This waffle maker works great and heats up quickly. It is easy to clean and the waffles come out nicely. These are true Belgian waffles that are nice and thick when they are finished. I like that there is a timer from one to five minutes so that you can set it easily. The machine makes a whistling sound when it is hot enough to start working (it takes just a few minutes to heat up-maybe 5?) and the same whistling sound when the waffle is finished. The waffle iron is really heavy and I wish it weren't teflon coated, but I'm not sure you can find a waffle maker these days that isn't teflon-coated. We make waffles at my house every couple weeks and this has lasted for about a decade now. Overall, a great product that is totally satisfactory.