Cuisinart Double Belgian Review
Pros: Makes 2 waffles at once, good taste/texture, indicator lights and beeps
Cons: Very large and heavy, can be difficult to clean
Our Analysis and Test Results
Waffle bunk beds may sound like a childhood dream, but this double-decker waffle maker delivers on that fantasy. With two round waffle irons stacked on top of one another, the Cuisinart Double Belgian makes twice the waffles of most machines. This makes it a great choice for those that tend to frequently have guests over for breakfast.
Deep Pocketed, Belgian Waffles
Most home waffles makers opt for classic styles waffles, which are much fluffier than a pancake but have relatively shallow pockets. The Cuisinart Double Belgian produces true Belgian-style waffles with very deep pockets and an almost criminal level of fluffiness. This is more akin to what you would get in a restaurant, and is sure to impress any breakfast guests you may have.
Despite having one of the most intricate designs, the Cuisinart Double Belgian manages to keep its cooking process fairly simple and straightforward. Once turned on, both a beep and a light tell you when the plates are up to temperature. You then open the top, pour your batter, close the top, flip, open and pour batter on the second plate, then close and flip again. Each set of plates has its own timer to let you know when each waffle is done. That may have sounded a bit confusing, but we can almost guarantee that after one pair of waffles you'll have it down pat.
Make Sure You Have Enough Space
The biggest drawback with the Cuisinart Double Belgian is its size. Measuring in at 10.6" x 16.5" x 10.3" and tipping the scales at over 13 pounds, this is definitely the kind of appliance that would rather live on your counter than be shoved into an overhead cabinet.
Occasional Cleaning Difficulties
As long as you're diligent about oiling the waffle irons with each use, the waffles will generally come right up without leaving much of a mess, necessitating only some wiping down and drying. However, if you do get some burning, the sheer size of the Cuisinart Double Belgian can make cleaning a bit difficult. We wish the waffle irons were removable, but alas they are fixed to the machine. We certainly wouldn't call this a dealbreaker for those that want to make Belgian waffles with expediency, but it can definitely be an annoyance.
The Cuisinart Double Belgian lists for $100, but generally sells for around $75 at most online retailers. Considering the unit's size, capacity and quality, this feels like quite a deal if you're planning to make a lot of waffles. If speed isn't needed for your homemade waffle days, or storage room is an issue for you, there may be a better value to be found in the Presto Flipside.
The Cuisinart Double Belgian is the best way we've found for quickly serving up fluffy waffles to a big group of guests or family. Just remember that it is quite large, so you'll have to make sure you have somewhere to store it, or be ok with it living on your countertop.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata