Belgian Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine’s Day? The Lowdown on Waffle Makers

Valentine’s day is a big deal nowadays. If you are in a longer term relationship with someone, it can be difficult to come up with different ideas to make this particular day a bit more special than the rest.

I bought the usual presents for my partner but wanted to do something a little different. I decided I was going to make a romantic breakfast with my loved one’s favourite foods and do something a bit more unusual and make Belgian heart shaped waffles. Lucky boy!

Having never made them before, I really had no idea how to make waffles and what type of machine to buy. I was honestly surprised, I thought these machines would be hard to find but actually there are lots of makes and models out there.

If you, like I did, ever need a Belgian heart shaped waffle maker review, then this review is for you.

I have reviewed the Top 3 Belgian Waffle Makers with their specifications, benefits/disadvantages and the low down on each model. I hope this makes your life easier if you are ever in the market to buy one of the waffle machines.

Chef’s Choice M840 WafflePro 

Specification:

  • Non-stick
  • Bakes 5 heart-shaped Belgian waffles at a time
  • Quad baking system for custom texture and color
  • fast temperature recovery
  • Unique “floating” top plate for uniform thickness
  • Measures approximately 12 by 12-4/5 by 5-1/5 inches;
  • 1-year limited warranty

Advantages: Waffles remove easily from the non-stick coating, keeps clean easily.  Floating plates for thickness uniformity. 

Disadvantages: Can go soggy, the heat produces steam that makes the waffles go soft. The thin and crispy setting, which is very thin, has a tendency to burn sometimes.

Any good?

The Chef’s Choice is a mid-priced, heart shaped Belgian waffle maker. The waffles are of even texture due to the floating plates and come out of the machine easily due to the non-stick coating. There are lots of temperature settings, play around with these as they take some getting used to but once you do work these out, the waffles are great.

I tried all 5 heat settings, along with all of the thickness settings. The waffles were cooked well and the only one that burnt slightly was the thin and crispy setting, which I believe is a little too thin. Other than that a great, easy to clean machine.

VillaWare UNO Petite Heart – Belgian Waffler 

Specification:

  • Electric waffle maker for making heart-shaped waffles
  • Creates 3 deep-pocket mini waffles in under 3 minutes
  • Adjustable plates for different waffle thickness
  • Includes 7 temperature settings
  • Non-stick grid
  • Illuminated power light and tone signal
  • Measures 11 by 8 by 3-1/2 inches;
  • 1-year warranty

Advantages: 7 temperature settings, non-stick, light over the plates, fast heat.

Disadvantages: Small waffles, more heat on one side than the other on lower setting. 

Functionality? 

This waffle maker is in the lower price bracket and I believe represents huge value for money. It has 7 heat settings and heats up super quickly (saving time) and produces (mostly) even results. It is compact in size and easy to clean. It has a guard, so any mix that overspills goes into this guard and not onto your kitchen countertop.

Euro Cuisine (Eco) Heart Shaped Waffle Maker 

Specification: 

  • PTFE and PFOA free non-stick plates
  • Eco friendly plates
  • Adjustable temperature control
  • Vertical storage
  • Durable chrome exterior 

Advantages: Uses toxin-free plates, easy clean, adjustable temperature and waffle thickness.

Disadvantages: Not as many thickness settings as other models and maximum temperature setting not so hot, so waffles don’t become as crispy.

 The Reality 

This waffle machine is a so-called ‘eco’ machine, as it uses toxin-free plastic coating on the plates.

It is unique in the fact that it is the only waffle maker on the market that uses this type of plates.  These plates are easy to clean and totally non-stick. The waffles lift off easily and quickly, whether you pre-oil them or not.

As an experiment, I also used it with cake mix and it worked really well. 

My View 

Obviously, the machine you buy is subjective. What is important to you personally.  Value for money. Does it look nice? How much will you use it? I believe all of the machines I have mentioned above represent value for money. All are easy to clean, and look good if you want to keep it out on the kitchen countertop.

If you are a little more particular with your waffles and want more heat settings and variable thickness, then I would suggest the VilaWare model is for you. If you like larger waffles, with deeper grids then the Chef’s Choice would be a great option for you.

My overall preference was the Euro Cuisine machine. It appealed to me as it has the functionality I required. It makes Belgian waffles which I know my partner loves, has versatile temperature settings, is easy clean and also less toxins on the plates.

Keeping my partner happy, looking after the environment and ingesting less toxins, to me, that can only be a good thing.

Happy Shopping!