The 15 Best Waffle Makers, All Guaranteed to Make Breakfast Your Favorite Meal of The Day

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You know how they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well, you’re about to start swearing by that statement. Seriously—with a waffle maker, you may even resist hitting snooze to allow yourself enough time to cook up the well-balanced meal you deserve to properly kickstart the day, every day.

Plus, waffle makers are great for cooking so much more than homemade Eggos. They’re surprisingly versatile cooktops (you haven’t lived until you’ve tried ultra-crispy hash browns or quesadillas made in one). Some styles even come with interchangeable plates for you to switch out when you want to cook up bacon, eggs, or even your go-to breakfast sandwich.

So, what’s the best waffle maker out there? First, we’ll review the top factors to consider before clicking “add to cart,” then share our 15 favorite finds, based on their cost, reliability, versatility and how much counter space they’ll eat up.

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The Best Waffle Makers at a Glance:

What to Consider Before Buying a Waffle Maker

Waffle Type: There are a variety of different shapes, from heart-shaped to character faces, and thicknesses, from thick Belgian waffles with taller griddles to thin classic waffles with shorter griddles. Depending on your preference, look out for these before buying. (Spoiler: They’ll all be delicious as long as the batter is too.)

Size: Waffles come in a variety of sizes, and so do their makers. Consider what size is most suitable for whoever you are serving. If you’re eating waffles as a breakfast side, a mini maker might be your style. Should waffles be your main course (great choice), a grill that can cook up larger waffles is likely more your speed.

Usage: The number of people you’re feeding breakfast to will also determine which waffle maker you should buy. Solo eaters or anyone dining with one other person will find that a single waffle maker will do the trick. For families of three or more, though, a two- to four-square waffle maker will likely fit your needs better—unless you’re super patient (and don’t mind keeping your waffles warm in the oven as you finish up batch after batch).

The Best Waffle Makers of 2021

Now that you’re ready to pour batter on the griddle, it’s officially time to shop. Here are the 15 best waffle maker options of 2021 that’ll have you drooling over breakfast like never before.


1. Chefman Anti-overflow Belgian Waffle Maker

Best Overall

Stacked with nearly 8,000 five-star reviews and counting, this affordable waffle maker is hard to top for several reasons: It doesn’t take long to heat up, it’s quick and easy to use, and the cleanup is almost effortless. It comes prepared with an anti-overflow moat for mess-free cooking, a measuring cup so your waffles are precisely the same size, and indicator lights that’ll inform you when your waffle has reached its desired doneness. Last but not least, it’s compact, so you won’t have to worry about it taking up too much space in your cabinet or pantry.


2. Dash Mini Waffle Maker Machine


Should you prefer mini waffles, do not sleep on this Dash waffle maker. Beyond taking up little more than a salad plate’s space, it’s available in 20 colors, each imprinting a different design on your breakfast. (While this red one makes waffles in the shape of a heart, you can find everything from classic circles to more ornate designs like bunnies, skulls and pumpkins.) Oh, and at $20, even if you use it once in a blue moon, it is totally worth the purchase. pineapples.


3. Cuisinart Round Classic Waffle Maker

Best Basic Model

If you don’t need a lot of bells and whistles—just a reliable, affordable machine—check out this stainless steel Cuisinart number. It Includes browning control (with five settings to boot), a regulating thermostat, nonstick baking plates and a recipe book, so you’ll be ready for a hot breakfast in no time.


4. Black+decker 3-in-1 Waffle Maker

Most Versatile

Why settle for less when you can have more? Make waffles just one part of your breakfast of champions with this gadget by BLACK+DECKER that does triple duty as a waffle maker, grill, and griddle. Just flip the reversible cooking plates over and you can go from making four waffles at a time to frying up four servings of eggs, bacon, pancakes, sandwiches or whatever else your heart desires. Another A+ feature is that if you lay the top of the appliance flat, you can double your surface area for grilling up the goods.


5. Oster Belgian Waffle Maker

Most Budget-Friendly

Though this list is chock full of affordable options, this top-rated waffle maker for under $18 is the most budget-friendly and sleek option on the list. (Yes, the Disney waffle maker below is cheaper, but you may not be the Mickey type.) It doesn’t come equipped with some of the higher-tech tools to let you know when it's ready and the temperature gauge can be a bit finicky, but once you get through the learning curve, it’s well worth it.


6. Disney Mickey Mini Waffle Maker

Best for Kids

Let’s face it, miniature Mickey waffles aren’t just for children but, at the very least, we recommend it for anyone with kiddos because they are too cute to resist. Make breakfast fun for your little ones without having to break the bank or spend hours in the kitchen. It’s as easy as spritzing with nonstick spray, pouring in the batter, baking and serving. Plus, its nonstick baking plates make cleanup as easy as swiping a damp cloth.


7. Krups Belgian Waffle Maker

Best for Large Families

Nobody has time to sit around and cook up 10 waffles for their family in a one-waffle making machine. This easy-to-clean KRUPS waffle maker will make not one, not two, not three, but four Belgian waffles at a time so getting breakfast on the table won’t take all morning. Simply pour in the batter, adjust the browning level, wait for the timer to go off, serve (and repeat), then pop the removable plates into the dishwasher and be on your way. It doesn’t get easier than that.


8. Presto 03510 Ceramic Flipside Belgian Waffle Maker

Best Flip Waffle Maker

This Presto Belgian waffle maker will give you something to flip out about—in the best way. It’s simple enough for all and reviewers confirm that its nonstick plates are truly nonstick, allowing the waffle to release easily from the iron once fully cooked. Plus, the waffles cook evenly (which doesn’t always happen, as anyone who’s scraped gloppy batter bits from their machine can attest). And the device is easily stored, thanks to its compact size and light weight.

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9. Breville Smart Waffle Pro

Best Smart Waffle Maker

Take “easy-to-use” to a whole new level with this foolproof smart waffle maker by Breville. Start by selecting your batter type on the LCD screen (Belgian, classic, chocolate, buttermilk, classic, or custom), then choose from one of 12 settings for baking and browning preferences. From there, let the smart technology take care of the rest as it self-adjusts the time and temperature based on your specifications, even tracking the batter’s moisture levels and more. To make this appliance even sweeter, it also has a nonstick moat to catch any batter that drips.

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10. All-clad 2-square Belgian Waffle Maker

Most Splurge-Worthy

Though it is definitely a big purchase, this All-Clad Belgian Waffle Maker is sure to cook up waffles in your kitchen for years to come. It makes two 1” thick, 4.5” square fluffy waffles and despite the professional-level cost, it doesn’t require expert-level skill to use. For ease while making breakfast, it features light and sound indicators, a steam release system, a non-stick interior and seven adjustable browning levels. It’s practically foolproof.


11. Orbisify Sandwich And Waffle Maker

Most Instagram-Worthy

While most waffle makers don’t sit out on the countertop, you’ll never want to put this one away. Flaunting a beautifully chic emerald green exterior and gold accents, it’s almost too pretty to use. Perhaps the best part, though, is it’s far more than looks—it’s an ultra-durable, multi-functional invention. With it you’ll receive two different interchangeable plates so you can cook up “sandwiches, waffles, donuts, pork chops, corn, potatoes tomatoes,” and so on. Why bother preheating the oven or firing up a stovetop ever again?

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12. Calphalon Intellicrisp 2-slice Stainless Steel Belgian Waffle Maker

Best Stainless Steel

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a stainless steel waffle maker quite like this two-slicer by Calphalon, a brand renowned for its durability and performance. Donning an LCD screen display to more precisely track the progress of your cooking based on a five-setting shade selector, it really takes intelligent waffle-making to a whole new level. Not to mention it featurs a ceramic cooking surface that heats batter up to 20 percent more evenly.

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13. Cruxgg Trnr Double Rotation Waffle Maker

Best for Time-Starved Cooks

Beyond being an aesthetically pleasing matte black and red waffle maker, the TRNR Double Rotation Waffle Maker by CRUXGG cooks faster than you can even comprehend. By fast, we mean it claims to be able to “bake up to eight big Belgian waffles in just 10 minutes” with its pro-grade heating system, so if you’re cooking for a large family or hosting brunches regularly, this is the one for you. Plus, these waffles are up to an inch thick and 7 inches in diameter, so you’re getting some pretty sizable sweets in no time.


14. Masterchef Cucinapro Electric Bubble Waffle Maker

Best Bubble Waffle Maker

Swap out the classic waffles by opting for this bubble waffle maker (or egg waffler) and cook up a delicious breakfast that’ll give you a taste of a traditional Hong Kong-style treat in less than 5 minutes. Plus, it comes with a free recipe guide with ideas for how to eat them. Might we suggest trying them covered in whipped cream, topped with fresh fruit or filled with ice cream?


15. Presto 03512 Stuffler Stuffed Waffle Maker

Best Stuffed Waffle Maker

Traditional waffles are delicious, yes, but never settle for ordinary again with the Presto Stuffler, a stuffed Belgian waffle maker that will instantly up your breakfast or brunch game. Bake your favorite toppings—sweet or savory—inside for a delicious (and memorable) meal every time. PB&J waffles? Fried chicken and waffle sandwiches? Your options are endless.

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