You are most likely here because you are looking for the best thin waffle maker. The ones that make classic American-style round waffles. Most everyone is familiar with waffle makers, but when it comes to finding one that makes thin waffles, you might need a little more help. I’ve done a lot of research on waffle makers and, surprisingly, there are a lot more Belgian waffle makers out there than thin ones. On this page, you will find the information that you need to make the best choice for you and your household.
Warm Waffle Breakfast with blueberries made in a home kitchen with a thin waffle maker.
Waffles are a delicious culinary creation and in fact, it’s my preferred breakfast confection. Yes, I love waffles much more than pancakes. But this post isn’t supposed to incite a war between pancakes and waffles.
Just so you know, most people that reach this page are looking for a thin electric waffle maker to make classic waffles not Belgian waffles nor specialty thin waffle cookies. Below, however, there is a section dedicated to these specialty waffle irons. Use the scroll or the table of contents just below to skip to the section you’re most interested in.
This one is on our “to buy list” for sure. For traditional waffles, we love that this model is consistent, and lots of people love it and swear by it. It is also very budget friendly and proves that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg for a quality waffle maker.
On top of that, it’s made by a brand that we trust for many kitchen appliances like toaster ovens and ice cream makers (many units have very good warranties). This pick isn’t necessarily the best but given its price and features, it is the one of the best for the money.
The Cuisinart WMR-CA is a budget friendly choice.
Looks, Design and Size
Despite the stainless steel, there’s nothing really special in the looks department for this little. It’s a very basic round design but it certainly won’t look bad on your counter. It’s not a very large machine as it measures about 11 x 8.5 x 4 inches for easy storage on the counter or inside of the cabinet.
There are 5 brown settings from light to deep brown. For this model, Cuisinart recommends that you operate the machine on the number 3 setting. This feature gives you total control over the texture and look of your waffle (looks are important, we eat with our eyes).
If you’ve ever used an older model, then you would know that there can be a little guess work to decide when the waffle maker is heated up and warm enough for another waffle. This unit solves that problem with indicator lights. There are two indicator lights. One tells you when the unit is heated up while the other lets you know when the
A weighted lid means that the lid won’t lift up as the batter expands from during cooking.
The rubber feet will protect your counter from getting little scratches or nicks. They also help to keep the machine in place, so that it doesn’t move when add batter or remove a waffle.
There is convenient cord storage that allows you to tuck the cord out of sight when not in use. You’d be surprised at how many modern appliances don’t come with a cord storage. Although, on this model, the cord storage is located on the bottom, so you may forget that it’s there.
Cleanup is incredibly easy with this waffle maker. First of all, there will be very little batter if any left on the plates as long you go by the indicator lights. Then, if there is any excess oil or crumbs, all you have to do is wipe the surface off when you finish. Just make sure that you let the unit cool all the way down before you try to clean it.
This machine on its side for a better storage options
Note: For evenly filled waffles, it’s recommended that you use ½ cup of batter, but I think that this is a little arbitrary. I think that you’re results will also be influenced by the thickness of the batter. Some users reported having to “play” around with the batter to get desired results.
Long 3 year warranty.
Its low cost makes it a budget friendly option for everyone
5 brown options give you complete control over the texture and color of your waffle
Teflon nonstick coating
Compact storage option – the unit can stand on its side
Easy to clean
Some complaints about cheap construction. Temperature switch is made out of a cheap plastic and there are some complaints about the button breaking off.
You may have to do a little trial and error to find out how much batter to use.
The All-Clad classic round waffle maker is the best quality model on this page. All-clad is a brand that is known for both beauty and quality. Functionality is at the core of their products. Some customers may be a little hesitant about choosing this waffle maker because it is expensive in comparison to the others on the list. The best is usually the most expensive and that may exclude it as an option for many potential customers.
All-Clad 99012GT Classic – The Upgraded Pick
Looks, Design and Size
This model is beautiful to look at. It will certainly get attention. It’s an appliance that you’d be proud to have sitting on your countertop. While not a large kitchen appliance, this model will definitely take up its fair share of space on the counter, it measures 10 x 7 x 13.5 inches. Some users say that the unit is a bit on the heavy side, and I can tell by the pictures that it has a little more heft than your ordinary waffle maker. While lighter in weight appliances are usually preferred over their heavier counterparts, sometimes a heavier unit is indicative of quality.
Like the Cuisinart listed above, this model also has brown control, but instead of 5 shade options, you get 7. This gives you even more precision control over your waffles color and texture.
Advanced Heating Technology
The perfect waffle will be slightly crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. This machine is much more advanced than the others on the list to ensure even baking and browning. It even has an advanced steam release component that prevents the build-up of condensation which can make your waffles too moist and soggy.
Like the Cuisinart above, the All-Clad has indicators that let you know when the machine is ready. When the machine is properly preheated an audible beep is made. When the waffle is finished baking and ready to eat you will hear a beep as well as a green light.
Easy to Clean
The Teflon nonstick coating makes this waffle maker very easy to clean, you simply wipe it down.
The All-Clad 99012GT comes with a 2-year warranty.
Very well made with brushed stainless steel.
Very good looking machine
7 brown controls
Bakes a waffle fast according to users
Many customers are happy with the even and consistent results
This unit is on the expensive side
The plates can’t be removed
Would be nice if the warranty were longer given the price
Although the Black and Decker G48TD is not the best thin waffle maker out there, it makes our short list because it is a very versatile small kitchen appliance with the waffle making option. I love multi-cookers (small kitchen appliances that can perform more than one cooking function) because they save you money, space and sometimes even time.
Black and Decker G48TD – The Versatile Choice
Looks, Design and Size
This machine isn’t a looker, that’s for sure. It is boxy and produces square waffles unlike the two waffle makers above. The outer shell is coated in chrome. The plastic handles, control interface, and dials are all made of plastic. It’s a basic machine. But Black and Decker isn’t a company that’s known for designing the most aesthetically pleasing machines. Instead, their focus is on providing affordable products for their millions of customers. With dimensions 14 x 13.1 x 6.2 inches, this unit is a bit larger than the others on the list.
Unlike the models listed above, this one does not 5 or 7 individual browning settings, but rather there is a dial that is marked low to high. Because waffle making isn’t the only function, you will notice that the portion of the dial that controls the waffle maker is quite small (this probably won’t influence results however) and it’s located at the bottom of the dial. The whole dial has temperature ranges from low to high. According to reports, the high setting produces the best results, a golden crispy on the outside waffle with a fluffy center.
Unlike the machines listed above, this one has more functions than just the waffle maker. You can use it as a grill, panini press, or a griddle. This makes it a great piece of equipment to make full meals.
A key feature of this unit is that the plates are removable. That means that you can just take them out and flip them around when you want to use a different cooking function. The plates are nonstick, but apparently not Teflon. A cool feature of the removable plates is that they have a channel that directs oil to a hole to drain excess oil.
Note: Be careful to not use abrasive utensils to clean your griddle. You will damage the nonstick coating and little black flecks will come off of it and into your food.
Comes with a 2-year warranty.
This unit isn’t very expensive
This machine has multiple functions
Adequate performance given the price
Customer reports of being happy with how fast it makes a waffle
No beep sound to indicate when the waffle is finished cooking (although there is a light indicator), so you have to keep an eye on it while it’s cooking
There are some complaints about the quality – one of the more serious complaints is that the clips holding the plates in place are flimsy.
Lately I have a tendency to go with products that are of the highest quality – and this usually means that they are more expensive. In this case, I’d try my hand at the All-Clad classic round waffle maker because it rocks! I think it is the best thin waffle maker on this page at least. Shrouded in stainless steel it is both heavy-duty and elegant. I think that it is a wonderful machine that is definitely worthy of your consideration.
But, the All-Clad model here is expensive and might be well outside of your budget. If that’s the case, then I would recommend that you go with the Cuisinart classic round waffle maker. It is a great, budget-friendly, option although not in the same class as the All-Clad.
And, if after reading this page you decide that you would rather an inexpensive versatile griddle with a thin waffle maker option, then the Black and Decker G48TD could be best for you.
It may surprise you, but there aren’t as many American-style or rather classic or thin waffle makers on the market as there are Belgian versions. That would seem to indicate that most folks prefer Belgian waffles or simply have no preferences and just love waffles. The models on this page are some of the best options for making thin or “classic” American-style waffles.
Other Things to Consider
Regardless of which thin waffle maker model you choose, you will want to make sure that you consider the features that are important to you. Below, you will find a list of different features that may interest you.
Electric or Old Fashioned
In the digital world that we live in, it’s easy to forget that there was a time before everything was tech advanced. As it relates to waffles, however, you will actually have an opportunity to choose between an electric model and an old fashioned one.
A lot of the models that you may come across will have a nonstick coating. Generally, I’m not a big fan of nonstick, for a number of reasons. It’s sensitive, so you can’t use anything abrasive to clean it and it’s usually not dishwasher safe. And you have to be very careful which utensils you use with it because once you damage the surface it’s finished. Unless I have no choice, I usually go with non-nonstick pans and inserts for appliances.
Waffle makers are an exception to my rule…
Here’s why: unlike frying pans, waffle makers do not require the use of a utensil to cook a waffle (except for a a fork to pick the waffle off of the plate). You just pour in the batter and the waffle maker does the rest of the work for you. Cleaning is really simple, you just wipe it down, so you won’t have to worry about scrubbing the surface with an abrasive. Also, the non-stick surface makes it easier to lift the waffle out of the iron or plate.
Being able to remove the plates is a huge benefit when considering a new waffle maker. These machines usually make for a practical option because you can swap out the waffle plates for a flat griddle. Two or more machines in one.
These irons have a pretty wide price range. You can spend under $20 for a traditional non-electric model up to over $100 for a premium electric model.
Waffle Maker Use and Care Tips
There are some things that you can do to make sure that you have the best possible experience when it comes to making your waffles.
When you first start using your new waffle maker, make sure that you follow the directions that are specific to your model, the parts about oil and heat are most important, but be sure to also check out the Cleaning and Maintenance sections as well.
If the model you end up choosing has a nonstick plate, make sure that metal or abrasive utensils never comes in contact with it as this could cause irreversible damage to the nonstick coating.
Accessories for your Waffle Maker…
There are a few tools out there that can really help you with making the waffles and removing them from the pan.
A batter dispenser is another handy tool. We use one when we make our cupcakes, muffins, pancakes, and waffles. Not only does it cut down on the mess, but it also allows you to measure out how much batter you use, which means that you can make uniform waffles every time.
The Will it Waffle book is a fun recipe book just for waffle enthusiast. There are sweet and savory recipes and ideas that will take your love for waffles to the next level. Check it out!
Thin Waffle Cookie Makers…?
Some people simply prefer a thinner waffle, while others are into them for cultural reasons. Waffles, and more specifically thin waffles are very common as desserts in several Northern European countries like Norway and the Netherlands. Below, you will find all of the different varieties of thin waffles out there. We’ll also provide you with some options in case you’re interested in buying one of these cool specialty machines.
A pizzelle, pronounced, “Pitts-Sell-Lay”, is an Italian dessert – a waffle cookie. The batter or dough is made of flour, butter, sugar and oil or butter (like most cookies), but the fun part comes in where you can add in your own flavors. It’s common for pizzelle to be rolled up like a canoli (another Italian dessert) and stuffed with sweet cream or made into a sort of dessert sandwich using two pizzelle. Traditional Pizzelle are made using a two-sided decorative plate or iron.
These thin Swedish waffle cookies are made from a dough using the following ingredients: flour, butter, brown sugar, yeast, milk and eggs (although it was first by combining bakery leftovers with syrup). Once the dough is made, you form small dough balls and place them on the appropriate waffle iron. A traditional Stroopwafel is made by halving a waffle cookie and spreading a warm filling that is made from syrup, brown sugar, butter and sugar. You can find them premade in some grocery stores or Ikea, but they taste much better when made fresh.
These are cone shaped confections that are used for ice cream or even gelato. They are typically cooled before being filled with ice cream. You can get waffle cone mix or use a recipe you can find online.