We have reviewed the top waffle maker models on the market to help our readers find the best product for their kitchens. With a lot of trusted and reputable brands offering numerous competing products, it’s not always easy to select the ideal waffle iron, especially if this is your first time.
Our reviews touch on the most important features of the models, including even cooking, browning, ease of cleaning, compactness and ease of storage, durability and general quality. We certainly hope that our rating system will make it possible for you to find the best possible product for your needs.
You can use the main menu to browse our reviews for specific brands, check out the table below for the highest rated products, or click here to jump to the brief reviews we have provided for the top 5 models.
|Model||Overall Rating||Utility||Cleaning||Durability||Design||Review and Price|
Waring Pro WWM1200SA
Waring Pro WMK600
Proctor Silex 26070
Hamilton Beach 26009
Hamilton Beach 26030
Black and Decker Flip
Waring Pro WMK600
This high quality waffle maker from Waring offers a lot of functionality and power. A 1400-watt machine capable of cooking 2 perfectly browned, evenly cooked waffles at once, the WMK600 is definitely worthy of consideration.
This is one of the most advanced waffle iron models on the market with all the bells and whistles including indicator lights, audible beep tones that tell you when the waffles are ready, browning control knob for perfectly cooked waffles and extra deep grates.
If you have the budget for it, we definitely recommend checking out Waring Pro WMK600.
If you don’t want to spend more than $50 for a waffle iron, then Oster CKSTWFBF21 may be what you are looking for.
This smartly designed waffle maker produces evenly cooked, fluffy and delicious waffles with ease. It also comes with nice features like a removable drip tray for easy cleaning, extra deep pockets, adjustable temperature (so you can cook your waffles exactly to your liking: crisp or fluffy), and a compact design that saves space in the kitchen, especially when stored vertically.
This model received 5 stars from almost 70% of all users, and it’s definitely worth giving a shot!
If you are looking for an easy to use and effective waffle iron that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, Presto 03510 can be a good choice.
This little Belgian waffle maker cooks evenly by rotating thanks to its dual function bases, shows the time remaining with a digital countdown timer and can cook delicious 7 inch waffles with its extra thick grid.
With 4 to 5 stars from 87% of all users, the Presto 03510 is a decent and most importantly affordable choice if you want to cook delicious waffles day after day.
Proctor Silex 26070
Proctor Silex takes pride in offering “durable” kitchen appliances since 1960, and this little Belgian waffle maker actually proves them right.
With lots of users saying they have been using this machine non-stop for more than 7-8 years, the 26070 takes the first place among all units we have reviewed in terms of durability.
It’s not shy in terms of other performance criteria either: it cooks evenly, constantly makes fluffy and crisp waffles, and is easy to use, clean and store. As one of the most affordable waffle irons on the market, we definitely recommend Proctor Silex 26070 to anyone.
Hamilton Beach 26009
As Hamilton Beach puts it: “what’s better than a fluffy waffle for breakfast?” The answer is simple: two fluffy waffles!
The 26009 can cook 2 Belgian waffles at once and comes with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a decent product. It has 2 indicator lights (one indicating that power is on, and the other indicating that it’s time to put the batter in), shade selector and non-stick grids. It’s also designed for easy storage as it can be stored vertically like most of the other small models we have reviewed here.
If you have more than 2 mouths to feed for breakfast and don’t want to make one waffle at a time, the Hamilton Beach 26009 can be a really good choice.
Utility – there are waffle makers that are designed to be multipurpose. Aside from making American or Belgian waffles, waffle makers that include a flat surface can cook omelet pancakes and eggs on the same machine at the same time.
Numbers of Waffles – the capacity and design of waffle makers vary, as well as the numbers of waffles they produce at a time. Larger capacity waffle makers allow the user to enable you to feed more than just one person at a time. If you are buying the waffle maker for yourself only, there are waffle makers that produce just a single waffle at a time.
Cooking Time – when choosing waffle makers, check the warm up time and how long it takes to cook the waffle.
Cooking Controls– waffle makers have different cooking controls. Some waffle makers have the basic on/warming while for other waffle makers; there is a set temperature for warming, cooking and browning. It is important to choose a waffle maker with easy to understand and operate cooking controls.
Alarm – you can also check some models of waffle makers that feature an alarm that notifies you when your waffle is done.
Wattage – the wattage of waffle makers also varies, depending on the brand, size and model. Smaller waffle makers usually have wattage below 1,000. Larger Belgian-style waffle makers have higher wattages. They are also designed to produce the traditional Belgian waffle which is crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.
Clean-up – waffle making clean up is one of the most tedious kitchen time. Waffle makers often use different type of non-stick materials. Some manufacturers use the traditional Teflon type, or the less durable silicone anodized. Like Teflon, you cannot use metal utensils on silicone anodized plates. Different waffle makers require different methods of cleaning. Some require oil-soaked paper towels and for some, a damp sponge will do the job.
Removable Plates – there are waffle makers with removable plates for easier clean ups. Most of these plates are dishwasher safe; it saves you time on cleaning up.
Storage – waffle makers are designed differently, not all of them can be stored easily. There models that can be stored flat or upright, depending on your counter space.
Grid Depth – the different grids of waffle makers produce different types of waffles. The deeper grid produces thick Belgian waffles, while the shallow grids will give you the flatter American-style waffles.
Shape – waffle shapes depend on the shape of the waffle maker. Waffle makers have various shapes you can choose from; rectangular, square, and round makers.
Novelty – some manufacturers offer waffle makers with novelty designs that create waffles with shapes beyond the basic shapes mentioned; some are shaped like flowers, hearts, cartoon characters, and more. There are also shapes foe many occasions, Valentines, Christmas, and many others.
Surface – waffle makers with non stick surfaces allow the user to easily release the waffles from the grid and make cleaning easier.
Easy Flip – the heating elements in waffle makers allow both sides to cook evenly, however, some models can be flipped halfway through cooking for more even doneness.
Indicator Light – look for a waffle maker that has an indicator light that lets you know when it has warmed up to the proper temperature before pouring the batter. This ensures perfectly cooked waffles.
Temperature Controls – waffle makers with temperature controls are perfect for making specialty waffles. It is important to choose a waffle maker with browning and temperature controls.
2 Types of Basic Waffle Makers – the basic types of waffle makers are categorized into 2; waffle makers that produce 2 or 4 small waffles and waffle makers that can make 6 oversized waffles.
Belgian Waffle Maker – this waffle maker has very deep grids that allow you to produce thick, crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside Belgian waffles.
Commercial and Professional Waffle Makers – these waffle makers are usually preferred by chefs and waffle vendor. They have slightly different designs compared with waffle makers designed for home use. These are bigger and can produce 50-100 waffles easily and in no time. They have tougher built and materials. Commercial waffle makers are usually cast irons and are ideal for mass-production of waffles as they distribute heat evenly.
Rotation Waffle Maker – like the commercial/professional waffle makers, rotation waffle makers are used by chefs and waffle vendors. This waffle maker easily cooks waffles evenly. The technology is by suspending the heated waffle irons between two holders. The heated iron could easily be flipped over.
Waffle Cone Makers – these waffle makers have very shallow plates and specific diameter. Purchasing a waffle cone maker can save you a lot on buying ice cream cones. Unlike the boxed variety of cones from groceries or supermarkets that gets soggy easily, homemade waffle cones can be stored and crisp on the oven. Waffle cone batters are pretty much like waffle batters except they don’t have baking powder and more sugar.
Ready Button – it lights up when the waffle maker is hot enough to add the batter.
Alert Tone – some makers are equipped with alert tones to let you know when your waffle is done.
Nonstick Grid – the non-stick coating easily releases the food and also makes clean up very easy.
180° Flip Design – evenly spreads the batter for waffles with a crispy outside and fluffy, tender inside.
Adjustable Temperature Control – this feature lets you choose how crisp you want your waffles to be.
Cool-touch Handles – some waffles makers have handles that does not heat up and offer a safe and comfortable grip.
Space-saving Design – these waffle makers are designed to fit into minimal counter spaces. Some waffle makers can be stored flat or upright.
Drip Tray – these come with some models of waffle makers. They minimize drips on your counter tops for less or no messy cleanups.
Auto Shutoff – this feature enables the waffle maker to shut off automatically when not in use.
Built in Steam Release Valve – the steam that the heat produces is released through the valve. With this feature, the user will always have perfectly crisp waffles.
Lock-Lid and Cord Wrap – this is another feature for easy upright storage.
Extra-deep 1″ Waffle Pockets – perfect for making Belgian waffles. These waffle makers produce a very thick (1 inch) waffles that’s perfectly crisp.
Unique “Mess Free” Design – waffle makers with this feature also include a batter cup to ensure that you always pour the right amount of batter. These waffle makers have deep grid design and built-in overflow to avoid messy drips and spills.
Black and Decker Corporation is an American manufacturer of power tools and accessories, hardware and home improvement products, and technology based fastening systems. On March 12, 2010, Black & Decker merged with Stanley Works to become Stanley Black & Decker. It remains as a wholly owned subsidiary of that company, but maintains its own headquarters in Towson, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore.
Tefal is a French cookware and small appliance manufacturer owned by Groupe SEB. Its name is a portmanteau of the words TEFlon and ALuminium. The company is known for creating the non-stick cookware category. In some countries like the United States, Tefal is also marketed as T-Fal. DuPont insisted on the name change since Tefal was too similar to their product name of Teflon.
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Proctor Silex is owned by Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. is the country’s number one distributor of small kitchen appliances, selling over 35 million appliances every year. The company’s most famous products are found in households across America, Canada, and Mexico, yet are expanding into areas beyond these traditional borders. Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.’s product quality, breadth of product line, superior customer service, and brand name strength continue to earn it the number one standing with consumers for small electric appliances.