Belgian waffle Iron

Belgian waffle irons are best for times when you can't fly into Brussels for a delicious waffle breakfast. After all, Belgian waffles have been an important part of the Belgian diet for centuries and are an epicurean encounter which is best experienced in their natural habitat. 

Some Belgians will scoff at the idea of eating waffles for breakfast - Belgian waffles, after all, are a dessert food.

When it came time to purchase my belgian waffle maker I did my homework by researching Amazon, Best buys and waffle forums to see what others had to say about the their favourite belgian waffle makers.

I soon discover the over abundance of options available. There are so many products out there - they made my head spin. 

I settle on a limited range of criteria I would look for. My most relevant criteria were:

  1. Great taste: consistency was a major issue for me. I wanted to know that I'll always get the same results each time I made a Belgian waffle recipe.
  2. Easy to clean
  3. Easy to use
  4. Price/quality ratio. 

If you really want your money's worth there are multi-function waffle irons, look for ones that let you remove the waffle plates and replace them with flat sandwich griddles. A belgian waffle iron can become a panini, pizzelle, grilled cheese or French toast maker.

I identified some popular models that perform consistently well. Although it does take a few tries to get your waffles "just right" by adjusting the settings and learning to time things out. 

The top waffle maker brands are:

Chef's Choice

Villaware, Waring, Farberware, Toastmaster, Cuisinart, KitchenAid, and Krups

Belgian WAffle Iron Options

To reduce the number of models to choose from - decide on the your shape and waffle thickness first. 

Waffle Iron Shape

Waffle irons offer a variety of shapes and sizes. There are circular models, square shaped models and heart shaped Belgian waffles. The circular models heat up more quickly than squares and distribute heat more evenly.

Waffle Iron Size

Waffle irons can make one large waffle or several small ones. Some enable you to choose between the two options. Plate patterns that let you break your waffle into halves or fourths can be very advantageous when serving several people at once. 

picking according to price and features

After you have size and shape chosen here are some more features to consider. 

  • Temperature settings: Many waffle irons enable you to adjust temperatures, just like you can with a toaster. This lets you choose the color and texture of your waffle. The best machines provide a thermostat that maintains an even temperature across your waffle surface.
  • Cleaning: Waffle irons that offer non-stick surfaces are easier to clean and so are ones with removable plates or overflow channels (for excess batter) that can easily be wiped. 
  • Storage: I was particallarly interested in storage, with my juicer, blender and toaster there is only so much space I have left. Some waffle makers are easier to store than others. The easiest to store are the ones that can stand on end and have cord storage. 
  • Safety: Some waffle irons have safe, cool to the touch handles and outside housing. This is a very important feature especially with kids around. 
  • Indicators: Waffle iron offer a variety of indicators. These can be lights, audible tones, LED readouts or countdown timers. They can indicate when the power is on, when a machine is ready to use and when a waffle is done. 
  • Scratch resistant: Certain waffle makers offer scratch-resistant inner and outer surfaces.

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