CROWNFUL 4-inch Mini Waffle Maker Review

Matthew Lee
Reviewer
Tuyet Pham
Culinary Consultant
Lap Vo
Test Lead
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Reviewed
Tested Using Methodology v1.1
CROWNFUL 4-inch Mini Waffle Maker Review
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Overall Verdict

6.8
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    6.2/10
  • Usability (30%)
    6.6/10
  • Design (20%)
    8.8/10

The Crownful 4-inch Mini Waffle Maker doesn't bring any new features to the table. It has the same basic design and an almost similar cooking performance compared to other mini-sized waffle makers in the same price range. Where it distinguishes itself is the patterned exterior. The Crownful has a gorgeous outer shell, which can make it an appealing choice if it's an attractively built waffle maker that you're looking for.

Things We Like

  • Affordable
  • Beautiful patterning on the lid
  • Excellent build quality
  • Easy to clean, thanks to the non-stick waffle plates and the smooth plastic outer shell

Things We Don’t Like

  • Fairly mediocre performance in our performance tests
  • Does not have a control panel
  • Low safety rating
  • Updated Aug 23, 2022:

    Review published.

This 4-inch waffle maker is the only model in Crownful’s portfolio. It is available in four colors: white, green, black, and red. Although the box is relatively sparse, containing only the waffle maker and the manual, the unit has a distinctive design. Its textured lid and wooden handle allow it to visually stand out from other mini waffle makers in our database.

But does it fare well in performance tests? Here is our full report after a week of testing the Crownful CF-WM01.

CROWNFUL 4-inch Mini Waffle Maker Review In-depth Review

Performance

How We Tested

The cooking performance of the CF-WM01 is surprisingly good for such an affordable waffle maker. It received a “Good” score in all three critical metrics: color, texture, and taste. Though it definitely can’t make restaurant-quality waffles, the CF-WM01 is good enough for breakfasts and the occasional quick snack.

7.1

Self-Mixed Recipe

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Color: 7.25
35% * 7.25 = 2.5
Texture: 7
25% * 7 = 1.8
Taste: 7
40% * 7 = 2.8
  • Heat Level: N/A
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Our chef gave the CF-WM01's waffle a good score, citing the beautiful, lightly browned crust. The waffle's texture was soft, thanks to a decent aeration rate. But the waffle was still developing, and the air pockets hadn't expanded to their maximum size. Our chef also gave the waffle a good score in the taste section but didn't rate it highly as the waffle has a slightly cloying taste of the raw batter.

Color (35%) — 7.25/10

  • Color tone: Dark brown (Top) — Light brown (Bottom)
  • Color distribution: Uneven

The crust has an appealing shade of light golden brown. Within the deep wells on the waffle, the colors are darker, turning to a light golden brown.

We noticed the wells at the top of the waffle tend to be darker than the bottom. On some tests, the wells on the top side looked like they were charred, while the bottom remained lightly colored. This inconsistent heating pattern alludes to an unbalanced heating grid.

Texture (25%) - 7/10

  • Texture: Soft in most parts, but mushy in certain spots
  • Aeration level: Medium

The waffle’s interior has a medium aeration rate, and several air bubbles can be observed in its core. But since the bubbles were still developing, much of the waffle’s core was still solid and mushy. The mushy spots of under-developed batter stood out as an annoying contrast to the otherwise soft and spongy waffle.

Taste (40%) - 7/10

  • Flavor: Sweet and savory
  • Mouthfeel: Soft, but slightly mushy

Taste wise, our chef judged the waffle to have a good blend of flavors: sweet and savory. But the mushy mouthfeel was a turn-off that ultimately resulted in the Crownful getting only a Good score in this section.

5.3

Birch Benders Mix

CROWNFUL 4-inch Mini Birch Benders Mix
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CROWNFUL 4-inch Mini Birch Benders Mix 1
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Color: 4.5
35% * 4.5 = 1.6
Texture: 7
25% * 7 = 1.8
Taste: 5
40% * 5 = 2.0
  • Heat Level: N/A
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes

The waffle was light colored and mushy when we picked it up from the plates. It was clear this test was a bust from the start. But surprisingly, while coloration and texture were discouraging, the waffle's flavor was decent. It saved the otherwise mediocre waffle from failing the test.

Color (35%) — 4.5/10

  • Color tone: Pale gold (Both)
  • Color distribution: Even

The waffle has the appearance of being undercooked with its pale gold crust. Some of the wells on the waffle were dark brown, slightly improving its look. But, as a whole, we still found the coloration not up to the mark.

Texture (25%) - 7/10

  • Texture: Soft, but overly moist and mushy
  • Aeration level: Medium

The waffle’s interior developed well. Slicing it in half, we saw prominent air bubbles and pockets inside. It should have resulted in a soft, fluffy waffle. Unfortunately, the waffle has a lot of moisture, making it limp and mushy. We let it rest for 5 minutes to see if it would get better, but the texture did not improve.

Taste (40%) - 5/10

  • Flavor: Distinctly savory and sweet
  • Mouthfeel: Very mushy

The waffle maker did a great job developing the waffle’s flavor profile. That was despite the lackluster color and texture. Our chef judged it tasty, with a distinct savory note, from the pre-made batter mix.

But while the taste was great, the mouthfeel was subpar due to the mushy texture of the waffle.

Out of all mini-sized waffle makers in our database, the Crownful has the most striking design. It stands out visually from all other models with the raised, circular pattern on the lid, and the handle made from light-colored wood. The build quality is decent for the price. Its lid hinges are solid, and the waffle plates—treated with a non-stick layer—work well. Unfortunately, the Crownful doesn’t have a control panel.

In The Box

CROWNFUL 4-inch Mini In The Box
  • Crownful CF-WM01 waffle maker
  • Instruction manual
  • Warranty card

Dimensions

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  • Length
    5.7" (14.5 cm)
  • Width
    5.1" (13.0 cm)
  • Height
    3.1" (8.0 cm)
  • Weight
    1.0 lbs (0.5 kg)

The Crownful lives up to expectations when it comes to compactness. You can easily fit the waffle maker inside a cupboard or a traveler’s backpack or duffel bag.

10

Build Quality

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Since it is such a cheap waffle maker, we didn’t have high expectations of its build quality when we first received it in the lab. It was a pleasant surprise when we unboxed the waffle maker and found its build quality to be so good.

The top lid is made from textured plastic and has a pattern of raised, concentric circles. Contrasting the black paint of our unit is the light-colored wooden handle at the front, inscribed with the company’s name.

The build quality of the unit’s interior is also good. The lid hinges are solid, and the waffle plates are immaculate.

9.5

Waffle Plates

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  • Numberof Plates
    2
  • Grid Pattern
    Belgian-style
  • Plate Area
    12.57 inch2
  • Plate Length
    4 inches
  • Plate Width
    4 inches
  • Material
    Cast aluminum
  • Non Stick Coating
    Yes
  • Removable
    No
  • Dishwasher Safe
    No

The cooking area of the plates is nestled inside a raised moat, which acts as an anti-spill channel. It is slightly offset from the moat, creating a fascinating “Hawaiian earring” pattern.

Although the anti-spill channel is meant to catch excess batter and prevent it from spilling out of the machine while cooking, it doesn't work well in practice. The channel is very shallow, so it has very little value unless the spill is minor.

The plates are coated with a layer of non-stick, which works well enough. We have never had trouble scooping out a finished waffle during our tests.

0.0

Control Panel

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  • Indicator Lights
    Yes
  • Audible Alarm
    No
  • Timer
    No
  • Browning Control
    Yes

The waffle maker doesn’t come with any control feature. There is an indicator light at the top, which lights up when it’s plugged in, then turns off once the plates have been heated and are ready for use.

Power Cord

CROWNFUL 4-inch Mini Power Cord
  • Plug Style
    Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
  • Length
    31.5 inches
  • Cable Management
    No

The power cable is very long at 31.5 inches, making it an even more attractive option for travelers who may not always have convenient access to power outlets. For those at home, the longer cord means you’ll most likely be able to skip using an extension cord (unless your kitchen has very odd outlet placement.)

But the longer cord can be a problem when it comes to storing the waffle maker, especially when it doesn’t have any cable management feature.

Extra Accessories

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

The Crownful waffle maker doesn't come with any accessory.

Ease of Use

How We Rated

Like any other waffle maker without a control panel, the Crownful is very easy to use. Wait for the indicator light to turn off, then pour the batter. The only issue is timing the cooking process precisely, so you can get the browning level you want.

Cleaning up after a cooking session is fast and simple, thanks to the non-stick coating on the plates. However, like most mini-sized waffle makers in our database, safety is an issue for the Crownful.

8.5

Handling

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As it doesn’t have any control features, all you have to do is plug it in. The waffle maker will handle the rest. Once the waffle plates are heated up, the indicator light at the top will turn off. That’s the signal to pour in the batter. Wait out the cooking time for however long you want, then lift the lid and extract the finished waffle.

The opening and closing motion of the lid is smooth, thanks to the solid lid hinges.

2.5

Safety

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  • Top Side Temperature
    187.9°F
  • Bottom Side Temperature
    129.6°F
  • Handle Temperature
    188.4°F

The Crownful has an abysmal safety score. But it’s worth noting that the faults don’t lie with the manufacturer. Like most mini-sized waffle makers, the whole unit has bad insulation because of its small size. After one or two cooking sessions, every surface on the machine will become piping hot: It is unavoidable. Unfortunately, since this is what we measure to determine a waffle maker’s safety score, the Crownful failed miserably in this test portion.

Using a thermometer, we measured the temperature of the waffle maker’s top side, which was 187.9°F.

The bottom side was warm, measuring 129.6°F. It’s still safe to the touch. However, it’s better to wear oven mitts while handling the waffle maker.

The handle was scorching hot at 188.4°F. The hot handle, combined with the hot steam surging from the plates, makes wearing oven mitts a must. The heat is intense enough to instantly cause a burn injury.

10

Cleanability

The Crownful is easy to clean, both from within  and outside. The non-stick coated plates only need a few scrubs with a clean, dry cloth to remove batter residues or waffle debris.

The exterior of the waffle maker, made from a type of smooth plastic, doesn’t grip onto the dried batter. We left spilled batter to dry on the exterior of the waffle maker for a day. We were able to scour it off with a few spritzes of detergent and a cloth without any difficulty when we cleaned it the next day.

10

Indicator Light Visibility

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The indicator light at the top was decently bright. We could see it even under studio lighting.

Compared to Other Waffle Makers

You can find many other mini waffle makers like the Crownful on the market. We have tested many ourselves, like the DASH Mini waffle maker, the Holstein 4-inch waffle maker, and the Nostalgia waffle maker. These models have performed well in our tests, with the DASH Mini featured in our best waffle makers list.

So, if you want to see other options than the Crownful, these models can be great starting points for your search.