Nothing beats the aroma of homemade waffles wafting through the air. Depending on your taste and requirement, there are quite a few things that need to be considered when purchasing a waffle iron. This HomeQuicks article aims to give you guidelines to buy only the best iron in the market.
Happiness Formula …
“You should eat a waffle! You can’t be sad if you eat a waffle!“
― Lauren Myracle
Nothing compares to the satisfaction of having a fresh batch of waffles made in the comforts of your home. One can feast on waffles for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner especially when it is made at home. This is where a waffle maker comes in handy to simplify the process of waffle making.
A waffle maker is nothing but an iron that shapes the batter into a waffle. The shape of the grid determines the shape of the waffle; besides, grids are provided on either side of the iron to ensure it leaves the desired impression on the waffles. Remember, your choice of waffle maker will reflect in the waffles you make, so utmost care should be taken while purchasing the iron.
Regular or Belgian Waffles
What’s your preference? Do you like deeper pockets like the Belgian waffles, or are you comfortable with the regular variety? Depending on the type you are looking for, you will find different types of waffle makers.
Traditional or Experimental
The style you wish to achieve is possible only through the shape of the iron. If you have kids at home, it is advisable that you opt for a waffle iron that comes in different shapes. The modern varieties will allow you to experiment with shapes like hearts, characters, and flowers which are more appealing to the young eye than the regular squares.
Look for a nonstick-coated waffle iron to ensure you are not disappointed with your efforts. Professional waffle makers are made of cast iron and require a good amount of seasoning to prevent the batter from sticking. Modern varieties required for domestic use are generally made from Teflon-coated cast aluminum. Nonstick makers are easier to clean as compared to the cast iron varieties.
An important feature to look out for if you do not want your beautiful kitchen counter to end up with stains is the overflow tray. This helps collect excess batter on the sides, before it hits your counter.
Most waffle makers come with control knobs that allow you to choose the amount of browning for your batch of waffles. It is better to go in for a model that has an automatic light switch that tells you when the iron is hot enough for the perfect waffles. To ensure equal browning on either side of the waffles, some models come equipped with a rotary function that flips the waffle maker over.
Multipurpose models allow you to change plates to achieve the desired style of waffle. You can also use these models to toast and grill sandwiches and rolls, apart from making waffles.
Stovetop or Stand-alone Variety
While a stand-alone unit works on electricity, a stovetop variety requires you to place the waffle iron on the flame to get the waffle cooking. Just like the stand-alone type, these handheld varieties come in different sizes and styles. When choosing a stovetop or handheld waffle maker, ensure that the handles are flat so as to allow the iron to sit flush along the stove top. Also, ensure the handles are made from heat-resistant material.
♦ Presto 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker
♦ KitchenAid Pro Line Waffle Baker
♦ Nordic Ware Cast Aluminum Stovetop Belgian Waffler
Before you invest in a waffle maker, compare the prices in different stores for different brands. Go for the one that best suits your needs, yet fits your budget.