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Dash Mini Maker Griddle Review

An inexpensive appliance that makes mini waffles and other creative treats with ease
Dash Mini Maker Griddle
Credit: Dash
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Price:   $15.00 List | $12.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Small and convenient, stores easily, cooks evenly, lots of recipes readily available
Cons:  No timer, only makes one small waffle at a time
Manufacturer:   Dash
By Michelle Powell and Max Mutter  ⋅  Aug 4, 2021
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Our Verdict

For those that like their waffles on the smaller side or that like to experiment with waffle maker recipes, the compact and adorable Dash Mini Maker Griddle is a perfect choice. This tiny and spartan waffle maker churns out four-inch round waffles — great for a tasty breakfast side, for a waffle and ice cream dessert, or for making a waffle sandwich. Operation couldn't be simpler — you plug it in, wait for the preheat light to turn on, and then start cooking. There isn't any integrated timer to make sure you don't leave the waffle on too long, but in general we found it quite hard to burn a waffle with this iron. Despite its small stature and low price, it still manages to cook evenly and thoroughly, making it a great addition to any kitchen.

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison

Credit: Laura Casner

Impressive Cooking Performance

Our favorite part of the Mini Maker Griddle is how well it cooks. One might expect a small and inexpensive appliance to make sacrifices in cooking performance, but the Mini Maker Griddle manages to buck that assumption. Waffle after waffle, it cooked things evenly and thoroughly in our testing. It also generally avoids burning and scorching. Even when we left waffles on the griddle for a few minutes longer than we meant to, we just got a deeper level of browning instead of burning.

The tiny waffles are evenly cooked and scrumptious.
The tiny waffles are evenly cooked and scrumptious.
Credit: Laura Casner

A Plethora of Recipes and Possibilities

Waffles aren't the only things you can cook on a waffle iron, and the Mini Maker Griddle makes experimenting with those alternative recipes both easy and fun. First off, the Mini Maker Griddle comes with a recipe book to broaden your waffle horizons. Secondly, a bit of community has sprung up surrounding this waffle maker, which has led to a multitude of recipes being available online. Finally, the smaller, four inch waffle that this maker produces is better for most recipes (or even making waffle sandwiches) than a full-sized waffle maker would be. For instance, as delicious as a cheesy hashbrown waffle is, a giant eight inch one can feel a bit excessive.

In general, batter messes are kept to a minimum.
In general, batter messes are kept to a minimum.
Credit: Laura Casner

Perhaps most importantly, we found this iron's even and consistent cooking translated to whatever foodstuff we threw at it. Whether it was batter, tater tots, eggs and cheese, or dough, the Mini Maker Griddle cooked everything all the way through without burning the surface or edges.

Minimal Mess

Though the batter overflow basin of the Mini Maker Griddle is quite shallow and somewhat ineffective, we found that most spills came out of the front of the machine. Because the machine is so small, it was easy to move it and quickly take care of these messes. Because the griddle is small, it can be easy to overload batter if you're used to a bigger machine, but you quickly get a gauge for how much batter should go in.

Simple Operation

You use this machine simply by plugging it in and waiting for the preheat light to turn on. Once it's on, the griddle is up to temperature, and you can start cooking. You can't do things like set the exact heat level or set a timer on the machine, so you'll have to keep track of cooking time on your own.


The Mini Maker Griddle is one of the least expensive models we've tested, providing a lot of functionality and creative opportunities for a very low price. As long as the four inch waffle it makes is sufficient for your tastes and needs, it is a great value.


The whimsical Dash Mini Maker Griddle can't churn out giant waffles, but it is sure to become a cornerstone of creative snacks and delectable treats.

Michelle Powell and Max Mutter

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