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The Best Waffle-Makers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most worthwhile. We’ve covered plenty of brunch-worthy appliances and tchotchkes in the past, including a waffle iron for Instagram–worthy waffles, eggcups à la Call Me by Your Name, the best French presses and pour-overs, and even skillets to make the perfect Chez Panisse–style eggs. Here, we’re doing a deep dive into the best waffle-makers available on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.) 

Best classic waffle-maker

Cuisinart Round Classic Waffle Maker

“I love everything about this waffle-maker. It’s lightweight, so easy to put away and take back out of cupboard. I heats up quickly in a minute. It cleans easy with just a wipe. I just wanted a regular, classic waffle, not Belgian. I never cared for Belgian. I don’t like a lot of bells and whistles either. This fits the bill. Plug it in, wait for the green light, spoon batter in and close. When the green light comes back the waffle is done. It has a setting for how brown you want it also. I like mine very brown so I set it on the highest setting. This is a keeper.”

All-Clad Stainless Steel Classic Round Waffle Maker

“In the last five years, I have gone though three waffle-makers. None of them came even close to the quality of this waffle-maker. Most recently, I had a Cuisinart model and after a year everything started to stick to it no matter what I did. This one cooks evenly, makes a nice crispy, chewy waffle, and has a wide range of settings so you can be more accurate with the level of doneness you like. Also, the beeping when the waffle is done is really nice for when you step away for a moment to tend to something else. I’ve made three of the four or five recipes that came with this waffle-maker, and they are all wonderful. This is worth spending the extra money on for sure.”

Best no-frills Belgian waffle-makers

BLACK+DECKER Belgian Waffle Maker

“I had a previous waffle-maker that I loved so much and it finally quit on me. Searching for something similar was near impossible so I wasn’t expecting much from this purchase. I received this and haven’t stopped making waffles every morning! This is literally so easy to use, easy to clean, and all for a great price that won’t break the bank!”

Oster Belgian Waffle Maker

“I love this waffle-maker! It has made such an improvement in the convenience of preparing breakfast before work, which is something I think most of us can appreciate. I like to eat Kodiak Cakes for breakfast because they are AWESOME for the calorie-conscious. BUT making pancakes every morning was getting old, and having to wash the pan between uses was annoying. So I purchased this waffle-maker in hopes that it would streamline the process, which it definitely did! I plug it in and it heats to medium heat in less than a minute (the green indicator light will illuminate next to the “Ready” label). I combine 1/2 cup mix, 1/2 cup water, and a tablespoon of olive oil and spread on the waffle iron (helps if you fill from the outside first). My waffle mix says that the waffles are ready when the waffle iron quits steaming, so I wait for that (typically about four minutes) and then give it another 30-60 seconds to make sure my waffle is crisp. I remove the waffle, unplug the iron, and let it sit open until it’s cool. No cleanup of the iron is necessary! It’s so EASY, and allows me to make healthy, delicious Kodiak Cakes in less than ten minutes!”

Proctor Silex Belgian Waffle Maker

“I was in the market to become a proud first-time owner of a waffle iron. However, I was not going to settle for any ‘low-cost’ or ‘gimmick’ waffle iron. I could say I was on a sabbatical to find an iron that would make perfect waffles with a crisp outside and steamy, fluffy inside. My engineering instinct tells me to stick to what is simple, which led me to this cute little snapper. THIS WAFFLE IRON IS AMAZING. I have only made three waffles on it so far, but IT MADE PERFECT GOLDEN, CRISPY WAFFLES WITH HOT, STEAMY FLUFF ON THE INSIDE. And it required no cleaning! And it stores upright nicely! And … And … And … I have decided, unless you run a professional kitchen or feed a family of 13 waffles every day, you do not need to pay any more money for a professional waffle iron that ‘flips’ or ‘shoots flames out its behind.’ This waffle iron is inexpensive, but I have no regrets. This iron does exactly what I want it to do. And that is to make perfect waffles.”

Best flipping Belgian waffle-makers

Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker

“My 40-year quest to find the perfect waffle-maker ended when I purchased this double-flip model. Over the decades, I had bought and used a number of different non-flip models. All suffered from the same problem of requiring more precise filling than I was capable of — too much batter and it oozed out the sides and made a big mess, but too little and the waffles ended up with bald spots. Then I started paying attention to the waffle-makers that hotels use for brunch. From Frankfurt to Burlington to Savannah, they all used flip-style waffle-makers. So I hunted down and tried this model. It works great! The flip action distributes the batter evenly. No oozing and no bald spots. And the thermometer/timer works very well — I set it around 4, and when the beeper sounds, I have perfectly golden-brown waffles every time. The waffles release easily, and there’s minimal cleanup. Best. Waffle. Maker. Ever.”

Hamilton Beach Flip Belgian Waffle Maker

“I work at a large hotel and serve breakfast every morning, and we have three professional cast iron waffle-makers that we pump waffles out of constantly. I bought this waffle-maker shortly after starting work because I kept thinking about waffles. Honestly? I like this one even better than the ones at work. The waffles don’t burn or get over crispy, and I have never had one under done either. Super easy to clean and looks nice enough that I can leave it on my counter without putting it away. I would definitely recommend it.”

Best ceramic Belgian waffle-maker

Presto 03510 Ceramic FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker

“I have no bad things to say about this. It’s completely nonstick — not like a little bit nonstick — it’s COMPLETELY nonstick. Don’t spray it or oil it or butter it. It’s nonstick. It heats incredibly fast and cooks fast, too. I’d play with the timing because it often says cook a waffle for four minutes, and I can get a nice fluffy waffle that’s not too crisp in way less. It depends on your preference. You can store it upright. I can tuck it out of the way much easier than stacking it in a cabinet somewhere. And lastly, I have made protein waffles and regular waffles and no matter the batter type or consistency, I had great results. My insane toddler keeps asking for waffles and I can’t deny him because they are just too easy to make.”

Best mini waffle-maker

Dash Mini Maker

“This sweet little baby waffle-maker is a dream. I swear, I squeal every time I pull out a perfectly made baby waffle because they are just so darn cute! Uncomplicated, easy to use and clean. Not a lot of bells and whistles here, but it does the job just right. They’re the perfect Eggo size, not huge like some waffle-makers, and get perfectly crisp. Sometimes, when I’m feeling crazy, I add in some blueberries or chocolate chips. If you’re making a lot, or want to do them quickly, I do suggest getting two, as you can only make one small(ish) waffle at a time with this.”

Note: Grub Street staff writer Nikita Richardson previously wrote a paean to this tiny-but-mighty waffle iron.

Best four-slice waffle-makers

Breville Smart 4-Slice Waffle Maker

“This is by far the best waffle-maker I’ve ever owned! I used the recommended setting the first time and my Belgian waffles came out perfect. Each of the four waffles came out lightly crisp with even coloring. Each waffle was cooked through with a consistent texture, so there aren’t any hot or cold spots. Since using it the first time, I’ve tried using some of the other settings for different waffle types with the same perfect results. This isn’t your typical discount store waffle-maker. It’s expensive, big, heavy and very well made, so you should be able to pass it down a generation or two. The controls are easy to understand and use. The instructions are clear and well written. Follow the instructions and use the recommended setting for your first time and you won’t be disappointed.”

All-Clad Stainless Steel 4-Square Belgian Waffle Maker

“My husband and I love Belgian waffles. Over the past 20 years, you would not believe how many waffle-makers I have purchased. Some were good, and others were just terrible. My new All-Clad Belgian Waffle-Maker makes perfect Belgian waffles. It is on the pricey side, but obviously worth every penny. I wish I had found it years earlier. The waffles that are perfect for us are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and the color is a golden brown. I was able to achieve this on setting No. 5. I like to use King Arthur Flour Belgian Waffle Mix. The resulting waffles are outstanding.”

Hamilton Beach 4-Piece Belgian Waffle Maker

“OK, fine, I have only had this for one week, so cannot attest to the long term quality. But I have used this waffle-maker every day so far and my family loves it. Even baking (not sure why other comments said otherwise). I did regular waffles, chocolate chip waffles, cranberry waffles, banana waffles and even the waffles when you put nutella between two sheets of puff pastry dough, cut into four squares and cook them in the waffle-maker. No problems. And cleanup is a breeze. My last wafflemaker cost three times the amount of this one and I cannot tell the difference in quality of cooking great waffles.”

Best Belgian waffle-makers for easy clean up

KRUPS Belgian Waffle Maker With Removable Plates

“I am blown away by the quality of this appliance. I have already prepared about 60 waffles. I sent a bunch home with the kids and have been storing ours in the refrigerator. Pop them in the toaster and they’re as delicious as the day you made them! They have been wonderful. Big, thick, delicious waffles.”

Hamilton Beach Copper Removable Grid Belgian Waffle Maker

“I only really cook two back to back, and it hasn’t given me problems. Just wait for the green light to shine then put in your batter, close lid correctly, turn the handle to lock, flip the grill by twisting the handle, wait for the green light to shine, flip, open, remove. I cook a second immediately without letting the iron warm up and its fine. It does not take 10 minutes or however long the instructions recommend to cook a single waffle. Maybe if you want a super crispy waffle you’ll need to leave it in longer or choose a darker setting. Maybe people are making super thick batter or something, but I’m using typical pancake consistency batter (or maybe slightly thicker) on the waffle iron’s middle setting and its done in maybe 4 or 5 minutes tops. Easy to clean up with the removable plates (you release one plate by pressing a button and the other by sliding the button). Take your waffles seriously.”

Best waffle bowl-maker

Presto 03500 Belgian Bowl Waffle Maker

“My girlfriend is great, but this thing is amazing. She laughed when I said it, but in an uncomfortable way, as if she knows there is a chance I may run away with this machine never to be seen or heard from again. I have never been so overly satisfied with a product that exceeded my expectations right off the bat. We made the traditional-style waffles and filled them with an assortment of berries and peanut butter and syrup, and everybody was satisfied. We even tried cooking eggs, just eggs, as an omelette, and at about one minute a little more you have perfect omelette bowls to fill with whatever you wish. Tonight, I may throw some ground beef in there just to see what happens. Buy this and never look back … Shoot, buy four and feed the neighborhood every morning.”

Best vertical waffle-maker

Cuisinart WAF-V100 Vertical Waffle Maker

“Making waffles will never be the same. It’s easy to clean, heats up fast, cook time is like other standard waffle-makers. What makes this different is that IT IS NOT MESSY. Your batter is not dripping all over the place. Other makers get the batter over your counter or the maker itself.”

Best waffle-maker with pancake plates

Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker with Pancake Plates

“WOW … I love this pancake/waffle-maker!! Pancakes come out nice and thick (four at a time). Waffles are Belgian style, nice and thick. Once this thing heats up, you are ready to go. There are NO, I repeat, NO burn marks such as burn lines made by griddles. Everything pops right out when done. Cleanup is a snap … really … you press a button on the side and the cooking plates pop out in a snap! Quick cleanup without the awkward fumbling trying to fit a griddle near the sink for cleanup.”

Best character waffle-maker

Disney Mickey Mouse Waffle Maker

“My little one and I LOVE this waffle-maker. It is so easy to clean and makes them beautifully. I’ve never had a burnt or undercooked waffle. I make a full batch at a time, freeze them, and my little one is able to pop them in the toaster for a quick breakfast in the morning!!! I honestly think these waffles are better than the ones at Goofy’s Kitchen (and they’re bigger).”

Best stovetop waffle-maker

NordicWare Cast Aluminum Stovetop Belgium Waffle Iron

“I was looking for a waffle-maker that I could use to make small portions for kids that I could make ahead and freeze for school. I didn’t even know there was a stove top option for waffle-makers until I stumbled onto this! I have not been disappointed! Firstly it slightly more than an inch thick so it can be stored on its side and take up almost no space. Secondly, it is so easy to wash because there is no electrical component to mess with and can be completely submerged!! So as long as you use some kind of cooking oil while cooking it is a breeze to clean. Thirdly, and most importantly, if you follow the directions on the package and preheat the pan and then cook on medium heat, it cooks amazing waffles!! I got the Belgian waffler so it cooks 4 square waffles that I can break apart and easily serve to small kiddos or freeze and toast later for a before-school breakfast! Love this product!”

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The Best Waffle-Makers, According to Reviewers