Reviews say the Proctor Silex 26500 Morning Baker is great if you want a smaller, inexpensive Belgian waffle maker. It makes one 7-inch round Belgian waffle at a time, and takes about five minutes to cook it. If you have a large family that eats together, you may want to consider the Chef's Choice WafflePro Express 840 (*Est. $70) , which makes five smaller, heart-shaped waffles at once. The Proctor Silex 26500 lacks some features included in high-end Belgian waffle makers, such as browning controls and an audible timer, and some owners say it would be easier to clean if the plates were removable.
Professional reviews of this waffle maker are scarce. Cuisine at Home has credible coverage, but the review isn't online and the magazine no longer sells back issues, just bound volumes of an entire year's editions. Thus, we rate the Amazon.com owner reviews as your best destination. About 50 users weigh in on the 26500 Morning Baker, with some saying it's easy to burn the waffles or yourself.
More than 250 owners give the Proctor Silex 26500 Morning Baker a very high average score, with only about 10 percent scoring it fewer than 4 out of 5 stars. Yet even some positive reviews say it isn't easy to clean, you can burn the waffles or yourself, and it isn't big enough for large families.
Review: Proctor-Silex 26500Y Durable Belgian Waffle Baker, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Dec. 2011
It's fair to say that the Proctor Silex 26500 Morning Baker is a favorite on Walmart.com. Of the roughly 75 user reviews, only three give it less than a 4- or 5-star rating, and 95 percent would recommend it to a friend. The low price is a big consideration here.
Review: Proctor-Silex Belgian Waffle Maker, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of Dec. 2011
3. Cuisine at Home
This brief article isn't accessible online, and back issues are available only in yearly bound volumes. Only five of the "many irons" are identified, among them the Proctor Silex 26500 Morning Baker, but none of the also-rans are identified and no testing methods are described.
Review: Belgian Waffle Irons, Editors of Cuisine at Home, Oct. 2007