- Performance (50%)6.7/10
- Usability (30%)5.6/10
- Design (20%)8.8/10
Our final verdict after intensively testing the Chefman anti-overflow waffle maker is that it is well worth the asked price. Performance, while not perfect, is consistently above average. We never had to deal with a waffle with terrible or otherwise unpalatable quality. The waffles made by the Chefman have good and even coloring, the texture is generally soft and fluffy (though they tend to be slightly mushy), and flavors are almost always well-developed.
Design-wise, the waffle maker is solidly constructed and intuitive. However, we noticed many questionable design choices. The lid lock, while unique, is unsafe to use. And the anti-overflow moat works, but it is not as foolproof as Chefman’s marketing makes it out to be.
Things We Like
- High-quality and sturdy design
- Works well with boxed waffle mix
- Anti-overflow moat can minimize spillage
- Well-built waffle plates with a non-stick layer
- Tactile, easy-to-use control panel
- Comes with a measuring cup
Things We Don’t Like
- Didn’t perform well on self-mixed recipe
- Awkward and potentially dangerous lid lock
- Too many hot surfaces
- Can be difficult to clean
Making waffles can be a messy business. If you accidentally overfill the waffle irons, the batter will bubble and spill out onto the table. It is a problem Chefman said its "anti-overflow" waffle maker could fix, giving you a "mess-free waffle in minutes."
It's a big claim, and the only way to see if that's the truth is to test it. After putting the waffle maker through its paces in the lab, here are the test results.
Chefman Anti-Overflow Waffle Maker In-depth Review
PerformanceHow We Tested
- Self-Mixed Recipe (50%)6.5/10
- Birch Benders Mix (50%)6.9/10
For the price, the Chefman doesn’t perform half-bad. It produced palatable waffles using several different recipes. These waffles aren’t restaurant-quality but will be enough for your everyday breakfast.
- Heat Level: 3
- Cooking Time: 7 minutes
Coloration was poor, with light and dark spots scattered across the waffle’s surfaces. Fortunately, the interior was aerated and fully developed. The final waffle was tasty despite its unappealing coloration. The only issue is that charred spots lent some parts of the waffle a bitter flavor.
Color (35%) — 6/10
- Color tone: Very dark brown (Both)
- Color distribution: Uneven
The overall coloring of the waffle was not impressive. The crust was a patchwork of golden brown and dark brown spots. Because of its blotchy appearance, the waffle doesn't get a high score in terms of color distribution.
Texture (25%) - 6.5/10
- Texture: Mediocre
- Aeration level: High, air bubbles are plentiful and have good sizes within the waffle
The waffle’s inside was soft thanks to the fully aerated interior. Large air bubbles appeared throughout the interior. However, our chef deemed the texture to still be mushy. This, combined with the dry mouthfeel caused by burnt spots throughout the waffle, results in a low score in this section.
Taste (40%) - 7/10
- Flavor: Sweet with hints of bitterness at certain burnt spots
- Mouthfeel: Soft and fluffy, but slightly dry
Flavor-wise, the waffle was decent. The batter developed and released its innate sweetness, although there were hints of bitterness from the burnt crust.
The texture was soft and fluffy. But, like mentioned earlier, the mushiness and the slightly dry mouthfeel due to burnt spots ruins the otherwise decent tasting experience.
Birch Benders Mix
- Heat Level: 3
- Cooking Time: 7 minutes
The waffle received a beautiful, light golden brown color throughout. But while it looked excellent, the waffle's interior hadn’t fully developed. Luckily, the waffle maker's heat still unlocked the full range of flavors that the batter had to offer. So, despite being a bit mushy, the waffle tasted excellent.
Color (35%) — 7.5/10
- Color result: Light brown (Both)
- Color distribution: Even
Coloring was good. Both the top and the bottom had a light, golden brown tone. We deducted a few points due to its undeveloped color. It almost appeared like the waffle wasn’t thoroughly cooked.
The color was distributed evenly across both sides of the waffle. It wasn’t perfect as there were still lightly seared spots within the wells. Nevertheless, the bottom and the top could be considered acceptably uniform.
Texture (25%) — 6/10
- Texture: Mediocre
- Aeration level: Low, air bubbles were few and inconsistent in size
The texture could be better. Although bubbles began to form within the batter, they were small and their numbers were few. It resulted in the core of the waffle being moist and less fluffy than it should be.
Taste (40%) — 7/10
- Flavor: Sweet and savory
- Mouthfeel: Mushy and moist
Despite the texture being less-than-ideal, the Chefman did its job. The machine extracted this batter's complete flavor profile: sweet and savory. The slight mushiness hampered our enjoyment, but overall, it was an acceptable Belgian-style waffle.
DesignHow We Rated
- Build Quality (60%)8.0/10
- Waffle Plates (30%)10/10
- Control Panel (10%)9.5/10
Although this unit is the ‘cheaper’ variant (having a rubber exterior coating instead of stainless steel), the quality of construction is excellent. Most of the machine is made from plastic, but these components are well-built. It gives the Chefman a solid feel. The control panel is easy to use, and the non-stick waffle plates work well. All in all, its design is quite impressive.
In The Box
- Chefman waffle maker
- Instruction manual and quick-start guide
- A measuring cup
Besides the waffle maker itself, you will also get an instruction manual and a quick-start guide. A measuring cup is included to help you pour the correct amount of batter.
- Length:10.6" (26.9 cm)
- Width:8.3" (21.1 cm)
- Height:4.3" (11.0 cm)
- Weight:3.6 lbs (1.7 kg)
The Chefman waffle maker is compact and lightweight. It doesn't take much space on our countertop or storage shelf. It can even be stored vertically with the aid of a convenient supporting foot at the back.
Depending on the version you selected, the build materials will be different. The one we chose has a top lid made from a matte plastic material. In pricier versions, the top is made from stainless steel. The matte plastic exterior looks less attractive than stainless steel, but it’s less likely to scratch or defaces.
Overall, the build quality is good. The matte outer coating has a smooth, high-quality feel. Other components of the waffle maker are built durably.
We initially liked the elaborate lid-locking system, but it turned out to create some problems which we’ll detail below.
- Numberof Plates:2
- Grid Pattern:Belgian-style
- Plate Area:54.11 inch2
- Plate Length:8.3 inches
- Plate Width:8.3 inches
- Material:Cast aluminum
- Non Stick Coating:Yes
- Dishwasher Safe:No
This section gets a rare perfect score from us.
The non-stick coating works well. After it was cooked, the waffle fell off the plates easily and didn't stick. Additionally, we rarely found any debris stuck to the plates.
An "anti-spill" moat wraps around the bottom plate. When the batter overflowed during our tests, the moat usually prevented the liquid batter from spilling onto the counter.
- Indicator Lights:Yes
- Audible Alarm:No
- Browning Control:Yes
The control panel consists of two indicator lights and a browning control knob. The knob is tactile and makes a satisfying clicking sound as it turns.
This waffle maker would’ve gotten a perfect score if it had an audible alarm or a timer.
- Plug Style:Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
- Length:27.5 inches
- Cable Management:Yes
The power cord measures 18 inches long, which is shorter than average. You may find you need an extension cord.
The underside sports a pair of hooks that you can wrap the cord around and prep the waffle maker for storage.
Accessories: Measurement Cup
- Dishwasher Safe:Yes
The Chefman waffle maker comes with a measuring cup. You will find two markings on the cup that tell you the amount of batter you need to make a thin or a thick waffle. This cup is dishwasher-safe.
Ease of UseHow We Rated
- Handling (25%)7.5/10
- Safety (40%)2.5/10
- Cleanability (25%)7.0/10
- Indicator Light Visibility (10%)10/10
It’s a shame that the Chefman doesn’t do well in this category. The waffle maker has many questionable design choices. Most notable is the lid lock. While it is unique, the lock is unsafe to use. Additionally, the many hot surfaces around the waffle maker’s exterior are significant drawbacks in terms of safety.
Handling is acceptable. The waffle maker is easy to operate and the controls are simple. Most people can immediately get started using only the information on the one-page quick-start guide.
The lid opens and closes smoothly.
However, we deducted points due to the awkward locking system, which is integrated into the lid, facing downward. You have to bring your hand very close to the waffle maker's hot surfaces to unlock the lid. We burnt our fingers more than once trying to open it.
- Top Side Temperature:202°F
- Bottom Side Temperature:124°F
- Handle Temperature:190°F
Besides the problem with the lid lock, the design of the bottom waffle plate makes it difficult to extract the waffle after cooking. The bottom plate is deep, so it’s tricky to get your tongs to the bottom. Sometimes, we had to use our hands to pry the waffle up, then pick it up with the tongs.
The top surface of the machine gets piping hot after several sessions, with a surface temperature of 202°F.
The bottom of the handle, where you need to put your hand to operate the lid lock, was dangerously hot at 190°F. It could easily cause third-degree burns.
The front side, where most people will need to grip onto in order to transport the waffle maker, can get uncomfortably warm. We measured a surface temperature of 124°F. If you need to move the waffle maker, wait a few minutes for it to cool down.
- Machine-Washable: No
The anti-spill moat helps prevent spillage, but it is not infallible. Rather than relying on the moat, use the measuring cup to ensure that you pour in the correct amount.
Cleaning the waffle maker is difficult. The rubber outer coating can hold on to dried-out batter stubbornly. It took us several minutes of vigorous scrubbing with mild detergent to remove the worst of the dry, stuck-on batter. Even then, traces remained.
Indicator Light Visibility
The indicator lights are bright and can be seen even under harsh studio lighting.