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Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic vs Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Side-by-Side Comparison

Deciding on what to choose between the Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic and the Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Mini waffle maker? Check out this comparison.

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Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic vs Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B: Side-by-Side Comparison

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The Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic is very popular amongst the classic-style waffle makers. Compared to the more popular Belgian-style waffle makers out there, the likes of the Cuisinart WMR-CA bake diner-style waffles that are thinner and have smaller pockets.

While they aren’t as filling as Belgian waffles, classic-style waffles cook much faster. The Cuisinart WMR-CA, for example, took less than 3 minutes to deliver a cooked waffle in our performance tests.

The Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B is a mini waffle maker. Built as compact and lightweight as possible, this waffle maker is no larger than a softball. The size makes it highly attractive for travelers and campers as it can easily fit inside a backpack to make fresh waffles on the go.

You can also use the Holstein Mini at home to bake snacks. The 4-inch waffles it makes are excellent for this purpose.

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
  • Highly affordable
  • Compact size and lightweight
  • Handling is simple and smooth
  • Acceptable build quality
  • Excellent cleanability rating
  • Poor performance on self-mixed recipe
  • Heating element is too strong and can easily burn waffles
  • Dim indicator lights
  • Mediocre cooking performance with our self-mixed recipe
  • Cheap-looking design
  • Lacks a control panel
  • Safety rating is very low

Key Specs

Features
Sliding browning knob, indicator lights
Compact size, patterned top lid, indicator lights
Adjustable Settings
5
N/A
Dimensions
L9.7 x W7.9 x H3.3 inches
L5.1 x W6.5 x H3.5 inches
Material
Stainless steel/plastic housing; cast iron, nonstick baking plates
Plastic housing; aluminum nonstick baking plates
Weight
1 pound
1.1 pound
Waffle diameter
6.8" (17.3 cm)
4.0" (10.2 cm)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$29.95
$16.70

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.2
6.3

Self-Mixed Recipe

6.7
6.3
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.
Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Self-Mixed RecipeA waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe. Presented here is its top crust with a very dark brown color.
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Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Self-Mixed RecipeA waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe. Presented here is its top crust with a very dark brown color.
A waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe. Presented here is its bottom crust with a very dark brown color.
A cross-section of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe. Prominent air bubbles can be seen within.
A waffle being torn down the middle by hand to test it for its consistency. The air bubble-filled core is revealed.
Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Self-Mixed Recipe Video
Heat Level
3
3
Cooking Time
3 minutes
5 minutes

Birch Benders Mix

7.7
6.3
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.
The very light gold top crust of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
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The very light gold top crust of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
The very light gold bottom crust of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
A cross-section of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using the Birch Benders batter mix. Air bubbles can be seen within.
A waffle is torn down the middle by hands to test its consistency. The air bubble-filled interior of the waffle is revealed.
Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Birch Benders Mix Video
Heat Level
3
N/A
Cooking Time
4 minutes
5 minutes

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.7
7.0

In the Box

The Cuisinart WMR-CA, with its stainless steel top and black plastic detailing, sitting next to its instructional manual.
The glossy black Holstein 4 inch waffle maker next to its instruction manual and the shipping box.

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.
A side profile of the glossy black Holstein personal mini waffle maker.
Length
9.7" (24.6 cm)
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Width
7.9" (20.1 cm)
6.5" (16.5 cm)
Height
3.3" (8.4 cm)
3.5" (9.0 cm)
Weight
1.0 lbs (0.5 kg)
1.1 lbs (0.5 kg)

Build Quality

8.0
7.0
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
Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Build Quality
The back side of the Holstein waffle cooker. Components of its lid hinges and the root of its power cord can be seen.
The black plastic hinges of the Holstein waffle maker’s lid. It is currently in its open position.

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.
Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Waffle PlatesAn overview of the Holstein waffle maker’s cooking plates. They’re black and printed with the classic waffle patterning.
Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B Waffle PlatesAn overview of the Holstein waffle maker’s cooking plates. They’re black and printed with the classic waffle patterning.
A close-up shot of the Holstein waffle maker’s cooking plate. It is black and treated with a glossy layer of non-stick.
Number of Plates
2
2
Grid Pattern
Classic-style
Classic-style
Plate Area
47.78 inches
17.72 inches
Plate Length
7.8" (19.8 cm)
4.8" (12.1 cm)
Plate Width
7.8" (19.8 cm)
4.8" (12.1 cm)
Material
Cast iron
Cast aluminum
Non Stick Coating
Yes
Yes
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
No
No

Control Panel

8.0
0.0
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
Indicator Lights
Yes
Yes
Audible Alarm
No
No
Timer
No
No
Browning Control
Yes
No

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.
The power cord of the Holstein mini waffle maker. The plug is Type A.
Plug Style
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Length
3.0 ft (0.9 m)
2.1 ft (0.6 m)
Cable Management
No
Yes

Accessories

Material
N/A
N/A
Removable
N/A
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
N/A
N/A

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.1
6.5

Handling

9.0
9.0

Safety

9.6
1.8
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.
Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B SafetyThe temperature of the top lid of the Holstein waffle maker is being measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 219.0°F.
Holstein Housewares HH-09125016B SafetyThe temperature of the top lid of the Holstein waffle maker is being measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 219.0°F.
The temperature of the base of the Holstein waffle maker is being measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 113.7°F.
The temperature of the front handle of the Holstein waffle maker is being measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 160.7°F.
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
10
Cuisinart WMR-CA Cleanability
Excess batter pouring from  out of the Holstein waffle maker and into small pools at the base of the unit.

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 red ring-shaped indicator light at the top of the Holstein’s lid. It is shining dimly in the studio lighting.