A few days ago I was out shopping at a local big box retailer, Big Lots. Now, whenever I’m at a department store where they sell appliances, I always check them out, especially the waffle makers. I truly believe that Amazon has the greatest marketplace and so I always want to see how Amazon’s prices compare to the clearance or sale section of a retailer.
I was shocked to see a huge table of kitchen appliances on clearance. These products were all advertised as 50% off or more. There were a ton of different kitchen appliances. There were coffee makers, toasters, indoor grills, and WAFFLE IRONS! The two waffle irons were both Bella rotating waffle makers. One was the regular model, Bella Rotating Waffle Maker and the other one was this fancy, copper titanium coated one.
I took pictures of them and decided to see where I could find them cheaper, a Big Lots clearance sale or Amazon.com.
Who won? What would you guess?
This Bella waffle maker is a high quality, efficient waffle iron with a special ceramic copper titanium nonstick coating that cooks waffles up to 30% faster than standard nonstick coating. Also, the fact that it’s PTFE and PFOA free means that it does not contain harmful chemicals.
Be warned, this is not the American or classic type of waffle, this is a 1 inch thick Belgian style waffle. For more information on the difference, read our article on the Belgian vs Regular Waffles.
It also has a control knob with different browning settings and the signature rotating function. Having a rotating or flip function on a waffle maker is a plus because it helps to ensure that the waffle evenly bakes. It also has drip tray below the waffle grids.
So who wins on price? This fancy, copper titanium waffle maker was $29.99 at Big Lots. Check it’s current price on Amazon here.
This Bella waffle iron weighs 4 pounds. It’s dimensions are 13.4 x 9.4 x 7.3 inches and makes Belgian style waffles that are about 7 inches in diameter.
- Folds up for easy storage
- Rotating function
- Cool touch handle
- PTFE and PFOA free
- Ceramic Copper Titanium coating
- Nonstick coating is 8 times fore durable that traditional nonstick
- Drip tray for easy cleanup
- Indicator light shows you when it’s ready
- Delicious BELLA recipes included
- 2 year limited warranty
- User manual available for download at BELLA Housewares
- No timer or light to indicate when it’s done
- It does NOT come with instructions and can take a while to get used to it
Many of the complaints come from two areas, over/under cooking and waffle batter sticking to the waffle grids.
In order to get around these two problems, you need to do two things.
First, make sure that you give yourself time to learn how to properly use this or any waffle maker. Just know that it will take 4-5 waffles before you perfect your technique. Every waffle maker is a little different and just because you were able to crank out perfect waffles in your old Oster or Hamilton Beach doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to do that in a new waffle maker, it’ll take a few tries to get there.
Second, your waffle batter needs plenty of fat in order to not stick. Yes, even nonstick appliances rely on having fat in the batter in order to not stick. It doesn’t matter if this fat is coconut oil or butter, you just need fat.
This Bella Rotating Waffle Maker boasts 3.8/5 stars on over 400 Customer Reviews on Amazon.
This is a high quality waffle maker with a great rotating feature that can quickly crank out delicious, Belgian waffles. This is a high tech appliance and the fact that it’s nonstick coating has no Teflon and is made of a Ceramic Copper Titanium coating means it’s safe for your family.
There are two other waffle makers that are comparable to this Bella model. They are the Presto FlipSide Ceramic Belgian Waffle Maker and the Hamilton Beach Flip Belgian Waffle Maker with Removable Plates.
The Presto FlipSide Waffle Maker is a favorite waffle maker of ours. However, that doesn’t give it an automatic win over the Bella Copper Titanium waffle maker. The Presto features ceramic plates and a sleek black finish, but it’s almost twice the price as the Bella and although it flips back 180 degrees, it doesn’t rotate. This means that flipping back without a drip tray can cause a mess. They do both have ceramic, non-removable plates with deep grids that make Belgian waffles. Because of the price difference, I think I would declare the Bella as the winner.
This Hamilton Beach waffle maker with removable plates is also a great appliance and one that we often recommend. However, it’s also more than double price of the Bella model. And although it has regular, nonstick plates and a rotating feature, its plates are removable, which makes cleaning up super easy. Still, it’s plates are made from regular Teflon, which is inferior to the Ceramic Copper Titanium blend that this Bella model uses.
At the end of the day, all of these waffle irons are great appliances and worthy of your consideration. The Bella rotating waffle maker is the most inexpensive of the three and has some of the same features. If price is your biggest concern, and for many of us it is, then go with the Bella waffle maker. Another good reason to go with the Bella model is if you’re not sure that you’ll even use a waffle maker and you’d like to try it out for a bit before deciding to spend more money on one.
This Bella waffle maker having special non-Teflon plates also gives it a unique advantage. Because of this and it’s price, I would declare the BELLA Copper Titanium Coated Rotating Waffle Maker the winner here!
To see a quick video of this waffle maker in action, look below!