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Oster Belgian vs DASH No-Drip Belgian Side-by-Side Comparison

What to pick between the Oster Belgian waffle maker and the DASH No-Drip Belgian waffle maker? Here’s an analysis of the two!

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Oster Belgian

DASH No-Drip

Oster Belgian vs DASH No-Drip Belgian: Side-by-Side Comparison

Overall Verdict

The Oster Belgian waffle maker doesn’t come in very high in our listing. It has some of the lowest scores in our tests due to an unstable heating element. The coloring tends to be bad, while the texture is mushy and the taste is bland.

Fortunately, the test waffles were still palatable.

On the other hand, the DASH No-Drip Belgian waffle maker is a full-size model. It can make four square waffles at a time, each one measuring 4 inches across. The DASH No-Drip Belgian also does its job very well. In our tests, it received a fairly high score in coloration, texture, and taste.

The only drawback is that it’s fairly pricey compared to the Oster Belgian waffle maker.

If you’re working on a tight budget and can’t get the DASH No-Drip Belgian waffle maker, we recommend picking other alternatives rather than going with the Oster. The Chefman waffle maker and the Cuisinart WMR-CA are both great budget-friendly models.

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance50% Design20% Ease of Use30% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 20%Design 30%Ease of UseDASH No-DripOster Belgian8.06.78.79.65.76.06.25.0
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Pros & Cons

  • Affordable
  • Performs decently in our test with Birch Benders mix
  • Fairly compact design makes for easier storage
  • Responsive temperature control dial
  • 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
  • Unremarkable performance in our test with our self-mixed waffle batter
  • Bad build quality
  • Exposed electronics could be safety hazards
  • Very dim indicator lights
  • The unit’s appearance looks quite cheap
  • Lacks a control panel

Key Specs

Features
Belgian-style waffle plates, tactile browning control, indicator lights
Indicator lights
Adjustable Settings
Variable
None
Dimensions
L10 x W8 x H4 inches
L6.3 x W5 x H2.5 inches
Material
Metal/plastic housing; die-cast aluminum nonstick baking plates
Plastic housing, aluminum nonstick baking plates
Weight
3.2 lbs (1.5 kg)
8 pounds
Waffle diameter
7.0" (17.8 cm)
4.0" (10.2 cm)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$21.74
$49.99

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.0
6.7

Self-Mixed Recipe

5.2
6.5
Oster Belgian Self-Mixed Recipe
The very dark brown-dark gold top crust of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
The very dark brown-dark gold bottom crust of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
A cross-section of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe. The interior is dense with few air bubbles.
A waffle, baked for 5 minutes, is torn by hands to test for its consistency. The interior of the waffle is revealed.
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.
Heat Level
Max
N/A
Cooking Time
5 minutes
3 minutes

Birch Benders Mix

6.8
6.9
Oster Belgian Birch Benders Mix Video
The very light gold-dark brown top crust of a waffle baked for 3 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
The very light gold-dark brown bottom crust of a waffle baked for 3 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
The interior of a waffle baked for 3 minutes using a Birch Benders batter mix. Small air cavities can be seen within.
A waffle, baked for 3 minutes using our Birch Benders batter mix, is torn down the middle by hands. The interior can be seen.
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.
Heat Level
Max
N/A
Cooking Time
3 minutes
5 minutes

Design

Overall Design Scoring
6.2
8.7

In the Box

The Oster waffle maker, with its stainless steel top lid and black plastic detailing, is placed next to its manual.
The blue Dash No-Drip waffle maker next to its shipping box and instruction manuals.

Dimensions

The physical dimensions of the Oster Belgian waffle maker. The length is 10 inches, height 4 inches, and width 8 inches.
A side profile of the Dash No-Drip Belgian waffle maker. It has a blue plastic lid and black-painted base.
Length
10.0" (25.4 cm)
6.3" (16.0 cm)
Width
8.0" (20.3 cm)
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Height
4.0" (10.2 cm)
2.5" (6.4 cm)
Weight
3.2 lbs (1.5 kg)
8.0 lbs (3.6 kg)

Build Quality

4.5
9.5
The side profile of the Oster CKSTWF2000 Belgian waffle maker. The stainless steel lid is blemished from daily use.
The side profile of the Oster CKSTWF2000 Belgian waffle maker. The stainless steel lid is blemished from daily use.
Oster Waffle Maker  Build Quality Video
The back side of the Oster Belgian waffle maker. The power cables can be in-between the gaps created by the plastic hinges.
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.

Waffle Plates

8.5
10
An overview of the waffle plates of the Oster waffle maker. It’s made from cast aluminum and has Belgian-style patterning.
An overview of the waffle plates of the Oster waffle maker. It’s made from cast aluminum and has Belgian-style patterning.
A close-up of the black, cast aluminum waffle plate of the Oster waffle maker.
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.
Number of Plates
2
2
Grid Pattern
Belgian-style
Belgian-style
Plate Area
7.8 inch
69.6 inch
Plate Length
7.1" (18.0 cm)
8.7" (22.1 cm)
Plate Width
7.1" (18.0 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Material
Die-cast aluminum
Aluminum
Non Stick Coating
Yes
Yes
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
No
No

Control Panel

9.0
0.0
The control panel of the Oster CKSTWF2000 Belgian waffle maker. There’s the browning control knob and the indicator lights.
The blue top lid of the DASH No Drip waffle maker. The indicator lights can also be seen here. They’re currently off.
Indicator Lights
Yes
Yes
Audible Alarm
No
No
Timer
No
No
Browning Control
Yes
No

Power Cord

The power cord of the Oster Belgian waffle maker.
The power cord of the Oster Belgian waffle maker.
The Type A plug attachment of the Oster Belgian waffle maker’s power cord.
The power plug of the Dash No Drip waffle maker, focusing on its Type-A prongs.
Plug Style
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Length
2.3 ft (0.7 m)
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
5.0
9.6

Handling

6.5
9.5

Safety

1.7
9.2
The temperature of the base of the Oster waffle maker is measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 143.4°F.
The temperature of the base of the Oster waffle maker is measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 143.4°F.
The temperature of the front handle of the Oster waffle maker is measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 189°F.
The temperature of the control panel of the Oster waffle maker is measured with a thermometer. The screen reads 176.9°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 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.
Top Side Temperature
176°F
202.3°F
Bottom Side Temperature
143°F
151.5°F
Handle Temperature
189°F
120°F

Cleanability

9.0
10
Excess batter spilling out from the waffle plates of the Oster waffle maker.
Excess batter overflowing from one of the waffle plates and into the anti-spill moat during a cooking test.

Indicator Light Visibility

4.5
10
The indicator lights of the Oster waffle maker. To the left is the red POWER light, and the right is the green READY light.
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.

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