When it comes to the breakfast table, there’s not much that can fill seats quicker than the promise of waffles. However, while a sweet way to start the day, chances are that many households meet with the same problem when it comes to whipping up a storm in the kitchen – they don’t have a waffle maker.
While not as important as the fridge or microwave when it comes to kitchen appliances, the waffle maker has made a name for itself as culinary masters and novices alike look to expand their horizons past the traditional vegemite on toast or cereal-type mornings, meaning there’s plenty of appetite out there. But in order to get the best waffle maker at a price that won’t make your stomach drop, where do you turn to? Find out where to start looking in this Canstar Blue guide.
Types of waffle makers
The waffle maker comes in all shapes, sizes and styles. But regardless of whether you’re looking for the classic round waffle maker, ceramic waffle maker, or waffle iron, the appliance is usually built as one of the following:
- Standard waffle maker: sits flat on the kitchen bench, and the more common variety that you’ll find in homes.
- Flip waffle maker: sits slightly elevated from the counter and features a handle designed to twist the appliance 180 degrees. The rotating motion allows the batter to spread and settle in the top plates, rather than flop straight from the spoon onto the bottom plates of the waffle maker.
So, which waffle maker is the best to buy? A flip waffle maker is useful if you find that the batter always ends up creating a few lumps once it’s poured onto the hot surface, but a standard waffle maker should be fine if you’re venturing into the world of waffle-making for the first time. If you are a first-time buyer, read on to find out what to look out for to ensure you take home the best fit for your needs.
What to consider when buying a waffle maker
Waffle makers are available in a number of shapes and sizes, meaning that you can either create an absolute masterpiece, or something that’s a bit more bite sized. Additionally, how much storage space you have in the cupboard will impact on which model you take home, as a square-shaped model may fit better than a rounded model.
Belgian waffles tend to be larger and thicker than your average American version, so you might need to consider purchasing a Belgian waffle maker if you’re looking for a strong base to put plenty of ice cream on top. Brands also offer templates for donuts and other types of foods capable of being cooked in the multi-functional appliance. You can also find waffle makers designed to produce specifically recognisable images, such as Mickey Mouse or the Death Star from Star Wars, meaning it may be worth considering if you have kids.
Are you someone who burns toast? Make mornings easier by picking up a waffle maker with a built-in digital timer. This could help save you from a burnt breakfast by letting you know when the appliance thinks your waffle is ready.
Popular waffle makers in Australia
Since you now have some idea of what to look for when buying a waffle maker, we’ll stop ‘waffling on’ and show you some of the most popular models in Australia. Check out the products below to see which waffle makers Appliances Online claims to be the hottest models to ‘snag’… which coincidentally also makes a tasty partner to the waffle. Plus, there are some affordable picks from Kmart, ALDI and Target.
|Waffle maker||Price (RRP)|
|Target Waffle Maker||$15*|
|Kmart Waffle Maker||$29*|
|ALDI Waffle Maker||$29.99*|
|Tefal Sandwich and Waffle Maker||$108*|
|Cuisinart Waffle Maker – 4 Slices||$139*|
|Breville No-Mess Waffle Maker||$179.95*|
|Breville Smart Waffle Maker||$179.95*|
Prices taken from brand’s websites and Appliance Online, August 2019.
Target Waffle Maker
It seems Target aims to keep breakfast simple with its own cheap non-stick waffle maker. This appliance features a safety catch on the handle and a supposedly compact design for easy storage, along with non-stick cooking plates, making breakfast time easy to prepare for and clean. As one of the more affordable options on the market, the Target Waffle Maker may be your best bet if you’re looking to treat yourself to a tasty breakfast without breaking the bank.
- RRP: $15*
Kmart Waffle Maker
While the Kmart Waffle Maker might sit in the shadows of its more popular siblings, including the $89 espresso coffee machine or the budget cult-favourite that is the Kmart pie maker, it still offers plenty to be excited about. Features include an adjustable temperature controller, allowing you to try your hand at a few different recipes – if you’re feeling adventurous. Bacon and potato gem waffles, anyone? The Kmart waffle maker also contains non-stick cooking plates and a cool touch handle for safe use. There’s also a rotary feature to apparently smooth down lumps and bumps as well as ensure the batter spreads evenly.
- RRP: $29*
ALDI Waffle Maker
ALDI is the all-you-can-eat buffet of the supermarket world, so it’s unsurprising to see the brand include waffle makers on its diverse platter. Unfortunately though, the appliance is a seasonal ‘Special Buy’ and is only available for a short time during the year. But if you can get your hands on this hot item, previous releases suggest you can expect four easy-to-cut sections and 180° flip design for even cooking. The ALDI waffle maker also comes with non-stick plates, adjustable temperature control and a one-year warranty.
- RRP: $29.99*
Tefal Sandwich and Waffle Maker
If you prefer multi-functional appliances, the Tefal Sandwich and Waffle Maker might be something you’ll want to eat up. The 12 different interchangeable plates will allow you to cook a range of dishes, including mini bagels, donuts, turnovers, pancakes, paninis, wafers, bars — and of course sandwiches and waffles. This Tefal waffle maker also comes with recipe books, meaning you’ll never be stuck for ideas when it comes to dinner time.
- RRP: $108*
Cuisinart Waffle Maker – 4 Slices
For days when cooking one waffle at a time isn’t enough to tame the hungry beast within you, products like the Cuisinart Waffle Maker – 4 Slices, might save the day. Able to bake FOUR one-inch deep Belgian waffles on its non-stick baking plates, the Cuisinart model also contains five customisable options to suit different cravings if you’re looking for something more than just a traditional waffle. The Cuisinart waffle maker also has a green indicator light, cutting down on how many burnt meals you’ll eat.
- RRP: $139*
Breville No-Mess Waffle Maker
If you’re someone who can’t put a price on a tidy kitchen, consider Breville’s ‘No-Mess’ Waffle Maker. The high-end appliance may not come with bluebirds and baby deer to clean up the kitchen, but it does feature a non-stick surface and a ‘moat’ to prevent excess batter from spilling onto your bench… The product also offers seven settings for browning control, which allows you to choose between light and fluffy or golden and crispy waffles. Plus, Breville claims the waffle maker distributes heat evenly to avoid finding crispy edges and raw batter pockets, helping you to make your waffles the talk of the breakfast table.
- RRP: $179.95*
Breville Smart Waffle Maker
Another option from Breville is the Smart Waffle Maker, which retails for $179.95. Including smart technology to automatically calculate the correct cooking type for the specific style of waffle you’re craving, the Smart Waffle Maker may be your new best friend if you like your waffles just right. The timer and process indicator will immediately start counting down once the lid is closed, just before the LCD changes to orange to let you know the cooking cycle has started.
- RRP: $179.95*
Got a sweet spot for waffles and other kitchen appliances? From fridges and ovens, to slow cookers and air fryers, check out our ratings and reviews on a variety of appliances via the link below.
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*Prices taken from Appliances Online and respective retailers, correct as of September 2019