Forget those frozen, tasteless bricks: Making this golden-brown morning treat is easier than ever, thanks to innovative new machines – which can even double as gourmet sandwich presses. Here are the three best makers and our favorite recipe. Brunch never had it so good.
KitchenAid Waffle Baker
At 16 inches wide and 23 pounds, this is a bulky counter hog, but if you have the space, it's the machine for you. The extra size and weight are due to the double-clamshell construction that allows you to prepare grand waffles in two round, deep-pocketed grids at once: Fill the KitchenAid Waffle Baker with batter, close the lid, rotate to reveal a second iron, and repeat. The settings are rudimentary (you program cooking time in 15-second intervals), but at every setting we tried, the waffles baked evenly. [$150; kitchenaid.com]