4 Things to Think About When Buying Your First Waffle Maker

Waffles require specific settings to make sure that they have crispy exteriors and fluffy insides, and anything less will result in ones that are soggy or dense.

The best waffles all start with the right waffle maker that’s specifically designed for waffles and don’t double as something else. For starters, a nonstick or cast-iron waffle maker makes for a good choice, regardless of whether it allows you to flip the waffle or not.

Here are the three things you need to consider when getting your first waffle maker to ensure that you make the best mouth-watering waffles every time:

Shapes and Sizes

There are plenty of shapes to choose from to achieve the shapes that you want, whether it’s hearts or animals, or even sticks. However, keep in mind that each size and shape of waffle maker is for cooking a different type of waffle.

Cooking Time

Most models are usually only capable of making one waffle at a time. However, depending on how many waffles you want to make (for instance, if a stack of waffles is something you want to have for breakfast), an iron with a high waffle-per-hour count could be something you would want in your kitchen.

Be sure to double-check the label for a specification on how long it takes for the iron to cook one, though most waffle makers will take between three and four minutes to cook a waffle.

Special Features

While almost all waffle makers are non-stick, certain features, such as adjustable browning and temperature settings (which can adjust the cooking time or the crispiness of the waffle exterior), may not always be present in every available model.

A weighted lid can also save you some trouble later on. This may be a small detail to keep in mind, but the waffle batter being cooked will expand and lift the lid a little, which can impact the cooking process in a bad way if you don’t secure it.

Dripping batter can easily be solved by a waffle iron with a no-drip feature, which catches escaping batter before it starts to pool around the countertop. There are even models that come with interchangeable plates for when you want to make either waffles or sandwiches.

Ease of Cleaning

Cleaning the bits of cooked waffle batter in the iron can also be a problem for a lot of waffle makers, which is why it’s important to check the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean it.

A damp washcloth can be a good start to cleaning it out. To absorb the leftover grease in the iron, wrap a chopstick in a paper towel and run it between the grates. Finally, a waffle brush, or even a simple pastry brush, can also work wonders in clearing out any leftover crumbs.