The Best Thin Waffle Maker To Buy

The Best Thin Waffle Maker

Waffles are many American families’ favorite breakfast option. They are easy to cook (if you have the right equipment), and the recipe possibilities are almost endless. Although the thicker Belgian-style waffles seem more familiar, crispy thin waffles are still the best for making waffle sandwiches.

Waffles are many American families’ favorite breakfast option. They are easy to cook (if you have the right equipment), and the recipe possibilities are almost endless. Although the thicker Belgian-style waffles seem more familiar, crispy thin waffles are still the best for making waffle sandwiches.

If you’re like me, only the best thin waffle maker will satisfy the breakfast demands of a mini-army (oh the joys of raising four boys). Finding the best waffle maker for thin waffles can be like searching for a needle in a haystack.

In this article, I share the research I went through in my search for the waffle maker that’s now the pride of my kitchen. I hope by reading this, you’ve saved yourself time and you’re even closer to enjoying the best waffles made right in your kitchen.

What To Look For in a Waffle Maker

If you love thin waffles, then the most important criteria for choosing a waffle maker is whether it makes thin waffles. However, making thin waffles just isn’t enough, you want to be able to control how crispy and brown they get. With my four boys, their ideal waffle ranges from golden brown to dark and crispy. For this reason, having an adjustable browning setting was a deal-breaker for me.

Space is like prime real estate in my kitchen, and so the next important thing to consider in my quest to find the best thin waffle maker was its size. A space-saving compact design was at the top of my list of demands. Also, I wanted an appliance that would take up the least amount of space but also fit right into the kitchen’s decor (that’s why I chose stainless steel but more on that later).

Ease of use, cleaning and maintenance were also some of the criteria I looked at before making my final choice. I wanted a waffle maker that the boys could easily learn to use but also easy to clean and virtually maintenance-free. In the next section, I introduce the Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker and reveal why I think it’s the best waffle iron for thin, crispy and golden waffles my family’s fallen in love with.

A Little Bit About the Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker

For making traditional American waffles, the Cuisinart WMR-CA takes me right back to my childhood. The appliance is equipped with the features to help you make delicious waffles fast and easily.

The shiny stainless steel housing makes the waffle maker easy to clean. It is fitted with nonstick plates which make the waffles easy to remove when cooked.

With a five-setting browning control thermostat, you can bake your waffles to perfection, whichever way your family likes them. Indicator lights on the front of the appliance tell you when the waffle is ready to cook and when the waffles are ready to eat.

Unlike some models where the lid pops up affecting cooking times and how crispy the waffles get, the Cuisinart WMR-CA has a weighted lid.The lid stays closed during cooking to ensure you get perfect waffles every time.

My favorite feature of the Cuisinart WMR-CA is the cooking speed. Getting breakfast on the table for four hungry boys would be a drag if it couldn’t pop out a deliciously baked waffle every couple of minutes. The waffles are big enough to share while the rest are cooking and this is a lifesaver if you’re baking for a large family.

It’s rubber feet make the waffle maker steady on all counter-top types. If you’re storing yours in a cupboard or drawer, the cable tucks neatly away underneath the waffle maker.

Cuisinart WMR-CA Traditional Waffle Maker Demo

The Pros and Cons of the Traditional Thin Waffle Iron

One annoying thing about some online reviews is that the promotion of a product’s positives at the expense of any negatives. For that reason, I am going to give you what I think are best bits as well as the pieces where I believe the appliance falls a little short.

The Good Bits

The Cuisinart WMR-CA waffle maker is one of the best budget thin waffle makers on the market today. Not only is the price competitive, but the appliance also delivers the most delicious waffles right from your kitchen.
The polished stainless steel exterior and compact size mean you need to sacrifice little space in your kitchen. If your home is like mine, the waffle maker will become a permanent fixture of your kitchen.

Baking takes only a couple of minutes, with indication lamps to show you when the waffle maker is ready to bake. Another indicator will also light up when the waffles are done.

The waffle maker grids are a dream to clean. Although not removable, they are non-stick, and so you will only need a soft cloth to clean them.
Controlled browning allows you to bake your waffles just how you like them. With five browning settings, every member of the family has a choice in just how brown they want theirs.

The Cons

There are few negatives to this product but as we both know there’s got to be something. Although the price is affordable at under $30, I have found that the product may initially appear to be of cheaper quality. This was my first impression when I got it out of its packaging and is a natural reaction. However, once you start using the waffle maker, it proves itself.

Having removable grids would have been ideal for easier cleaning. Lack of removable grids is not a deal breaker as maintenance and cleaning are easy.
A beeping sound when the waffles are done would have been great. You have to keep your eye on the waffle maker so that you can take the waffle out when it lights up. Keeping your eye on the lamps can be difficult when you are multitasking but not impossible.

The price for the thin waffle maker is under $30 unlike other competing offers such as the BLACK+DECKER G48TD 3-in-1 Waffle Maker & Indoor Grill/Griddle which retails for around $70. Do not underestimate the performance of this appliance based on just the price, let the results speak for it.

The Verdict

After owning and using the Cuisinart WMR-CA waffle maker, I have no hesitation in recommending it to someone looking for the best waffle maker for thin waffles. Its space saving features and ease of cleaning and maintenance makes it the perfect choice for every busy mom. The results are consistent, and it produces perfectly baked waffles at every turn.