You may think a waffle maker is a single use item, but the truth is it can be used for more than just traditional breakfast waffles.
Hash brows, cinnamon rolls, leftover stuffing from Thanksgiving, you name it, you can put it in a waffle iron.
The trick when you are learning how to use a waffle maker for more than just waffles is learning the proper temperature so the food will not stick to the waffle maker.
Believe me, the first time I tried to make hash browns in a waffle maker was a disaster. I spent hours trying to clean the plates of my waffle iron, and it was never the same again.
That’s why when it was time to get a new waffle maker, I got one with removable plates.
Removable plates make your waffle maker easy to clean. This is important for general kitchen cleanliness, but also if someone in your home has food sensitivities.
Best Waffle Maker with Removable Plates
There are two major things to be concerned with when picking the perfect waffle iron with removable plates.
First, is your budget. Unfortunately, the feature of removable plates tends to come with a premium price tag compared to regular waffle makers.
Second is the shape of waffle you would like: round or square.
Now, let’s take a look at the best waffle makers with removable plates broken down into several categories.
Best Cheap Waffle Maker with Removable Plates
Cheap is a relative term here, since as we talked bout this feature of being able to remove plates comes with a premium price tag.
This is the best cheapest option available, and this Secura model comes with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a premium waffle maker.
The base also separates completely from the waffle maker for an even easier cleanup besides removing the plates.
Best Ceramic Waffle Maker with Removable Plates
I love everything about ceramic cookware. I was excited to see this model by Hamilton Beach that had removable ceramic plates.
A number of years ago I switched over from teflon to ceramic for non stick, and have never looked back.
This waffle maker has great heat distribution and of course is super easy to clean. It is not that much more expensive than the cheaper option, so if ceramic plates are important to you, it is worth the small uplift in cost.
Best Expensive Waffle Maker with Removable Plates
Can you ever go wrong with a Cuisinart appliance? The answer is no! This waffle maker is a great option that makes four nice sized square waffles at one time.
The only downside to this model it is a little more expensive than its round counterparts.
Square waffles add a great flare to breakfast sandwiches and ice cream sandwiches.
It also comes with pancake plates to help you make the perfect pancake every time!
Cuisinart Griddler: The Best Indoor Grill with Additional Waffle Plates
My next recommendation isn’t a waffle maker at all! It is the Cuisinart Griddler, which is one of my all time favorite countertop appliances.
This little grill can do it all. Meats, veggies, steaks, paninis, you name it.
it is versatile appliance I leave on the counter all the time since I use it so much.
It also comes with an option to purchase waffle plates to go along with the grill plates it comes with.
I am recommending the base model Griddler since it does everything you need it to, but there are also advanced models with digital displays and sleeker features available.
The waffle plates fit perfectly into the Griddler after you remove the grill plates.
Like our other options, the provide a super easy cleanup.
The only downside to the Griddler waffle plates is they make a slightly thinner waffle than their counterparts.
This can also be seen as a benefit if you plan on making sandwiches with the waffles. Sometimes a two waffle sandwich can be a very heavy meal, but the Griddler waffles are a nice balance.
Picking the Best Waffle Iron with Removable Plates
While this choice may be daunting at first, be sure to think about the following things:
- What shape waffles do you like?
- What is your budget?
- Do you really want a single use appliance?
If you like round waffles, the Hamilton Beach option with removable ceramic plates is my favorite pick.