David, my husband loves food, that's no secret. We were watching some t.v. show Sat 1/10/09 about breakfast places throughout the country. A waffle place caught our attention and I decided I needed a waffle maker. So, the next morning I drove to Bed Bath and Beyond and bought this beauty although I wish I could have gotten a "prettier" one, yes, I said prettier which is how I see all my large & small appliances. It was pretty inepensive and so far I have made 3 batches of 11 waffles each...no I have not thrown any away.