Whether you’re a fan of making fancy homemade waffle breakfasts – with fruit, powdered sugar, or other rich toppings, or even plain maple syrup – or your family enjoys a hearty meal of chicken and waffles regularly, a waffle maker is a must-have kitchen appliance.

Of course, waffles aren’t the only thing you can make in a waffle maker; there are dozens of creative uses for these handy kitchen gadgets that can make breakfast, lunch, or dinnertime more fun (and more delicious). Whether you’re purchasing your first-ever waffle maker or you’re looking to replace an older appliance, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up 25 top-rated waffle makers, based on features and functionality, durability, ease of use, and other buying considerations. Our picks are listed below in alphabetical order for easy reference. Ratings information is based on customer feedback from Amazon.com and is current at the time of this writing.

1. BLACK+DECKER Flip Waffle Maker, Silver

BLACKDECKER Flip Waffle Maker Silver WM1404S

Current Rating: 4.2

This flip waffle maker will make sure your waffles come out perfectly every time. With a simple flip, you’ll ensure your waffles are cooked evenly, and its nonstick surface will make sure they come cleanly off the iron every time.

Key Features: 

  • 7″ waffle plate
  • Nonstick surface
  • Handle lock

Cost: Est. $25

2. BLACK+DECKER Rotating Waffle Maker, Black, WMD200B

BLACK-DECKER Rotating Waffle Maker Black WMD200B

Current Rating: 4.3

We love that this waffle maker has a dual cooking plate, which allows you to cook two waffles at once. Because you probably won’t get it out for just one waffle, and the faster you can complete them, the less likely it’ll be that someone has to eat cold waffles.

Key Features: 

  • Dual cooking plates
  • Includes drip tray
  • Nonstick surface

Cost: Est. $35

3. Breville The Smart 4-Slice Waffle Maker

Breville The Smart 4-Slice Waffle Maker

Current Rating: 4.7

This waffle maker will cook 4 waffles at a time, which is ideal for those with large families or cooking for a group. It has a moat surrounding the press to minimize mess from drippings, and the digital display allows you to use the 12 cook settings to customize your waffles – everything from chocolate, to Belgium, buttermilk and more!

Key Features: 

  • Cooks 4 square waffles
  • Nonstick cast aluminum
  • Cooking time automatically adjusts for your choice of waffle

Cost: Est. $235

4. Chefman Belgian Waffle Maker, Patented No Overflow Perfect Pour Volcano Waffle Iron

Chefman Belgian Waffle Maker Patented No Overflow Perfect Pour Volcano Waffle Iron

Current Rating: 3.9

This waffle maker features a cone-shaped iron. Pour your batter in from the top, and gravity ensures that you get a perfectly even distribution of batter. The result is a slightly bowl-shaped waffle that’s perfect for holding whatever toppings you desire. It also ensures that your waffles don’t emerge with a slightly chewy center.

Key Features: 

  • “Volcano” shape to ensure even batter distribution
  • Includes measuring cup for the perfect amount of batter
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: Est. $30

5. Chef’s Choice 830 WafflePro Heart Waffle Iron

Chefs Choice 830 WafflePro Heart Waffle Iron

Current Rating: 4.3

This waffle iron will make your Valentine’s Day morning all the more special – or any day you want to celebrate love – because it will make you one waffle that will separate into 5 smaller waffles, each shaped like hearts. It beeps to notify you when it’s preheated and ready to cook, and another beep lets you know when the waffle is done. And its Teflon surface makes for a smooth clean up, too.

Key Features: 

  • 2 color choices
  • Beeps when preheated and when waffle is done
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: Est. $45

6. Chef’s Choice 854 Classic Pro 4-Square Waffle Maker

Chefs Choice 854 Classic Pro 4-Square Waffle Maker

Current Rating: 4.3

This waffle maker will make 4 square waffles that you can easily pull apart. While using this waffle maker, be sure to note it does not flip (just like most 4-waffle irons), so you will need to try to distribute the batter well, and doing so will ensure even baking and a perfect appearance.

Key Features: 

  • About 3 minutes to bake 3 waffles
  • Fast bake or slow bake for soft or crunchy waffles
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: Est. $100

7. Cuisinart WAF-V100 Vertical Waffle Maker, SilverCuisinart WAF-V100 Vertical Waffle Maker SilverCurrent Rating: 4.4

This waffle maker is revolutionary in its vertical arrangement. It uses gravity to promote an even bake, cooking as the batter falls to the bottom. The easy-pour batter spout ensures an even spread of batter, and messy splashes and drips will be a thing of the past.

Key Features: 

  • 2 color choices
  • 5-setting heat control
  • Locking handle

Cost: Est. $50

8. Cuisinart WAF-150 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel

Cuisinart WAF-150 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker Stainless Steel

Current Rating: 4.4

This waffle maker will make 4 waffles at once, which will get you to the kitchen table faster – and that’s always appreciated. The settings on this waffle maker are so simple that there’s no training necessary; you just slide the control to select how brown you’d like your waffles, and it will let you know when the they’re done with a green indicator light. It’s just like a toaster.

Key Features: 

  • 2 color choices
  • 5-setting browning control
  • Limited 3-year warranty

Cost: Est. $50

9. Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel

Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker Stainless Steel

Current Rating: 4.6

This waffle maker is ideal for making those hearty Belgium waffles with deep pockets. The waffles are one inch thick, and the deep pockets are wonderful for holding a lot of fancy toppings (or just a lot of whipped cream). It flips to ensure an even bake, and it is dual-plated so you will be able to cook two waffles at the same time.

Key Features: 

  • Dual heating plates
  • 6 heat settings
  • Nonstick surface for easy cleanup

Cost: Est. $80

10. Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker

Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker

Current Rating: 4.3

This round waffle maker is a classic waffle iron that makes traditional waffles. They are roughly seven inches in diameter and half an inch thick, so if you’re looking for an old fashioned waffle (and not the more cake-like Belgium waffles), take a good look at this beauty.

Key Features: 

  • 2 color choices
  • 5 heat settings
  • 3-year warranty

Cost: Est. $30

11. Dash DMW001BK Mini Waffle Maker, Black

Dash DMW001BK Mini Waffle Maker Black

Current Rating: 4.5

This mini waffle maker is ideal for making a waffle more like a traditional Belgium waffle. At approximately 6 inches in diameter, it essentially makes the waffle version of silver dollar pancakes – just a bit bigger. You can use this waffle maker if you want snack-size waffles, for waffle and chicken sandwiches, and more.

Key Features: 

  • 6 color options
  • Recipe book included
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: Est. $20

12. Dash Mini Maker Griddle, Waffle Maker and Grill Set

Dash Mini Maker Griddle Waffle Maker and Grill Set Assorted Colors Autumn

Current Rating: N/A

This is the same Dash waffle maker listed above, but it comes in a set with a mini grill and mini griddle, too. So grill your burger, make some cornbread waffles for a bun, and make a little cookie for dessert – all at the same time. And because they’re so small, they don’t take up much valuable countertop real estate.

Key Features: 

  • 2 color choices
  • Nonstick surface
  • Includes mini waffle iron, mini griddle, and mini grill

Cost: Est. $45

13. Disney DCM-1 Classic Mickey Waffle Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel

Disney DCM-1 Classic Mickey Waffle Maker Brushed Stainless Steel

Current Rating: 4.3

If boring waffles aren’t your thing, then this may be just the added excitement your breakfast needs. We think a breakfast with these Mickey Waffles would also be a great way to surprise your children to announce a planned trip to Disney World! And even if that’s not in the plan, these waffles will still bring a smile to the face of all Mickey lovers.

Key Features: 

  • Makes 7″ waffles
  • Nonstick surface
  • Power indicator light is also Mickey shaped

Cost: Est. $30

14. Gourmia GWM460 Stainless Steel Waffle Maker – 180 Degree Fast & Easy Flipping

Gourmia GWM460 Stainless Steel Waffle Maker - 180 Degree Fast & Easy Flipping Foldable Handle Adjustable Temperature Control For Fluffy & Golden Waffles Plus Free Recipe

Current Rating: 4.3

This waffle maker flips 180 degrees to make sure your waffles are evenly cooked, and with the temperature adjustments you can make sure you get the texture you want in a waffle. Turn it up for a crispy waffle, and cook low and slow for a softer, cake-like waffle.

Key Features: 

  • 2 color choices or LED display
  • Stainless steel housing for a nonstick surface
  • Includes recipe book

Cost: Est. $30

15. Hamilton Beach Belgian Waffle Maker, Mess Free with Adjustable Browning (26042)

Hamilton Beach Belgian Waffle Maker Mess Free with Adjustable Browning 26042

Current Rating: 4.3

This waffle maker will give you the fluffy Belgium waffles you crave. You can add the toppings you’d like – whipped cream, Nutella, strawberries, bananas – or all of the above! Make a hearty, sweet treat out of breakfast or use this for a sensational dessert.

Key Features: 

  • Nonstick surface
  • Batter overflow channel
  • Includes measuring cup for perfect portions

Cost: Est. $30

16. Hamilton Beach Flip Belgian Waffle Maker with Removable Plates (26030)

Hamilton Beach Flip Belgian Waffle Maker with Removable Plates 26030

Current Rating: 4.4

This flip waffle maker is great for your yummy, fluffy Belgium waffles and for a fast clean up. The drip tray and both heating plates are easily removed and can be placed directly into the dishwasher. Wipe the rest of the mess down and you’re done!

Key Features: 

  • Flip for evenly baked waffles
  • Handle folds for compact storage
  • Dishwasher-safe heating plates

Cost: Est. $45

17. Happycall Nonstick Double Pan, Waffle, Double Sided Pan, Waffle Maker, Dishwasher Safe, Brown

Happycall Nonstick Double Pan Waffle Double Sided Pan Waffle Maker Dishwasher Safe Brown

Current Rating: 4.2

This is more of a waffle pan than a waffle maker, but you use this to make waffles, so we think it fits the bill. And if you’re interested in a more traditional hands-on bake, this is sure to give it. Plus, it’s suitable to take along on a camping trip, so you can enjoy a big waffle breakfast by the campfire.

Key Features: 

  • Several selections for different purposes
  • Ceramic outer coating
  • Nonstick cooking surface

Cost: Est. $60

18. Holstein Housewares HF-09031R Heart Waffle Maker – Red

Holstein Housewares HF-09031R Heart Waffle Maker - Red

Current Rating: 4.4

This is ideal for making waffle pops – if you haven’t heard of those before, this is a waffle maker you’re going to want to check out. It cooks mini heart-shaped waffles individually and has a space provided for putting in Popsicle sticks or cake-pop sticks to make sure your waffle pop process goes smoothly. But don’t worry – it will make your standard, no-stick waffles just as well as any other waffle maker, too.

Key Features: 

  • 2 color choices
  • Nonslip feet
  • Safety lock when hot

Cost: Est. $45

19. KRUPS GQ502D Adjustable Temperature Belgian Waffle Maker with Removable Plates, 4-Slice, Silver and Black

KRUPS GQ502D Adjustable Temperature Belgian Waffle Maker with Removable Plates 4-Slice Silver and Black

Current Rating: 4.1

This waffle iron is the epitome of saving time. It will make 4 square waffles at once, and the clean up is a piece of cake with its removable, dishwasher-safe heating plates. Indicator lights will tell you when it is preheated and when the waffles are ready – with a little ‘beep’ to draw your attention and prevent burning.

Key Features: 

  • Dishwasher-safe plates
  • Locking lid for safety
  • Cord wrap for easy storage

Cost: Est. $45

20. Marvel MVA-278 Captain America Waffle Maker, Blue

Marvel MVA-278 Captain America Waffle Maker Blue

Current Rating: 4.7

If your child is going through a superhero phase (or if you’re a superhero fan yourself), this waffle maker is worth a second look. The heating plates will give you a traditional waffle grid appearance on one side and a Captain America shield on the other. With its nonstick surface and cord wrap, getting it cleaned up and stored will be a cinch.

Key Features: 

  • Makes 6″ waffle
  • Nonstick surface
  • Cord wrap for easy storage

Cost: Est. $25

21. Oster CKSTWF2000 Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel

Oster CKSTWF2000 Belgian Waffle Maker Stainless Steel

Current Rating: 4.3

This waffle maker has a temperature control that will give you maximum influence on your waffle’s bake. It has a twist knob that works much like a volume control, allowing you to turn the knob just the slightest bit to adjust the heat with precision.

Key Features: 

  • Makes 8″ waffles
  • Stainless housing, nonstick surface
  • Power on and ready indicator lights

Cost: Est. $20

22. Oster CKSTWFBF21 1-1/2-Inch Thick Belgian Flip Waffle Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel

Oster CKSTWFBF21 15-Inch Thick Belgian Flip Waffle Maker Brushed Stainless Steel

Current Rating: 4.3

This waffle iron uses a simple flip feature to ensure evenly cooked waffles, and the adjustable temperature control will allow you to get waffles exactly as you like them. Tweak the heat to create fluffy or crispy waffles and enjoy your 1.5-inch thick piece of heaven.

Key Features: 

  • Removable drip tray included
  • Nonstick surface
  • Makes 1.5″ thick waffles

Cost: Est. $40

23. Presto 03500 Belgian Bowl Waffle Maker, Black

Presto 03500 Belgian Bowl Waffle Maker Black

Current Rating: 4.6

We love this gadget because it perfectly illustrates the potential of the waffle. You can make this waffle a bowl for your fruit or your ice cream for a tasty breakfast or dessert, or put some corn bread batter in it to make a bread bowl – finish it off by filling it with chili or soup.

Key Features: 

  • Makes 4″ waffle bowls
  • Recipe booklet included
  • Nonstick grid surface

Cost: Est. $25

24. Presto 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker with Ceramic Nonstick Finish, 7-Inch, Black

Presto 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker with Ceramic Nonstick Finish 7-Inch Black

Current Rating: 4.6

This waffle maker flips in a unique way that will combine the efficiency of the flip and the gravity of the vertical waffle makers. The base of this waffle maker stays put while you flip from one side to the other, and if you’re interested in a different bake, you can let the waffle cook vertically for a while, too.

Key Features: 

  • Makes 7″ waffles
  • Countdown timer display on base
  • Flips 180 degrees

Cost: Est. $40

25. Proctor Silex Belgian Waffle Maker (26070)

Proctor Silex Belgian Waffle Maker 26070

Current Rating: 4.3

This waffle maker is probably just what you have in mind when you visualize a waffle maker. It is a traditional style that will give you the same homemade waffles you grew up with, and it’s compact for storage so you can keep it close by without taking up valuable countertop space.

Key Features: 

  • Makes 7″ waffles
  • ~ 4-minute waffles
  • Beeps when done
  • Nonstick surface

Cost: Est. $25

 

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