Well, this iron does exactly what it should... heats up fast, cooks fast, releases waffles easily, makes perfect* waffles. Add to that it stores easily, is not extremely heavy, is very nice looking and you've got a winner! Highly recommend this waffle!
*The LIGHT to DARK setting doesn't work well, at least on my unit. I set it between MEDIUM and DARK, and had to manually decide when the waffle was done to my satisfaction. 2nd waffle I set it at DARK, and still had to leave it in at least 2-minutes after the indicated DONE. I will contact Calphalon about it. Good news is the iron does make perfect waffles fast!
NOTE TO ANYBODY HAVING TROUBLE WITH WAFFLE SHAPE: I followed the instructions and spread the ~2C batter evenly over the bottom plate = perfectly square waffles.
NOTE TO ANYBODY HAVING TROUBLE WITH WAFFLES STICKING: Waffle batter recipes vary. If you use butter (real butter), the more you use (Joy of Cooking calls for 1/4C->1C) the crispier the waffle and the easier it is to get out of the iron. My recipe called for 1/2C butter and my waffles easily came out to the iron. And they were excellent in flavor, but we like butter ;-)