Who doesn’t love a deal? Picking up a kitchen appliance at an affordable price will always be a good thing. It’s also a good way to “test drive” something that you’re not sure of. Why spend $150 on a quality appliances if you’re not even sure you’ll use it? Isn’t better to spend $20-$30 and then decide if it’s something that fits your lifestyle?
A quality waffle maker is one that will do what it’s supposed to with little to no maintenance. It’s a waffle maker that will make delicious waffles (and maybe other things) and do that for a reasonable price, hopefully under $30!
How should you go about this? There are HUNDREDS of waffle makers and waffle irons on the market. Don’t spend HOURS searching the internet. I’ve lined up the best waffle makers for under $30 right here.
I won’t stall any longer. Below are the top waffle makers and waffle irons under $30.
Hamilton Beach 26040 Mess Free Belgian Style Waffle Maker
No messy drips, Hamilton Beach durability, and an inexpensive price!
It’s nonstick grid and the unique shape of the grid makes it super easy to take out your cooked waffles. It’s also easy to operate. Once the light is on, it will indicate when it’s ready. Same thing happens when the waffles are ready to be taken out. Makes perfect golden brown Belgian waffles every time.
- Cool design
- Easy, perfect waffles
- Manual booklet with recipes
- Cup that nests for waffles
- Easy to clean up
What makes this Presto waffle maker an Easy Kitchen Appliance favorite is not only it’s inexpensive price but also it’s innovative design. It flips back, mimicking much more expensive, professional restaurant quality waffle makers.
It has an easy to use countdown timer that makes perfect waffles.
- Easy to clean
- Perfect flip back rotation
- Easy to read digital display
Oster appliances are often Easy Kitchen Appliance favorites because of their durability. They’re built to last! Not only because of the Oster name but it’s stainless steel housing. It’s easy to see that this is a waffle maker to be reckoned with!
It has adjustable temperature, non-stick coating, and a large 8 inch plate. Want your waffles crispy or chewy? Better yet, want to make some non-waffle desserts in your waffle maker? Having an adjustable temperature makes that possible.
Best of all, it’s right under $30!
- Adjustable temperature control
- Good looking design
- Stainless steel makes it durable
- Under 30 bucks!
There are a lot of waffle makers under $30 on the market. Do a quick Amazon search and you’ll see them all. Even Mickey Mouse waffle makers for under $30! Still, Oster, Presto, and Hamilton Beach are brands that you can’t go wrong with. Also, the fact that these waffle makers all come in under $30 makes this a no lose situation.
Remember to keep in mind the features that are important to you and the things you’re looking for.
Is it easy to use?
Having a lot of features may be great for some people, but for others (like myself), it can be confusing and overwhelming. Sometimes kitchen appliances that do many different things are great, other times I just want a waffle maker that makes waffles.
What about indicators and alerts?
Having a waffle maker that alerts you when your waffles are done means that you can be “hands off” and do other things while it cooks.
What about flipping the waffle?
Some waffle makers flip and some don’t. It’s generally accepted that if a waffle is flipped, it’ll be more evenly cooked on both sides. Still, this is another feature that can sometimes add cost and/or add features. Ultimately, it’s up to you.
Is it easy to clean?
Non-stick coating seems to be standard nowadays, but not always! Make sure to check your waffle iron for non-stick coating. It’s also possible to find a waffle maker with removable plates. That means that when you’re done cooking, you can take the plates off and drop them in the sink or the dishwasher. Can’t get easier cleaning than that, although those do run slightly more than $30!
Able to spend a little more?
If you’re able to shell out a few more bucks, check out the All-Clad 99012GT, which happens to be one of the best waffle makers on the market!
Final word on waffles!
You can’t go wrong buying one of these waffle makers and trying them out. You’ll have YEARS of waffle making ahead of you!