He loves it, BUT,.....
Dec 28, 2016
This was an EAGERLY awaited x-mas gift for my husband. He was ecstatic. No problems with sticking, beautiful waffles. Absolutely loves it, EXCEPT for the hinge. First off, the hinge is too wide and too high, it needs to be smaller and closer to the bar it hinges on to. One side is easier to open and unhinge than the other, but BOTH sides are difficult to separate which is not fun when you are handling extremely hot cast iron and trying to get the waffle out without burning it or you. My husband says 4 out of 5 stars (only because of the hinge), but if he could, he would rate it 9.5 out of 10 :)
Feb 2, 2016
I opted for this waffle maker over the Rome brand maker which makes very thin waffles. This does not make super thick belgium style waffles but makes a respectably thick waffle and works great. I have had zero issues with sticking, but I also know how to use cast iron. It came well seasoned and I liberally apply cooking spray before each waffle. I wish I had 2 so I could cook them faster, when the price comes back down to $20 or less again I'll probably get another one. The no-drip is kinda a gimmick as it really doesnt matter. Use 1/2 to 3/4 Cup of waffle mix and it'll fill the holes top and bottom. I highly recommend this product.
Sep 25, 2015
Our waffle maker experience has been more like George's than Linda's. It was NOT pre-seasoned and despite following all instructions it was a sticking nightmare until my boyfriend used a hand-held grinder to knock off all the burrs from what was obviously a bad cast. I'm not sure why we didn't just return it, (probably just hungry for waffles) but after about 3 months and many cleanings and re-seasonings we have started to enjoy the waffles we expected.
Jul 7, 2014
I read George Woosters review and am pleased I did not experience his problems with the waffle maker. It did seem rough but had no sticking problems. I made sure my iron was really hot before putting in batter. not sure if that was the difference or not. My family likes the small hole in their waffles as opposed to the Belgium waffels. Small hole waffle irons are hard to find. This one works great on the stove top, as well as in a hot, hot oven. I should have bought two as I have a large family. Aw what the heck, I'm gonna order me another one. Waffles come out crisp (with the right recipie) and evenly browned. Seriously, these remind me of the waffles I had as a kid.
Feb 10, 2013
This eventually will be a good waffle maker unless I die first, trying to make it work. It was a gift, otherwise I'd have returned it. The paper attached to the handle says ...pre-seasoned, non-stick finish. They lie. It was pre-seasoned but rougher than a cob and no recipe known to man would work in this machine, all would stick to both surfaces regardless of how much oil/crisco/PAM was used. I finally got disgusted, took it out to the shop and wire brushed and buffed it to within an inch of it's life. It is still not smooth (that would take a lifetime) but good enough so that now, after I've reseasoned it, two out of three waffles survive being cooked in this thing. I'm getting there, and eventually this will be a good waffle maker, but the journey is a long hard trek. Spend the money and buy something made by Lodge or another company that makes quality product and save yourself a lot of grief