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Presto Flipside Belgian vs Nostalgia MWF5AQ Side-by-Side Comparison

The full-size Presto Flipside Belgian waffle maker and the mini Nostalgia MWF5AQ are each intended to be used differently. This article can help you choose!

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Presto Flipside

Nostalgia Mini

Presto Flipside Belgian vs Nostalgia MWF5AQ: Full vs. Mini-Size

Overall Verdict

The Presto Flipside Belgian waffle maker and the Nostalgia MWF5AQ have specific uses. So, choosing between the two will mostly depend on what you’re after in a waffle.

The Presto Flipside is a full-size Belgian waffle maker. It’s designed to cook 7-inch waffles quickly. Since this model is in the mid-range, it also has many extra features like a 180° flipping mechanism and an integrated timer. The Presto is a decent choice if you only need a waffle maker to cook breakfasts at home.

On the other hand, the Nostalgia MWF5AQ is a mini waffle maker in the entry-level price range. It’s designed to be as compact and lightweight as possible. Its small form factor makes it extremely popular among travelers and campers. You can bring it with you on a trip and cook fresh waffles on the go.

So, it all comes down to whether you think you prefer the compactness of the Nostalgia MWF5AQ or the large-sized waffles and advanced features of the Presto Flipside.

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance50% Design20% Ease of Use30% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 20%Design 30%Ease of UsePresto FlipsideNostalgia Mini7.36.56.69.26.76.38.46.3
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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
  • Surprisingly decent cooking performance for the price
  • High build quality; solid lid hinges
  • Waffle plates’ non-stick coating performs excellently
  • Mediocre cooking performance with a tendency to char the waffle
  • Poor build quality
  • Certain spots on the waffle maker are difficult to clean
  • No control feature
  • Oven mitts are required for handling

Key Specs

Features
Flippable baking chamber, built-in timer, indicator light
Compact size, indicator light
Adjustable Settings
N/A
N/A
Dimensions
L12 x W11 x H4.4 inches (in horizontal configuration)
L6.75 x W6.5 x H3.5 inches
Material
Stainless steel/plastic housing; ceramic nonstick baking plates
Plastic housing; aluminum nonstick baking plates
Weight
4.9 pounds
1.25 pounds
Waffle diameter
7.0" (17.8 cm)
4.0" (10.2 cm)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$50.14
$15.18

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.5
6.3

Self-Mixed Recipe

6.0
6.8
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.
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.
Heat Level
N/A
N/A
Cooking Time
5 minutes
6 minutes

Birch Benders Mix

7.0
5.9
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.
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.
Heat Level
N/A
N/A
Cooking Time
6 minutes 30 seconds
8 minutes

Design

Overall Design Scoring
6.6
8.4

In The Box

The Presto Belgian waffle maker with black-and-red plastic detailing and glossy metallic body next to its instruction manual.
The blue-colored Nostalgia Mini waffle maker MWF5AQ next to its instruction manuals and shipping box.

Dimensions & Weight

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 side profile of the Nostalgia My Mini waffle maker’s plastic exterior. The top lid is cyan blue and the bottom is black.
Length
12.0" (30.5 cm)
6.8" (17.1 cm)
Width
11.0" (27.9 cm)
6.5" (16.5 cm)
Height
4.4" (11.2 cm)
3.5" (8.9 cm)
Weight
4.9 lbs (2.2 kg)
1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)

Build Quality

6.0
9.0
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
 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.

Waffle Plates

8.0
10
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.
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.
Number of Plates
2
2
Grid Pattern
Belgian-style
Classic-style
Plate Area
44.18 inch
15.9 inches
Plate Length
7.5" (19.1 cm)
4.5" (11.4 cm)
Plate Width
7.5" (19.1 cm)
4.5" (11.4 cm)
Material
Ceramic
Die-cast aluminum
Non Stick Coating
Yes
Yes
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
No
No

Control Panel

6.0
0.0
A close-up shot of the timer to the side of the Presto waffle maker’s base. A button and speaker holes are visible.
Indicator Lights
Yes
Yes
Audible Alarm
Yes
No
Timer
Yes
No
Browning Control
No
No

Power Cord

The 36.5-inch long power cord of the Presto waffle maker. The Type-A plug is clearly shown.
The power cord of the Nostalgia mini waffle maker, which has the Type A plug.
Plug Style
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
Length
3.0 ft (0.9 m)
8.2" (20.8 cm)
Cable Management
No
Yes

Accessories

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

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.2
6.3

Handling

9.5
7.5
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
2.5
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 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.
Top Side Temperature
167°F
169.9°F
Bottom Side Temperature
95°F
127.9°F
Handle Temperature
94°F
149.2°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.
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.

Indicator Light Visibility

10
10
The red indicator light located on the base of the Presto Flipside Belgian waffle maker.
The red indicator light at the top of the Nostalgia’s lid. It is shining dimly in the harsh studio light.

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