You can bake fluffy, restaurant-style waffles in only about 6 minutes with the Hamilton Beach 26040 Mess Free Belgian Style Waffle Maker. This waffle maker makes thick, Belgian style waffles and not the old-fashioned, classic style waffles that the best thin waffle makers make. This is not a waffle maker with removable plates but the plates have nonstick coating so they are really easy to clean. This appliance has a deep waffle grid design and built-in overflow channel means you’ll never have to worry about messy drips and spills again. With the included pre-measured batter cup, you’ll always pour the right amount of batter. It will allow you to make a traditional circular Belgian style waffle that is divided into 8 easy-to-dip waffle sticks. You can easily break it into 8 easy-to-dip waffle sticks, which are fun for kids and great for breakfast on-the-go. This waffle maker can be purchased for under $20.
Nonstick grids for easy cleanup
Cup nests for storage
No more messy drips
heats up quickly and makes great waffles
small footprint and easy to store in kitchen cabinet
No adjustable temperature control
No removable plates
no digital timer
no flip or rotary feature
|Features and Specifications|
|Flip (Rotating) Feature||No||No||Yes|
|Mess Free (deep grid design and batter overflow channel)||Yes||No||No|
|Variable Temperature Control||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Baking Time||5 minutes||5 minutes||5 minutes|
|Number of Waffles||1 (divided into 4 sections)||2||1 (divided into 4 sections)|
|Size of Waffles||7 inch diameter|
1/2 inch thick
|4 inch square|
1/2 inch thick
|7 inch diameter|
1/2 inch thick
|Audible Alert Signal (indicates when waffle is done baking)||No||No||No|
|Ready To Bake Indicator Light||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Ready To Eat Indicator Light||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions (in inches)||5.63 x 10 x 12.75||4.53" Height x 8.66" Width x 7.72" Depth||10.5 x 16 x 9.2 inches|
|Weight||4.2 pounds||4.1 pounds||6.8 pounds|
Hamilton Beach 26040 Mess Free Belgian Style Waffle Maker
- No more messy drips through 1) Premeasured batter cup for the perfect amount 2) Deep grid design 3) Batter overflow channel
- Make whole circular Belgian style waffles or break into 8 sticks
- Nonstick grids for easy cleanup
- Nonstick grids make for easy waffle removal and fast cleanup
- Power on and ready lights
- Cup nests for storage
- Material: Nonstick coating
- Color: Black
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 9.8 x 12.8 inches
- Item Weight: 3.9 pounds
- Manufacturer: Hamilton Beach
- ASIN: B0097D2SVU
- Origin: USA
- Item model number: 26040
- Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars based on over 90 customer reviews
- Date first available: September 7, 2012
- Price: under $20
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the differences between the Hamilton Beach 26040 and Hamilton Beach 26042 waffle makers?
They are about the same size and weight. However, the Hamilton Beach 26040 waffle maker does not come with a temperature control knob, costs under $20 and bakes a circular Belgian waffle that is divided into 8 waffle sticks. While the Hamilton Beach 26042 waffle maker does come with a temperature control knob, costs about $30 and bakes a circular Belgian waffle that is divided into 4 sections.
How big are the waffles?
Each Belgian waffle is about 7 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick.
Does it come with a temperature control knob to control the browning level?
Unfortunately, it does not. It cooks all of your waffles at the same temperature. If you want soft, tender waffles, you will have to cook the batter for about 5 to 6 minutes. For crisp, breakable waffles, then leave it on for about 6.5 to 7 minutes.
How long does it take to finish baking each Belgian waffle?
The majority of the waffles will be done baking in about 6 minutes. Some of the recipes (which are made from scratch) may take a few minutes longer. You should check for doneness at about the 6 minute mark.
How can you tell when the appliance is done baking?
A good indicator that the waffle is done is when the steaming stops.
Will there be a big mess after you are finished?
No there will not be a big mess. You can use the pre-measured scoop to determine the perfect amount of batter to pour onto the grids. Any excess batter will flow into the extra-deep overflow channels. The grids are deep which will allow the batter to go up to 50% of the height of the grids only, leaving room for the waffle to rise while baking.
Does the Hamilton Beach 26040 waffle maker come with a flip feature that cooks the waffle evenly on both sides?
No it doesn’t. This waffle iron costs under $20 so you should not expect the flip feature in inexpensive models like this one. If you want one with a flip feature, then you should take a look at the Presto 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker (with timer), which is made out of stainless steel, comes with a digital timer and costs under $30. Other great flip Belgian waffle makers include the Black & Decker WM1404S Flip Belgian Rotary Waffle Maker and the Hamilton Beach 26030 Flip Belgian Waffle Maker With Removable Plates.
How do you use this waffle iron?
The green indicator light tells you know when it is ready for the batter. Use the pre-measured scoop for the proper amount of batter. Deep grids allow the batter to go up to 50% of the height of the grids only, leaving room for the waffle to rise while baking. Excess batter flows into the extra-deep overflow channels. For soft, tender waffles, cook for about 5 to 6 minutes. For crisp, breakable waffles, cook for about 6 ½ to 7 minutes. Most waffles are done in about 6 minutes. Some of the recipes (which are made from scratch) may take a little longer. Check for doneness at about 6 minutes. A good indicator that the waffle is done is when the steaming stops.
How do you use this machine to make a thick, delicious Belgian style waffle?
The thickness of waffle batters may vary. You should adjust the amount of batter as needed. Most waffle recipes can be poured directly onto the nonstick waffle grids. Oil or butter is typically not required, however, use a cooking spray for dessert waffles or any recipe that contains a lot of sugar.
Can you bake waffles with this appliance the day or night before and save some of them to eat for later in the day or even the very next day?
Yes you can bake waffles ahead of time, keep them warm in your oven and they will stay taste delicious. If you prefer to eat them the next day, you can also allow them to cool and pack them in an airtight container or bag to store in the refrigerator or freezer. You can then reheat them in a microwave oven, toaster oven or regular oven.