Customers with extra cash are often drawn to ‘Pro’ appliances and devices without closely examining their features. After all, who doesn’t want something that is good enough for people to make money by using it? The Waring Pro WMK600 Double Belgian Waffle-Maker is another purportedly-pro waffle maker – read on to find whether it delivers accordingly.
It wouldn’t be unfair to call the WMK600’s appearance peculiar – it resembles a coffee-making machine more than a waffle iron. The commands and the metallic design can seem a bit lackluster, but never judge a book by its cover, especially if the purpose of that ‘book’ is preparing delicious waffles.
Waring Pro waffle maker’s 15x10x9 dimensions make it medium-sized, but it can actually bake a lot more than you might think.
It makes full use of its rotary system to produce two large waffles, with the appliance splitting each waffle into four triangle pieces. One waffle is baked at the top and one at the bottom – you’re supposed to rotate the handle during the baking process, which could prove tiresome. Still, the option to bake two big waffles at once makes the WMK 600 a godsend for larger families, as they can create no less than eight waffles in a single go. Since most irons make four waffles, and with some making as little as two, Waring’s Pro model handily beats out most of its competition in terms of mass production.
Going on to the features, the WMK600 doesn’t have a whole lot of options – some might enjoy the simplicity, while others will hate the lack of a timer and similar features, especially given the name of the device. A simple button rotation will dictate the baking intensity, and there are three different beep tones, one for every baking stage. Unfortunately, misinterpreting one of them could lead to burnt waffles, so you’d do well to memorize each.
Adding to the tiring qualities of the baking plate rotation mentioned above, the WMK600 actually instructs you on the waffle-turning direction, which contributes to making the whole thing seem like a chore. Some will long for the option to press a button and go somewhere else until the waffles are done – while the manufacturer promises that the turning bakes the waffles more evenly, they’ll still probably turn out similar to what they would in any other waffle maker, except with more action on your part. On the plus side, having to turn the handle around as the waffles are being made might make you feel like you did more to cook them than simply pour the batter in.
While the price of $90 would usually be considered mediocre, it’s a strong point given the WMK600’s ability to make eight smaller waffles at once. A lot of large families are looking for a cheap waffle maker that will feed everyone quickly – if you’re in a similar situation, or if you simply have a large appetite that doesn’t like waiting, this waffle iron will make a great choice. Besides, its coffee-maker-like appearance will also help blend it in your kitchen seamlessly.
This review is in honor of my college buddy, Dan, a chiropractor in San Antonio, who dared me to write a blog on Belgian waffle makers. Here’s your review Danny!!! 🙂