- Performance (50%)6.9
- Design (20%)9.7
- Ease of Use (30%)9.7
- Performance (50%)7.2
- Design (20%)7.7
- Ease of Use (30%)9.1
The most crucial difference between the Hamilton Beach 26031 and the Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic is that they make two different kinds of waffles.
The Hamilton Beach has a larger and deeper set of waffle plates that can serve you Belgian-style waffles. In contrast, the Cuisinart WMR-CA’s waffle plates are far smaller and shallower, producing a thinner waffle that’s usually called “classic-style.”
However, due to its larger size, the Hamilton Beach also took a long time to cook. In our self-made recipe test, the Hamilton Beach 26031 took 5 minutes to finish cooking. Meanwhile, the Cuisinart WMR-CA only needed 2 minutes.
Overall, if you need a budget and simple classic-style waffle maker that does the job, the Cuisinart WMR-CA is a good choice. But if you have the budget for an excellent Belgian-style waffle maker, consider the Hamilton Beach 26031.
Pros & Cons
- 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
- Did a great job in our test with Birch Benders mix
- Fast cooking time
- Compact and lightweight design makes it easy to store
- The spin-lock mechanism at the handle is finicky
- Poor performance on self-mixed recipe
- Heating element is too strong and can easily burn waffles
- Dim indicator lights
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