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Eggos from the freezer are fine in a pinch, but invest in an at-home waffle press and you’ll have restaurant-quality brunch without ever changing out of your pjs. Whether you use it every weekend or just break it out for birthdays and guests, here are five of the best waffle makers to up your breakfast game and impress everyone.

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Editors’ Pick: Oster Belgian Waffle Maker

The Facts:

  • 8-inch nonstick plate releases waffles easily and cleans quickly
  • Adjustable temperature control for customized heat
  • Deep pockets hold plenty of toppings and syrup

This no-frills waffle maker isn’t anything fancy, but one PureWow editor swears by it for the occasional personal weekend brunch spread. She says, “I love this compact waffle maker, because it easily fits in my cabinet when it’s not in use. I’m definitely no connoisseur, but the light system and adjustable temperature control are fail-proof, creating a perfectly cooked waffle every time. Plus, it costs way less than eating brunch out.”

Buy It ($18)



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Best Value: Dash Mini Maker

The Facts:

  • Dual non-stick surfaces provide a consistent cook
  • Compact and light, weighing just 1lb
  • Heats up in mere minutes

We never thought we’d refer to a waffle maker as cute, but this compact iron definitely fits the bill. Choose from ten different colors to ensure it matches with your kitchen, because you’re going to feel like keeping it on the counter for easy access. Want to bring it to a friend’s house for breakfast? Be our guest—it only weighs 1lb, so you can easily throw it in a tote (along with mimosas, of course).

Buy It ($15)

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Splurge-Worthy: Breville BWM620XL the Smart Pro 2 Slice Waffle Maker

The Facts:

  • 12 different settings offer browning control
  • Intelligent automation sets the appropriate timer depending on waffle type
  • No-mess moat keeps spills at bay

You’ll want to invest in this smart iron the moment you decide you’re serious about waffles. It makes two at a time, which is great when you’re dealing with a big, hungry family. But the best part is that you don’t have to know one thing about baking to churn out batch after batch—just set it to the type of waffle you want to make (from Belgian to buttermilk) and the intelligent automation system will do the rest for you. Bonus: The no-mess moat around the iron prevents batter from leaking all over the countertops.

Buy It ($199)

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Customer Favorite: Presto 03510 Ceramic FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker

The Facts:

  • Flips 180 degrees to evenly spread batter 
  • Countdown timer with digital display
  • Nonstick interior easily wipes clean

The people have spoken, and according to their 6,200 reviews, this waffle maker is the best of the best. The secret is in the rotating base and nonstick press that make it near impossible for the batter to stick. The grooves create deep wells for syrup and butter to nestle into, while the ceramic plates form a crispy golden brown exterior with a soft interior. It even features a well around the perimeter to catch batter from overflowing onto the counter. Many enthusiastic reviewers exclaim that this is “the best waffle iron ever!” Can you blame them?

Buy It ($40)

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Runner Up: Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker

The Facts:

  • Creates two Belgian waffles at the same time
  • 6-setting browning control knob
  • 2 LED ready indicator lights illuminate when each waffle is done

If you have a big family, a single-waffle maker is just not going to cut it. Enter: this round Belgian waffle iron that cooks two cakes at the exact same time. We love the browning control that adjusts the level of crisp on each waffle. But the true crowd pleaser is the extra-deep grooves that catch a copious amount of melted butter and syrup (fine, and whipped cream).

Buy It ($70)

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