New ways to use your waffle maker: Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports

CONSUMER REPORTS — The internet is teeming with foods you can “waffle.” Everything from hash browns to grilled cheese sandwiches to puff pastry.

If you would like to get in on the trend and you also love a good waffle, consider a waffle maker that is up to the task.

Consumer Reports tested eight waffle makers for their ability to brown evenly and turn out light and dark waffles, and for the clarity of their controls.

Some of the things CR flagged were uneven browning on the top or bottom of a waffle, narrow crevices on the grid that might be hard to clean and handles that get really hot to the touch.

Here are three recommendations from CR:

  • On the high end: Breville Smart 4-Slicer model BWM640XL for $250. It turns out four waffles at a time, has multiple settings for browning and a rating of Excellent for making light and dark waffles. The control panel is clear and easy to use and the model beeps when your waffles are done.
  • In the middle: Calphalon model CKCLWF1 for $100. It does a good job at browning light and dark waffles, has a countdown timer and can be turned on its side for storage.
  • Lowest price: Chefman Anti-Overflow Belgian Waffle Maker for $30. Its round grid turns out excellently browned waffles, from light and fluffy to brown and crisp. The handle and latch get hot, so grab a mitt. The Chefman stands on its side for easy storage.

All three waffle makers have a moat to catch drips.

So, whether you’re making a bright and early breakfast or an after-dinner dessert, don’t waffle; pick a top-rated model and avoid getting burned.

Consumer Reports food experts have this advice for turning out the best waffles: Make sure to pre-heat the appliance.

And to keep the waffles crispy and warm, place them in a 200 degree oven.

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