My kids love waffles - and we eat them every day! I make them and freeze them so once every few days I get this waffle iron out and make a whole bunch of waffles! It really makes great waffles. My kids are pretty picky so the boat design makes them fun. We use a gluten and dairy free mix and it works well with our mix. The size is perfect for their appetite. The adjustment from light to dark is nice so you can make them to suit your own taste. My only problem with this iron is that I tend to over-run it sometimes, well - most of the time. For some reason, I can't seem to get the amount of wafflemix right and when it over-flows, it totally goes overboard and makes a big mess. If I back off of the mix to try to not get the overflow, it will not get enough in each boat reservoir and not cook properly. This is probably a similiar problem to other waffle irons, I just haven't had that many - so I can't speak for those. I had a Mickey Mouse one before that didn't make very many waffles or very big ones - so I really find this to be a big improvement over what I had before.