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Whether you like them traditional or thick and Belgian, the homemade waffle is a commitment because—unlike pancakes or omelets—you can’t just decide to make them without specialized equipment.

But which waffle irons or makers are best suited to your breakfast (or decadent dessert) needs? From hulking counter top behemoths to smaller, multi-function offerings, these are some of the best suited for day-to-day use, combining the necessary elements of durability, reliability, and ease of use. Here’s how to get the most out of your maple syrup delivery systems.

Value pick: Dash Express Waffle Maker Machine

Put Anything In It

For the money, you can’t do much better. Amazon

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For people with a smaller kitchen—say you live in an apartment or are looking to guarantee your status as the most popular dorm—you need something compact and, if possible, willing to take on additional jobs. If you lack space for a larger appliance, check out this device from Dash. It heats up quickly, features easy-to-clean nonstick heating pads, and makes reasonably sized 8-inch waffles. The true selling point is its versatility.

Classic pick: Cuisinart WAF-200

Non-Stick And Easy-To-Use

It may do one job, but it does it very, very well. Amazon

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There is something to be said about pure focus. That’s what the WAF-200 is all about. It’s designed to look as no-nonsense as it performs, and it makes hefty 4-slice Belgian waffles with adjustable browning controls to ensure you get the precise mix of crispy and spongy. The nonstick pads are also easy to clean.

Budget pick: Oster Belgian Waffle Maker

Affordable And Great

It’s compact, storable, and the plates are very easy to clean. Amazon

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Able to make 8-inch round Belgian waffles, the Oster requires a little more of a learning curve than some others. The indicator lights tell you when the plates are ready, but you’ll have to closely monitor the waffles to ensure they’re done to your liking. Rather than a “browning” control, it only has a temperature control for the pads, so you’ll likely do some trial and error as you work out the best temp/time combo for the ideal waffle. But R&D never tasted so good.

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