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DASH DMW001AQ Mini vs BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Side-by-Side Comparison

Wondering what to pick between the DASH DMW001AQ Mini and the BLACK+DECKER WMB500? Here’s our comparison.

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DASH Mini

BLACK and DECKER

DASH DMW001AQ Mini vs BLACK+DECKER WMB500: Mini or Full-Size?

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance50% Design20% Ease of Use30% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 20%Design 30%Ease of Use BLACK and DECKERDASH Mini7.96.78.79.56.96.56.08.3
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Both the DASH DMW001AQ Mini and the BLACK+DECKER WMB500 are in the budget-friendly range, but for entirely different reasons.

The DASH Mini, being a mini waffle maker that’s no larger than a softball, is cheap by design. The small form factor is less complicated and costly to manufacture. The DASH Mini cooks bite-sized waffles about 4 inches across, making it an excellent snack-making machine.

Meanwhile, the BLACK+DECKER WMB500 is a full-size waffle maker that’s purposely designed and built to be as cheap as possible. This is evidenced in the simplistic design that’s quite barebone in terms of features. Like most Belgian-style waffle makers, the WMB500 cooks 7-inch waffles that are ideal for breakfasts and other meals.

The cooking performances of both models are great. The waffles weren’t spectacularly delicious, but they weren’t bad or inedible, either. For breakfasts, light meals, and snacks, both models’ waffles will do just fine.

In the end, it mostly comes down to whether you would want a small and compact waffle maker (the DASH Mini) or a full-size model (BLACK+DECKER WMB500)!

Pros & Cons

  • Does a decent job at making pre-mixed waffles
  • The waffle plates’ non-stick layer works well
  • Easy to use ‘plug-and-play’ design
  • Great cleanability
  • Affordable pricing
  • Decent cooking performance across both test recipes
  • Good-looking stainless steel baking chamber
  • The lid can dampen the force of a strong push, preventing the lid from accidentally snapping close to the user’s hand
  • The non-stick coating on the waffle plates works very well
  • Excellent safety rating
  • Unremarkable performance in the self-mixed recipe test
  • Relatively slow cooking speed
  • Thin layer of paint that can be easily scratched
  • Many safety issues
  • Lacks control panel
  • The stainless steel baking chamber needs regular cleaning to look its best

Key Specs

Features
Compact size, indicator lights
Premium stainless steel top cover, indicator lights
Adjustable Settings
N/A
None
Dimensions
L6.3 x W5 x H2.5 inches
L13.1 x W10 x H4.7 inches
Material
Plastic housing; aluminum nonstick baking plates
Stainless steel/plastic housing; aluminum nonstick baking plates
Weight
1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)
4 pound
Waffle diameter
4.0" (10.2 cm)
7.5" (19.1 cm)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$12.13
$21.82

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.5
6.7

Self-Mixed Recipe

6.0
6.8
The golden-very dark brown top crust of a waffle baked for 6 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
Top
The golden-very dark brown top crust of a waffle baked for 6 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
The golden-very dark brown bottom crust of a waffle baked for 6 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
A cross-section of a waffle baked for 6 minutes using our self-mixed recipe, revealing a dense core with few air bubbles.
A waffle baked for 6 minutes using our self-mixed recipe being torn down the middle by hand to test its consistency.
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Self-Mixed Recipe
The dark brown - golden top crust of a waffle cooked for 5 minutes.
The dark brown - golden bottom crust of a waffle cooked for 5 minutes.
The interior of a waffle cooked for 5 minutes, with prominent air cavities and bubbles inside.
The cross-section of a waffle baked in 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe, revealing the interior with small air bubbles within.
Heat Level
N/A
N/A
Cooking Time
5 minutes
5 minutes

Birch Benders Mix

7.0
6.5
The very dark brown top crust of a waffle baked for 7 minutes using a batter made from our Birch Benders mix.
The very dark brown top crust of a waffle baked for 7 minutes using a batter made from our Birch Benders mix.
The very dark brown bottom crust of a waffle baked for 7 minutes using a batter made from our Birch Benders mix.
A cross-section of a waffle baked for 7 minutes using our Birch Benders waffle mix. The interior of the waffle is revealed.
A waffle baked for 7 minutes using our Birch Benders waffle mix is torn down the middle by hands to test its consistency.
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Birch Benders Mix
The pale gold top crust of a waffle cooked using the Birch Benders mix for 7 minutes.
The pale gold bottom crust of a waffle cooked using the Birch Benders mix for 7 minutes.
The interior of a waffle cooked for 7 minutes, with prominent air cavities and bubbles inside.
The waffle, which has been cooked for 7 minutes, is torn by hand in order to test for its consistency and texture, revealing the fluffy core inside.
Heat Level
 N/A
N/A
Cooking Time
7 minutes
7 minutes

Design

Overall Design Scoring
6.0
8.7

In The Box

The aqua-blue waffle maker is in the middle. To its left and right are its instruction manuals and pamphlets.
The black and silver Black and Decker waffle maker WMB500 next to its instructional manual and shipping box.

Dimensions & Weight

The DASH DMW001AQ Mini waffle maker’s dimensions. The length is 6.3 inches, height 2.5 inches, and width 5 inches.
The side profile of the black and silver Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker.
Length
6.3" (16.0 cm)
13.1" (33.3 cm)
Width
5.0" (12.7 cm)
10.0" (25.4 cm)
Height
2.5" (6.4 cm)
4.7" (11.9 cm)
Weight
1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)
4.0 lbs (1.8 kg)

Build Quality

5.0
9.5
The back side of the DASH Mini waffle maker. White cabling sleeve can be seen through a gap at the back of the unit.
BLACK+DECKER WMB500 Build Quality Video
A close-up at the lid hinges of the Black and Decker Belgian waffle maker WMB500.
A zoomed-up view of the lid hinges and black plastic housing of the Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker in its closed state.

Waffle Plates

10
10
An overview of the DASH Mini’s waffle plates. The plates are black and have a classic-style waffle print.
An overview of the DASH Mini’s waffle plates. The plates are black and have a classic-style waffle print.
A close-up shot of the DASH Mini waffle maker’s waffle plate. It is black and treated with a layer of textured non-stick.
A close-up view of the glossy, black, Belgian-style waffle plate of the Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker.
A close-up view of the glossy, black, Belgian-style waffle plate of the Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker.
An overview of the glossy, black, Belgian-style waffle plates of the Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker.
Number of Plates
2
2
Grid Pattern
Classic-style
Belgian-style
Plate Area
12.57 inch
50.27 inch
Plate Length
4.0" (10.2 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Plate Width
4.0" (10.2 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Material
Cast aluminum
Cast aluminum
Non Stick Coating
Yes
Yes
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
No
No

Control Panel

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

Power Cord

The power cord of the DASH Mini waffle maker. It has a Type A plug.
The power plug of the Black and Decker WMB500 Belgian waffle maker with the Type-A prongs design clearly visible.
Plug Style
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Length
2.5 ft (0.8 m)
1.9 ft (0.6 m)
Cable Management
No
No

Accessories

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

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.3
9.5

Handling

8.0
10

Safety

8.1
9.9
The temperature of the top lid of the DASH Mini waffle maker is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 191.3°F.
DASH DMW001AQ Safety Top-side temperature
The temperature of the top lid of the DASH Mini waffle maker is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 191.3°F.
The temperature of the base of the DASH Mini waffle maker is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 120.2°F.
The temperature of the handle of the DASH Mini waffle maker is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 98.2°F.
The surface temperature of the back of the Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker is being measured with a thermometer during a thermal safety test. The screen reads 156°F.
The surface temperature of the back of the Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker is being measured with a thermometer during a thermal safety test. The screen reads 156°F.
The surface temperature of the Black and Decker WMB500’s base is being measured using a thermometer in a thermal safety test. The screen reads 104.2°F.
The temperature of the Black and Decker WMB500’s handle is being measured using a thermometer in a thermal safety test. The screen reads 111°F.
Top Side Temperature
191°F
156.7°F
Bottom Side Temperature
120°F
104.2°F
Handle Temperature
98°F
111°F

Cleanability

10
8.0

Indicator Light Visibility

6.0
10
The blue center indicator light of the DASH Mini waffle maker is dimly shining.
The sole indicator light on top of the Black and Decker WMB500 waffle maker is glowing red.

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