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Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Double vs Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic Side-by-Side Comparison

It’s a tough comparison: the high-end Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 and the low-end Cuisinart WMR-CA. If you’re wondering which one to pick, this article will help!

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Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Double vs Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic: High-end and Low-end

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The Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 is a Belgian-style waffle maker, while the Cuisinart WMR-CA can only make thin, classic-style waffles. Having read this, some people may already know which one they prefer better.

Performance is far better with the WAF-F20P1, which received a high overall score in our performance tests. The coloration, texture, and taste of the waffles that came off the WAF-F20P1’s irons were all great. Comparatively, the WMR-CA performed far more modestly.

But the kicker here is that the WAF-F20P1 can cook two waffles simultaneously, thanks to its double-sided design. Meanwhile, the WMR-CA can only cook one at a time. If you need to cook large batches of waffles regularly, the WAF-F20P1 will be a more sensible purchase.

But being a high-end machine, the WAF-F20P1 may not fit the budget of many. That’s where the Cuisinart WMR-CA comes in as the more affordable option out of the two.

Pros & Cons

  • Affordable
  • Did a great job in our test with Birch Benders mix
  • Fast cooking time
  • Compact and lightweight design makes it easy to store
  • Strong cooking performance across all tests
  • Beautiful, durable stainless steel design
  • Comprehensive control panel with audible alarm
  • Intuitive lid locking mechanism
  • Comes with a batter measuring cup
  • Poor performance on self-mixed recipe
  • Heating element is too strong and can easily burn waffles
  • Dim indicator lights
  • Mediocre performance with self-mixed recipe
  • Heavy and bulky
  • Certain parts are made of plastic
  • Lacks a POWER indicator light
  • Difficult to clean due to the lack of a drip tray

Key Specs

Features
Sliding browning knob, indicator lights
Rotating baking chamber, browning control, indicator lights
Adjustable Settings
5
6
Dimensions
L9.7 x W7.9 x H3.3 inches
L15 x W9.5 x H9 inches
Material
Stainless steel/plastic housing; cast iron, nonstick baking plates
Stainless steel/plastic housing, aluminum nonstick baking plates
Weight
1 pound
12.0 lbs (5.4 kg)
Waffle diameter
6.8" (17.3 cm)
6 ¾ inches

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$29.95
$101.95

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.2
8.1

Self-Mixed Recipe

6.7
6.5
Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic Self-Mixed Recipe Video
The very dark brown top crust of a waffle baked for 3 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
The very dark brown top crust of a waffle baked for 3 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
The cross-section of a waffle baked for 3 minutes, revealing small air cavities within the waffle’s interior.
The 3-minute waffle being torn by hand down the middle to test it for consistency and texture.
Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Self-Mixed Recipe
The top side of a waffle made by the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 in 5 minutes
The top crust of a waffle made by the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 waffle maker in 5 minutes
The golden core of the waffle produced by the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Double waffle maker.
The waffle produced by the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 being torn by hand to test its consistency and texture.
Heat Level
3
3
Cooking Time
3 minutes
5 minutes

Birch Benders Mix

7.7
9.6
Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic Birch Benders Mix Video
The golden brown bottom crust of a waffle baked in 3 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
The bottom golden crust of a waffle baked for 4 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
A cross-section of a waffle, revealing the large air cavities and air bubbles inside.
A waffle is torn down the middle to test for its consistency and texture. The core of the waffle is revealed.
Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Birch Benders Mix
The golden brown top side of the waffle made by the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Double flip waffle maker in 5 minutes.
The golden brown bottom side of the waffle made by the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Double waffle maker in 5 minutes.
The fluffy interior of the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 that’s visibly filled with air bubbles.
The waffle produced by the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 is being torn by hand to test for its consistency and texture.
Heat Level
3
3
Cooking Time
4 minutes
5 minutes

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.7
9.2

In the Box

The Cuisinart WMR-CA, with its stainless steel top and black plastic detailing, sitting next to its instructional manual.
The silver Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Double waffle maker sitting on a table next to its user manuals and a measuring cup.

Dimensions

The Cuisinart WMR-CA’s dimensions are measured with its length being 9.7 inches, height 3.3 inches, and width 7.9 inches.
The Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Double waffle maker dimension measurement chart. Its length is noted as 15 inches, width is 9.5 inches, and its height is 9 inches.
Length
9.7" (24.6 cm)
15.0" (38.1 cm)
Width
7.9" (20.1 cm)
9.5" (24.1 cm)
Height
3.3" (8.4 cm)
9.0" (22.9 cm)
Weight
1.0 lbs (0.5 kg)
12.0 lbs (5.4 kg)

Build Quality

8.0
9.0
The back end of the Cuisinart WMR-CA. Internal electric wiring and circuit boards can be seen through a gap.
The back end of the Cuisinart WMR-CA. Internal electric wiring and circuit boards can be seen through a gap.
Cuisinart WMR-CA Build Quality Video
Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Build Quality Video
A close-up view of the spring and internal mechanisms of the rotating hinges of the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 waffle maker.
A close-up view of the rotating hinges of the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Double waffle maker.

Waffle Plates

7.0
9.5
The Cuisinart WMR-CA with its lid opened, revealing the set of two black, non-stick-coated waffle plates.
The Cuisinart WMR-CA with its lid opened, revealing the set of two black, non-stick-coated waffle plates.
A close-up view of the Cuisinart WMR-CA’s waffle plate. It has classic-style patterning and is coated in black non-stick.
An overview of the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1’s black, Belgian-style waffle plates.
An overview of the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1’s black, Belgian-style waffle plates.
A top-down view of the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 waffle maker’s black, Belgian-style cooking plates.
Number of Plates
2
4
Grid Pattern
Classic-style
Belgian-style
Plate Area
47.78 inches
36.32 inches
Plate Length
7.8" (19.8 cm)
6.8" (17.3 cm)
Plate Width
7.8" (19.8 cm)
6.8" (17.3 cm)
Material
Cast iron
Cast aluminum
Non Stick Coating
Yes
Yes
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
No
No

Control Panel

8.0
9.5
The control panel of the Cuisinart round classic waffle maker. There’s the silver browning control knob and indicator lights.
The control panel of the Cuisinart round classic waffle maker. There’s the silver browning control knob and indicator lights.
Cuisinart WMR-CA Control Panel
Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Control Panel Video
A close-up of the control panel of the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Double Belgian waffle maker, with the silvery browning control knob to the left and the black power switch to the right.
Indicator Lights
Yes
Yes
Audible Alarm
No
Yes
Timer
No
No
Browning Control
Yes
Yes

Power Cord

The side profile of the Cuisinart WMR-CA waffle maker, with its power cord at the front.
The side profile of the Cuisinart WMR-CA waffle maker, with its power cord at the front.
Closed-up view of the Cuisinart WMR-CA’s power cord and its Type-A prongs.
A close-up of the power plug of the Cuisinart Double waffle maker WAF-F20P1’s power plug.
Plug Style
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Length
3.0 ft (0.9 m)
2.6 ft (0.8 m)
Cable Management
No
Yes

Accessories

The included batter measuring cup of the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1. It is made from
Material
N/A
Plastic
Removable
N/A
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
N/A
Yes

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.1
8.7

Handling

9.0
9.0

Safety

9.6
9.5
The temperature of the Cuisinart WMR-CA’s cool-touch handle is measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 96.4°F.
The temperature of the Cuisinart WMR-CA’s cool-touch handle is measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 96.4°F.
The temperature of the top lid of the Cuisinart WMR-CA is measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 181.7°F.
The temperature of the Cuisinart WMR-CA’s base is measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 94.1°F.
The temperature of the back hinges of the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 being measured by a thermometer, which reads 234.6°F.
The temperature of the back hinges of the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 being measured by a thermometer, which reads 234.6°F.
Temperature of the front control panel of the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 is being taken using a thermometer during a thermal safety test. The screen reads 85.6°F.
Temperature of the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1’s top lid being measured using a thermometer, which reads 105.8°F during a thermal safety test.
Top Side Temperature
181.7°F
234°F
Bottom Side Temperature
94°F
85°F
Handle Temperature
96.4°F
105°F

Cleanability

9.5
6.5
Cuisinart WMR-CA Cleanability
The silver Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 with excess batter overflowing and dripping down from both sets of cooking plates on the waffle maker.

Indicator Light Visibility

6.5
10
The indicator lights at the front of the Cuisinart WMR-CA, left is the red POWER light and right is the green READY light.
The green READY button of the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 is on, indicating that the plates are heated and ready to use.