Best Waffle Maker 2024

We were talking about waffles the other day, and among the whole staff here at check appliance, we couldn’t find one person who doesn’t like waffles. They are the ultimate breakfast, dessert or brunch time food. Making your own waffles is a great way to save money and time.

The first decision you need to make is whether you prefer Belgian (often called American) waffles or the smaller, flatter Scandinavian style waffles. As there are waffle makers dedicated to either type. If you enjoy waffles but only occasionally, you’ll probably do better investing in one of the multi-purpose waffle maker/panini/toasted sandwich makers. If you are a serious waffle fan then read on, we have all you need to know to be sure you buy the perfect waffle maker for you and your family.

Best Selling Waffle Makers UK

Bestseller No. 1
Waffle Maker Mini Small Compact Design, Breakfast Waffle Iron Machine Nonstick Coating, Snack Chaffle Hash Browns Round 4 Inch 550W, Red BLAZANT
  • 【QUICK AND EVEN COOKING】With its aluminum alloy heating plate, this mini waffle maker cooks your breakfast faster and more evenly than ever before. The 550-watt small waffle iron heats up quickly, delivering crispy and delicious waffles in just 3-5 minutes.
  • 【EASY TO CLEAN AND USE】Crafted from high-quality food-grade aluminum with a PFOA-free non-stick coating, the plates of this mini waffle maker are easy to clean and won't damage the surface of your food. Simply wipe down with a damp cloth after use!
SaleBestseller No. 2
NETTA Waffle Maker Iron Machine - Deep Fill Non-Stick Coating Cooking Plates, Adjustable Temperature Control, Belgian American Round Waffle Iron - 700W
  • EXTRA DEEP NON-STICK COATING PLATES: Cook your waffles to perfection every time using the NETTA electric waffle iron. Featuring a non-stick coating, an adjustable temperature control and 'ready to cook' light, cooking waffles for your family has never been easier.
  • EASY TO USE: How to cook your waffles on this counter top waffle maker: simply adjust the dial to your preferred cooking temperature, wait for the 'ready to cook' light to switch on, pour your waffle mixture and your waffles will be done cooking in around 5 minutes. The non stick iron will allow your waffles to pop out hassle free.
Bestseller No. 3
GLOBAL GOURMET – FULL SIZE American Waffle Maker Iron Machine 700W I Electric I Stainless Steel Mould I Non-Stick Coating I Recipes I Deep Cooking Plates I Adjustable Temperature Control - Black
  • 🇺🇸 American Style Waffle Maker 🇬🇧 A truly British company Since 1946 - Often copied but never matched on quality or service 💯 Buy with confidence 👍🏼
  • ✅ EXTRA DEEP NON-STICK COATING PLATES: The integrated extra deep cooking plates with non-stick coating cook waffles to perfection, just like in America. High, higher – American Waffles!
SaleBestseller No. 4
Breville VST072 DuraCeramic Waffle Maker, Non-Stick and Easy Clean with Deep-Fill Removable Plates, White and Stainless Steel
  • Create delicious, homemade sweet or savoury waffles – ideal as an indulgent snack or family treat
  • Specifically designed element for fast heat-up and perfectly browned waffles
SaleBestseller No. 5
Quest 35969 Rotating Belgian Waffle Maker / Non Stick Plates / Temperature Control / Cooks up to 4 Waffles / 1000W
  • ROTATING WAFFLE MAKER – This fantastic rotating waffle maker lets you make 4 delicious home-made waffles in one go, and rotates 180° thanks to the heat resistant round handle, in order to deliver an even consistency and perfectly cooked waffle on both sides.
  • TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED – The waffle machine features an adjustable temperature dial that lets you set the perfect heat to allow you to cook perfectly golden-brown waffles. There is a light indicator on the top of the machine that will tell you when it’s at the optimum temperature to begin the cooking process.

How Do Waffle Makers Work?

Waffle makers are sometimes called waffle irons, but this is incorrect. A waffle iron is made from cast iron, and is used on an open fire, or stove top to cook waffles. A waffle maker is an electrical kitchen appliance that is used independent of the stove, on a worktop. Waffle makers work by applying an electric current to the iron which heats up as it resists the current. This heat is what cooks the waffle batter and turns it into the waffle we all know and love.

What Are The Benefits Of Waffle Makers?

There are a few benefits of owning a waffle maker they include:

  • Easy To Use
    Just pour in the batter, close the lid and choose the setting. Then relax, the waffle maker does the rest, it even lets you know when they’re done.
  • Fast Cooking Time
    Some waffle makers can make perfect waffles in just 90 seconds. 
  • Easy To Clean
    Most waffle makers have an overspill channel where excess batter pools and cooks, without spilling down the sides of the machine and burning. Many models have non-stick, dishwasher safe, removable griddles for ease of cleaning.
  • Healthy, Nutritious Ingredients
    Waffles are made using wholesome, healthy ingredients like eggs, milk, and butter.
  • Consistent Cooking Time After Time
    As the settings are automatic, once preset at your favourite setting, you will get the same result, every time.
  • Never Burnt
    Because of the preset, and the warning when cooked, your waffles will turn out the same every time, never burnt just perfectly cooked
  • Cheap Running Costs
    The average power rating for a waffle maker is 1000 Watts, with energy costing around 16 pence per unit, that means if we were to run the waffle maker for 1 hour every day it would cost us 16 pence per day in electricity. But many models can cook waffles in 90 seconds, that’s 1 ½ minutes.
    That means we could make 40 waffles for 16 pence. Let’s assume a family of 4 will possibly consume 5 waffles each, that would cost a total of 8 pence to feed the whole family on waffles.

What Are The Disadvantages Of Waffle Makers?

The main disadvantage of a waffle maker has to be, you want more and more. They become your go to breakfast meal or evening desert. Some older models used to suffer from burnt on mess that was hard to clean. But now that waffle makers use non-stick dishwasher friendly parts this is not a problem.

Waffle Maker Buyers Guide

Before rushing out to buy a waffle maker, here are a few points worth considering, many are common sense, but after hearing how easy, convenient and cheap waffles are to make at home you could be excused for overlooking a few relevant points.

Waffles

Type Of Waffle

There are waffle makers that make the thick Belgian style waffles and there are others that make thinner Scandinavian style waffles. Check that the waffle maker you purchase will make the type of waffles you and your family enjoy.

How Many Waffles Can Be Cooked At One Time

Depending on the model, waffle makers can usually make between 1 and 4 waffles. Buy the model that makes the amount most suited to your needs.

Cooking Time

There are some models that will cook the waffles in 90 seconds, others take between 2 to 3 minutes. Some mornings when time is tight, this can be the difference between a nice easy breakfast and a stress filled start which will carry on into the rest of the day.

Heat Up Time And Reheat Time

Many waffle makers heat up very fast, others take longer. Some will need a longer period to reheat after cooking. Check before you buy to be sure to save any dramas at breakfast time.

Ready To Go Indicators

Some waffle makers have indicator lights that notify you of their readiness to cook, and when they are done too. Some have buzzers or bells that notify when they’re ready. The sound indicators are more suitable as you don’t have to be stuck to the kitchen while they’re cooking. The more convenient indicators tend to feature on the more expensive models.

Customisable Cooking

Some people like their waffles browner than others, check that the machine of your choice offers adjustable cooking ranges. Plus check for even cooking, nobody wants to deal with a half burnt, half raw waffle.

Easy Cleanable

Many have detachable dishwasher friendly plates, drip trays and easy-clean wipeable surfaces. Look for a model with easy clean features, nobody likes to spend hours washing up burnt on waffle mix.

Brand

It’s always best to buy a kitchen appliance from a well-known manufacturer. Companies that have a proven track record for reliability, safety and good customer service departments. 

Warranty

Any warranty is only as good as the company that offers it. That’s why we recommend buying from a well-known reliable company. Many brands offer 2 or even 3 year warranties on waffle makers.

Waffle Maker Price

Waffle makers start from around £25 for a basic model and rise to over £100. Check the models yourself and see which features you prefer. As a rough guide, for around £40 you can get a waffle maker that cooks 2 waffles at a time, featuring non-stick coating, adjustable temperature control indicator lights with a 1200-Watt rating.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do pancakes and waffles mix the same?

Although they share many of the same ingredients, pancake and waffle mixes are different.

Which are healthier pancakes or waffles?

Using the standard recipe for both, pancakes contain 20% less calories than waffles.

Which Came First pancakes or waffles?

Pancakes came first, people were eating pancakes long before they had the necessary technology to make a waffle pan.

Can you buy waffle mix?

You can buy waffle mix, and there are many companies making waffle mixes.

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