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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express 840B Review

The Chef's Choice WafflePro Express, has been lauded by individual consumers and organizations, and for good reason. We were quite impressed with the quality of the waffles we produced time and again with this unit.

Our Verdict

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express cooks evenly and makes it easy to get the ideal waffle texture.

For

  • The cord wrap and upright storage will save space on your countertop.

Against

  • There are some nooks and crannies that take effort to get clean.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: We tried the Five of Hearts Model but a traditional round unit also is available.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: We tried the Five of Hearts Model but a traditional round unit also is available.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: A floating lid design helps keep the waffle the same thickness from edge to edge.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: A floating lid design helps keep the waffle the same thickness from edge to edge.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: A moat around the cooking surface eliminates messes on the countertop.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: A moat around the cooking surface eliminates messes on the countertop.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: The handle stays cool on this waffle maker so you can make waffles without oven gloves.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: The handle stays cool on this waffle maker so you can make waffles without oven gloves.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: The controls are very specific with this unit and allow you to choose if you want a crisp exterior and fluffy interior or a more uniform texture.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: The controls are very specific with this unit and allow you to choose if you want a crisp exterior and fluffy interior or a more uniform texture.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: Although the handle stays cool, the top of the waffle iron gets quite hot during the cooking process.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: Although the handle stays cool, the top of the waffle iron gets quite hot during the cooking process.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: The lid is purposely designed to stay loose during the cooking process to help evenly distribute batter and get the same thickness edge to edge.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: The lid is purposely designed to stay loose during the cooking process to help evenly distribute batter and get the same thickness edge to edge.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: A cord wrap makes this unit more convenient for storage.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: A cord wrap makes this unit more convenient for storage.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: The surface of this unit is truly non-stick so waffles come off easily.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: The surface of this unit is truly non-stick so waffles come off easily.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: You can serve the whole waffle or separate it into little hearts pretty easily.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: You can serve the whole waffle or separate it into little hearts pretty easily.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: The waffles produced by this unit are relatively thin but can still handle toppings.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: The waffles produced by this unit are relatively thin but can still handle toppings.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: If you fill the moat around the main cooking surface you get an edge on your waffles.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: If you fill the moat around the main cooking surface you get an edge on your waffles.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: Even with the lid open, this waffle maker takes up very little counter space.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: Even with the lid open, this waffle maker takes up very little counter space.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: A beep lets you know when your waffles are done so you do not have to keep checking.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: A beep lets you know when your waffles are done so you do not have to keep checking.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: An instruction manual, available online, helps explain the controls on this unit.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: An instruction manual, available online, helps explain the controls on this unit.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: The grids on this waffle maker reheat quickly, over and over again, even if you do not put batter in again right away.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: The grids on this waffle maker reheat quickly, over and over again, even if you do not put batter in again right away.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: This unit comes with recipes to get you started.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: This unit comes with recipes to get you started.
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Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: The manufacturer has multiple means of contact available if you have questions.

Chef's Choice WafflePro Express image: The manufacturer has multiple means of contact available if you have questions.

The Chef's Choice WafflePro Express, has been lauded by individual consumers and organizations, and for good reason. We were quite impressed with the quality of the waffles we produced time and again with this unit. They were crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, and cooked consistently from edge to edge, regardless of the recipe we used. This appliance pleased even the most persnickety waffle snobs. The texture was perfect.

The key to this waffle maker's consistency is probably related to the floating top plate, which ensures the same thickness all the way across the waffle. You also get a lot of choice with this waffler. There is a dial along the side that allows you to specify the texture you want. We found this dial to be very accurate. If you prefer a crisp, more uniform texture you can get it. If you like a waffle that retains a little more moisture you can get that too.

This unit removes a lot of the common annoyances that come with making waffles. An audio beeper lets you know when the waffles are done so you do not have to hover around the machine the whole time. We did not find the beeper to be 100 percent accurate but at least you know when to start checking the waffle. There is also a ready light so you know when the unit is heated up enough to cook.

WafflePro Express is nice if you are going to cook only intermittently. This machine stays ready for anything. When you remove a waffle you can refill immediately or let it idle. If you do not refill it right away the grids will cool slightly but they will reheat again quickly, over and over again, until you unplug the unit.

The only possible drawback is also a potential benefit, depending on your household – this waffle maker produces a pretty small finished product. It measures right around 6.5 inches across and is one of the thinnest waffles of the ones we made during testing. The small size can be awesome if you like to freeze them and toast them up later – big Belgian waffles won't fit in most toasters – but if you have a large crowd gathered around waiting for waffles, the relatively small size might be a drawback. If you'd prefer larger waffles, you might be interested in the Black & Decker. The machine is quite speedy, though, so that may make up for the somewhat-small size.

This device heats up and cooks fast. Waffle removal is also a breeze with this unit, even when you add sticky mix-ins like chocolate chips. It is easy to overfill the WafflePro Express, so the moat around the edge of the waffle is handy. That moat takes a little time to clean, and there is one crevice between the cooking plate and the machine that gets filled with batter that is a pain to clean, too. The actual waffle plates are easy to clean, though. Lots of the surfaces on waffle irons claim to be non-stick but this one really is.

The handles stay nice and cool but the outside surface of the machine gets uncomfortably hot when cooking. That was pretty common among the units we tested but it was still unpleasant every time we accidently touched the waffle machines without an oven mitt on. Even though the final waffle is sort of small, the WafflePro Express falls somewhere in the middle of the pack for size with its large base. With built-in cord storage and the ability to flip on its side for storage, this unit is very competitive in terms of our design wish list.

Chef's Choice is not overly impressive in terms of its support. The warranty for this product is one year, which is nothing special. There is a phone number you can use to contact the company if you have a problem, and the people who pick up the phone are friendly and helpful, though the only electronic means of communicating was with an online form for media only.

The Chef's Choice WafflePro Express produces a waffle that is practically perfect, if a little on the small side. It makes waffles quickly, though, and so it should be pretty easy to keep a crowd calm if you find yourself cooking for the whole family.