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Krups GQ502D Review

This machine can crank out multiple waffles at once and is our favorite choice for big groups
Krups GQ502D
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
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Price:   $66 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Large capacity, dishwasher safe, removable griddles
Cons:  Can take long to heat up/cook, corners cooked more than centers
Manufacturer:   KRUPS
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Aug 4, 2021
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Our Verdict

If you have a large family and want to make a lot of waffles at once, the Krups GQ502 is a good choice. It allows you to make four square, classic waffles in one go, cutting down the wait time during family brunch. It even beeps to let you know when the waffles are done, has removable irons for easy cleaning, and is quite reasonably priced. This isn't a perfect machine, however. It cooks much more slowly than most other models, so it falls short of being four times as fast single-waffle type machines. It also has some issues with evenness, as the corners of the waffles come out much crispier than the centers.

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Krups GQ502 is the best of the high-capacity square machines...
The Krups GQ502 is the best of the high-capacity square machines we've tested.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Good Waffles, Some Inconsistencies


In order to make four waffles at once, the Krups eschews the classic round shape for square. This increases cooking speed, but also increases inconsistencies. The Krups's waffles are some of the few we've encountered that have blatant hot and cold spots, with the corners getting very crispy and the centers staying quite soft. Simply by using a round shape those inconsistencies essentially disappear.

While these inconsistencies are less than ideal, it's certainly not a deal-breaker. The Krups's waffles offer a vast improvement over frozen toaster fare, and it gives you the freedom to experiment with batter recipes.

The square waffle irons are removable for easy cleaning.
The square waffle irons are removable for easy cleaning.
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User-Friendly Touches


The Krups keeps its user experience quite streamlined. It has both lights and beeps that indicate when the irons are up to temperature and ready to cook, and when the waffles are done (note: we found that the waffles often needed an extra minute or two after the machine said they were finished). The biggest concern with a large-capacity machine like the Krups is getting it clean. This machine solves that problem with easily removable irons, so you don't have to deal with the bulk of the entire unit when scrubbing and cleaning. The irons are also advertised as dishwasher safe, but whether or not you feel comfortable putting non-stick items in the dishwasher is generally a matter of personal preference.

The GQ502's indicator lights.
The GQ502's indicator lights.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


The Krups is one of the least expensive ways to get a high-capacity waffle maker. However, it does ask that you make some sacrifices in cooking consistency in order to get that speed. This machine isn't quite as fast, but can make two evenly cooked Belgian waffles in one go, and is a better value if you prioritize quality and speed.

Conclusion


The Krups is great for quickly getting waffles on the table. However, you must sacrifice even cooking in order to obtain that speed, making it a poor choice for those that want the best at-home waffle possible.

Max Mutter and Steven Tata

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