Reviews say the KitchenAid Pro Line Waffle Baker has the advantage of being able to cook two waffles at once. It also has a few extra features not available on less expensive models, including a digital timer, safety shutoff and rotating clamshell design. Owners estimate it takes 3.5 minutes to cook two waffles, and those with families say it can make breakfast for several people in 15 minutes or less.
Although the Pro Line Waffle Baker is relatively expensive, most users say you get what you pay for: a waffle iron that delivers consistent restaurant-quality results. The iron is very large and heavy, however, and reviewers say it's difficult to move and takes up considerable counter space. If you don't need to make two waffles at once, a cheaper alternative is the Presto 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker (*Est. $45) .
The KitchenAid Pro Line Waffle Baker is featured in the Good Housekeeping Research Institute's short review of waffle irons, and detailed user feedback is available at Amazon.com, Cooking.com and Epinions.com. Reviews for this waffle iron are very positive overall, but some owners report problems with defective equipment. In most cases, they say KitchenAid's "no-hassle" warranty service makes up for the inconvenience, but a few complain of substantial delays in receiving a replacement waffle iron.
Our Sources: Kitchen Aid Pro Line Waffle Iron Review
1. Good Housekeeping
The prize for best waffle iron goes to the KitchenAid Pro Line Waffle Baker in this brief review from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, which is available in both text and video formats. Editors praise this "top-of-the-line" waffle iron for its professional results, ease of use and ability to cook two waffles at once.
Review: Waffle-Maker Whizzes, Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, April 2005
Owners of the KitchenAid Pro Line Waffle Baker give it a nearly perfect overall score of 4.8 stars (out of 5) in about 50 reviews that range from very brief to very detailed. Users are particularly impressed by its efficiency and say it creates "restaurant quality" waffles. One owner says the auto shutoff feature doesn't work, and that the unit must be unplugged to truly turn off.
Review: KitchenAid Pro Line Series Waffle Baker, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Dec. 2011
More than 150 users give the KitchenAid Pro Line Waffle Baker a very high average rating of 4.9 stars (out of 5). Most say it cooks evenly and quickly, and they like the convenience of being able to make two waffles at once.
Review: Onyx Black Waffle Iron, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of Dec. 2011
Epinions.com hosts only a handful of owner reviews of the KitchenAid Pro Line Waffle Baker, and ratings here are mixed compared to those found on other sites. Users agree that the waffle iron is easy to clean and efficient, but some say you get more "bang for your buck" with lower-priced models, and they dislike the KitchenAid's lack of a temperature control. One owner reports a lengthy delay when attempting to have a defective product replaced.
Review: KitchenAid KBWB100 Waffle Maker, Contributors to Epinions.com, As of Dec. 2011