KRUPS GQ502D Review
Pros: Large capacity, dishwasher safe, removable griddles
Cons: Can take long to heat up/cook, corners cooked more than centers
Our Analysis and Test Results
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 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 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.
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