5 Waffle Irons to Step Up Your Brunch Game
What’s a better way to start the day than a cup of freshly-ground coffee and a nice, fluffy waffle? For those of you on the go, out camping, or uninterested in a waffle maker, waffle irons provide a quick and easy way to get your favorite breakfast item prepared quickly. Waffle irons come in many different shapes, sizes, and offer lots of different ways to cook.
In this article we’ll be going over the top five waffle irons available, and we’ll also discuss what you can do to prepare the perfect waffle without any of the stickiness or mess commonly associated with other makers. From shapes and sizes to seasoning and so much more, here’s everything you need to know about making this fluffy treat.
- Belgian-style waffles
- Stay-cool plastic handles
- Full cast aluminum design
- 10-year warranty
- Stovetop or campfire use
- Plastic handles
- Travel sized
- No listed warranty
- Unique twisting ball joint
- High quality cast iron design
- Wooden handles
- No listed warranty
- Circular waffle design
- Raw cast iron
- Compact hinge design
- 10-year warranty
The next waffle iron on our list offers two slices of American waffles and a much lower price than our first pick. The Coleman Waffle Iron 2000016540 is also made of cast aluminum and offers an American waffle for thinner, but more robust, waffles. Using the included plastic handles and simple design, this waffle iron is perfect for using on camping trips or on the go.
As it is made from cast aluminum, some owners have reported a bit of heat transference between the plastic handles and the iron itself, so holding this over a fire may require a glove. Likewise, the travel size is appreciated but will make it difficult to make a plate of waffles. Still, for single use or for a campfire, there’s no better (or more affordable) option available.
- Travel size
- Makes 2 slices
- Smaller waffles
- Heat transference
For a solid circular waffle from a sturdy and truly unique waffle iron, the Texsport Cast Iron Waffle maker provides a lot for its price. Featuring a unique ball and hinge joint, this waffle maker can be flipped without having to lift the entire waffle iron from the stovetop. This joint can also be removed and disassembled for cleaning. Waffles made from this Texsport product are a good size.
The great design does come at the cost of weight, as this waffle iron is certainly heavy and a bit bulky. Provided you have the storage space, though, there’s a lot to appreciate here.
- Makes four semi-circular slices
- Great design
- Strong wooden handles
- Heavy & bulky
For a basic cast iron waffle iron with a simple hinge and unibody design, Rome Industries offers an iron that’s durable, straightforward, and perfect for use either on the stove or in the woods. The Rome Industries Old Fashioned Waffle Iron 1100 makes a single waffle with a seven inch diameter. The design is perfect for those who like large single waffles or thin American waffles.
The simple detachable hinge and cast iron handles do mean, though, that you’ll need mitts to handle this iron, but the end result is an iron that shouldn’t crack, set fire, or cause any other issues. Designed as a simple, no-frills waffle iron, this pick is sure to please the minimalist in your family.
- Large circular waffles
- Simple, well-built hinge
- All metal design
- Great warranty
- Handle is hot to touch
- Only makes one slice
Our final waffle iron pick is another great travel-sized option and makes a single waffle in a Belgian style. The YOFAN Cast Aluminum base Belgian Waffle Iron uses a thick plastic handle for easy handling and is made of durable cast aluminum. While the hinge on this iron does not separate (making cleaning difficult), the simple design makes it easy to simply toss this iron in a carry on and worry about cleaning at a later date.
We appreciate the single slice design which,while too small for multiple people, provides a good-sized helping for one. For waffles during your business or camping trip and at a reasonable price, this is a great pick for single-serve Belgian waffles.
- Belgian waffles
- Thick plastic handle
- Good single serve size
- Hinge does not separate
- May be too small for large volume needs
|NordicWave 15040||Coleman Waffle Iron 2000016540||Texsport Cast Iron Waffle Maker 14472||Rome Industries Old Fashioned Waffle Iron 1100||YOFAN Cast Aluminum Base Belgian Waffle Iron|
|Material||Cast Aluminum||Cast Aluminum||Cast Iron||Cast Iron||Cast Aluminum|
|Hinge||Standard||Standard||Twisting Ball Joint||Standard||Standard|
|Waffle Type||Belgian||American||Circular (American)||Circular (American)||Belgian|
|# of Slices||4||2||4||1||1|
|Handle Material||Plastic||Plastic||Wooden||Cast Iron||Plastic|
|Waffle Dimensions||7.25” X 7.25”||~ 4” X 4”||7”||6.5”||5” X 5.7”|
Still not sure which of these waffle irons are right for you? While they may seem similar at first, the variation of waffle type, material, shape, size, and more can make one or more of our picks vastly more appealing to you. Here are some important aspects to consider.
While we think any of these five waffle irons offer something great for some, only one stands out as the best overall waffle iron for the most amount of people. The NordicWave 15040 makes four good-sized Belgian waffles, is a cinch to clean, and offers a stay-cool handle – all perfect for making many waffles with relative ease. It is also the only one of two irons on our list to feature an extensive warranty.
For quick waffle-making without a high cost, we also recommend the Coleman Waffle Iron 2000016540 for a great single-serve option. For a more rounded waffle, we recommend either the Texsport waffle iron for easy flipping or the Rome Industries option for a simple, durable design. Finally, for a single serve Belgian waffle, the YOFAN Cast Aluminum Base is a great, affordable option that’s highly portable.
No matter which waffle iron you pick, we hope you enjoy making waffles the old-fashioned way and getting results that have to be tasted to be believed.