We sell a variety of waffle makers. Today we’d like to discuss how you can choose the best one for your business.

1) Know What Kind of Waffles You Plan to Sell

In last week’s post, we discussed several types of waffles. As noted in Types of Waffles, waffles can be round, rectangular, or square. Our manufacturers offer equipment to make waffles in all of these shapes as well as waffle boats, waffles on a stick, and mini waffles.

Before you can choose which brand or model will work best for you, you’ll need to know what you plan to make and how you wish to serve your waffles – as breakfast, dessert, or with main entrées.

2) Know How Many You’ll Need to Make

Our manufacturers sell light- to heavy-duty waffle makers. Some are single units while others are dual or double.

Light-duty waffle makers are perfect for self-service operations such as in hotel buffet lines. They make one waffle at a time.

Heavy-duty waffle machines are better suited for back-of-the-house operations and are a bit faster. They are built to endure the abuse of steady, consistent use for longer periods of time.


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Single units have top and bottom grids, fitting perfectly together to form one waffle at a time. They are typically designed for light-duty operations, making 20-35 waffles an hour. They can be used in commercial kitchens to make breakfast waffles, desserts, or waffles for entrees.

Dual or double models are ideal for high-volume operations. They are like single waffle makers except they have two waffle irons side by side. This enables them to produce 40-60 waffles an hour. They can be used for self-service applications that expect heavy traffic.


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The dual and double models typically come with separate controls and timers for the two sides.

Stacked double waffle machines have single temperature control and timer but have two waffle irons stacked on top of each other. They can be flipped to allow access to one waffle at a time. They are most valued for their compact footprint.

3) Know What Features are Important to You

For example, would you prefer a fixed or rotating waffle iron? Fixed waffle machines cut down on labor, but the rotating irons provide a more even bake.

Controls are usually a single dial, but you can get units with flip switches and timers. Take special care to read the benefits and specifications of the models to ensure you get the features you most want.


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Different voltage options are also available. Most units come in 120 or 240 volts. If your kitchen requires something different, contact us so we can let the manufacturer know.

You can also purchase waffle irons made of different materials, such as cast aluminum, cast steel, cast iron, or nonstick materials. These options don’t affect the quality of results but do impact cleanability.

4) Know What Accessories You Need

Some businesses need more than just the waffle machine. You can also purchase batter dispensers, drip trays, and separate timers. Drip trays make items and counters easier to keep clean. The separate timers are mostly purchased for waffle units that don’t have them built-in already.


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If you plan to make more than traditional waffles, consider purchasing a cone and bowl forming kit or a waffle cone display case.

If you have any questions, let us know.

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