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Presto Flipside Belgian vs Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic Side-by-Side Comparison

Can’t decide whether to pick the Presto Flipside Belgian or the Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic waffle maker? This short guide can help you out.

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Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic

Presto Flipside Belgian vs Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic: Side-by-Side Comparison

Overall Verdict

7.3
Overall Score
7.9
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)6.5
  • Design (20%)6.6
  • Ease of Use (30%)9.2
  • Performance (50%)7.2
  • Design (20%)7.7
  • Ease of Use (30%)9.1

The Presto Flipside and the Cuisinart WMR-CA cook two different types of waffles. While the Presto cooks Belgian-style waffles, the Cuisinart WMR-CA is designed to cook American-style (also known as “classic-style”) waffles.

Belgian-style waffles are thicker and have larger pockets than their classic-style counterparts. Each portion can be very filling, so they’re popular breakfast items all over the world. If that’s what you’re after, the Presto Flipside Belgian is the one to pick.

On the other hand, classic-style waffles – with their thinner size and smaller pockets – can cook faster. This clearly shows in the Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic’s performance test: The waffle maker took only 3 minutes to finish a waffle.

If the cooking speed sounds appealing, or you’re gunning for a classic-style waffle maker purely for nostalgia’s sake (classic-style waffles are served in diners and waffle houses around the US), the Cuisinart WMR-CA will be a decent choice.

Pros & Cons

  • Unique ‘flip-side’ design
  • Far more compact than other flip waffle makers
  • Includes a timer with an audible alarm
  • The safety rating is high
  • Affordable
  • Did a great job in our test with Birch Benders mix
  • Fast cooking time
  • Compact and lightweight design makes it easy to store
  • Mediocre cooking performance with a tendency to char the waffle
  • Poor build quality
  • Certain spots on the waffle maker are difficult to clean
  • Poor performance on self-mixed recipe
  • Heating element is too strong and can easily burn waffles
  • Dim indicator lights

Key Specs

Features
Flippable baking chamber, built-in timer, indicator light
Sliding browning knob, indicator lights
Adjustable Settings
N/A
5
Dimensions
L12 x W11 x H4.4 inches (in horizontal configuration)
L9.7 x W7.9 x H3.3 inches
Material
Stainless steel/plastic housing; ceramic nonstick baking plates
Stainless steel/plastic housing; cast iron, nonstick baking plates
Weight
4.9 pounds
1 pound
Waffle diameter
7.0" (17.8 cm)
6.8" (17.3 cm)

Where to Buy?

Price at publication
$50.14
$29.95

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.5
7.2

Self Recipe

6.0
6.7
Presto Flipside Belgian Self-Mixed Recipe video
A waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe, with black charring inside its pockets.
A waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe, with black charring inside its pockets.
A cross-section of a waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe. The inside is dense with a few air bubbles.
A waffle baked for 5 minutes using our self-mixed recipe is torn by hand down the middle, revealing the waffle’s interior.
Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic Self-Mixed Recipe Video
The very dark brown top crust of a waffle baked for 3 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
The very dark brown top crust of a waffle baked for 3 minutes using our self-mixed recipe.
The cross-section of a waffle baked for 3 minutes, revealing small air cavities within the waffle’s interior.
The 3-minute waffle being torn by hand down the middle to test it for consistency and texture.
Heat Level
N/A
3
Cooking Time
5 minutes
3 minutes

Birch Benders Mix

7.0
7.7
Presto Flipside Belgian Birch Benders Mix video
The light brown top crust of a waffle baked for 6 minutes 30 seconds using batter made from Birch Benders mix.
The light brown bottom crust of a waffle baked for 6 minutes 30 seconds using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
The cross-section of a waffle baked for 6 minutes 30 seconds, revealing its dense core with tiny air bubbles.
A waffle being torn down the middle by hand to test its consistency and texture, revealing its golden interior.
Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic Birch Benders Mix Video
The golden brown bottom crust of a waffle baked in 3 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
The bottom golden crust of a waffle baked for 4 minutes using a batter made from the Birch Benders mix.
A cross-section of a waffle, revealing the large air cavities and air bubbles inside.
A waffle is torn down the middle to test for its consistency and texture. The core of the waffle is revealed.
Heat Level
N/A
3
Cooking Time
6 minutes 30 seconds
4 minutes

Design

Overall Design Scoring
6.6
7.7

In The Box

The Presto Belgian waffle maker with black-and-red plastic detailing and glossy metallic body next to its instruction manual.
The Cuisinart WMR-CA, with its stainless steel top and black plastic detailing, sitting next to its instructional manual.

Dimensions

The Presto waffle maker’s dimensions in vertical form. Length is 11 inches, height is 11.5 inches, and width is 4.5 inches.
The Presto waffle maker’s dimensions in vertical form. Length is 11 inches, height is 11.5 inches, and width is 4.5 inches.
The Presto waffle maker’s dimensions in horizontal form. Length is 12 inches, height is 4.4 inches, and width is 11 inches.
Presto Flipside Belgian Waffle Maker Dimensions Video
The Cuisinart WMR-CA’s dimensions are measured with its length being 9.7 inches, height 3.3 inches, and width 7.9 inches.
Length
12.0" (30.5 cm)
9.7" (24.6 cm)
Width
11.0" (27.9 cm)
7.9" (20.1 cm)
Height
4.4" (11.2 cm)
3.3" (8.4 cm)
Weight
4.9 lbs (2.2 kg)
1.0 lbs (0.5 kg)

Build Quality

6.0
8.0
A close-up of the gashes on the black plastic detailing of the Presto Flipside Belgian waffle maker.
A close-up of the gashes on the black plastic detailing of the Presto Flipside Belgian waffle maker.
Zoomed-in shot of a gap in the black plastic joint that connects the waffle maker’s baking chamber with the base.
Close-up shot of the red plastic retainer that keeps the baking chamber of the Presto waffle maker aloft when stored upright.
Presto Flipside Belgian Waffle Maker Build Quality video
The back end of the Cuisinart WMR-CA. Internal electric wiring and circuit boards can be seen through a gap.
The back end of the Cuisinart WMR-CA. Internal electric wiring and circuit boards can be seen through a gap.
Cuisinart WMR-CA Build Quality Video

Waffle Plates

8.0
7.0
An overview of the Presto Flipside waffle maker’s gray, Belgian-style waffle plates.
An overview of the Presto Flipside waffle maker’s gray, Belgian-style waffle plates.
A close-up shot of one of the gray ceramic waffle plates of the Presto Flip Side waffle maker.
The Cuisinart WMR-CA with its lid opened, revealing the set of two black, non-stick-coated waffle plates.
The Cuisinart WMR-CA with its lid opened, revealing the set of two black, non-stick-coated waffle plates.
A close-up view of the Cuisinart WMR-CA’s waffle plate. It has classic-style patterning and is coated in black non-stick.
Number of Plates
2
2
Grid Pattern
Belgian-style
Classic-style
Plate Area
44.18 inch
47.78 inches
Plate Length
7.5" (19.1 cm)
7.8" (19.8 cm)
Plate Width
7.5" (19.1 cm)
7.8" (19.8 cm)
Material
Ceramic
Cast iron
Non Stick Coating
Yes
Yes
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
No
No

Control Panel

6.0
8.0
A close-up shot of the timer to the side of the Presto waffle maker’s base. A button and speaker holes are visible.
The control panel of the Cuisinart round classic waffle maker. There’s the silver browning control knob and indicator lights.
The control panel of the Cuisinart round classic waffle maker. There’s the silver browning control knob and indicator lights.
Cuisinart WMR-CA Control Panel
Indicator Lights
Yes
Yes
Audible Alarm
Yes
No
Timer
Yes
No
Browning Control
No
Yes

Power Cord

The 36.5-inch long power cord of the Presto waffle maker. The Type-A plug is clearly shown.
The side profile of the Cuisinart WMR-CA waffle maker, with its power cord at the front.
The side profile of the Cuisinart WMR-CA waffle maker, with its power cord at the front.
Closed-up view of the Cuisinart WMR-CA’s power cord and its Type-A prongs.
Plug Style
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Length
3.0 ft (0.9 m)
3.0 ft (0.9 m)
Cable Management
No
No

Extra Accessory

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

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.2
9.1

Handling

9.5
9.0
Presto Flipside Belgian Waffle Maker Handling video
A large gap in-between the two-piece handles of the Presto waffle maker when it’s stored in its vertical configuration.
The Presto 03510 Ceramic Flipside Belgian waffle maker’s handle being held in one hand by a product tester.
The entire Presto waffle maker is held in the air by the handle with one hand of a product tester.

Safety

9.8
9.6
The temperature of a plastic foot of the Presto waffle maker is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 167.9°F.
The temperature of a plastic foot of the Presto waffle maker is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 167.9°F.
The temperature of the Presto waffle maker’s base is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 95.4°F.
The temperature of the Presto waffle maker’s handle is being measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 94.9°F.
The temperature of the Cuisinart WMR-CA’s cool-touch handle is measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 96.4°F.
The temperature of the Cuisinart WMR-CA’s cool-touch handle is measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 96.4°F.
The temperature of the top lid of the Cuisinart WMR-CA is measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 181.7°F.
The temperature of the Cuisinart WMR-CA’s base is measured using a thermometer. The screen reads 94.1°F.
Top Side Temperature
167°F
181.7°F
Bottom Side Temperature
95°F
94°F
Handle Temperature
94°F
96.4°F

Cleanability

7.5
9.5
Close-up on the gunks accumulated on the inner part of the black plastic handle of the Presto Belgian waffle maker.
Cuisinart WMR-CA Cleanability

Indicator Light Visibility

10
6.5
The red indicator light located on the base of the Presto Flipside Belgian waffle maker.
The indicator lights at the front of the Cuisinart WMR-CA, left is the red POWER light and right is the green READY light.

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