Deep frying has never been so easy. Fryer automatically maintains a proper frying temperature with no controls to set. Handy snap-on lid lets your store oil right in the fryer to use again. Holds four cups of oil. Includes a scoop that stirs, separates, lifts, drains and serves. Nonstick surface makes for easy cleaning. 120 volts, 60 Hz only.
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I was going back and forth between the Presto Flipside Belgian Waffle Maker and other flip waffle makers made by Waring Pro WWM450PCC and Cuisinart WAF-300C. I found that the Cuisinart and Waring have identical plastic parts and I wouldn't doubt if they come from the same factory. The Waring Pro and Cuisinart seemed too fiddly. I didn't like the handle on either of them but the Cuisinart was definitely the loser in the handle department...anyway I chose the Presto Flipside because it is the most compact, flip waffle maker available to me in Canada. It stores very easily in my cabinet when not in use.
The Presto Flip is easy to use and clean. The provided instructions are short and clear and contain several recipes for waffles. It takes about 3min to warm up once plugged in and there is no on/off switch so don't forget to unplug it. The waffle recipe I use (not in the manual) takes about 4min to bake in the Presto Flipside. The waffles come out crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. Simply fill either side of the waffle maker with batter, close the waffle maker and then flip it over...EASY. The design of this mechanism is pure genius...no moving parts and the pivot rod appears to be made of metal. Unlike the other two that were plastic and not smooth in use. In use, the Presto Flipside is very stable, and there's no worry about it tipping over. I would definitely recommend this product to family and friends.Read more ›
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1,983 of 2,014 people found the following review helpful
See the Presto Flip Side in action!Nov. 12 2011
Art History Professor
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I purchased this waffle maker during the spring, and have used it two or three times a week since. It is fantastic, and I can highly recommend it.
542 of 552 people found the following review helpful
I know this is redundant, but it is really worth 5 stars!March 16 2008
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This waffle iron makes beautiful, fluffy waffles. I had a certain waffle iron from a company beginning with T that makes great toasters, but mediocre waffle irons. I didn't realize how bad it was till a friend of mine made some waffles with that popular eighty dollar waffle maker. I almost cried! They were so good, but I knew I could never afford it! So I decided to try this one based on the good reviews. I'm ecstatic that I did.
First, this machine is quick compared to my other waffle iron. Waffles using a basic recipe are done in less than 3.5 minutes.
Second, the timer is a great idea. Relying on the "steam stoppage" method cooks the waffles too long for some recipes. The beeping when the waffles are done is just enough to bring your attention away from the bacon. Do NOT be foolish enough to leave the room when you have a waffle iron plugged in, for goodness sake!
Third, cleaning is super-easy and storage is a breeze. I love that it folds and locks in an upright position. It fits right in my tiny, overcrowded kitchen.
Last, the waffles are wonderful. Fluffy and crisp on the outside.
Buy this waffle maker. It's worth it!
643 of 666 people found the following review helpful
Half the price and still every bit as good after three years.Jan. 26 2008
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[updated January, 2011]
We bought the Presto FlipSide to replace a faux pro waffler made by the blender company who shares its name with Fred W's Glee Club. That one cost twice the price and lasted a mere three years before going to pieces. It was "Pro" in name only.
Presto took a simpler and possibly more durable approach: Engineer the hinge on a traditional counter-top Belgian waffle maker so it can flip 180 degrees and let gravity work its special magic. The entire weight of the baking platform is supported by the counter top, not by a pair of screws driven into failure-prone plastic.
When I unpacked the iron and set it on the counter, I noticed that the upper grid "floated" slightly when the grids were resting at the left side of the hinge. It might just be a mass-production variance but it was cause for concern because the iron has to close tightly for proper baking. When I flipped them to the right, the grids closed firmly, so the left side became the filling side and the right, the preheating and baking side. Do the same when yours arrives.
The nonstick grids are deep enough to fall into, with dimpled tapered studs that assist in releasing the baked waffle. The baking surface is surrounded by a fairly generous overflow rim. At 1350 watts, it bakes hotter than the 1200 watt pro-look model. The Presto lacks a browning control but you can compensate by adjusting the baking time. What's important is the initial temperature when the batter hits the grids, and if you turn a browning control too low, the grids are too cool to "fry" the outside. What you end up with is a textured pancake, not a real waffle.
The battery-powered timer is a nice feature but not really a necessity if your kitchen, like mine, has plenty of timers (the stove, the kitchen scale, the microwave oven).
The waffles come out about an inch and then some in height with a crisp, crackly exterior and a cloud-fluffy interior. We make our waffles from biscuit-and-baking mix but use the professional technique of separating the eggs and beating the egg whites before folding them into the batter. Baking time is 3 minutes for a waffle that would cost you at least a 10-spot plus tax and a tip on a hotel room service menu.
Time has proven that the Presto FlipSide, at half the price, is twice the waffle iron for the money.
174 of 184 people found the following review helpful
I'M MAKE'N WAFFLES! (and i'm no donkey)Aug. 27 2008
Computer Guy Next Door
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Inspired by a recent stay at a hotel that provided a continental breaksfast w/Ready-Made Batter and a Waffle Maker, I decided to see what was available online. Reasonable Price and High Customer Review are the criteria I use when making any purchase. I was close to ordering a Waffle Maker that was priced approx. twice the price of this one and decided to go with the less expensive option (under $40) due to the great reviews so many people gave it. I ordered it with (3) cans of the Waffle Mix that came up by default.
Here are my findings...
1. When you set the timer for 3 mins & 30 seconds, even after a 3rd waffle-in-a-row was made, they were all golden brown and perfect!
2. The Timer does not beep when you need to flip it over half-way throught the baking process. With the Presto Waffle Maker, you set the timer for the entire cooking duration and flip the Maker immediately after pouring in the batter. When the timer beeps, Eat!
3. I oiled the grids once prior to using and should not have to oil again. Cleaning was simple after the Maker cooled down after use.
4. I wish the timer used direct electricity as opposed to batteries. It's not a big deal, just disconnected from the overall coolness of the unit.
5. I don't think the timer turns off, but is an lcd screen so uses very little battery.
6. My children and I all ate (1) waffle each, two of us used syrup and one used butter only and ate nothing again until dinner time! We love the taste and will likely make waffles a Saturday or Sunday ritual.
7. The Mix I purchased requires (1) Egg per waffle.
8. It's compact and simple to store in a cabinet and if you want to show off, leave it on the counter.
9. I highly recommend the Presto Flipside Waffle Maker, but I must qualify and let you know, I bought it 2 weeks ago. (Aug 2008).
MikeV - Waffle Guy
--------------------------------------------------------------------- I thought I might mention that I have owned this waffle maker for over a year (NOV 2009 now) and we still love it and use it fairly often. Not weekly, more like monthly, but when we do the waffles come out perfect!
MikeV - Sr. Waffle Guy
145 of 153 people found the following review helpful
Excellent ProductOct. 25 2009
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To help balance some of the negative reviews,(do people read instructions before they use appliances, I wonder?) I'll add my 2 cents.
I made my first waffles (with this product) last night using Stonewall Farms Pancake and Waffle Mix. I doubled the recipe on the canister and got 3 perfectly browned, crispy, fluffy, delicious waffles. I used exactly 1 cup on the first 2 and a little shy on the 3rd. All 3 came out perfect.
As to the timer: it's handy. I, of course, have other timers in my kitchen, but it was convenient to (following the instructions) pour in the batter, set the timer, then flip the waffle. Just that small amount of time before flipping may make a difference, if not--oh, well. It's just a count-down timer. It does beep when the set amount of time is reached (four times, I think.) The thing is, when making waffles, you don't really go by the amount of time, you watch for the steaming to stop. What is convenient about the timer is, not only that it is conveniently right in front of you when you're pouring and flipping, but when it beeps it brings your attention back to the waffle maker in time for you to watch the steam. I thought it was kind of a nice little extra. I've never before seen a waffle maker with a timer. If you don't like it, don't use it. It has no affect on the on/off function--good thing because cooking time is going to vary according to several factors including what batter you are using.
This was the easiest waffle making experience I've ever had. I was very impressed. Really easy clean-up, too. You just wipe it out--if there is any thing to wipe out. The instructions tell you that if there is a little bit of cooked batter stuck somewhere, you just put a little cooking oil on it to soften it, then wipe it off. I didn't get to experiment with this. Nothing stuck. The waffles came out perfectly. I did, as instructed, brush the grids with cooking oil after it had first pre-heated. It is recommended, for even browning, to use oil rather than spray. I did not need to re-apply it and won't unless waffles begin to stick.
I'm usually kind of compulsive about hot soap and water, but in the case of the waffle iron, as long as there is no material in the grids, any germs will be killed during the initial heating up process.
With this kind of simplicity and success, we will be having waffles much more frequently than ever before.
If you have any of the problems I have read described here, and if you have read and followed the instructions, you must have a faulty product and should return it for a replacement.
If mine develops problems or dies early, I will update my review. Until then, I highly recommend this product. I couldn't be more satisfied.