Firstly, and this might be a strange way to start a review on Pixel Family. But my almost teenage son hardly comes out of his bedroom anymore – but once this gets cranking out the waffles he appears magically with knife and fork at the ready! It’s been a big hit with the whole family. Really well made, easy to clean (just wipe it over after) and consistent browning results every time. Crispy golden waffles without the mess.
They’ve elevated the subtle art of waffle making by directly addressing its only trouble spot: batter splatter.
The circular moat catches and cooks excess batter, keeping it in all in play. Browning control lets you choose from light and fluffy to crispy. It’s an easy to use waffle press, with a moat that catches any excess mixture. The adjustable temperature gauge works like any toasting machine, allowing you to cook your waffle to your chosen preference.
Before adding the mixture the machine takes around 5-10 min to heat up before the “ready” light indicates that it is at the right temperature. Once the mixture is added I wait about 5 min before the machine beeps to let me know that my waffle is done. After this it is just a simple matter of peeling the waffle out of the template to be served as desired.
I have been put off using a waffle iron in the past because they seem impractical and difficult to clean.
This one however is a dream. It beeps to tell you it is up to temperature. The recipe tells you the correct amount to put into the iron, lets you cook it to the colour you like whilst beeping to tell you it is done. No guess work! It has to be said that this is on the pricier side but I’m a convert of spend more:spend once and so far this seems to be holding true.
The integral locking catch is not for cooking but great to secure the lid in place when carrying it around the kitchen. The non-stick surfaces are way beyond how non-stick used to be. For a normal waffle you definitely won’t need to grease anything; for protein powder or flax seed flour versions, a light greasing will probably be necessary.
The browning control is not gimmicky at all – I’ve found it very accurate.
Normally I do regular waffles on a 3 and protein versions on 4. Discreet but perfectly audible beeps announce when the cooking temperature is reached and this is the cue to ladle on the batter. Gently shut the lid. Wait for the gorgeous aromas to waft upwards and the beeps once again tell you that the browning number you’ve selected has once again been achieved. Et voila! Perfect waffles every time. If they’re not eaten immediately, I store them between sheets of kitchen paper in a warm oven.
Finally, the waffles are fluffy, evenly browned and they’re nice and thick. It makes the most amazing waffles. Easy and simple to use, waffles are made within minutes. We’re currently using the waffle maker on a weekly basis. Very happy with this equipment. It does all that is needed in a very simple way, and always with the same results. Minimal cleaning is required. As a result it is in regular use and is likely to remain so. You can buy this fabulous waffle maker here