Waffle Irons | Cast Iron Belgian Makers

waffle makerThe first electric waffle maker dates back to 1911, and the first known cast iron waffle maker was patented in America in the late 1800s. But as simple as they seem to be, waffle makers have so many different variations these days that it can be a daunting task to look for the one you want. The trick is to know what options are available — this makes it a lot easier to narrow your search.

Belgian and American Waffles

Waffle irons usually come in either Belgian or American sizing. Round Belgian waffles are lighter, fluffier, and crispier than square American waffles, which are smaller and have shorter “wells” in the middle. In cooking terms, a significant difference between the two foods is that Belgian waffles are leavened with yeast, whereas American waffles are raised with baking powder.

Modern Waffle Makers

Most waffle makers on the market today are electric, automatic, and non-stick. Users plug in the machine, pour in the batter, and wait until a light comes on to signal that the waffles are ready to eat. The appliance will most likely have an internal thermometer programmed to signal when the waffles have reached an optimal cooked temperature. Most feature a non-stick coating that allows the waffles to lift easily from the base, and aids in clean-up as well. Brands such as Cuisinart, VillaWare, Chef’s Choice, and Presto are all popular choices for electric waffle irons.

When browsing through all the different styles of waffle irons out there, you’ll also come across models that have a “flip” option. Companies added this professional feature to home appliances in hopes that flipping the appliance upside-down would distribute heat more evenly. However, the accuracy of these claims is still up for debate since several product testers aren’t able to tell a difference. In any case, flipping a waffle iron does add a certain amount of fun and flair to the cooking experience, so it’s a great feature to have when making breakfast with your kids.

Cast Iron Waffle Makers

While most waffle irons are electric and non-stick, there are other models that stay true to the traditional cast iron method of making waffles. Chefs that use cast iron waffle makers say that the waffles’ crisp, fully cooked texture is superior to the ones that automatic appliances produce. But it doesn’t come easy. The process is similar to using a cast iron skillet. Cast iron waffle makers must be pre-seasoned before use and should also be cleaned by hand. They may not ideal for home cooks that need a no-fuss automatic appliance, but for waffle aficionados that crave quality over convenience, cast iron is a good option. People concerned with the potential harmful health effects of cooking on non-stick surfaces may opt for cast iron as well. Here’s one by Rome Industries to consider.

Where to Buy


Cast Iron Waffle Maker by Rome Industries

Traditional Camp Stove Old Fashioned 1100

Cast Iron Waffle Maker by Rome Industries | Traditional Camp Stove Old Fashioned 1100

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George Foreman G5 Grill

Interchangeable Plates Red GRP90WGR

George Foreman G5 Grill | Interchangeable Plates Red GRP90WGR

The highlight of this Foreman grill is the plate system with five interchangeable, removable grill plates: a grill plate, a steak plate, two
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VillaWare UNO Pro Belgian Gravity Waffle Iron 2010

VillaWare UNO Pro Belgian Gravity Waffle Iron 2010

Imagine an inch and a half thick, over six inch wide, round Belgian waffle with deep pockets. Can you smell it baking? This device rotates 180 degrees to produce evenly light, crisp results and thicker waffles. An audible tone lets you know when your food is ready. A ready indicator light ...





Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Iron Maker

Brushed Stainless Steel 4 Slice WAF-4B

Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Iron Maker | Brushed Stainless Steel 4 Slice WAF-4B

Another very popular item from Cuisinart, people applaud this device's audible tone which signals the waffles are ready. This frees you to move around the kitchen without fearing you'll miss the ready light. The iron also has indicator lights, should you prefer them, which signal when the iron is ready ...





UNO Belgian Waffle Iron Maker Reversible Heart

UNO Belgian Waffle Iron Maker Reversible Heart

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Chef’s Choice Waffle Cone Express 838

Ice Cream | Waffle Iron

Chef’s Choice Waffle Cone Express 838 | Ice Cream | Waffle Iron

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Krups Expert Waffle Maker w/ Rotary

Belgian Stainless Steel FDD912

Krups Expert Waffle Maker w/ Rotary | Belgian Stainless Steel FDD912

The Krups Expert Waffle Maker is a brushed stainless steel, professional-looking device. Removable nonstick plates are formed to make two 1 1/4 inch thick Belgian waffles. The thermostat is variable so waffles can be cooked to order. Indicator lights denote when the unit is on and when batter is ...





Krups Belgian Waffle Chef

Electric Iron 4 Slice 654-75

Krups Belgian Waffle Chef | Electric Iron 4 Slice 654-75

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Chef’s Choice WafflePro Classic

Belgian Waffle Maker Stainless 830B

Chef’s Choice WafflePro Classic | Belgian Waffle Maker Stainless 830B

Less than ninety seconds to a hot Belgian waffle? That's what the Chef's Choice WafflePro promises via eleven hundred watts of power. The quad baking system allows each waffle to be made to order, specifying the color, texture, flavor and aroma. A floating hinge preserves the thickness of your waffle. The ...





Presto FlipSide Belgian Waffle Iron

Digital Electric Nonstick 03510

Presto FlipSide Belgian Waffle Iron | Digital Electric Nonstick 03510

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Black & Decker Grill Waffle Maker

Stainless Three In One Electric Griddle G48TD

Black & Decker Grill Waffle Maker | Stainless Three In One Electric Griddle G48TD

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Cuisinart Traditional Waffle Iron

Stainless Steel 6 Slice Model WAF-6

Cuisinart Traditional Waffle Iron | Stainless Steel 6 Slice Model WAF-6

This is an okay waffle maker. Not bad. Not extraordinary. Just okay.

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Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker

Kitchen Stainless Steel Appliance WMK300A

Waring Pro Belgian Waffle Maker | Kitchen Stainless Steel Appliance WMK300A

Pour the batter into the center of the Waring Pro and lower the lid. In moments you'll have light, fluffy waffles with crispy, hot crusts. This unit has a one hundred and eighty degree rotating function which helps evenly spread the batter and evenly bake your waffles. An on/off ...





VillaWare Belgian Waffle Maker

V2002 UNO

VillaWare Belgian Waffle Maker | V2002 UNO

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