Traditional flat waffle irons are the exception these days, with thick Belgian waffles commanding prime breakfast real estate. Chowhounds endorse several irons that yield old-fashioned thin waffles.
Cuisinart makes three models garnering thumbs-up for ease of use and even heating. The Round Classic waffle iron and Heart-Shaped waffle iron (which produces a roundish flower that comes apart into 5 hearts!) cost around $30, and both store horizontally so they don’t take up much space. The 6-square iron is a larger, heavier model that makes a lot at once–great for serving a bunch of people or making batches for freezing.
Allstonian has been very happy with VillaWare’s Classic Heart Waffle Iron, which has a light and sounds a tone to let you know your waffle’s ready.
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