I had always thought of myself as a waffle iron connoisseur. I was raised to believe that any consumer-level waffle iron constructed after approximately 1965 wasn’t worth the raw materials from which it was made.
So, I scoured the thrift stores for vintage waffle irons, buying them for five and seven bucks when the opportunity struck and squirreling them away in closets and under beds. However, I’ve recently experienced a waffle maker that makes me begin to rethink my vintage waffle iron ways.
I recently got a chance to try out Calphalon’s new non-stick, Best Belgian Waffle Maker and I am officially smitten. I ran it side-by-side with my favorite, vintage waffle iron and was floored by its superiority. It cooks more quickly than my old iron and bakes up a waffle that is fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside.
The waffle wells are deep and can hold lots of butter and syrup (or, as I like to dress my waffle, jam and yogurt). You can set it for the exact level of darkness you want, and when the bell dings, the waffle releases from the griddle easily and without tearing. You don’t have to grease the iron prior to adding the batter, so to clean up, all you have to do is give it a quick wipe down.
When you’re the type of person who likes to eat waffles, it might be the standard Belgian waffle or the American waffle, the most basic of equipment that you should have is a waffle maker. For Belgian waffle makers, these are usually made of iron and can only make a single waffle.
American style models give you the ability to cook a variety of shapes and also thinner versions of waffles to.
what to Look for In a Waffle Maker
When you’re out in the market to buy a waffle maker, you should look at a few basic features. These could mean better looking and better tasting results for your waffles.
- Temperature control – If you can control the heat level in a waffle maker, you have the option of making light brown ones or deeply browned ones.
Models without temperature control entails that you have to cook the waffle longer which could lead to a dry and spongy type of waffle.
- Versatility – Many of today’s kitchen appliances can do more than just what they’re made for. For example, if you get yourself a versatile waffle maker, it could mean that you could also toast cheese sandwiches here, make pancakes etc. Some even offer the ability to do rib grilling.
- Nonstick plate – As an added feature, the nonstick plate of a waffle maker saves you time and effort. Look for a waffle maker with a durable nonstick material. This will keep your waffles from sticking onto the pan ruining the whole look of the waffle.
- Easy to clean – With the many grooves and crannies that a waffle plate has, you have to look for a model that’s easy to clean. Something where a soft cloth or pastry brush would do the trick for cleaning the grids off would do. Anything to keep you from strenuous scrubbing is a good find.
Choosing the Right Brand and Type of Waffle Iron
Investing in a waffle maker is no different than investing in any other home improvement equipment, appliance or machine. Our spending capacity is often challenged when faced with a vast number of choices so that we sometimes find it difficult to immediately pick the best product for our needs.
Every consumer needs to think carefully and thoroughly before splurging (or scrimping) on a waffle iron.
The best way to learn is by researching on the internet where it gives you all the details and ability to search waffle makers by type or by brand, making it easier to find the information you need. You won’t have to go elsewhere to get the best waffle maker ratings and the most truthful waffle iron reviews.
- Reviews by type – if you already have an idea of what type of waffle maker you will need then this section is for you. Just click on what type of waffle maker you like (e.g belgian, electric, round or professional) and you can browse through our collection of reviews of waffle makers in that category.
- Reviews by brand – we also have a wide array of reviews of different brand and their lines in waffle maker (e.g. Villaware, Waring Pro, Diablo, Cusinart). Simply click on the brand that is located on the right hand side and you can get to read on the reviews of the waffle makers made by that brand.
- Feature articles – this site also features articles to help you in finding the best waffle maker for your needs.