Buying a non-toxic waffle maker doesn’t have to be hard. But there are some things you should know before you start shopping. When people head into the big box stores to buy appliances, toxicity is a concept that isn’t really on our minds. After all, we’re just buying a waffle maker right?
When it comes down to it though, if you want your house and body free from toxins then what’s important is not only where you shop but also which products you choose for your kitchen.
Do Waffle Makers Have Teflon?
Yes, traditional waffle makers are typically coated with PTFE (aka Teflon) to make them non-stick. There are other options available on the market though. We’ll talk a bit more about those other options below, but first, let’s talk a little bit about why you should avoid Teflon waffle makers.
PTFE is a man made chemical. Basically, it’s just an abbreviation for polytetrafluoroethylene – and that stuff can’t be broken down by nature or your body so you’re stuck with any toxins from the waffle maker in your system until they are released into the air when you discard them (and considering how often we replace kitchen items these days…).
Teflon isn’t good for those who have asthma because exposure to PTFE dust particles may cause breathing difficulties. Also, it scratches easily which means those particles are going into your waffles! Yuck!
Learn more about the dangers of teflon cookware.
Are Non-Stick Waffle Makers Safe?
Due to the coated lining, non-stick waffle makers are typically not safe.
The coating material, generally a polymerized form of PTFE known as Teflon (either Polytetrafluoroethylene or polyfluorooctane (PFOA)), contains chemicals that can be emitted in the air when heated up.
When it’s heated to high temperatures, these chemicals are released into the air and become more concentrated – this is called “off-gassing”.
While you’re probably not heating your waffle maker for long periods of time at such extreme temperature levels, there still might be some off-gassing happening while cooking.
There are some alternatives to PTFE and PFOAs. However, they can still have a negative effect on your health just like PTFE or PFOAs.
Gen X is a manmade chemical alternative to Teflon created by Dupont. It can be found in food packaging, nonstick coatings, and other commercial products. While there isn’t a ton of research around this chemical…it’s still manmade and still toxic. There were also negative findings in the research that was completed on lab rats, so we imagine the scenario would be similar for humans.
What is DuraCeramic Coating Made Of?
You can almost think of DuraCeramic as a clay material that is composed of oxygen and silicon, that is cured by fire to give us some of the appliances we know today.
It is a non-toxic, environmentally friendly material that can withstand temperatures up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit, and free of PTFE and PFOAs.
Is Ceramic Better Than Teflon?
In terms of being concerned about toxic chemicals and health, yes. However, when it comes to cooking with ceramic, some say that is not as “non-stick” as they would like, which is one of the main reasons they are purchasing an appliance with that material to start with.
Ceramic coatings also offer a more natural look than toxic PTFE as well!
The Best Materials for a Non-Toxic Waffle Maker
There are many materials that can be used to create the best non-toxic waffle maker, but some stand out more than others due to their durability and longevity in comparison with other material choices.
Cast Iron. While cast iron may not be non-stick initially, it can become even better than Teflon as it’s seasoned over time! It’s important to note that when cleaning cast iron appliances and pans you should not use soap and detergent. Simply use water and a rag to clean and make sure it is dry before storing. You can learn more about how to care for cast iron cookware in our guide to non-toxic cookware.
Stainless Steel. Stainless steel is another great option to replace Teflon. Stainless steel doesn’t off-gas toxic chemicals, and it’s extremely durable too.
Ceramic. DuraCeramic products are great to use! Other ceramic materials, however, have an additional coating where manufacturers can sneak in nasty materials. Be sure to read the label good on this one!
Our Favorite Non-Toxic Waffle Makers
The Oster Titanium-Infused DuraCeramic Flip Waffle Maker is the perfect combination of style and function. It features a simple flip operation for evenly cooked waffles every time. The titanium-infused ceramic coating resists flaking and helps ensure easy release of waffles, while the nonstick surface ensures even browning and no sticking. Plus, it can be stored vertically for space saving storage in small spaces.
The Hamilton Beach 26031 Belgian Waffle Maker flips easily to give you thick, fluffy waffles that rival the ones prepared at the best restaurants. Its non stick grid is four times more durable than traditional nonstick and won’t crack or peel, and it’s PTFE and PFOA free. The removable grids are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup after cooking, so you can enjoy your delicious waffles without any fuss.
This appliance makes the perfect waffles every time. It flips 180 degrees to evenly spread batter for waffles that are crispy outside and tender inside. The extra-thick grid ensures deep pockets for holding syrup, butter or fruit toppings and its nonstick interior easily wipes clean. Professional-style rotating design with extra-thick grid bakes a 7-inch diameter Belgian waffle with four easy-to-cut sections Dual function base assures convenient rotation for baking and locks in a space saving
While this version of a waffle iron may be a little different than what you are used to, it’s so fun to cook with! You actually use it on the stove top. Since it’s cast iron we recommend simply hand washing with warm water, no soap! Just be sure to let it dry before storing it. You can also season it with oil so over time it will be more and more non-stick!
Euro Cuisine’s Eco Friendly Heart Shaped Waffle Maker is the perfect gift for yourself or someone else. It bakes five heart-shaped waffles at a time and features non-stick plates with ceramic coating that is both PFOA and PTFE free. Adjustable temperature control allows you to choose multiple heat settings for light to dark browning to suit your taste. Designed with Built-in power and ready indicator lights also cool-touch handle for safe and easy operation. While cleaning, there is no need to take the waffle maker apart.
Now that you have all of the details you need to purchase your next non toxic waffle maker, which will you choose? Let us know in the comments!