Few things are as tasty and comforting, especially on a cold winter’s morning, as a good Belgian waffle. These warm, fluffy breakfast treats are exactly what breakfast should be. And you can make them as home as long as you have yourself a good Belgian waffle maker. There are plenty of these home waffle irons on the market, though some make better waffles than others. And some require more clean-up than others. Being waffle connoisseurs, we’ve checked out all top home Belgian waffle makers on the market to find you the very best of the top rated waffle irons. Keep reading to see our picks and learn about these awesome little kitchen gadgets that are perfect for the home chef weekender.
|Breville Smart Waffle Pro Stainless Steel 2 Slice Waffle Maker||(5 / 5)|
|Presto 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker||(4.5 / 5)|
|Waring Pro WMK600 Double Belgian-Waffle Maker||(4.7 / 5)|
|Hamilton Beach 26009 Belgian Style Waffle Baker||(4.4 / 5)|
|KitchenAid KPWB100OB Pro Line Belgian Waffle Baker||(4.7 / 5)|
|Hamilton Beach 26020 Belgian Style Waffle Baker||(4.3 / 5)|
|Proctor Silex 26070 Belgian Waffle Baker||(4.5 / 5)|
|Waring Pro WWM1200SA Double Belgian-Waffle Maker||(4.8 / 5)|
|Waring Pro WMK200 Belgian Waffle Maker||(4.5 / 5)|
|Black+Decker WMD200B Double Flip Waffle Maker||(4.8 / 5)|
|Hamilton Beach 26010 Flip Belgian Waffle Maker||(4.5 / 5)|
|Proctor Silex 26070 Belgian Waffle Baker||(4.5 / 5)|
|Waring WWM500SQ 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker||(4.8 / 5)|
|All-Clad 99011GT 2-Square Belgian Waffle Maker||(4.6 / 5)|
|Waring Pro Stainless Steel single Belgian Waffle Maker WWM450PC||(4.6 / 5)|
Let’s face it – some of us like our Belgian waffles a little on the crispy side, while some of use prefer them to a bit softer and fluffier. Even in the same family there can be disagreements, and no one should be unhappy with their Belgian waffle! With that in mind, we think it’s good to have a waffle iron that can make everyone happy. And that’s what we’ve based our reviews on.
I think we can all agree that the most important thing we want from our Belgian waffle maker is that it fully cooks the waffle batter. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of taking a bit of soggy half-cooked waffles, then you know how vital this is from your new waffle iron. For most people, this is easiest to accomplish from an electric waffle maker that is double-sided. This type works to fully cook the waffle because heat comes from both the top and bottom grid plates, which not only gets the waffle completely done but also speeds up the process.
For the most versatility in your waffle’s crispiness, look for a model with a browning level switch. This feature works kind of how you can select the browning level on your toaster. So, you can crank it up if you want that tasty waffle on the extra crispy side or turn it way down if you prefer the softest Belgian waffle just this side of uncooked. This is definitely a must-have feature in families where there is a divide on the best way to cook a waffle.
Unless you are one of those (weird) types of people who really enjoy cleaning and doing the dishes, you will definitely want to seek out a Belgian waffle maker with non-stick plates. Most of the time, this is a pretty standard feature. It’s so common that you find it almost all the consumer models and it’s often just the high end and commercial models that don’t have it. The reason that you want to make sure your Belgian waffle maker has non-stick plates is because it makes clean-up super easy. Plus, you won’t have to keep re-oiling or greasing the plates to make your waffles, and that’s a big time saver for families and impatient people like me.
Is space a concern for you? If so, you’ll want to skip the flip model Belgian waffle makers because they tend to be larger in size and take up more space in your kitchen. So, if you have a small kitchen or limited storage space, stick with a no-flip Belgian waffle maker for the smallest option that takes up the least amount of space.
There are a few other features available that might interest you, but are certainly not necessary for everyone. Those include:
As you can see, these are features that might be good for some people, but not everyone needs them. So, now that you know what is available to you, narrowing down the best Belgian waffle maker for your home should be an easier process.
One thing to keep in mind as you use your Belgian waffle iron is that different batters produce different results. And, if you go with a model that doesn’t have an indicator light or beep, your waffles should be done once the steaming stops.
If you want a home waffle maker that is professional quality at an affordable price, then we suggest that you check out the KitchenAid KPWB100OB Pro Line Waffle Baker. It is one of our picks for top rated models on the market right now and makes great waffles.
However, as a high-end model, it is one of the more expensive home waffle makers on the market.
The plates on this model are non-stick, which is good for easy clean up and removal of the finished waffles. In fact, the waffles come out of this one VERY easily. You can even skip the cooking spray and they will come out without sticking. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
With the KitchenAid KPWB100OB Pro Line Waffle Baker, you can make two Belgian waffles at the same time. And, it is a flip model, which means that you get uniform consistency with the baking of your waffles. The two waffles come out at 1 1/4 inches thick and 7 1/2 inches in diameter.
As you cook your Belgian waffles with the KitchenAid KPWB100OB Pro Line Waffle Baker, the temperature remains constant. So, you always know exactly how long it will take to get those perfectly done Belgian waffles that you love so much. With this model, there is no guesswork.
The unit also includes both a timer and an audible indicator. So, add your batter and set the timer to your desired setting. When it’s done, you will hear a “beep” so that you can remove the waffles. Or, do it old school and just watch for the amount of steam to decrease, which indicates that the waffles are fully cooked. It only takes about four minutes of cooking time for the two Belgian waffles.
You do not get a batter scoop or cup with the KitchenAid KPWB100OB Pro Line Waffle Baker. Instead, you need to use your own. I find that a standard one-cup measuring cup is a good choice for scooping out the waffle batter. I suggest using not filling the cup completely for the perfect amount of batter.
The waffle plates on the KitchenAid KPWB100OB Pro Line Waffle Baker are not removable, so you can’t take them off for cleaning. The manufacturer suggest just using a soft cloth or brush that is not abrasive to gently clean the plate after use. The non-stick surface does a good job of preventing sticking and caking, so cleanup is actually very easy.
Since this is a home pro model, it is a little larger than most home waffle makers. In fact, it is similar to the site that you see at hotel breakfast bars. As a result, it is also a little heavier than most home waffle irons. That being said, the KitchenAid KPWB100OB Pro Line Waffle Baker makes some great waffles!
Right now, this is probably the best home Belgian waffle maker that money can buy. It is at the high end of waffle makers, and has a higher price tag, but it is definitely worth the extra cost if you take your waffle making seriously.
The Breville Smart Waffle Pro Stainless Steel 2 Slice Waffle Maker is a non-flip model that doesn’t take up a lot of space on your counter or in your kitchen. And it’s stainless steel exterior makes it an attractive addition to the room. And, this high end model has a good price.
The waffle iron plates do have a non-stick coating, which makes waffle removal and clean up very easy. Just remember to use a little cooking spray before using to keep those waffles popping out without sticking.
Unlike some of the flip models, you don’t have to worry about a mess if you over-fill the waffle plates or if your batter is thinner than you realized. The Breville Smart Waffle Pro Stainless Steel 2 Slice Waffle Maker has a built-in moat that wraps around the cooking area. And it doesn’t just catch the batter overflow – it cooks it so that you have a few extra little tasty waffle pieces to much on!
One of the nice features you can expect with the Breville Smart Waffle Pro Stainless Steel 2 Slice Waffle Maker is that it is designed to make different types of waffles for you, not just Belgian ones. In fact, you can set it for buttermilk waffles, classic American waffles (which are thinner), Belgian waffles and chocolate waffles. And if that customization isn’t enough to wow you, this waffle maker has 12 different heat settings so that your Belgian waffle is cooked to absolute perfection – just the way you like it every single time. And, as soon as you select your waffle type and heat setting, the cook time is automatically set for you.
The Breville Smart Waffle Pro Stainless Steel 2 Slice Waffle Maker is simple to use, clean-up is so easy that it’s almost non-existent, and waffles are perfectly cooked every time. And, if you need to make more than two waffles at once, you can order this exact model in a four-waffle variation for a more waffles.
If you want to buy just a good, cheap flip waffle maker for those Belgian waffles, a good choice is the Presto FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker. It has an affordable price and minimal features, but it gets the job done.
One of the nice this about the Presto 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker is that even though it is a flip waffle iron, it is small and compact. So, you can still use it and store it in a small kitchen. It is actually designed with space saving in mind. There is a lock so that you can store it in the upright position, which makes it easy to fit in a kitchen cabinet, even if you have limited space. That makes it a great waffle maker for small apartments and condos.
The exterior components look nice enough, but it is obviously not a high end small kitchen appliance. Still though, you’ve got black plastic and brushed stainless steel in an attempt to at least look like luxury appliances.
The non-stick baking grids cannot be removed from the unit for cleaning, which is one of the possible disadvantages of this unit. Why? Because using the Presto 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker is messy until you get the hang of it. There is an overflow rim, so most people will probably be okay and make a mess. But some people are bound to have some spillover. If your waffle batter is too thin or you pour too much of it into the grid, then you get overflow that spills out the sides. And, if you flip it too soon, you can end up with some spillage. Now, if you don’t mind the clean-up or think that you can quickly master this machine, then this might be of little concern to you. And even though the surface of the grids are non-stick, you really need to oil them for use or the waffle will end up sticking. As long as you remember to grease the waffle grids, then clean up will be easy and your waffle won’t stick.
As you can probably tell from the picture, you can only make one 7-inch diameter Belgian waffle at at time with the Presto 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker. That makes this model a good waffle maker for single people since there will not be any waste. However, it is probably not practical for families to buy this waffle iron – unless everyone likes to share. You see, the waffle grid is designed to make Belgian waffles that are easy to break into four even pieces. You can bill them as “waffle bites” or “waffle triangles” to the kiddos.
The Presto 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker does have a countdown timer that beeps to let you know when the waffle is done cooking. However, this model does not have a browning control setting. So, if might take you a bit of trial and error to discover exactly how long it takes to get the Belgian waffle browned to your exact liking.
One interesting thing to note about the Presto 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker is that you do not flip it half-way through the cooking process. Instead, you fill the batter on one side, close it up and then immediately flip it and let the waffle cook to completion. So, while it is technically called a flip waffle maker, it doesn’t function in quite the same manner as most of them.
Additionally, the timer on the unit is powered by a battery instead of electricity. This means that the timer screen is always on, even when you’re not making waffles. Unfortunately, I have no idea how long the battery lasts, but expect it to be for several years. So, keep in mind that you might want to keep a regular kitchen timer on hand for the eventual battery death.
When you first use your new Belgian waffle iron, you should oil or grease the cooking plates so that the batter does not stick. You can do this with a cooking spray, like PAM, or by oiling a paper towel and then rubbing it on the waffle plates. Or, if you prefer butter, you can apply it the same way.
Some people prefer to toss out that first batch of waffles because the fresh greasing can result in oily waffles. But, I hate wasting a waffle, even if it is a bit greasy. So, use your best judgement here. There is nothing wrong with that first batch, but they just might not taste as good as the rest. And ideally, you shouldn’t have to re-oil the plates in between each batch of waffles unless you end up with a really crappy waffle iron.
If your waffle batter is on the thick side, it might not fully spread on the waffle plates. So, keep a spatula nearby as you might need to help it spread. Likewise, if you have really thin batter, you should add it to the waffle maker carefully cause it can spread everywhere and end up on your kitchen counter. And no one wants to clean up that mess!
Remember that a good way to know if the waffle is done cooking is to watch for the steam to stop. This is helpful for people who end up with a waffle maker that doesn’t have any type of indicator to let you know when to remove the waffle.
When it comes to removing the waffle from the maker, avoid using anything metal because you can scratch the waffle plates. And if you do that, you will remove the coating, which means that future batter will always stick in that spot. Instead, using a pair of silicone tongs or wooden chopsticks. If you use tongs, just be careful so that you don’t end up ripping apart the waffle when pulling it out. Slow and gentle is the key here.
Once you make those beautiful Belgian waffles, don’t let them sit on a plate on the counter and get cold and soggy. All that steam coming off the waffles causes the center to get super soggy if you leave them sitting out while you make more. If you can’t eat the waffles as soon as they are prepared, it is best to place them on a cookie sheet in the oven with the temperature set to “warm” or as low as possible to avoid cooking them any extra. This way, your waffles stay warm and you don’t have to deal with that disappointment of a soggy waffle center.