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BLACK+DECKER WMB500 vs DASH No-Drip Belgian Side-by-Side Comparison

Wondering what to choose between the BLACK+DECKER WMB500 and the DASH No-Drip Belgian waffle maker? This comparison will help you with your decision.

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BLACK+DECKER WMB500 vs DASH No-Drip Belgian: Detailed Comparison

Overall Verdict

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OverallScore Performance50% Design20% Ease of Use30% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 20%Design 30%Ease of Use DASH No-DripBLACK and DECKER8.06.78.79.67.96.78.79.5
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The BLACK+DECKER WMB500 and the Dash No-Drip Belgian waffle makers are in different classes. The former is an entry-level model, while the latter is marketed toward people with a roomier budget.

Both waffle makers—as of right now—have the same performance score as one another. The BLACK+DECKER WMB500 produced waffles with decent coloration, but the texture could be improved. Meanwhile, the DASH No-Drip Belgian waffle maker is the opposite. The waffles it made didn’t look good, being too pale in color. Yet, the texture and flavor were highly rated by our chef.

But here’s the biggest differentiating point. The BLACK+DECKER WMB500 has a traditional design that can only cook one waffle at a time. That’s not the case for the DASH No-Drip Belgian waffle maker, which can cook four waffles at once.

So, if you can’t decide between the two, ask yourself if the bulk-cooking ability is important to you. If you need to cook a lot of waffles regularly, then the DASH No-Drip Belgian waffle maker makes more sense. Conversely, if you only need to make one or two waffles occasionally, choose the BLACK+DECKER WMB500.

Pros & Cons

  • Affordable pricing
  • Decent cooking performance across both test recipes
  • Good-looking stainless steel baking chamber
  • The lid can dampen the force of a strong push, preventing the lid from accidentally snapping close to the user’s hand
  • The non-stick coating on the waffle plates works very well
  • Excellent safety rating
  • 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
  • Lacks control panel
  • The stainless steel baking chamber needs regular cleaning to look its best
  • The unit’s appearance looks quite cheap
  • Lacks a control panel

Key Specs

Features
Premium stainless steel top cover, indicator lights
Indicator lights
Adjustable Settings
None
None
Dimensions
L13.1 x W10 x H4.7 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
4 pound
8 pounds
Waffle diameter
7.5" (19.1 cm)
4.0" (10.2 cm)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$21.82
$49.99

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.7
6.7

Self-Mixed Recipe

6.8
6.5
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Self-Mixed Recipe
The dark brown - golden top crust of a waffle cooked for 5 minutes.
The dark brown - golden bottom crust of a waffle cooked for 5 minutes.
The interior of a waffle cooked for 5 minutes, with prominent air cavities and bubbles inside.
The cross-section of a waffle baked in 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe, revealing the interior with small air bubbles within.
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
N/A
N/A
Cooking Time
5 minutes
3 minutes

Birch Benders Mix

6.5
6.9
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Birch Benders Mix
The pale gold top crust of a waffle cooked using the Birch Benders mix for 7 minutes.
The pale gold bottom crust of a waffle cooked using the Birch Benders mix for 7 minutes.
The interior of a waffle cooked for 7 minutes, with prominent air cavities and bubbles inside.
The waffle, which has been cooked for 7 minutes, is torn by hand in order to test for its consistency and texture, revealing the fluffy core inside.
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
N/A
N/A
Cooking Time
7 minutes
5 minutes

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.7
8.7

In the Box

The black and silver Black and Decker waffle maker WMB500 next to its instructional manual and shipping box.
The blue Dash No-Drip waffle maker next to its shipping box and instruction manuals.

Dimensions

The side profile of the black and silver Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker.
A side profile of the Dash No-Drip Belgian waffle maker. It has a blue plastic lid and black-painted base.
Length
13.1" (33.3 cm)
6.3" (16.0 cm)
Width
10.0" (25.4 cm)
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Height
4.7" (11.9 cm)
2.5" (6.4 cm)
Weight
4.0 lbs (1.8 kg)
8.0 lbs (3.6 kg)

Build Quality

9.5
9.5
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Build Quality Video
A close-up at the lid hinges of the Black and Decker Belgian waffle maker WMB500.
A zoomed-up view of the lid hinges and black plastic housing of the Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker in its closed state.
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

10
10
A close-up view of the glossy, black, Belgian-style waffle plate of the Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker.
A close-up view of the glossy, black, Belgian-style waffle plate of the Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker.
An overview of the glossy, black, Belgian-style waffle plates of the Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker.
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
50.27 inch
69.6 inch
Plate Length
8.0" (20.3 cm)
8.7" (22.1 cm)
Plate Width
8.0" (20.3 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Material
Cast aluminum
Aluminum
Non Stick Coating
Yes
Yes
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
No
No

Control Panel

0.0
0.0
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
No
No

Power Cord

The power plug of the Black and Decker WMB500 Belgian waffle maker with the Type-A prongs design clearly visible.
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
1.9 ft (0.6 m)
2.3 ft (0.7 m)
Cable Management
No
Yes

Accessories

Material
N/A
N/A
Removable
N/A
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
N/A
N/A

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.5
9.6

Handling

10
9.5

Safety

9.9
9.2
The surface temperature of the back of the Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker is being measured with a thermometer during a thermal safety test. The screen reads 156°F.
The surface temperature of the back of the Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker is being measured with a thermometer during a thermal safety test. The screen reads 156°F.
The surface temperature of the Black and Decker WMB500’s base is being measured using a thermometer in a thermal safety test. The screen reads 104.2°F.
The temperature of the Black and Decker WMB500’s handle is being measured using a thermometer in a thermal safety test. The screen reads 111°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
156.7°F
202.3°F
Bottom Side Temperature
104.2°F
151.5°F
Handle Temperature
111°F
120°F

Cleanability

8.0
10
Excess batter overflowing from one of the waffle plates and into the anti-spill moat during a cooking test.

Indicator Light Visibility

10
10
The sole indicator light on top of the Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker is glowing red.
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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