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Small Kitchen Appliances

Best Waffle Iron

Waffle irons mold the waffles as the batter flows and when heat is applied, the batter hardens into a crisp and delicious artistic pancake. There are many styles and types of waffles, some specific to their original country, but the electric waffle irons here will all be capable of making standard square or round waffles and they’ll all have a non-stick coating for ease of waffle extraction.

All of the units on this list were also chosen because they’re easy to use and maintain, allowing you to capture the art of making waffles. You'll have to choose a style or particular type that works best for you or your kitchen setting, but each of these picks will turn out quality waffles. However, if you use lower quality ingredients or the ingredients aren’t mixed correctly, you will get inferior waffles regardless of which waffle iron you employ.

Hamilton Beach 26009 Belgian Style Waffle Baker

The best priced waffle maker on the list is the Hamilton Beach 26009 Belgian Style Waffle Baker which makes quality waffles as good as any. It has a pre-heat light letting you know when to add batter, and a browning color selector allowing you to choose how dark or light the waffles turn out. This unit makes two square Belgian-style waffles and it comes with a one year warranty. Although it’s inexpensive, if you’re just looking for a quality waffle maker at a decent price, you can't do better than this pick.


If you’re a fan of rotating waffle makers, then the Presto 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker may be right for your kitchen counter. This unit rotates from front to back vertically instead of sitting on a stand and rotating horizontally. You'll use more counter space with this unit, but the waffles come out first rate. This waffle iron evenly spreads batter out thanks to the flip-over design, baking a round style of Belgian waffle and it has a countdown timer that lets you know when it will be done. Since it’s manufactured in the U.S., the quality of this unit is second to none. This unit stores away in a vertical position, so it won't take up much space when not in use. It comes with a one year warranty.

Oster CKSTWFBF21 11/2-Inch Thick Belgian Flip Waffle Maker

For thicker waffles in a flip-over style waffle maker, the Oster CKSTWFBF21 1-1/2-Inch Thick Belgian Flip Waffle Maker can't be beat. It flips over horizontally on a stand, giving you better batter distribution beneath the cover. The thicker style waffle is well-suited to fruit or creamed toppings, and the unit stores vertically to take up less space.

It has an adjustable temperature setting so you can tailor how brown, crisp or fluffy you want your waffle, and it comes with a removable drip tray for easy clean-up. Plus, Oster is known for quality products, and this reliable unit won't let you down. This waffle iron is also covered by a one year warranty.

Smart Planet WM6S Peanuts Snoopy and Charlie Brown Waffle Maker

The SmartPlanet Snoopy & Charlie Brown Character Waffle Maker is probably the most fun you'll have making waffles. It makes waffles in the shape of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Snoopy's doghouse. This iron is basic in function; just heat it up, pour in the batter and monitor the results. You may want to use a bit of non-stick spray for the first batch and while the waffles are smaller than usual, they’re also much thicker. This is the least expensive waffle maker on the list but it’s also probably the most fun to use, especially if you have kids or grandchildren. It comes with a one year warranty.

Waring Pro Professional Double Waffle Maker, Model WMK600

If you want a lot of high-quality waffles fast, choose the Waring Pro WMK600 Double Belgian-Waffle Maker. This horizontal flip waffle maker comes with two integrated waffle making plates for double the output every time you want waffles. This is by far the most expensive waffle maker here, but it’s also equipped with the most features too.

This waffle iron features extra deep waffle pockets so you'll get thicker waffles every time. There are two LED lights for each waffle maker which signal warming is complete and three audio beeps which signal the waffles is finished. A rotary thermostat allows you to choose the heat setting and also how brown you want your waffles to come out. These waffles are perfect for toppings such as cream or berries, and you'll be able to make twice the waffles in half the time. It comes with a one year warranty.

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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