- Performance (50%)6.3/10
- Usability (30%)8.3/10
- Design (20%)6.0/10
The Dash DMW001AQ Mini Waffle Maker is great to have around for a midday snack. If you live by yourself, a plate of these mini-sized waffles constitutes a quick, healthy breakfast. Quality, however, isn’t going to be restaurant-like: It tends to unevenly cook the top of the waffle while leaving the inside slightly undercooked. Nonetheless, the waffles should still be palatable.
Despite being easy to use and clean, the Dash Mini waffle maker has a low build quality. With the addition of a rather unsafe design, many people may hold off from pulling the trigger on this model.
Things We Like
- 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
Things We Don’t Like
- Unremarkable performance in the self-mixed recipe test
- Relatively slow cooking speed
- Thin layer of paint that can be easily scratched
- Many safety issues
Due to its compact size, the Dash DMW001AQ Mini Waffle Maker easily stands out from the rest of the competition. It’s a handy purchase for those who want bite-size, snackable waffles and a good fit for people who live alone or have small kitchens.
Ok, so it’s small and convenient but is it actually good at making waffles? We thoroughly tested the waffle maker in our lab, and here’s what we found.
DASH DMW001AQ Mini Waffle Maker In-depth Review
PerformanceHow We Tested
- Self-Mixed Recipe (50%)5.6/10
- Birch Benders Mix (50%)7.0/10
In our tests with our self-mixed recipe, the waffles produced by the Dash Mini were of mediocre quality. It tended to char the crust while leaving the inside a bit undercooked and soggy. As for the taste, it wasn’t spectacular but despite all that, the waffles were still palatable.
However, in our tests with the premade Birch Benders waffle mix, it scored higher. Coloration, texture, and taste were all great—even borderline excellent.
- Heat Level: N/A
- Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Coloration was poor. The waffle maker didn't do a good job at cooking the top side, resulting in messy, uneven coloration. The bottom had a smoother, more attractive coloring, but it still wasn't uniform. The interior was well-aerated and soft. Unfortunately, it was still moist and slightly undercooked, which also impacted the flavor.
Color (35%) — 4.5
- Color tone: Very dark brown (Both)
- Color distribution: Uneven
The top side of the crust had a very messy coloration and there were dry, burnt spots concentrated in the wells of the waffle—presumably because the waffle maker has a lower-powered heating element at the top.
Coloration was much better on the underside. It was smoother and more evenly cooked than the top. However, the waffle was split in half by a light-dark gradient, which is not ideal.
Texture (25%) — 6.5
- Texture: Mediocre
- Aeration level: High, large air cavities could be observed within the waffle
Although aeration was high and the waffle’s interior had started to soften, it was clear that it was not ready. The inside was still moist and mushy to the touch.
Taste (40%) — 6
- Flavor: Faintly sweet, but still bland. Slightly bitter
- Mouthfeel: Dry
The taste was mediocre at best. The undercooked interior didn’t allow the waffle to showcase its complete flavor profile. Moreover, the haphazardly burnt outer crust gave the waffle a dry mouthfeel. Additionally, there was a touch of bitterness from carbonization.
Birch Benders Mix
- Heat Level: N/A
- Cooking Time: 7 minutes
Compared to the results using the self-mixed recipe, the test results using the Birch Benders mix were significantly better. Coloration was still slightly messy, but it was smoother and more attractive. The texture was soft and spongy, but the interior was still too moist to garner a higher score though the waffle certainly was flavorful.
Color (35%) — 6.25
- Color tone: Very dark brown (Both)
- Color distribution: Uneven at the top, uniform at the bottom
The coloring on the top was still not great. The upper crust was still marked with seemingly random dark and light spots—the darker burnt areas being mainly concentrated within the waffle’s wells.
The underside was significantly better. It enjoyed a prettier color gradient that ranged from light gold to golden brown. The distribution of color was excellent.
Texture (25%) — 6.5
- Texture: Mediocre
- Aeration level: High, the interior was filled with sizable air bubbles
The aeration level was high, and large air bubbles could be seen within the interior of the waffle. This resulted in a decently soft and fluffy texture. However, our chef judged the inside to be still too moist to get a better score.
Taste (40%) — 8
- Flavor: Tasty, but a hint of raw batter is present
- Mouthfeel: Crunchy outer crust with slightly mushy interior
The Dash Mini was able to bring out the complete flavor profile of the batter. Sweet and savory, it was a great-tasting waffle. The well-developed crust gave the waffle a nice crunch. Sadly, the slight mushiness of the interior prevented us from giving it a perfect score.
DesignHow We Rated
- Build Quality (60%)5.0/10
- Waffle Plates (30%)10/10
- Control Panel (10%)0/10
Being quite a cheap waffle maker, we already expected the design quality of the Dash DMW001AQ Mini Waffle Maker to be unexceptional. And indeed, the waffle maker did not perform well in this test at all. It has a relatively low build quality and many major design issues. Sadly, due to all of the aforesaid flaws, the Dash Mini received a low score in this section.
In The Box
- Dash Mini waffle maker
- Instruction manuals and leaflets
The shipping box contained the waffle maker along with the instruction manuals and advertising leaflets. This waffle maker does not come with any accessories.
- Length:1.3" (3.3 cm)
- Width:6.3" (16.0 cm)
- Height:5.0" (12.7 cm)
- Weight:2.5 lbs (1.1 kg)
The Dash Mini has a very compact form factor. All three of its dimensions measure less than 10 inches taking up very little space on the kitchen countertop. You can also easily fit the waffle maker into a cupboard when it’s not in use.
Build quality is not good. The waffle maker’s outer body is made entirely from plastic with a very thin layer of paint sprayed on the top. During our tests, we noticed that the paint flaked off very easily. In fact, the layer of paint was so flimsy that fingernails could scrape it off.
- Numberof Plates:2
- Grid Pattern:Classic-style
- Plate Area:12.57 inch2
- Plate Length:4 inches
- Plate Width:4 inches
- Material:Cast aluminum
- Non Stick Coating:Yes
- Dishwasher Safe:No
The waffle plates, however, are excellent and are coated with a layer of PFOA-free non-stick. As a result, cleaning the plates is effortless. We only needed to give them a cursory wipe with paper towels to clean off crumbs and other small pieces of food debris. We never had to deal with a sticky waffle throughout our week-long test.
- Indicator Lights:Yes
- Audible Alarm:No
- Browning Control:No
The Dash Mini doesn’t have a control panel. The only feature is the indicator light at the top, which turns on when the waffle maker is plugged in. Once the plates are heated and ready for use, the light will turn off.
With no controls, it gets a zero in this section.
- Plug Style:Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
- Length:30 inches
- Cable Management:No
The Dash Mini has a very long power cord measuring 30 inches. Though it gives the waffle maker greater usability, the long cord can be an issue when it comes to storage. We had to loop the cord around the waffle maker’s body to store it.
- Dishwasher Safe:N/A
The Dash Mini waffle maker does not come with any kind of accessory.
Ease of UseHow We Rated
- Handling (25%)8.0/10
- Safety (40%)8.0/10
- Cleanability (25%)10/10
- Indicator Light Visibility (10%)6.0/10
On the whole, the waffle maker is easy to use. Wait for the top indicator light to turn off, pour in the batter, wait out the cooking time, and you’re finished. However, there are a few safety issues with this waffle maker that greatly hampered its score in this section.
Handling is adequate. As previously mentioned, there aren’t any manual controls on this waffle maker, so it functions as a ‘plug-and-play’ device. You only need to plug in the power cord, wait until the top light turns off, then pour in the batter.
The lid opens and closes smoothly. When pushed back, the lid leans backward at an angle. This effectively prevents the top from snapping closed unexpectedly.
- Top Side Temperature:191°F
- Bottom Side Temperature:120°F
- Handle Temperature:98°F
Due to its small size, the entire waffle maker heats up after just one cooking session. We had to pick up the waffle maker by the power cord and let the machine dangle by the end to move it off the countertop after testing.
Additionally, upon opening the lid after a waffle has finished cooking, you could be subjected to a startling plume of hot air from the waffle plates. The hot air isn’t dangerous, but the flash of considerable heat can still feel extremely uncomfortable.
The top surface reached a temperature of 191°F.
It is only slightly warm at the handle, measuring 98°F. However, like we mentioned earlier, beware of the plume of hot air when you open up the lid.
The base of the waffle maker is uncomfortably warm at 120°F.
The waffle maker is easy to clean. We only needed to wipe down the non-stick waffle plates once in a while to scoop up leftover debris.
Dried-out waffle batter doesn’t stick hard to the smooth plastic body when a spill happens. Cooking residues can be dealt with using mild detergent and a few scrubs with a cloth.
Indicator Light Visibility
The waffle maker has a large indicator light at the top. It’s difficult to see under harsh studio lighting and daylight. Under normal lighting conditions, however, the light should be clear.