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BELLA 13991 Classic vs CROWNFUL 4-inch Mini Side-by-Side Comparison

The Bella 13991 Classic waffle maker is a full-size waffle maker, while the Crownful 4-inch Mini is more compact. So, which one to choose?

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BELLA 13991 Classic vs CROWNFUL 4-inch Mini

Overall Verdict

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The Bella 13991 is a full-size Belgian waffle maker, while the Crownful is a mini-size model.

A full-size waffle maker like the Bella 13991 will be a better fit for you if you want filling waffles for breakfast on the regular. The Bella 13991 may not be good enough to replicate the deliciousness of restaurant-made waffles, but it came pretty close in our performance tests!

On the other hand, the Crownful 4-inch Mini is a better fit for people who just want waffles as snacks. The smaller size of the waffle maker can be useful if you have a small kitchen or regularly travel, too. It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand or your backpack.

The Cronwful (and other mini waffle makers like it) is popular among travelers, campers, and RV-ers.

Pros & Cons

  • Affordable
  • Did a good job in both of our performance tests
  • Overall design looks very premium
  • The non-stick coating functions well
  • Affordable
  • Beautiful patterning on the lid
  • Excellent build quality
  • Easy to clean, thanks to the non-stick waffle plates and the smooth plastic outer shell
  • Poor build quality
  • The lid is dangerously loose
  • Fairly mediocre performance in our performance tests
  • Does not have a control panel
  • Low safety rating

Key Specs

Features
Rotating baking chamber, browning control, indicator lights
Compact size, patterned top lid, indicator lights
Adjustable Settings
Variable
None
Dimensions
L16.7 x W7.7 x H7.3 inches
L5.7 x W5.12 x H3.15 inches
Material
Stainless steel/plastic housing; aluminum nonstick baking plates
Plastic housing; aluminum nonstick baking plates
Weight
5.2 pounds
1 pound
Waffle diameter
7.5" (19.1 cm)
4.0" (10.2 cm)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$39.99
$12.95

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.0
6.3

Self-Mixed Recipe

6.9
7.2
BELLA 13991 Classic Self-Mixed Recipe Video
The top crust of a waffle baked for 7 minutes using our self-mixed recipe, coloration ranges from very dark brown in certain spots to light brown.
The bottom crust of a waffle baked for 7 minutes using our self-mixed recipe, coloration ranges from very dark brown to light brown.
The cross section of a waffle baked for 7 minutes using our self-mixed recipe, revealing the core with air bubbles and cavities inside.
A waffle baked for 7 minutes being torn down the middle by hands in order to test it for consistency and texture.
CROWNFUL 4-inch Mini Self-Mixed Recipe
The light brown top crust of a waffle baked in 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
The light brown bottom crust of a waffle baked in 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
The cross-section of a waffle baked in 5 minutes, revealing the interior filled with air bubbles and air cavities.
A waffle is torn down the middle by hands in order to test it for its consistency and texture. This particular waffle was baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
Heat Level
Maximum
N/A
Cooking Time
7 minutes
5 minutes

Birch Benders Mix

7.2
5.3
BELLA 13991 Classic Birch Benders Mix Video
The golden top crust of a waffle baked for 8 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
The golden bottom crust of a waffle baked for 8 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
The cross-section of a waffle baked for 8 minutes, revealing its internal core filled with air bubbles and air cavities.
A waffle baked for 8 minutes being torn down the middle by hand to test it for its consistency and texture.
CROWNFUL 4-inch Mini Birch Benders Mix
The pale gold top crust of a waffle baked for 8 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix
The pale gold bottom crust of a waffle baked for 8 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix
The cross-section of a waffle baked for 8 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix, revealing the small air bubbles and cavities within the waffle.
A waffle is torn by hand down the middle to test it for its consistency and texture. This waffle was baked for 8 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
Heat Level
Maximum
N/A
Cooking Time
8 minutes
5 minutes

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.8
8.8

In the Box

The Bella stainless steel waffle maker (13991) sitting next to its instructional manual and the black removable drip tray.
The Crownful 4 inch waffle maker in the middle, with its warranty card, instruction manuals, and shipping box around it.

Dimensions

The Bella rotating Belgian waffle maker (13991) with measurements marked next to it. The height is 7.3 inches, length is 16.7 inches, and width is 7.7 inches.
A side profile of the black Crownful compact waffle maker, with the patterned top lid and the wood-tone handle in the front visible.
Length
16.7" (42.4 cm)
5.7" (14.5 cm)
Width
7.7" (19.6 cm)
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Height
7.3" (18.5 cm)
3.1" (8.0 cm)
Weight
5.2 lbs (2.4 kg)
1.0 lbs (0.5 kg)

Build Quality

7.0
10
The Bella 13991 rotating waffle maker mid-turn. In the frame is the rotating shaft that allows the baking chamber to rotate.
The Bella 13991 rotating waffle maker mid-turn. In the frame is the rotating shaft that allows the baking chamber to rotate.
The Bella 13991 waffle maker in its standard rest position with the control panel facing upward.
BELLA 13991 Classic Build Quality video
CROWNFUL 4-inch Mini Build Quality
Crowful waffle maker’s lid, with the center indicator light and the patterning made up of concentric circles visible. The wood-like handle in front is inscribed with the word “Crownful”.
A zoomed-in shot of the Crownful 4 inch waffle maker’s lid hinge.
The back of the Crownful waffle maker’s lid hinge. It is currently in the closed position.
The rubber, anti-slip feet at the bottom of the Crownful mini waffle maker.

Waffle Plates

9.0
9.5
A close-up of one of the Bella 13991’s waffle plates. The plate has a Belgian-style patterning and a black non-stick coating.
A close-up of one of the Bella 13991’s waffle plates. The plate has a Belgian-style patterning and a black non-stick coating.
An overview of the Bella 13991’s double waffle plates.
A top-down view of one of the waffle plates of the Crownful waffle maker.
A top-down view of one of the waffle plates of the Crownful waffle maker.
A top-down view of both the Crownful’s black waffle plates.
Number of Plates
2
2
Grid Pattern
Belgian-style
Classic-style
Plate Area
44.18 inch
12.57 inch
Plate Length
7.5" (19.1 cm)
4.0" (10.2 cm)
Plate Width
7.5" (19.1 cm)
4.0" (10.2 cm)
Material
Cast aluminum
Cast aluminum
Non Stick Coating
Yes
Yes
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
No
No

Control Panel

8.5
0.0
A close-up on the Bella 13991 waffle maker’s control panel, with the two indicator lights and the browning control dial in frame.
A close-up on the Bella 13991 waffle maker’s control panel, with the two indicator lights and the browning control dial in frame.
BELLA 13991 Classic Control Panel video
Indicator Lights
Yes
Yes
Audible Alarm
No
No
Timer
No
No
Browning Control
Yes
Yes

Power Cord

The power plug of the Bella 13991, highlighting the Type-A prongs.
A zoomed-up view of the Crownful mini waffle maker’s power plug and its Type-A prongs.
Plug Style
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Length
2.2 ft (0.7 m)
2.6 ft (0.8 m)
Cable Management
No
No

Accessories

The removable black plastic drip tray of the Hamilton Beach 26031.
Material
Plastic
N/A
Removable
Yes
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
N/A

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
6.8
6.6

Handling

3.0
8.5

Safety

7.9
2.5
The temperature of the plastic base of the Bella 13991 waffle maker is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 85.8°F.
The temperature of the plastic base of the Bella 13991 waffle maker is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 85.8°F.
The surface temperature of the Bella 13991’s control panel is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 153.5°F.
The temperature of the black plastic handle of the Bella 13991 is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 90.5°F.
The surface temperature of the Crownful waffle maker’s top lid is being measured using a thermometer during a thermal safety test. The screen reads 187.9°F.
The surface temperature of the Crownful waffle maker’s top lid is being measured using a thermometer during a thermal safety test. The screen reads 187.9°F.
The temperature of the Crownful’s bottom is being measured using a thermometer during a thermal safety test. The screen reads 129.6°F.
The temperature of the Crownful’s front handle is being measured using a thermometer during a thermal safety test. The screen reads 188.4°F.
Top Side Temperature
153°F
187.9°F
Bottom Side Temperature
85°F
129.6°F
Handle Temperature
90°F
188.4°F

Cleanability

9.5
10
BELLA 13991 Classic Cleanability

Indicator Light Visibility

5.0
10
The set of indicator lights at the top of the Bella 13991’s waffle maker. The blue READY light and the red POWER light are on.
The set of indicator lights at the top of the Bella 13991’s waffle maker. The blue READY light and the red POWER light are on.
The shining READY light at the bottom of the Bella 13991’s waffle maker.
The red indicator light at the center of the lid of the Crownful waffle maker, shining dimly.

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