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Waffle Irons: Ratings of Sources

Total of 13 Sources
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
May 2010
Waffle Irons
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Our AssessmentEditors of Cook's Illustrated magazine test six waffle makers -- including an old favorite from previous tests -- for overall consistency, quality of waffles produced and overall design. The former front runner, however, couldn't keep up with newer models; it was slow to heat up and performed inconsistently. Editors say the best waffle makers produce waffles that are evenly cooked and consistently browned from the beginning of a batch to the end. They especially like an audible cue to signal when waffles are done baking.
2. Amazon.com
As of Dec. 2011
Waffle Irons
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAt Amazon.com, owners are invited to rate their waffle irons on a 5-star scale and write reviews. Many waffle makers get decent ratings here, but only a few of the top-rated models receive more than 100 reviews. High-scoring waffle irons include models from Waring Pro, Black & Decker, Presto and Proctor Silex.
3. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Nov. 2009
Stovetop Waffle Irons
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Our AssessmentTesters at Cook's Illustrated magazine evaluate six stovetop waffle makers to see how they stack up against an electric model. Editors say stovetop models require more effort and skill than electric units, but they're smaller, and easier to store and clean. Two models outperformed the rest; they were easier to clean, and performed well on both gas and electric ranges.
4. Cooking.com
As of Dec. 2011
Waffle Iron Best Reviews
by Contributors to Cooking.com
Our AssessmentThis cookware retailer allows owners to post reviews of their waffle irons, but many models earn high ratings based on very few comments. The Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker is an exception, earning more than 410 reviews and a near-perfect 4.8 stars out of 5. Several others get more than 50 reviews, but almost all waffle makers earn an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from owners, so it's hard to get an idea of which models might work better.
5. KitchenDaily.com
Sept. 2011
Buying Guide: 10 Sizzling Waffle Makers
by Editors of KitchenDaily.com
Our AssessmentEditors at KitchenDaily.com, a division of The Huffington Post, list their favorite waffle makers. Top scorers include Belgian, traditional and stovetop models, plus some that make fun shapes. Waffle irons aren't ranked or compared, however, and judging criteria isn't spelled out.
6. Cuisine at Home
Oct. 2007
Belgian Waffle Irons
by Editors of Cuisine at Home
Our AssessmentIn this brief article, editors name their top five Belgian waffle irons, which range in price from $20 to $80. Although they say "many irons" were tested, editors don't discuss their testing methodology or list any underperforming models. They call the Hamilton Beach Flip 'n Fluff, which made the fluffiest waffles, the best value. The Krups four-slice WaffleChef is their large-capacity pick, and the Waring Pro WMK300 boasts the greatest number of features. The Proctor Silex Morning Baker made consistent waffles and was the least expensive model tested. Most of these waffle irons have since been discontinued.
7. Good Housekeeping
April 2005
Waffle-Maker Whizzes
by Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute
Our AssessmentThe Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests 11 waffle makers in this review but discusses only the four best, which range in price from $25 to $200. The top prize goes to the KitchenAid Pro Line Waffle Baker. Two novelty waffle irons rank highly: the VillaWare Rose Bouquet Waffler and the Cuisinart Heart-Shaped Waffle Maker (since discontinued). This review doesn't include information on the other seven models tested, and only one pick is still available.
8. ConsumerGuide.com
As of Dec. 2011
Waffle Makers Reviews and Prices
by Editors of ConsumerGuide.com
Our AssessmentConsumerGuide.com reviews three waffle makers, rating each on a scale of 1 to 5. Each is given a full review with a description of its features as well as its pros and cons. Two of the waffle irons reviewed, the Chef's Choice WafflePro Express 840B and the VillaWare Compact Pro Belgian Flip Waffler V31201, are called best buys. The reviews are very dated -- the latest was done in 2006 -- and newer models aren't covered here.
9. Epinions.com
As of Dec. 2011
Waffle Makers
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentAt Epinions.com, many waffle makers receive a perfect 5-star rating but from only a handful of reviewers, making it difficult to tell which models are truly superior. The Waring Pro WMK300 gets the largest number of reviews (more than 70) but a mixed overall score of 3.5 stars out of 5. The Black & Decker G48TD gets a high rating overall but from far fewer reviewers (about 25).
10. Walmart.com
As of Dec. 2011
Waffle Irons
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com sells only a handful of waffle makers and most receive just a couple of user comments, if any. The Presto FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker gets an average 4.5 out of 5 stars from more than 300 owners. The Black & Decker G48TD is also highly rated.
11. Waffle-Recipe.com
July 3, 2010
How to Buy a Waffle Maker -- Tips & Tricks
by Editors of Waffle-Recipe.com
Our AssessmentIn this blog post, "Mary" shares her experience choosing a waffle maker. She details her discussion with an appliance salesman and the steps that led to her ultimate decision. In the end, she chooses the Black & Decker Grill & Waffle Baker G48TD because of its versatility and the fact that it can make four waffles at a time -- enough to feed her entire family.
12. ABT.com
As of Dec. 2011
Wafflers & Grills
by Contributors to ABT.com
Our AssessmentABT.com is an online appliance retailer that allows consumers to rate and review products listed for sale. While all the waffle irons here receive decent ratings, most are reviewed by only a handful of users. The KitchenAid ProLine KPWB100OB and Waring Pro WMK300A receive the most reviews and earn high overall ratings from more than 40 owners each.
13. The New York Times
Nov. 4, 1998
Test Kitchen; A New Iron Gives Waffles Character
by Amanda Hesser
Our AssessmentThis article pits an electric waffle iron, the VillaWare Belgian Waffler, against the Nordic Ware waffle iron that must be heated on the stovetop. Although the VillaWare made "picture-perfect" waffles, the Nordic Ware allows the user to control the heat, yielding waffles that are deeply browned outside and moist within. This review is outdated, but the information about the Nordic Ware range-top waffle maker is still relevant and accurate.

Waffle Irons Runners Up:

Proctor Silex 26500 Morning Baker *Est. $25

2 picks including: Amazon.com, Walmart.com…

Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic *Est. $40

2 picks by top review sites.

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Black & Decker 3-in-1 Waffle Maker & Indoor Grill/Griddle
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Waring Pro WMK300A Professional Stainless-Steel Belgian Waffle Maker
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Proctor-Silex 26500Y Durable Belgian Waffle Baker
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Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker
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