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15 great waffle makers for making brilliant brunches

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Pillowy, fluffy batter covered in a crispy golden shell. Whether they’re smothered in butter and syrup or filled with savoury herbs and topped with fried chicken, waffles have long been a breakfast or brunch-time favourite. But making that perfect waffle comes down to having the right tools, or in this case, the right waffle maker.

We put more than a dozen waffle makers to the test in our U.S. labs using a combination of homemade and store-bought waffle mixes. From classic thin waffles to the deep-pocketed Belgian style, we made batch after batch, monitoring for even browning, crispiness and tenderness.

After extensive testing and way too many waffles, we've settled on 15 devices that deserve a spot on your kitchen counter. These are the 15 best waffle makers available in Canada.

1. Cuisinart WAF-V100 Vertical Waffle Maker

The Cuisinart WAF-V100 Vertical Waffle Maker
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The funky design of Cuisinart's new vertical waffle maker not only bakes great waffles but makes storage easy.

Its vertical orientation may give this machine a strange look, but that unique design gives it an advantage over the competition. Not only does this vertical waffle maker churn out delicious golden waffles, but the fact that it stands up vertically also saves an incredible amount of counter space and makes it easy to store when not in use.

We also love the fact that this unit is virtually mess-free. The included measuring cup ensures you always pour the perfect amount of batter each time, with no overflow. The machine also heats the spout at the top of the unit, so even if you pour a little too much in, all the batter gets baked, and you’re not left with a mess when you open it up to retrieve your waffle. The device has a green light and a beep signal to indicate when the machine is hot enough to pour in the mix and again when the waffles are ready.

Our top pick also includes a booklet filled with enticing recipes and toppings, so you never run out of breakfast ideas.

Get the Cuisinart WAF-V100 Vertical Waffle Maker at Amazon Canada

2. Breville Smart Waffle Pro

The Breville Smart Pro Waffle Maker
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If you're looking for a state-of-the-art waffle maker with every bell and whistle you can think of, consider the Breville Smart Waffle Pro.

This waffle maker may cost more than many other models, but this machine is exceptionally durable and has plenty of controls for the waffle lover in your home.

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In addition to doneness level, there are settings for five types—Classic, Belgian, Chocolate, Buttermilk, and Custom. A large moat also prevents the batter from spilling onto the controls if you happen to overpour your batter, and a large LCD counts down so you know when you can call the family to the table to eat.

Of all the waffle makers we tested, this is the only one where waffles stayed crispy, even if they weren’t eaten right away.

Another benefit the Breville Smart Waffle Pro has is the fact that it can cook up to four waffles at once, saving you a lot of time if you’re cooking for the family.

Get the Breville Smart Waffle Pro at Williams Sonoma

3. Hamilton Beach 26009 Belgian Style Waffle Maker

The Hamilton Beach 26009 Belgian Style Waffle Maker
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We were impressed with how quickly the budget-friendly Hamilton Beach baked up Belgian waffles.

It may not be the fanciest model, but it’s surprising just how quickly this waffle maker can cook up crispy, fluffy Belgian-style waffles.

Don’t expect many bells or whistles here; this model doesn’t even beep to tell you when your waffles are ready. Instead, you’ll have to watch closely for the green light or risk burning your brunch.

This unit is compact, but its smaller size means you’ll only have the ability to cook two waffles at a time. Still, these seem like fair trade-offs considering the devices’ low price.

Get the Hamilton Beach 26009 Belgian Style Waffle Maker at Amazon Canada

4. Breville BREBWM520XL "The No Mess" Waffle Iron

The Breville-BWM520XL waffle maker
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Until our most recent round of testing, this was our favourite waffle maker for classic waffles.

The previous reigning champ. Breville’s “No Mess” Waffle maker used to occupy the top spot on our list until Cuisinart dethroned it.

This classic-style waffle maker gets its name from the large moat that catches any runoff if you are a little overzealous while pouring your batter.

We did find the beep that lets you know when your waffles are ready was a bit on the quiet side and can easily go unheard in a busy kitchen. But we did love the fact that the top and bottom waffle irons latch together when not in use so it can be stored on its side.

Get the Breville BREBWM520XL "The No Mess" Waffle Iron at Hudson Bay

5. Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker

The Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker
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If you love waffles, it’s worth giving the large Cuisinart Double Belgian Waffle Maker some of your precious counter real estate.

This double-decker waffle iron stands out from the pack with its unique design. It cooks two delicious waffles right on top of each other. After adding batter to one chamber, rotate it in its frame, fill the other side, and rotate it again—lights and tones signal when the waffles are ready.

The plates are non-removable, so cleanup is a little trickier than models where the griddles can be tossed in the sink afterwards. You can always use some cooking spray to avoid a sticky mess.

Get the Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker at Amazon Canada

6. Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker

The Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker
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There’s a lot to love about the Cuisinart Round Classic Waffle Maker.

Not only is this waffle maker affordable, but it also heated up and cooked waffles much faster than many other models we tested.

This classic waffle maker gave us the most distinctive range of browning, with five custom control settings. The weighted lid also ensured the top of the waffles cooked just as well as the bottom.

The thin, lightweight design makes this unit easy to store, plus the cord can be wrapped on the bottom, keeping your cupboard tidy when it’s not in use.

One thing we should point out. You’ll want to pay attention while making your waffles with this maker, as it does not feature an audible beep to let you know when they are ready. If you’re not paying attention, it’s easy to burn a batch.

Get the Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker at Bed Bath & Beyond

7. Dash Mini Maker Waffle Maker

The Dash Mini Waffle Maker
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It doesn’t get more adorable than this!

By far the smallest waffle maker of the batch. This petite unit takes up next to no counter space and churns out cute little cakes. It’s perfect for those occasions when you may only need one or two waffles and great for kids learning to cook.

The Dash Mini doesn’t have any special settings, but not unexpected, considering the ultra-affordable price tag. Just keep in mind, it may not be practical for larger families.
It’s available in 7 different colours, making it easy to colour coordinate to just about any kitchen!

Get the Dash Mini Maker Waffle Maker at Amazon Canada

8. Presto 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker

The Presto 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker
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The Presto 03510 FlipSide is the least expensive Belgian-style waffle maker on our list.

One of the least-expensive Belgian waffle makers on our list! The Presto FlipSide cooked up evenly browned, crispy waffles time after time.

This waffle maker requires a bit of extra counter space than some of the other models, as it must be flipped (not rotated) once it’s filled with batter. And while it’s supposed to beep with two minutes of cook time remaining, we found it didn’t always work as intended. At times it would simply stop counting down.

Get the Presto 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker at Walmart Canada

9. Chefman Anti Overflow Belgian Waffle Maker

The Chefman Anti-Overflow Belgian Waffle Maker
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At both preheating and waffle making, this was one of the speediest machines.

The Chefman is extremely fast at not only preheating but also cooking up waffles. While waffles made from store-bought batter came out beautiful, the same can’t be said for waffles made from scratch. We never could work out why homemade batter simply didn’t cook up as nicely in this waffle maker like it did on other models we tested.

That mystery aside, there were a few things about the Chefman that stood out. We loved the channel that caught any excess batter that may have spilled over if too much batter was poured onto the grill. Just make sure to watch over the waffles as they cook, as there are no audible cues to tell you when they’re ready.

Get the Chefman Anti Overflow Belgian Waffle Maker at Amazon Canada

10. Black and Decker WM1404S Belgian Flip Waffle Maker

The Black & Decker WM1404S Belgian Flip Waffle Maker
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The Black & Decker WM1404S consistently makes great waffles without setting you back a bundle.

A basic waffle maker with consistent results. We found the Black and Decker Flip Waffle Maker to churn out tasty waffles as long as you paid close attention. The Black & Decker has no settings to speak of, so you have no option but to wait and watch for your waffles to reach the desired crispness.

This model is relatively large, but it is lightweight and comes with a tray to catch any batter runoff. It’s also quite affordable and won’t set you back a bundle.

Get the Black and Decker WM1404S Belgian Flip Waffle Maker at Amazon Canada

11. Black and Decker Belgian Waffle Maker WMB500

The Black & Decker WMB500
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The Black and Decker Belgian Waffle Maker is about as bare-bones as you can get in an electric waffle maker.

The WMB500 is very much a bare-bones waffle maker, with next to no settings or features. There are no lights or audible beeps to let you know when your waffles are ready. It’s your job to continuously peek inside to see when you should remove them from the griddle. Fortunately, it doesn’t take too long. Our average cook time was 3 minutes per waffle.

We discovered waffles cooked in this Black and Decker model came out better when using store-bought batter. Homemade recipes often resulted in waffles that were unevenly cooked and not particularly crispy.

Although this model only makes one waffle at a time, we did like the fact that each waffle could easily separate into four child-friendly pieces.

Get the Black and Decker WMB500 Belgian Waffle Maker at Amazon Canada

12. Hamilton Beach 26030C Belgian Waffle Maker

The Hamilton Beach 26030 Belgian Waffle Maker
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This machine will need some counter space and is not impressive looking but it comes at a moderate price.

The concept behind a waffle maker that flips is to ensure your waffle is evenly browned on both sides. Despite having this feature, this simply wasn't the case with the Hamilton Beach Belgian Waffle Maker. Although waffles were consistently crispy, they often had pale spots.

This model features a drip tray to collect any batter that overflows, plus the grills are removable and dishwasher-safe which is always a bonus.

Get the Hamilton Beach 26030C Belgian Waffle Maker at Best Buy Canada

13. All-Clad 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker

The All-Clad 4 Slices Belgian Waffle Maker
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Big, shiny, and heavy, the All-Clad 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker is an impressive machine that doesn’t disappoint.

Big, shiny, and heavy, the All-Clad 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker is an impressive machine that doesn’t disappoint when it comes to waffle making. It consistently bakes up four crispy squares with melt-in-your-mouth centers.

A small drip tray hooks onto the back of the machine, and it’s obvious why. Inevitably batter drips out the back, and unfortunately, the tray doesn’t catch all the leaks. If you make more than one batch, you have to empty it between rounds.

This unit is well built; however, it’s large and heavy, making it inconvenient to hide away in between uses. You will more than likely end up sacrificing some counter space and just leave it out.

Get the All-Clad 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker at Williams Sonoma

14. Oster Belgian Waffle Maker

The Oster Belgian Waffle Maker
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The only thing going for the Oster Belgian Waffle Maker is its rock-bottom price.

An inexpensive machine with not much going for it. Although a green light lets you know when the grill has reached the optimum temperature to start your waffles, it doesn’t let you know when they are done. You’ll have to watch for the steam to stop escaping and then check the batter yourself. Waffles were often pale, even at the darkest setting, and many came out tough yet not very crispy.

Get the Oster Belgian Waffle Maker at Amazon Canada

15. Krups 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker

The Krups GQ502D51 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker
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In our waffle bake-off, the Krups 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker yielded disappointing results.

In our waffle bake-off, the Krups 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker yielded disappointing results. The top heating element just didn’t seem to brown as well as the bottom one.

The other issue we ran into was with the latch which keeps the griddle closed. When this machine is baking, the latch engages, but we found it often gets stuck, leaving us with no choice but to pry open the grids to remove our waffles.

On a positive note, this is one of the few machines we tested with removable waffle plates that are dishwasher safe.

Get the Krups 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker at Krups

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