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Chefman Anti-Overflow vs Hamilton Beach 26031 Side-by-Side Comparison

This comparison article between the Hamilton Beach 26031 and Chefman Anti-Overflow will help you decide which one to buy.

Chefman Anti-Overflow vs Hamilton Beach 26031


Price at publication
Textured rubber coating, wide anti-spill moat, tactile browning controlRotating baking chamber, removable ceramic waffle plates, indicator lights
Adjustable Settings
L10.6 x W8.3 x H4.35 inchesL16.5 x W8 x H8.7 inches
Metal/plastic housing; die-cast aluminum nonstick baking platesStainless steel/plastic housing; ceramic nonstick baking plates
3.65 pounds3.06 pounds
Waffle diameter
6.3" (16.0 cm)7.0" (17.8 cm)
700 watts800 watts
Number of waffles
1-year limited warranty1-year limited warranty


Build Quality
Waffle Plates
Control Panel
Overall Design Scoring

Given the Chefman’s relatively budget-friendly tag, the quality of its design is very markable. The housing is made from sturdy plastic with a nifty rubber coating at the top of the lid.

If you're searching for an easy-to-use waffle maker, you'll be pleased to find that the control panel is easy to operate. The non-stick plates were also delivered as promised. We didn't have to deal with sticky waffles or lumpy batter residues at any point during our dozens of cooking tests.

The Hamilton Beach 26031 boasts a sleek, luxurious design crafted from stainless steel. We’re quite impressed with the build quality of the ceramic waffle plates. The smooth coating and solid feel of the plates in hand leave no doubt that Hamilton Beach has paid close attention to its construction.

We also liked the control panel. It’s highly intuitive and easy to use, consisting of a single dial for controlling the browning level and two indicator lights.

Usability Comparison

Indicator Light Visibility
Overall Usability Scoring

Unfortunately, the Chefman lost the momentum it had built in the previous tests in this section. During our safety tests, we found numerous issues. The lid-lock, while well-built and engineered, is difficult to use and potentially dangerous. The waffle maker's surfaces also heat up to dangerous temperatures after a few cooking sessions, which we consider another hazard.

Besides these two grievances, the Chefman did okay in other tests like cleanability. The non-stick coating of the plates makes cleaning the waffle maker after cooking much easier.

The Hamilton Beach 26031 has been given a high ease of use score thanks to the simple controls and effortless operation.

Our trials revealed that the lid and flipping mechanism worked wonders. Safety tests also showed that the Hamilton Beach 26031 is generally safe for most people to use — no excessive hot spots or structural flaws.

To make things even better, the waffle maker already included a drip tray and removable plates, making it a breeze to clean.

Performance Test

Self-Mixed Recipe
Birch Benders Mix
Overall Performance Scoring

The Chefman offers value well beyond its cost. All of the waffles it baked were good-looking and tasty during our performance tests. Even though the waffles may not be restaurant-grade, they could still serve up a wholesome breakfast for the family.

The Hamilton Beach 26031 did excellently in all of our cooking test sessions. The texture and taste of the waffles were impressive, according to our chef. However, the coloration of the waffles could still be improved. Most of the waffles we made had dark colorings, which wasn’t ideal.

Overall Scores

Ease of Use
Overall Scoring

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
  • Luxurious aesthetic by incorporating premium materials (stainless steel and ceramic)
  • Does a great job in all of our performance tests
  • Removable and washable waffle plates
  • Easy to clean thanks to the included drip tray
  • Didn’t perform well on self-mixed recipe
  • Awkward and potentially dangerous lid lock
  • Too many hot surfaces
  • Can be difficult to clean
  • The spin-lock mechanism at the handle is finicky


The Hamilton Beach 26031 is a flippable waffle maker that can cook your waffle more efficiently and quickly than a traditional model like the Chefman. And indeed, the effect of the flipping system showed in our performance tests. The Hamilton Beach was able to produce a 7-inch waffle with decent quality in 5 minutes. In contrast, it took the Chefman the same time to make a smaller 6.1-inch waffle.

Though the build quality of the Chefman is good, the Hamilton Beach easily surpasses it in this department. The fact that it’s built from stainless steel and ceramic — commonly considered premium materials — gives the Hamilton Beach a clear edge over the other model.

If you have a roomy budget, splurging on the Hamilton Beach will be a far better choice. However, if you require something a bit more affordable, the Chefman is a decent option.

Behind the Comparison

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Matthew LeeReviewer

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.

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Tuyet PhamProfessional Chef

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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Lap VoTest Lead

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.

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