Blame the batter, not the iron!
Jan 21, 2018
The iron works well but the batter is critical. First couple of tries all failed no matter what temperature and bake time tried. The waffle always split in the middle, sticking ferociously to both halves of the iron - extremely frustrating. Luckily the irons clean easily under running water once cooled. Changed to a different brand batter (Arrow Mills buttermilk pancake & waffle mix) medium gas heat and bake a minute and a half each side and all waffles come out with a little assist from a fork. Turn the iron so that the waffle is stuck to the top half and gravity helps freeing the waffle. I preheat the iron during batter prep. and lubricate then with oil and a brush before the batter goes in. The Arrow Mills recipe has more egg in it. I suspect that's what made the difference between sticking disaster and a waffle that comes out. Tip: fill only one quarter of the iron with batter while you're figuring it out. That way you have less waffle to deal with and you get four tries before you used the entire iron. The irons are fine. No need to sand them or anything like that. I seasoned mine with Crisco (Lehman's recommends oil btw) and you probably want two irons depending your family size. Best of luck!
cast iron waffle iron
Nov 8, 2017
just bought the waffle iron. i haven't had any luck with it. the waffle stuck to the waffle iron when i opened it. disappointed. i only use cast iron pans, so using this type of cookware isn't new to me. wish i had saved my money.
Worth the effort.
Apr 9, 2017
After dissapointment buying an electric iron, I was pretty excited to try this one. With extra seasoning and following some tips from other commenters I was rewarded with crisp tasty waffles. It takes some practice to get it right but after a few tries I had some delicious rewards.
3rd Times a Charm
Mar 11, 2017
Run it hot with a thick batter! When this arrived I was excited for crispy hot waffles. I oil seasoned it before use in the oven, not trusting the pre-seasoning. Time for the test. Whipped up my favorite recipe and with the iron hot, poured in the batter. Waited and flipped, and flipped and flipped. No matter what I did the waffle was wet in the middle and stuck like crazy pulling apart when opening. First time no waffles. 2nd time same recipe, higher heat and more oil. Same results. I could see some improvement though. To the internet... I cleaned the waffle plates by boiling water in each one on the stove and scrubbing well with a brass brush, then boiling again. Most of the factory seasoning came off in the brushing and the waffle nubs became very smooth. I used no soap, only the hot water and the brush. Now the 3rd time, plates on the stove heating while making the batter. Electric range, big burner at setting 4. Flipping every few minutes while pre-heating. Test heat with a few drops of water on the outside of plate. Sizzles and skitters. Plates are smoking a little. Batter is ready! Made a thick batter this time. Like pudding. With a pastry brush wet the tops of the waffle nubs with olive oil on bottom plate. Flipped, open and oil the other plate. Poured in the batter and closed it up, crossing my fingers. Set a timer for 3 minutes. Flip plates at 1 minute. Flip at 3 and open. Success, a crispy well cooked waffle! No wimpy electric waffle iron waffles here. No sir! One after another. I was a waffle making machine. Oiling, pouring and flipping. No time for eating. My thoughts, Stick with it. It will work. I think the problem is fixed by running the iron hot with slight smoking. Using a thick batter with ample oil in it. Only lightly oiling the plates and only just before loading the waffle iron. This is an investment in learning and time but should last forever. Hope this helps and happy waffling.
The stuck waffle
Feb 27, 2017
We received this as a gift. We have all cast cookware and use a dutch oven as well. This waffle maker sticks no mater what we do, homemade batter or box it does not matter what oil we put on the cast. we keep trying and keep failing it might just end up on the old cookstove for decoration. We will try the wire wheel and preseason first.
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