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Belgian waffle makers?

I'm looking for a real good waffle maker. From the reviews on Amazon I have read, the KitchenAid Pro Line Series Waffle Baker seems to be the best choice. The Waring Pro's are a lot cheaper but, reviews say they don't cook evenly or have bad hinges. Are there other brands I should consider in the ~$100~$200 price range?

What do the Chowhounder's recommend?

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  1. I had a Krups square flip one that I think set me back $130 a few years ago. Don;t even think about it. While the waffles came out OK, the handle snapped after not much use. I do not know the model offhand but I have a waring that has held up for a couple of years with no issues.

    If you have young kids, cuisinart has a fairly inexpensive non-flip model that did "pull apart" waffle sticks that was very popular for my kid until he grew up.

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    1. re: exvaxman

      They're one of the best dust collectors I own!

      1. re: mrbigshotno.1

        I have bought 5 or 6 including the KitchenAid Pro..but they were returned when I found the All Clad 2 or 4 waffle maker made for Williams Sonoma...perfect waffles...finally!!! and built like a tank,,,,crispy outside even color...and soft inside.... here's a link....

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

    2. I have had really expensive Belgian waffe makers and really cheap ones. The really expensive ones did not make better waffles. I happen to be in the market for a new Belgian waffle maker because my all-time favorite 30 year old very inexpensive Rival model is no longer "non-stick" because a housekeeper thought she was doing something great by taking the grids out and running them through the dishwasher. She killed my favorite waffle iron! The point of this is to share with you that the most important thing to look out for in shopping for any waffle iron today is how the handles are made and how they fit near or around the plates. I've been making waffles for well over a half century, and I have yet to make a full batch of them without having at least one mild to heavy overfill come boiling out from between the plates and run down the side of the machine. MANY waffle irons today have handles with large flat surfaces that run right across the front of the iron, and that is where the overflow will go. This is the one I ultimately ordered this morning because it has the least offensive handles. I hope I'm happy with it!

      http://tinyurl.com/6qeyhfl

      1. Is the KitchenAid Pro Line the one that is double sided? If so, then yes, it is the best choice. I did a bunch of research before buying that one last year and I haven't regretted it in the least. It's built like a tank, stays hot forever after you turn it off and the two waffle at a time feature is awesome. You can crank out waffles for a huge number of people in no time. No more waiting for the other waffles to get done so everyone can sit down and eat. The quality of the waffles is excellent -- crispy on the outside, tender on the inside (I've used both yeast and non-yeast batters with success). The waffles are huge and it's easy to start with a quarter or a half of one, which means in the first batch (4 minutes) you can feed 4 - 8 people. I built an entire dinner party around that waffle maker -- 4 different batters, a bunch of different mix ins and a bunch of different toppings. Most excellent!

        I really can't recommend my KitchenAid waffle maker enough. We call her Gertrude. :)

        Be warned, though, that it is huge and heavy. Make sure you have someplace you plan on storing it.

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        1. re: TorontoJo

          Hey TorontoJo,
          I'm in Toronto and looking for a waffle maker. Where did you find had the best price for the KitchenAid ProLine?
          TIA!

          1. re: chuang

            I bought mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond. They did not have it in store (even though it's on their web site), and have to order it for you. But you can use the 20% off coupons that they regularly put out for it. It was still expensive, as you have to pay for shipping. I think with the coupon, shipping and tax, it came to around $240/$250 total. I didn't search particularly long and hard for it, as the BB&B site came up pretty quickly and I had a coupon. Cayne's doesn't have it. Sears has it for $299 (BB&B was $239).

            Note that you can't use the 20% coupons online. But if you go into the store, they will order it for you and apply the coupon. It still ships to your home.

        2. They're one of the best dust collectors I own! If I didn't use it once or twice a year I'd move it to the garage with the best of the best dust collectors like my electric tortilla press.

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          1. re: mrbigshotno.1

            Possibly true for many. Hard to say.

            I make sourdough waffles for Sunday breakfast every week. My grandson eats tiny peanut butter and whole wheat waffle sandwiches from the freezer leftovers through the week. They make for a complete protein and portable nutrition. We also sometimes have our chili over cornmeal waffles. Crisp whole wheat waffles are a great base to give new life to leftover chicken stew . So waffles are popular at my house and if my waffle iron broke I'd be out looking for my next one ASAP.

            1. re: mrbigshotno.1

              Dust collector or not, the truth is that when you need a waffle iron, there is NO substitute! Well.... Unless you're like my poor demented son who scorns my fantabulous very own recipe buttermilk Belgian waffles that are crispy on the outside and so light and fluffy inside they could float in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in favor of some yucky stuff that comes in a box marked "Eggo." Where did I go wrong???

                1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                  For at least the last decade, I have sooooooo wanted a pizelle maker! But I just know I would make pizelles once, maybe roll a few of them into ice cream cones, and then the pizelle iron would sit on a shelf the rest of my life... At least I use my Belgian waffle iron five or six times a year. Well, three anyway.

            2. We have a Calphalon that I'm happy with. It's square rather than round. That means that we always end up with squarish-round waffles but that doesn't effect the flavor at all. But it also means that I can get larger waffles out of a single load which makes a difference if you're making for for than 2 people so there's a trade off.

              It was probably about $120. It has a pretty compact shape and the look is sorta sleek. It's pretty easy to wipe clean. It has a thermostat that operates a chime when it's up to the selected preheat and again when the waffle is done to the selected intensity. The non-stick coating has been holding up over a period of 6 months or so of consistent use.