Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Last updated date: August 13, 2019

DWYM Score
8.1

Dash Mini Waffle Maker

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 66 expert reviews, the Dash Dash Mini Waffle Maker placed 10th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note December 4, 2019:
Checkout The Best Pancake Maker for a detailed review of all the top pancake makers.

Expert Summarized Score
8.8
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
3,948 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This waffle makers heats up in minutes. The waffles plates have dual non-stick surfaces that make cooking easy and consistent.
- Easy Kitchen Appliances
Dash just kept spitting out tea-plate-size waffles that were perfectly browned and fluffy.
- New York Mag
Cleaning DASH is not also a problem. The 4-inch diameter cooking surface comes with nonstick coating. A simple wipe with a clean piece of cloth should do the trick.
- Kitchenistic
The waffle iron is so small and lightweight that it almost looks like a toy at first glance, but the waffle iron has a surprisingly heavy duty nonstick iron inside once you open it up. It has an indicator light on the top that lights up when you plug in the machine, then clicks off when the iron is hot.
- Baking Bites
February 23, 2018 | Full review
This mini waffle maker is ideal for making a waffle more like a traditional Belgium waffle. At approximately 6 inches in diameter, it essentially makes the waffle version of silver dollar pancakes – just a bit bigger
- Family Living Today
January 9, 2019 | Full review
The appliance has fixed heating elements and offers a light indicator to tell when the power is on.
- Waffle Maker Master
January 21, 2019 | Full review
This waffle maker heats up super quickly, is designed with non-stick pans, and is fairly no-frills: just plug it in, pour in some batter, and wait for the light to turn green.
- BuzzFeed
The machine is compact but light in weight making it a better choice for you if your kitchen is smaller or better still, for college dorm life and camping.
- Kzumer
May 19, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The non-stick coating isn’t of high quality as waffles tend to get stuck a bit – so make sure you use fat in your batter!
- Easy Kitchen Appliances
My only issue is that I wish the waffles had been a little crispier, but that could all be done with some time in a low-heat oven, which I decided not to go through with because I had other dishes on my menu that required high heat.
- New York Mag
Take note that the DASH Mini Maker is for the creation of a single-serve waffle only
- Kitchenistic
It does not have a on-off switch or any audible indicator, but that is true of some larger machines and not something I mind much.
- Baking Bites
February 23, 2018 | Full review
The plate is not removable.
- Waffle Maker Master
January 21, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Craving blueberry waffles or potato pancakes? With the Dash mini waffle maker, you can make single serve dishes in less than three minutes. The nonstick surface allows you to perfectly cook and brown whatever is it you make, and is a fun activity for both adults and kids!

Overall Product Rankings

Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker With Pancake Plates
1. Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker With Pancake Plates
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 8
Dash Mini Maker Electric Round Griddle
2. Dash Mini Maker Electric Round Griddle
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 5
Gotham Steel Bonanza Nonstick Copper Double Pan
3. Gotham Steel Bonanza Nonstick Copper Double Pan
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 2
Presto Electric Griddle With Removable Handles
4. Presto Electric Griddle With Removable Handles
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 3
Good Cooking Emoji Smiley Face Pancake Pan
5. Good Cooking Emoji Smiley Face Pancake Pan
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 5
NutriChef Nonstick 12-Inch Electric Crepe Maker
6. NutriChef Nonstick 12-Inch Electric Crepe Maker
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 10
Disney Mickey Mouse Waffle Maker
7. Disney Mickey Mouse Waffle Maker
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
ISILER Electric Crepe Maker
8. ISILER Electric Crepe Maker
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
Chefman Perfect Pour Volcano Belgian Waffle Maker
9. Chefman Perfect Pour Volcano Belgian Waffle Maker
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
Dash Mini Waffle Maker
10. Dash Mini Waffle Maker
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 8
CucinaPro Animal Mini Waffle Maker
11. CucinaPro Animal Mini Waffle Maker
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 5

An Overview On Pancake Makers

Few things are better than a stack of light, fluffy pancakes, especially if you can enjoy them in your own home. Although you can cook pancakes in a pan or griddle, a pancake maker eases the process more than a little. Similar to a waffle maker, a pancake maker lets you insert dough, close the lid, and enjoy a perfectly-cooked pancake.

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As you’re shopping around, though, it’s important to recognize the different types of pancake makers available. You can find electric griddles if you need to shop for larger groups, but those work like standard griddles. That means you’ll be pouring the dough, waiting and flipping it when it’s time. For the true convenience you get with a Belgian waffle maker, you’ll need to look for a dedicated pancake maker.

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One inconvenience of a pancake maker, though, is you can only make one at a time. If you’re cooking for a group, that can become a problem. Although each pancake cooks in a matter of minutes, it will still take a while to make a minimum stack of two to three pancakes for two or more people.

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One of the handiest pancake makers is a combination waffle and pancake maker. These units come with plates for either waffles or pancakes. Simply switch out the plates when you want something different for breakfast. This doubles the usefulness of your appliance.

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If you’ve ever used a waffle maker, you know batter tends to be on the messy side. The good news is most of these devices have nonstick surfaces. To further ease cleanup, though, look for a pancake maker with plates you can either submerge in water or wash on the top shelf of your dishwasher. A nonstick surface also usually keeps you from needing oils, butter or cooking spray — something that can help out if you’re on a special diet or just trying to cut calories.

DWYM Fun Fact

The secret to light, fluffy pancakes actually comes down to an ingredient that has become not-so-popular in recent years: gluten. The gluten molecules in flour activate when water is applied. Once wet, these molecules become spring-like, which enables them to move around. As you mix, gluten proteins begin to form tighter and tighter bonds, which traps air bubbles. When combined with baking powder, this process allows the pancake to rise and create that desired fluffy texture. It’s important to avoid overmixing the batter so that you can give gluten proteins space to do their thing. Overmixing causes the gluten to overdevelop, which creates tighter protein bonds that don’t generate the air pockets necessary to cause that fluffy texture.

The Pancake Maker Buying Guide

  • If you’re going to buy a pancake maker, you may want to invest in one that’s as easy to use as possible. As with waffle makers, some pancake makers have alerts that let you know when it’s time to pour the batter and remove the pancake. This will keep you from burning your pancakes. Although lights are useful for this, an audible alert will give you the freedom to walk away from your pancake maker while it’s cooking.
  • With many pancake makers, you’ll at least get a notification when the surface is hot enough for you to start pouring the batter.
  • Some pancake makers also double as waffle makers. Just switch out the plates for the type of breakfast food you’re craving.
  • If you want a pancake maker that will last, look for one made from durable materials like stainless steel.
  • Cleanup is much easier when you can remove the plates. Some plates are even dishwasher safe, so look for that feature if you want fuss-free cleaning.
  • Nonstick plates aren’t just great for making cleanup easier. They also eliminate the need to use oils or butter, saving you money and calories.
  • If you regularly cook for groups, or you have a large family, an electric griddle may work better for you than a pancake maker. Rather than having to cook one pancake at a time, you can pour several on the surface, even combining it with items like bacon or sausage, and have a full breakfast in minutes.
  • Texture is everything when it comes to delicious pancakes. For waffles, you’ll likely want a crispy outside and spongy interior, but pancakes are best when they’re light and fluffy. The build of your pancake maker will have an impact on that. Make sure you choose a pancake maker that cooks evenly, with each pancake cooking up consistently delicious all the way through.
  • Pay close attention to the length of the power cord on your chosen pancake maker. If you have a place in mind to set it up while using it, a short power cord could put a damper on those plans.
  • Any time you’re dealing with something that puts out such intense heat, it’s important to keep safety in mind. On some pancake makers, the outer shell gets extremely hot during cooking. These units have handles that you can use for flipping your pancake. Be very careful to touch only in the cool area to avoid a burn.
  • There are some compact pancake makers, ideal for taking on the go with you. If you live in a dorm room or you like to make pancakes at the office, this feature will come in handy. A large electric griddle, on the other hand, has plenty of space for cooking but is tough to transport and store.
  • Most pancake makers are designed to only make one pancake at a time. Be aware of that and make sure you’re okay with it before you buy. While Belgian waffle makers are also designed to make one at a time, typically people don’t eat a stack of large-size waffles so it doesn’t become as big an issue.