DASH No-Drip Belgian Waffle Maker Review

Matthew Lee
Reviewer
Tuyet Pham
Culinary Consultant
Lap Vo
Test Lead
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Reviewed
Tested Using Methodology v1.1
DASH No-Drip Belgian Waffle Maker Review
Power: 350W

Overall Verdict

8.0
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    6.7/10
  • Usability (30%)
    9.6/10
  • Design (20%)
    8.7/10

The DASH No-Drip Belgian waffle maker (DNMWM400AQ) is an excellent buy for the price. Its decent cooking performance and bulk-cooking capability make it especially suitable for large families. The waffle maker may not look very luxurious with its plastic construction but its high build quality makes up for its unremarkable appearance.

It’s easy to use, albeit inflexible due to the lack of a control panel. Safety and cleanability are both rated well by our reviewers.

Things We Like

  • Affordable
  • Capable of bulk cooking (can make four waffles at once)
  • Did an acceptable job in our test with the self-mixed recipe
  • Solid build quality
  • High safety rating
  • Easy to clean

Things We Don’t Like

  • The unit’s appearance looks quite cheap
  • Lacks a control panel
  • Updated Aug 23, 2022:

    Review published.

The DASH No-Drip Belgian Waffle Maker (DNMWM400AQ) is a good fit if you’re looking for a high-volume, low-price maker. It has a set of square, Belgian-style waffle plates separated into four equal quadrants. Each quadrant is a small, 4-inch waffle. So, with one batter pour, you can make four waffle servings simultaneously.

Despite its impressive size, the DASH DNMWM400AQ’s price tag is affordable at around $40.

But that’s only the surface information. Whether it’s worth buying or not remains to be seen. If you’re eyeing this model, this hands-on review will give you a deeper insight into how it looks, feels, and performs.

DASH No-Drip Belgian Waffle Maker Review In-depth Review

Performance

How We Tested

The DASH No-Drip's performance is decent. Across both performance tests, the DASH noticeably struggled with cooking the crust of its waffles to a nice color tone. Yet, the texture and taste were great throughout. So while the waffles' quality could be improved, the DASH No-Drip is a great choice for making breakfast or snacks.

6.5

Self-Mixed Recipe

DASH No-Drip Belgian Self-Mixed Recipe
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DASH No-Drip Belgian Self-Mixed Recipe 1
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DASH No-Drip Belgian Self-Mixed Recipe 2
DASH No-Drip Belgian Self-Mixed Recipe 3
Color: 5
35% * 5 = 1.8
Texture: 7
25% * 7 = 1.8
Taste: 7.5
40% * 7.5 = 3.0
  • Heat Level: N/A
  • Cooking Time: 3 minutes

The coloration of the waffle wasn’t great but still passable. There were some prominent burnt spots on the crust that introduced a degree of bitterness and dryness to the waffle. The interior of the waffle was soft, which garnered a good score from us. However, it was still slightly mushy. And taste-wise, our chef judged the waffle to be flavorful, despite the bitter aftertaste that the burnt spots on the waffle produced.

Color (35%) — 5

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

There were prominent dark spots on both faces of the waffle. They mainly concentrated inside the wells and on the right side. On the left side, the coloring was light.

The uneven color distribution and the burnt spots ruined the waffle’s aesthetic. But since the burnt spots weren’t charred black and the light spots weren’t so pale that they looked undercooked, the waffle still passed this part of the test.

Texture (25%) — 7

  • Texture: Good
  • Aeration level: Medium, small bubbles were filling the interior of the waffle, but large cavities hadn’t formed yet

The texture of the waffle was soft and spongy, which was a pleasant surprise considering the half-burnt state of the crust. Additionally, though not numerous, there were a lot of tiny air bubbles and cavities within the waffle, which explained its softness.

Unfortunately, the waffle's interior was still developing, so the consistency was slightly mushy.

Taste (40%) — 7.5

  • Flavor: Sweet and rich, but with a hint of bitterness due to burnt spots on the crust
  • Mouthfeel: Soft and pliant, dry at the burnt spots

Though it didn't look quite as appealing, our chef judged the waffle as flavorful. The mouthfeel was great (soft and pliant). But, as we mentioned earlier, the burnt spots were dry, tough, and bitter in the mouth. Due to the bitterness, we knocked a few points off for this section.

6.9

Birch Benders Mix

DASH No-Drip Belgian Birch Benders Mix
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DASH No-Drip Belgian Birch Benders Mix 1
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DASH No-Drip Belgian Birch Benders Mix 2
DASH No-Drip Belgian Birch Benders Mix 3
Color: 6.5
35% * 6.5 = 2.3
Texture: 6.5
25% * 6.5 = 1.6
Taste: 7.5
40% * 7.5 = 3.0
  • Heat Level: N/A
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes

The waffle was mediocre in all aspects: the coloration and texture were acceptable but weren’t outstanding. Taste-wise, according to our chef, it was palatable and relatively flavorful. The spongy mouthfeel, however, prevented it from getting a better score.

Color (35%) — 6.5/10

  • Color tone: Very light 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 to be poor.

Texture (25%) - 6.5/10

  • Texture: Soft and pliant, lacks crispiness
  • Aeration level: Medium

The waffle was nicely aerated but compared to some of the better waffles we have tested (like that of the Cuisinart WAF-F20P1), the air pockets were quite small few in number.

Still, despite the room for improvement, the waffle was soft and pliant. It was a bit limp and there was little to no crispiness but not to the point of being gooey.

Taste (40%) - 7.5/10

  • Flavor: Sweet and slightly salty
  • Mouthfeel: Fluffy and soft

Our chef gave the waffle a “Good” score. It was flavorful: the sweet and slightly salty flavor of the Birch Benders mix goes very well with the soft texture of the waffle. However, the waffle could use some crispiness in the crust, which would have improved its score significantly.

Admittedly, the design of the waffle maker isn’t luxurious. The top lid and the bottom casing on the unit we received are made from cheap-looking, plain plastic. But, other than that, the DASH No-Drip Belgian Waffle Maker has a decent build quality.

The waffle plates are well-built and are coated with a layer of non-stick. However, this model doesn’t come with a control panel, which is problematic for a waffle maker in this price range.

In The Box

DASH No-Drip Belgian In The Box
  • DASH No-Drip Belgian waffle maker
  • Instruction manuals and leaflets

The shipping box contained the waffle maker, instruction manuals, and leaflets. This waffle maker does not come with any accessories.

Dimensions

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  • Length
    6.3" (16.0 cm)
  • Width
    5.0" (12.7 cm)
  • Height
    2.5" (6.4 cm)
  • Weight
    8.0 lbs (3.6 kg)

Due to its bulky frame, the DASH DNMWM400AQ takes up a lot of room on the countertop. It is heavy to boot at 8 pounds. Unless you just leave the waffle maker on the countertop, finding somewhere to store it could be a problem.

9.5

Build Quality

DASH No-Drip Belgian Build Quality
DASH No-Drip Belgian Build Quality 1
DASH No-Drip Belgian Build Quality 2

Overall build quality is good despite the cheap-looking design. The unit was spotless when first taken out of the box (no scratches, scrapes, or dents). Every detail is well-built and solid. The hinges have very little travel, so the lid doesn’t wobble when we shake it.

10

Waffle Plates

DASH No-Drip Belgian Waffle Plates
DASH No-Drip Belgian Waffle Plates 1
DASH No-Drip Belgian Waffle Plates 2
  • Numberof Plates
    2
  • Grid Pattern
    Belgian-style
  • Plate Area
    69.6 inch2
  • Plate Length
    8.7 inches
  • Plate Width
    8 inches
  • Material
    Aluminum
  • Non Stick Coating
    Yes
  • Removable
    No
  • Dishwasher Safe
    No

The plates are the most impressive part of this waffle maker. They are made from aluminum and coated with a Teflon non-stick layer. During our performance tests, the coating worked very well. It didn't take much effort to coax a cooked waffle off the plates.

The plates are divided into four equal quadrants, each measuring around 4 inches.

DASH have built large gaps onto the lines that divvy up the plates to form "links" between the four waffles. You can shear off these links with your hands and separate the waffles. However, these gaps are troublesome if you want to pour enough batter to fill one section and cook a single waffle. The waffle will form stubby lumps that you must cut off if you want a symmetric waffle.

Attached to either side of the waffle plates are large trenches. In the event of a batter spill, the trenches will catch the excess and stop them from flowing out of the machine. The plates are smartly designed with four "ventilation holes'' on each side to discourage the liquid batter from flowing through the machine's front or back.

0.0

Control Panel

DASH No-Drip Belgian Control Panel
  • Indicator Lights
    Yes
  • Audible Alarm
    No
  • Timer
    No
  • Browning Control
    No

The DASH No-Drip Belgian waffle maker does not come with any control feature. It has a pair of indicator lights at the top so that you can monitor the cooking process, but that’s it.

Power Cord

DASH No-Drip Belgian Power Cord
  • Plug Style
    Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
  • Length
    27.5 inche
  • Cable Management
    Yes

The power cable of the unit is fairly long, at 31.5 inches. You most likely won’t need an extension cord for it.

There is a grommet built onto the back foot of the waffle maker. The cord can be wrapped around it for easier storage.

Extra Accessories

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

The DASH waffle maker does not come with any accessories.

Ease of Use

How We Rated

As a whole, the DASH waffle maker is very easy to use. Part of the reason is that it doesn't come with any control system. You only have to plug in the unit, wait until the READY indicator lights up, pour in the batter, and wait out the cooking time. However, the lack of a control system also limits its flexibility significantly. The waffle maker can't be fine-tuned to provide a specific level of browning or doneness.

Safety and cleanability are excellent for this model.

9.5

Handling

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The DASH waffle maker is easy to handle. As we said earlier, the lack of a control panel makes using it as straightforward as can be. You can start using it without having to read the user’s manual at all.

The lid can be opened and closed via the large handle at the front, which doesn’t heat up at all despite being made from plastic.

9.2

Safety

DASH No-Drip Belgian Safety
DASH No-Drip Belgian Safety 1
DASH No-Drip Belgian Safety 2
  • Top Side Temperature
    202.3°F
  • Bottom Side Temperature
    151.5°F
  • Handle Temperature
    120°F

Safety is great for this particular model. After several continuous cooking sessions, using a thermometer, we found that most of the waffle maker’s surfaces were still at acceptable levels. Especially the handle, which was only warm to the touch, not scorching hot.

Top side temperature was recorded at 202°F.

The temperature at the bottom, around the front foot of the unit, was at 151°F.

In the areas surrounding the handle, we recorded a relatively cool temperature of 120°F, which was merely warm.

10

Cleanability

DASH No-Drip Belgian Cleanability

The large anti-spill channels to the side of the waffle maker are very effective at catching excess batter. We noticed that these channels are easier to clean than the add-on drip tray that many waffle makers use these days.

The non-stick coating of the waffle plates further improves cleanability. We never encountered one sticky waffle throughout the performance test phase

10

Indicator Light Visibility

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The indicator lights are bright enough to be clearly visible under studio lighting.

Compared to Other Waffle Makers

The DASH No-Drip Belgian waffle maker is comparable to the KRUPS waffle maker in our database. Both models have the same design (square waffle plates with four smaller segments.) But, the KRUPS has a more premium construction and a steeper price.

Unfortunately, the KRUPS failed our performance test. So, we can't recommend it if you're looking for something other than the DASH No-Drip.

Instead, look into the BLACK+DECKER WMD200B if you need bulk-cooking ability. Its double-sided design is excellent for this purpose. The Hamilton Beach 26031 is also a great choice. It's a bit pricey, but its cooking performance is more than worth the investment.

Looking for more options? Our listing of the best waffle makers can be a good reference source!