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They say good things come in small packages, and home appliances are no exception — especially when it comes to waffle makers.
Dash’s Mini Waffle Maker ($9.99 to $14.99) is blowing the competition away on Amazon. Not only is this adorable little electric griddle the No. 1 bestseller in the retailer’s launchpad category, which showcases ambitious startups and their products, it boasts more than 3,000 — yes, 3,000— 5-star reviews from verified purchasers. That’s a lot of happy waffle consumers!
Plenty sets this compact food maker apart from the pack. For starters, it’s super fast! With a 4-inch, non-stick surface that cooks a waffle in three minutes or less after being plugged in, the Dash Mini Maker is ideal for those days you’re running late but still need to grab a quick bite. “It makes a waffle in about two minutes,” one reviewer wrote, adding, “About the time it takes to make my coffee.”
Then, there’s the convenience factor. Weighing in at just over a pound and fitting in the palm of your hand, you can store this little beauty in even the smallest of spaces or take it along wherever you go, be it camping, off to college, or even on your travels.
You’ll also be reducing waste with use, since 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter is all you’ll need to get started on making personal, Eggo-sized light and fluffy waffles for your daily enjoyment. “The waffles look like an Eggo, but they are oh-so-much better,” one reviewer exclaimed. “Definitely, depending on the batter, as good or better than any at a pancake shop.”
This is likely due to the waffle maker’s temperature-regulated heating element, which automatically turns on and off while cooking to ensure that the surface is never too cold or too hot.
Dash’s Mini Maker is also plenty versatile, with waffles being the tip of the iceberg of items that can be whipped up with this handy device. It comes with a book full of recipes as well as a recipe database full of tips for cooking everything from breakfast sandwiches and hash browns to quesadillas and crab cakes.
“At first, I laughed [because] thought it was too small to really do anything,” one reviewer admitted. “I was so wrong, it’s an amazing little waffle maker!! [I] can cook almost anything on it! I have cooked eggs, waffles, and French toast.”
And once you’ve breezed through your perfect meal? Simply clean the non-stick surface for your next use — a task reviewers say is a breeze. “The non-stick surface really is nonstick. Kind of critical with a waffle maker, so the waffles come off clean without scraping and scrubbing.”
Prices range by color and shape (several models produce pumpkin or heart-shaped waffles), but each one comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty, so you won’t have to worry about it breaking down after a few uses.
We don’t know about you, but we’re suddenly craving waffles something fierce!
Where to buy: $9.99 to $14.99, Amazon
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