I've had my Waring waffle maker for about 5-6 years. It was totally worth the money I spent on it. This is so easy to use. If you've ever used the ones at the hotels (which is what prompted me to buy one), you'll love having this in your home. Just put the correct amount of batter on the iron, close it up, flip it over and let it cook for about a minute (it will signal when it's ready), and you have a perfect waffle. The drip pan below makes for easy clean-up if it does spill out due to too much batter on the iron. Performance Solid as a rock - I've not had any issues with this product in the 5-6 years I've had it. Settings/Features Very easy to understand. Both work great. Ease of Cleaning Even if you put too much batter on the iron, it's still very easy to clean up the iron. Just wipe it down and put away. Drip pan may go in the dishwasher though if needed. Ease of Use Doesn't require a lot of thought - turn it on, put the batter in, flip it over, and it's done when it signals (about a minute later). Very easy to make and freeze for later too. Durability I've had mine for 5-6 years now and no issues with it - works as great as it did the day I pulled it out of the box.