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Chefman Anti-Overflow vs BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Side-by-Side Comparison

If you’re on the fence about whether to pick the Chefman Anti-Overflow or the BLACK+DECKER WMB500, this short guide can help you out.

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Chefman Anti-Overflow

BLACK and DECKER

Chefman Anti-Overflow vs BLACK+DECKER WMB500: Detailed Comparison

Overall Verdict

The Chefman Anti-Overflow and the BLACK+DECKER WMB500 have many things in common. They are both Belgian-style waffle makers that bake 7-inch waffles and have an almost similar price. In our cooking tests, too, the two models also come very close to one another for their waffle quality.

However, upon close inspection, there are certain features that set them apart.

The BLACK+DECKER WMB500 has a noticeably “cheaper” look due to its plain design. This is in line with its affordable pricing. The WMB500 is also devoid of many essential features, like a browning control dial.

On the other hand, the Chefman has a reasonably presentable and well-built design. And unlike the WMB500, the Chefman does come with a browning control dial.

Overall, while both models will do a good job of cooking waffles, you’ll get better value out of the Chefman.

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance50% Design20% Ease of Use30% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 20%Design 30%Ease of UseBLACK and DECKERChefman Anti-Overflow7.96.78.79.56.76.68.85.6
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Pros & Cons

  • High-quality and sturdy design
  • Works well with boxed waffle mix
  • Anti-overflow moat can minimize spillage
  • Well-built waffle plates with a non-stick layer
  • Tactile, easy-to-use control panel
  • Comes with a measuring cup
  • 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
  • Didn’t perform well on self-mixed recipe
  • Awkward and potentially dangerous lid lock
  • Too many hot surfaces
  • Can be difficult to clean
  • Lacks control panel
  • The stainless steel baking chamber needs regular cleaning to look its best

Key Specs

Features
Textured rubber coating, wide anti-spill moat, tactile browning control
Premium stainless steel top cover, indicator lights
Adjustable Settings
7
None
Dimensions
L10.6 x W8.3 x H4.35 inches
L13.1 x W10 x H4.7 inches
Material
Metal/plastic housing; die-cast aluminum nonstick baking plates
Stainless steel/plastic housing; aluminum nonstick baking plates
Weight
3.6 lbs (1.7 kg)
4 pound
Waffle diameter
6.3" (16.0 cm)
7.5" (19.1 cm)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$31.27
$21.82

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.6
6.7

Self-Mixed Recipe

6.3
6.8
Chefman Anti-Overflow Self-Mixed Recipe Video
The very dark brown top crust of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
The very dark brown bottom crust of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
A cross-section of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe. The interior is dense with few air bubbles.
A waffle being torn down the middle by hand to test its consistency. This waffle was baked for 5 minutes.
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.
Heat Level
3
N/A
Cooking Time
5 minutes
5 minutes

Birch Benders Mix

6.9
6.5
Chefman Anti-Overflow Birch Benders Mix Video
The light brown top crust of a waffle baked for 7 minutes using our Birch Benders batter.
The light brown bottom crust of a waffle baked for 7 minutes using our Birch Benders batter.
A cross-section of a waffle baked for 7 minutes using our Birch Benders batter. Numerous air cavities can be seen.
A waffle being torn up by hands to test for its consistency. This one was baked for 7 minutes using our Birch Benders batter.
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.
Heat Level
3
N/A
Cooking Time
7 minutes
7 minutes

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.8
8.7

In The Box

The all-black Chefman waffle maker next to its instruction manual and accessory (a cup for measuring batter).
The black and silver Black and Decker waffle maker WMB500 next to its instructional manual and shipping box.

Dimensions & Weight

The dimensions of the Chefman waffle maker. The length is 10.6 inches, height 4.35 inches, and width 8.3 inches.
The side profile of the black and silver Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker.
Length
10.6" (26.9 cm)
13.1" (33.3 cm)
Width
8.3" (21.1 cm)
10.0" (25.4 cm)
Height
4.3" (11.0 cm)
4.7" (11.9 cm)
Weight
3.6 lbs (1.7 kg)
4.0 lbs (1.8 kg)

Build Quality

8.0
9.5
The black, plastic, clamp-style lid lock at the front of the Chefman Anti Overflow Belgian waffle maker.
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.

Waffle Plates

10
10
An overview of the Chefman waffle maker’s cooking plates. The bottom plate has a large anti-overflow moat surrounding it.
An overview of the Chefman waffle maker’s cooking plates. The bottom plate has a large anti-overflow moat surrounding it.
The black, Belgian-style waffle plate of the Chefman waffle maker. An anti-overflow moat surrounds it to catch excess batter.
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.
Number of Plates
2
2
Grid Pattern
Belgian-style
Belgian-style
Plate Area
54.11 inch
50.27 inch
Plate Length
8.3" (21.1 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Plate Width
8.3" (21.1 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Material
Cast aluminum
Cast aluminum
Non Stick Coating
Yes
Yes
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
No
No

Control Panel

9.5
0.0
Chefman Control Panel
Chefman Control Panel video
Indicator Lights
Yes
Yes
Audible Alarm
No
No
Timer
No
No
Browning Control
Yes
No

Power Cord

A cord grommet at the bottom of the Chefman waffle maker. It helps the user manage the cord before putting it into storage.
The power plug of the Black and Decker WMB500 Belgian waffle maker with the Type-A prongs design clearly visible.
Plug Style
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Length
2.3 ft (0.7 m)
1.9 ft (0.6 m)
Cable Management
Yes
No

Accessories

A transparent plastic cup that comes with the Chefman waffle maker. It helps the user measure the batter to pour.
Material
Plastic
N/A
Removable
Yes
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
N/A

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
5.6
9.5

Handling

7.5
10
Chefman Anti-Overflow Handling video 1

Safety

2.5
9.9
The temperature of the Chefman waffle maker’s top lid is being measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 202.7°F.
The temperature of the Chefman waffle maker’s top lid is being measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 202.7°F.
The temperature of the Chefman waffle maker’s clamp handle is being measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 190.9°F.
The temperature of the Chefman waffle maker’s base is being measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 124.1°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 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.
Top Side Temperature
202°F
156.7°F
Bottom Side Temperature
124°F
104.2°F
Handle Temperature
190°F
111°F

Cleanability

7.0
8.0
Excess batter spilling out of the Chefman waffle maker and into a pool at the base of the unit.

Indicator Light Visibility

10
10
The indicator lights of the Chefman waffle maker. To the left is the red POWER light, and the right is the blue READY light.
The sole indicator light on top of the Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker is glowing red.

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