- Performance (50%)6.0
- Design (20%)6.2
- Ease of Use (30%)5.0
- Performance (50%)7.2
- Design (20%)7.7
- Ease of Use (30%)9.1
The Oster Belgian and Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic are similar in that they were both designed to be as affordable as possible. But, on the whole, the Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic constitutes a far better purchase than the Oster despite being slightly more expensive.
In our database, the Oster is one of the worst performers and has a notable tendency to overcook its waffles to the point of charring. On the other hand, the WMR-CA performs reasonably well, producing tastier and more evenly-cooked waffles.
The overall build quality of the Cuisinart WMR-CA is also better. Though its design is simplistic, every part is well-built with good finishing. The Oster is the exact opposite. It suffers greatly from poor build quality. For example, the back hinges of our unit have cracks and dents all over,exposing the sensitive electronics through the back.
Pros & Cons
- Performs decently in our test with Birch Benders mix
- Fairly compact design makes for easier storage
- Responsive temperature control dial
- Did a great job in our test with Birch Benders mix
- Fast cooking time
- Compact and lightweight design makes it easy to store
- Unremarkable performance in our test with our self-mixed waffle batter
- Bad build quality
- Exposed electronics could be safety hazards
- Very dim indicator lights
- Poor performance on self-mixed recipe
- Heating element is too strong and can easily burn waffles
- Dim indicator lights
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Matthew Lee is a writer and editor for HealthyKitchen101. With over 8 years working for various outlets and agencies, specializing in tech review and other subjects of note, such as current affairs.
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