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Please help with a waffle iron/maker rec!

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Hello! I've search this board and only found one rec: for a $ 99 Cuisinart. Ouch.

My 15 yoa daughter, who is a great baker, is now interested in making waffles. She'd like a waffle maker for her birthday.

Can any of you help with the brands, and possibly model #s of waffle irons that actually work reasonably well? Looks are not that important, function and "cleanability" are!

Thanks very much for your help, p.j.

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  1. This is it. Amazon has it for $80, but Costco has it for $50. Overstock.com has it for $70. Obviously, there's reason to look around for price. I don't know what WallyWorld gets for it. But, really, it works well, makes great waffles, and is easy to clean. Nothing sticks. I usually just have to rinse out the drip pan under the faucet.
    http://www.amazon.com/Waring-WMK300-B...

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    1. re: yayadave

      Ditto this. The thing I like about the Waring model is the deep pockets it creates, which makes for nice grooves for the maple syrup.

      1. re: yayadave

        I started a thread like this before Christmas because my wife wanted a new waffle iron. I wound up getting the Waring WMK 300 model. We all love it! It gets used several mornings (and some nights) each week. It's a breeze to clean; although storage could be a problem for some, we had a great place for it in the pantry. Best of all, it makes excellent waffles! I highly recommend it and will buy another one when / if the time comes.

      2. I have had great luck with a villaware V2002 UNO Belgian Waffler. So far, no sticking (though I do put about a tablespoon of oil in my batter), and I just wipe it clean after using. It provides even cooking and a nice, crispy exterior. It's about $50

        http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

        1. Thanks all for your very helpful suggestions. I thought the Villaware would be good, as we have been happy with an ice cream maker we bought last summer.

          Alas, BB&B didn't have it in stock. The Waring sounded good, but we have storage limitations. My d/h and daughter bought a Krups Belgian waffle maker, which stands up on end for storage, and makes four decent sized waffles at a time. The smell the first time out was nasty, but the waffles were delicious, crispy outside, soft inside. Daughter added vanilla to the recipe. Very good. This a.m. was her 4th go-round, and the smell has diminished.
          A dedicated toothbrush handles the clean-up of crumbs easily.
          I think the browning is a bit uneven, but the end product is good.
          Thanks again, p.j.

          1. I have a VillaWare Belgian waffle maker that's a few years old now, and I love it. It has a non-stick surface that I spray with Pam, and nothing ever sticks -- it wipes clean. What I especially like about it is that it makes really large waffles that are nice and crisp on the outside.

            I should also mention that I just LOVE Kodiak Cakes whole wheat, oat and honey flapjack and waffle mix. I add a little vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon, and sometimes orange zest to the mix.

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            1. re: CindyJ

              CindyJ,
              Thanks for the mix rec. I will look for it. My daughter has agreed to use King Arthur's Light Whole Wheat flour for her next batch. I love adding orange zest to french toast & chocolate-chip-oatmeal cookies. Your rec. for doing the same for waffles sounds excellent.
              Thanks again, p.j.

              1. re: p.j.

                I know this is going off on a bit of a tangent, but our standard recipe for waffles uses king arthur's *white* whole wheat:

                1 and 1/3 cup white whole wheat flour
                1 cup milk
                2 large eggs, separated
                1-2 Tablespoons melted shortening
                2 Tablespoons sugar
                2 teaspoons baking powder
                salt to taste

                sift dry ingredients together, beat liquid ingredients together, beat egg whites to soft peaks, add liquid to dry, mix, then fold in egg whites. delish!

                1. re: lisa13

                  Thanks, lisa13. This looks like a smaller amount of batter than the humongous amount she made on Sunday---which lasted 4 days!

                  Have you tried adding some vanilla? I'd bet that would be good.
                  take care, p.j.

            2. I have had a VitaAntonio waffle maker that I bought at Zabar's back around 1991 and am still using it. Never gave me any problems. I don't think it was that much either.