Bella has built the 13991 Classic as a “budget” flippable Belgian waffle maker. And, according to our tests, it’s excellent at what it does. It belonged to the higher percentage group in terms of performance. It was able to bake some truly delectable waffles with superb coloration, spongy-soft texture, and flavorful taste. Although its build quality left much to be desired, it’s undeniable that the Bella 13991 Classic is a decent choice in the price range.
However, the price range of the Bella 13991 Classic may still be too high for some people.
That’s where the ultra-budget Oster Belgian waffle maker comes in. It stands as a far more affordable option than the Bella. But be warned of the trade-offs. Its performance is among the lowest in our database so far. Combine that with the inferior build quality and an inadequate safety score; it may be worth splurging on the Bella.
Pros & Cons
- Did a good job in both of our performance tests
- Overall design looks very premium
- The non-stick coating functions well
- Performs decently in our test with Birch Benders mix
- Fairly compact design makes for easier storage
- Responsive temperature control dial
- Poor build quality
- The lid is dangerously loose
- Unremarkable performance in our test with our self-mixed waffle batter
- Bad build quality
- Exposed electronics could be safety hazards
- Very dim indicator lights
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Analysis and Test Results
Birch Benders Mix
In the Box
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Behind the Comparison
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.
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