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66 people found this helpful
on April 22, 2012
I read the reviews of this and other products exhaustively before finally purchasing this one.
And I'm glad I did.
It was a toss-up between this model and a cast iron stove-top pan (I have a host of waffle makers, both electric and cast iron, and like and use each for different reasons).
What sold me on this one was the fact that it's both nonstick and will (as opposed to the griddle-style ones) cook both sides at once as I think we will all agree a waffle iron of any sort should.
Addressing the shortcomings noted, I got golden brown, crispy waffles on the very first try, eight at a time, and yes: really small. The waffles are 2" (the small side of a business card, if you need to eyeball it) and are not connected. If you're looking for the four mini break-apart waffles you get from a box of Eggo minis, you're looking at the wrong waffle iron. I found it takes until the end of the "ready" cycle when the indicator light comes back on, for a batch to be complete -- about 3-1/2 minutes. And literally, with just a light coating of nonstick spray every other batch or so, they pop right out; I didn't even use a utensil.
Depending on how much batter you use, it may seep out of the individual waffle wells and make "ears" here and there or join a few waffles, but once you let them cool, they break or pull apart with ease.
My tips: proper waffle batter is too thick to spread in such small wells and the edges might not be reached. SPREAD THE BATTER A BIT -- giving it this little nudge lets it know where to go. Also, if you're putting anything solid in the batter -- such as nuts or fruit -- they have to be fine-chopped, and then they'll work really well. MY BIGGEST TIP is the amount used in each waffle well. I use food scoopers all the time (mini ice cream scoops, sort of -- for perfect portioning of cookie dough and muffin batter and such); if you use these as well, I found a #100 scooper was PERFECT. If not, the equivalent is 2 tsp., or a 1/2 Tbsp. measure will work if you don't level it off.
I will recommend this product highly given the results, and the reasonably easy cleanup as well.