The 10 Best Waffle Makers

Updated December 15, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

10 Best Waffle Makers
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Yes, we know bran flakes are good for you, but sometimes they don't quite hit the spot. Make breakfast a delight again, at least on the weekends, with one of these waffle makers. They are designed to produce thick treats with fluffy interiors and crispy exteriors every time. And, no, you don't have to be Belgian to enjoy them. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best waffle maker on Amazon.

10. Chef's Choice WafflePro Express

Do you like your waffles slightly doughy on some days, and want them extra crispy on others? The Chef's Choice WafflePro Express has you covered with its generous range of "doneness" levels. Just keep in mind it's designed to be used with a thick batter.
  • beeps when waffles are cooked
  • produces consistent results
  • difficult to clean
Brand Chef's Choice
Model 8400100
Weight 5.2 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

9. Krups GQ502D

The Krups GQ502D has an adjustable temperature control, so you can get a dark or light exterior based on your personal preference. Its four heavy-duty, die-cast cooking plates are removable and dishwasher safe, so cleanup is a snap.
  • high-quality housing
  • deep pockets for thick waffles
  • takes a while to heat up
Brand KRUPS
Model 8000035972
Weight 11.5 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

8. Oster DuraCeramic

The candy apple red Oster DuraCeramic is a stylish option that you'll be happy to leave on your countertop all the time. It boasts scratch-resistant plates, so if your kids try taking their waffles out with a knife, they won't ruin it.
  • all-natural ceramic coating
  • designed to store vertically
  • plates are not removable
Brand Oster
Model CKSTWFBF10MR-ECO
Weight 4.8 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. Cuisinart WAF-F20

With two cooking areas, the Cuisinart WAF-F20 is ideal for cooking a lot of waffles quickly. Whether you are feeding a family or making a romantic breakfast for two, it's a good choice that allows everybody to eat at the same time.
  • control knob adjusts browning
  • 1400 watts of power
  • takes up a lot of counter space
Brand Cuisinart
Model WAF-F20
Weight 13 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Hamilton Beach 26030

The Hamilton Beach 26030 produces crispy treats with a soft and fluffy interior, just like you get in a restaurant. Its design makes flipping the batter with one hand, and not worrying about spillover, a breeze. Plus, it folds for compact storage.
  • browns perfectly each time
  • cooks in just 5 or 6 minutes
  • not ideal for large families
Brand Hamilton Beach
Model 26030
Weight 6.4 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Presto FlipSide

Given its low price tag, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the quality and reliability of the Presto FlipSide. It cooks waffles evenly throughout its four sections, which also make them easy to cut and separate. As the name implies, it flips to spread the batter.
  • countdown timer with digital display
  • waffles slide right off the plates
  • doesn't have temperature settings
Brand Presto
Model 3510.00
Weight 5.9 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

4. Black & Decker WMB500

Those who take their breakfast seriously need the lifelong durability this manufacturer is known for. The Black & Decker WMB500 has a 7.25-inch diameter that makes it ideal for a single-serving of this fluffy and crispy treat, and gives it a small counter footprint.
  • deep grids create nice indents
  • extended and easy-to-grab handles
  • cleaning it isn't a hassle
Brand BLACK+DECKER
Model WMB500
Weight 4.1 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

3. Gourmia GWM420

The Gourmia GWM420 has a rotary control dial that makes it easy for kids and adults to operate, without having to worry about a bunch of buttons to press or settings to flip through. When finished cooking, the handle can be folded up.
  • comes with a cookbook
  • distributes batter evenly
  • drip tray is removable for cleaning
Brand Gourmia
Model GWM420
Weight 6.1 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Oster CKSTWF2000

If you're not an avid waffle consumer, but you crave the fluffy breakfast item from time to time, then you don't need a pricey, commercial-grade, or heavy-duty unit. You want something light and affordable, like the Oster CKSTWF2000.
  • nonstick coating on the plates
  • straightforward usage instructions
  • handles stay cool to the touch
Brand Oster
Model CKSTWF2000
Weight 3.3 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. All-Clad Classic Round

The All-Clad Classic Round has a polished stainless steel exterior and handsome, riveted hardware that make it look nearly as good as its waffles taste. Watch its ready to cook and ready to eat LED indicators for an easy breakfast-making experience.
  • locking lid for upright storage
  • steam release system
  • offers seven browning levels
Brand All-Clad
Model 8400000928
Weight 6.3 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

The Magic Behind The Waffle Maker

Waffle makers are amazing; they cook your tasty griddle cakes two ways sans griddle in minutes. The heat fries them on the outside, while the closed container steams them on the inside. A Malliard reaction occurs on the surface of the waffle, browning it.

There's an internal thermostat that keeps tabs on the waffle inside. When the waffle reaches the temperature you select, you put the batter in. Still, keep an eye on it; the end of the steaming is still one of the best indicators of when a waffle is finished. The thermostat figures out when the waffle's done, and let's you know it's time to grub down.

And despite all that you've heard, they aren't that bad to clean. There are different methods, but none of them are onerous. That steam cleaning method almost looks fun.

How Do I Know Which Waffle Maker Is for Me?

What kind of waffle maker do you need? Are you more of a square, or round waffle person? (You don't have to tell me which).

Do you want a maker that flips? Some experts prefer to use the force of gravity in their waffle making, claiming it gives them more even, fluffy waffles. Other people (even professionals) feel there's no difference, with enough practice.

The nonstick factor is usually in the batter as well as in the plates, so if you're concerned about the waffles sticking--don't be! It's something that can easily be fixed with either a little more fat in the recipe or a little more heat in your technique. Any of the above waffle makers should do you solid if you treat them right.

Now, if you're looking for a waffle maker to make shoes like the co-founder of Nike, Bill Bowerman did, I can't help you there. I don't know what kind of machine you'll need.

A Very Short History of the Waffle Maker

Did you know that waffle making has been around for a really long time? We're talking pre-Jesus here folks.

"Waffle" comes from the French word gaufre, (waffle), and the root for that is the old French word wafla, which means "piece of a beehive."

The granddaddy of the waffle was a wafer, served at fancy dinners as a table filler once the meal had been finished and cleared. The great-granddaddy is a griddlecake made on a hot rock around a fire.

Waffle irons back then were made of cast iron, and they had super long tongs to reach into the fire. If you want to watch someone heat his antique pizzelle (an old school Italian cookie) iron for ten minutes and make a couple cookies, you're in luck! Be grateful for modern technology!

The first waffle iron was patented in America by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York in 1869. It was made of cast iron, and fairly cumbersome, but compared to the hundreds of years previously mentioned above, it finally allowed one to flip a waffle easily.

The first electric waffle iron was patented in 1926 by Charles M. Cole who lived in Oakland, California and probably cared very, very much about his family; it allowed for two waffles to be cooked at the same time.

Waffle irons evolved quite a bit through the 20th century, but I think we can agree we have far superior breakfast technology today.



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Last updated on December 15, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.


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