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liu Aug 13, 2010 04:33 PM

I wish to purchase a waffle maker as a gift for someone special. The only feature that has been specified is that it make 4 waffles at a time. Otherwise, I am open to suggestions.

There are so many on the market...which one do you REALLY love? I prefer those that are easy to use and to clean. Of course, the waffle is important, too!

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    Xantha Aug 16, 2011 02:00 PM

    Is it an option to get a cast iron one that you just place on the regular stove (and then flip)? They are better weapons than frying pans too...

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      rasputina Aug 16, 2011 04:08 PM

      I love love love Griswold waffler

    2. Midlife Sep 20, 2010 12:22 PM

      Before this topic dies out, can I add a request for comments on 'turnable' waffle makers? I used on at a motel we were staying at and it was pretty amazing. I think it was the Waring WMK300A (or a version thereof). It is smaller than some of the others but that could be a good exercise in self-control.

      The 'turnable' models seem as if they'd make a more even belgian waffle. What's your experience?

       
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        liu Sep 20, 2010 12:34 PM

        Hi, Midlife! I did see this "turnable" one online as I was searching for a waffle maker to give. I have no experience with this one and I do hope others will chime in with their opinions. However, even cooking was not an issue with the Chef's Choice 850. The waffles that we enjoyed the other night from this Chef's Choice machine were very evenly cooked and no flipping during the cooking process was necessary.

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          DonnaMarieNJ Jul 18, 2011 08:04 PM

          Not to hijack your thread, but will any waffle mix/recipe work in any waffle maker? i.e., do I NEED a belgian recipe for a belgian maker? Can I make a classic waffle recipe in a belgian maker or, vice versa? Are the recipes for belgian waffles and classic waffles different?

          1. re: DonnaMarieNJ
            MikeB3542 Jul 19, 2011 06:16 PM

            The proportions seem pretty similar. Personally I prefer raised waffles which get their lift from yeast (the "Overnight Waffles" recipe in BHG cookbook is good) , but nothing wrong with batters that get their lift from a combination of baking powder/soda and egg white.

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              DonnaMarieNJ Aug 15, 2011 07:18 PM

              Mike, all I have is the rapid rise yeast -- would that work for the BHG recipe?

      2. liu Sep 20, 2010 11:44 AM

        Thanks to all you wonderful Hounds who offered your suggestions!
        As I posted a couple of weeks ago, we did give the Chef's Choice Model 850...and the best part is that we were invited to dinner and served waffles from our gift for dessert -- strawberries and whipped cream included!

        Our hosts pressed out four-four squares for our dessert in no time, and they even made another six-four squares to freeze for their weekend breakfasts -- they're newlyweds...aaaaww!!

        Our dessert waffles were perfect: crispy on the outside with a soft interior. The waffles pulled from the waffle maker without leaving any trace and the plates appeared quite clean when the cooking was completed. The machine can be stored flat or upright, and it appears to be a really good purchase.

        1. blue room Sep 4, 2010 12:40 PM

          liu, I have this one:
          http://www.amazon.com/Waring-WMK300-B...
          It makes Belgian waffles -- would you agree 1 Belgian = 2 regular waffles?
          If so, I'd say this makes 4 (regular) waffles. I bought it because of things said on this site, and have made waffles about 7 times so far (3 different recipes) and am perfectly plum pleased with the results. It costs about $80.

          1. Politeness Aug 13, 2010 05:22 PM

            Liu: "There are so many on the market...which one do you REALLY love? I prefer those that are easy to use and to clean. Of course, the waffle is important, too!"

            Historically, the answer to yuour question was Vitantonio. Then an internecine family squabble revised that to Villaware, the products of which looked A LOT like Vitantonio.

            Although there ain't no flies on Villlaware, what your giftee really would be most delighted to receive is the Chef's Choice Model 850. http://edgecraft.com/page2f.html#850 There is no better waffle maker made anywhere.

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              liu Aug 13, 2010 05:37 PM

              Wow, Politeness...that's quite an enthusiastic and definitive endorsement for Chef's Choice Model 850. I will check it out promptly and I thank you for your quick response.

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                liu Aug 13, 2010 05:46 PM

                Politeness, the Chef's Choice Model 850 is ~$179 on Amazon. Does it do laundry and wash dishes? What does it do for that price?

                A few of the other models of the Chef's Choice are more reasonably priced. Are they as good as the 850?

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                  Chemicalkinetics Aug 13, 2010 05:53 PM

                  The Williams Sonoma waffle maker ($199) is not cheaper. You should list your price constraint. Otherwise, people will suggest the best they can think of and usually those are not cheapest.

                  http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                    liu Aug 13, 2010 06:08 PM

                    Thanks for your input, Chemicalkinetics. I'm really trying to figure out what I "need" to spend to purchase a very good waffle maker. I'm trying to learn what features are important and what all those dollars in the higher priced models are buying.

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                      mary0201 Aug 13, 2010 06:29 PM

                      I have had a Villaware for 5 years or so. I don't use it a lot but when I do it is wonderful. I would say the most important feature is the audible sound when the waffle is done. And of course...non stick surface.
                      Cooks Ilustrated did a review recently and highly recommended the Chef’s Choice WafflePro Express at 69.99

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                        liu Aug 13, 2010 07:59 PM

                        Thank you, Mary, for the Cook's Illustrated recommendation; I will check out that Chef's Choice model.

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                        Chemicalkinetics Aug 13, 2010 06:36 PM

                        This is a gift, right? Make sure you set a limit of your expense first. As for additional features, I agree with Mary. Audible alarm can be very useful. Although some people complain certain alarms being too loud. Adjustable heating power can be important. Villaware has very good reviews for many of its single waffle irons, but it appears their 4-waffle iron has many negative feedbacks:

                        http://www.amazon.com/VillaWare-V6150...

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                          liu Aug 13, 2010 08:01 PM

                          Chemicalkinetics, I do appreciate your comments about the various features that you find useful. The higher end Chef's Choice seems to excel in heating power!

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                      Politeness Aug 13, 2010 09:17 PM

                      Liu: "the Chef's Choice Model 850 is ~$179 on Amazon. Does it do laundry and wash dishes? "

                      Hmm. Haven't checked. Probably.

                      liu: "What does it do for that price? "

                      It is very fast, and it is highly adjustable. Some people like crispy waffles; others like moist waffles. The Chef's Choice can be fine-tuned the way YOU want it.

                      liu: "other models of the Chef's Choice are more reasonably priced. Are they as good as the 850?"

                      I may be wrong, but I think that the 850 is the only four-waffle model.

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                        liu Aug 13, 2010 10:09 PM

                        Thank you, Politeness, for your focus on my concerns and questions.
                        After having examined this Chef's Choice 850, it does, indeed, seem to be a winner!

                        I think you are correct that this 850 model produces four full-size waffles, while the 840 and 830 models appear to make smaller portions, even though their waffles are severed to appear to produce multiple pieces.

                        I thank you for bringing this particular waffle maker to my attention. I am considering it seriously, along with the Calphalon HE400WM and perhaps another model of the Chef Choice waffle maker.

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                          liu Sep 3, 2010 09:40 PM

                          I thank everyone for their posts and for their preferences. All of your information was helpful.

                          Politeness, we did purchase the Chef's Choice Model 850; it is wrapped, but not yet given. I can't imagine anyone into waffles not liking it! If I hear rave reviews, I will pass them on to you!
                          Thanks, again, for all of your information.

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                      Nocturnalbill Aug 13, 2010 05:01 PM

                      I like the All Clad ones from Williams Sonoma. They do make a 4 square model, which I am assuming is what you meant by 4 at a time. these are the Belgian Style, not the thin crispy. In the interest of full disclosure, I work there, and get to play for free. The price is a bit prohibitive. Villaware has always had good ones as well, and they can be tracked down on the cheap.

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                        liu Aug 13, 2010 05:14 PM

                        Thanks, Nocturnalbill. Knowing that you work at WS and that you like to "play," your recommendation means a lot!

                        In my preliminary search, I have noticed that the price spread for waffle makers is great: they can be found for $30 or for more than $150...I am wondering what features are worth the price.

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