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Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Double vs Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Side-by-Side Comparison

The Cuisinart WAF-F201 Double is a high-end, full-size waffle maker. Meanwhile, the Holstein is an entry-level mini model. So, which to choose? Check it out!

Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Double vs Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B: Full-Size or Mini?


Price at publication
Rotating baking chamber, browning control, indicator lightsCompact size, patterned top lid, indicator lights
Adjustable Settings
L15 x W9.5 x H9 inchesL5.1 x W6.5 x H3.5 inches
Stainless steel/plastic housing, aluminum nonstick baking platesPlastic housing; aluminum nonstick baking plates
12 pounds1.1 pound
Waffle diameter
6 ¾ inches4.0" (10.2 cm)
1,400 watts350 watts
Number of waffles
3-year limited warranty1-year limited warranty


Build Quality
Waffle Plates
Control Panel
Overall Design Scoring

Thanks to its mostly-metal construction, the design of this waffle maker is undeniably solid and aesthetically pleasing. However, certain parts have been crafted from silver-painted plastic rather than actual metal.

While the waffle plates are effective and the control panel is easy to use, there are still a few minor issues that prevent them from getting a perfect overall score.

Considering the affordability of this model, we didn’t expect it to have a very premium design from the get-go. The design assessment confirmed it. The waffle maker has a cheap-feeling plastic housing, so it definitely won’t be the most good-looking model you’ll have come across. Despite the mediocre appearance, the build quality is very good: the lid hinges are solid, and the waffle plates are well-built.

Like many other mini models, the Holstein waffle maker lacks a control panel.

Usability Comparison

Indicator Light Visibility
Overall Usability Scoring

Handling the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 is a breeze with its easy-to-use locking system and smooth rotating mechanism. The handy indicator lights are bright enough to help you monitor the cooking process, even under harsh lighting or far away.

Despite its excellence, this device isn't completely perfect. One shortcoming is its lack of a POWER light that would give an extra safety warning. Additionally, it can be tough to clean after each use.

The Holstein 4-inch Waffle Maker is user-friendly. Much of the operation is simplified due to the lack of a control panel.

Once the indicator light at the top shuts off, pour in your batter and wait until your waffle is cooked to your liking. Due to its compact size, all of the surfaces on the waffle maker become piping hot after a few cooking sessions, so make sure to wear oven mitts while handling it. It’s because of this reason that the Holstein doesn’t score very well in our safety tests.

Cleaning the waffle maker after cooking is easy. The plastic housing doesn’t grip aggressively onto the dried batter, and the waffle plates’ non-stick coating ensures that it’s a mess-less affair.

Performance Test

Self-Mixed Recipe
Birch Benders Mix
Overall Performance Scoring

This waffle maker gets a passing score. It wasn’t restaurant-quality by any means, and there were plenty of flaws in terms of coloration and texture. Nonetheless, the WAF-F20P1 still produced a decent waffle in our self-mixed recipe test.

Though our chef was satisfied with the waffle's quality and noted it as “decent”, it didn’t stand out from the other mini models in our test.

Overall Scores

Ease of Use
Overall Scoring

Pros & Cons

  • 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
  • Highly affordable
  • Compact size and lightweight
  • Handling is simple and smooth
  • Acceptable build quality
  • Excellent cleanability rating
  • 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
  • Mediocre cooking performance with our self-mixed recipe
  • Cheap-looking design
  • Lacks a control panel
  • Safety rating is very low


If your budget isn’t limited and you want to enjoy one (or two) full-size waffles every morning, we recommend the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1.

It is the best-performing model in our database so far and was able to serve up beautiful and delicious waffles in every cooking test. The WAF-F20P1 is also a double-sided waffle maker, so you can cook two waffles simultaneously.

This, combined with a premium design and various high-end features, makes the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 a worthy investment if you have the budget for it.

Meanwhile, the Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B is a mini waffle maker. It possesses a small, compact form factor of about the same size as a softball. The waffle maker cooks bite-sized 4-inch waffles. Their quality was mediocre in our tests, but none of the waffles were unpalatable or inedible.

If you’re looking for a snack-making machine or a portable waffle maker (for traveling), the Holstein’s compact size and small waffles will do the trick.

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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