The best waffle makers

Things are about to get fluffy in here - if you love waffles, then invest in a good waffle maker and bake these fabulous treats for breakfast every day.

Waffle makers best

by Jade Moscrop |

Waffles seem to only be reserved for a decadent breakfast or brunch when you're in a restaurant, but luckily, that doesn't always have to be the case.

If you can't get enough of the treat, loved in Belgium and America, investing in a waffle maker gives you the freedom to tuck in whenever you like. Even at 3am. No judgement here! Whether you love sweet waffles or savoury, want a dedicated machine or a multi-use appliance, there's a waffle machine out there for you.

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Scroll down to find out our shortlist of the best waffle makers - and we've got a great waffle recipe for you further down the page, too.

How to make waffles with a waffle maker

For light and fluffy waffles, the key is all in the batter. You must decide first whether you want to opt for a Belgian waffle maker, which have a deeper grid for thicker waffles. The recipe also needs either egg whites or baking soda to add air and soften the mixture.

Pre-grease your waffle maker with a little oil or butter to get them extra crispy and stop them sticking, if your maker doesn't have a protective non-stick coating.

Most waffle makers carry similar instructions but always consult them first. In general, you want to switch on your appliance and close the lid so that it heats evenly. Once your waffle maker is heated, open and pour the batter using a measured ladle so you don't overfill it.

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Secure the lid once you close it to reduce any leakage. If you have a flip waffle maker, then you will need to turn it over as soon as you close it. Depending on the heat setting, the waffles will take between 4-6 minutes to cook, so don't be tempted to check on them, otherwise, you risk ripping the waffles. Remove them with a kitchen utensil like a fork or tong, and serve. Clean your waffle maker as soon as it has cooled down.

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What to look for in a waffle maker

There are some things you'll need to bear in mind when selecting your perfect kitchen companion.

Size

What size of machine can your kitchen handle? If you're lacking in space or are just cooking for one or two people, opt for something compact that can be easily stored away. If you're making waffles for the whole family and have plenty of room, go wild with more of an industrial size waffle maker.

Belgian waffle maker or regular?

After figuring out how much space you have, you should also consider the style of waffles you prefer. Belgian waffle makers have a deeper grid and tend to be bigger than regular waffles, which feature a shallow grid.

Heat distribution and speed

Making the perfect waffle requires your machine to cook the batter evenly all over, so look for one with reviews that focus on this. Furthermore, a good waffle needs to be cooked quickly, so timing is important.

How easy it is to clean

Having to spend 30 minutes scrubbing your appliance is bound to take away most of the joy of actually eating waffles, so look for a machine that is non-stick and easy to clean.

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Waffle maker recipe

Credit: BBC Good Food

Makes ten waffles:

4 large eggs, separated

300g plain flour

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tbsp golden caster sugar

50g butter, melted

600ml semi-skimmed milk

Method:

Heat the waffle maker as per the instructions. Separate the eggs, keeping the yolks to one side. Whisk the egg whites until you have stiff peaks. In another bowl, mix the flour, bicarbonate, caster sugar and a pinch of salt.

Make a well in the centre of the dry mix and add the egg yolks and melted butter. Start mixing with a whisk and slowly add the milk until you get a smooth, thick batter. Finally, fold in the egg whites with a metal spoon.

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Cook your mixture as per the waffle maker's instructions, then place into a tray in the oven to crisp up for five minutes.

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Can you make waffles without a waffle maker?

The short answer is: yes! Instead of the traditional waffles mentioned above, you can make griddle waffles, which look like thicker American style pancakes, using a griddle pan.

The recipe remains the same but the finished waffles are a lot flatter. Using your batter mixture from the recipe above simply pour into your griddle pan and wait until they crisp up and you can see the griddle marks. Flip them over after around six minutes and repeat for another six minutes. After they're finished cooking, cut them up into quarters and serve.

Jade Moscrop is a Deputy Commercial Content Editor for WhatsTheBest, specialising in lifestyle topics. She also writes for Closer, Heat, and Mother&Baby.

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