Thursday, August 13, 2009

How To Find The Best Waffle Makers For Your Needs

By Terry L. Jones

There are many great waffle makers on the market today, but there are also many different price ranges. Depending on how much you want to spend and your intentions for use, different models will come out as your top picks. Consider the following tips as guidance on picking one that will suite your needs and deliver perfectly golden waffles for years to come.

Power: This is a concern with any kitchen appliance. Many lower priced appliances that have heating elements are limited on their cooking functions, because of the lower watts of power. If you are just making waffles for a small household or will be using it only occasionally, then a more basic maker with limited watts should be satisfactory.

If you will be using this appliance regularly or want to make larger batches of waffles at one time, then you are likely better off with one that has higher power.

Capacity of the model is another concern. You can find very small models that only make a couple waffles at a time as well as very large professional models that will make large batches at a time. The size of your family or number of people you will often be serving at one time will determine which capacity you need.

Shape: Waffles today come in a variety of shapes. Most makers are either square or circles, but you can purchase a traditional heart shaped model as well. For many people this is not going to matter too much, but if you have a preference make sure to look around in your price range before you make a final purchase.

That leads to the final consideration: price. Prices run from under $20 to well over $100, depending on the factors we have already considered here. For most consumers, a model somewhere in the mid-price range will be suitable. Most pay around $30 to $50 for a good waffle appliance.

As with all things, you get what you pay for. The top of the line professional waffle machine will be last longer and do more things than a lower priced model meant for residential use. While these more expensive models are great, they aren't a good pick for everyone.

In order to determine the best waffle makers for your needs, keep all of the above factors in mind. Give your own answers according to your own needs, and then look online for models that meet all of those needs. For most people, there will be suitable models from a variety of different price ranges, which makes it easy to pick one according to your price range.

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