- Performance (50%)7.0
- Design (20%)7.8
- Ease of Use (30%)6.8
- Performance (50%)6.9
- Design (20%)9.7
- Ease of Use (30%)9.7
The Hamilton Beach 26031, being the pricier and more premium model out of the pair, has a lot more to offer than the Bella 13991 Classic.
Namely, its design—made from high-quality materials like stainless steel and ceramic—is more eye-catching. The Hamilton Beach 26031 is better in terms of performance, too. Across two waffle recipes, its final waffles were always tastier than the ones made by the Bella 13991.
Sure, the Bella 13991 Classic also enjoys a stainless steel design that is polished to a mirror-like finish. However, its build quality is nowhere near as good as the Hamilton Beach. Our inspection showed the Bella 13991 Classic (at least the unit we received) to be shoddily built with loose hinges, scratches, and dents all over.
But despite not doing well on many fronts, the Bella 13991 Classic’s pricing is hard to beat. It will still be a good purchase if you’re shopping on a budget with some caveats attached. Nevertheless, we highly recommend you splurge on the Hamilton Beach 26031, if possible.
Pros & Cons
- Did a good job in both of our performance tests
- Overall design looks very premium
- The non-stick coating functions well
- Luxurious aesthetic by incorporating premium materials (stainless steel and ceramic)
- Does a great job in all of our performance tests
- Removable and washable waffle plates
- Easy to clean thanks to the included drip tray
- Poor build quality
- The lid is dangerously loose
- The spin-lock mechanism at the handle is finicky
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Matthew Lee is a writer and editor for HealthyKitchen101. With over 8 years working for various outlets and agencies, specializing in tech review and other subjects of note, such as current affairs.
Lap is Head of the Research, Testing, and Review Team (RTR Team) at HealthyKitchen101.com, where he directs and supervises the testing of kitchen gadgets and appliances.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef passionate about delicious and healthful foods. At HealthyKitchen101, she develops recipes and collaborates with our Research, Testing, and Review lab to evaluate the performance of cooking appliances. Her assessments add a strong authoritative voice to our product scoring process.