I love waffles. Not the frozen ones that you pop into a toaster, that come out soggy or burnt, but real, made-from-scratch, waffles from my own kitchen. When I first saw the Villaware Rose Bouquet Waffler, I already had two waffle irons: a Belgian waffler, and a round waffler that makes five heart-shaped waffles. But the beauty of the Villaware Rose Bouquet Waffler, which makes a round waffle covered with rosebuds instead of a grid, was too much for me to ignore. Unfortunately the retail catalog price, $49.99 plus $9.99 or $10 shipping and handling, was too much for my budget.
With much searching, I found one, brand new, on Amazon (and I thought they only had books...) for only $30. It didn't take much thought before I bought it. And waited anxiously for its arrival, so I could have a beautiful breakfast (as every chef knows, presentation is as important to food as location is to real estate!).
When the VillaWare Rose Bouquet Waffler came, and I opened the box, and tried it out, I found that it had both good points and bad. I'll start with the good. It came with three recipes: basic waffle, pound cake waffle, and chocolate waffle. The possibilities boggle the mind. The waffler really is lovely. It is incredibly easy to clean. It is also incredibly easy to get the right amount of batter into it, and to remove the cooked waffle. The waffler has 5 cooking levels, a system of red and green lights, and a beeping tone, all explained in clear English. Before baking (each time you use it, but not between waffles), brush the waffler lightly with oil. When you plug the waffler in, the red light comes on and stays on until it is unplugged, a helpful reminder to forgetful cooks. When it reaches the heat level you've set, the green light comes on and the "Waffle-Tone" alert sounds. Pour in the batter, close the waffler, and wait until it beeps again - then you're done, so remove the waffle. Wait until the tone sounds again before you start the next one. The waffler is compact and easy to store between uses.
Now the bad points of the Villaware Rose Bouquet Wafffler. First, the retail price seems really high to me; I wouldn't have bought it for $49.99 ($60 with shipping, and I haven't seen it in stores). Second, it makes one small waffle, about 6.5 inches in diameter, at a time, and cooks for about three to four minutes, so if you are cooking for a family, and you want to eat together, you have to start early and keep the first ones warm in the oven. Third, and finally, only one side has the roses; the other side is the traditional grid. This is mere nitpicking on my part, since when it's on a plate, only one side of a waffle is up, but I'd hoped for two rose bouquet sides.
Overall, I think the VillaWare Rose Bouquet Waffler is an excellent product. It does everything a good waffler should do, and does it beautifully. Since I live alone, one waffle at a time is not a problem. If not for the price, I'd give it a 5 of 5 rating, but I can't justify $50 for a waffler, unless you have a 6-figure income and price is no object. If you can find it for less on Amazon or eBay, though, and you love waffles, my advice is to go for it. The recipes alone are almost worth the price.