- Performance (50%)7.0
- Design (20%)7.8
- Ease of Use (30%)6.8
- Performance (50%)2.8
- Design (20%)9.9
- Ease of Use (30%)9.6
Though it may sound strange: we would immediately recommend the Bella 13991 Classic over the far pricier KRUPS Belgian waffle maker at this moment in time.
The KRUPS Belgian waffle maker stands out for its premium appearance. However, as we later learned in our performance tests, its look belies its true performance power. So far, the KRUPS is the worst-performing model in our database and the only one that failed a performance test. Specifically, during our test with the pre-made waffle mix, the KRUPS could not bake an edible waffle even after 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Bella 13991 Classic did a far better job. It consistently baked decent-quality waffles throughout several test sessions without failing even once.
Unfortunately, the Bella 13991 Classic has an inferior design quality compared to the Krups. But if you don’t mind dealing with pesky issues like a loose-hinged lid, the Bella 13991 Classic—with its much better performance—will be a better choice over the Krups. Else, you may have to look beyond this pair for a suitable model.
Pros & Cons
- Did a good job in both of our performance tests
- Overall design looks very premium
- The non-stick coating functions well
- Solidly built from high-quality materials
- Able to cook four waffles simultaneously
- The waffle plates’ non-stick coating works great
- Controls are straightforward to use
- Easy to clean
- Poor build quality
- The lid is dangerously loose
- Waffle’s quality is mediocre in the self-mixed recipe test
- Failed at producing an edible waffle in the test with the Birch Benders mix
- Power cord is too short
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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.