Reviewers say the Nordic Ware Cast Aluminum Stovetop Belgian Waffler is more compact and easier to store than electric models. It's also easier to clean because it can be submerged in soapy water. Owners say the waffle iron lasts longer due to its lack of fragile electrical components, but it requires more skill to use than an electric model. With stovetop waffle makers, users must gauge when the iron grids are sufficiently preheated and determine when waffles are done baking. Still, owners say it takes only one batch to hone that skill and the results are worth it.
According to reviewers, the Stovetop Belgian Waffler ultimately allows for more control over color and texture than most electric models. It also outperforms other stovetop models in professional testing, where experts say it heats up quickly and evenly, and yields crisp waffles. It has a five-year warranty. If you prefer an electric waffle iron, the Chef's Choice WafflePro Express 840 (*Est. $70) is recommended by owners and professionals alike.
Cook's Illustrated magazine editors test and compare six stovetop waffle makers, and provide the most thorough review of the Nordic Ware Belgian Waffler. The New York Times also compares it to an electric model, but the review is dated. Owner-written reviews at Amazon.com and Cooking.com are mostly positive.
Our Sources: Nordic Ware Cast Aluminum Stovetop Belgian Waffle Iron Reviews
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Cook's Illustrated magazine tests six handheld waffle makers, comparing them to electric models. Editors say the Nordic Ware Cast Aluminum Stovetop Belgian Waffler is the best stovetop model, making waffles that rival those made in electric irons. They also say it heats up evenly and quickly, and is easy to clean.
Review: Stovetop Waffle Irons, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, Nov. 2009
The Nordic Ware Belgian Waffler is listed as one of the top 10 waffle irons by editors at KitchenDaily.com, a division of The Huffington Post. They praise its simplicity and the fact that it can be used on a campfire.
Review: Buying Guide: 10 Sizzling Waffle Makers, Editors of KitchenDaily.com, Sept. 2011
3. The New York Times
This dated article compares the Nordic Ware Stovetop Belgian Waffler to an electric model. Amanda Hesser says that while the electric iron is easier to use, the Nordic Ware allows more control over waffle color and texture. It's also easier to clean and store.
Review: Test Kitchen; A New Iron Gives Waffles Character, Amanda Hesser, Nov. 4, 1998
About 50 owners post reviews for the Nordic Ware Cast Aluminum Stovetop Belgian Waffler, giving it an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars. Reviewers say the iron lasts for years, and makes tasty waffles that have the perfect texture and color. Several say they wish it had a temperature gauge, which was included in older models.
Review: Nordic Ware 15040 Cast Aluminum Stovetop Belgium Waffle Iron, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Dec. 2011
About 25 reviewers at Cooking.com rate the Nordic Ware Cast Aluminum Stovetop Belgian Waffler, giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars overall. Most comment on the tastiness of the waffles and say the iron is very easy to clean. Several point out that it takes some practice to use it effectively.
Review: Nonstick Stovetop Belgian Waffler, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of Dec. 2011