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:
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:
Villaware, Waring, Farberware, Toastmaster, Cuisinart, KitchenAid, and Krups
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.
After you have size and shape chosen here are some more features to consider.
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