Waffles and waffle makers (sometimes called waffle irons) are staples in our kitchen. They are also part of the everyday American breakfast. Well, at least many of us remember either the great pancakes or waffles that mom used to make when we were kids.
Since I want my kids to continue in the tradition of good food and great waffles, I have purchased a pretty good number of waffle irons through the years. Some of them are pretty much okay, the others are great, while a few are terrible. I can even name a few lemons if you ask me.
My neighbors call me the waffle mom, since I usually come up with zany waffle recipes. I even bring some of my inspirational creations for a neighborhood potluck. Well, here’s a little secret – none of my so-called original Belgian waffle recipes are really original. I just pick things up from different recipe books – some of them have come from the booklets that come with the wafflers which I have bought.
Allow Me to Go WaffleGeek
Waffle makers have gone beyond the original thing that they used to be. I remember back in the day when my mom used to make them using the old waffle irons. The iron things where the batter is poured are attached to a pair of tongs. Once enclosed, the tongs are held over a fire and the waffles get cooked. Hence we also call them waffle irons due to the old iron tongs that we used to make waffles with.
I know, we’ve gone beyond all that and our modern-day Belgian waffle irons are far more sophisticated. Nowadays the idea still remains the same – pretty much. You still have a pair of irons on these countertop appliances and they have all the old grooves that make that fancy pattern on the waffles no matter what waffle recipe that we choose.
Types of Waffle Irons
The big difference of course is that they are electric powered, they cook things faster than before, and they have a host of other features that make them really convenient to have in the kitchen. Nowadays, there are different types of wafflers sold in stores. And from experience, I tell you that not all of them perform as described by the manufacturer.
There are models that produce waffle cones; others are designed to make what are known in other waffle maker recipes as pizzelles. There are classic waffle makers that make the usual sized waffles and there are also Belgian waffle makers (the ones that obviously make Belgian waffles) and American waffle makers (the ones that make them in the traditional shape and flavor that we all love).
I know that you’ll come across multi-purpose waffle irons eventually. Some models or brands, like some Waring waffle makers, can be used to make other goodies other than good old waffles. Some can be used as a sandwich toaster while others can be used to make Brown Bobbies.
So, Which One Do I Buy?
That’s the biggest question in people’s minds – which is the best waffle maker. Well, if you want to know what I think about the many different brands and models of wafflers out there, I would like to invite you to peruse my collection of waffle maker reviews. Some of them I have written myself while others are critiques by other waffle lovers that I know. I hope you like the stuff that you will learn from my site. May you find the greatest waffle maker for your needs.
Affordable Heart Shaped Waffles My Chef’s Choice WafflePro is probably the best cheap waffle makers I have ever owned. I bought a couple of these kinds of waffle irons that only worked a week. This is the first one that has ever lasted me for several months. I have tried different waffle recipes and they […]Continue Reading
Durable and Affordable Waffle Iron That Works The Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker is my second Waring appliance. I used to have an older model, which lasted me for more than six years. It was great but getting old. But since Waring made a really good product I decided to purchase a replacement from the […]Continue Reading
Three in One Countertop Appliance for Tasty Breakfasts I was kind of surprised to find a sandwich maker with the Black and Decker logo on it. I own several Black and Decker power tools and I never expected that they also made countertop appliances. Naturally, I was skeptical at first. It’s one thing to make […]Continue Reading
Great Waffle Maker for Special Recipes I read a lot of blogs and waffle maker reviews on the internet before buying the WafflePro Classic Belgian Waffle Maker. I think this is the newly improved version of their previous model. I settled on this one because of the price and the many positive feedback from other […]Continue Reading
Makes Loads of Waffles Fast! This is my first Waring Commercial model waffle maker. I must confess that purchasing this appliance was a leap of faith for me. Needless to say, I did my homework and read a lot of waffle maker reviews before buying this particular model. I’m glad that all that effort paid […]Continue Reading
The Waffle Iron for Traditional Crispy Waffles I have come to trust All-Clad Waffle Maker through the years. In fact I have owned several waffle irons made by this same manufacturer. The model 99012GT is the latest one in my collection and it is my current favorite. I understand that some people may feel that this […]Continue Reading
Dual Purpose Breakfast Appliance I bought the Cuisinart waffle maker with Pancake Plates to replace my 5 year old waffle maker. It was within my price range, which means that it is really inexpensive (I don’t like to overspend for countertop appliances). I’ve been using this waffle iron every day for about six months now. […]Continue Reading
Affordable Introductory Waffle Maker for Newbies I bought the Cuisinart 4-Slice to try making my own waffles. I really liked the complimentary waffles we were served in one of the local restaurants in our area. I made it a point to get some waffles every time I was in town. This Cuisinart was an easy […]Continue Reading
Makes Fantastic Waffles I bought this Waring Double Belgian-Waffle Maker simply because my whole family loves waffles – that waffle craving can come anytime of the day. After using this waffle maker for more than a year now, I can say that it makes the best waffles we have ever had at home. I have […]Continue Reading
My Upgrade for Standard Waffle Irons The All-Clad 2-Square Belgian Waffle Maker is a huge upgrade to the old waffle irons I have previously owned. I used to buy cheap countertop appliances. I kind of learned my lesson the hard way after replacing 2 units and wasting money. Sure it’s a bit more expensive than the […]Continue Reading