If you’re looking to make thick and fluffy waffles at home for you and your family, there are plenty of waffle makers on the market that will let you do just that. They make Belgian style waffles that have deep pockets so that you can load them with maple syrup, strawberries, butter, chocolate sauce or whipped cream. They’re usually crispy on the outside and light and fluffy inside. But what if you want to make classic thin waffles that are all around crispy? For that you will need the best thin waffle maker on the market, but surprisingly they’re few and far between.
The big advantage of classic waffles is that you can make them in large batches and freeze them for another day. Just bake them, let them cool and freeze them with wax paper in between. They can be reheated in a toaster oven or countertop toaster straight from the freezer.
While a few models claim to be a regular waffle maker and not Belgian, most of those are somewhere in between because they try to straddle both worlds by giving you the option of choosing a temperature and time setting for either one. However, more often than not, the pockets that these waffle makers have are too deep to really qualify. Therefore we have scoured the marketplace to find which exact models really do make thin waffles. Our picks for the best waffle maker for thin waffles all feature shallow wells, make thin waffles and make them evenly crisp.
If you want to make more than just waffles in your appliance, you could instead shop for a waffle maker that has removable plates that you switch out for grill plates for sandwiches. If Belgian waffles are more your style, then take a look at these double-sided waffle makers that make more than one waffle at a time. The ceramic plate waffle makers also tend to give you Belgian-style waffles.
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Best Non-Belgian Waffle Maker Options
All-Clad 99012GT Stainless Steel Classic Round Waffle Maker
The absolute top rated thin crispy waffle maker is the All-Clad 99012GT that makes 6.5 inch diameter round waffles that are 1/2 an inch thick and has cross center grooves to make it easy to cut each into 4 quarters. It features 7 browning levels and a steam release method so that you get them perfectly crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
When the waffle is ready, it sounds an alert and the ready indicator light goes on. The surface is non-stick and releases a cooked waffle easily and is easy to clean. The outer surface is made of highly polished stainless steel and is also easy to wipe clean. There is also a power indicator light to let you know that the unit is on. When not in use, you can lock it closed with the latch and store it vertically if you’re short on space.
While this is not a low cost waffle maker, its quality and ability to give perfect results consistently justifies its price tag and makes it the best thin waffle maker on this list. However, just like most waffle makers, you should not try to make waffles without some oil in the batter, as they will stick otherwise, and the non-stick surface will start to peel early.
Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker
If you simply can’t justify the cost of the All Clad above then pick the Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker for less than half the cost. Instead of 7 browning levels you get 5 but the results are still pretty good. This also makes a 4 quarter large round traditional style waffle on non-stick baking plates inside stainless steel housing.
The unit features a weighted lid so that there’s even browning. It should take just 2-3 minutes to get a golden brown waffle. There is a red indicator light to tell you that it’s ready for you to fill it with batter, and a green light to tell you when the waffle is done.
Don’t expect to get large waffles with this unit. They are medium in size but since they cook quickly, you’ll be able to make many in a short amount of time. Some users complain that the top is loose but that is part of the design. The green light also seems to come on too early, so in the beginning it’s a good idea to test time it by trying to lift the lid when the indicator turns green. If you meet with resistance, then leave it for a few extra seconds before trying again. The lid should lift more easily if the waffle is fully cooked.
Chef’s Choice 854 Classic Pro 4-Square Waffle Maker
For a mid-priced unit, the Chef’s Choice 854 Classic Pro 4-Square Waffle Maker will give you four 4″ by 4″ and 1/2″ thick square waffles in about 2-3 minutes. This is the best classic waffle maker that makes square ones instead of round. You can adjust the browning level and choose if you want crispness only on the outside or all the way through. When you see the ready to bake indicator light come on, you fill the plates while taking care not to overfill. The top lid closes evenly over all the waffles because of the unique floating hinge, ensuring that their thickness is uniform. When the waffles are ready, you’ll hear a beep and an indicator light will turn on. They’ll release easily from the plates and they’ll be evenly browned all over.
The unit is easy to clean and store, as the cord wraps around the base and it can be stored on its side once the lid is latched down.
If you want to save a bit on the cost and don’t need to make waffles for many people, then get the Chef’s Choice 852 Classic Wafflepro 2 Square Waffle Maker, which makes 2 square waffles at the same time. In fact, it performs even better than the 4 waffle version in terms of consistency, which is probably because it only has to cook 2 at a time and can therefore regulate surface temperature better.
And if you’d like to make 5 heart shaped waffles for your family then the Chef’s Choice 840 WafflePro Express Waffle Maker has all the same features and is also a great thin crispy waffle maker. Be warned that this machine makes Scandinavian waffles, which are quite thin. However, it has an overrun channel that’s really easy to clean.
How to Make Thin Waffles
Many first time waffle cooks have a few common problems making thin crispy waffles. One is overestimating how much batter should be poured into the plates. Since the pockets in a thin waffle maker are shallow, there is a greater risk that the batter will overflow and create a mess when you close the lid. It helps if you have the right consistency of batter as well and making one that’s specifically intended for crisp waffles. Pour just enough to cover the base of each waffle plate.
You can’t get good waffles if you use pancake batter because pancakes are not meant to be crispy or as light as waffles. A good waffle batter has just a touch more sugar to help caramelise and brown the exterior of the waffles. Instead of adding whole eggs straight into the batter, separate the whites from the yolks and only add the yolks at first. Whip the egg whites separately into peaks and fold them into the batter right before you pour the batter into the hot waffle maker. This helps make light and airy instead of dense waffles and also helps crisp them up more than Belgian waffles. The Food and Wine Magazine has a great recipe for crispy thin waffle batter.
The plates have to be completely hot when you pour the batter on so that the exterior immediately starts cooking and crisping up. A plate that is not hot will make limp and soggy waffles.
You also need a bit of oil to grease the plates but don’t use the spray type. These tend to harm the non-stick property of the plates over time and the waffles will soon start to stick instead of being released easily once cooked. Instead, just lightly brush the surfaces with cooking oil. The batter should also contain some fat to prevent sticking to the plates. If you must add fruit to the waffle while cooking, don’t add chopped ones or very juicy pieces, as they’ll add moisture to the batter, making the waffles soggy. Try to use whole berries and just drop them on top of the batter instead of mixing them into the batter.
You should ensure that each waffle is thoroughly cooked before trying to remove them, as undercooked ones will stick. When done with the whole batch, let the waffle maker cool and wipe the plates clean with just a damp cloth.