Quick glimpse at the Villaware Iron
Today, we shall have a look at the various pros and cons of the VillaWare Belgian Flip Waffle Maker, while assessing its functionality, practicality and overall value for money. Released by Villaware and sold by DealYard, this item claims to easily produce thick and fluffy waffles in no time. Waffle makers have become something of a staple in most households with more and more customers investing in these appliances: Indeed, who doesn’t like waking up to an alluring scent of piping hot, crispy waffles with some chocolate, caramel or maple syrup on the side? Fortunately, this particular product did live up to my expectations and was quite easy to use, in spite of just a few minor shortcomings.
This waffle maker features a plethora of options including a dip tray to gather any excess batter, browning control, easy cleanup, ready light and a gravity flip. This product is entirely crafted in stainless steel with reflective shale accents that will easily blend in just about any kitchen decor. It also boasts of an easy-grip temperature knob and audiovisual warning to let you know when the waffles are ready. The beep is loud enough to be heard from another room, which can be quite a handy tool for the absentminded cooks since it largely reduces the risks of burning or overcooking your food.
No more lengthy waiting time
As far as Belgian waffle makers go, this item is actually a pretty good one, in the sense that it mostly delivers what it promises. The major advantage with this product is that, in comparison with other waffle irons, it heats up fairly quickly. Personally, I found this feature to be extremely helpful, especially judging by the limited time that I have in the morning. Best of all, it emits a rather loud noise when the plates are warm enough and ready to receive the batter. The temperature can be adjusted to your liking, depending on whether you want fluffy and rather soft waffles or crispier ones.
A handy drip pan to facilitate cleaning
The temperature knob is also positioned at the very front of the apparatus to facilitate ease of use. If you’re the kind of person who prefers to go for a thin batter, you will be happy to know that the iron is even equipped with a handy drip pan that contains any overflow, hence limiting the mess. This also facilitates cleanup: indeed, some mild detergent and warm water are more than enough to completely cleanse the plates and drip pan.
Gravity Flip to ensure even cooking
This waffle maker is helpfully equipped with a Gravity Flip that to ensure even spreading and cooking of the batter. Most importantly, the lever is equipped with a stable lock which keeps the iron into place, a welcome change from other irons that tend to wobble dangerously when flipped.
A handy non-stick feature for easy cleaning
Being quite health conscious, I often try to come up with ways to reduce my fat intake, which is why I was pleasantly surprised by the iron’s non-stick feature. I found that I didn’t even need to grease the squares prior to pouring in the waffle mix which helped me limit the calories. A friend of mine also had fantastic results with the notoriously sticky buckwheat flour batter. In fact, the non-stick plates enhance the quick-cleaning function because very little debris is left behind after you take out your waffles. Long-time owners also praise the solid durability of this iron.
Drawbacks: Bulky design and short power cord
While the ergonomic lever is undoubtedly a handy feature, I found it quite bulky and heavy to tip over. The rather short power cord was also a bit of an issue for me because I had to readjust some of my kitchen accessories just to make space for the waffle iron. I have to admit that I’m not overly fan of its larger-than-average size either, particularly because it claims quite a lot of counter space.
Product variations and Warranty
The iron only comes in a stainless steel design with a mirrored surface. It is covered by a two-year warranty.
So is it worth it?
All in all, this product is quite worth the purchase, especially if you’re fond of waffles. Best of all, you don’t have to be an avid cook to use it. In fact, the non-sticky feature is perfect to reheat frozen or readymade waffles- something which I sneakily indulge in from time to time. Most importantly, the iron runs slightly cheaper than other less reliable models, hence providing definite value for money. In spite of the few minor cons, I have to admit that I’m quite satisfied with my purchase. The Classic Flip Waffle Maker yields four pieces per batch and can is available on both Amazon and the VillaWare website.