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My quest for the perfect Waffle Iron

Updated on May 30, 2013

Making waffles

When I lived in Denmark I had a waffle toaster, or well I guess it is called a waffle iron or maybe more precisely a heart waffle maker. Regardless of the name it got used very frequently.

I would invite friends over for waffle nights, which was basically us getting together to eat tasty waffles.

We would whip up the waffle batter and bring it to the dining table with us.

Then we would sit and talk or play cards while continuously keeping the waffle iron going. Whenever a heart waffle was done we would "fight" each other for a part of the steaming hot waffle until the point in the evening where everyone had stuffed themselves so much that no one could get another bite down.

When I moved to Ireland all I brought was a backpack with the 15 kgs worth of clothes Ryan Air would allow me to bring aboard the airplane. No room for my beloved waffle toaster :(

I never got around to buying another waffle maker over here, but this year for Christmas it is on the wish list. This lens covers my quest to find the perfect waffle Iron so I can make yummy waffles for all the new friends I have found in Ireland.

(PS. My trusty waffle toaster found a loving home on my mothers kitchen table.).

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What to look for #1

Electrical or Non-Electrical?

Cast Iron Waffle maker

Texsport Outdoor Cast Iron Waffle Iron Maker
Texsport Outdoor Cast Iron Waffle Iron Maker

When I was a child we had a waffle iron for the stove. I fondly remember baking waffles with my mother, both of us standing looking at the waffle maker impatiently waiting for it to produce a golden waffle. We would use the time to sing and talk and when the waffles were done we would enjoy the yummy fruits of our labour.

This Cast Iron Waffle maker is made with an extra rim of iron at the bottom, which is really handy for picking up any spillage when pouring on the dought.

Be aware that because it is iron, the waffles may stick at least for the first round of waffles, so make sure you oil or butter the surface properly.

As the Waffle pan has no electrical cords it is easy to clean it. Just shove it under the tap, be sure to use semi warm water as cold water could ruin the waffle iron. Also never use any form of soap or dishwashing liquids as again it could ruin the iron. If you are going for that traditional feel, then this may be the Waffle maker for you. I however must continue on in my quest.

 

Electrical Waffle pan

Oster CKSTWFBF10 Belgian Flip Waffle Maker, Black
Oster CKSTWFBF10 Belgian Flip Waffle Maker, Black

Electrical waffle makers has the advantage that you can bring them to the table. That way the entire family can be gathered and noone has to be the odd man out at the stove.

With this waffle pan you can get the waffles steaming hot to your plate.

It comes with a removable drip tray, which means your dining table doesn't need to look a mess after you had your breakfast or waffle dinner.

While this looks like a nice Waffle machine, it is not the right one for me. On I go.

 

What to look for #2

Non Stick !

Non-stick Waffle Maker

Chef's Choice 852 Classic Wafflepro 2 Square Waffle Maker
Chef's Choice 852 Classic Wafflepro 2 Square Waffle Maker

Most waffle irons these days claims to be non-stick and I think that most people will agree that the fun disappears if you have to fight with the machine to get it to release the waffle.

This waffle toaster should give you a non-stick experience along with fluffy, crispy golden waffles. For me though square waffles doesn't do it, so I continue on my quest.

 

The origin of Waffles

And the many variants

Waffles date back to the middle ages although back then they were thinner and crispier than the ones we enjoy today.

There are many different types of waffles. Most notable is the American waffle, the Belgian Waffle and the Scandinavian Waffle.

-The American Waffle is made with baking powder and is often enjoyed for breakfast with butter or marple syrups.

-The Belgian Waffle has is made with yeast and is thicker and lighter than the american version. The are often served with whipped cream or powdered sugar. Sometimes they even come with chocolate spread. Yummy!

-The Scandinavian Waffle is made with baking powder, but is thinner than the other two variants. They are traditionally heart shaped and enjoyed with fruit jam and powdered sugar.

There are many other types of waffles and many other ways to make the batter, but what they all have in common is that they are extremely tasty.

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What to look for #3

Termostat or Kitchen clock?

Stainles steel waffle maker. - With build in alarm for when the waffle is ready.

Waring Pro WMK300A Professional Stainless-Steel Belgian Waffle Maker
Waring Pro WMK300A Professional Stainless-Steel Belgian Waffle Maker

This Waffle iron or should I say machine, because it is hardly just an iron anymore, comes with a build in alarm function that beeps when the waffle is ready. You will never see another burned waffle again.

The stainless steel makes it easy to clean and the removable no drip plate even more so. The only real drawback I can see is that it is a bit on the big side. If you have space in your kitchen, this could be the perfect waffle toaster for you. I continue on my quest for my perfect waffle maker.

 

Kitchen timer

Oggi Egg Stainless Steel 60-Minute Kitchen Timer
Oggi Egg Stainless Steel 60-Minute Kitchen Timer

If you are not getting a waffle toaster with build in alarm, then you can do it the old school way, with a traditional kitchen timer.

 

What to look for #4

Shape - Squares or hearts?

Belgian Waffle Maker - 4 waffles at once!

Chef's Choice 850 Taste-Texture Select WafflePro Belgian Waffle Maker
Chef's Choice 850 Taste-Texture Select WafflePro Belgian Waffle Maker

This Belgian waffle maker is worth the mention because it makes 4 waffles at once instead of the traditional 2. If you have a big family and you want everyone to have waffles in a timely manner this might be the machine for you.

It is a bit more expensive than most waffle toasters, however the time you save is precious and can be used to enjoy eating the waffles with your friends or family.

This machine also comes with what is referred to as the "waffle ready" beeper that will warn you when is done. Square waffles is not for me though so I go on to persue the goal of the perfect waffle maker for me.

 

Disney waffle maker - Disney waffles!

Disney Mickey &Gang 5 in 1 Tasty Baker Waffle Maker,Bakes Pancake,Muffins, breads, cakes, and brownies
Disney Mickey &Gang 5 in 1 Tasty Baker Waffle Maker,Bakes Pancake,Muffins, breads, cakes, and brownies

Your children will love you if you make them waffles using this waffle iron. You can make waffles in the shape of 6 of the most popular Disney characters. The options are Mickey Mouse, Minni Mouse, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy.

The Waffle maker can also be used for muffins, breads and other things.

I don't have children yet, so I will move on, on my quest, but if you have some and they love Disney, then this could be the perfect Waffle toaster for you.

 

The big Waffle showdown

What shape do you prefer for your waffles?

Hearts

Hearts

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    • anonymous 5 years ago

      For my preference i like stuffed with strawberry and heart-shaped.

    • shandigp 5 years ago

      Alton Brown says go round! But I like them all! Hearts v. Squares? I choose hearts.

    • ibakir 5 years ago

      i can't stop thinking about this testy waffles, how i can find them here in Dubai :(

      Of-course I prefer both of them, but squares are the standard famous shape

    • KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I love the hearts, though my own waffle iron makes squares.

    • JoshK47 5 years ago

      Hearts are closer to my preferred shape - Mickey! :)

    • Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Any shape is fine with me really!

    • wolfie10 5 years ago

      love them no matter what shape they are in really

    Squares

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      • APackageAtTheDoor 5 years ago

        Square brings back memories of our waffle iron when I was a kid.

      • casquid 5 years ago

        My Belgin waffle iron is square. They taste great because of all the toppings I use. Fruit, fruit and more good fruit. But if they were heart shaped, I couldn't get mad at that either.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I think hearts are a lovely idea but I'd say leftovers would need to be toasted and square would fit much better in the toaster..... have to vote that way for practicality. Think I'm getting old!!

      • JessyGene 5 years ago

        I've actually never had a heart-shaped waffle so I will have to say squares. Hearts sound great though!

      • SteveKaye 5 years ago

        Actually, I prefer round. So, I voted for squares because they are round, except they have flat sides.

      • toldyaso lm 5 years ago

        Thank you for this lens! I have been on the lookout for the perfect waffle maker. It's not an easy task!

      • Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

        As long as it's fresh, I don't mind what shape it is! :)

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I'm just happy with waffles but hearts are irresistible!

      • Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

        I've never had a heart shaped waffle, but that would be a real treat. Waffles have always been a favorite of mine.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        love the traditional style

      • JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

        Am only familiar with waffles with squares. But the hearts would be nice for Valentine's Day for wedding anniversaries.

      • sagebrushmama 5 years ago

        I love square waffles, although the round ones are just as tasty!

      • Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

        I wouldn't refuse any shape waffle, but I love a traditional Belgian one most of all.

      What to look for #5

      Price - Quality or Wallety (Expensive or Cheap)

      Professional Belgian Waffle Baker

      Nemco (7020A-S208) 20 Waffle/Hr Belgian Waffle Baker
      Nemco (7020A-S208) 20 Waffle/Hr Belgian Waffle Baker

      Looking to make waffles on a professional level then maybe this waffle baker is the thing for you. The Waffle iron is silverstone coated ensuring non-stick and scratch resistance. The price is not for everyone, but I am sure people would be impressed to see the machine in your kitchen. Personally though I have to look for something in another price range.

       

      Very affordable electrical Waffle toaster

      Kalorik Heart-Shaped 1000-Watt Non-Stick Wafflemaker, Stainless/Black
      Kalorik Heart-Shaped 1000-Watt Non-Stick Wafflemaker, Stainless/Black

      This is a very affordable electrical waffle maker. With this you can sit at the table with your guests and enjoy the waffles steaming hot directly from the waffle maker.

      Reviews are positive although they do mention that the non-stick surface is not always working as well as it could be. If you are looking for a nice little. If you are looking to pick up a cheap waffle maker that does the job. This one might be the one for you. For me the search continues.

       

      Aaaaaand the winner is....

      the Waffle toaster that won my heart.

      Phew. That was a lot of waffle makers to go through and I don't know about you guys, but by now I really could eat some waffles. :)

      In the end though it was worth it, I now know exactly which Waffle Iron to wish for, for Christmas. And here it is:

      The Perfect Waffle Iron - For me at least

      Chef's Choice 840 WafflePro Express Waffle Maker, Traditional Five of Hearts
      Chef's Choice 840 WafflePro Express Waffle Maker, Traditional Five of Hearts

      So in the end this is the Waffle maker I found most fitting to my needs.

      Electric - Check

      Non-stick - Check

      Timer - Check

      Heart shaped waffles - Check

      Affordable on my budget - Check (well technically I should be considering the budget of the people that are going to get me presents I suppose ;).)

      The Waffles are apparently cooked in 90 seconds once the Waffle maker is pre-heated which is perfect for me as I often get really impatient when I can start smelling the delicious odour of freshly baked waffles.

      Now I just hope Santa will be nice and bring me this Waffle toaster. Who know's if he does I might even whip him up a batch! ;)

       

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      Waffle essentials on Amazon - Now that you have the Waffle Maker all you need is the batter, the recipe and the condiments.

      Did this Lens make you hungry for Waffles? - Leave a your waffle related comments here. :)

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          BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

          Great review lens! I learned a lot.

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          APackageAtTheDoor 5 years ago

          Love waffles, yum! Nice lens, thanks.

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          LisaDH 5 years ago

          I'm suddenly hungry for waffles! I won a Waring waffle marker about a year ago, which is the first one I've ever owned. Now I wonder why I never had a waffle maker sooner.

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          zillermil 5 years ago

          We have the round small Cuisinart and love it. It makes round waffles though, so probably doesn't suit your needs. That Golden Waffle mix is the best!

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          casquid 5 years ago

          Yes, thanks a lot. I am trying to lose weight. Now I want waffles and fruit with whipped cream and powdered sugar. How's that for counting calories? LOL

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          Heather Bradford 5 years ago from Canada

          I am actually in the market for a waffle maker so this lens is very welcome!! I had no idea there were so many options and you did such a great job of pro and con of each one!! I felt like you led me by the hand every step of the decision. I thought I'd need a square one but the one you chose is excellent in every way AND we can all have a heart at the same time! Perfect!! Thank you.

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          iWriteaLot 5 years ago

          Yes, it did! But I'm getting ready to make cupcakes right now so I'll just wait until breakfast for the waffles! LOL great lens!

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          Edutopia 5 years ago

          Regardless of the flavor of waffle you choose to make you will come out a winner! Great lens, makes me have a hankering for some waffles.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Anybody noticed that frozen waffles are all round now? What happened to the square waffles I grew up on?

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          CodyMD 5 years ago

          im all about the Willams & Sonoma waffle maker, plus it looks nice

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          ionee251 5 years ago

          I love waffles..especially cheese waffles.

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          lasertek lm 5 years ago

          Definitely! I am not very particular in choosing a waffle iron but this lens surely helped me.

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          JessyGene 5 years ago

          Nice lens! I'm hoping to get a waffle iron soon, but I might try to find one second hand. Once I get one I'm going to have a waffle party with my friends! mmmm

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          ibakir 5 years ago

          hoi hoi this Waffles looks so testy yummy!

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          Dancing Cowgirl Design 5 years ago from Texas

          Waffles are yummy! Congrats on your purple star for this lens.

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          KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

          It sure did. You've reminded me that I need to make waffles more often.

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          Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

          I love waffles. Angel blessings!

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          JoshK47 5 years ago

          Sounds like quite a noble quest - and, yes, but I am always hungry for waffles. :)

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          WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

          Yum! I prefer pancakes but would love to have a new waffle iron. The one you mentioned look really good. Happy Holidays and thanks for your reviews!

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          SteveKaye 5 years ago

          Yes. I'm going to eat waffles sometime soon (in the next 6 months or so).

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          dropoutfactory 5 years ago

          Really nice Lens n the waffles look yummy :)

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          poutine 5 years ago

          Yes, I think I'm going to have one very soon.

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          Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

          Oh, I love waffles and haven't had one for years! I love them with maple syrup and ice-cream. You don't get them much here... however.. I hadn't thought of making them myself! Thanks for the idea! Blessed. :)

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          sherioz 5 years ago

          This brought back childhood memories of waffles and ice cream.

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          Mistl 5 years ago

          @anonymous: Thanks a lot Tipi! :)

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          Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

          I love the waffle iron that you chose. You have excellent taste (pun intended). :-) Guess what I'm having tonight? You have convinced me that I need waffles for dinner. Hope Santa brings you your heart's desire.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Now you have me wanting the Chef's Choice M840 WafflePro Express Waffle Maker, Traditional Five of Hearts, they just look more delicious and reasonably priced with all the features you desire, congratulations on a successful quest!

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          Mistl 5 years ago

          @Diana Wenzel: Haha! :)

          I will have to make do with pancakes for now.

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          luckyone924 5 years ago

          I have been trying to figuire out what one i want this has helped me to decide! greta lens!

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          KiwiSanet 5 years ago

          We are also on the lookout for the perfect waffle maker. For us it would be an electric one but without a non- stick coating.

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          Marie 5 years ago

          Congrats on being one of the 35 favorite product review lenses :)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          it is a little hard finding a good griddle, enjoyed your lens, squidliked it.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I am convinced a good waffle iron makes a difference - my waffles never turn out well and I am convinced it is my waffle iron! Congratulations on your purple star and on making the Monster Board!

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          JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

          Umm ... this lens has made me hungry for waffles. BTW, congratulations on having one of the 35 favorite product review lenses!

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          sagebrushmama 5 years ago

          I actually found my waffle iron in a second hand store, and I love it!

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          Sue Dixon 5 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

          I wish I had one of these- I really would love a waffle for Sunday brunch today! Congratulations on your purple star.

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          Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

          Oh it sure did. Thanks for making buying a waffle maker so easy. You've thought of everything and come up with some great recommendations. Congratulations on your Thanksgiving purple star win!

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          Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

          It really did... we've been talking about getting one of these! Thanks for a great lens, and congrats on being a fellow Purple Star contest winner this week! Blessings to you.

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          wolfie10 5 years ago

          i want some now. made me really hungry. well done