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Nine out of 10 brunch lovers say a waffle maker is a great tool to change your breakfast game and your life. (The tenth brunch lover is only in it for the mimosas, which we respect.) With minimal effort—grab that boxed waffle mix!—a waffle iron can upgrade any meal, from your typical breakfast options to classic chicken and waffles or even brownies. We’ve done all the heavy-lifting and narrowed down the top 8 waffle makers for every preference and lifestyle, so all you need to do is add to cart, then start pinning waffle recipes.
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Our top picks
How we picked these products
To find the best waffle makers, we consulted our friends at the Good Housekeeping Institute. Their team of on-staff experts—which includes all types: engineers! data analysts! registered dietitians!—rigorously put everyday products to the test (and then more and more tests) in their New York City-based labs to determine which ones you can trust. They tested a series of waffle makers on performance, ease of use, features, consistency (are all the waffles in a batch evenly cooked?!), and even the heat they emit while being used.
How do I choose a waffle maker?
Style: To some, a waffle is a waffle, but serious breakfast buffs know there are two types of waffles and there are a few key differences between them. The traditional American waffle has a cakier consistency and richer flavor, largely due to including buttermilk as an ingredient. Belgian waffles, meanwhile, are crispier, less dense, and have deeper pockets—making them ideal for loading them up with your favorite toppings.
Size: Whether you prefer round, square, or even cute little hearts, there are plenty of shapes to choose from. However, your primary concern should lie in the ideal size of your waffle maker. We’re not just talking about mini vs. Big Kahuna waffles here: If you’re in a smaller household, you should have no issues with a single waffle maker, but for families (or people who can eat waffle after waffle without entering a food coma), you might want to consider a model that can make multiple batches at once.
Features: For as much (or as little) control as you’d like over your waffles, there’s a maker out there for you. Some heavily customizable options even include browning controls to control the crispiness and color of your waffle. Other features include indicator lights and sounds to signal when your appliance is preheated, still hot, or finished baking your waffle. Nearly every modern waffle iron features a non-stick coating, so you don’t need to worry about that as much as other features. That being said, don’t sleep on cleanability—if you hate scrubbing down your appliances after each use, consider a model with fewer nooks and crannies, drip moats to catch excess batter, or even removable plates. Bonus points if they’re dishwasher-safe.
Which waffle maker is best?
There are two routes you can go when choosing a waffle maker: Flip or traditional. Flip waffle makers have a rotary function that spreads the batter more evenly to ensure a more uniform result. Though you're more likely to get a perfect waffle that's crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside with a flip waffle maker, there are some benefits to regular waffle makers as well. Standard waffle makers can make more waffles at a time, which is great if you live in a larger household or frequently host breakfast parties a la Prince. Furthermore, if you don't have a lot of space, traditional models are less bulky (and therefore, easier to store) than flip models.
Kaitlin Mahar is a California-based freelance writer covering the shopping and lifestyle beats. When she's not sharing her passion for the Oxford comma with anyone who will listen, she is a proud cat parent, avid yogi, tea enthusiast, and co-host and co-producer of the podcast "Crime Culture".
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