In our house, there’s one clear forerunner when it comes to favourite family breakfasts- we all adore waffles! Of course, there are plenty of ways to make waffles, but there’s just something so satisfying about the homemade Belgian style kind that makes you feel like you’re out for a fancy brunch even if you’re just at home with your kids in your pyjamas. That’s why we’ve been thinking about how great it would be to have a good quality waffle maker. This thought inspired our search for the perfect option.
Upon scouring the Internet for more information, we realized there are actually plenty of fantastic options when it comes to home waffle makers, which we were very pleased to see! The challenge lies in whittling those options down to figure out which one has the best feature for you and your needs or preferences in particular.
To help you out, here’s our list of 15 of the very best homemade waffle makes we came across in our search!
If you’re the kind of person who has a lot of experience using waffle makers and has owned them before, then you might just be observant enough to notice that this design by Chefman has an extra rim around the edge that makes it look a little wider and chunkier than some other models. This is actually a good thing! Sure, it’ll take up a little more room on your counter, but that rim is actually the part of the waffle maker that helps it live up to its “anti-overflow” claims.
When you fill the waffle maker and press the top down, any batter that would have otherwise spilled out the sides onto your counter like excess with be caught by this extra rim instead. It makes for a much simpler clean up when breakfast is done!View price on Amazon
Have you ever worked with the kind of waffle maker that doesn’t have the awesome flipping action most of them feature nowadays? You might have noticed that the bottom side of your waffle ends up fully cooked through while the top side hasn’t necessarily made full contact with the grill properly. That’s why this model from Presto that prioritizes the flipping action is such a great idea!
Beyond just being useful in the fact that it does flip, this waffle maker is exceptional in how it flips. Instead of catching or being difficult to flip without burning yourself like older makers tend to be, it’s specially designed to be smooth, quick, and safe to use, even for younger members of the family (under your careful supervision, of course).View price on Amazon
If you’ve never had the pleasure of using a double waffle make before, then we’re very sorry indeed to tell you that you’re missing out on something pretty awesome! We’d suggest considering how you can remedy that situation using this fantastic double model from Cuisinart. The fact that you can make two waffles at once, one in the bottom clamp and one in the top, makes cooking breakfast for a large family or group much faster than it would be otherwise.
Besides the fact that it’s easier to make a double batch of waffles in one go, this model is also great because of its stainless steel materiality. When breakfast is done and the iron has cooled, this waffle maker is exceptionally easy to clean, requiring less scrubbing than models made with other materials that excess overcooked batter can stick to.View price on Amazon
Besides being made from an awesome non-stick material and being a design that’s easy to rotate for thoroughly, evenly cooked waffles, this maker from BELLA is particularly awesome for the extra features it comes with that makes the cooking and cleaning process involved in homemade waffles just ever so slightly easier.
In particular, it’s removable “dip tray” is a useful feature because you can take the tray and whatever excess batter it caught right out of the maker and wash it properly, rather than struggling a cloth around the base. Once you’re done, you can fold the handle of the waffle maker down so it’s easier to store!View price on Amazon
Now, we understand that the idea of using a “mini” maker might be confusing at first because, if you’re making your own waffles, you usually want a full sized portion, but this description actually refers to the size of the machine itself and the way it’s been remodelled with a sleek new design to take up less space on your counters and in your cupboards!
Perhaps our favourite feature of this waffle iron from DASH is that, although it is marketed as a waffle maker and it does make fantastic (full sized) waffles, its unique clamping trays can also be used to make a whole diverse list of foods, like hash browns or panini sandwiches. As if those aren’t enough draws, it even comes in a range of fun colours.View price on Amazon
6. Cuisinart WAF-200 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker
Have you always looked at large waffle makers with huge stands and thought about how there’s no way something like that would conveniently fit in your little kitchen? Then we think you’ll be pleased to hear that there are other designs out there that involve far less hardware without sacrificing function and quality!
This design from Cuisinart is the perfect example of what we mean. Besides being smaller and sitting closer to the counter, we also like the its sleek materiality, which makes it easier to clean, and the fact that it shapes the waffles so they’re sectioned into four slices already, making them easier to cut apart when you’re eating.View price on Amazon
7. Black+Decker WMB500 Belgian Waffle Maker
Have you actually been scrolling through our list and thinking about how you love that the designs are getting smaller and sleeker as you go, but you’re a single person living in a small apartment and you still need something a little more streamlined and more affordable? Then we’re pretty sure this model from Black + Decker will be a little more your speed!
This model sits closer to the counter but is insulated such that it doesn’t heat up the space around it too much, saving damage to your countertops and your hands. The handles are much smaller, but that’s because the hinge action is so smooth on the maker, rendering a bigger, clunkier handle unnecessary. The whole point here is ease!View price on Amazon
Are you the kind of person who would only really ever make waffles with your kids, but you’re also a total foodie who strives to make meal times as fun as possible, whenever possible, so they’ll enjoy getting creative in the kitchen someday just as much as you do? Then we think you just might be the perfect family for this amazing Olaf themed waffle maker from Disney, especially if your little ones love the movie Frozen even half as much as ours do!
Besides its adorable theming (the painting of Olaf the snowman truly is precious and eye catching), it’s also simple enough to use that careful older children could press down their own waffles with supervision. Besides that, it has the added bonus of actually making the waffles in the shape of Olaf as well, rather than just celebrating his funny character on its shell! The whole concept is a lot of fun without losing any quality.View price on Amazon
If you’re going to invest in a waffle maker for home, would you actually rather get one that’s a little closer to the industrial looking things you’ve seen in restaurants, since huge brunches are your favourite thing to make for your family and you usually do it weekly? In that case, we have a feeling this model from Cuisinart might be a little more up your alley.
Like some of the others, it’s easy to clean because it’s stainless steel, and it’s also moulded such that your waffles come out in four easy-to-cut slices. On this design, however, you’re able to adjust the heat more specifically than many of the others, meaning you can very easily make your waffles to varying degrees of lightness or darkness, depending on what each person you’re cooking for likes best.View price on Amazon
Just in case you’re looking for something slightly less complicated and industrial but simpler to use and clean, and very high quality in its materiality, here’s the latest flip waffle maker from Oster that we think might be just as lovely looking as its waffles are delicious.
The whole idea here is ease; it’s easy to fill, easy to clamp, easy to clean, and easy on the eyes. It might not be the sleekest design to store in a cupboard but honestly, if we had a waffle maker in such a nice colour, we’d probably leave it out to coordinate with the colour scheme of our kitchen decor. The ceramic of the actual irons, meanwhile, make it ridiculously simple to wipe down!View price on Amazon
Have you been scrolling through all of our options and really think about the fact that you want a waffle maker that has all of the features you’ve seen so far, rather than choosing between them? Well, we can certainly understand that, and we can also understand wanting it for a reasonable price. That’s why we liked this design from AICook so much!
This waffle maker is simple to clean, safe to use without burns, flips easily, separates the waffles into slices, and has an even more specifically adjustable temperature than you’ve seen elsewhere on this list! The only thing to consider is its size compared to some of the smaller versions you’ve seen, but we think that’s worth it for all the other features it boasts.View price on Amazon
Are you actually still finding yourself thinking about the design we showed you earlier that was formatted to make all different kinds of grill based snacks in one machine, but you can’t help wondering whether there isn’t a design out there that’s even more tricked out than what you saw there? Then we think you simply must take a look at this model from George Foreman.
This grill was actually made with the intention of giving you a place to make at least seven different types of food in one machine. Rather than having inner plates designed to work for several different things, it involves variously shaped custom plates that you can easily swap in and out to make what it is you’re looking for. Don’t worry, waffle iron plates are one of the options!View price on Amazon
Are you still finding yourself hung up on the idea of having a waffle maker that is really adjustable because you love making waffles for your family, but you find that they all like them cooked to different degrees? Then we think you might get along a little better with something like this stainless steel adjustable model from All-Clad!
Besides being easy to clean, it also has 7 “browning levels” designed to give you the perfect waffles each and every time, no matter your preference or the preference of whoever’s waffles come before and after yours. We’re also huge fans of the way this design features a lot of things that other brands offer but in a sleeker, slightly more space efficient shape and size.View price on Amazon
Are you actually the kind of fun-loving kitchen enthusiastic who isn’t too picky about the details of your waffle maker so long as your favourite breakfast still tastes good when it comes out, and you’d rather buy something that’s a lot of fun to look at and use? Well, Frozen isn’t the only movie you can pay tribute to over breakfast! If you’re more of a Star Wars fan then we’re very pleased to tell you that Uncanny Brands has just the design for you.
Besides being awesome to look at, this Millennium Flacon shaped space ship waffle maker also features custom plates that actually make you waffles in the shape of the ship as well. It’s the perfect piece for movie paraphernalia collectors and people who like to cook breakfast but aren’t trying to pass as professional chefs, so long as the waffle cook right through. It’s pure fun!View price on Amazon
Have you reached the end of our list and still found yourself thinking about how much you liked the combination waffle, panini, and other grilled snacks press but you’re also a beginner in the kitchen and you’re just not sure you need quite so many fancy features? Well, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the beauty of a dual-purpose grill. In fact, you can even still get the more simplified version of what you saw before from the same brand thanks to this simpler model that’s also by George Foreman!
Just like before, this grill has removable plates so that whichever kind of snack you’re making is shaped properly and gets the right amount of heal and grilling. The plates are simple to clean, as is the tray, making it perfect for people who are often in a hurry, like students or shift workers. The whole concept here is ease without sacrificing taste!View price on Amazon
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