KitchenAid Pro Line Series Waffle Baker Review

by Lisa Whistler

KitchenAid Pro Line Series Waffle BakerWaffles are a Sunday morning tradition for my family.  I recently upgraded to the KitchenAid Pro Line Series Waffle Baker and I am so glad I did.  This waffle maker creates two seven and a half inch waffles at once, helping me get waffles on the table in record time. The double-sided clamshell baking unit flips over to allow for even cooking and great consistency.  Its stainless steel and die-cast metal construction is solid, sturdy, and stands up well to the constant chaos in my kitchen. The non-stick waffle plates make removal and cleaning easy –no scrubbing or sprays required!

Pros:

  • Two Waffles at a Time: When it’s waffle morning it seems like I can’t get the waffles on the table fast enough!  My family is always able to eat them before I can get new ones out.  Being able to cook two waffles at a time allows me to keep up with the demand (and maybe get a few bites in myself!)

  • Unit Flips for Great Consistency: Waffles always taste best when they’re crispy on the outside and fluffy and moist on the inside.  The KitchenAid Pro creates waffles that fit that description exactly.  The fact that the unit flips allows the waffles to cook evenly, giving you that perfect texture every time. 

  • Truly Non-Stick: I love making waffles, but I hate spending twenty minutes after I’m done cleaning out every bit of stuck-on gunk off the griddle.  With this waffle maker elbow-grease is a thing of the past.  The griddles are truly non-stick.  The waffles pop out without a fight (I use a plastic fork to make sure I don’t damage the surface) and any extra batter dries up and flakes off easily.  All I have to do is wipe it down and it’s good to go!  I don’t even have to use any cooking spray to get the waffles out. 

  • Heavy-Duty Construction: I almost laughed when I took this unit out of the box.  It’s so heavily built it feels like a tank!  However, this has proven to be a very good thing.  Cheaply made waffle irons never seem to last very long in my house, but this machine is built to endure.  It is very solidly constructed and has held up to being moved around and even dropped a few times.  It’s definitely very well made.

Cons:

  • Heavy: As you might expect from such a solidly built machine, this waffle maker is not light.  It certainly has a bit of heft, so if you’re planning on moving it back and forth between your counter and storage it might be a bit inconvenient.  We use it so often that we haven’t noticed this, though, and despite its weight it stores really well.

  • No Automatic Shut-Off: This waffle iron doesn’t come with an automatic shut-off, so if you tend to get distracted and forget to turn off appliances you may run into some problems.  The power does cycle on and off over a two and a half hour period, so it won’t overheat.  I’ve just trained myself to unplug it once the last waffles are done, and that’s worked very well for us.

The KitchenAid Pro is a well-built, high quality waffle maker that compares to some I’ve seen in restaurants.  It produces delicious Belgian waffles every time.  I love its high quality build and flipping capabilities.  I’m confident it will stick with us for a very long time, and I’m looking forward to making many more delicious waffles with it.

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