Saturday, January 24, 2015

There is almost nothing as wonderful as warm, fresh made waffles for breakfast. This is even truer around the holidays. Many families enjoy gathering together in a warm home for good food during the holidays. The Oster CKSTWFBF21 1-1/2-Inch Thick Belgian Flip Waffle Maker is an awesome choice to aid cooks in creating this perfect meal. Just add fresh fruit and vanilla yogurt for a nutritious sweet treat. There are a number of reasons that this waffle maker is a great purchase.


• The Oster waffle maker is coated in order to create a non-stick cooking surface. This not only allows cooks to make perfect and delicious waffles, but saves time during clean up.

• In addition to being non-stick the Oster Belgian Waffle Maker is equipped with a dip tray that is removable. This catches run off spill and makes clean up even easier. Simply wipe the surface with a damp, soft cloth and wash the tray in warm soapy water.

• This waffle maker enables cooks to produce waffles that are a whopping 1 ½ inches thick. It is designed to be flipped for perfectly fluffy golden brown waffles.

• The cool touch technology prevents the handle from burning the chef during use.

• One of the best features this appliance has to offer is the ability to adjust the cooking temperature to create waffles that are cooked just right. This is great for cook to order situations. Some members of the family may want light and fluffy, while others might want crisp and brown.

• The outside surface will match the décor of any kitchen. It has a modern look with a brushed stainless steel and black finish.

• The Oster Belgian Flip Waffle Maker saves counter space because it can be put away in a vertical position. On the other hand it is not too large to be left on the counter for use at any time waffles are desired.

• There is a green light go indicator to inform the user that it is ready to go. This takes confusing guess work out of the waffle making job.


There are a few downsides to the Oster CKSTWFBF21 1-1/2-Inch Thick Belgian Flip Waffle Maker, but only a few. No matter how many or how few consumers are better off being informed of everything that can go wrong beforehand. This is true of any purchase, but especially the more money one spends.

• The non-stick griddle forms are not removable which makes cleaning slightly more difficult than it would be if they were. It simply a little more care should be taken during this process.

• This brand and model is a little more pricy than others of its kind; however, it is a brand that is well known for manufacturing kitchen appliances. Since it has been tested as a reliable product it is most likely worth the investment. 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

On a recent cleaning spree of our office I unearthed an unused $50 Amazon gift card we got for Christmas. Woot! I had my eye on the Calphalon No Peek Waffle Maker for some time (it’s the same one Joy The Baker uses) and it was our 4 year engagement anniversary (any reason for a celebration), so I made the splurge.

Believe it or not I have never had a waffle maker before. I don’t know if waffles are the new cupcakes but the recent blogosphere obsession with them subliminally made me need one. I had been fantasizing about all the waffles I could make – sweet or savory, dessert or anytime waffles – and I was so excited when it finally arrived.

The Calphalon No Peek has a really sleek, modern design. The brushed stainless steel is a classic look and matches the rest of our stainless steel appliances.

One of my favorite features is the locking upper handle. The lock feature allows the entire waffle maker to be stored upright in a cabinet or pantry. Perfect for people with not a lot of storage space!

Another great feature is the non-stick bronze plates. They really are non-stick (though I do use a little bit of cooking spray when making waffles) and they heat and cook evenly. They are a pain to clean, admittedly, since the plates are not removable. However, I intentionally did not want a removable plate waffle maker; the reviews I read online all seemed to have issues with improper heating, locking into place, or falling off. To clean I just wait until the waffle maker has cooled, run a soapy sponge lightly over the plates, and then dry off with a paper towel.

The name No Peek has to do with the exterior cooking display knob. With a waffle iron the inclination is to keep opening it up to see how your waffles are coming along, right? Well, with this light indicator on the knob, you don’t have to.

Before turning on the waffle maker you indicate your preferred doneness with the knob (light, medium, or dark). You then plug in the waffle maker to allow it to pre-heat. Once the waffle maker has pre-heated, it chimes letting you know it’s ready for batter. When you open the lid to add the batter the light indicator on the front goes all the way back to the first setting (see left picture). You add the batter, close the lid, and the light indicator moves in increments as the waffles cook. That way, you’ll know how done your waffle is instead of “peeking” inside. When the light gets all the way back to your cooking choice (mine here was medium, see right picture), it chimes again letting you know the waffles are done!

Last but not least, the cord storage is great – it wraps around a built-in cord holder on the bottom of the waffle maker. This also helps with the sleekness of storage.

So far I’ve used this waffle maker twice already (recipes coming soon!) and it worked perfectly! You do have to follow the instructions and not overfill the waffle maker, or else you’ll end up with a mess.

Homemade waffles are a great alternative to the frozen store-bought kind (I’m a sucker for those). Even the healthy/organic versions have preservatives and weird artificial ingredients. Like anything homemade, I prefer to control my own ingredients and portions. Despite the image that waffles conjure (diner style, under a heaping pile of whipped cream and butter – hey you can make those too), waffles are a great way to make a healthy breakfast full of fiber, vitamins, and protein. Another great thing about them is that you can freeze them and reheat easily in a toaster, toaster oven, or stove any time of day.

I think this was a great purchase and look forward to making many more waffles!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

All-Clad 99011GT 2-Square Belgian Waffle Maker reviews
All-Clad 99011GT is a silver color 2-square nonstick interior Belgian waffle maker that is great for making tasty and fresh breakfast waffles that are fluffy inside and crispy outside. It comes with a steam release system and 7 shade/browning levels to give you the best home made quality consistent results at the right color, flavor, softness and texture.

You’ll be able to make two square shaped 4.5 inch waffles with 1 inch thickness at the same time. How crispy or soft these waffles will be are all up to you by using the browning selection dial- advanced heating technology and eliminating condensation build-up by its steam release function. There is a ‘Ready to Cook’ light indicator on the All-Clad telling you when to put the batter in and the audible sound alert as well as the ‘Ready to Eat’ light for when your waffles are done. Removing the waffles once they are ready is very easy thanks to the foolproof release nonstick interior, so is the cleaning after use.

All-Clad 99011GT 2-Square Belgian Waffle Maker reviews
What also makes cleaning easier and helps you make less mess is the overflow collection cup that is made for catching the extra leaking batter, you just need to attach it properly. Nonstick means that you do not need to add any extra grease on the cooking plates.. Storage is easy thanks to its lid lock that gives you the ability to put it away vertically and the built-in cord storage. One thing to note that the plates are not detachable, but this is not likely to be a big problem as it already is rather easy to clean.

All-Clad 99011GT 2-Square Belgian Waffle Maker reviews
All-Clad 99011GT weighs 3 lbs with the dimensions of 12 x 11.5 x 6 inches, is a durable polished stainless steel with die cast finish appliance with sturdy build, good quality components and thick aluminium plates. It works on 850 watts of power and 110 V AC input voltage. You’ll find the All-Clad Square Belgian Waffle Maker, a drip tray, an instruction manual with recipes as well as the warranty inside the box when you purchase it.

*All-Clad has been in business for well over 40 years and widely known as the legendary appliance brand in the best restaurants around the globe, preferred by the top professional chefs and passionate home cooks that demand the best quality appliances. It is all about hand crafting, innovation, creating superb lines using the latest technology and durable construction to make sure their products last for a very very long time and the unique bonding process of a mixture of metals for extraordinary performance. All-Clad headquarters are based in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and the company markets its superb line of cooking products to stores in US, Canada, Australia, UK an Germany. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Presto FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker reviews
The Presto FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker easy to get up and running - simply wipe, dry and apply a little vegetable oil before you use it the first time. That should also be done occasionally as needed, to keep it truly nonstick and easy to remove the waffle. You have to preheat the waffle maker for about 3 - 5 minutes then the light will go out when ready to use. There's a countdown timer which is really handy and saves a lot of peaking, which leads to heat loss.

You need about 3/4 to 1 cup of of batter to make a waffle and these are large, deep-pocket style waffles. Mine were approximately 1.25" thick, nicely browned (first try) with a light crunch on the outside and soft inside. There were a couple of untidy sections and I had to reduce the batter slightly but after that, it was on to customizing taste. As for lifting it out, that was a breeze. Overall, these were very impressive, so this waffle maker is definitely newbie-friendly.

The first recipe tested was the Classic Waffles which called for 1-cup batter. I did have to reduce that amount somewhat and I also added cinnamon and vanilla. This made the batter slightly softer which worked just as well. It called for three minutes on the timer and it was done at that time. Results were great - a very tasty waffle that could be eaten hot or cold. And no batter spillage. Then it was on to custom flavors such as adding a drop of maple or almond flavoring. Cinnamon or nutmeg to plain waffle batter really jazzes them up.

I froze several waffles and they thaw fairly quickly when you want them. I love the size of these waffles, but they're a little too thick to warm them in my wide-slot toaster. A toaster oven would work well though, or returning them to the waffle maker for a minute or two.

The flip design works this way: Add batter to preheated waffle maker, close and flip to the other side. Remember to set the timer. There's no flipping back - it bakes on that side and the action spreads the batter more evenly to both sides. I'm impressed with how well that works, much better than simply pressing the batter into place as some models do.

For those who think these waffles would be too large for serving a young family, they come out with clearly divided and easy-to-pull-apart sections that makes sharing an easy thing. As with any waffle maker, you may have to experiment with recipes, ingredients and batter quantity to make your favorite waffles. That said, I was pretty satisfied with my first and second try so fine tuning with this waffle maker won't take long.

For storage, the waffle maker has a red tab that can be raised to secure it into an upright position. That gives it a much smaller footprint (10" x 5") which is easier to fit inside a cabinet or if you want to minimize counter space. However, I found that the red tab doesn't always hold well - if the unit is nudged a bit, it can easily drop it into an open position.

Overall Impression

I think performance is what I appreciated most about this waffle maker - that the first one could come out so delightfully thick and nicely done. The FlipSide™ feature is definitely a must-have - it renders a more evenly baked and browned waffle. You do need to experiment with batter amount which should not exceed one cup. I found that slightly less than a cup was best and the odd adjustment depending on the consistency (thickness) of the batter, such as when flavoring is added. A runnier batter spreads out more quickly too.

For those thinking it might be inconvenient making only one waffle at a time, since it only takes about three minutes, it doesn't take long to repeat the process for family serving. These are huge waffles so one is ample on a plate. And the deep pockets make it easy to get creative with the toppings. Compared to a smaller square waffle, this deep pocket round waffle looks stunning on a plate and there's more to satisfy. I do intend to experiment more with this unit with custom recipes especially for dietary restrictions and allergies, so watch for updates.

The locking (upright) mechanism could be improved but some may see this as a very minor thing, since it doesn't affect baking performance. Overall, this waffle maker works very well, is user friendly and offers very good value for the price. It's an ideal gift for any waffle lover on your list.
 Cuisinart WAF300 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker reviews
Cuisinart WAF-300 Belgian Waffle Maker is a durable and practical choice to make tasty breakfasts or snacks of waffles and also pancakes as it comes with a pancake plate as well as two waffle plates. Both the pancake and waffle plates are made of non-stick coated material and they are safe to put in the dishwasher. In case you put too much batter on, you will just remove the grids and clean it easily. Plates can be easily removed and changed- not many waffle/pancake makers out there have this feature.

You will find 2 x 4-slice waffle plates and 1 x pancake plate of 4 slots in the package. Cuisinart WAF-300 It has a handcrafted stainless-steel cover and cool-touch casing as well as temperature control with 6 settings, lights (as both ready to bake and ready to eat indicators) and a beep alarm signal to tell you when your waffles or pancakes are ready to serve. To start the timer you don’t have to do anything, just shut the lid and it will start by itself. So you can go and do your own thing in the kitchen and you don’t need to worry your waffles or pancakes will overcook or burn.

Cuisinart WAF-300 Waffle and Pancake MakerThey will cook just right and equally at each point every single time. The waffles that you get will be something between Belgian and classic waffles- fluffy and thick, and pancakes will taste awesome too, whether you use homemade or a super- market bought batter mix. You probably want to use slightly over 1.5 cups of batter and you don’t even need to use spray or oil on the plates, they will still come out fantastic. You can even make beautiful eggs to put in your sandwiches on the pancake slots.

 Cuisinart WAF300 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker reviews
You may easily take away the plates and wash them in the dishwasher and the stainless- steel exterior is easy to clean with a damp cloth. The lid is very easy to lift and lower with the easy-hold handle on the top. Storing the Cuisinart WAF-300 is also very easy as it can sit in a straight position to save you on space in your cabinet.

It weighs just 5 lbs 10 oz. with the dimensions of 9.5 x 12 x 6 inches and has a 32 inch length cord. It works on 1200 watts power so makes waffles and pancakes very quickly, heating them evenly- you’re looking at 5 minute cooking time for each waffle. You will find tongs and a manual with a recipe book in the box. It comes with a limited 36 month manufacturer’s warranty. Definitely recommended at the great current price on Amazon.
Pros & Cons:


+ Very sharp design

+ Makes excellent waffles

+ Also comes with pancake plates


- Could be a bit cheaper

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Chef's Choice M850 Taste-Texture Belgian Waffle Maker reviews
This unique Quad Baking System on the M850 Professional WafflePro allows you to select the preferred flavor, texture, and color of your waffle by altering a few electronic settings. The Quad refers to the 4 heating elements present on the Belgian waffle maker: two on top and two on bottom. Using 1750 watts, create you're very own version of the perfect waffle from a golden color to light brown, and textures ranging from a moist interior to crisp all the way through.

Quick Bake for Authentic Belgian Waffles

The Chef's Choice M850 Taste-Texture Belgian Waffle Maker delivers delicious, restaurant quality waffles in no time at all. When set to bake on the "Crispy Exterior/Moist interior" setting, cooking takes only 90 seconds! Baking time is doubled when set to "Uniform Thickness." Either way, you'll be enjoying authentic, deep-pocket Belgian waffles before the coffee is finished brewing.


• Bake up to 4 deep pocket waffles at once with this family-sized, commercial quality waffle maker.

• Lightening fast! These restaurant-thick Belgian Lace waffles cook anywhere from 90 to 120 seconds.

• Even distribution of batter ensures uniform baking throughout the waffle.

• Advanced non-stick baking surfaces and an overflow channel for easy cleaning.

• Automatic countdown timer, "Waffle ready" beeper, Sleep Mode, and quick reheating capabilities to keep the waffles coming.

• Available in two styles; Recipes included!


• Beep Tone is a Little Annoying: The chime that lets you know when your waffles are done is a little shrill. This can get annoying after hearing it time after time after time. Since I can make so many waffles at once, though, I only have to go through about three rounds of baking until everyone’s satisfied. I don’t hear the chime enough for it to grate on my nerves.

• Waffles Are a Little Thin: The waffles that come out of this maker aren’t quite as tall as what you’ll get with other Belgian waffle makers. This is because the unit sits flat instead of flipping. However, this doesn’t mean you’ll get flat, “Eggo-style” waffles. There’s still plenty of room to fill with your favorite toppings, it’s just not as thick as some other bakers.

About Chef's Choice

Since its founding in 1984, EdgeCraft Corporation, located in Avondale, PA, has manufactured its world renowned Chef’sChoice brand of highly advanced small kitchen electrics including the world’s largest selection of electric and manual knife sharpeners, electric food slicers, waffle makers and hot beverage products as well as manual sharpeners and the renowned Trizor Cutlery. Crafted with a passionate commitment to innovation and dependability, Chef'sChoice products are consistently rated as consumers' best buys and are fast becoming family heirlooms to pass down to future generations.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Proctor-Silex 26500Y Durable Belgian Waffle Baker reviews
With the Proctor-Silex 26500Y Durable Belgian Waffle Baker you can make traditional Belgian waffles in your own kitchen. There’s no need to go to the local waffle house for breakfast and you don’t have to settle for the frozen waffles you put in the toaster oven. The Proctor-Silex 26500Y is easy to use so you will be able to enjoy delicious waffles at home.

The Proctor-Silex 26500Y heats up quickly and will beep to let you know when it is ready. This waffle maker is also easy to clean. The waffle grids have a nonstick surface so batter and cooked on bits of waffle come off very easily by simply wiping it with a damp sponge or paper towel.

Product Features and Specifications

• Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.5 x 4.2 inches

• Shipping Weight: 6 pounds

• Quick and easy to use waffle iron

• Nonstick grilling surface

• Preheat/Ready indicator

• Compact, easy storage

The Reviews

Proctor-Silex 26500Y Durable Belgian Waffle Baker reviews
The reviews for the Proctor-Silex 26500Y Durable Belgian Waffle Baker are outstanding. When researching this product we found well over 400 user reviews online and it received an average user rating of 4.6 out of a possible 5 stars. Most customers agree that this machine is easy to use and makes fantastic waffles. One customer said that the Proctor-Silex 26500Y is just as good as the more expensive models. This person says that she has used three other waffle makers and this one is just as good, if not better.

Another review came from a woman that makes waffles at her local farmers market, where she is known as the “waffle lady.” She said that she makes over 100 waffles every Saturday using this particular waffle iron (she has four of them). She says that this waffle maker works great and she has never had a problem with it. The only issue that she does have is that she says that she wishes this waffle maker would cook waffles a little faster, they take about five minutes each.

There were very few negative reviews online for the Proctor-Silex 26500Y Durable Belgian Waffle Baker but there were several customers that had a similar issue with the length of time that the waffles take to cook. One customer said that it took 28 minutes to cook 4 waffles. Another customer said that although this waffle maker is sturdy and makes great tasting waffles, it doesn’t heat up very quickly and it takes forever to cook a waffle.


The overwhelming majority of reviews for the Proctor-Silex 26500Y Durable Belgian Waffle Baker are positive. The only real issue that some people had was the length of time it takes to cook waffles. Most people agree that the machine is well made and easy to use and people are saying that they are able to make delicious waffles every time. The Proctor-Silex 26500Y is also very inexpensive and can be purchased for under $25. Because the Proctor-Silex 26500Y is getting great reviews and is affordably priced, we would certainly give it our recommendation but we would also warn people that you may have to be prepared to wait a few minutes for your waffles to cook.