Wild about waffles

By Mir
September 9, 2010

Last week I highlighted a deal on pancake mix, and much to my surprise, several of you took the opportunity in the comments to tell me that you’re looking for a good waffle maker.

I totally understand the conundrum, here: On the one hand, a waffle maker is a specialty item, something you’re only going to use occasionally (unless you’re this guy), and it seems pointless to spend a lot on it. On the other hand, cheap waffle makers are worse than not having one at all—they not only produce a disgusting result, but they make a mess and are really hard to clean. So. What do you do?

After consulting several experts (read: I spent some quality time with my dear friend, the Google), I’ve discovered that there are several outlandlishly expensive waffle irons out there that people love (example A: this one). But if you want an iron at a decent price that actually works, I think I’ve ferreted out your best choices.

If you want a Belgian-style iron, get the Presto 3510 (currently $39ish shipped, with a four-and-a-half stars rating). If you’d rather get a traditional-style iron, go for the Black and Decker G48TD (currently $36ish shipped, with a four star rating). Neither of these will break the bank, and I’m not altogether convinced that a $200+ iron would be that much better, either.


  1. My husband is the waffler in our house 🙂 If you want to spend a bit more the Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker is the love of his life..It has a flipping mechanism, which really does improve the waffle.

  2. I second the vote for the Waring Pro – LOVE mine!! 🙂

  3. Brenda and Julie: I truly was prepared to believe the flipping aspect was going to be a huge selling point, but after reading several dozen reviews I had to conclude that the experts really didn’t seem to feel it made a difference until you got into the very expensive models (like, $150+). To each their own, of course. Thanks for the feedback!

  4. I too have the waring pro flip. I cannot say if it makes a better waffle than the ones you recommend, but it does a great job making belgian-style waffles.

  5. I make a double batch of waffles and then freeze them. I’ve been looking for a new waffle iron, but DO NOT want a Belgian style one. Discovered it’s hard to find that in the stores. Thanks for the link to the traditional one! I’ll be giving it to hubby for a hint for my birthday or Christmas.

  6. On the traditional page there is a “Legal Disclaimer” that I think is too funny! Other than a dorm room at college I’m trying to think of where a waffle maker would be illegal…
    “We do not in any way represent that any part we sell is legal to possess in your jurisdiction. Check with you local authorities to ensure it is legal for you to possess before buying!”

  7. Love love love our Kitchen Aid. And, yes, it was expensive but it makes the prefect crusty on the outside and smooshy on the inside. Plus we do waffles at least once a weekend. Yum!

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