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The Waring WMK300 Professional Belgian Waffle Maker turns out perfectly browned, light, fluffy waffles every time, even with low carb and multi-grain batter. Cleanup is also very easy - fewer crevices means that you don't spend hours with a toothpick cleaning it out, and the catch tray underneath catches excess oil, spray, etc. Also, because you "turn the waffle over" after pouring in the batter, it is more evenly distributed in the tray and seems to help with cooking.
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
The Waring is a little different than the other products out there - it has what appears to be a slightly smaller cooking area that you fill with batter and then "turn over" the waffle for it to cook. There is a power light on the front, as well as a "ready" light on the front when it is ready for you to add batter, and also for when the waffle is done. A catch tray underneath catches excess batter and "coating" oil for the plates. You simply turn the iron on, wait till the "ready" light comes on, spray cooking spray (such as Pam) on each side of the waffle iron, add the batter, "turn over" the waffle, and wait till the alarm sounds (and "ready" light comes back on). It has an adjustable "browning" setting that you can raise or lower (but go in small steps!).
We have tried the best rated versions of the Black and Decker, VillaWare, and Krups waffle makers. All three had sticking issues and turned out soggy waffles. The B&D and Krups were also particularly unreliable with low carb waffle mix and multi-grain waffle mix - I would end up with burnt crumbs that took a lot of time to clean out. I also had no luck with very thick or thin batter with any of them, if people wanted more substantial waffles or very light and airy ones - it would always stick or turn out miss-happen pieces. The difference is so significant vs. the other makers we have tried that I find I can feed by 2 year old daughter multigrain waffles and get away with it. On the Krups, she was lukewarm about the regular waffles and we had no shot with the multigrain (read: healthier). Call that subjective, but its worth a million dollars to me :)
Amount Paid (US$): 60