After testing 12 different models, speaking with chefs and hours of in-home tests with different recipes, we strongly recommend the Proctor Silex Belgian Style Waffle Maker for most people. It consistently delivers perfect-looking, crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside waffles, for most batters. The Proctor Silex’s nonstick grid releases waffles better than most other models do, and the slide control allows for the best range of browning, with an accurate light indicator that lets you know exactly when waffles are done. The versatile four-waffle size can feed large or small crowds (it takes four to five minutes to make four waffles, easily servicing a family of four), and the machine generally costs about the same (usually about $50 on Amazon) as smaller ones that produce just one to two waffles at a time. About the size of two stacked textbooks, the Proctor Silex can easily be stored vertically or horizontally. Although it is made of less expensive materials can sometimes make it seem less sturdy it held up well in our tests and was less cumbersome to pull in and out of the cupboard for waffle making.