There are so many fancy and complicated ways to make a waffle, but nothing beats the classic waffle! There are so many ways to enjoy a waffle, with dozens of topping combinations. Enjoying a delicious waffle often means going out for breakfast somewhere. And while that’s nice sometimes, I don’t always want to have to get up and ready that early in the morning.
When we were working on our wedding registry about eight years ago, Justin and I decided to add a waffle maker just for fun. I remember getting a princess-themed one for my best friend years ago, and we used it a couple times to make waffles when we were living together our Freshman year of college. It wasn’t something we did often, but the end result was always delicious!
Much to our surprise, as we were going through our wedding gifts, we came across the waffle maker that we registered for! I couldn’t wait to try it out and was so glad it came with a small book of recipes because I was lost when it came to making a waffle from scratch. Pancakes are no problem, but waffles had me baffled.
The waffle maker that we have is a cheap and simple machine, but it works really well for what we need. If you are planning on making waffles every day, or for a large number of people, you may want something a little more robust. But if you just want to make waffles for a change in the breakfast routine one day, this one is perfect!
- Easy to use: pour about 1/3-1/2 cup of batter in the lower griddle, close it, and wait for the light to turn green
- Nonstick baking plates: as long as the waffles are cooked long enough, they will fall right off of the baking plates without any need for oil or spray
- Five settings: control how dark and crisp the waffles cook with an easy-to-adjust slider (I find a 3 or 4 works best for us)
- Small and compact: the waffle maker doesn’t take up much cabinet space because it is small and compact, and can even stand on its side for storage
- Rubber feet: keep the machine from sliding on the counter while you try to work with it
- Recipes included: the waffle maker comes with a small instruction guide/recipe book with a few recipes to get you started
- Non-removable baking pans: the machine is pretty easy to clean, most food just wipes right off with a damp cloth after the waffle maker has cooled, but it would be convenient to be able to remove the plates to clean better
- Steam burns: USE CAUTION when opening the waffle maker, the steam is extremely hot and usually requires me to wear an oven mitt when I open the machine
- Small waffles: I’ve seen a few people complain that the waffles are small, but I feel like they are a pretty good size
- Let the waffle maker preheat. I’ve noticed this helps the first waffle turn out better, and keeps it from sticking. I like to turn the waffle maker on, then put my batter together.
- Experiment with the amount of batter used. The instructions say to use 1/2 cup, but I always had batter spilling over the edges with that amount, so reduced it to 1/3 cup and it works much better. I don’t always get a perfectly round waffle, but my kids only care about the taste!
- Wear an oven mitt! As I stated in the cons section, the heat and steam that escape the machine as you are lifting the lid is enough to burn, so please be careful.
- To clean, wait until the unit is completely cooled and wipe it down with a damp cloth.
- Waffles can be made and frozen for another day. Let the waffles cool, then separate with wax paper or parchment paper between each waffle and freeze. Once they are fully frozen, put them into a freezer container. To reheat, use a toaster or toaster oven to keep them crispy.
So far, we have only tried a classic waffle recipe, the one that came with the machine, but we love it! Click the image below for my waffle recipe: