Guide to Waffle Makers (Reference)

Types of Waffle Makers

  • Iron – Two cast iron plates in a scissor like format with 2 handles. The batter is poured between the two plates, closed and heated over a fire. This is the old fashion way to make waffles and useful when camping.
  • Traditional – Waffles are 1/2 inch (1.2 cm) thick and usually round.
  • Belgian – Waffles are one inch (2.5 cm) thick. The greater depth is popular. This is the most common waffle maker. All three in the picture above are Belgian waffle makers.
  • Waffle Cones – This waffles for making waffle ice cream cones. They are thin and pliable when first removed. The waffle is then formed into a cone or bowl and left to cool and harden.

Regular vs Belgian Waffle Makers

The left is a Cuisinart Classic Waffle Maker WMR-CAC. It uses 1/2 cup of batter for a waffle. When done, the light will change from red to green. The right is a Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker WAF-200. It uses 1 cup of batter per and not only changes to green but an alarm sounds. The smaller bake time is about 1/2 of the larger one. I like the small regular is the grandkids are over and I am trying to pump out waffles quickly. The Belgian waffles are better for freezing.


Makers vary greatly in how large of a waffle they make. This varies not only in diameter but depth. Each waffle takes 3-6 minutes to bake. Use a larger maker that makes four quarters to feed a group of hungry kids. The best indication of size is how much batter it takes. The manual tells this. In the picture up top are three different sizes.


All of the above makers have a red light to indicate the maker is plugged in and a green light to indicate it is ready. After batter is added, the green light and usually a beep will sound to indicate the waffle is done baking as the unit is back normal temperature. A dial sets how brown the finished waffles are. It raises/lowers the final temperature. I like the audible alarm as I usually eat while the next waffle is baking.

I find varying results with indicators that tell when the waffle is done baking. My experience is the Cuisinart WAF-200C is accurate while their small classic maker indicates done too early. For some makers I use a smart phone or tablet timer.

Chefman RJ04


When using a flip-over maker, the batter is added, the unit closed then rotated 180 degrees. This way the top and bottom plates are coated with batter producing a prettier waffle using less batter. This is why commercial units are usually flip.

Recently I started flipping my waffles after being made on a non-flip maker. Be Sure to Flip Your Waffles. This is a simple way to get the same look as from a flip-over waffle maker.


Many non-flip units will stand on their hinge for convenient storage.It takes more room to store a flip maker. Some like the Chefman RJ04 above store flipped sideways with their tray standing.

Waffle maker stands on the hinge.

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