My trusty electric Toastmaster waffle iron is on its last legs. I need to replace it before long. I checked the ratings on Cook's Illustrated, but they have only tested Belgian Waffle makers. I checked Consumer Reports, and they've only evaluated four: one that's over $200 (what?), and the other three have mediocre ratings. I looked at Amazon, and the vast majority of waffle makers there are for Belgian waffles. Argh! (Are Belgian waffles really that much more popular than old-fashioned waffles? And who wants to mess with yeast in the morning?) The regular waffle irons apparently have "issues" (poor workmanship, cheap materials, etc). So, I'm asking here if anyone can recommend a good, reliable, basic non-stick electric waffle iron. Otherwise, I am wondering if I can buy a Belgian waffle maker, and then just use regular waffle batter in it? (Probably not, but thought I'd ask to be sure.)
And in a related question: why are some waffle irons flipable? Is this something that is needed for Belgian waffles? I've never made Belgians, so I don't know.