My kids love staying over at Grandma’s because Saturday mornings at Grandma’s means character waffles. Somehow having a waffle shaped as a favorite character is so much more exciting than a regular square or round waffle. My kids get so excited to show me how they “decorate” the characters’ faces with syrup, fruit, and whipped cream. The older kids have a great time watching the faces change as they eat the different parts.
We have found that these character waffle makers can be used for other food items as well. In addition to making waffles, they are also great for making grilled cheese sandwiches or hash browns. Even my pickiest eater is willing to eat foods he wouldn’t normally try as long as they are shaped like his favorite characters. If he has a Mickey-shaped sandwich, he will even eat the “disgusting” soup he wouldn’t normally look at.
What to look for in a Character Waffle Maker?
- Cute characters
- Shape and size
- Heat up time
- High quality materials
- Temperature control
There is more to look for in a character waffle maker than just a cute shape, though. You want a machine that heats up quickly and cooks quickly and evenly. This is easier to find on traditional waffle makers or even hotel-quality Belgian waffle makers. Some character waffle makers are made of cheap plastic and fall apart at the hinges. It is also very helpful to have indicator lights to tell you when the waffles are done. Temperature controls can be the difference between a perfect waffle and one that is overdone. With all of that as criteria, here are my picks for top character waffle makers.
Mickey and Minnie Waffle Maker
Disney DMG-31 Minnie Mouse Waffle Maker, Pink
This Minnie Mouse waffle maker makes seven-inch waffles in a darling Minnie Mouse design. The indents from the waffle iron are a perfect reservoir for syrup.
The outside comes with a Minnie Mouse shaped light indicator that lights up when the waffles are done. The non-stick baking plates are not removable, but they easily wipe clean.
The lid of this machine seems a little wobbly, but it functions very well. Overall, this machine is more lightweight than most of the others on this list, but it still produces a great waffle.
Disney DCM-1 Classic Mickey Waffle Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel
The classic Mickey Mouse Waffle Maker. It makes seven-inch waffles shaped like Mickey Mouse. Mickey’s ears are indented, and they hold syrup very well.
These Mickey Mouse waffles are the same as those we had in our hotel at Disney World; they are both delicious and fun.
This machine is heavy-duty and works very well. It is made of stainless steel with Teflon plates, which are easy to clean.
The cute Mickey-shaped indicator light changes colors to let you know when the waffles are done. This waffle maker is very reasonably priced and is sure to last. This waffle maker is a great choice for any Disney fan!
Disney DCM-9 Mickey Mini Waffle Maker
This machine makes a very cute waffle, and I mean one small waffle. This miniature Mickey Mouse waffle is about as big as an Eggo waffle. While it is cute, it is not especially practical if you are trying to feed more than one or two people. However, this machine is very inexpensive. It has easy to clean nonstick plates and nonskid rubber feet.
Disney Frozen Olaf Waffle Maker
This is such a fun waffle maker. Instead of one large waffle, this waffle maker makes five separate parts that you can assemble to make a seven inch Olaf the Snowman.
Kids love having permission to play with their food, and this is the perfect excuse to let them do it!
A snowflake-shaped indicator light shows when the waffles are ready. This machine has non-stick cooking plates that are easily wiped clean.
It is very inexpensive as waffle makers go, but it also seems pretty cheaply made. It probably won’t last especially long, but kids will enjoy it while it lasts.
Marvel Waffle Makers
Marvel MVA-281 Avengers Waffle Maker
If you have an Avengers fan in your family, I like the Marvel Avengers Waffle Maker. The waffles come out with imprints of four Avengers icons: Hulk’s fist, Iron Man’s helmet, Captain America’s shield, and Thor’s hammer. What could be more exciting than that for breakfast?
Not only does this machine make great waffles, the nonstick plates are easy to wipe clean after you are finished. You can choose how light or dark you want your waffles simply by turning the browning dial. It’s also got indicator lights telling you when your waffles are done. Many of the options on this list are made of plastic, but this Avengers waffle maker is made of aluminum and will outlast its plastic counterparts. A cord wrap makes it easy for storing the machine, too.
This machine lives up to its superhero name. It will not disappoint.
Marvel MVA-278 Captain America Waffle Maker
Here’s another great choice for the Avengers fan. Captain America’s shield happens to make a very tasty waffle. This Captain America waffle iron makes one 6 inch round waffle in 2-4 minutes, depending on how brown you like your waffles. It heats up well and has consistent heat throughout. The power and ready lights help you know just when your waffle is perfectly done.
The quality of the Captain America waffle maker is great. It is made of aluminum and comes with non-removable nonstick plates which are easily cleaned. The only drawback on this appliance is that the grooves are very deep, so you have to be sure to fill them with batter adequately or you will not get the perfectly shaped waffle you want.
Star Wars Waffle Maker
Darth Vader Waffle Maker
This Darth Vader Waffle Maker is perfect for the Star Wars lover. It makes a great Darth Vader shape. With five temperature settings, you can decide if you want your waffles golden or a little “on the dark side”!
Dual indicator lights tell you when the waffle maker is heated up as well as when the waffles are done. This waffle maker can be stored upright with the cord wrapped under the base.
Unlike some of the other waffle makers on the list, the Darth Vader Waffle Maker seems more flimsy and less high-quality.
Ninja Turtle Waffle Maker
Nickelodeon NTWM-43 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Round Waffle Maker
What is that round, hot, delicious food that ninja turtles can’t resist? Ok, you were probably thinking pizza, but this time they love waffles. This 7 inch round waffle maker will make your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan forget all about pizza. Who wants pizza for breakfast, anyway?
This quality machine is made of aluminum, not plastic which can warp, crack, or melt. This Ninja Turtles waffle maker has a power and ready light to tell you when your waffles are ready. It has grooves to create the visual effect, but they aren’t too deep to cause problems for the user.
There are a couple things you should also know about this waffle iron. Unfortunately, it does not come with a browning control knob, so you have to decide if your waffle is brown enough when the ready light comes on. Also, it does have the advantage of being made of aluminum instead of plastic, but the outside of this machine does get hot, so be careful not to get burned!
Charlie Brown Waffle Maker
Smart Planet WM6S Peanuts Snoopy and Charlie Brown Waffle Maker, Red
Another good character waffle is the Smart Planet Peanuts Waffle Maker. This machine makes Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Snoopy’s doghouse at one time. The waffles come out looking just like the specified Peanuts characters. The non-stick coating also means the plates are easy to wipe down.
However, this machine has no indicator light to tell you when the waffles are done. That means you have to either time the cooking or keep checking until the waffles are ready. This machine is quite slow, taking several minutes to heat up and around five minutes to cook a waffle to a golden brown. This machine seems to be of average quality.
Best Character Waffle Maker
All these character waffle makers are pretty good. They all make waffles that look just like what they are supposed to look like. With the exception of the Olaf waffle maker and the DCM-9 Mickey Mini Waffle Maker, the others can also be used to make grilled sandwiches, quesadillas, hash browns, or even brownies. However, the Minnie Mouse, large Mickey Mouse, Avengers, Captain America, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles waffle makers are definitely superior to the others. They have indicator lights as well as high-quality materials which result in not only a great waffle, but long-term durability as well.