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Old 10-26-2011, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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I am thinking of buying a belgian waffle maker and I was wondering if there is a difference between the regular ones and the ones that flip over. Does one make a better waffle than the other? What does flipping it over accomplish? I know I had really good waffles when I had breakfast at a hotel and they were made with one of the waffle makers that flip over, so I was leaning towards that kind. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks much.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:33 PM
 
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I don't make waffles very often, and decided that based on the amount of room a large turnover model would take, and the size and cost of a small belgian waffler, I went with the small, cheap model from Wal-Mart, it works fine, and is small enough to just tuck in the side of the cupboard. I did buy some Belgian pearl sugar, makes a big difference, almost melts into caramelized dots in the waffle. yummy.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:41 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I don't have any, but I research it a bit and found out that over 400 people like those, so they must be pretty good:

Amazon.com: Waring Pro WMK300 Belgian Waffle Maker, Brushed Stainless: Kitchen & Dining ( more expensive, but Sears has it 10 bucks cheaper )

and this

Amazon.com: Presto 3510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker: Kitchen & Dining ( budget - Wallmart has it for the same price, but instead of shipping you pay taxes)

Read users reviews to see which one would be a better choice for you.

Here are consumer search ratings:
Waffle Irons Reviews | Best Waffle Maker | ConsumerSearch

Top 10 Belgian Waffle Maker Reviews and Product Brands

Good luck with your shopping!!
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Old 10-26-2011, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Long Island via Chapel Hill NC, Go Heels?
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I think the ones that flip make for a more crisp waffle which I like better. I have one that you just close, and it always comes out sort of soft (and yes I do cook it enough).
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:53 AM
 
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I posted a reply to this the other day but it disappeared?

Anyway, I have the Waring Pro and it is far superior to any other waffle maker I have tried. I think the flipping just makes it cook more evenly. I highly recommend it, it's more expensive but I think it's worth it. JMO

Last edited by Beretta; 12-02-2012 at 09:13 AM.. Reason: I checked on this for you. You did not reply in this thread. You did not have a reply here that has disappeared.
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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I have a Kitchen Aid Pro Series double sided waffle maker, and I love it. It makes wonderful, crisp waffles. You pour the batter in on one side, then flip it over and fill up the other side. The booklet I have said you flip it because it helps spread the batter more evenly on the hot plate, so even if you are only making one waffle at a time, you should at least flip it over for a minute and then flip it back. I like it because you can have 2 big waffles cooked in 4 minutes. I always hated having to eat in shifts when I used my old standard, cheap waffle maker. I could never keep them all warm without them drying out too much, or being too soggy, so we ate in shifts as they came off the waffle iron. This way, our family of 4 could all be at the table eating hot fresh waffles, within about 4 minutes.

I used to have a Nordic Ware stove top Belgium Waffle maker. You cooked it for so long on one side then flipped it over and cooked the other side. I really loved that thing, but the thermometer on if fell a part and I couldn't repair it.

I just looked at Elnina's link to Consumer Reports reviews, and noticed that these are both on the list of the top 4 best waffle makers.
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:52 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Originally Posted by gypsychic View Post
I posted a reply to this the other day but it disappeared?
That was in the shopping forum

OP (and all) I suspect that the recipe and amount and time...
will all play at least as much of a role in the end result crispiness
as the machine used to heat that batter does.

watts is watts.

hth
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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That was in the shopping forum

OP (and all) I suspect that the recipe and amount and time...
will all play at least as much of a role in the end result crispiness
as the machine used to heat that batter does.

watts is watts.

hth
Yes, the recipe does matter. Using one with whipped egg whites will give a very nice, light, crispness to the waffle.
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Old 10-27-2011, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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Thanks everyone for the information. At least now I can make an informed decision.
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Old 10-27-2011, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Where do you get Belgian pearl sugar?
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