Savory or sweet, homemade or boxed mix, the best waffle makers can handle it all. And while models have become fancier over the years — think vertical waffle makers, waffle makers that flip and even those that make waffles in the shape of your favorite film and television characters — you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get consistently fluffy, crispy waffles every time.
Enter the Chefman Anti-Overflow Belgian Waffle Maker. Not only does this waffle maker have incredible ratings from customers all over the internet, it has also earned top marks in rigorous product testing. Plus, it’s a fraction of the cost of high-end models.
And sure, there are other budget-friendly waffle makers out there, but they often fail to deliver the consistent quality results the Chefman is lauded for. Don’t take our word for it though — let’s compare the Chefman to other waffle makers to see how it stacks up.
According to testing by Consumer Reports, the Chefman Anti-Overflow Belgian Waffle Maker makes waffles that are consistently even and brown. It also offers seven various shade selections from lightly browned and fluffy to dark golden and crispy, with an adjustable temperature control dial allowing for custom doneness so everyone can enjoy a waffle just the way they like it.
The Breville Smart Waffle™ Pro 4 Slice is also top of the line when it comes to consistent browning, with a selection of 12 settings. But at $250, it’s a big investment. It does take a lot of the guesswork out of waffle making though, using intelligent automation to dial in your cooking time to perfectly suit various waffle styles, including Belgian style, classic, chocolate and buttermilk.
Another option that provides consistent results is the Calphalon Intellicrisp 2-slice Stainless Steel Belgian Waffle Maker. However, it offers less variability in color shading than both the Chefman and Breville models.
The ceramic cooking surface means that heat is evenly distributed for crisp, fluffy waffles, though, and it also make two waffles at a time versus the Chefman’s single waffle abilities. Still, with a retail price of $170, it costs significantly more than the budget-friendly Chefman.
The Chefman has a number of features that stack up nicely against the more expensive competition. First, the ready indicator light alerts you when your waffle is ready, while the cool touch handle helps keep you safe. It comes complete with a batter cup for perfectly portioned waffles every time.
But the real standout feature — and where this waffle maker shines — is its specially designed overflow channel, which catches any excess batter so it doesn’t drip down the sides. That means no mess to clean up should you fill the plates a little too full. Finally, it comes in a choice of three colors to complement your kitchen style.
The Breville Smart Waffle™ Pro 4 Slice is tops again when it comes to having all the bells and whistles — such as the ability to calculate cooking times automatically, and an easy to read LCD display. It also has an overflow channel, but with the hefty price jump, we’re just not convinced that it’s worth it for most at-home waffle connoisseurs.
Like the Chefman, the Cuisinart 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker is another budget-friendly waffle maker option — coming in at around $60. But while it has a six-setting browning control and a ready indicator light, it lacks any other features or accessories that would make it a must-buy, in our opinion.
Cleaning and Storage
When it comes to cleaning and storing your waffle maker, the Chefman Anti-Overflow Belgian Waffle Maker excels. Its footprint is much smaller than the heavy, 14-pound Breville, and it can be stored vertically for more space-saving benefits in the kitchen. The non-stick plates make clean-up a breeze, and the overflow channel ensures there’s no batter welded to the outside of the unit. It also weighs just three pounds, so it’s easy to move about the kitchen.
The Calphalon IntelliCrisp Waffle Maker also folds and locks for vertical storage, and has non-stick grates like the Chefman, but it’s overall underwhelming performance as reported by reviews means it just doesn’t measure up to the Chefman — especially at 5 times the price.
Finally, the All-Clad Classic Round Waffle Maker offers a similar footprint and design to the Chefman. In terms of performance, however, multiple users commented that this waffle maker did not brown evenly, and that the locking mechanism wasn’t reliable. People did say that the cast-aluminum grids were easy to clean and did not stick, but we still prefer the Chefman at this price-point.
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