Make a Restaurant-Quality Breakfast at Home with These Best-in-Class Waffle Makers

From inexpensive models to smart appliances, we've rounded up a selection of products that create golden, delicious waffles every single time.

pumpkin waffles with seeds
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No matter their shape or size, waffles are always easy to make and sure to please. Maple syrup and melted butter fill every nook and cranny of waffles, creating a satisfying bite with plenty of sweetness. Of course, making delicious waffles requires a good recipe, like ours for Easy Waffles, but the other part of the equation is having a durable and dependable waffle maker. When shopping for a new appliance, it's important to look for a nonstick iteration that will cook your waffles evenly and create a crispy, golden brown exterior.

There are a number of other factors to consider, too, such as the shape and depth of the waffles, the price of the machine, how easy the waffle maker is to clean, and its overall size. Ahead, we're sharing seven of the very best waffle makers that meet our discerning criteria and will help you prepare a restaurant-quality breakfast at home.

Top Picks

Oster Belgian Waffle Maker
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Waffle Maker Under $50

If you don't want to break the bank, this highly-rated Belgian waffle from Oster, which has more than 18,000 positive reviews on Amazon, is a good choice. This model features an eight-inch nonstick plate that releases round waffles easily and an adjustable temperature control, which means you can customize your waffles to be as dark or light as you like. The size and price is perfect for college students or beginner cooks.

Shop Now: Oster Belgian Waffle Maker, $17.88,

All-Clad Classic Round Waffle Maker
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Round Waffle Maker

Shiny, sleek, and superb at cooking golden brown waffles, this round maker from powerhouse cookware brand All-Clad can do it all. It produces one big, half-inch thick waffle that measures six-and-a-half inches in diameter with four sections—would you enjoy them all yourself or share with others? (We won't blame you if it's the former!).

Shop Now: All-Clad Classic Round Waffle Maker, $129.95,

Breville Smart Waffle Pro
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Smart Waffle Maker

This intuitive appliance is the crème de la crème of waffle makers. When customizing your waffles, you can choose between four different batter types (Belgian, classic, chocolate, or buttermilk) and 12 settings that you can adjust for baking and browning. All waffles measure one-inch thick. Like many Breville appliances, this waffle maker also features an "A Bit More" button if you want to make your waffles just a tad crispier.

Shop Now: Breville Smart Waffle Pro, $249.95,

Cuisinart WAF-300 Belgian Waffle Maker with Removable Plates
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Waffle Maker with Removable Plates

For easier-than-ever cleaning, this Cuisinart waffle maker is exactly what you need. It features removable, dishwasher-safe nonstick plates—a unique feature that most waffle makers do not have. However, it also makes four delicious square waffles that are one-inch thick.

Shop Now: Cuisinart WAF-300 Belgian Waffle Maker with Removable Plates, $99.99,

Presto Ceramic FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker
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Amazon's Bestselling Waffle Maker

The votes are in and this extra-deep waffle maker from Presto is considered to be the very best by Amazon customers. It features more than 18,000 four- and five-star reviews. At under $40, what's not to love?

Shop Now: Presto Ceramic FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker, $39.99,

Dash Mini Waffle Maker
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Mini Waffle Maker

Your little ones will love this petite $10 waffle maker that comes in four different fun colors—white, aqua, red, and bubblegum pink. It produces a single four-inch wide waffle in a matter of minutes. This mini size is perfect for fitting in smaller spaces such as apartments, dorm rooms, or bringing with you on-the-go to a hotel or on a RV road trip.

Shop Now: Dash Mini Waffle Maker, $9.95,

Breville No-Mess Classic Round Waffle Maker
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No-Mess Waffle Maker

Prevent spillage with this no-mess waffle maker from Breville, which is available exclusively at Williams-Sonoma. It features an added nonstick moat, which traps excess batter and keeps it from dripping on your countertop.

Shop Now: Breville No-Mess Classic Round Waffle Maker, $129.95,

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