Whether you’re preparing a special brunch feast or ensuring the family has a hearty breakfast, the best waffle irons make it simple to create a satisfying repast. Plus, many machines can be put to other uses, such as crafting delicious sandwiches and other breakfast or lunch dishes. Because there are so many options and specialized tools available in the online marketplace, finding the perfect waffle iron for your needs can be rather challenging. To help you select the right machine and get started making delicious waffles, we’ve compiled a helpful list of the top ten waffle irons.
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1. DASH No Drip Belgian Waffle Maker
The nonstick plates of this Belgian waffle maker will produce perfect 4-portion waffles without the mess often associated with crafting your own crunchy breakfast bread. The built-in side pocket catches any excess until you’re a master at measuring the right amount of batter. This makes it great for little chefs to practice helping prepare breakfast. Plus, you can make fun, kid-friendly snacks and meals with ease. Try a biscuit pizza or a Panini for lunchtime smiles all around. All you need to do is plug it in and pick your favorite recipe from the included booklet. In no time, you’ll be everyone’s favorite chef.
2. Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker
Belgian waffles are prized for their deep pockets, perfect for holding syrup, honey, butter, cream, or jam. Their light, crispy bite is also a major feature and a leading reason for their popularity. Achieve two simultaneously perfect, golden waffles with this specialized machine. The coated, conductive plates distribute heat evenly. The space-saving flip design allows you to produce two waffles, even in cramped galley kitchens. And LED indicator lights function independently, so no waffle is ever under- or overdone.
3. Oster DuraCeramic Belgian waffle maker
There are a number of nonstick waffle iron options available on the market today. However, not all are crafted to the standard of this particular model. The DuraCeramic coating on the waffle plates provides several advantages. First, it’s completely non-toxic and naturally PTFE- and PFOA-free. It won’t flake or peel the way other coatings do after months of use, and ceramic is an ideal heat conductor. The temperature control knob permits you to produce light, fluffy waffles or crispy, crunchy ones on demand. Plus, a green indicator light lets you know when your breakfast is ready for the table.
4. Stainless Steel Classic Round Waffle Maker from All-Clad
Nostalgia is a powerful force. It’s even better when the classic is paired with modern technology. This fully stainless steel model is no exception. While it produces perfect 6.5-inch waffles, that are half an inch thick like you enjoyed as a child, there are a few additional perks. First, the drip prevention design prevents the sloppy mess of batter overflow. Second, a steam release system produces waffles that are crunchy on the outside and fluffy within. The seven browning levels all work with the handy indicator light on the front of the iron, which lets you know when your waffle is just right.
5. Ceramic FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker by Presto
Many kitchens count counter space a luxury. If you’ve got limited room to maneuver when making breakfast, this waffle iron’s design is perfect. Its stainless steel housing and nonstick interior are mounted on a sturdy plastic base with a secure lock to keep it in the position desired. It stands upright for neat storage and can be rotated 180 degrees to ensure the perfect dispersal of batter. A timer and easy-to-read digital display allow you to determine when your waffle is perfectly baked.
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6. Flip Waffle Maker from Black+Decker
Mounted on a sturdy base for a safe breakfast experience, the nonstick interior produces perfectly light and crisp waffles every time. 7-inch plates are divided neatly into four segments, which is perfect for cutting or sharing. A cool-touch handle locks the plates shut to prevent dripping during baking, but a handy drip plate below will catch any excess in the event of a spill. The indicator light lets you know when the waffle iron is at an ideal temperature and when your waffle is done to perfection.
7. Disney’s Classic Mickey Waffle Maker
Who wouldn’t want breakfast shaped like Mickey Mouse? This patented iron bakes a perfect 7-inch waffle just like that. The nonstick cooking plates ensure that every waffle comes off cleanly each time and non-skid rubber feet keep the iron in its place on the counter. Plus, power and readiness indicator lights are shaped like Mickey, too, making this a great waffle iron for kids of all ages.
8. Mini Waffle Stick Maker from Babycakes
Waffles are delicious. Waffle sticks are magical and so versatile. If you want a quick, portable breakfast, pop in your batter. The nonstick plates, latching handle, and non-skid rubber feet of this waffle stick maker produce perfect results safely and cleanly. If you’re giving a party or baking a treat for your favorite family member, you can also customize your waffle sticks with chocolate, sprinkles, and frosting of any sort.
9. Mini Waffle Maker by DASH
Mini waffles are just the right portion size for many. This miniature iron not only provides a perfect portion, but it also works well for apartment living. If you’re seeking a compact model that can double as a Panini maker, a hash brown machine, or even a tiny press that makes pocket sandwiches and pizzas, this is the one. It weighs about one pound, travels and stores compactly, and is a great gift for a young friend headed for dorm life or their first studio apartment.
10. Cuisinart Round Classic Waffle Maker
With five settings, you can have a classic round waffle baked to a perfect, crispy brown or a fluffy, golden disc. The nonstick, BPA-free pates are divided into quadrants for easy folding, cutting, tearing, and sharing. Dual indicator lights let you know when the plates are ideally heated and when your waffle is done to perfection. Then, once you’ve wiped away the evidence of breakfast, the cooled iron stands vertically for compact storage.
Waffles are great breakfast foods, but can also be delicious any time of day. Make them savory or sweet, uses them as sandwich bread or enjoy them with a fork and knife. The best waffle irons will be safe, easy to clean, versatile, and store neatly in kitchens with even the most limited space.
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By BCR Staff