Several years ago now, I decided that I would like a waffle maker for Christmas, and embarked upon a round of research, to decide which one. I was tempted by the appliances that make those pretty little heart-shaped waffles, but in the end I decided that I wanted a better quality, more substantial machine, and opted for the Krups. I bought mine from Amazon, and they are currently on sale there for £48.55. Clearly not the cheapest machine available but this is a a solid, dependable machine.
I'd say that I am sort of middle of the road when it comes to kitchen gadgets (and I think I'd class this as a gadget) I have a bread-maker which I use a few times a week, a yoghurt maker that is used only very occasionally and an ice-cream maker that I can't remember when I last used it. So I do have some things, and a chequered past for using them, but I would classify what I have and more particularly what I use, as "cook's" stuff, nothing cheffy like a blow torch or anything.
The waffle maker has been a great addition to the kitchen, it is smart and stylish (black and metal) and stands on end to fit away very neatly in the pantry. The cord can be wrapped around part of the base for neatness too. It is a sleek, simple design: the device is switched on by plugging it in, and there are two lights - the green tells you when it is on, and the yellow tells you when it has reached the right temperature. However I think it would benefit from being a bit less sleek and having a timer, as timing is pretty important in the making of waffles - I have to set the timer on my oven to 3 minutes once I have put the batter into the plates. Still, as you can see, this can be overcome, and this does make excellent waffles - large and deep, crunchy on the outside, but not all the way through. I would recommend buying a book of recipes to make the most of the machine.
Once you have made your waffles the plates are phenomenally easy to clean. To be honest after plain waffles they need no cleaning at all - when I include fruit (blueberries, apple or raspberries are all good) there is sometimes a little attached to the plates after cooking, but that just rubs off.
The waffles made are very popular with all the family, and make a substantial breakfast. It can be speedy too, as batter can be prepared the day before, then just finished off in the time it takes for the plates to heat up (not very long at all) and you're good to go! So where does it fit on being used? We started off using it a lot, and as you would expect that use has now decreased, but it's still there, between the bread maker and the yoghurt maker. I tend to make waffles at weekends, as the recipes I like best are a bit more time consuming.
Lots of recipes for waffles can also be cooked as pancakes, so if you don't have much storage space in your kitchen, I would recommend just getting a recipe book and trying them out this way first, but if you are still keen, and breakfast is an important part of your day, then this would be a great buy.
Krups is recognised world-wide as the coffee expert / They have contined this expertise into tabletop products with the Krups waffle maker / The stylish waffle maker designed by Grcic, has deep waffle plates which allow you to create authentic Belgium waffles with even more toppings for a gourmet treat in your own home / The non-stick plates produce quality waffles and are easy to clean with minimal effort / And with vertical easy store, you can even save valuable space in your cupboards.