Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Double Waffle Maker Review

Matthew Lee
Reviewer
Tuyet Pham
Culinary Consultant
Lap Vo
Test Lead
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Updated
Tested Methodology v1.0
Cuisinart Double Waffle Maker (WAF-F20P1) Hands-on Review
Power: 1400W

Overall Verdict

8.5
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    8.1/10
  • Usability (30%)
    8.7/10
  • Design (20%)
    9.2/10

We found that the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 is able to fulfill its main task, which is to serve two decent waffles at once, acceptably well. Like other waffle makers in this price range, it’s not going to look, feel, or taste like it’s made in a high-end restaurant. Nevertheless, the waffles are good enough for breakfast.

From a design standpoint, the waffle maker is durable and beautifully constructed. Unfortunately, many parts of the waffle maker are made of plastic rather than metal. It’s easy to use, but a bit challenging to clean.

Things We Like

  • Beautiful, durable stainless steel design
  • Both sets of waffle plates heat evenly
  • Has audible alarm
  • Long power cord
  • Intuitive lid locking mechanism
  • Comes with a measuring cup

Things We Don’t Like

  • Mediocre performance with self-mixed recipe
  • Heavy and bulky
  • Certain parts are made of plastic
  • Lacks a POWER indicator light
  • Difficult to clean due to the lack of a drip tray

A double waffle maker like the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 can be extremely appealing for large households. It cuts down on breakfast prep time by cooking two waffles at once.

We’ve tested the WAF-F20P1 in our lab to see how good it truly is. Here’s what we found.

Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Double Waffle Maker In-depth Review

Performance

How We Tested
8.1
Performance Scores
  • Self-Mixed Recipe (50%)
    6.5/10
  • Birch Benders Mix (50%)
    9.6/10

This waffle maker gets a passing score. It wasn’t restaurant-quality by any means, and there were plenty of flaws in terms of coloration and texture. Nonetheless, the WAF-F20P1 still produced a decent waffle in our self-mixed recipe test.

6.5

Self-Mixed Recipe

Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Self-Mixed Recipe Top
Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Self-Mixed Recipe Bottom
Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Self-Mixed Recipe Texture
Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Self-Mixed Recipe Taste
Color: 6.1
35% * 6.1 = 2.1
Texture: 6.5
25% * 6.5 = 1.6
Taste: 6.8
40% * 6.8 = 2.7
  • Heat Level: 3
  • Cooking Time: 4 minutes

The Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 didn’t exactly put out a gourmet waffle. Its coloration was messy and the interior remained moist. Fortunately, the taste and general quality of the waffle are palatable. We don’t think you’ll get too many complaints at the breakfast table.

Color (6.1/10) — 35%

  • Color tone: Very dark brown (Both)
  • Color distribution: Uneven

The coloring of the waffle was disappointing. Color tones ranged from pale gold to dark brown. These colors were scattered haphazardly in big patches across both sides of the waffle.

Texture (6.5/10) — 25%

  • Texture: Mediocre
  • Aeration level: Medium; the inside has aerated nicely and the bubbles were expanding, but the process was incomplete

The texture was merely passable. Though the inside had begun to aerate and air bubbles were starting to form, the process was still incomplete.

So, although the waffle has a degree of softness, our chef still rated it as being too mushy.

Taste (6.75/10)

  • Flavor: Tasty, with a sweet aftertaste. Bitter at burnt spots
  • Mouthfeel: Soft. Dry at burnt spots

Our chef gave the waffle a low score but didn’t write it off as a total failure. It had a good flavor and a sweet aftertaste. However, the mushy interior and the bitterness from the burnt crust greatly affected the tasting experience.

9.6

Birch Benders Mix

Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Birch Benders Mix Top
Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Birch Benders Mix Bottom
Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Birch Benders Mix Texture
Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Birch Benders Mix Taste
Color: 10
35% * 10 = 3.5
Texture: 8.5
25% * 8.5 = 2.1
Taste: 10
40% * 10 = 4.0
  • Heat Level: 3
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes

The waffle maker performed wonderfully in our test with the Birch Benders mix. It is the first waffle maker so far to get two consecutive perfect scores from our chef. The coloration is excellent, with an evenly cooked golden-brown crust. The waffle's texture can still be improved, but ultimately very good. Taste-wise, though there were minor issues here and there (like an interior that's a bit too moist), our chef gave it a perfect score due to its great flavor and mouthfeel.

Color (10/10)

  • Color tone: Golden brown
  • Color distribution: Even

The coloration is one of the best we’ve seen. Thus, it got a perfect score in this section. The crust on both sides has a beautiful golden brown tone, which is also distributed evenly across the entire waffle.

Texture (8.5/10)

  • Aeration level: High
  • Texture: Very soft and fluffy, but still too moist

The waffle has nicely developed. Air bubbles can be seen throughout the waffle’s core, which explains the soft and fluffy texture. Unfortunately, it is not perfect: the waffle still contains too much moisture.

Taste (10/10)

  • Flavor: Sweet and slightly savory
  • Mouthfeel: Soft and pliant

It is a delicious waffle with a sweet and savory flavor. The mouthfeel is excellent, with it being soft and pliant in the mouth.

Although, as previously mentioned, the texture is too moist, it didn’t affect the overall tasting experience much. Our chef was willing to overlook this detail to give the waffle a full score.

9.2
design Scores
  • Build Quality (60%)
    9.0/10
  • Waffle Plates (30%)
    9.5/10
  • Control Panel (10%)
    9.5/10

The design is solid and aesthetically pleasing, thanks to the mostly-metal construction. Certain parts of the waffle maker are made of silver-painted plastic rather than actual metal. The waffle plates and the control panel are functional, but a few minor shortcomings prevent them from attaining a perfect score.

In The Box

Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 in the Box
  • Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 waffle maker
  • User manuals
  • Measuring cup

The shipping box includes the waffle maker, the user manual and quick-start guides, and a measuring cup.

Dimensions

Cuisinart WMR-CA Classic Dimensions
  • Length:
    15.0" (38.1 cm)
  • Width:
    9.5" (24.1 cm)
  • Height
    :
    9.0" (22.9 cm)
  • Weight:
    12.0 lbs (5.4 kg)

Due to the double-sided design, the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 is larger and bulkier than your average waffle maker. Additionally, because it is primarily made of metal, it’s also heavier than most, coming in at 12 pounds. Moving the waffle maker in and out of storage is difficult.

9.0

Build Quality

Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Build Quality
Cuisinart WMR-CA Build Quality 2
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Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Build Quality Video

Build quality is good. Many of the machine’s parts are made of stainless steel, such as the lid shells. They give the machine an aesthetically-pleasing look and a luxurious shine.

However, not every part is made from metal. The outer rim of the base, as well as the supporting legs, are made from plastic. They’re merely painted silver to mimic the look of brushed metal. Cuisinart didn’t disclose this information in the marketing spread, which, rightfully, has angered many customers.

9.5

Waffle Plates

Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Waffle Plates
Cuisinart WMR-CA Waffle Plates 2
  • Numberof Plates:
    4
  • Grid Pattern:
    Belgian-style
  • Plate Area:
    36.32 inches2
  • Plate Length:
    6.8 inches
  • Plate Width:
    6.8 inches
  • Material:
    Cast aluminum
  • Non Stick Coating:
    Yes
  • Removable:
    No
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    No

Cuisinart designed and constructed the waffle plates well. They’re made from cast aluminum and coated with a non-stick Teflon layer.

Our temperature tests found that both sets of waffle plates heated evenly. Most of the time, they were at the exact same temperature. 

Unfortunately, the waffle plates aren’t removable so they’re tricky to clean.

9.5

Control Panel

Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Control Panel
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Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Control Panel Video
  • Indicator Lights:
    Yes
  • Audible Alarm:
    Yes
  • Timer:
    No
  • Browning Control:
    Yes

The control panel consists of a temperature knob and a power switch. Both are easy to use.

There are two indicator lights — one on either side of the waffle maker. These green lights (READY lights) turn on when the waffle plates have been heated to the correct temperature. This model also comes with an audible alarm, which beeps when the waffle maker is ready.

The Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 does not come with a POWER indicator to tell you if it’s receiving power. We had to hold a hand over the warming waffle plates to confirm the machine was getting power. Not only is that a hassle, it’s also a possible safety issue. If you’re not in a hurry, though, you can always wait to see if the READY lights illuminate.

Power Cord

Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Power Cord
  • Plug Style:
    Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
  • Length:
    31 inches
  • Cable Management:
    Yes

The power cord of the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 measures 31 inches long, which we think is reasonable. Underneath the base you’ll find a pair of hooks inside a large enclosure. You can wrap the power cord around the hooks, then nestle the cord bundle into the compartment. It makes storage neater.

Accessories: Measuring Cup

Cuisinart WMR-CA Measuring Cup
  • Material:
    Plastic
  • Removable:
    Yes
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 comes with a dishwasher-safe measuring cup.

Ease of Use

How We Rated
8.7
usability Scores
  • Handling (25%)
    9.0/10
  • Safety (40%)
    9.5/10
  • Cleanability (25%)
    6.5/10
  • Indicator Light Visibility (10%)
    10/10

The Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 mostly does well in this section. Handling is excellent with an intuitive locking system and a smooth rotating mechanism. The indicator lights are bright, allowing you to monitor it from across the room. There are a few hiccups, though. Namely, the lack of a POWER light and the fact that cleaning is difficult.

9.0

Handling

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Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Handling Video

The lid opens and closes smoothly. An intuitive lid lock mechanism secures the lid. The lock disengages on its own when you pull the handle upward. The safety will click into place again when you close the lid.

The waffle iron section rotates smoothly and easily. However, it is heavy, so it takes a little force.

9.5

Safety

Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Top-side temperature
Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Bottom-side temperature
Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Handle temperature
  • Top Side Temperature:
    234°F
  • Bottom Side Temperature:
    85°F
  • Handle Temperature:
    105°F

The most noteworthy issue is the lack of a POWER light, which, like we mentioned earlier, is a safety risk.

Other than that, the waffle maker is safe to use. The lid is rock-solid and won’t snap down suddenly. After several cooking sessions, the handle was only warm to the touch (105°F).

The top side measures around 234°F.

Because the base is removed from the waffle maker’s body, it remains at room temperature (89°F).

6.5

Cleanability

Cuisinart WMR-CA Cleanability

The Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 doesn’t come with a drip tray, so spills weren’t easy to clean up. We also found it very difficult to clean the side of the waffle maker once the batter had solidified. The batter’s grip on the metal was so firm that we had to use detergent to get it off. Even after getting the clumps off, we could still see residue.

The waffle plates were easy to clean thanks to their non-stick layer. Cooked waffles usually slid cleanly off the plates. Leftover crumbs and debris could be quickly swept up with paper towels.

10

Indicator Light Visibility

Cuisinart WAF-F20P1 Indicator Light Visibility

The READY lights can be seen clearly, even under harsh studio lighting.