Rated 3 out of 5Â by XFactor Good for starters
My sons 9 & 5 years old love when we travel. They like hotels for 3 reasons, no clean-up, the pool, and waffle makers! So I purchased this inexpensive model to allow them to have the experience at home and see how much they end up using it and whether we should eventually get into a fancier one. This product serves that purpose very well. It's not extremely sturdy and you have to 'eye' the cook time, but we've used it at least every other weekend and the only issue I just noticed last night was the surface on one of the plates was scratched- not a product issue- a user issue
If it's not going to be abused- this will do just fine.
Rated 5 out of 5Â by joecyclist Easy Waffles
I don't understand some of the comments. I first made homemade Belgian waffles with it and they came out great. Second time I made waffles from smashed Cinnamon roles and again it worked great. As mentioned before, the green light can be used as a guide but for best results LOOK AT THE WAFFLES to see if they are done. And remember, most of us paid $20 for this unit. Fir the occasional use it should last a bit but if you are using it daily you might want to bump up for a more robust model.
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Shannon19 Soggy, flimsy, tough waffles
I bought this waffle maker yesterday because it was 1) on sale, and 2) the store did not have the brand of waffle maker I wanted in stock. The price was cheap and so is the product. After an hour I had 3 flimsy, soggy, barely cooked waffles, that felt like rubber. The batter I used is a recipe I have used dozens of times, and it ALWAYS turned out perfect fluffy crispy waffles in our old waffle maker.
The waffles that the Bella waffle maker produced were about as thick as those popular frozen waffles you can get at the grocery store. There was nothing light, fluffy, or thick about these waffles. To top it off this waffle iron cooks unevenly. Every single waffle I made had one half that was sort of brown while the other half was completely raw.
I had the waffle maker temperature setting set all the way to max and yet it still took 15+ minutes to cook one waffle to a barely starting to brown color. I left one of the waffles on for over 20 minutes and it never got crispy or golden. I used the rest of my batter to make pancakes on the stove and they all turned gold brown, and puffed up and became nice and fluffy, so I know it's not my batter that caused the tough, undercooked waffles.
Lastly, the "ready" light on the bottom is a joke. It's not a ready light, it's simply a light to tell you when the waffle iron is at temperature, and when it's heating. If you use the ready light to tell you when your waffle is done, you will find yourself scraping raw batter off of the iron.
Don't waste your time or your money on this waffle iron, there are absolutely zero good aspects to it. Spend a little extra money and splurge on a brand that will actually cook your breakfast before lunch time.
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Croisdaidh Poor quality, doesn't work
I gave this 1 star, but honestly, it doesn't deserve even that. I have tried countless times to make waffles with this appliance, using different techniques and recipes, but EVERY TIME the waffles stuck to the plates and totally fell apart when I tried to remove them.
I followed the instructions in the booklet explicitly, but the waffles consistently failed. I tried "greasing" the plates with shortening, butter, cooking sprays of various kinds, all to no avail.
I am very unhappy with this product. No matter what recipe I tried, no matter what I greased or oiled the plates with, the waffles always stuck. When I tried to release them, they stuck to the plates and fell apart.
This is a totally useless waffle maker. Avoid this product. I'm sorry I didn't return it immediately after the first failure, because now it's too late to get my money back. :(