Waffles are a favorite food at our house. Whether it’s for breakfast, dinner, or dessert, my kids can’t turn down a waffle. What makes them even more appealing is that Grandma always makes character waffles when the kids stay over. For some reason, eating a Mickey shaped waffle is more fun that a regular square or round one. Who wouldn’t enjoy decorating a waffle face and then watching it change as you eat it?
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. Favorite characters make eating more fun. Sometimes a fun shape or character can coax children into eating something they normally wouldn’t try. There are so many fun waffle irons for kids that you can likely find one with a character your child loves.
- Shape and size. Is there a shape or size you are looking for? Some of the units on this list make miniature waffles and others make much larger ones.
- High quality materials. By choosing a product made of high quality materials, you are ensured the machine will last. Some of the options on this list are made of metal while others have a plastic interior. Generally, metal exteriors will be stronger and last longer. Some character waffle makers are made of cheap plastic and fall apart at the hinges.
- Even cooking. 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.
- Temperature control. If you like waffles extra soft or extra crunchy, a temperature control setting is very helpful in creating the perfect waffle. If a golden brown waffle is your favorite, a temperature control isn’t so important.
- Indicator lights. These lights tell you when your waffle is done cooking. Look for a unit with a consistent indicator light or you will end up with underdone or burnt waffles.
12 Good Character Waffle Makers for Kids
|Model||Pros / Cons|
|Classic Mickey Waffle Maker||Pros:|
|Minnie Mouse Waffle Maker||Pros:|
|Marvel Avengers Waffle Maker||Pros:|
|Captain America Waffle Maker||Pros:|
|Minions Waffle Maker||Pros:|
|Marvel Spiderman Waffle Maker||Pros:|
|Darth Vader Waffle Maker||Pros:|
|Mickey Mini Waffle Maker||Pros:|
|Olaf Waffle Maker||Pros:|
|Cars Waffle Maker||Pros:|
|Emoji Universe Waffle Maker||Pros:|
|Charlie Brown Waffle Maker||Pros:|
1. Classic Mickey Waffle Maker
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!
2. Minnie Mouse Waffle Maker
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.
3. Marvel 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.
4. 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.
5. Minions Waffle Maker
Calling all minions! Your kiddos will love this Minion waffle maker, which makes waffles shaped like Dave the Minion. It also has dual indicator lights which show when the waffle is done. Unfortunately, the lights don’t always work correctly so you will have to watch your waffles so they don’t burn. This machine also has a browning dial so you can set just how soft or crispy you want your waffle.
The Minion Waffle Maker has nonstick plates which are very easy to clean. The top of this unit has a cute picture of Dave the Minion. Plastic on the exterior means that this maker isn’t as durable and likely won’t last as long as others.
6. Marvel Spiderman Waffle Maker
If you have a Spiderman fan in your family, this is the perfect waffle maker for kids. It has a fun design both outside and inside. And unlike most other options, you can choose whether you want to make 6″ or 7″ waffles. Make the smaller waffle of just the Spidey mask or cover the entire plate with batter to make a larger waffle.
This machine has nonstick plates which are easy to clean. It does have an indicator light, but it isn’t always completely accurate so you will want to keep a close eye on your waffles when they’re cooking.
The grooves on this unit aren’t as deep as they are on other models. The finished product would be more waffle-like if the grooves were deeper, but the waffles look cool so kids won’t care.
While the plates on the Marvel Spiderman Waffle Maker are good quality, the outside is plastic and isn’t as durable as the metal ones on this list. Still, for a Spidey fan, this is a great gift!
7. 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.
8. Mickey Mini Waffle Maker
This machine makes a very cute waffle, and I mean one small waffle. The miniature Mickey Mouse waffle is about as big as an Eggo waffle. It’s probably not practical if you are cooking for a crowd, but if it’s just for a few people, this machine would be ok.
This machine is very inexpensive. It has easy to clean nonstick plates and nonskid rubber feet.
The exterior is made of plastic, so this unit won’t be as durable as some of its metal counterparts. However, it is a cute unit that is fun to use and the waffles it makes are fun to eat!
9. 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.
10. Cars Waffle Maker
Rev your engines! Lightning McQueen is on his way to your kitchen. This Cars themed waffle maker is perfect for your toddler or preschooler. Kids love the wheel shaped waffles as well as Lightning McQueen depicted on the top of the machine. The nonstick plates work well and are easy to clean.
Unlike many of the other options on this list, the Disney Pixar Cars Waffle Maker has a browning dial. This allows you to set how light or dark you want your waffles. Then the indicator light will illuminate when the waffles are done to the specified browning amount.
Overall, this unit works well. The outside is made of plastic so it likely won’t last as long as the metal ones.
11. Emoji Universe Waffle Maker
If your kiddo is into the emoji craze, check out the Emoji Universe Waffle Maker. This waffle iron for kids combines the classic square waffle with a cute emoji face.
This machine is made of plastic, so it’s not as durable as some of the other units on this list. The top of the lid is white and painted with yellow emoji faces that match those on the waffle iron plates. My kids love the look of the machine itself as well as the waffles it makes.
There is a red button that lights up when the waffles are done. However, this unit doesn’t cook as evenly as most of the others in the list. It still a good option and is quite inexpensive. The nonstick plates aren’t especially easy to clean.
12. Charlie Brown Waffle Maker
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.
Our Recommended 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 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, and Captain America, 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.