Are these internet-famous ‘mini waffles’ worth the hype?

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TikTok can’t get enough of this $10 mini-waffle maker.

The adorable, affordable little gadget has sparked a wave of viral recipes on the app. Home chefs are using it to make cookie waffles, cinnamon roll waffles and even… ramen waffles?

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In theory, this thing seems like the ultimate waffle-making machine. But, of course, we had to find out for ourselves.

So we tested it with a three-round waffle battle. We put this viral mini-waffle maker up against another fascinating contestant: The vertical “waffle toaster” from Nostalgia.

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This thing legitimately works just like a toaster. All you have to do is fill the vertical waffle holders with batter, then push down the plunger and watch them cook. When the waffles are done, they’ll pop out like toast.

To see which machine won our all-out waffle duel, watch the clip above or keep reading below.

What works better: A mini-waffle maker or a vertical ‘waffle toaster’?

We tested our two gadgets with three rounds: convenience, versatility and quality.

Convenience: First up, we wanted to see how fast and easily each machine did its thing. The waffle toaster makes two waffles in about 10 minutes, while the mini-maker can do one waffle in five minutes. That’s basically the same pace, so we gave this round to the mini-maker since it makes it easier to pour the batter.

Versatility: Here, we wanted to see how our waffle machines held up against some of TikTok’s most viral recipes. The mini-maker, true to its reputation, managed to make a perfect batch of Funfetti waffles, and it even handled the bizarre ramen waffle trend. Meanwhile, our waffle toaster failed on both fronts. So, round two goes to the mini machine as well.

Quality: This test was simple. We put aside the viral recipes and used both gadgets to try making the perfect standard waffle with syrup. Both machines did great here, but in the end, the mini-maker took fewer tries to do its best work. So, round three goes to the mini-maker as well.

That’s a clean sweep for the mini-maker! When it comes to convenience, versatility, quality and price, this thing is pretty tough to beat.

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