Best waffle makers: round, rectangular and heart-shaped presses to buy now

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Brunch may have started in the US, but its trajectory as our favourite extra meal is leaving the humble afternoon tea quaking in its teacups.

As well as plates of bagels, smoked salmon and eggs cooked every which way, waffles are par for the course. In fact, they’re so loved, Prince Harry says the Queen gave one to his son Archie for Christmas.

As kitchenware goes, it really is an outstanding choice from Her Majesty. The devices upgrade a humble pancake to deliciously indulgent heights. Make them saintly by using organic batter, or indulge with chocolate chips to take them to the next level. Have them with sweet toppings or try them with fried chicken drizzled with honey for a savoury take.

First and foremost, you’ll need a decent waffle iron. A hot plate with grooved panels, many come with interchangeable accessories to allow you to make more and get the most from your machine. For those living in uni halls or shared houses they can be a quick way to get a hot meal on the table, while big households will find a waffle maker useful on busy mornings.

We’ve rounded up the best below to help make finding the perfect one easier.

See our favourites below

Salter EK2143 Deep Fill 3-in-1 Snack Maker

Turn your kitchen into your very own cafe with a machine that can make all kinds of toasted snacks, from waffles and toasties to paninis. Perfect for big households - or shoppers with a big appetite - Salter’s machine can make all three thanks to the interchangeable grill plates. You’ll stay full for ages too, thanks to the deep-fill dimensions. A great investment for future meals and snacktimes.

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(Salter)

£33.94 | Amazon

Mini Floral Print Waffle Maker

Few waffle irons would win a beauty contest, apart from maybe this mini one available at Urban Outfitters. Covered in a dark floral pattern, it’s the perfect choice for teens and students with just enough room to make a quick brekkie or snack.

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(Urban Outfitters)

£22 | Urban Outfitters

American Originals Flip Over Waffle Maker

Give the Sussex’s a run for their money with American Original’s device, which flips 180 degrees for an even bake throughout. Non-stick, it’s a doddle to clean and comes with a recipe book as well as a one-year guarantee.

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(American Originals)

£29.99 | Argos

Global Gizmos 35570 Mini Waffle Maker

Give your followers something to stare at with this highly ‘Grammable pink waffle maker, which can create five heart-shaped pieces at once. Baking is thermostatically controlled, so you’ll never burn them and there’s a cool-touch handle and non-slip feet for extra safety.

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(Global Gizmos)

£21.99 | Robert Dyas

VonShef Doughnut, Brownie & Waffle Maker

Satisfy all your sweet tooth cravings at one with VonShef’s nifty little gadget, which can cook up doughnuts, waffles and brownies in one. Parties, charity bake sales, or just to impress at your next dinner party: this is the dessert-maker to rule them all.

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(VonHaus)

£36.99 | VonHaus

Breville DuraCeramic Waffle Maker VST072

Have restaurant-level waffles every day of the week thanks to Breville’s waffle maker, which can cook two rectangular waffles in one go. The fully closed plates stop the precious mix from leaking out and are coated with DuraCeramic, four times more durable than standard non-stick. Features power on and ready to cook indicators.

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(Breville)

£49.99 | Very

VonShef 1000w Rotating Waffle Maker

The variable temperature on this machine allows you to cook waffles to your preferences. It can also be folded down to store away easily.

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(VonShef)

£34.99 | VonShef

Quest 35950 1000W 2-Slice Waffle Maker - Black

Square waffles can carry more toppings - fact. Quest’s version is ideal for anyone with a large brood, churning out two Belgian-style waffles from the high-quality baking plates. There’s a temperature control so you can dial up the crispiness and fluffiness, and a helpful indicator light which turns green once your food is ready.

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(Quest)

£24.99 | Robert Dyas

Mini Waffle Maker

If you’re short on space or live alone, this waffle iron is perfect. Measuring L16cm x W7.6cm x H12.7cm, it includes a recipe guide for inspirational ideas when you want to go all out.

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(Urban Outfitters)

£22 | UO

KID’S CONCEPT Wooden Waffle Iron Set

It won’t make edible waffles, but kids will love playing with this wooden set from Kid’s Concept while they wait for breakfast. They can pretend they’re making waffles too with this adorable set, which comes with a handmade waffle iron, four waffles, eight kiwi pieces, strawberry slices, whipped cream bottle, plate, knife and fork. Suitable for ages three and up.

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(Kid’s Concept)

£38 | Liberty

Verdict

With the ability to make a royal banquet of options, Salter’s Deep Fill 3-in-1 Snack Maker takes our Best crown. The deep-fill dimensions are handy when you want a filling meal in a hurry and it’s easy to store away too. An investment that’s worth raising a toast to.

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