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Chef'sChoice WafflePro 840B
Unique Quad Baking System lets you select the ideal Flavor, Texture and Color. Unique floting top plate insures uniform waffle thickness.
Fast Bake for crisp waffles with fresh oven flavor
Professional heavy duty
Waffle ready beeper and light
Built in cord storage
1 year warranty
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118 of 119 found the following review helpful:
A fantastic waffle press!Sep 14, 2007
By J. Thompson
This waffle iron is great, and I've had several different brands/models so I speak from past experience (I make waffles at least twice a week). It heats up quickly and the controls are very logical. The darkness adjustment has a very nice range - from VERY light to quite dark. If your waffle recipe has no sugar at all, I suggest adding just a tad to aid browning. Without sugar, it is difficult for proper caramelization to occur.
This waffler has great audible signals, so you can make waffles while you're walking around the kitchen doing other stuff - there's no need to watch for a light to turn off. That is a feature I especially enjoy, because it's quite boring to sit and watch a waffle maker cook or wait for it to heat up. I whip up my waffle batter and start making waffles while I'm preparing the rest of breakfast. When I hear a beep, I turn around, pull the waffle out, add more batter, and go back to what I was doing.
To get the most enjoyment from your waffler, I recommend purchasing a portioning scoop. A scoop will change your life when making waffles and pancakes - measuring cups just don't work a tenth as well. A #10 scoop is just about perfect, because if you fill it up with thick waffle batter and don't level it off, you'll get almost a perfect half-cup of batter, which is exactly what this waffler handles well. A #12 is fine too, but you will have to really overload it if you don't want to leave any space. A #8 is too big - it would need to be leveled off, which is a messy pain. This waffler will make perfect waffles with no incomplete edges if you have a properly leavened recipe and use exactly 1/2 cup of batter.
The shape of these waffles were a surprise to me - I was expecting a thicker Belgian waffle of the type you see in restaurants. Instead, these waffles are more like large Eggo waffles and are just over one-half inch thick. I was actually happy to see that, as Belgian waffles are not preferred by waffle connoisseurs because they don't have the right interior-exterior balance. In my opinion, these waffles are PERFECTLY shaped and just the right thickness. They also split apart nicely without tearing, which is nice if you only want a half-waffle.
Finally, this waffler is quite easy to clean. If you stick to the half-cup rule, you will very rarely have overflow, and in that case it has a nice channel to catch the drips, which usually end up cooked anyway and easily lift off with the waffle.
One last thing - here's the recipe I recommend using with this waffler. I've had great results with it. I will assume you properly know how to mix together ingredients (i.e., wet and dry mixed separately, then put together until moist but still lumpy - DON'T OVERMIX). Wet: 1 3/4 c. buttermilk or homemade yogurt, two eggs, 1 tbsp. sugar, 1 tsp. salt, 4 tbsp. melted butter. Dry: 2 c. unbleached flour, 3/4 tsp. baking soda. These ingredients yield enough batter for about 7 waffles with this waffle maker, and each waffle will have about 250 calories. These waffles freeze very well if you let them air-dry on a rack and then stack them up in a freezer bag; they come apart easily while frozen, just reheat in a toaster oven for easy and quick morning breakfasts. There is NO REASON to buy supermarket frozen waffles anymore!
Safety note: Probably not a great appliance for kids to use alone, as the top and bottom both get very hot and the top swings free when the lid is open.
93 of 93 found the following review helpful:
Decent for the price, but check out the M840 and M850 alsoMay 08, 2008
By Prime Chuck
This is a very good waffle iron for its price class. Fairly powerful and versatile. But it can't compare to it's much pricier and superior sibling, the M850. If you are a waffle fanatic and can afford it, I recommend the M850, it cooks hotter, makes bigger waffles, etc. In this price range I prefer this unit's heart style sibling, the M840 (yes I actually really own all three models - waffles are a passion of mine). The reason I like it better is that the grid holes are smaller which lends itself better to softer waffles, especially ones with chocolate chips, blueberries or other ingredients that taste better when baked within the dough as opposed to being fried against the waffle iron plating. Sometimes a doughier softer waffle is just fun too, and the M840 does that best because of it's smaller grid indents. Sometimes a crisper well done waffle hits the spot and the M850 does that best because of its higher wattage and larger fancier grid plates. The M840B doesn't crisp as much as the M850, yet will burn chocolate chips, blueberries, etc. more than the M840 because of the larger belgian grid pattern increasing the waffle iron plating exposure to the batter. So, although a good waffle iron, it represents a compromise. If you really like the larger belgian grid pattern to hold more syrup or toppings, and don't want to invest in a high priced unit like the M850, this is a good one. If you prefer traditional waffles, the M840 heart style is probably a better choice (it's essentially a normal waffle grid pattern with the squares squished into diamond shapes). If you want the power to make a truly crisp or ice cream cone textured waffle, then the M850 is the necessary choice. I've been using mine daily for quite a few months and had no problems. The brand seems to be well thought out and the build quality seems more than adequate. Whichever model you pick, enjoy! A good waffle for breakfast is a great way to get the day started right.
12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Good waffle maker, but want to set the record straight...Jun 04, 2011
First waffle maker we've had and we couldn't be happier. I disagree with some reviews and feature lists I've read. I do like this waffle iron and would purchase again, but to set the record straight:
- Clean up is easy, even if you spill a little into the overflow, everything wipes up with a paper towel (just need to be sure you spray/oil before the first time you use the waffle iron (may not be necessary with the non-stick coating but it is recommended)
- The more crisp setting still leaves the middle moist - it does not crisp all the way through, but the texture is still great
- The color is not quite uniform on any of the color settings - going to a higher setting does produce a darker waffle but the edges do not cook as much as the middle (heat distribution could be better, but it is cooked through)
- The cord does not retract. I read a description that said it had a retractable cord. The cord wraps/winds around the bottom for easy storage.
14 of 15 found the following review helpful:
excellent waffle makerJan 25, 2008
By Monte Moore
This waffle maker is the bomb. I've had mine for almost a year now and am completely satisfied with it. It reaches operational heat in a couple of minutes and then cranks out the waffles. Once it has initially reached its operational temperature it quickly reheats (as in less than a minute) for the next waffle. This thing works so fast I wouldn't hesitate to cook waffles for a dozen people or more. The temperature controller works well and it is easy to adjust your waffle from any level of soft and chewy to brown and crispy, or a combination of the two. It is easy to clean as well. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another. The alarms and lights are still working well. I love it.
10 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Mixed resultsMar 07, 2011
By SARAH E. ARNETT
The waffles are decent and evenly cooked, but the labels for the settings and lights wore off after the second or third use. It's also difficult to clean as excess batter that drips over the hot plate seeps into the dial control.
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