Who can resist the delicious taste of waffles? A hit with young and old, they’re awesome for breakfast but you can also find an excuse to eat them later in the day too—but for waffles-on-demand, you need a great waffle maker.
We’ve covered various price points, as well as looked at all the key features like variable temperature settings for different levels of browning. It can be awkward to clean them after use too, so we’ve looked at how easy it is to maintain them. Combined, we’ve got the pick of the best waffle makers. You’re only one gadget away from delicious batter based goodness.
Best Overall: Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker ($72)
The Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker will last you for a long time. ReviewGeek’s editor, Jason, has been using it for over a decade and it’s never missed a beat. The waffle maker creates two deep-pocket 1-inch Belgian waffles at the same time in a matter of minutes—if you’re making breakfast for a family a double-sided maker is a must. Simply pour the batter in then immediately flip it to ensure it’s spread evenly for a better quality waffle. It has a browning control knob with a choice of 6 settings so you can cook your waffle exactly how you want. Prefer a soft waffle? That’s as easy to achieve as a crispy one too. It’s ideal if you want to get things just right.
You can’t remove the pans, unfortunately, but it has a nonstick coating that means the food slides out easily and it’s fairly easy to clean up afterward.
Additionally, there are 2 LED indicator lights as well as audio beep tones that tell you when preheating is complete, along with when the waffle is done and ready to eat. What more could you want?
Best Square Waffle Maker: Cuisinart WAF-300 Belgian Waffle Maker ($70)
Do you prefer a square waffle? No judgment here. If that’s the case, the Cuisinart WAF-300 Belgian Waffle Maker will serve you well. It has space for baking 4 Belgian waffles at once with a choice of six temperature control settings. That should mean the perfect waffle every time for you. You can’t flip it like our last choice, but that’s not an issue if you spread out the batter quickly and evenly.
Where the Cuisinart WAF-300 Belgian Waffle Maker really stands out is that its plates are all removable and dishwasher safe. That saves you the effort of needing to clean it by hand and is definitely handy if you use it often. It also comes with a 4 slot pancake plate for when you want to make pancakes instead of waffles, ensuring you’ll keep the whole family happy.
As expected, there are indicator lights for when it’s ready to bake and when the waffle is ready to eat, along with audible sounds too.
Best Value Waffle Maker: Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker ($23)
You don’t have to spend a fortune on a waffle maker to still enjoy a good quality waffle. The Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker is pretty great for the price. It has a round nonstick plate with four quarters so you can bake one large traditional-style waffle (and choose whether to share it with others or not), with a choice of 5 browning settings.