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BELLA 13991 Classic vs DASH No-Drip Belgian Side-by-Side Comparison

Can’t decide which is the better waffle maker to buy between the Bella 13991 Classic and the DASH No-Drip Belgian? Check out this comparison.

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BELLA 13991 Classic vs DASH No-Drip Belgian: Side-by-Side Comparison

Overall Verdict

If it’s a Belgian waffle maker that you’re after, the Bella 13991 Classic Belgian waffle maker is one of the better choices out there. This model’s cooking performance was one of the best in our database. According to our chef, the waffles made in this waffle maker were decently tasty. They weren’t restaurant-grade, mind you, but the Belgian waffles made by the Bella 13991 should be good enough for breakfasts and daily meals.

Being a mid-range model, the Bella 13991 also comes with various extra features, like a flippable design to help the waffle cook more evenly.

On the other hand, the DASH No-Drip Belgian is built for bulk cooking. It has a large set of waffle plates that can cook four 4-inch square waffles at the same time. For those with large families or who have to cook large batches of waffles regularly, the DASH No-Drip Belgian waffle maker will make for a good investment.

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance50% Design20% Ease of Use30% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 20%Design 30%Ease of UseDASH No-DripBELLA Rotating8.06.78.79.67.17.07.86.8
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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
  • Capable of bulk cooking (can make four waffles at once)
  • Did an acceptable job in our test with the self-mixed recipe
  • Solid build quality
  • High safety rating
  • Easy to clean
  • Poor build quality
  • The lid is dangerously loose
  • The unit’s appearance looks quite cheap
  • Lacks a control panel

Key Specs

Features
Rotating baking chamber, browning control, indicator lights
Indicator lights
Adjustable Settings
Variable
None
Dimensions
L16.7 x W7.7 x H7.3 inches
L6.3 x W5 x H2.5 inches
Material
Stainless steel/plastic housing; aluminum nonstick baking plates
Plastic housing, aluminum nonstick baking plates
Weight
5.2 pounds
8 pounds
Waffle diameter
7.5" (19.1 cm)
4.0" (10.2 cm)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$39.99
$49.99

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.0
6.7

Self-Mixed Recipe

6.9
6.5
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.
DASH No-Drip Belgian Self-Mixed Recipe
The golden - very dark brown top crust of a waffle baked for 3 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
The golden - very dark brown bottom crust of a waffle baked for 3 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
A cross-section of a waffle baked for 3 minutes using our self-mixed recipe, revealing the air bubble-filled inner core.
A waffle being torn by hand to test its consistency and texture. The interior of the waffle is revealed.
Heat Level
Maximum
N/A
Cooking Time
7 minutes
3 minutes

Birch Benders Mix

7.2
6.9
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.
DASH No-Drip Belgian Birch Benders Mix
The top crust of a waffle baked for 4 minutes using a batter made from Birch Benders mix. It has a very light gold color.
The bottom crust of a waffle baked for 4 minutes using a batter made from Birch Benders mix. It has a very light gold color
A cross-section of a waffle, revealing its core with prominent air cavities and multiple air bubbles.
A waffle, baked for 4 minutes, torn down the middle by hand to test it for consistency and texture.
Heat Level
Maximum
N/A
Cooking Time
8 minutes
5 minutes

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.8
8.7

In the Box

The Bella stainless steel waffle maker (13991) sitting next to its instructional manual and the black removable drip tray.
The blue Dash No-Drip waffle maker next to its shipping box and instruction manuals.

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 Dash No-Drip Belgian waffle maker. It has a blue plastic lid and black-painted base.
Length
16.7" (42.4 cm)
6.3" (16.0 cm)
Width
7.7" (19.6 cm)
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Height
7.3" (18.5 cm)
2.5" (6.4 cm)
Weight
5.2 lbs (2.4 kg)
8.0 lbs (3.6 kg)

Build Quality

7.0
9.5
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
DASH No-Drip Belgian Build Quality
DASH No-Drip Belgian Build QualityA close-up view of the back side of the DASH No-Drip waffle maker’s lid in the closed position.
A close-up view of the lid hinges of the Dash No Drip Waffle maker.
Side view of the DASH No Drip waffle maker. The blue top lid and the black bottom of the waffle maker can be seen here.

Waffle Plates

9.0
10
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.
One of the waffle plates of the DASH No Drip waffle maker. It’s separated into four sections, each can cook a small waffle.
One of the waffle plates of the DASH No Drip waffle maker. It’s separated into four sections, each can cook a small waffle.
A zoomed-in view of the anti-drip moat on either side of the DASH Deluxe No-Drip Belgian waffle maker.
Waffle batter overflowing from the waffle plates and into the anti-drip moat during a cooking test.
Number of Plates
2
2
Grid Pattern
Belgian-style
Belgian-style
Plate Area
44.18 inch
69.6 inch
Plate Length
7.5" (19.1 cm)
8.7" (22.1 cm)
Plate Width
7.5" (19.1 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Material
Cast aluminum
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
The blue top lid of the DASH No Drip waffle maker. The indicator lights can also be seen here. They’re currently off.
Indicator Lights
Yes
Yes
Audible Alarm
No
No
Timer
No
No
Browning Control
Yes
No

Power Cord

The power plug of the Bella 13991, highlighting the Type-A prongs.
The power plug of the Dash No Drip waffle maker, focusing on 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)
2.3 ft (0.7 m)
Cable Management
No
Yes

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
9.6

Handling

3.0
9.5

Safety

7.9
9.2
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 temperature of the DASH No Drip waffle maker’s top lid is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 202.3°F.
The temperature of the DASH No Drip waffle maker’s top lid is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 202.3°F.
The temperature of the underside of the DASH No Drip’s handle is being measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 151.5°F.
The temperature of the top side of the DASH No-Drip’s handle is being measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 120.0°F.
Top Side Temperature
153°F
202.3°F
Bottom Side Temperature
85°F
151.5°F
Handle Temperature
90°F
120°F

Cleanability

9.5
10
BELLA 13991 Classic Cleanability
Excess batter overflowing from one of the waffle plates and into the anti-spill moat during a cooking test.

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.
Indicator lights at the top of the DASH No-Drip waffle maker. Left is the red POWER light and right is the green READY light.

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