How much do you love waffles? This is the question we must ask ourselves. My own personal rule when buying shiny new kitchen tools is that I need to plan on using it at least once a month. I'll admit that the desire to be able to make something, like these waffles, occasionally over-rides my frugal logic.
If we can't justify buying one right out, there's hope! I might not use a waffle iron more than a few times a year all by myself, but I bet if I rounded up a few nearby friends, we could make the numbers work out. I like the idea of tool-shares in general, and buying a tool like this with friends has the added bonus of cutting down the cost.
Another option is to up the waffle iron's multi-tasking abilities. In looking for waffle makers, I stumbled across a George Foreman grill with removable waffle plates and a similar 2-in-1 device from Black & Decker. Besides waffles, we could use a grill like this for things like cooking chicken breasts and making paninis.
Take a look at these models:
• Chef's Choice Classic Waffle Pro, $49.95 from Sur la Table
• Waring Pro Professional Stainless Steal Waffle Maker, $69.99 from Target
• George Foreman Next Grilleration Nonstick Grill with 5 Removable Plates, $103 from Amazon
• Black & Decker Grill and Waffle Maker, $50 from Amazon
Do you own a waffle iron? Do you think it's worth buying one?
(Image: Sur la Table)