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BLACK+DECKER WMB500 vs Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Side-by-Side Comparison

Wondering what to choose between the BLACK+DECKER WMB500 and the Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B? Here’s our analysis.

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BLACK and DECKER

Holstein Housewares

BLACK+DECKER WMB500 vs Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B: The Budget Picks

Overall Verdict

Though they differ in most respects, both models share one great thing: their relative affordability. So, when choosing between this pair, budgeting won’t be a concern for most people.

The BLACK+DECKER WMB500 has a full-size design and can produce a 7-inch, Belgian-style waffle in around 5 minutes. In terms of quality, the WMB500 is quite decent. According to our chef’s assessment, while the WMB500 may not be able to produce restaurant-level waffles, it’s good enough for morning breakfasts.

On the other hand, the Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B is a mini waffle maker. It has a far smaller and more compact form factor than the WMB500 (about the size of a softball.) The waffles it makes only measure 4 inches across.

Its small size makes it a good fit for travelers. The Holstein can easily fit inside a backpack for freshly-baked waffles on the go. You can also use it at home to make small and snackable waffles throughout the day.

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance50% Design20% Ease of Use30% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 20%Design 30%Ease of UseBLACK and DECKERHolstein Housewares7.96.78.79.56.56.37.06.5
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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
  • Highly affordable
  • Compact size and lightweight
  • Handling is simple and smooth
  • Acceptable build quality
  • Excellent cleanability rating
  • Lacks control panel
  • The stainless steel baking chamber needs regular cleaning to look its best
  • Mediocre cooking performance with our self-mixed recipe
  • Cheap-looking design
  • Lacks a control panel
  • Safety rating is very low

Key Specs

Features
Premium stainless steel top cover, indicator lights
Compact size, patterned top lid, indicator lights
Adjustable Settings
None
N/A
Dimensions
L13.1 x W10 x H4.7 inches
L5.1 x W6.5 x H3.5 inches
Material
Stainless steel/plastic housing; aluminum nonstick baking plates
Plastic housing; aluminum nonstick baking plates
Weight
4 pound
1.1 pound
Waffle diameter
7.5" (19.1 cm)
4.0" (10.2 cm)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$21.82
$16.70

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.7
6.3

Self-Mixed Recipe

6.8
6.3
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.
Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Self-Mixed RecipeA waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe. Presented here is its top crust with a very dark brown color.
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Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Self-Mixed RecipeA waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe. Presented here is its top crust with a very dark brown color.
A waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe. Presented here is its bottom crust with a very dark brown color.
A cross-section of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe. Prominent air bubbles can be seen within.
A waffle being torn down the middle by hand to test it for its consistency. The air bubble-filled core is revealed.
Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Self-Mixed Recipe Video
Heat Level
N/A
3
Cooking Time
5 minutes
5 minutes

Birch Benders Mix

6.5
6.3
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.
The very light gold top crust of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
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The very light gold top crust of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
The very light gold bottom crust of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
A cross-section of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using the Birch Benders batter mix. Air bubbles can be seen within.
A waffle is torn down the middle by hands to test its consistency. The air bubble-filled interior of the waffle is revealed.
Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Birch Benders Mix Video
Heat Level
N/A
N/A
Cooking Time
7 minutes
5 minutes

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.7
7.0

In the Box

The black and silver Black and Decker waffle maker WMB500 next to its instructional manual and shipping box.
The glossy black Holstein 4 inch waffle maker next to its instruction manual and the shipping box.

Dimensions

The side profile of the black and silver Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker.
A side profile of the glossy black Holstein personal mini waffle maker.
Length
13.1" (33.3 cm)
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Width
10.0" (25.4 cm)
6.5" (16.5 cm)
Height
4.7" (11.9 cm)
3.5" (9.0 cm)
Weight
4.0 lbs (1.8 kg)
1.1 lbs (0.5 kg)

Build Quality

9.5
7.0
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.
Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Build Quality
The back side of the Holstein waffle cooker. Components of its lid hinges and the root of its power cord can be seen.
The black plastic hinges of the Holstein waffle maker’s lid. It is currently in its open position.

Waffle Plates

10
9.5
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.
Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Waffle PlatesAn overview of the Holstein waffle maker’s cooking plates. They’re black and printed with the classic waffle patterning.
Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Waffle PlatesAn overview of the Holstein waffle maker’s cooking plates. They’re black and printed with the classic waffle patterning.
A close-up shot of the Holstein waffle maker’s cooking plate. It is black and treated with a glossy layer of non-stick.
Number of Plates
2
2
Grid Pattern
Belgian-style
Classic-style
Plate Area
50.27 inch
17.72 inches
Plate Length
8.0" (20.3 cm)
4.8" (12.1 cm)
Plate Width
8.0" (20.3 cm)
4.8" (12.1 cm)
Material
Cast aluminum
Cast aluminum
Non Stick Coating
Yes
Yes
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
No
No

Control Panel

0.0
0.0
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 cord of the Holstein mini waffle maker. The plug is Type A.
Plug Style
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Length
1.9 ft (0.6 m)
2.1 ft (0.6 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
6.5

Handling

10
9.0

Safety

9.9
1.8
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.
Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B SafetyThe temperature of the top lid of the Holstein waffle maker is being measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 219.0°F.
Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B SafetyThe temperature of the top lid of the Holstein waffle maker is being measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 219.0°F.
The temperature of the base of the Holstein waffle maker is being measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 113.7°F.
The temperature of the front handle of the Holstein waffle maker is being measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 160.7°F.
Top Side Temperature
156.7°F
234°F
Bottom Side Temperature
104.2°F
85°F
Handle Temperature
111°F
105°F

Cleanability

8.0
10
Excess batter pouring from  out of the Holstein waffle maker and into small pools at the base of the unit.

Indicator Light Visibility

10
10
The sole indicator light on top of the Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker is glowing red.
The red ring-shaped indicator light at the top of the Holstein’s lid. It is shining dimly in the studio lighting.

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