Is there anything better than waking up on a lazy Sunday morning to the heavenly aroma of freshly-brewed coffee, buttery waffles in the works, and some sweet maple syrup? Yeah, we definitely don’t think so either. While frozen waffles will certainly suffice in a pinch, there’s really nothing that can compare to the unrivaled goodness (and sheer convenience) of homemade waffles. Of course, unlike pancakes, omelets, scrambles, oatmeal, and other breakfast food staples, waffles (whether regular or Belgium style) are a bit trickier to get right—especially if you’re not armed with the right gadgets and ingredients.
Fortunately, compact waffle makers do in fact exist, so you can make delicious waffles at home without the hassle or mess. Waffle irons are a serious godsend if you’re addicted to the next-level breakfast food, and if you’re going to do an at-home waffle day, why not do it right? Thanks to these easy-to-use kitchen sidekicks, your next at-home brunch is going to be totally Instagram-worthy (and obviously, yummy), trust me.
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1. Nostalgia MWF5AQ MyMini Personal Electric Waffle Maker
This adorable little kitchen gadget not only allows you to make a quick and easy waffle breakfast, but you can also use it to make biscuits, french toast, grilled cheese, hashbrowns and so much more. It’s also super easy to use; simply plug in the maker until it’s preheated (there’s a light that will let you know when it’s ready to use) and begin cooking your feast.
2. Dash Mini Maker: The Mini Waffle Maker Machine
This adorable mini-waffle maker is a must-have for anyone who loves breakfast. It only weighs one pound and automatically heats up to prime waffle-making temperature. Waffles aren’t the only thing it can do, though. You can also make hash browns and paninis. There are 20 different colors and styles of waffle maker to choose from. You can get a classic or get a funky waffle maker that makes waffles with a pineapple-shape printed into them.
3. Oster Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel
This pint-sized stainless steel waffle maker is mightier than you might think. It allows you to easily make Belgian waffles, thanks to oversized pockets capable of holding all the topping you desire. It’s also equipped with an eight-inch nonstick plate to make the waffles easy to serve and to prevent messes.
4. Chefman Anti-Overflow Belgian Waffle Maker
This easy-to-use waffle maker is designed with a wrap-around to channel to catch excess batter and prevent messes. It also features seven different settings, allowing you to cook your waffles (Belgian or traditional) precisely to your liking.
5. Cuisinart 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker
This waffle maker is not messing around. If you’ve been hunting around for a restaurant-worthy waffle maker, this is the one for you. You’ll get huge Belgian waffles with this set. You can also customize how brown and crispy you’d like this tasty breakfast treat. There are six different browning settings to choose from. There’s also a little recipe book included, so you can make mouth-watering waffles.
6. All-Clad Stainless Steel Belgian Waffle Maker
If you are very particular about how brown your waffles are, you should check out this option. There are seven different browning settings, so you can get super specific as to what kind of waffle you want this waffle maker to produce. Either way, the waffles will come out crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. You can make a total of two waffles with this set at a time or opt for the four-square set.