Vintage Waffle Irons & Sandwich Grills

Electric Waffle bakers, Sandwich grills or “presses” as they were also known were very well accepted by consumers when they were introduced in the 1920s and “Combination” appliances that with removable, interchangeable plates, could perform as a waffle iron, sandwich grill or as a griddle when the top was fully open and flat, were very popular from the time they appeared in the mid-to-late 1930s.

Manufacturers competed to produce appliances that were both beautiful and functional. Some of those produced in the 1930s could be considered works of art. It was the height of the Art Deco style movement that continued well into the 1940s. Many of these appliances exhibit the “streamline” forms that reflected industrial design of everything from ships to locomotives. The 1939-40 World’s Fair represented the culmination of this period of design innovation that had begun almost twenty years earlier in the 1920s.

An excellent book about collecting these appliances is Antique Electric Waffle Irons 1900-1960 available from Amazon.


Westinghouse Waffle Iron – 1930s

This Westinghouse waffle iron was made in the 1930s.

Westinghouse 2

Westinghouse W I detail


Westinghouse Waffle Iron – 1940s

Here’s an interesting vintage appliance.
The Westinghouse “Flying Saucer” waffle iron.
Westinghouse didn’t call it the flying saucer but when it became a “collectible” it got that nickname. It’s actually pretty obvious.

This was patented in 1939 by Joseph Harms and went into production in 1940 – continued in 1941.  Westinghouse suspended manufacturing in 1942.  They resumed production of this model in 1946/49, however a newer and larger square model was introduced in late 1947 and this round model discontinued.  It has been popular with collectors (and people who wanted a sturdy, well-built waffle iron) since the 1960s.

This one is in its original box.


General Electric Sandwich Grill

This GE sandwich grill/griddle, Catalog No. 139G38 was sold in the 1930s. It had spouts at the back corners of both the top and bottom plates to allow for grease to be drained from the plates.



This is a Manning-Bowman waffle iron with the rounded oblong plates. It was obviously heavily used as the plates have developed a considerable “patina” similar to that seen on well-used cast iron skillets.
It has a smaller footprint than the Twin-O-Matic double waffle irons.
The same plate type was seen on the Combination Waffle/Sandwich Grill # 423 that was made in the early 1940s.


Fostoria Sandwich Grill & Waffle Baker

Fostoria Sandwich Grill


Standard Sandwich Grill & Waffle Baker

This Canadian made grill and waffler is quite heavy and very well made. Even the cord is made in Canada.


Knapp-Monarch Waffle Baker


Universal Sandwich Grill, Waffle Baker and Griddle


Manning-Bowman Sandwich Grill & Waffle Iron


SuperLectric Waffle Iron & Sandwich Grill with separate plates.
Manufactured by the Superior Electric Products Corp. Cape Giradeau, Mo.

“No 116A Automatic Combination Sandwich Toaster and Waffle Iron”

This is a very well made appliance. Heavy and with some interesting design elements that wouldn’t appear on similar appliances for decades.

The griddle plates have what looks like a small pouring lip at the center back of each plate that allows grease to drain into a small “grease cup” that hangs on the back of the bottom center back of the appliance.

The interior coils are arranged to allow even distribution of heat across the plates.

It has a metal “leg” that is hidden behind the front handle on the upper plate until the plate is laid flat to allow use as a griddle. The instructions are quite specific on how to use the appliance for “frying.”


SuperLectric Grill~Waffler, Green, with Non-Stick plates.

This appliance was made nearly 40 years after the previous one.




Reliance Waffle Iron & Sandwich Grill

This Reliance appliance is Canadian! It was manufactured by the J. K. MacLeod & Co. Ltd. of Toronto, Canada.
This is the Model 160, 1320 watts.
It is extremely heavy. The heaviest of any waffle iron I own. You can see from the photos that it saw a lot of use as a sandwich grill. It also exhibits some “streamline” design elements.
As with several of the others, it could be opened completely so the grill plates could be used as twin griddles. (Cuisinart did not originate the idea of the “Griddler” but were sixty-some years late to the party!)


GE small Non-Stick Waffle Iron & Sandwich Grill with Reversible Plates


General Electric “Family-Size” Waffle Iron/Sandwich Grill/Griddle No. 16G46T

This GE “non-stick” waffle iron is a big one. Very heavy and the chrome is in very good condition. The top has a starburst incised design that appeared on a few of GE’s appliances in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

It has reversible plates that allows its use as a sandwich grill as well as a waffle iron or with the top opened completely both top and bottom become a flat griddle. Note the handle is designed so it will support the top when in the flat position.

Here it is with its sister, the GE No. 26G46T

These two GE combination Waffle Iron/Sandwich Grill and Griddles look exactly alike. They have slightly different ID numbers. The one on the left is # 26G46T, with the sandwich grill open. The one on the right has the waffle grill open and is # 16G46T. Both the waffle side and the sandwich grill side have the Teflon coating.

The one on the left, # 26G46T has the Teflon coating only on the grill/griddle side.

I can’ figure out why this one, with a later model number, did not have the Teflon coating. It just doesn’t make sense to me.


General Electric Waffle Baker/Grill and Griddle G 48 T

This is GE’s last branded Waffle Baker/Grill and Griddle before its small appliance division was sold to Black & Decker in 1984. This same appliances is now sold under the B&D brand and is widely available as here on The B&D appliance is now made in China and weighs less than this one.


Munsey Waffle Iron, Sandwich Grill and Griddle

This small waffle iron/grill and griddle was made by Munsey Products in Little Rock, Arkansas. There were not many manufacturing companies in the southern U.S., so these are somewhat hard to find. It was made in the late ’60s or early ’70s.
It is quite small compared to the combination waffle irons made by GE, Sunbeam, Toastmaster, Son-Chief, Dominion and Westinghouse.

Here I show it with the griddle plate on top and the reversed side on the bottom showing the waffle grid.

Side view

Opens flat to use as a griddle.


75 Responses to Vintage Waffle Irons & Sandwich Grills

  1. Darienne says:

    Wonderful, Andie. Just loved the tour through the decades.

    • asenjigal says:

      I’m happy you enjoyed them, Darienne. I’ve certainly enjoyed collecting them. I have a few more but have to burrow into my storage place to retrieve them.

  2. Eric L says:

    Have a Munsey mw2 belgian waffler, got it from my mother and still use it. How old do you think it may be?

    • asenjigal says:

      The best information I can find is that the square single “Belgian Waffler” was manufactured from 1979 to 1991 and a larger model was manufactured and sold through Walmart from 1992 until the company ceased production of consumer kitchen electrics in 2001. After that they manufactured only commercial waffle irons for restaurants, and they also sell a commercial waffle mix.

  3. Larry McGrath says:

    We have a MW (Montgomery Ward) sandwich grill/waffle grill still in use during the summers at a home in Colorado. It has heavy rectangular reversable plates, a temperature indictor on the upper cover. There is no thermostat. It came from my parents, parobably in the late 1930s. Don’t know who made it. It has needed no servicing other that a couple of new power cords.

  4. mal says:

    I was given a Munsey commercial Belgian waffle maker model #DBW-88 recently. It came out of a local restaurant. It works but is quite dirty. What is the best way to clean the non removable grids? Also, do you have any idea what this machine is worth? Thanks.

    Best regards,


  5. Karen says:

    Are any of these beautiful appliances for sale?

    • asenjigal says:

      Not at present. I enjoy owning them as a collection. However, I will probably have to eventually sell them but that is not yet on the horizon.

  6. Joan says:

    Really enjoyed the “down memory lane” with your vintage waffle irons…would love to be able to replace what I treasured for many years after marrying in 1950. Lost in the many moves, sad to say. Now, unfortunately, I can’t seem to locate what I loved and used. Am downsizing and looking to maximize all available space in a galley kitchen!

  7. Linda Kasica says:

    I have the green waffle iron, like brand new, instruction manual, even the foam piece to place in between the plates to protect them from scratch. BUT,,,,,,,,I misplaced the power cord. Do you know where I can purchase one for this model?

  8. TJ says:


    I am wondering if you can help me. I just picked up a Standard Sandwich Grill & Waffle Baker through Freecycle. The design on the lid is like a giant “V” (seems very “50’s-like design to me). It is hard to tell from the photo of the one you have, but I think it is different from yours.
    Would you have any idea what year or decade it is from?

    Also, if you happen to have a manual for it, I would be ever so grateful if you could email me a few crucial pages of it.

    Lastly… I see by your collection that the plates are supposed to be removable. I do see the little knobs on each side, but they appear to be practically welded in place! From the look of the flat plates, which appear pristine and never, ever used, I think the waffle plates have never been removed either. Any suggestions for getting it out? Or cleaning it otherwise? Why is it that sharp appliances are not to be used to scrape it, when it is (to all appearances) not non-stick-coated or anything? I should have searched for your site before I tried my first waffle making attempt tonight – I already scraped it somewhat with a fork when the batter stuck… :(

    Thanks for listening, and any help you can give me!!


    • asenjigal says:

      I don’t have an instruction book for a Standard appliance.

      The plates are removable on any appliance that is called a “grill and waffle baker”
      Sometimes the screws that hold them in place become stuck because of hardened grease. These can usually be loosened when the appliance is hot –
      unplug it and if the knobs are not metal, use pliers with care.

      Plain metal waffle grids have to be “seasoned” just as you would a cast iron skillet.
      It’s best to use food grade mineral oil (in the drug department of a supermarket where you find laxatives), remove the plates, brush with oil and put them in the oven at 300° F., for an hour.
      Let them cool, rinse and wipe with a dry towel and repeat – this make take three or four applications till you get a slightly brownish finish, the surface should look sort of glazed.

      Any scratches on the surface will cause sticking so don’t use forks or knives.

      After you have seasoned the grids and are ready to bake waffles, first heat it up and when it has reached the ready temperature (there should be a light that goes on when the iron is ready) spray the grid with PAM or another no-stick spray oil and immediately apply the waffle batter and close the top.

      The signal light should go off when the waffle is done. Don’t open it until then.

      Use a pair of tongs – the ones with the silicone tips are perfect for this – to grab the waffle.
      Your first few waffles may stick – you may have to waste some batter.
      Don’t scrape at it. Turn the iron off, unplug it and when it cools, soak the stuck waffle off.

      Standard Appliance Company changed the design on their waffle irons several times.

  9. Susan Lucas says:

    I just purchased a “HouseMaid” waffle iron, #190, 660 watts, made by Superior Electric Products Corp., of Cape Girardeau, Mo. It has teflon coated grids, and makes two side-by-side waffles at once.
    Can you shed any light on when it was manufactured?
    Thank you very much.

  10. Kim says:

    Good Afternoon,

    I have an old Kwikway Waffle Iron, 115v 300w, but do not see any of this brand on your site. I also can not find any information on the company, St. Louis, Mo. Do you know anything about the Kwikway Products Inc.?

    • asenjigal says:

      Kwikway products were made by Knapp Monarch, Superior and Dominion, during the mid to late 1930s. They originally sold for $1.95, often at drugs stores, five and dime stores, etc.
      Current values rage from $5.00 to $25.00 depending on condition.

  11. Russell says:

    Hi, I have a General Electric 139G38 combination waffle iron and sandwich press. It is like the one shown on this site, but includes the aluminum waffle grids. Where would I get a copy of an instruction manual for this? Wonder if someone could scan this and send it to me in a PDF file?? Sure would make things nice. Many thanks, RD

  12. JimR says:

    Very nice. My compliments.
    I have some of these old waffle irons and the biggest challenge is how to clean them.
    I will try some of your suggestions.

  13. EricB says:

    I just bought a SuperLectric 192T waffle Iron. It’s color is olive green and it is from the 1960’s. I can’t seem to find any information on it. There are two dials on which you can cook your waffles/sandwiches. One dial is L and the other is D. Does anyone know any information on what these two dials mean?

    • asenjigal says:

      The 192T model went into production in 1971 and the “T” refers to Teflon.
      It was manufactured by Superior Electric Company in Cape Girardeau, MO.
      Production of this model continued until 1980. There is one pictured above just below the SuperLectric from the 1930s.
      The L and D refers to Light and Dark so you can adjust how well done you want your waffles.

  14. Amanda Mitchell says:

    Hello, I’m so glad I found parties interested in vintage waffle irons. I have a Westinghouse Waffle Iron that I believe was manufactured in the late 1930’s; model number WF-34. Because of allergies to aluminum, teflon and other non-stick coatings, I really need to know what this iron is made from. Did Westinghouse generally use teflon as it became popular? Are you familiar with this iron or can you help lead me in the right direction to find answers to these questions?
    Thank you

    • asenjigal says:

      As Teflon was not incorporated into cookware until 1960, any waffle iron manufactured in the late 1930s, as was the WF-34, would not have a non-stick coating. Most early higher grade waffle grids were made of cast iron or a steel alloy. Some were made of aluminum but with the build up of the seasoning on the waffle grids, there is little possibility of direct exposure to the metal. Also, even the bare metal is inert unless one cooks a highly acid food in or on it.
      The Westinghouse waffle iron in my photo, nicknamed “the flying saucer” was patented in 1939 and manufactured in 1940-41 and again from 1946 to 1949. It has cast aluminum grids but the older one I have, the CBC-4 manufactured in the early 1930s, has cast iron grids.
      The newest “ceramic” type non-stick coatings are inert chemically and do not break down with normal cooking heat and are not affected by acids.

  15. BillB says:

    Happy to find your website. I have a Kenmore Art Deco waffle maker that was given
    to my wife by her grandmother in 1968. Works fine, but outside really is a mess and
    needs cleaning. Whats the best way to attack it?

    • asenjigal says:

      Before getting into the chemical cleaners and polishers, I generally spend some time (and elbow grease) working the outside over with dry baking soda.
      I use a soft towel, barely dampened, dip it in the dry baking soda and start rubbing. While the baking soda acts as an abrasive on the baked-on grease, it will not scratch the vintage chrome and won’t damage the bakelite and exterior soft parts, rubber and/or cloth-covered cords.
      For more aggressive cleaning I use the Maas polishes, both the liquid and paste (in a tube) which work well for me.
      I NEVER use any abrasive cleaners or scrubbers – even the plastic ones with scratch vintage chrome.
      There is no easy solution, to do a proper job takes time and effort but it is worth it in the end. I hope this helps.

  16. Ed Argent says:

    Hi Asenjigal,

    Thanks for taking the time to write this posting. Very informative. I just recently bought a vintage Dominion 1311-A waffle machine on ebay, because I can’t seem to find a well made traditional waffle iron maker, it seems like everybody is making Belgian style waffle irons these days. Anyways, it looked okay enough when I got it, but after using it once it kind of made a little ‘pop’ and then I could smell something burning (not a good sign) so I opened it up and took it apart, and inside the wiring was frayed and some parts were exposed which I guess is what caused the short when the exposed wire touched the metal housing, I’m fairly handy so I rewired the whole thing, and when I plugged it in it worked for about 30 minutes and then another ‘pop’. Oy. What now? I waited until it cooled down, and opened it again it seems one of the heating element was brittle and snapped this time. It seems to not be a big deal to replace the NiChrome coil, but I am unsure if it matters which NiChrome (60 or 80) and what size gauge, (it looks to be something between a 20-22) I have done some research but I could not find any answers one way or another. Would you be able to give me any kind of guidance? Thanks for any help you might be able to offer.


    PS – I might have caught the vintage waffle bug, much to my hubby’s chagrin. :)

    • asenjigal says:

      Toaster Central states they sell the high-temperature appliance wires that must be used inside waffle irons.
      Other than that, I don’t have much information. I’ve never attempted repairs such as this myself but I have taken the appliances apart and cleaned inside them.
      In one instance I bought two vintage Sunbeam waffle irons from the same eBay seller as the one that looked good on the outside had iffy innards while the one that had nasty looking chrome had been little used and the insides were in great condition, so I swapped them to have a working iron.
      Other than that, I have not done any repairs myself. There is a small appliance repair place (Speedy Appliance Service) in Woodland Hills, CA, that does exceptional work on small appliances and anything that needs internal work goes there.
      I’m never in any hurry so I don’t mind if it takes a long time to fix a vintage piece, but he has some bad reviews because some people are too impatient (in my opinion). He restored a 1930s HB malt machine to pristine condition for me some thirty years ago and it still works.

  17. Ed Argent says:

    Thanks! I will check on those leads.


  18. Melissa says:

    Great pictures. I especially enjoyed seeing the nonstick GE waffle baker/sandwich grill with rectangular plates. We had one growing up and I have been looking for a clean one that works, at a reasonable price, with no luck. Thanks for sharing the picture! A great trip down memory lane.

  19. Heather Ferguson says:

    Question… I bought a ” SuperLectric Grill~Waffler with Non-Stick plates” at a garage sale several years ago in working condition. Since then, I seemed to have misplaced its cord. Any suggestions as to where I might find a replacement?

    Appreciate it!!!

  20. Diane Hathaway says:

    Hi! I just purchased a 1930’s Westinghouse CBC-4 Waffle Iron, but it is in dire need of a good cleaning, both inside and out. Sounds like I should be able to clean the outside chrome with baking soda, but what should I use on the inside? Are the plates removable? Also, I am missing one of the feet and the “ball” handle. Would you know where I might find replacements (I have already checked with ToasterCentral)? Thanks so much!

  21. asenjigal says:

    Hi Diane,
    Most waffle iron grids are removable, the older ones fastened on with a couple of screws, the later modes with “clips” made of spring steel.
    These can be cleaned with oven cleaner if you can get them out of the iron. They do have to be “seasoned” after a thorough cleaning, just as you would season a cast iron pan.

    Several times I’ve bought waffle irons (and other vintage appliances) that arrived with broken feet or handles.
    I usually bought another with intact feet on eBay, usually inexpensive because they were not in good condition, and used that one to replace parts on the better one.
    That’s what appliance repair places do, (when you can find one) they keep a bunch of “junker” models on hand from which they salvage parts. As far as I know there are no commercial places that stock parts like these.
    There are some people on the forums dedicated to collecting these vintage things that do buy and keep “junker” appliances and when someone asks, offers parts.

  22. Sharon Warner says:

    Hi, love your web site! I recently bought a J C Penney Grill/Waffle Baker at a garage sale. It works perfectly but didn’t come with a manual. Do you know of any source that I could get one?

    • asenjigal says:

      If it has a “Penncrest” on the bottom it was made by McGraw prior to 1959.
      In the 1960s some of the Penney’s kitchen appliances were made by Westinghouse.
      During the 1970s and ’80s, they were mae by Presto in the U.S.
      I don’t have any information about the waffle bakers made after 1989.

      Instructions are pretty much the same for all waffle bakers/sandwich grills so I would look for a manual for a Sunbeam, GE or any other major U.S. brand and I have seen them fairly often on eBay, etc., sometimes with very inexpensive waffle irons.

      You might try checking at this site that has links to manufacturers appliance manuals and you might be able to find one that will work with your iron.
      Toaster Central also sometimes has facsimile manuals.

  23. ElsieB says:

    I found the following in an old family cookbook but cannot find out anything about it, such as when it was published. Are you familiar with this product from Manning Bowman?

    7″ x 4 1/16″ one-sheet folded
    “Instructions for the use of Manning-Bowman Waffle Iron”

    On the back “Circular No 292″

    Same title as the front
    directions on how to prepare it for use,
    how to use,
    special instructions,
    drawing of two people, one reading a newspaper while the other opens the round, pedestal-type iron to remove the waffle. The woman’s clothing looks like it’s from the early 1900s.

    Is there ever any call for this manual from someone who has this appliance but not the manual?

    on back two recipes
    Maryland Cream Waffles
    Cream Waffles
    invitation to write for booklet “From Breakfast to Midnight Bridge” with receipts to be used with the Manning-Bowman Appliances.

    • asenjigal says:

      There is a market for this type of manual as well as hang tags etc. You might contact Toaster Central and ask if he is interested. He does restore and sell vintage waffle irons so might have a use for it.

      I have the manuals for the Manning Bowman waffle irons in my collection.

      The first Manning Bowman waffle irons introduced in the early 1920s had legs. The second-generation round waffle irons with a pedestal base were patented in 1928 and were probably introduced the following year.

      M-B has an extensive entry (9 pages) in the book: Antique Electric Waffle Irons by William F. George.

  24. James Jensen says:

    I have an electric sandwhich grill (mfd by Super Electric Prod Corp, Cape Girardeau, MO) 110-120v AC or DC ,No. 105 amp 5.7. I do not have a cord for this unit. Where could I get a cord for my grill?

  25. Ed Zell says:


    Clearing our my 92 year old widowed Mom’s home and found a 1951 Lewis 3-Way Combination Muffinette, Waffle Baker, Sandwich Toaster and Two-Heat Grill. I believe Mom inherited this like new unit (cloth cord still wrapped as originally sold) from my great aunt as she made notes on all products she purchased including purchase date and supplier. Can you tell me more and give me an estimate of value? Thank you!

    • asenjigal says:

      Sorry Ed, I am not familiar with that appliance. Lewis is not listed in either of the waffle iron/sandwich grill books I have and the only “muffinette” I’ve seen is a small baker, sort of an early toaster oven – not the official name but what it was nicknamed. It’s the Knapp-Monarch biscuit oven.

  26. Dennis Harwood says:

    I have a 1940’s Manning-Bowman Art Deco twin waffle maker that I bought on ebay. It works and has a newer cord, but one ivory colored tray handle is broken and the grids are dark brown. I would like to know if parts are available to replace the handle. Also i bought this to use as the experiences with modern waffle makers are disappointing, they are expensive and with minimal use still tend to die (and are not repairable or worth the effort) in only a few years. My mother-in-law’s ancient waffle maker makes excellent waffles 70 years later and my mother-in-law’s only problem with it is it always spills excess batter. ( I know and you know, but she cannot seem to accept that she just needs to put in less).

    Further, this woman also has two Electric Roasters, one standing and one table top from her wedding shower that has never been opened and I was wondering if there are people who collect these.


    • asenjigal says:

      Congratulations on your find. You got the “Caddilac” of waffle irons. For the M-B waffle iron, I would look for another one on ebay – they show up from time to time – perhaps one offered as a decor item only (not working) and use it for parts. I’ve done that several times to get broken handles and feet for working appliances.
      Don’t use abrasives on the plates. I use a paste of baking soda and a toothbrush to get the worst of the stuff off. Then the irons have to be “seasoned” just as you would a cast iron pan. Be prepared to “waste” a batch of batter doing the seasoning.
      Do NOT use spray on non-stick stuff. Use a soft pastry brush and apply the oil while the iron is cool. The best oils I have found, with high smoke points grapeseed oil and safflower oil. You can use them in cooking, they are both neutral flavored. Adding oil to the batter helps too.

      There is a market for the roasters, people collect them but because of the size, there are fewer collectors than for smaller appliances.

      Jitterbuzz has this page on roasters – mostly Westinghouse.

      They do sell readily online – shipping is expensive. The ones with the cabinets are especially desirable.

      I use my roasters, one has been rewired but otherwise is entirely original. They were built to last.

  27. Olivia says:

    I am interested in purchasing a vintage waffle iron as we do not like using teflon. I am currently looking at the Manning Bowman Electric Dual/Twin Waffle Iron for sale, but I’m wondering if anyone knows if it’s cast iron or aluminum? I would prefer cast iron. Are they very hard to make waffles with? My cast iron pans are great as long as I keep them seasoned and hot…is this the same as a waffle iron?

    Thank you in advance!

    • asenjigal says:

      My Manning-Bowman waffle irons are cast aluminum – many manufacturers changed over in the 1930s because of less chance of rusting.

      The waffle grids have to be seasoned just as you would season cast iron. I don’t use the commercial sprays, I use grapeseed oil which has a higher smoke point than many oils – I brush it on with a silicone brush.

      I’m still using an old Sunbeam CG that I’ve owned for decades. No Teflon and the grids have developed a glassy-like patina which is virtually non-stick.

  28. Alan says:

    We recently came across a Standard Sandwich Grill & Waffle Baker. Its never been used but the power cord is missing. You seem to have a good knowledge of these so I thought I would check with you and see if you have any suggestions on where to look for a compatible power cord?

    • asenjigal says:

      Toaster Central Sells replacement cords for most American made small appliances.

      Be sure and measure the prongs to get the correct set. You might be able to find one on eBay for less money but you can’t always depend on the accuracy of the description – I have been “stung” in the past.

  29. Selita Stevenson says:

    I have a Westinghouse Cat. SG WB 521 waffle iron/griddle that I inherited from my mother. She thinks it may have been a wedding present, so she would have gotten it in 1957. Can you tell me what year it was made, and, did it have a Teflon coating, or, is it just “seasoning” that turned the iron plates (aluminum actually?) dark brown? My husband used a lot of elbow grease and a wire brush cleaning it and we’re wondering if he removed the Teflon on it, or it just needs to be re-seasoned now.

    • asenjigal says:

      That model was manufactured from 1947 to 1954 so was prior to the advent of Teflon on consumer appliances. I’m sure the brown stuff is seasoning and it does have to be re-seasoned before it will be easy to use.
      There is a “trick” to make it temporarily non-stick without using the commercial sprays (I avoid them). I mix 1/4 cup vegetable oil – I use grapeseed oil because it has a higher smoke point – 1/4 cup of Crisco – softened just enough so it can be easily mixed with the oil – and 1/4 cup of all purpose flour. Beat this with a mixer until completely blended. Store in fridge and soften it by setting the jar in very warm water and brush it thoroughly into the grids.
      I use this for complex Bundt pans and baking molds with a lot of intricate details – nothing else I have tried works as well.

      Otherwise it takes some time to season the grids – and I use Crisco. When I was a child (in the ’40s) lard was preferred.

  30. Scott says:

    Like Selita I also have a Westinghouse Cat. SG WB 521 waffle iron/griddle that I inherited from my father, it was my mothers and she passed away when I was a boy so I would like to keep it. The griddle stopped working last weekend and when I opened up the wiring compartment, the white wires are powdery. I took the wire nuts off and later realized there are three wires – two thick ones going to the top and bottom and the thinner one that I dont know where it goes. Do you know which the thin wire needs to be wired to – top or bottom?

  31. Jim Holden says:

    I have a waffle iron that belonged to my grandmother, and I’m hoping you can give me some information on it. Specifically, I’d like to know the approximate date of manufacture (I’m guessing the mid 30’s), and whether the grids are aluminum or cast iron. It is a low-profile model made by EV’RYDAY Electric Co. in Marion, Indiana. It is model number 111. We just used it this morning, and the waffles turned out great. My kids loved seeing something that old that still works. And the fact that it has been in the family for so long made it even more special.

    • asenjigal says:

      Your waffle iron was manufactured by Everhot, a subsidiary of McGraw Electric and produced waffle irons in the early ’50s.
      There is practically no information (only a footnote in the McGraw Electric section) but I would opine that the grids are cast aluminum as were most consumer products during this time frame.
      Only commercial appliances still used cast iron and had higher wattage (220) and greater heat – which is the reason it was practically impossible to get the same results at home as in a restaurant.

      This information is from Antique Waffle Irons 1900 – 1960 by William F. George – published in 2003.
      As far as I know it is the only book on the subject that is currently available.

      • Jim Holden says:

        Thanks so much for the information. I asked my mom about it and she thought it was older than the ’50s, but she honestly wasn’t sure, so I’m going to rely on what you told us. Thanks for your time, and for putting together this site in the first place – it’s a wonderful resource for all of us!

  32. Kevin Jauken says:

    Hey great to see all these wonderful old products. I have the exact same Munsey you have pictured, it’s not as nice as yours but i just finished baking a batch of waffles, it’s always worked very well.

  33. Alan Perry says:

    Hi. I recently had success in cleaning up an old GE waffle iron/griddle. A friend asked me if I could do the same with her Electrahot dual waffle iron. I do not see how to remove the grids if they are in fact removable and I was wondering if you could tell me what they were made of. The outside cleaned up very nicely using your baking soda suggestion. Thanks

    • asenjigal says:

      The dual Electrohot wafflers were made by Dominion before WWII – and if it is the one with wood handles, I think the grids can be removed by removing the screws that hold the handles on. It has been a while since I looked at one but I’m pretty sure that is how they were assembled.

      I can’t find a reference for the grids but they may have been cast aluminum. I have one of the ceramic top singles which definitely has aluminum grids.

      Recently I’ve had good results with the spray-on Dawn Power Dissolver – which has no abrasives to damage either aluminum or cast iron.

      • Alan Perry says:

        Thanks for the info. Giving me the name Dominion allowed me to find one very similar on Ebay – same etching on top, same wood handles but the one I have has a thermostat in the middle on top. I found that the thermostat pops out revealing the screw holding the top grid in. The grids are aluminum and are heavily blackened which has been chipping off into the waffles. Should I attempt to completely strip off the buildup and re season them?

        • asenjigal says:

          I would definitely strip off all the old carbonized “seasoning” but do not use oven cleaner, as you would on cast iron grids.
          I use the Dawn Power Dissolver but first I put the grids in a vessel, pour boiling water over them and soak them for a few minutes, lift them out onto a towel, spray the stuff on while they are still hot and allow the stuff to “work” for about an hour, then put them back in the container, pour more boiling water over them and brush vigorously with a stiff scrub brush – I use the ones painters use to knock oxidized paint off wood as the bristles are stiff enough to work well without scratching the aluminum. (Also they are half the price of the same things sold in the “kitchen” department. – I buy a lot of those brushes because I use them to clean garden tools, scrub tile (grout) and other tough cleaning chores).
          If one application doesn’t get all the gunk off, repeat the process.

          One of the “helpful hints” web sites recommends putting the grids in a self-cleaning oven and running the cleaning cycle. DO NOT DO THIS! I tried it once, with fairly thick aluminum waffle plates from a G.E. waffler and the plates WARPED so they would not fit onto the appliance. Fortunately, those are fairly easy to find so I was able to buy another which was beat up on the outside so I just took the plates from it and discarded the appliance (except for the feet, handles and cord – one never knows when something like this will come in handy!)

          I hope this helps.

          I season the waffle grids in the oven, brushing the grids with a high smoke point oil – rice bran oil is now my preferred oil – and I use it in baked goods, yeast breads, quick breads, etc., – Put the grids on a flat baking pan (to catch drips) brush the entire baking surface with the oil and put the grids into a cold oven and turn the heat up to 475°F. for 30 minutes, turn the heat off and allow to cool in the oven. I repeat this 4 to 6 times, until the surface has taken on a lightly browned color and the surface looks sort of like smooth plastic.
          Patience is what really counts and the results will last a long time.

  34. Andrea says:


    Great information – I now know a lot about cleaning my waffle iron! I’m wondering if you have any information about this model – Woodsonia LR 7490 115V-600W which says it was made in USA and sold at Woodward’s Canada.

    I’m curious if it is from the 40s as claimed and if the plates are aluminum.

    Thanks very much,

  35. asenjigal says:

    I can’t find Woodsonia in my waffle iron books. It may have been one of the appliances manufactured for the Woodward’s stores by one of the big companies. McGraw electric produced a lot of appliances for stores that put their own names on them (just as Sears/Kenmore, Montgomery Ward, etc., had appliances manufactured to their specifications with their own signage on them.)

    By the ’40s most waffle iron plates were cast aluminum. In fact a lot of manufacturers had switched to cast aluminum even in the ’20s.

  36. Irwin says:

    looking for a Everhot model 4 waf-fel baker originally manufactured by Swartzbaugh Mfg Co. that makes cavity waffles to be filled by food or ice cream.

    • asenjigal says:

      The production of these was quite limited – I think in the late ’30s but would have to look in my books. My waffle iron book is loaned out right now so I can’t check.
      I know Swartzbaugh was taken over by McGraw in the ’50s and only a few of the appliances were manufactured after that.
      I saw one about 15 years ago and was fascinated by the look of the finished “waffles.”
      The auction went past my price limit so someone else got it.

      • Irwin says:

        Is McGraw still in business?

        • asenjigal says:

          McGraw Electric is still in business but no longer manufacturers small appliances.
          They manufacture electrical equipment for the power industry.
          The Toastmaster division was sold off in 1980 to Magic Chef and reorganized, sold to Salton in ’99 and then to Spectrum. The only Toastmaster electrics made today are for commercial restaurant and manufactured under license by the Middleby Co.

  37. jim says:

    Hi — I recently aquired a Sunbeam CG-1 Waffle Baker and Grill. It is in really good condition. I just discovered how to remove the plates for cleaning. Can you tell me when it was made and the value? thanks, jim

  38. jim says:

    p.s. I forgot to ask….were there interchangeable flat plates made for this appliance, and how would I go about finding some. thank you, jim

    • asenjigal says:

      Production was begun in 1950 and continued for several years – it was considered near-commerical quality and was expensive then and still is used in good condition.

    • asenjigal says:

      Yes. There were flat grill plates for sandwiches or whatever.
      I bought a used one in rather beat-up condition but it included the grill plates that were barely used – the waffle grids were in bad shape. I got it cheap just to get the grill plates – I think it was on ebay but may have been on one of the Salvation Army sales sites.

  39. Barbara Ruh says:

    Hi! Thank you for the great photos and information. I’m looking for the recipe for Gingerbread Waffles that Manning Bowman published in their booklet that came with a 1940-era waffle iron. My parents were married in 1940, and received that waffle iron as a gift. My mom lost her recipe and I’d love to find it for her. You mentioned you had the booklets that came with those waffle irons and I thought perhaps you’d look for it and share. Thanks!

    • asenjigal says:

      I’m pretty sure I have it but it will take a bit of time to search for it.
      I will post it on this page when I find and scan it.

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