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Nostalgia MWF5AQ vs Euro Cuisine WM520 Side-by-Side Comparison

Can’t decide between the mini Nostalgia MWF5AQ and the Norwegian-style Euro Cuisine WM520 waffle maker? Here’s our comparison.

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Nostalgia Mini

Euro Cuisine

Nostalgia MWF5AQ vs Euro Cuisine WM520: Side-by-Side Comparison

Overall Verdict

The Nostalgia MWF5AQ is a mini waffle maker suitable for making breakfast on the go or for making light snacks at home. The unit is no larger than a softball, and the waffles it creates only measure 4 inches across.

Meanwhile, the Euro Cuisine WM520 is a full-size waffle maker. It bakes Norwegian-style heart-shaped waffles making it an excellent waffle maker to have around during festivities or when you want to add some visual flair to your family’s breakfast.

So, for most people, it comes down to what you’re seeking in a waffle maker. Do you want a compact waffle maker or a model that can make uniquely-patterned waffles?

Performance-wise, both models have roughly the same level of performance. The quality of the waffles they created in our tests was mediocre. Nonetheless, they’re more than adequate for breakfasts and daily meals.

Just don’t expect restaurant-level quality!

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance50% Design20% Ease of Use30% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 20%Design 30%Ease of UseEuro CuisineNostalgia Mini7.06.39.36.66.76.38.46.3
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Pros & Cons

  • Affordable
  • Surprisingly decent cooking performance for the price
  • High build quality; solid lid hinges
  • Waffle plates’ non-stick coating performs excellently
  • Did a passable job in our self-mixed recipe test
  • Luxurious design with chrome lid
  • Easy to use control panel with clicky, responsive browning level dial
  • Eco-friendly PTFE and PFOA-free ceramic coating on the plates
  • Excellent cleanability
  • No control feature
  • Oven mitts are required for handling
  • Loose lid hinges
  • The rubber screw protectors can be easily lost
  • Many surfaces of the waffle maker became scorching hot after two-three cooking sessions

Key Specs

Features
Compact size, indicator light
Heart-shaped waffle plates, tactile browning control, indicator lights
Adjustable Settings
N/A
Four
Dimensions
L6.75 x W6.5 x H3.5 inches
L10 x W8 x H4.5 inches
Material
Plastic housing; aluminum nonstick baking plates
Stainless steel/plastic housing; aluminum nonstick baking plates
Weight
1.25 pounds
4 pounds
Waffle diameter
4.0" (10.2 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$15.18
$36.79

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.3
6.3

Self-Mixed Recipe

6.8
6.3
Nostalgia MWF5AQ Self-Mixed Recipe Video
The light brown top crust of a waffle baked for 6 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
The light 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. The interior is filled with air bubbles and cavities.
The waffle is torn down the middle by hand to test it for its consistency, revealing the spongy inner core.
Euro Cuisine WM520 Self-Mixed Recipe Test
The light brown top crust of a waffle baked for 5 minutes 30 seconds using our self-mixed recipe.
The light brown bottom crust of a waffle baked for 5 minutes 30 seconds using our self-mixed recipe.
A cross-section of a waffle baked for 5 minutes 30 seconds. The interior is revealed, with small air bubbles visible within.
The waffle is torn up by hand to test its consistency. The fluffy interior of the waffle is revealed.
Heat Level
N/A
Medium-high
Cooking Time
6 minutes
5 minutes 30 seconds

Birch Benders Mix

5.9
6.4
Nostalgia MWF5AQ Birch Benders Mix
The pale gold top crust of a waffle baked for 8 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
The pale gold bottom crust of a waffle baked for 8 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
A cross-section of a waffle baked for 8 minutes, revealing the interior filled with air bubbles and air cavities.
A waffle, baked for 8 minutes, being torn down the middle by hand to test its consistency, revealing the fluffy interior.
Euro Cuisine WM520 Birch Benders Mix Test
The light brown top crust of a waffle baked for 5 minutes 30 seconds using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
The light brown bottom crust of a waffle baked for 5 minutes 30 seconds using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
A cross-section of a waffle baked for 5 minutes and 30 seconds. The dense interior of the waffle can be clearly seen.
A waffle, baked for 5 minutes and 30 seconds, is torn up by hands to test its consistency. The waffle’s core can be seen.
Heat Level
N/A
Medium-high
Cooking Time
8 minutes
5 minutes 30 seconds

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.4
9.3

In The Box

The blue-colored Nostalgia Mini waffle maker MWF5AQ next to its instruction manuals and shipping box.
The Euro Cuisine Heart Shaped waffle maker is in the center. To its left is the manual and to its right is the shipping box.

Dimensions & Weight

The side profile of the Nostalgia My Mini waffle maker’s plastic exterior. The top lid is cyan blue and the bottom is black.
The side profile of the Euro Cuisine WM520. Its mirror-like lid and the vertically-arranged control panel can be seen.
Length
6.8" (17.1 cm)
10.0" (25.4 cm)
Width
6.5" (16.5 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Height
3.5" (8.9 cm)
4.5" (11.4 cm)
Weight
1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)
4.0 lbs (1.8 kg)

Build Quality

9.0
9.0
 Nostalgia MWF5AQ Mini Build Quality
A close-up shot of the hinges of the Nostalgia MWF5AQ’s lid.
The back end of the Nostalgia Mini waffle maker (MWF5AQ). A section of the lid hinges can be seen, along with the power cord.
The bottom side of the Nostalgia MWF5AQ, with the two anti-slip feet in the foreground and wide back foot in the background.
The Euro Cuisine WM520 Build Quality
The elaborate backside of the Euro Cuisine waffle maker (WM520).
A close-up view of the plastic detailing and components of the Euro Cuisine waffle maker.

Waffle Plates

10
10
An overview of the Nostalgia MWF5AQ’s black, non-stick waffle plates.
An overview of the Nostalgia MWF5AQ’s black, non-stick waffle plates.
A close-up shot of one of the Nostalgia MWF5AQ’s black, non-stick waffle plates.
An overhead shot of the black waffle plates of the Euro Cuisine waffle maker. The plates have heart-shaped patterns.
Number of Plates
2
2
Grid Pattern
Classic-style
Norwegian-style
Plate Area
15.9 inches
50.27 inches
Plate Length
4.5" (11.4 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Plate Width
4.5" (11.4 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Material
Die-cast aluminum
Cast aluminum
Non Stick Coating
Yes
Yes
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
No
No

Control Panel

0.0
9.5
The Euro Cuisine WM520 Control Panel
The control panel of the Euro Cuisine waffle maker. The browning control dial can be seen, along with the indicator lights.
Indicator Lights
Yes
Yes
Audible Alarm
No
No
Timer
No
No
Browning Control
No
Yes

Power Cord

The power cord of the Nostalgia mini waffle maker, which has the Type A plug.
The power cord of the Euro Cuisine waffle maker. It has a Type A plug.
Plug Style
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Length
8.2" (20.8 cm)
2.3 ft (0.7 m)
Cable Management
Yes
Yes

Accessories

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

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
6.3
6.6

Handling

7.5
8.5

Safety

2.5
2.5
The temperature of the Nostalgia MWF5AQ’s top lid is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 169.9°F.
The temperature of the Nostalgia MWF5AQ’s top lid is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 169.9°F.
The temperature of the Nostalgia MWF5AQ’s base is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 127.9°F.
The temperature of the Nostalgia MWF5AQ’s handle is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 149.2°F.
The surface temperature of the Euro Cuisine’s control panel is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 146.8°F.
The surface temperature of the Euro Cuisine’s control panel is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 146.8°F.
The surface temperature of the Euro Cuisine’s base is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 107.6°F.
The surface temperature of the Euro Cuisine’s handle is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 137.8°F.
Top Side Temperature
169.9°F
146.8°F
Bottom Side Temperature
127.9°F
107.6°F
Handle Temperature
149.2°F
137.8°F

Cleanability

9.5
10
Excess batter pouring out from within the baking chamber of the Nostalgia MWF5AQ.
Excess batter pouring out from within the baking chamber of the Nostalgia MWF5AQ.
Excess batter spilling out from the Euro Cuisine waffle maker’s cooking plates.

Indicator Light Visibility

10
10
The red indicator light at the top of the Nostalgia’s lid. It is shining dimly in the harsh studio light.
The indicator lights of the Euro Cuisine. The red POWER light is closest to the dial, the orange READY light is to the back.

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