Cuisinart and KitchenAid Waffle Irons
- mm Apr 22, 2005 11:23 AM
Yesterday's Wall Street Journal has some reviews of waffle irons. I have been thinking about getting one. Does anyone have first hand knowledge about the KitchenAid Pro Line Waffle Baker ($300, yikes) or the Cuisnart 6-Slice Traditional Waffle Iron (more reasonable at $120)?
Ah, I didn't read the article closely enough. Under drawbacks of the Krups, it says "there is nothing to tell you when the waffle is done..." Well duh, I'm perfectly capable of deciding that on my own. I guess other people need lights and doo-dads to tell them. And it sure is small and cute and cheap. But do you find it takes too long to cook up a whole batch?
it's just something you have to get used to. the directions aren't good with the krups. make sure the iron gets good and hot. they are supposed to be done when the steam stops, but that's not always true. if iron is hot enough, usually takes 2-3 minutes. you may have to try it out a few times to get the right timing but then you'll have perfect crispy waffles every time.
No firsthand advice on either product, but I do have 2 cents' worth of general info.
Before deciding what brand to buy, ask the store clerk if there's a warrantee center for either company in your area.
For example, there's a KA warranty in San Francisco, but no longer one for Cuisinart. That means when my Cuisinart blender broke, it took me two weeks of e-mailing and calling to get them to take it back. I'm still waiting for a replacement blender, and it's been a month since UPS took my broken blender away.
Had I purchased a KA blender, I would have been able to walk 10 blocks to the warranty center and gotten it taken care of in one day.
I've been told that big stores usually have a list of local warranty centers. Or just call KA or Cuisinart's headquarters and ask about your area.
It is worth haunting some thrift shops, flea markets, garage sales etc. for the older waffle irons. I was lucky and inherited my mother's Sunbeam waffle baker purchased about 1950. It makes 4 lg. square waffles, the grids are heavy steel which get quite hot and it produces great crispy waffles.
If you're willing to use a stovetop waffle iron (the kind you fill and place on the burner, then flip to cook the waffle's other side), you can get a cast iron one. I gave one of these to a friend who was coveting one a couple of years ago and he loves it and says it performs beautifully. I bought it through a conpany that sells camp equipment, including a lot of cast iron cookware.
Last year after visiting a hotel where they had a do-it-yourself flip-over waffle iron, I said I had to get one.
I don't know whether it's the recipe I use or the waffle iron or both, but I can't tell you how much family and relatives and friends...any who eats them wants more. hey are light and moist inside and beautifully golden brown and crisp on the outside. The Flip-Over seems to get the batter better distributed to rise and fill more. THe recipe is a simple yeast-based overnight recipe that is easy to make.
I got the Waring Pro Waffle Iron...$60-80 at a lot of places...easy to use, although takes up some storage space. Very similar to the KA Pro Line but the KA is double sided so you can cook more. Seeing they take about 3 minutes each, I figured one at a time was ok for me and the "double" wasn't worth 5-6x more $$.
$300 for a waffle iron is absurd.
My family takes our waffles very sersiously. My dad made em when we were kids my brother makes em for his family. I don't like the thick "Belgian" ones. Just doesn't taste quite right.
The waffle iron I Linked to is my all around favorite. Very large so you don't spend all day waiting, fairly thick, traditional waffles. It has all the silly sensors, timers, etc. But just makes a nice, good, large waffle.
I actually e-mailed the WSJ writer to tell her she had left out the best iron of all.
P.S. the link was to Amazon through chowhound so chowhound gets credit if you buy.
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