Top Ten Waffle Makers
Purposes of technology and its evolution are reasonably built around the strong wish to automate most of the routine stuff we have to deal with throughout our life. It doesn’t mean that we cannot handle making toasts, cooking vegetables or squeezing juice out of fruits without new tools, but if it’s more convenient, then why to stay aside? There is a bunch of reasons this broad term of convenience consists of that makes us favor new emerging tools to those that have been around for decades and even centuries. But the primary one is definitely a time-saving possibility, which is the top need for most of us pursuing a balance between work and family and trying to save a little bit time for ourselves.
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Either your intent is to make family breakfast on weekend not so boring as it used to be or to cook lunch for your friends with less time and energy expenses or perhaps to reward yourself after long exhausting working day – waffles are a great idea. However, making them without special kitchenware is painful and you may think now that you don’t have time for this. And it really is. So why not to consider acquiring waffle maker? Paying once you’re getting rid of painful contemplation on what to cook in a fast and tasty way.
What to consider when choosing waffle maker
1.Waffle style you prefer (classic American, which means thin waffles, or Belgian, which means thick ones)
2.Shape and size (either you want to keep it traditional or to go creative)
3.Special features (there are both plain options with relatively narrow range of features and more proficient that enable you to experiment like those for browning control, for dripping prevention, and even for flipping waffles)
4.Cleaning options (this usually means either with removable grids, which is extremely useful for cleaning purposes, or not)
5.Available space in the kitchen (there are options either to compromise on alternative possibilities of waffle maker or on the kitchen space)
Let’s take a closer look at the best options of waffle makers that market can provide us.
1.Calphalon No Peek Waffle Maker by Calphalon
Calphalon waffle maker gives you possibility to get evenly browned 4 waffles at a time with no efforts from your side. Pre-heating and cooking time altogether is short. Besides, you can always figure out how much cooking time still remains relying on the LED lights that turn on one-by-one working like a progress bar.
Those who expect it to produce strictly Belgian waffles may find it disadvantageous that the waffles you get are in fact thinner that the Belgian ones should be. So what you really get is the waffles between classic American style and Belgian one. However, it’s quite an ambiguous question that totally depends on the taste.
There can be a problem with cleaning as the waffles often stick to the surface even though the instructions state that they shouldn’t. That’s why you may want to use oil or special spray to deal with the stickiness of the surface. Besides, there’s no option to figure out the amount of cooking time that remains. Finally, this device is expensive. Many consumers may find it not affordable.
2.The Smart 4-Slice Waffle Maker by Breville
Breville proposes you to get the device for making 4 waffle slice per time with non-stick surface, wide range of cooking options (Classic, Belgian, Chocolate, Buttermilk, and Custom), and 12 heating settings. No oil or additional spray is needed. The cleaning comes to be extremely easy.
Some of you may find disadvantageous that the grids aren’t removable. Despite all the great features, the price is considered by most of consumers to be rather high.
3.All-Clad 99010GT Stainless Steel Belgian Waffle Maker with 7 Browning Settings, 4-Square, Silver by All-Clad
All-Clad’s waffle maker is a great option for those who don’t want to mess around with a new device for a long time. 7 browning options give you the possibility to control the degree of readiness depending on your own preferences. Cleaning doesn’t create any problem. Besides, the device looks stylish so it can serve as a nice addition to your kitchenware.
There are only two options: ready or not ready (red or green light’s on) so you cannot trace the overall cooking progress. This device belongs to the expensive line of waffle makers.
4.Waring WMK600 Double Belgian Waffle Maker by Waring
This device can be a great fit for you if you’re looking for easy in use and clean Belgian waffle maker. Along with the 2 LED indicator, it has an alarm that creates a special sound (beeping) updating you on the readiness of the 2 waffles.
There’s a risk of separation of the waffles, especially when you try to open the waffle maker right after the alarm beeps. Therefore, to wait for a minute or so would be the option to avoid it. It also might be helpful to use oil or spray to ease further cleaning.
5.Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel by Cuisinart
This device contains a convenient set of tools for making great Belgian waffles, fluffy and crispy at the same time. With this waffle maker, you’re given 6 options of temperature and possibility to get 2 waffle slices at a time.
You will need to use either oil or special spray to be able to easily clean it later.
6.Black And Decker G49TD Sandwich Grill/Waffle Baker by BLACK+DECKER
What BLACK+DECKER comes up with isn’t just a waffle maker but it’s a versatile tool that you can leverage as grill, griddle and great waffle maker, 3 in 1. It enables you to flip the grids depending on the character of usage. With this device, you can get four waffles at a time, control heating and no problems with cleaning.
You need to balance use of oil to avoid stickiness.
7.Chef’s Choice 840 WafflePro Express Waffle Maker, Traditional Five of Hearts
by Chef’s Choice
This device embodies a good compromise between quality and reasonable price. It has non-stick surface and short cooking period (it takes only 90 seconds).
Even though it’s considered to be the device for making specifically Belgian waffles, they appear thinner than traditional Belgian ones.
8.VillaWare Stainless Steel Flip Waffle Maker by Villaware
This device offers you conveniency of 7 doneness settings, audible and visual notification that keep you updated on the readiness of the waffles, non-stick surface and evenly browned waffles in the end. The price is quite affordable.
However, the sides of this waffle maker become hot during the heating so it comes up difficult to touch it until it cools down. Besides, during the cooking time it’s required to flip the baker.
9.BLACK+DECKER G48TD 3-in-1 Waffle Maker & Indoor Grill/Griddle, Silver
Comparing to the BLACK+DECKER G49TD featured above, this model is cheaper but don’t make you compromise in any way on the quality of waffle maker (as it’s pretty much the same stuff). Therefore, if your main purpose is device for getting waffles, this would be the great alternative, yet more affordable.
10.Proctor Silex Belgian Waffle Maker by Proctor Silex
This is the easy-clean, non-stick, compact device for making fluffy waffles. This waffle maker is really cheap and widely affordable. Definitely, the best deal for this price.
The main body of the device gets hot during the cooking process. Besides, comparing to the more expensive deals takes longer (4 minutes to cook one waffle).
I can hardly imagine a person who doesn’t have favorite waffle type or doesn’t like waffles at all. For instance, me. When I’ve gotten to know that 25th of March is International Waffles’ Day, I’ve realized that my world (and my calendar) would never be the same. I truly believe that the secret of waffles’ success is in their versatility.
I like to experiment with the routine stuff, approaching everything in a creative way (or just not a regular one, trying something I’ve heard of but haven’t tried yet). People with such life attitude may enjoy waffles a lot. But! For those who prefer one best traditional approach waffles can be a great option as well as you can always pick one batter recipe (that fits you at most) and keep it as long as it tastes great.
As you see, waffles can be a great pick for everyone. All that you need is just to get a great waffle maker and a bit of motivation to experiment with recipes at least at the beginning. And – voila – you have the best cooking option almost for any case.