When I learned about chaffles, I immediately went hunting for a waffle machine, and the Oster Belgian waffle maker CKSTWF2000 is one of the most popular models.
I’ve been carnivore for soon five months, and I’m surprised about how many ways you can combine eggs, cheese, and meat.
Still, a new breakfast combination never hurts, does it? When I read about chaffles, waffles made out of eggs and cheese, I was sold. I hadn’t had a machine to make them with since 1990, but now I desperately needed one.
Could the Oster model be the one?
I decided to do some research. Sure, the price is low, so it’s not a big deal, but still. I hate wasting money on an item I never use, so in this review I’ll share what I found.
There are good things to say about the CKSTWF2000 model, and there are some less good things to say about it.
Some of the good things will be irrelevant to you and some of the bad things can be irrelevant as well. So read on to see if this is the waffle maker for you or not.
The Oster Belgian waffle maker is silver with black handles and feet. The “silver” part consists of brushed, stainless steel, which makes it look great in any kitchen.
It has only one purpose: bake waffles–or, in our case, chaffles.
The waffles are round and can be broken into four parts. This is handy if you make chaffles for breakfast. It’s like making four of them in one setting, which makes it perfect for a couple or a parent with one child.
If you want to use them as buns for burgers, then their shapes are not optimal. For those you’ll need a mini waffle maker.
You use this model to make Belgian waffles, but don’t expect the same thickness as with a professional machine. Since we don’t add toxic sugary syrup to our waffles, I think the thickness is perfect. You can add butter or whipped cream instead.
The plates are non-sticky, but for the first batch you should use some grease first. You can use butter, although the instructions mention “vegetable oil.”
When you’ve used your machine for a while and the batter starts to stick to the plates, then use grease again like before the first batch.
It’s easy to use this Oster waffle maker. You plug it in, and a red light shows you that the machine is now turned on. Then you turn the thermostat to either light, medium or dark, depending on how you like your waffles. Once the machine is warm and ready for your batch, the green indicator lights up.
The temperature might drop while you add the batter, but as soon as the plates are warm again, the green light turns on. This doesn’t mean that the waffle is done. There is no light that indicates this, but once you no longer see steam coming out from the machine, you can check if the waffles have the color you want, and if they are easily removable from the machine.
Once you’ve baked the number of waffles you want, you disconnect the cord from the plug. There is no “off” button on the machine.
The plates are not removable. It’s easy to clean the machine, however. Once it has cooled completely off, you can clean it, using a damp cloth or soft sponge with a little dishwasher soap. Don’t ever dip the machine in water.
After cleaning, you can wrap the cord around the bottom stand for storage. I love this detail. I don’t know about you, but I hate lose cords lying all over the place.
This CKSTWF2000 model functions on 110-120 V electricity. If you live outside of the US or Canada, you shouldn’t buy this machine. Although it can work with a converter, the manufacturer doesn’t recommend it.
It uses 1080 watts, which means it is fast and effective.
It takes less than a minute for the machine to heat up and around five minutes to bake a waffle. That means that on average it will cost you 2 cents of electricity to bake two waffles.
By the way, there were conflicting information about the wattage of this machine. Some sources said 500 watts, others 1500 watts, others again 1080 watts, so I asked the manufacturer who replied that it used 1080 watts.
Plates, lights, and buttons aside… what about the waffles? How are they? Are they crispy and evenly baked?
If you add the batter in a circle near the edge of the plate, not to the center, they will be mostly even baked.
But if you add the batter to the center, you should expect waffles that are browned faster in the middle than along the edges. The bottom also bakes faster than the top.
It can help if you flip the waffle and give it some extra time once it’s fully baked at the bottom.
It takes between four and five minutes to bake your waffle, depending on how brown you want it.
If you want them crispy, and who doesn’t, then use a slightly thinner batter than you would normally use. And/or you could whip the egg whites first. Let them fully bake for extra crispiness.
You’re in a hurry one morning and you don’t have time to prepare a steak for you and your partner. What do you do?
You can whip up chaffle batter while the Oster waffle maker heats up and have breakfast ready for two 10-15 minutes later. You can even take the waffles with you and eat them on the road if needed.
One of the things I found during my research is that this model is so easy to use.
You plug it in, you turn on the heat, you wait until it gives you the green light, and then you add batter.
Will the dough spill over? It can, if you add too much batter, or if the batter is too thin.
While the machine is in use, the top gets very hot. Only touch the handle. It’s heat resistance and will save you from getting burned.
Once you’re done cooking, it’s time to let the machine cool down and clean it.
In a perfect world, this waffle maker would have removable plates. It doesn’t.
On the other side, it’s easy to use, and it’s easy to clean. Make sure you follow the guidelines provided with the machine. Then it’s easily cleaned with a damp cloth and soap.
I found a short video that shows the unboxing and first use of the Oster CKSTWF2000.
Do note, though, that the guy in the video did NOT check the user manual first, and he commits some mistakes. Yet, he’s still happy with the result.
One of the things we should worry about when cooking is the material. After all, we’re going to eat the food we just prepared, so material matters.
The Oster Waffle Maker is made out of brushed stainless steel and die cast aluminum with nonstick coating plates.
The nonstick plates are made of It contains PTFE aka Teflon.
Stainless steel (brushed) (top) and die cast aluminum with nonstick coating plates.
The nonstick plates are made of Polytetrafluoroethylene, otherwise known as PTFE or Teflon.
Finally, if you’re worried about smell from machine the first time you use it, there is none. Other than the delicious scents coming from the baking that is.
The CKSTWF2000 model comes with instructions in English and a few non-carnivore non-keto recipes.
There are no extra plates or extra equipment with the waffle maker.
Space… Let’s talk about how much space this waffle maker will take up in your kitchen.
There was conflicting information about its measurements, so I asked the manufacturer.
The correct measurement is 10″L x 8″W x 4″H.
While you’re cooking, it will have to stay on its feet and it will take up 10 inches times 8 inches of space on your kitchen desk. A little more if you open the lid.
However, it can be stored vertically, which makes it easy to squeeze into a corner or into a cupboard.
With the cord hidden under the bottom, the lid closed, and stored upright, it doesn’t take up much space. However, there is no latch to keep the bottom and the lid together. You may want to use a rubber band or similar to make sure they stay together.
The cord is 27 inches long, according to the manufacturer (I asked). This is rather short. It’s good that it’s short, because it won’t make loops that you or someone in your household will fall over and drag the machine down. But it can also be a problem if you have no electrical outlet near the machine. In that case, you will need to use an elongation.
The waffles you’ll make will vary in size from around 7-8 inches. It depends on how thick your batter is. The thickness of the waffle is around 1 inch, which is slightly thinner than commercial Belgian ones, but fine for chaffels.
This waffle maker is great for one to two persons. If you’re a whole hungry family, you must be patient because each waffle takes around 5 minutes to bake. You could share the four parts, though, while you’re waiting for the second to bake.
There’s a lot of positive things to be said about the Oster Waffle Maker CKSTWF2000 model.
Also, I’m impressed by the manufacturer, Oster. When I asked questions about the dimensions and wattage, they replied within five hours, despite our different time zones. They understood my question immediately, and their reply was extremely friendly. I felt good about receiving their email and it made me trust this company.
There are also some cons of this machine.
Both Amazon customers and Walmart customers give this waffle maker great reviews.
Probably some of the best, compared to other waffle makers.
Most reviewer agreed that the machine was easy to use. A few got machines that were malfunctioning.
Most of the reviews were verified purchases so they should be fairly accurate.
You can find cheaper waffle makers than this one, but for the quality and the size of the waffles, it will be hard.
I think it’s well priced.
Once you have it, you can create cheap and delicious carnivore breakfast in very little time. That alone, to me, is worth its price, because if you’re in a hurry one morning, you won’t be tempted to buy food on your way to work and perhaps grab something that is less healthy. When you make your own chaffles, you know what ingredients they contain.
Except for the occasional butter to grease the plates and the eggs and cheese for the chaffles plus 2 cents of electricity for every two waffles, there are no extra expenses.
This is a good waffle maker for a small family or a single person.
It’s inexpensive to get and to use.
It makes good Belgian waffles and seems perfect for making delicious crispy chaffles for breakfast.
If you live in the US or Canada and use 110-120 V, this is an excellent choice.
This is a waffle maker for home use, not professional use.
However, if you value small, circular waffles, and if you want removable plates, you should look elsewhere.
On the other hand, if you like that you can make one big waffle the size of four small in one single batch, and if you don’t mind them not being round, then you should get this waffle maker.
I think it has deserved its high rating.