Only the unimaginative think waffles are just for breakfast. True connoisseurs know that they make a perfect meal any time of the day, topped with maple syrup, fruit, ice-cream, fried chicken, whatever. It’s tough to find a bad way to eat a waffle. The kind you keep in the freezer are convenient, but if you want waffles that are super fluffy and have delicately crispy edges like the ones at a restaurant (not to mention way cheaper to freeze on your own), you need to get a waffle maker. As long as you can mix up some batter, these handy kitchen appliances, with their simple heating controls, deliver expert results. We’ve found four of the best, each taking a different approach to making one of the world’s most perfect pastries.