Mini-waffle makers are a great option if you’re looking to change up your eating routine, make just a few at a time or stock your freezer with the single sized breakfast staple for easy mealtimes. Measuring just 4 inches in diameter, these make the perfect, personal sized waffles every time. However, waffles aren’t the only things these mini-makers can cook up. Paninis, eggs, hash browns, tater tots, personal pizzas and calzones—the options are endless and experimentation is definitely part of the fun. So, what makes a great mini waffle maker? Check out what to look for and why you need one in your pantry.

Nonstick cooking surface with recipe book included (and lots of fun colors). DASH

When you’re looking for a personal-sized waffle maker, make sure that you prioritize kitchen safety first. Kitchen appliances that are self-heating can sometimes be dangerous to handle, so make sure to look for a maker that has handles that stay cool even with prolonged use, and an auto shut off mechanism.

Breakfast for everyone! homeart

If you like to cook and want to experiment with non-traditional ingredients, or simply just expand your skill set, mini waffle makers offer a low-risk way to try out new pressed food ideas. If successful, you’re rewarded with a tasty treat. Also, this is a great way to get kids cooking with you in the kitchen.

Fun shape, heats up fast, and non-stick surface quickly wipes clean. Disney

Mini waffles are a fun food no matter what—but when they come in novelty shapes? They’re just too cheerful to pass up.