Nostalgia MWF5AQ 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
Nostalgia MWF5AQ MyMini Personal Electric Waffle Maker: Hands-on Review
Power: 550W

Overall Verdict

6.7
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    6.3/10
  • Usability (30%)
    6.3/10
  • Design (20%)
    8.4/10

The Nostalgia MWF5AQ MyMini is an excellent choice if you are seeking a mini waffle maker in the affordable price range. It’s so compact, it can fit snugly in the palm of your hand. For the price, performance isn’t bad, either, though it’s not going to help you win baking competitions. Still, it will produce some tasty, 5-inch waffles in around 5 or 6 minutes. The non-stick waffle plates make cleaning easier by keeping debris and dried batter from sticking.

Unfortunately, like other mini waffle makers, the Nostalgia lacks a control panel, which limits its flexibility significantly.

Things We Like

  • Affordable
  • Surprisingly decent cooking performance for the price
  • High build quality; solid lid hinges
  • Waffle plates’ non-stick coating performs excellently

Things We Don’t Like

  • No control feature
  • Oven mitts are required for handling
  • Updated Aug 23, 2022:

    Review published.

The Nostalgia MWF5AQ MyMini seems like the perfect choice for people needing a low-cost, portable waffle maker. You can have this model for around $10 and its small size is appealing for hikers and RV-ers who want freshly-baked waffles on the go. The small, palm-sized waffles it can make are also great for small children and snacking.

We have tested the Nostalgia MWF5AQ extensively in our lab. If the low price gives you pause or you’re wondering if it’s worth the time and money, our test data will help you make a decisive purchase decision.

Nostalgia MWF5AQ Waffle Maker Review In-depth Review

Performance

How We Tested

Surprisingly, despite its price, this model is among the best performers in our database. In the test with our self-mixed recipe, the Nostalgia MWF5AQ produced a beautifully-colored, delicious waffle with a fluffy texture.

6.8

Self-Mixed Recipe

Nostalgia MWF5AQ Self-Mixed Recipe
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Nostalgia MWF5AQ Self-Mixed Recipe 1
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Nostalgia MWF5AQ Self-Mixed Recipe 3
Nostalgia MWF5AQ Self-Mixed Recipe 2
Color: 6.5
35% * 6.5 = 2.3
Texture: 6
25% * 6 = 1.5
Taste: 7.5
40% * 7.5 = 3.0
  • Heat Level: N/A
  • Cooking Time: 6 minutes

The crust’s coloration was decent, with an appealing light brown color throughout. Within the wells were some dark brown burnt spots. They weren’t charred, but they still introduced a slight bitterness to the waffle. The texture was soft and fluffy, thanks to a high aeration rate. And taste-wise, our chef rated it as flavorful but held back from giving it a higher score due to the bitterness from the burnt spots.

Color (35%) — 6.5/10

  • Color tone: Light brown (Both)
  • Color distribution: Even

On the whole, the waffle had good coloration. The outer crust was light brown, with most of the darker spots concentrated inside the wells. Though it had a slightly mottled appearance, we still considered the waffle’s coloration to be uniform.

Texture (25%) - 6/10

  • Texture: Good
  • Aeration level: High - air bubbles were plentiful and well-sized within the waffle

The interior of the waffle was fully developed and aerated, resulting in a soft, fluffy core. Large air bubbles and pockets could be seen throughout the waffle’s interior.

Taste (40%) - 7.5/10

  • Flavor: Rich and sweet, slightly bitter
  • Mouthfeel: Soft and fluffy

Our chef described it as having a rich, sweet taste. Although the burnt spots on the crust introduced a slight bitterness to the waffle’s flavor profile, it was still delicious. Hence, the waffle received a good score in this section.

5.9

Birch Benders Mix

Nostalgia MWF5AQ Birch Benders Mix
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Nostalgia MWF5AQ Birch Benders Mix 1
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Nostalgia MWF5AQ Birch Benders Mix 2
Nostalgia MWF5AQ Birch Benders Mix 3
Color: 5
35% * 5 = 1.8
Texture: 7
25% * 7 = 1.8
Taste: 6
40% * 6 = 2.4
  • Heat Level: N/A
  • Cooking Time: 8 minutes

Though the pale coloration of the waffle didn't look great, the texture and taste were decent. It was soft and pliant with a taste that—while not gourmet—was good enough for breakfasts and light snacks.

Color (35%) — 5/10

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

The crust had a very light gold tone, with the pockets being slightly darker. Because the color was too light with the same tone as undercooked batter, we didn’t rate the waffle highly in this section.

Texture (25%) - 7/10

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

The overall texture was acceptable but certainly could have been better. We found several air bubbles throughout the cake's core when cutting the waffle open. They were small and had inconsistent distribution, resulting in a soft but spongy waffle.

Taste (40%) - 6/10

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

Our chef rated the Nostalgia’s performance in this test as “Good.” The full flavor of the Birch Benders mix was extracted: we got a sweet, slightly salty taste profile in this waffle. But where it fell short was in the mouthfeel. Though it was indeed soft, its mushiness affected the overall experience greatly.

In terms of appearance, the Nostalgia MWF5AQ looks excellent out of the box. Our unit has a light blue (Nostalgia called it “Aqua”) color. The whole waffle maker—save for the waffle plates—is made from plastic. Despite the relatively cheap material, every part is built well.

The only drawback of the unit is that it doesn’t come with any control function. There's only an indicator light at the top.

In The Box

Nostalgia MWF5AQ In The Box
  • Nostalgia MWF5AQ MyMini waffle maker
  • Instruction manuals

Dimensions

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  • Length
    6.8" (17.1 cm)
  • Width
    6.5" (16.5 cm)
  • Height
    3.5" (8.9 cm)
  • Weight
    1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)

True to its name, the Nostalgia MWF5AQ has a lightweight and compact design. The waffle maker weighs 1.25 pounds and is small enough to fit in one’s palm. Consequently, Nostalgia has focused a lot on travelers and hikers in their marketing for the MWF5AQ as they may enjoy having a waffle maker that is small enough to fit in their backpacks or luggage.

9.0

Build Quality

Nostalgia MWF5AQ Build Quality
Nostalgia MWF5AQ Build Quality 1
Nostalgia MWF5AQ Build Quality 2

The Nostalgia waffle maker has a solid build quality for the price. Although its plastic construction makes it look and feel quite cheap, every part is built and finished well. The coloring on the lid is vibrant, the lid hinges are solid and don’t wobble, and we didn’t find any significant design or build-related issues.

10

Waffle Plates

Nostalgia MWF5AQ Waffle Plates
Nostalgia MWF5AQ Waffle Plates 1
  • Numberof Plates
    2
  • Grid Pattern
    Belgian-style
  • Plate Area
    15.9 inches2
  • Plate Length
    4.5 inches
  • Plate Width
    4.5 inches
  • Material
    Die-cast aluminum
  • Non Stick Coating
    Yes
  • Removable
    No
  • Dishwasher Safe
    No

The waffle plates are Belgian-style and are coated with a layer of non-stick. Nostalgia didn’t disclose the chemical composition of the non-stick layer. Nevertheless, throughout our performance tests, the coating held up well. We have never had to deal with a sticky waffle.

0.0

Control Panel

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

The Nostalgia MWF5AQ has a single indicator light at the top. It does not have any additional control features.

Power Cord

Nostalgia MWF5AQ Power Cord
  • Plug Style
    Type A (Flat Blade Attachment Plug)
  • Length
    8.2 inches
  • Cable Management
    Yes

The power cord only measures around 8 inches long. As such, you will most likely need an extension cord.

Extra Accessories

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

The Nostalgia waffle maker does not come with any accessories.

Ease of Use

How We Rated

The Nostalgia is as straightforward to use as a waffle maker could be. It doesn’t have any control function. So, you only have to wait until the top indicator light signals that the plates are ready before pouring in the batter. The only tricky part is timing the cooking process to achieve the right browning level.

7.5

Handling

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Working with the Nostalgia waffle maker is easy. Since the waffle maker has no control feature, most people won’t need to read the instruction manuals before getting started.

The lid can be opened and closed smoothly, and the hinges are solid enough that the top doesn’t jiggle or sway too much from side to side.

Like most mini waffle makers, its small size means the surfaces on the unit heat up to dangerous temperatures after a while. So, oven mitts are a must for handling the waffle maker.

2.5

Safety

Nostalgia MWF5AQ Safety
Nostalgia MWF5AQ Safety 1
Nostalgia MWF5AQ Safety 2
  • Top Side Temperature
    169.9°F
  • Bottom Side Temperature
    127.9°F
  • Handle Temperature
    149.2°F

Due to its small size, the waffle maker’s surfaces heat up quickly. So, every surface—from top to bottom—got dangerously hot.

We also noticed the Nostalgia having the same problem as other mini-size waffle makers: hot steam. After a cooking session, a hot plume of steam wafts upward from the plates when you open the lid. The flash of pain can be startling if you’re unprepared and may cause you to drop the lid, potentially damaging the waffle plates.

As such, you should always wear oven mitts while operating this waffle maker (Nostalgia included this point in the safety section in the user’s manual).

At the top of the lid, the temperature measured around 170°F.

9.5

Cleanability

Nostalgia MWF5AQ Cleanability

The non-stick plates help a lot with the clean-up afterward. Since the batter and the waffle didn’t stick to the plates, we only had to wipe lightly with a cloth to remove the debris and residues.

But because it’s so small, there were waffle spills from time to time. But thanks to the outer shell of the waffle maker being made from smooth plastic, which doesn’t grip onto batter tightly, they can be cleaned with just a cloth and mild detergent.

10

Indicator Light Visibility

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The waffle maker’s sole indicator light is bright. We could observe it easily from afar as well as under harsh studio lighting.

Compared to Other Waffle Makers

The Nostalgia MWF5AQ’s not doing it for you? Fortunately, there are many alternatives for it in our database. The DASH Mini, for example, is featured in our best waffle makers listing due to having great cooking performance. Or, if you’re looking for a cheap mini-sized waffle maker, you can check out the Holstein 4-inch or the Crownful waffle maker, too!