In this review we will cover the VillaWare V3600-NS Prego Nonstick Pizzelle Maker. This is one of the best pizzelle maker in this price range and it provides a good value for money.
This appliance scores high on ease of use and product quality. Moreover, this pizzelle maker works intuitively and the resulting pizzelles are exactly as they should be: thin and crispy. It will likely come as no surprise that this appliance can be found in our top 5 best pizzelle makers.
However, this appliance has some cons. Continue reading to find out about all of them.
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Let’s begin with our review:
VillaWare V3600-NS Pizzelle Maker Review
Thin and Crispy Pizzelles? Yes please!
The VillaWare Pizzelle Maker makes what we would call regular pizzelles. The resulting pizzelles have a normal shape. They are thin and crispy. They are decorated with a floral pattern. They have an appropriate size for making cannoli, cones or bowls.
When baking your pizzelles, you should use one heaped teaspoon of batter. If you use more you will most likely experience overflowing batter and malformed pizzelles.
Con – Gaps in the pizzelle:
Reaching the edges of the pizzelle mold does not always happen when using this appliance. This depends partially on the recipe used. In case this does happen when using your recipe, you might want to try a recipe that results in a more liquid batter.
2 pizzelles every 30 seconds
Where your old, traditional pizzelle maker might bake your pizzelles in under 30 second. The modern electric pizzelle makers take a little more time. This particular pizzelle maker gives you 2 pizzelles every 30 seconds. However, that is if you like your pizzelles pale, not golden brown. It takes 40 up to 45 seconds to make golden brown pizzelles, depending on your preference.
Compared to other electric pizzelle makers this pizzelle maker requires a standard baking time.
Our top choice pizzelle maker beats this as it bakes two pizzelles in 20 to 25 seconds. It is therefore comparable with the more traditional pizzelle makers. For more information about this Chef’s Choice 834 pizzelle maker, read our full review.
No need to grease the baking plates:
The baking plates are coated with a xylan non-stick coating. The quality of the coating is normal and should last you a long time with normal use. The added coating makes seasoning the baking plates before baking an unnecessary step.
Note: Make sure not to use any metal utensils on the baking plates, even when you’re being very careful. Once the coating is scratched, the ease of use will go downhill very quickly. Instead, try to use wooden or silicone utensils to remove the utensils.
What about the heating system?
The heating system in this pizzelle maker is excellent. Plug in your machine and in 5 to 6 minutes the baking plates are hot and you can start baking. Once handy feature of this pizzelle maker is the indicator light. It indicates when the baking plates are heated up. Unfortunately, this pizzelle maker does not contain a timer or an indicator light for when the pizzelles are ready.
Continuing with the heating system, the baking plates keep at a constant temperature. This ensures that each pizzelle bakes evenly, at the same constant temperature
But safety first:
Just like the CucinaPro pizzelle makers (CucinaPro 220-05NS and Piccolo CucinaPro), the VillaWare Pizzelle Maker has steam guards. The guards are located at the front of the pizzelle maker and protect your hands from the escaping steam. The guards direct the steam to the sides of the pizzelle maker instead of the front where you open the handles.
Another bonus is the cable winder attached. You can use this to keep the cable in place when you’re not using the pizzelle maker. This, in combination with the upright storage feature, makes this pizzelle maker easy to store.
Is it fool proof?
VillaWare included many features to make baking pizzelles with this machine an easy and enjoyable task. These are the non-stick coating, the indicator light, the safety provided by the steam guards and the constant temperature.
These factors make it a more fool-proof appliance. Even the first time using this pizzelle maker you will end up with evenly baked pizzelles.
Con – The length of the cord:
For use on the countertop the length of the cord is fine. However, in case you would like to move the appliance to a seating area for example, this cord will be too short.
Now comes what we all abominate: clean-up.
Before, we mentioned that metal utensils should be avoided to prevent the baking plates from being scratched. Cleaning the baking plates should also be done with care.
Open the pizzelle maker and let the baking plates cool to room temperature. Once the plates are cooled, use a damp wipe or kitchen towel to clean the baking plates. Everything should come right off. Please try to avoid soap as it is not necessary and, depending on the soap, it might damage the coating.
Let me tell you how easy it is to make pizzelles:
Plug in the pizzelle maker and let it preheat until the indicator light switches off. Place 1 heaped teaspoon of the batter on the baking plates and close the lid. Depending on the batter used, you might have off-centered pizzelles. In that case just adjust the placement of the batter.
Close the lid slowly and secure the latch. Once the steams reduces significantly check the pizzelles. Use a timer to keep track of the baking time in case it isn’t your first batch.
Once the pizzelles are done, remove the pizzelles to a cooling rack and continue with the next pizzelles! Again, make sure not to use metal utensils on the baking plates.
The following video is not of the VillaWare Pizzelle Maker, but it shows the same baking process.
Some VillaWare Pizzelle Maker Features
Below you will find the product features as specified by VillaWare:
- Makes two 5-inch pizzelles in 30 seconds
- Stamps a floral pattern on each pizzelle
- Xylan non-stick baking plates
- Automatic thermostat including a “ready” indicator light
- Protects your hands with a steam guard
- Cable winder
- Includes pizzelle recipes
- Built in accordance with North American Electrical Standards
The Final Verdict
This pizzelle maker is an excellent choice for beginners and experienced pizzelle bakers. It provides value for money, because of the high quality and the ease of use. The fact that the process this pizzelle maker requires is so intuitive will ensure a pleasant baking experience.
Customers of this bestselling pizzelle maker rate this appliance very high. It does however have some downsides. The cord is quite short. You can easily use the pizzelle maker anywhere on the counter, but you cannot move it to the table to sit whilst baking.
The downsides make that this is not the best pizzelle maker available. There is one that scores better, which is the Chef’s Choice 834 pizzelle maker. This appliance also scores very high on quality and ease of use, but has less downsides. In the link below you will find my review of the Chef’s Choice 834.
However, this does not mean you cannot choose the VillaWare V3600-NS. In the contrary, this pizzelle maker is a very good choice as the cons mentioned will only be cons under specific circumstances. These are: at the table and with a really thick batter. Therefore, before going for the Chef’s choice 834, ask yourself whether or not these circumstances apply to you. If not, both of them are good options!