For those that are willing to make a bit of an investment in a waffle maker that can offer a seamless user experience for years to come, the Breville No-Mess is our top recommendation. This heavy-duty machine looks good on a countertop and reliably delivers delightful, evenly cooked waffles. Convenient pre-heat and fully-cooked indicators eliminate the guesswork inherent in many competing machines. The creme de la creme is its overflow batter reservoir. This nice feature eliminates the biggest annoyance in cooking waffles at home, making this far and away the most pleasant waffle maker to use that we've found. If you only make waffles occasionally, there are other models that may present a better value (like the Presto FlipSide or the Cuisinart Round Classic). But, if you find yourself craving homemade waffles multiple times a month, the extra cost of the No-Mess will certainly pay dividends in the long run.
Breville No-Mess Review
Pros: Excellent taste, less mess than competitors, 7 shade settings
Cons: Relatively expensive, large storage footprint
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Breville No-Mess came out as the clear favorites after the breakfast marathon that was our waffle maker testing. It's certainly on the pricier end of the spectrum, but for those that make waffles frequently, it is well worth the extra cost.
Minimal Mess and Fuss
Let's face it, the most annoying part of making waffles is the catch-22 of getting a full, hearty, fluffy waffle and having to deal with the mess of overflowing batter, or avoiding the mess by skimping on the batter and ending up with sad, shriveled waffle edges. The No-Mess gets around this problem by utilizing a non-stick moat for the excess batter to settle into. Instead of becoming a mess, that spilled batter turns into crispy little waffle french fries that can be dipped in syrup and enjoyed alongside the delightful fluffiness of its main waffle offerings.
In general, we've found that all waffle makers are able to make quite good waffles, regardless of their price. That being said, the No-Mess is at the forefront of that small spectrum, as it consistently churns out very evenly cooked, crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside waffles.
Conistent Shade Settings
Another place where the No-Mess leads the field is in the consistency of its shades settings. It offers 7 different settings, from very light and fluffy to dark and crispy. We found that we got nearly identical results every time we dialed in a certain setting, a feat many other machines were not able to accomplish.
Convenient Lights and Beeps
You might be surprised how many waffle makers give no indication of when they are up to temperature and ready to go, nor when the waffle is done cooking. You won't run into that issue with the No-Mess. It has both beeps and lights to let you know when you can start pouring batter, and when the waffle is fully cooked and has reached your desired level of browning.
At $130, the Breville No-Mess is one of the more expensive personal waffle makers out there. If you're only going to pull out your waffle maker a few times a year, this is probably more than you need to spend. In that case, the Presto FlipSide or the Cuisinart Round Classic would likely serve you just as well for less than half the price. However, if a homemade waffle breakfast is fast becoming a weekly tradition, the user-friendly touches and durable build of the Breville No-Mess are worth paying for.
The Breville No-Mess is both the highest quality and easiest to use waffle maker we've tested, but it does carry a correspondingly high price tag.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata