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10 Easy Pieces: Waffle Makers


10 Easy Pieces: Waffle Makers

Heidi Swanson December 13, 2023

I had put off buying a waffle maker for over a decade (“how often do we really make waffles anyway?”) until my three-year-old daughter showed a real interest in waffles, and I realized I could sneak in wholesome ingredients in lieu of the usual buttermilk recipe. We bought an All-Clad Belgian waffle maker and now start every Monday with a waffle breakfast. How did I ever live without it? Here are our favorite options in various shapes, styles of waffle, electric, and hand-held versions.

N.B.: See our post Flight of the Bumblebee, a Parisian Celebration for one of our favorite entertaining ideas from artist Cecile Daladier featuring a hearty stack of Belgian waffles.

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Above: The waffle maker I chose (thanks to the rec via Heidi Swanson) is the All-Clad 2-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker; $199.95 at Everything Kitchens. The larger model for making 4 waffles at a time is the All-Clad 4-Square Digital Gourmet Waffle Maker with Removable Plates. Note that removable plates is a real advantage; cleaning the crevices of plates by hand with a paper towel or sponge is not a glamorous task.
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Above: For those interested in the circular-shaped waffle, the All-Clad Waffle Maker divides a circle into four triangle waffles; $149.95 at Crate & Barrel.
the traditional scandi skeppshult waffle iron is an 8.\25 inch cast iron waffle 19
Above: The traditional Scandi Skeppshult Waffle Iron is an 8.25-inch cast iron waffle maker making the traditional Norwegian-style heart-shaped waffle. This sort of iron is placed on a burner, filled with batter, then closed and held with an oven mitt as the waffle cooks with the advantage being that the iron is portable and great for camping; $175 at Skeppshult.
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Above: The Chef’s Choice WafflePro Maker cooks up the traditional Nordic style waffle in an electric version; $70.04 on Amazon.
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Above: The Rome Industries Old Fashioned Waffle Iron can be used on the camp stove, grill, or burner; $25 at Logan Mercantile.
the cuisinart round classic waffle maker is \$\29.95 at crate & barrel. 22
Above: The Cuisinart Round Classic Waffle Maker is $29.95 at Crate & Barrel.
for making the wafer like waffle cracker, the pizzelle, the cuisinart pizzelle  23
Above: For making the wafer-like waffle cracker, the pizzelle, the Cuisinart Pizzelle Press is $49.95 at Crate & Barrel.
the kings county tools stovetop handheld waffle maker features a long beechwood 24
Above: The Kings County Tools Stovetop Handheld Waffle Maker features a long beechwood handle for extending over open flame; $39.95 on Amazon.
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Above: More making the soft and thin Scandinavian waffle, the Cucinapro Heart Waffle Iron creates 5 different heart-shaped waffles; $59 at Ingebretsen’s Nordic Marketplace.
the nordicware nonstick sweetheart waffler makes a thick heart shaped belgian w 26
Above: The Nordicware Nonstick Sweetheart Waffler makes a thick heart-shaped Belgian waffle over flame, grill, or burner; $80 at Williams-Sonoma.
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Above: The Nordic Ware Belgian Waffler is a straightforward hand-held Belgian waffle maker for $70 at Williams-Sonoma.

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Frequently asked questions

What are the best waffle makers available?

According to Remodelista, the top 10 waffle makers currently are: Breville No-Mess Classic Round Waffle Maker, Cuisinart Round Classic Waffle Maker, Hamilton Beach Belgian Waffle Maker, All-Clad Belgian Waffle Maker, Oster Belgian Waffle Maker, Chef’sChoice WafflePro 854 Classic Belgian Waffle Maker, Krups Belgian Waffle Maker, Calphalon Intellicrisp 2-Slice Waffle Maker, Black + Decker Belgian Flip Waffle Maker, and Dash No-Mess Belgian Waffle Maker.

What features should I look for when buying a waffle maker?

Some features to consider when buying a waffle maker include non-stick plates, adjustable temperature control, indicator lights to show when the waffle is ready, a flipping mechanism for even cooking, and a durable construction. Additionally, the size of the waffle maker and the number of waffles it can make at once may also be important factors to consider.

How do I clean a waffle maker?

To clean a waffle maker, start by unplugging it and letting it cool down. Once it's cooled, wipe the plates with a damp cloth or sponge to remove any batter or residue. If there are stubborn spots, you can use a soft brush or toothbrush. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or metal utensils that could damage the non-stick surface. If the plates are removable, you can wash them with warm, soapy water. Be sure to dry the waffle maker thoroughly before storing it.

Can I make waffles without using oil or butter in the waffle maker?

It is recommended to use a small amount of oil or butter on the waffle plates before adding the batter. This helps prevent sticking and ensures the waffles easily release from the plates. However, some waffle makers have non-stick coatings that may require less or no additional oil or butter. It is advisable to refer to the manufacturer's instructions for the specific waffle maker being used.

How long does it take to cook a waffle?

The cooking time for waffles can vary depending on the recipe, the thickness of the batter, and the waffle maker itself. On average, it typically takes around 3-5 minutes to cook a waffle. However, it is essential to follow the specific instructions provided with the waffle maker for the best results.

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