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DASH No-Drip Belgian vs Hamilton Beach 26031 Side-by-Side Comparison

If you’re wondering which one is the better waffle maker between the DASH No-Drip Belgian and the Hamilton Beach 26031, here’s our analysis.

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DASH No-Drip

Hamilton Beach 26031

DASH No-Drip Belgian vs Hamilton Beach 26031: Detailed Comparison

Overall Verdict

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OverallScore Performance50% Design20% Ease of Use30% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 20%Design 30%Ease of Use Hamilton Beach 26031DASH No-Drip8.37.09.79.78.06.78.79.6
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These two waffle makers here have totally different uses. The DASH No-Drip Belgian is made for bulk cooking. Thanks to its large, segmented waffle plates, this model can cook four square waffles at the same time, each one measuring 4 inches across. This feature alone makes it an excellent choice for those who have to cook large batches of waffles regularly (like people with large families.)

Meanwhile, the Hamilton Beach 26031 can only cook one waffle at a time. However, it can cook a large 7-inch, Belgian-style waffle.

Pros & Cons

  • Affordable
  • Capable of bulk cooking (can make four waffles at once)
  • Did an acceptable job in our test with the self-mixed recipe
  • Solid build quality
  • High safety rating
  • Easy to clean
  • 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
  • The unit’s appearance looks quite cheap
  • Lacks a control panel
  • The spin-lock mechanism at the handle is finicky

Key Specs

Features
Indicator lights
Rotating baking chamber, removable ceramic waffle plates, indicator lights
Adjustable Settings
None
None
Dimensions
L6.3 x W5 x H2.5 inches
L16.5 x W8 x H8.7 inches
Material
Plastic housing, aluminum nonstick baking plates
Stainless steel/plastic housing; ceramic nonstick baking plates
Weight
8 pounds
3.1 lbs (1.4 kg)
Waffle diameter
4.0" (10.2 cm)
7.0" (17.8 cm)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$49.99
$57.79

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.7
7.0

Self-Mixed Recipe

6.5
6.8
DASH No-Drip Belgian Self-Mixed Recipe
The golden - very dark brown top crust of a waffle baked for 3 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
The golden - very dark brown bottom crust of a waffle baked for 3 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
A cross-section of a waffle baked for 3 minutes using our self-mixed recipe, revealing the air bubble-filled inner core.
A waffle being torn by hand to test its consistency and texture. The interior of the waffle is revealed.
Hamilton Beach 26031 Self-Made Recipe Video
The dark brown top of a waffle cooked by the Hamilton Beach 26031 waffle maker in 5 minutes.
The mottled, dark brown bottom of a waffle cooked by the Hamilton Beach 26031 waffle maker in 5 minutes.
The interior of the 5-minute waffle cooked by the Hamilton Beach 26031 is shown, revealing large air cavities.
The waffle made by the Hamilton Beach 26031 in 5-minute is torn up by hands to test for consistency and texture.
Heat Level
N/A
Between 1 and 2
Cooking Time
3 minutes
5 minutes

Birch Benders Mix

6.9
7.1
DASH No-Drip Belgian Birch Benders Mix
The top crust of a waffle baked for 4 minutes using a batter made from Birch Benders mix. It has a very light gold color.
The bottom crust of a waffle baked for 4 minutes using a batter made from Birch Benders mix. It has a very light gold color
A cross-section of a waffle, revealing its core with prominent air cavities and multiple air bubbles.
A waffle, baked for 4 minutes, torn down the middle by hand to test it for consistency and texture.
Hamilton Beach 26031 Birch Benders Mix Video
The light gold top of a waffle cooked by the Hamilton Beach 26031 waffle maker in 6 minutes using the Birch Benders mix.
The light gold bottom of a waffle cooked by the Hamilton Beach 26031 waffle maker in 6 minutes using the Birch Benders mix.
A close-up of the interior of the waffle cooked by the Hamilton Beach 26031 in 6 minutes, filled with air bubbles and small cavities.
The 6-minute waffle of the Hamilton Beach 26031 is torn in half by hands to test for the consistency and texture.
Heat Level
N/A
Between 1 and 2
Cooking Time
5 minutes
5 minutes

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.7
9.7

In the Box

The blue Dash No-Drip waffle maker next to its shipping box and instruction manuals.
The Hamilton Beach Flip Belgian waffle maker (26031) is on a table next to the included drip tray and the user manual.

Dimensions

A side profile of the Dash No-Drip Belgian waffle maker. It has a blue plastic lid and black-painted base.
The Hamilton Beach 26031 on a table with measured dimensions marked next to it, the length is displayed as 16.5 inches, width is 8 inches, and height is 8.7 inches.
The Hamilton Beach 26031 on a table with measured dimensions marked next to it, the length is displayed as 16.5 inches, width is 8 inches, and height is 8.7 inches.
Hamilton Beach 26031 Dimension Video
Length
6.3" (16.0 cm)
16.5" (41.9 cm)
Width
5.0" (12.7 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Height
2.5" (6.4 cm)
8.7" (22.1 cm)
Weight
8.0 lbs (3.6 kg)
3.1 lbs (1.4 kg)

Build Quality

9.5
9.5
DASH No-Drip Belgian Build Quality
DASH No-Drip Belgian Build QualityA close-up view of the back side of the DASH No-Drip waffle maker’s lid in the closed position.
A close-up view of the lid hinges of the Dash No Drip Waffle maker.
Side view of the DASH No Drip waffle maker. The blue top lid and the black bottom of the waffle maker can be seen here.
A close-up shot of the Hamilton Beach Belgian waffle maker (26031) control panel section made from black plastic, with the browning control knob and the indicator lights in focus.

Waffle Plates

10
10
One of the waffle plates of the DASH No Drip waffle maker. It’s separated into four sections, each can cook a small waffle.
One of the waffle plates of the DASH No Drip waffle maker. It’s separated into four sections, each can cook a small waffle.
A zoomed-in view of the anti-drip moat on either side of the DASH Deluxe No-Drip Belgian waffle maker.
Waffle batter overflowing from the waffle plates and into the anti-drip moat during a cooking test.
An overview of the bronze-colored, Belgian-style waffle plates of the Hamilton Beach Flip waffle maker 26031.
An overview of the bronze-colored, Belgian-style waffle plates of the Hamilton Beach Flip waffle maker 26031.
A close-up of the bronze-color, Belgian-style waffle plate of the Hamilton Beach flip Belgian waffle maker 26031.
A close-up of the yellow waffle plate release latch on the top handle of the Hamilton Beach waffle maker with removable plates 26031.
The gray, metallic heating elements of the Hamilton Beach 26031 is revealed after the ceramic, bronze-colored waffle plates are taken off.
Number of Plates
2
2
Grid Pattern
Belgian-style
Belgian-style
Plate Area
69.6 inch
50.27 inch
Plate Length
8.7" (22.1 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Plate Width
8.0" (20.3 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Material
Aluminum
Cast aluminum
Non Stick Coating
Yes
Yes
Removable
No
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
No
Yes

Control Panel

0.0
10
The blue top lid of the DASH No Drip waffle maker. The indicator lights can also be seen here. They’re currently off.
Close-up of Hamilton Beach 26031 control panel: browning dial and indicator lights with clear white markings on the side to inform you of their functions.
Close-up of Hamilton Beach 26031 control panel: browning dial and indicator lights with clear white markings on the side to inform you of their functions.
Hamilton Beach 26031 Control Panel video
Indicator Lights
Yes
Yes
Audible Alarm
No
No
Timer
No
No
Browning Control
No
Yes

Power Cord

The power plug of the Dash No Drip waffle maker, focusing on its Type-A prongs.
A close-up of the power cord of the Hamilton Beach 26031 waffle maker, focused on the prongs of the plug.
Plug Style
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Length
2.3 ft (0.7 m)
2.2 ft (0.7 m)
Cable Management
Yes
No

Accessories

The removable black plastic drip tray of the Hamilton Beach 26031.
Material
N/A
Plastic
Removable
N/A
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
N/A
Yes

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.6
9.7

Handling

9.5
9.5

Safety

9.2
10
The temperature of the DASH No Drip waffle maker’s top lid is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 202.3°F.
The temperature of the DASH No Drip waffle maker’s top lid is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 202.3°F.
The temperature of the underside of the DASH No Drip’s handle is being measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 151.5°F.
The temperature of the top side of the DASH No-Drip’s handle is being measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 120.0°F.
The temperature on the control panel of the Hamilton Beach 26031 is being measured using a thermometer during a thermal safety test. The display reads 142.3°F.
The temperature on the control panel of the Hamilton Beach 26031 is being measured using a thermometer during a thermal safety test. The display reads 142.3°F.
The temperature on the cool-touch handle of the Hamilton Beach 26031 is being measured using a thermometer during a thermal safety test. The display reads 90.3°F.
The temperature on the Hamilton Beach 26031’s base is being measured using a thermometer during a thermal safety test. The display reads 88.3°F.
Top Side Temperature
202.3°F
 142°F
Bottom Side Temperature
151.5°F
90°F
Handle Temperature
120°F
 88°F

Cleanability

10
9.5
Excess batter overflowing from one of the waffle plates and into the anti-spill moat during a cooking test.
Hamilton Beach 26031 Cleanability

Indicator Light Visibility

10
9.0
Indicator lights at the top of the DASH No-Drip waffle maker. Left is the red POWER light and right is the green READY light.
A close-up of the lit-up indicator lights of the Hamilton Beach 26031. Both the green READY light and the red POWER light are on.
A close-up of the lit-up indicator lights of the Hamilton Beach 26031. Both the green READY light and the red POWER light are on.
A view of the green READY light at the back of the Hamilton Beach 26031 when it’s flipped over.

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