TUCSON, Ariz. - The internet is teeming with foods you can “waffle”. Everything from hash browns to grilled cheese to puff pastry. And if you’d like to get in on the trend and also love a good waffle, consider a waffle maker that’s up to the task! Consumer Reports tested eight waffle makers for their ability to brown evenly, how well their settings turn out light and dark waffles, and also rates them for the clarity of their controls.
“Some of the things we flag are like uneven browning on the top or bottom of the waffle, narrow crevices on the grid that might be hard to clean, or handles that get really hot to the touch," says Tara Casaregola, Consumer Reports.
Here are three that CR recommends: On the high end, the Breville Smart 4-Slicer turns out four waffles at a time. It has multiple browning settings and scored excellent for making light and dark waffles. The control panel is clear and easy to use, and it beeps when your waffle is done. If you’re not cooking for a crowd, the Calphalon is about half the price, and does a good job at browning light and dark waffles. It has a countdown timer and can turn on its side for storage. Consumer Reports named the Chefman a Best Buy. Its round grid turned out excellently browned waffles, from light and fluffy to brown and crisp. The handle and latch get hot so use a mitt. The Chefman stands on its side for easy storage. All three have a moat to catch drips.
So whether you’re making bright and early breakfast or after dinner dessert, don’t waffle pick a top-rated model and avoid getting burned.