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Presto Flipside Belgian vs DASH DMW001AQ Mini Side-by-Side Comparison

Can’t decide between the Presto Flipside Belgian and the DASH DMW001AQ Mini waffle maker? This comparison will help you choose!

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Presto Flipside Belgian vs DASH DMW001AQ Mini: How They Stack Up

Specifications

Price at publication
$50.14$12.13
Features
Flippable baking chamber, built-in timer, indicator lightCompact size, indicator lights
Adjustable Settings
N/AN/A
Dimensions
L12 x W11 x H4.4 inches (in horizontal configuration)L6.3 x W5 x H2.5 inches
Material
Stainless steel/plastic housing; ceramic nonstick baking platesPlastic housing; aluminum nonstick baking plates
Weight
4.9 pounds1.3 pounds
Waffle diameter
7.0" (17.8 cm)4.0" (10.2 cm)
Wattage
1,100 watts1,200 watts
Style
BelgianClassic
Shape
RoundRound
Number of waffles
OneOne
Warranty
1-year limited warranty2-year limited warranty

Design

Build Quality
Waffle Plates
Control Panel
Overall Design Scoring

Our first impression of the Presto 03510 waffle maker was that it’s a luxurious waffle maker. Unfortunately, upon closer inspection, many deficiencies were revealed. Its overall build quality isn’t very good, having many dents and gaps on various parts of its bodywork. This gave us the impression that its manufacture was done hastily.

The waffle plates were very well-built, but the non-stick finish could be further improved. During our cooking tests, we had to deal with several sticky waffles.

Lastly, the control panel itself does not have a browning control knob which some people may find slightly disappointing. But it’s not rare for waffle makers in this price range to lack a control function, like the BLACK+DECKER WMD200B or the DASH No-Drip.

Since it’s such an affordable model, when we ordered the Dash DMW001AQ Mini waffle maker, we already expected its design to be unremarkable. And true to our expectation, the waffle maker didn’t score well in design assessments. The build quality is low and our reviewers have spotted many design-related issues, resulting in a low overall design score.

Usability Comparison

Handling
Safety
Cleanability
Indicator Light Visibility
Overall Usability Scoring

The Presto waffle maker is easy to use overall. You may initially feel slightly unfamiliar with its flipping function, but you'll get a grip on it in only a few minutes. 

Safety is handled very well in the Presto waffle maker. We measured the surface temperatures of parts that the user regularly has to touch, such as the handle.

None of these parts get dangerously hot — they're uncomfortably warm at best.

It doesn't perform too impressively in our cleanability tests because its plastic exterior tends to grip dried batter.

At first glance, the waffle maker appears quite simple to use. Wait until the indicator light at the top turns off, pour in your batter, and then patiently wait out the cooking time—easy enough.

Unfortunately, safety considerations slightly inhibited its overall score in this category.

Performance Test

Self-Mixed Recipe
Birch Benders Mix
Overall Performance Scoring

In our self-mixed recipe test, the Presto’s performance was lackluster at best. The waffles were disappointing, with a blackened, charred coloring and little to no flavor or texture.

The Presto performed much better with the new Birch Benders waffle mix in later test rounds. The coloration was great, and our chef judged the resulting waffles as being tasty. But it’s not perfect: the texture was deemed as needing improvement.

The Dash Mini waffle maker produced less-than-desirable results in our test using the self-mixed recipe. Most of the waffles had charrings on the exterior, while the insides were still undercooked and soggy. However, after changing to a pre-made Birch Benders waffle mix, the quality of the waffles was significantly improved. The color, texture, and taste were all acceptable, according to our chef.

Compared to the other mini-style models we’ve tested, it turns out that the DASH Mini is among the best.

Overall Scores

Performance
Design
Ease of Use
Overall Scoring

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
  • Does a decent job at making pre-mixed waffles
  • The waffle plates’ non-stick layer works well
  • Easy to use ‘plug-and-play’ design
  • Great cleanability
  • Mediocre cooking performance with a tendency to char the waffle
  • Poor build quality
  • Certain spots on the waffle maker are difficult to clean
  • Unremarkable performance in the self-mixed recipe test
  • Relatively slow cooking speed
  • Thin layer of paint that can be easily scratched
  • Many safety issues

Conclusion

The Presto Flipside Belgian is a full-size, mid-tier Belgian waffle maker. It cooks 7-inch waffles and comes with high-end features like a flippable design and a built-in timer.

On the other hand, the DASH DMW001AQ Mini is a mini-size waffle maker with only one highlight: its small and compact form factor. Being no larger than a softball, it’s a popular choice for travelers since it can snugly fit inside backpacks and other luggage. At home, the DASH Mini becomes a great snack-maker with its bite-sized 4-inch waffles.

If you have a roomy budget and want something that can help you cook traditional Belgian-style waffles for breakfast and other meals, the Presto Flipside will be the one to choose.

Conversely, if you need a compact, affordable waffle maker that you can bring with you on the go or make little snacks with, then the DASH Mini is perfect!

Behind the Comparison

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Matthew LeeReviewer

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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Tuyet PhamProfessional Chef

Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef passionate about delicious and healthful foods. At HealthyKitchen101, she develops recipes and collaborates with our Research, Testing, and Review lab to evaluate the performance of cooking appliances. Her assessments add a strong authoritative voice to our product scoring process.

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Lap VoTest Lead

Lap is Head of the Research, Testing, and Review Team (RTR Team) at HealthyKitchen101.com, where he directs and supervises the testing of kitchen gadgets and appliances.

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