BLACK+DECKER WMB500 vs Euro Cuisine WM520 Side-by-Side Comparison

Matthew Lee
Matthew Lee
Reviewer
Nguyen Ntk
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Reviewed
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Tested Using Methodology v1.1
Updated Nov 28, 2022
Tested Using Methodology v1.1
Updated Nov 28, 2022
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Power
1000W
850W

Our Verdict

7.4
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    6.7/10
  • Design (20%)
    8.7/10
  • Ease of Use (30%)
    7.7/10
7.1
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    6.3/10
  • Design (20%)
    9.8/10
  • Ease of Use (30%)
    6.6/10

The BLACK+DECKER WMB500 is the entry-level model in BLACK+DECKER’s portfolio. By its basic design it is clear that it will be an affordable choice but its performance was considered mediocre by our chef. Nevertheless, for the price, it makes for a pretty good purchase.

On the other hand, the Euro Cuisine WM520 is a mid-range waffle maker. Its design is slightly better looking than the BLACK+DECKER WMB500. But most notably, the waffle plates are imprinted with a heart-shaped patterning.

Heart-shaped waffles are perfect for festive parties like Christmas and Thanksgiving. But they can also make your daily breakfasts more fun and interesting.

Performance

6.7
Performance Scores
  • Self-Mixed Recipe (50%)
    6.8/10
  • Birch Benders Mix (50%)
    6.5/10
6.3
Performance Scores
  • Self-Mixed Recipe (50%)
    6.3/10
  • Birch Benders Mix (50%)
    6.4/10
6.8

Self-Mixed Recipe

6.3
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Self-Mixed Recipe
Top
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Self-Mixed Recipe 1
Bottom
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Self-Mixed Recipe 2
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Self-Mixed Recipe 3
Color: 7
35% * 7 = 2.5
Texture: 5.5
25% * 5.5 = 1.4
Taste: 7.5
40% * 7.5 = 3.0
  • Heat Level: N/A
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes

The coloration was decent despite the waffle’s wells looking slightly burnt, and some spots on the crust looked undercooked. It received only a passable grade due to having a low aeration rate. Fortunately, it picked up the slack with its tastiness.

Color (7) — 35%

  • Color tone: Very dark brown - Light brown (both)
  • Color distribution: Even

The crust has a very delectable light gold tone around the perimeter and on the raised lines of the waffle pattern. Inside the deep wells, the color has a darker brown color.

The color distribution is great for the waffle. Both sides have relatively similar color tones and gradients.

Texture (5.5) — 25%

  • Texture: Mediocre
  • Aeration level: Medium; air bubbles have begun filling the interior of the waffle. However, their sizes were small and their numbers were few

The concentration of air bubbles within the waffle’s core was way less than ideal. Most of the bubbles were concentrated near the crust, leaving the core dense with un-aerated batter. The result is a rather chewy waffle.

Taste (7.5) — 40%

  • Flavor: Sweet with a buttery aftertaste
  • Mouthfeel: Slightly mushy

The waffle tastes great, according to our chef. The BLACK+DECKER WMB500 was able to unlock the potential of the batter, releasing its sweetness and buttery aftertaste. But the mouthfeel was less than ideal due to the dense interior of the waffle. Its chewy texture ruined the tasting experience.

Euro Cuisine WM520 Self-Mixed Recipe Top Color
Top
Euro Cuisine WM520 Self-Mixed Recipe Bottom Color
Bottom
Euro Cuisine WM520 Self-Mixed Recipe Texture
Euro Cuisine WM520 Self-Mixed Recipe Taste
Color: 7.5
35% * 7.5 = 2.6
Texture: 5
25% * 5 = 1.3
Taste: 6
40% * 6 = 2.4
  • Heat Level: Medium-high
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes 30 seconds

The waffle has beautiful coloration: golden-brown on the outside with dark brown spots within the wells. However, the interior was mushy, which also affected the taste of the waffle by introducing a slight raw batter-like taste to its flavor profile.

Color (35%) — 7.5/10

  • Color tone: Light brown
  • Color distribution: Even

We rated the waffle to have great coloration. The outer crust had a light brown tone, and the diamond-shaped wells had a dark brown color. Examining the wells closely, we found that they weren’t charred, which is ideal.

Both sides of the waffle were roughly the same color, but the wells at the bottom were lighter-colored than the top.

Texture (25%) - 5/10

  • Texture: Mediocre
  • Aeration level: Low, minimal presence of air bubbles and air pockets

Though the outside of the waffle looked splendid, the interior was a different story. It was clear that the batter hadn’t had the chance to fully develop, judging by how mushy it still was.

The low aeration level was also apparent in the low number of air bubbles and air pockets within the waffle’s interior.

Taste (40%) - 6/10

  • Flavor: Sweet and savory, with a hint of raw batter
  • Mouthfeel: Soft and fluffy, but slightly dry

Our chef found the flavor of the waffle to be acceptable. The sweetness and the savory taste of the batter were there. However, there was also a slight taste of raw batter due to the undercooked interior, which effectively ruined the tasting experience.

6.5

Birch Benders Mix

6.4
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Birch Benders Mix
Top
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Birch Benders Mix 1
Bottom
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Birch Benders Mix 2
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Birch Benders Mix 3
Color: 7
35% * 7 = 2.5
Texture: 6
25% * 6 = 1.5
Taste: 6.5
40% * 6.5 = 2.6
  • Heat Level: N/A
  • Cooking Time: 7 minutes

The waffle has beautiful coloration thanks to its dark golden brown crust. In terms of texture and taste, the waffle was mediocre. It was mushy and chewy inside, and the waffle was a bit too bland. Nonetheless, the waffle should still be good if you're not picky and want a simple, classic breakfast waffle. This waffle maker certainly won't be able to make anything gourmet!

Color (7) — 35%

  • Color tone: Very dark brown - Light brown (both)
  • Color distribution: Even

The waffle looked great to the eyes. The crust had a beautiful light gold color on both sides of the waffle. Inside the wells, the coloring was slightly darker, but not by much. None of the wells were charred.

Texture (6) — 25%

  • Texture: Mediocre
  • Aeration level: Medium; air bubbles have begun filling the interior of the waffle. However, their sizes were small and their numbers were few

The aeration level was low. Very few air bubbles or pockets exist within the waffle, resulting in a very crumbly and mealy texture.

Taste (6.5) — 40%

  • Flavor: Sweet with a buttery aftertaste
  • Mouthfeel: Slightly mushy

Flavor-wise, the waffle was mediocre. The sweetness was there, and so was the signature salty taste of the Birch Benders mix. However, our chef assessed that the waffle's flavors didn’t seem fully developed. It’s still a bit too bland, possibly due to the underdeveloped core of the waffle.

Euro Cuisine WM520 Birch Benders Mix
Top
Euro Cuisine WM520 Birch Benders Mix 1
Bottom
Euro Cuisine WM520 Birch Benders Mix Texture
Euro Cuisine WM520 Birch Benders Mix Taste
Color: 7
35% * 7 = 2.5
Texture: 5.5
25% * 5.5 = 1.4
Taste: 6.5
40% * 6.5 = 2.6
  • Heat Level: Medium-high
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes 30 seconds

The Euro Cuisine WM520 managed to carry over the same level of performance it displayed in the self-mixed recipe test to this second test. The coloration—slightly lighter than in the previous test—was still considered good. Texturally, the waffle has a marginally better aeration rate compared to the waffle from the previous test. It resulted in a slightly better taste score from our chef due to the improved softness.

Color (35%) — 7/10

  • Color result: Light brown (Both)
  • Color distribution: Even

Both sides of the waffle were covered in a light brown-gold crust. While beautiful, it was a smidge lighter than ideal, resulting in a slightly lower score than the waffle made from our self-mixed recipe. Within the diamond-shaped wells of the waffle, the coloring was an attractive light brown.

Texture (25%) — 5.5/10

  • Texture: Mediocre
  • Aeration level: Low, few air bubbles

The aeration rate of the waffle remained low, but it still has more air pockets spread out throughout the interior than the waffle from the previous test. Texturally, the waffle was moist and mushy.

Taste (40%) — 6.5/10

  • Flavor: Savory, slightly sweet
  • Mouthfeel: Fairly soft, but mushy

Due to the improved texture, the tasting experience was also better. Since the Birch Benders mix had a different composition than our self-mixed recipe, the flavor was different too. It was more savory and less sweet, but tasty nonetheless.

Though the waffle was still considered mushy, our chef welcomed the soft texture.

Design

8.7
design Scores
  • Build Quality (60%)
    9.5/10
  • Waffle Plates (30%)
    10/10
  • Control Panel (10%)
    0/10
9.8
design Scores
  • Build Quality (60%)
    9.0/10
  • Waffle Plates (35%)
    10/10
  • Control Panel (10%)
    9.5/10

In The Box

BLACK+DECKER WMB500 In The Box
  • BLACK+DECKER WMB500
  • Instruction manual

The waffle maker itself and an instruction manual are the box’s only content.

The-Euro-Cuisine-WM520-In the Box
  • Euro Cuisine WM520 waffle maker
  • Instruction manual

In the box are the waffle maker itself and an instruction manual. No other accessory is included.

Dimensions

BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Dimensions
  • Length:
    13.1" (33.3 cm)
  • Width:
    10.0" (25.4 cm)
  • Height:
    4.7" (11.9 cm)
  • Weight:
    4.0 oz (113 g)

The WMB500 has roughly the same dimensions as your average Belgian waffle maker. At 4 pounds, it’s not much heavier, as well.

But the special part is that BLACK+DECKER has used a smart trick to make it more compact and easier to store for the user. The rear of the machine is flat so that you can stand the waffle maker up vertically, making storage easier.

The-Euro-Cuisine-WM520 Dimensions
  • Length:
    10.0" (25.4 cm)
  • Width:
    8.0" (20.3 cm)
  • Height:
    4.5" (11.4 cm)
  • Weight:
    4.0 oz (113 g)

The Euro Cuisine WM520 has an average size relative to other standard-size waffle makers in our database. It weighs 4 pounds and has a broad body that measures 10 inches long and 8 inches wide. Thus, it will take up quite a lot of space on your countertop.

Since it’s roughly the same size as the average Belgian or classic-style waffle maker, it shouldn’t be any more challenging to store.

9.5

Build Quality

9.0
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Build Quality
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Build Quality 1

The BLACK+DECKER WMB500’s baking chamber is made from stainless steel. While the metallic shine improves its look somewhat, we noticed that the metal is highly prone to fingerprints and smudges. So, to maintain the look, you must scrub down the waffle maker daily.

Except for the baking chamber, every other part of the waffle maker is made from plastic. That includes the handle, the back foot, and the lid hinges. All the components are well-built, and we didn’t find any obvious flaws during our inspection.

Euro Cuisine WM520 Build Quality
Euro Cuisine WM520 Build Quality 1

The build quality of the unit is very decent.

The outer chrome plate has a mirror finish, which looks stunning out of the box. However, like with any other mirror-finished surface, we noticed that it’s highly susceptible to scratches and fingerprints. Oil splashes during cooking can also cause faint black stains on the lid.

Due to being mounted on a pair of loose hinges, the lid tends to wobble when in use.

The chrome-plated lid aside, other components like the control panel and the bottom casing are made from plastic. The front handle is also made from plastic and is rubberized to protect the user from the heat.

Underneath the handle is a rubber piece that comes off very easily, only needing a light tug. Behind it is a pair of screws. We presume the screws are to attach the handle to the front of the lid. It’s a clever way to hide the hideous screws and make the design look seamless.

However, many people may throw it away, not knowing what it does since Euro Cuisine did not mention it in the manual. Or, it could be easily lost due to its size and how it comes off so readily.

10

Waffle Plates

10
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Waffle Plates
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Waffle Plates 1
  • Numberof Plates:
    2
  • Grid Pattern:
    Belgian-style
  • Plate Area:
    50.27 inch2
  • Plate Length:
    8 inches
  • Plate Width:
    8 inches
  • Material:
    Cast aluminum
  • Non Stick Coating:
    Yes
  • Removable:
    No
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    No

The thing that stood out most to us was the coating on the plates of the WMB500. While most models we have tested have a matte, rough non-stick coating, the ones found on the WMB500’s plates are glossy and smooth. Unfortunately, BLACK+DECKER doesn’t disclose the formula of non-stick it uses for the WMB500. 

But while we can’t tell for certain what the coating is made of, we know that it works very well. We have never once had to deal with a sticky waffle during our performance tests.

Euro Cuisine WM520 Waffle Plates
  • Numberof Plates:
    2
  • Grid Pattern:
    Norwegian-style
  • Plate Area:
    50.27 inches2
  • Plate Length:
    8
  • Plate Width:
    8
  • Material:
    Cast aluminum
  • Non Stick Coating:
    Yes
  • Removable:
    No
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    No

The waffle plates are built remarkably well. The patterning on the plates is clear and precise. Within each heart-shaped segment are several “spikes” in the shape of diamonds. They are responsible for creating the wells on the final waffle. Each spike is sharp and well-built.

According to Euro Cuisine, the plates are coated with a layer of non-stick ceramic. Additionally, it’s completely PFOA and PTFE-free. In our test, the coating worked well enough that we never had to deal with a sticky waffle.

0.0

Control Panel

9.5
  • Indicator Lights:
    Yes
  • Audible Alarm:
    No
  • Timer:
    No
  • Browning Control:
    No

The BLACK+DECKER WMB500 doesn’t have any control feature except an indicator light at the top.

The Euro Cuisine WM520 Power Cord Control Panel
  • Indicator Lights:
    Yes
  • Audible Alarm:
    No
  • Timer:
    No
  • Browning Control:
    Yes

The control panel consists of two indicator lights and a browning control knob.

The knob is tactile and makes a satisfying clicking sound as it turns. There are markings on the dial, which correspond to four heating modes.

These amount to a MIN and a MAX  mode. In-between are two unnamed heating modes marked with one and two dots. For easier identification, we named these settings “Medium” and “Medium High,” respectively.

Above the dial are two indicator lights; each one is marked. A red POWER button turns on when you plug in the unit. The yellow READY button at the back will turn on once the plates are heated and ready for use.

Power Cord

BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Power Cord
  • Plug Style:
    Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
  • Length:
    23 inches
  • Cable Management:
    No

The BLACK+DECKER WMB500 comes with a power cord measuring about 23 inches long. It’s quite short, so having an extension cord close at hand.

There is no “official” cable management feature on the waffle maker. You can wrap the cord around the back foot of the machine, but only while it’s staying flat. However, the cord will prevent the waffle maker from standing upright and makes it even more problematic to put into storage. A solution we have found is to simply wrap the cord around the baking chamber.

The Euro Cuisine WM520 Power Cord
  • Plug Style:
    Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
  • Length:
    27.5 inches
  • Cable Management:
    Yes

The power cord is relatively short, measuring around 26.5 inches. You will need an extension cord if it can’t reach an outlet in your kitchen. The user manual has more information on what type of extension cord you can use with the waffle maker.

Underneath the waffle maker is a convenient cord wrap that you can use to make storage simpler.

N/A

Accessories

N/A
  • Material:
    N/A
  • Removable:
    N/A
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    N/A

The BLACK+DECKER WMB500 doesn’t come with any extra accessory.

  • Material:
    N/A
  • Removable:
    N/A
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    N/A

The Euro Cuisine WM520 doesn’t come with any accessories.

Ease of Use

7.7
usability Scores
  • Handling (25%)
    3.0/10
  • Safety (40%)
    9.9/10
  • Cleanability (25%)
    8.0/10
  • Indicator Light Visibility (10%)
    10/10
6.6
usability Scores
  • Handling (25%)
    8.5/10
  • Safety (40%)
    2.5/10
  • Cleanability (25%)
    10/10
  • Indicator Light Visibility (10%)
    10/10
3.0

Handling

8.5

The handling experience of the WMB500 is easy. When lifted, the lid doesn’t wobble like many other models we have tested in this price range.

Notably, when the lid is pushed all the way back, the hinges have a slight dampening force. It can protect you from a recoiling lid when you’re in a hurry and accidentally use too much force to open it.

The Euro Cuisine WM520 is rather straightforward to use. Tune the browning dial to the desired setting, wait for the READY light to come on, then load in the batter. If you have used a waffle maker before, you should be able to do everything without having to consult the user manual.

During our test, the wobbly lid was a point of annoyance. Fortunately, the wobbling motion wasn’t serious enough for it to become an obstruction or an outright safety problem.

9.9

Safety

2.5
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Safety
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Safety 1
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Safety 2
  • Top Side Temperature:
    156.7°F
  • Bottom Side Temperature:
    104.2°F
  • Handle Temperature:
    111°F

The BLACK+DECKER WMB500 did excellently in this respect, achieving a near-perfect score. Measuring temperatures at three critical points on the waffle maker—the top side, the bottom, and the handle—the figures are all within acceptable limits.

At the top, above the back foot, and near the indicator light, we measured a temperature of 156.7°F.

The bottom is where most people will hold onto when they need to pick up the waffle maker. Here, we measured a cool temperature of 104.2°F, which is merely warm.

The handle’s temperature was warm, but not uncomfortably so at 111°F.

The Euro Cuisine WM520 1
The Euro Cuisine WM520 2
The Euro Cuisine WM520 3
  • Top Side Temperature:
    146.8°F
  • Bottom Side Temperature:
    107.6°F
  • Handle Temperature:
    137.8°F

The Euro Cuisine WM520 gets a fairly low score in this section. The entire waffle maker became piping hot after only three cooking sessions.

In particular, the control panel area became so hot that we had to use oven mitts to safely turn the browning control dial. Using a thermometer, we recorded a temperature of 146.8°F. You could receive a burn injury if you held your bare fingers there for only a few seconds.

The temperature at the bottom of the waffle maker was, fortunately, merely warm at 107.6°F.

The handle is our most serious concern. After three cooking sessions, it had already heated up to a toasty 137.8°F. which may result in a minor burn. So, wear your oven mitts while handling the waffle maker.

8.0

Cleanability

10

Cleaning up after a cooking session is fast and easy. Spilled batter can be quickly scraped off from the exterior of the machine. And since the non-stick coating already works pretty well, we only had to pick stray crumbs and pieces of debris off the plates from time to time.

The stainless steel baking chamber is the real issue in this part. As we said earlier, it’s prone to smudges and fingerprints. You will need to clean it regularly if you want to maintain a pristine look for it. Else, it’s going to lose its luster in a week or two and look very worn.

Euro-Cuisine-WM520-Cleanability

The non-stick layer on the waffle plates makes it very easy to clean. In our performance tests, very little debris or residue was left behind. Any leftover could be easily wiped off with a clean cloth.

In the case of a batter spill: as the exterior of the waffle maker is made from smooth plastic, the dried-out batter doesn’t stick. We only had to apply a little bit of detergent and scrub lightly with a cloth to knock any dried batter traces loose.

10

Indicator Light Visibility

10
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Indicator Light Visibility

The light is decently bright and is visible even under studio lighting.

The Euro Cuisine WM520 Indicator Light Visibility
The Euro Cuisine WM520 Indicator Light Visibility 1

The indicator lights are bright. They can be seen from afar and underneath harsh studio lighting.