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Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Double vs Oster Belgian Side-by-Side Comparison

How does the high-end Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 match up against the budget-friendly Oster Belgian waffle maker? See for yourself in this article!

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Cuisinart Double

Oster Belgian

Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Double vs Oster Belgian: Premium Against Budget

Overall Verdict

8.4
Overall Score
5.7
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)8.0
  • Design (20%)9.2
  • Ease of Use (30%)8.7
  • Performance (50%)6.0
  • Design (20%)6.2
  • Ease of Use (30%)5.0

It’s an easy choice right off the bat with this pair. If possible, always go for the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1.

It is one of the top performers on our list and, so far, is holding the highest overall performance test score. In our test using the pre-made Birch Benders waffle mix, this waffle maker achieved two perfect scores in coloration and taste.

Besides high cooking performance, the WAF-F20P1 also sports a premium design with flippable and double-sided cooking plates, allowing the waffle maker to produce two evenly-cooked waffles simultaneously.

On the other hand, the Oster Belgian waffle maker is one of the weakest models we have tested thus far. The texture and taste of its waffles were usually sub-par and it had a tendency to char the crust.

In addition to its low performance, the Oster is the only model we’ve tested that failed the build quality section.

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
  • Affordable
  • Performs decently in our test with Birch Benders mix
  • Fairly compact design makes for easier storage
  • Responsive temperature control dial
  • 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
  • Unremarkable performance in our test with our self-mixed waffle batter
  • Bad build quality
  • Exposed electronics could be safety hazards
  • Very dim indicator lights

Key Specs

Features
Rotating baking chamber, browning control, indicator lights
Belgian-style waffle plates, tactile browning control, indicator lights
Adjustable Settings
6
Variable
Dimensions
L15 x W9.5 x H9 inches
L10 x W8 x H4 inches
Material
Stainless steel/plastic housing, aluminum nonstick baking plates
Metal/plastic housing; die-cast aluminum nonstick baking plates
Weight
12.0 lbs (5.4 kg)
3.2 lbs (1.5 kg)
Waffle diameter
6 ¾ inches
7.0" (17.8 cm)

Where to Buy?

Price at publication
$101.95
$21.74

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.0
6.0

Self Recipe

6.5
5.2
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.
Oster Belgian Self-Mixed Recipe
The very dark brown-dark gold top crust of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
The very dark brown-dark gold 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, baked for 5 minutes, is torn by hands to test for its consistency. The interior of the waffle is revealed.
Heat Level
3
Max
Cooking Time
5 minutes
5 minutes

Birch Benders Mix

9.6
6.8
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.
Oster Belgian Birch Benders Mix Video
The very light gold-dark brown top crust of a waffle baked for 3 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
The very light gold-dark brown bottom crust of a waffle baked for 3 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
The interior of a waffle baked for 3 minutes using a Birch Benders batter mix. Small air cavities can be seen within.
A waffle, baked for 3 minutes using our Birch Benders batter mix, is torn down the middle by hands. The interior can be seen.
Heat Level
3
Max
Cooking Time
5 minutes
3 minutes

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.2
6.2

In The Box

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

Dimensions

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.
The physical dimensions of the Oster Belgian waffle maker. The length is 10 inches, height 4 inches, and width 8 inches.
Length
15.0" (38.1 cm)
10.0" (25.4 cm)
Width
9.5" (24.1 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Height
9.0" (22.9 cm)
4.0" (10.2 cm)
Weight
12.0 lbs (5.4 kg)
3.2 lbs (1.5 kg)

Build Quality

9.0
4.5
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.
The side profile of the Oster CKSTWF2000 Belgian waffle maker. The stainless steel lid is blemished from daily use.
The side profile of the Oster CKSTWF2000 Belgian waffle maker. The stainless steel lid is blemished from daily use.
Oster Waffle Maker  Build Quality Video
The back side of the Oster Belgian waffle maker. The power cables can be in-between the gaps created by the plastic hinges.

Waffle Plates

9.5
8.5
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.
An overview of the waffle plates of the Oster waffle maker. It’s made from cast aluminum and has Belgian-style patterning.
An overview of the waffle plates of the Oster waffle maker. It’s made from cast aluminum and has Belgian-style patterning.
A close-up of the black, cast aluminum waffle plate of the Oster waffle maker.
Number of Plates
4
2
Grid Pattern
Belgian-style
Belgian-style
Plate Area
36.32 inches
7.8 inch
Plate Length
6.8" (17.3 cm)
7.1" (18.0 cm)
Plate Width
6.8" (17.3 cm)
7.1" (18.0 cm)
Material
Cast aluminum
Die-cast aluminum
Non Stick Coating
Yes
Yes
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
No
No

Control Panel

9.5
9.0
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.
The control panel of the Oster CKSTWF2000 Belgian waffle maker. There’s the browning control knob and the indicator lights.
Indicator Lights
Yes
Yes
Audible Alarm
Yes
No
Timer
No
No
Browning Control
Yes
Yes

Power Cord

A close-up of the power plug of the Cuisinart Double waffle maker WAF-F20P1’s power plug.
The power cord of the Oster Belgian waffle maker.
The power cord of the Oster Belgian waffle maker.
The Type A plug attachment of the Oster Belgian waffle maker’s power cord.
Plug Style
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Length
2.6 ft (0.8 m)
2.3 ft (0.7 m)
Cable Management
Yes
Yes

Extra Accessory

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

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.7
5.0

Handling

9.0
6.5

Safety

9.5
1.7
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.
The temperature of the base of the Oster waffle maker is measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 143.4°F.
The temperature of the base of the Oster waffle maker is measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 143.4°F.
The temperature of the front handle of the Oster waffle maker is measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 189°F.
The temperature of the control panel of the Oster waffle maker is measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 176.9°F.
Top Side Temperature
234°F
176°F
Bottom Side Temperature
85°F
143°F
Handle Temperature
105°F
189°F

Cleanability

6.5
9.0
The silver Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 with excess batter overflowing and dripping down from both sets of cooking plates on the waffle maker.
Excess batter spilling out from the waffle plates of the Oster waffle maker.

Indicator Light Visibility

10
4.5
The green READY button of the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 is on, indicating that the plates are heated and ready to use.
The indicator lights of the Oster waffle maker. To the left is the red POWER light, and the right is the green READY light.

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