First of all the waffle iron is too light. You lift the lid and the whole thing raises up off the counter if you are not careful. The handle *(?) is made of plastic, it is easy to get burnt when lifting the lid to remove the waffle. The setting slide lever is a piece of plastic and it has about a quarter inch of play in it, so you really don't ever know what number you have it set on. I was wondering why the price was low and now I know. It seems Cuisinart is following most every other company and going for cheap made products and ignoring quality. Waffles are not that great as they come out mushy and even on the highest setting. I have to leave the waffle in there until you see a little smoke and it is done. That is how we used to tell when the waffle was done, before they came up with these progressive (?) tinker toys! If you want some quality skip this one. If you just want cheap, buy it.