Summary: Calling this a waffle iron is a long stretch of the truth. One side cooks the other side is white. If I wouldn't have thrown the box away, I would have returned it immediately. I never thought, being an Oster that it would be this awful. My other Oster is great, this one is going to Goodwill.
Summary: For under $20 this is an awesome product. If you want the giant, deep waffles that you get from a restaurant at home, you can spend over $500 for a commercial waffler. If you just want good waffles fast & cheap, get this one. Adding some malted milk powder to your batter may also give you the restaurant-quality taste that you seek. I set mine on med/high - after only about 2 minutes the ready light comes on. I use 1/2 cup of batter & cook undisturbed for 4 minutes.
Summary: I am an elderly man, who does not cook. My wife purchased an Oster Belgian waffle maker at Christmas, and since then, I've made about a dozen waffles. Each one turned out perfectly, and none stuck to the waffle maker. For me the perfect waffle required the highest temperature setting and a cooking time of four minutes and fifty seconds. I was able to make an even crispier waffle in five minutes and fifteen seconds, but it lacked the soft interior I usually prefer.
Summary: Let me start by saying that I have had nearly 6 different models of waffle makers, and had a chance to use all of them for quite a while. This waffle maker works just perfect for my family. We fire it up usually once every week or two weeks, and it makes perfect waffles every time. I always turn it up to MAX, that seems to be the optimal setting, and depending on whether you like crispy waffles or a little bit soft, it takes about 3-5 minutes.