If your ideal Sunday morning involves sitting down to a proper brunch, a waffle maker is the way to go. The best waffle maker has non-stick plates, different done-ness settings, and deep plates for a thick, fluffy result. We've found the top waffle makers in Australia so, like Donkey from Shrek, you too can go to bed on Saturday night yelling, "and in the morning, I'm making waffles!"
How we picked
Waffle makers are a bit of a niche home appliance. We'd usually start by checking reviews by CHOICE, Australia's biggest consumer advocacy group, but they've only reviewed 1 waffle maker. So it was over to the real experts: Aussie consumers. To suss out the top-rated waffle makers, we checked out reviews on ProductReview.com.au. A few models stood out, but there weren't heaps of options. It was time to do some more digging.
I (Cosier writer, Elese - hello!) also have a few years of experience selling waffle makers, so I drew on my own knowledge to scope out a few more products not reviewed by ProductReview.com.au. After scouring website reviews, and comparing features and warranties, this brought me to the 6 stand-out products I think reflect the best waffle makers available in Australia.
Features to consider
You might think all waffle makers do the same job, but features vary wildly between machines. Here are some tips for what to look for when buying a new waffle maker.
If you want thick, Belgian-style breakfast waffles, go for a classic waffle maker with deep, square plates. Waffle makers that make heart-shaped waffles may produce a thinner result, as these machines are usually designed for Scandinavian-style waffles. Scandinavian waffles are heart-shaped and slightly thinner, and are traditionally eaten for afternoon tea.
When storage space is at a premium, the last thing you need is another bulky appliance. It may be useful to think about where you're going to put your new waffle maker, and to look for features like cord wraps which make machines easier to store.
A digital timer takes the guesswork out of waffles. Not all machines have this feature, so you'll have to look out for it specifically.
What you get if you spend more
The world of waffle makers is your er, oyster, if you have more cash to splash. Here are some things you can look forward to if you spend a little extra.
The reviews show that cheaper waffle makers tend to lose their non-stick more quickly than pricier models. While avoiding cooking sprays will help, a higher-quality non-stick coating is your best safeguard against the dreaded peel and flake.
Fantasising about thick Belgian-style waffles? You're more likely to be happy with a pricier waffle maker. Reviews show cheaper machines are more likely to have shallow plates, which makes for thinner waffles.
The most basic waffle maker on our list doesn't even have an on or off button, while the most expensive has several options for waffle style and doneness. If you're fussy about your waffles, a mid-range to high-end waffle maker is the way to go. These machines tend to give you more control over the end result.
Should I spray a waffle maker with cooking spray?
No. Despite what reviewers on ProductReview.com.au say, it's never a good idea to spray a non-stick surface with cooking spray. Over time, aerosol cooking sprays leave a build-up of residue, which impacts the non-stickiness of your cooking surface, and may even stop it from working.
This makes it harder over time to remove your precious waffles from the machine. You'll get a much crisper result by brushing your non-stick waffle maker with butter or oil, and by making sure there's enough fat in your waffle batter.
Can I use pancake mix in my waffle maker?
Yes! If you want to save yourself some time, you can use ready-made pancake mix to make waffles. To help stop the batter burning and your waffles sticking, just add 2 tablespoons of oil to every 1 cup of pancake mix.
Should I get a waffle maker with removable plates?
The benefit of a waffle maker with removable plates is that you can take them out and wash them separately, saving you from wiping a sponge round the fiddly little squares of your machine. We only found one waffle maker with removable plates for sale in Australia, and poor reviews meant it didn't make the cut.
In saying that, other reviews show there are several easy-to-clean waffle makers for sale in Australia. You can make clean-up easy by taking care of your waffle maker so that the non-stick continues to work over time. This means cleaning it according to manufacturer instructions, and resisting the temptation to use metal utensils and cooking sprays.
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