How To Choose Waffle And Pizzelle Makers

With such a wide array of affordable waffle and pizzelle makers on the market, enjoying delicious waffles and pizzelles at home is quick, easy, and fun!

Owning your own waffle maker allows you to adapt your recipe to suit the dietary needs and preferences of your family, or experiment with exciting new flavor combinations. Here's how to choose waffle and pizzelle makers to treat yourself or your whole family.

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How to Choose the Best Waffle & Pizzelle Makers for the Family?

When you're choosing a new waffle or pizzelle maker, be sure to consider the following factors to make sure that you pick the right model for your household:

  • Number of people. If you have a large family, then you'll need a waffle maker with a large capacity. Select a model that makes a minimum of four in one go.

  • Waffle/pizzelle shapes. Families with kids might like to opt for a novelty shape waffle maker. Or you may like to go for heart-shapes, traditional rounds or squares. If you're not the main waffle-lover in your family, be sure to consult that person first as the shape can have a large impact on your perceived taste.

Waffle Shapes Makers for 4 Slice
Red Waffle Maker for Two
Two Piece Pizzelle Press Maker
Circle Shaped Pizzelle Maker
One Piece Iron Pizzelle Maker
  • Belgian style waffle makers. Belgian waffle makers use a deeper grid for thicker, larger waffles that are fluffier and lighter than regular ones.
Nonstick Belgian Style Waffle Maker
Round Heart Belgian Waffle Maker
Classic Belgian Style Waffle Maker
Professional Rotary Belgian Style Waffle Maker
Belgian Waffle Maker with Red Hand
Belgian Style Waffle Maker in Brown

What Features to Look for in a Waffle/Pizzelle Maker?

Here are some of the main features you might want to look out for when choosing your new waffle or pizzelle maker:

  • Indicator light. It's helpful to know when your waffle maker is powered up and ready to go. Hence the importance of an indicator light, so you can be sure that it's ready to bake when you are. A second or different colored light to let you know when it's ready-to-eat is also pretty much essential and takes away a lot of the guesswork.

  • Alarm. Busy families should look for a waffle maker with an audible alarm. When the kids are playing up and you're rushing around, you're not likely to be able to watch for the indicator light to switch to green. An alarm will alert you to remove your waffles before they burn.

  • Browning dial. Not everyone likes their waffles and pizzelles cooked the same. A browning dial is a great way to please every family member's preferences without having to stand over your waffle maker, constantly checking the coloring. Altering the cooking duration will also change the texture of your pizzelles and waffles, from light and fluffy, to darker and chewier.

Belgian Waffle Maker with Indicator Light
Belgian Waffle Maker with Alarm
Belgian Waffle Maker with Browning Dial
Non-stick Ceramic Waffle Maker
Red Waffle Maker with Removable Plates
Rotating Belgian Waffle Maker
  • Removable plates. Make life easy on yourself and opt for a model with removable plates that you can stick in the dishwasher. Non-removable plates will need to be wiped down by hand.

  • Non-stick plates. Non-stick plates are a must when choosing a waffle/pizzelle maker. These will make sure that you don't ruin your perfect waffles when removing them from the machine. Non-stick plates are also much easier to clean up when you're done.

  • Automatic shut off. For added safety, some models switch off when they have not been in use for a certain amount of time.

  • Rotating models. Rotating waffle makers can be flipped 180-degrees. Some waffle lovers insist that flipping is the best way to an evenly cooked waffle as the batter is better distributed. However, bear in mind that these models often take up considerably more storage space.

  • Short cooking time. Nobody likes waiting for waffles. Look for a model that has a fast cooking speed so that everyone can sit down and enjoy their waffles at the same time.