as is common throughout several European countries, so having one of the following at the ready on your counter is a great gift to yourself – or that difficult-to-buy-for friend at holiday time!
There are so many things to love about best waffle makers – both for Belgian style waffle “cakes” or the classic American version. Easy prep, quick, flawless results, versatile recipes both for cooking and for presentation, and as close as you can come to being absolutely certain your kids will be delighted with what’s for breakfast every time!
Not crazy about the cumbersome clean up process for some, and some consumers have noted that flipping mechanisms on some models require some agility and space consciousness. Some reviews we’ve seen also indicate an issue with sturdiness, but such complaints have been few and relatively insignificant as compared to favorable comments.
Some brief reviews of the best waffle makers –
One of the standard bearers for home made Belgian waffles, this model is certainly one of the best waffle makers available on today’s market. Its design is flawless – the rotating base locks in a standing position – what a great idea when space for storage is so much at a premium these days! Bakes 7-inch diameter waffles in four easy-to-cut sections. The timer and digital display are clean, simple and functional, and batter is evenly spread with its 180-degree flipper, assuring waffles that are always crispy on the outside but done just so on the inside. Comes with a 12-month warranty.
Another landmark name from the world of kitchen and cooking products, Cuisinart Round Classic Waffle Maker is truly a thing of beauty, in terms of both form and function. It does what it says it does – makes classic (not Belgian -style “cake”) waffles, and boy does it do that well! The nonstick waffle iron is easy to clean, and there’s an indicator light to let you know when it is sufficiently heated and ready to receive the batter, and another light lets you know when your waffles are ready. The browning control has five settings, allowing you to have your waffles your way. Comes with a 3-year warranty.
If you prefer the more common square shape, restaurant-style Belgian waffles, Hamilton Beach offers its 26020 Belgian Style Waffle Maker with you in mind. More compact than many of its counterparts, this stainless steel wonder is very easy to clean and makes perfect Belgian waffles every time. Nothing but high quality and simplicity, constructed with a busy lifestyle in mind. The bells and whistles are here, too – indicator lights to eliminate guesswork, and a large, sectioned griddle that makes four waffles at a time. The griddle is not removable, but clean up is still an easy process with a damp cloth or sponge and soap. Comes with a 12-month warranty.
If you’ve got young children in the house waffles are probably an item high on your “to-do” list, and if you ask your kids we’ll bet they’ll tell you that there’s nobody that does it better than Mickey Mouse! Easy clean up (a must for parents!) is all but certain with its non-stick baking plates, and talk about design smarts — even the indicator lights are in the shape of Mickey and his famous ears! Add an element of fun to great taste in the morning and that adds up to an easier day to enjoy with the whole family. Now if only they’d come up with a Donald Duck cookie maker! Very lightweight (a little over 2 pounds) and made of stainless steel.
Our recommended model:
They taste so nice you can make them twice! With a 1400W output, Waring’s Double Belgian Waffle Maker offers twice the decadence with ease, convenience and efficiency. The pockets are extra deep (1 inch), so get ready for a culinary seduction that will leave you satisfied yet wanting more. Designed with today’s busy home chefs in mind – there are two LED indicator lights as well as three audio beep tones, so the chances for ruining your waffles by overcooking them are very slim indeed. (The LEDs are for heating up; the beeps are for when your waffles are ready.) The rotating grill ensures even cooking throughout. Like the Presto model, it can be stodd on end for easy and safe storage, and is easy-to-clean. Comes with a 12-month warranty.