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Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Review

A good, inexpensive option for infrequent use, but not built to last
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Price:   $30 List | $22 at Amazon
Pros:  Good taste and texture, accurate browning settings, simple controls
Cons:  Construction feels flimsy, many user reviews complain of durability issues
Manufacturer:   Cuisinart
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Feb 25, 2019
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Our Verdict

In terms of value per dollar, you can't do much better than the fluffy, quite evenly cooked classic waffles that the Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic serves up for a fraction of what many other machines cost. It even has a slide that allows for adjusting the brownness of each waffle, something that is very uncommon at this price point. However, there is a downside to this economical price tag. The Cuisinart Round Classic's construction leaves a bit to be desired. The shade slider has a lot of play, so you have to fidget with it to get it exactly where you want it, and the unit itself just feels a bit rickety and unbalanced. These drawbacks are barely a nuisance for occasional use, but if you want something that can last for years and endure frequent cooking sessions, the Cuisinart Round Classic probably isn't your best bet. Additionally, the far superior Presto Flipside generally sells for not too much more. If you can find such a deal on the FlipSide, we would definitely suggest spending a bit more and getting it over the Cuisinart Round Classic.


Our Analysis and Test Results

The Cuisinart Round Classic offers good waffles at a very low price, making it a great option for those that want to make waffles at home for special occasions. If you're looking to make waffles more frequently, however, investing a bit more in a better-constructed waffle maker will likely yield a superior value in the long run.


Good Waffles, Low Price


This is pretty much the main selling point for the Cuisinart Round Classic. For not much money, you get classic style waffles that nearly match the quality of those made in machines that can cost triple. The shade knob also adds a huge level of functionality over other makers in the same price range, allowing you to manage the outer crust's level of crispiness.

The Round Classic's waffles taste great.
The Round Classic's waffles taste great.

Some Sacrafices


Unfortunately, you do have to make some sacrifices to obtain the Cuisinart Round Classic inexpensive waffles.

No Beeps


When making waffles, you need to know 1) when the iron is up to temperature and ready to cook batter, and 2) when the waffle is done cooking and ready to be taken off the iron. Most models have some sort of an auditory beep to let you know when you've reached these critical milestones. The Cuisinart Round Classic instead uses a single small LED light that switches from red to green. For preheating this is fine, but having to constantly check in on the light while a waffle is cooking to avoid burning is far less than ideal. Also, for those amongst us that suffer from red-green color blindness, that light is particularly hard to discern.

The shade knob offers a level of functionality  but also has a lot of play and is thus hard to set right where you want it.
The shade knob offers a level of functionality, but also has a lot of play and is thus hard to set right where you want it.

Questionable Construction


The biggest downside to the Cuisinart Round Classic is its build quality. When using it, you can tell that much of the cost savings that led to its low price came in the manufacturing process. The unit itself feels a bit top heavy and unbalanced, and the shade slider has a large amount of play to it. This led us to tinker with it a lot before finding the correct position for our desired shade.

These construction qualms really aren't an issue if you're only going to make waffles a few times a year. We had absolutely no issues regarding durability in making 20 waffles with the Cuisinart Round Classic during our testing. However, if you'd like to make waffles with more regularity, we would predict the Cuisinart Round Classic could give you some issues.

Value


For those that only want to makes waffles at home a few times a year for special occasions, the juxtaposition of the great waffles the Cuisinart Round Classic can make and it's low price tag is pretty great. However, those that want to make waffles a few times a month will likely find a better value by investing in a slightly higher-quality machine. You could spend a little more and get slightly better construction and more user-friendly features in the Presto Flipside, or spend more and get a machine that will likely last a lifetime in the Breville No-Mess.

Conclusion


The Cuisinart Round Classic is a great waffle maker for those that want to occasionally up their at-home breakfast game, mostly considering its impressively low price. However, if you think your waffle maker is going to see heavier use, you'll want to invest a bit more in a higher-quality machine.


Max Mutter and Steven Tata