Who doesn’t love waffles? It’s been around for hundreds of years, as far back as the 14th century. And it continues to be the king of the breakfast table today. In 2015, the Waffle House sold its one billionth waffle. And this restaurant was only established in 1955. Just think of how many waffles have been featured in the meals of people all over the world since the 14th century. We certainly can’t blame people for eating that many waffles. We love waffles too. And that’s why we want to help you find the best waffle makers in the market today. After all, your waffles are only as good as your waffle maker, right?
Top 10 Waffle Makers Reviewed in 2018
- Top 10 Waffle Makers Reviewed in 2018
- 1. KRUPS GQ502D Belgian Waffle Maker
- 2. All-Clad 99011GT Stainless Steel Waffle Maker
- 3. Presto 03510 FlipSide Waffle Maker
- 4. Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker
- 5. Hamilton Beach 26030 Flip Waffle Maker
- 6. BLACK+DECKER G48TD 3-in-1 Waffle Maker
- 7. Chef’s Choice WafflePro Express 840B
- 8. NordicWare 15040 Cast Aluminum Stovetop Waffle Iron
- 9. Oster CKSTWFBF21 Belgian Flip Waffle Maker
- 10. Chef’s Choice 854 Classic Pro Waffle Maker
- How to Choose the Best Waffle Maker
1. KRUPS GQ502D Belgian Waffle MakerWaffle Maker With Removable Plates
This waffle maker has made it to our number 1 spot for consistently delivering delicious waffles that have that crispy exterior and fluffy interior. The Krups Waffle Maker allows you to cook 4 slices at the same time. It comes with audible alerts so you don’t always have to keep watching the waffle maker. There are 5 adjustable browning levels to give you more control in th2 cooking. And it can store vertically or horizontally.
- removable plates with nonstick coating for easy cleaning
- consistent results
- audible beep allows you to set-it-and-forget-it
- cooks slow
- expensive at its original price (over $80)
- some users have reported that the beep malfunctions
2. All-Clad 99011GT Stainless Steel Waffle Maker
This is a true Belgian waffle maker. Beautifully thick and evenly cooked waffles produced every time. There are 7 browning settings, beeping alerts and lights, a locking handle, and it even comes with a recipe booklet. The nonstick coating and removable drip tray allow for easy cleanup. And the highly polished stainless steel body ain’t that bad to look at either.
- versatile (7 browning settings to cater to every waffle preference)
- easy cleaning
- consistent results
- gets too hot when cooking
- Very heavy
3. Presto 03510 FlipSide Waffle MakerWaffle Maker For The Money
This waffle maker definitely takes up space on your kitchen counter compared to other traditional waffle makers. But it more than makes up for its larger footprint with the quality of Belgian waffles it produces – crisp, fluffy, and golden brown. You only need three minutes of cooking time before you’re able to enjoy your delicious waffles. And there’s even a countdown timer to let you know when your breakfast will be ready.
- 7-inch Belgian waffles cooked to perfection
- Stores vertically to save space
- very durable
- no heat adjustment
- heating element doesn’t turn off when cooking is done
- timer uses a lithium battery with a 1-year lifecycle
4. Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle MakerWaffle Maker For Thin Waffles
If you like thin, super-crunchy waffles, then you might be interested in picking up Cuisinart’s Round Classic Waffle Maker. This waffle maker can only bake one round waffle at a time (6 1/2 inches in diameter, 1/2 inch thick) but it consistently produces the perfectly crunchy waffles that some people prefer. It comes with a round nonstick cooking plate with four quarters, dual indicator lights, 5 browning settings, and will stand vertically for storing.
- has 5 browning levels
- very affordable
- has a 3-year warranty
- only makes 1 waffle at a time
- feels flimsy
- not for people who prefer thick Belgian-style waffles
5. Hamilton Beach 26030 Flip Waffle Maker
Hamilton Beach’s Flip Belgian Waffle Maker makes it on our list for several reasons. Not only does it bake thick, fluffy waffles for us to enjoy, it comes with variable doneness settings, indicator lights, and removable nonstick plates that are dishwasher-safe. The drip tray is also dishwasher-safe.
- handle stays cool to the touch
- removable and dishwasher-safe plates and drip tray
- long preheat time
- doesn’t produce really crispy waffles
- flimsier compared to other pro-styled waffle makers
6. BLACK+DECKER G48TD 3-in-1 Waffle MakerWaffle Maker For Large Family
This waffle maker is definitely for large families who prefer different types of breakfast meals. In the mood for waffles? You can cook four at a time with this baby. Some members want pancakes? You can remove the waffle plates and cook on the smooth griddle surface. The 180-degree hinge allows you to double the cooking area, perfect for creating a stack. Someone wants a sandwich? You can grill it using this appliance as well.
- Multipurpose appliance
- can feed a large family
- no browning settings for waffles
- some users have complained of uneven cooking
- some users have reported that the latch that holds the top griddle plate in place fails
7. Chef’s Choice WafflePro Express 840B
Crispy-on-the-outside and fluffy-on-the-inside waffles are a sure thing if you’re cooking with the Chef’s Choice WafflePro Express 840B. And it does that in less than 90 seconds! The appliance comes with a unique “floating” top plate that ensures uniform thickness. It also comes with a toggle switch that allows you to choose between two settings: “crisp exterior/moist interior” and “evenly baked.”
- beeps when preheated and done cooking
- heats up and cooks fast
- thorough manual
- doesn’t cook thin batter well
- not for feeding large groups
- sides and top can get too hot
8. NordicWare 15040 Cast Aluminum Stovetop Waffle Iron
If you prefer cooking waffles by hand, you may be interested in getting the NordicWare Stovetop Belgium Waffle Maker. This waffle maker is compact and easy to store. It bakes 4 delicate, crisp waffles at a time. The cast aluminum material enables the waffle maker to heat up evenly and consistently. And it’s easy to clean up. The only problem is this – you need to learn how to cook waffles the “old fashioned” way.
- easy to store
- easy to clean
- learning curve can be steep; requires someone experienced in cooking waffles
- The waffles tend to stick
9. Oster CKSTWFBF21 Belgian Flip Waffle MakerWaffle Maker For Thick Waffles
Say goodbye to soggy Belgian waffles with the Oster Thick Belgian Flip Waffle Maker. For a reasonable price, you can cook extra crispy or light and fluffy 1 1/2-inch thick waffles. The nonstick coating and removable drip tray ensures easy cleanup. And the indicator lights let you know what’s going on inside your favorite appliance.
- heats up quickly
- easy to use
- consistent results
- plates cannot be removed for washing
- takes up quite a bit of counter space
- no warning sound to let you know the waffles are done
10. Chef’s Choice 854 Classic Pro Waffle Maker
Not all waffles should be made equal. After all, everyone likes their waffles a certain way. With the Chef’s Choice 854 Classic, you can choose to cook it according to your preferred heat and time. You get beeping alerts when the waffle maker has preheated and when it has finished cooking. And you also get consistently delicious results.
- beeping alerts
- locks for storage
- easy to use controls
- sides and top can get too hot
- There’s a learning curve when using the different settings (if you can believe it)
If you have more time, why not check out some of the waffle makers that we didn’t get a chance to review but looked quite promising? These are Gourmia GWM420, Proctor Silex Belgian Waffle Maker, Villaware Flip Waffle Maker, and the Cuisinart Double Belgian Waffle Maker.
How to Choose the Best Waffle Maker
There’s no better way to start your day than with a deliciously cooked waffle or two… or three. And you don’t need to run over to The Waffle House to get them. You just need the right appliance. There are a lot of waffle makers available today and they all have varying features that allow them to cook waffles a certain way. So, how do you know which one will cook a waffle in the way that you prefer? Well, we’ve got just the guide to help you out.
What kind of waffles do you prefer?
Belgian waffles are thick and fluffy with deep pockets for holding syrup, fruits, and other delicious toppings that you love. If this is the kind of waffle you prefer to gobble, then you should consider KRUPS GQ502D Belgian Waffle Maker or the All-Clad 99011GT Stainless Steel Belgian Waffle Maker.
American waffles are more on the thin and crispy with shallower pockets in comparison. If this is more your style, then you should pick something like the Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker.
If you want to be able to cook more than just waffles in your waffle maker, then the BLACK+DECKER G48TD 3-in-1 Waffle Maker or something similar may be your best bet.
How good are you at cooking waffles?
This may seem like a silly question to ask but some really good waffle makers are more suited for experienced waffle makers (the human kind) such as the NordicWare 15040 Cast Aluminum Stovetop Belgium Waffle Iron. If you’re more on the inexperienced side of the waffle cooking spectrum, you may want to consider a model that offers beeping alerts and variable doneness settings to let you know you’ve achieved the level of waffle doneness you prefer. One good choice with these features is the Hamilton Beach 26030 Flip Belgian Waffle Maker.
How much cleanup are you willing to do?
After enjoying a plate of waffle goodness, you’ll need to clean up your mess. The level of cleaning you’ll have to do may depend on your waffle maker. Some models have nonstick coating such as the Oster CKSTWFBF21 1-1/2-Inch Thick Belgian Flip Waffle Maker while others also have removable plates such as the KRUPS GQ502D Belgian Waffle Maker. Some models also feature a drip tray to make sure you don’t leave a mess on your countertop such as the All-Clad 99011GT Stainless Steel Belgian Waffle Maker. Others, like the NordicWare 15040 Cast Aluminum Stovetop Belgium Waffle Iron, can be placed entirely in the sink for cleaning.
What’s your budget?
In the world of waffle making, price and quality do not necessarily go hand in hand. Yes, our number one pick, the KRUPS GQ502D Belgian Waffle Maker, is a bit on the costly side. It is well worth the expense. But the Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker costs less than $30 and it produces consistently crispy American style waffles. In short, whatever your budget is, you’re bound to find a really good waffle maker in your price range.
Lastly, you need to keep in mind that a waffle maker is only as good as its batter. Sometimes, the fault is not in the maker but in the batter. Instead of following the directions found in the back of a pancake mix box, maybe you should try out the manufacturer’s recommended recipes. You just might surprise yourself.