February 14, 2023


Whether you love to flip them, drown them in maple syrup or put ice cream between them, pancakes are the undisputed stars of breakfast. And if you love ‘em as much as we do, you need to get yourself a trusty pancake maker or pan STAT.

A pancake maker is an appliance that brings the family together – because nothing has the kids racing to the kitchen quite like the smell of fresh pancakes! From all-in-one electric cookers to the perfect pans and Dutch pancake makers, there’s something out there to help take your breakfast game to a whole new level. Best of all, these nifty kitchen helpers are easy to use and fantastic for getting kids interested in cooking.

We’ve followed our noses around the country to sniff out the best appliances and pans for perfect pancakes every time. But first, let us clue you in on how to shop for one like a pro.

Types Of Pancake Makers In Australia

Victoria Cast Iron Poffertjes Maker
Victoria Poffertjes Mini Dutch Pancake Maker


You probably remember a time when the only way to cook beautiful fluffy pancakes was with a frying pan. Well, times have changed, and these days, there are some exciting new ways to prep your favourite snack. Take a look at some of the types of pancake makers available right now in Australia:

  • Electric Pancake Makers - Like popcorn makers and jaffle makers, these clever appliances plug into your wall and do all the cooking for you. Some even come with a built-in timer to indicate when they’re just right. Handy right?
  • Pancake Frying Pans - Not all frying pans are created equal when it comes to pancake making. Regular pans can be awkward because they have high sides, but a specially designed pancake pan has very low edges to make it easier to get your spatula in there and flip with ease.
  • Dutch Pancake Makers - These heavy-duty cooking pans are stovetop and oven-safe and come with perfect indentations for making pint-sized European poffertjes.
  • Character Pans - Whether you want to add some cuteness to your pancakes or just want to get fussy eaters to have breakfast (at last!), a kids’ pan is the answer. They’re available in a range of shapes, sizes and characters and are so versatile you can even use them for eggs!

10 Best Pancake Makers For A Fuss-Free Breakfast

Start thinking about your favourite toppings, because any one of these handy helpers will have freshly cooked pancakes on plates in next to no time. Yum!

Kambrook Pancake Perfection Press, $29

Kambrook Pancake Perfection Appliance

Equipped with two large wells and a non-stick coating, this electric pancake maker by Kambrook prepares brekky in just two minutes. It has indicator lights to make cooking easy and a convenient cool-touch handle, which is great for kids who love to cook. This compact unit has an integrated cord holder for organised storage.


Tefal Induction 25cm Pancake Pan, $84.99

Tefal Daily Chef Pancake Pan

Built seriously tough to withstand loads of use, this 25cm pancake pan by Tefal is one you’ll be thankful to have on hand. The low, angled edges make it easy to use with a spatula and the super-safe, non-stick coating saves pancakes, pikelets and crepes from sticking. It even has a THERMO-SIGNAL to tell you when it’s hot enough to start cooking. Talk about a clever pan.


Breville The Quick Stack Pancake Maker, $79.20

Breville Snack Makers Pancake Pan

If flipping pancakes makes you nervous, the Breville Quick Stack has your back. By cooking four pancakes at once on both sides, it prepares delicious, fluffy treats in minutes. The countdown timer lets you know when they’re done and the ‘a bit more’ button gives you extra cooking time. With built-in cord storage and a secure locking lid, this one ticks all the boxes.


Nordic Ware Assorted Pancake Pans, $72.25

Nordic Ware Pancake Pans

Expertly made to last using warp-resistant, non-stick coated aluminium, Nordic Ware pancake pans are the answer to a batch of pancakes all the same size! The pans are suitable to use on any stovetop and come in a variety of options, from Silver Dollar Pancake Pans to Smiley Faces and Animal Pans. Now that’s how you get the kids to eat breakfast!


Tefal Snack Collection Press With Pancake Plate, $148.95

Tefal Snack Collection Pancake Maker

When it comes to yummy snacks and breakfast treats, the Tefal Snack Collection unit is a star in the kitchen, and it even helps you prepare pancakes without a stove. Just clip the pancake plate to the unit, spoon your batter into the wells and let them cook perfectly on both sides. Don’t miss the other plates to collect in the snack series.


Le Creuset Non-Stick Pancake & Crepe Pan, $220


Ultra-tough, the Le Creuset pancake pan has a three-layer reinforced non-stick coating to ensure pikelets, crepes and pancakes slide right off. It’s suitable for all types of stovetops and oven-safe for keeping fresh batches nice and warm.


Breville The Crepe Creations Pancake Maker, $109

Breville Crepe Creations

Designed for French-quality crepes and pancakes, this appliance allows you to control the plate’s temperature without a stove. The plate is non-stick for healthier cooking and the raised edge keeps the batter from running off the sides. Take it to Nan’s house for snacks or pack it on your next camping trip!



Gotham Steel Double Pancake Press, $39.50

Gotham Steel Double Pancake Maker

With thousands of happy customers, the Gotham Steel pancake maker lets you make picture-perfect pancakes with little or no oil! It features an award-winning coating made with copper and titanium and is completely scratch-proof and safe to use with metal utensils. Oh, and it’s safe to pop in the dishwasher – love that.


Mini Pancake Frypans, from $5.50

Mini Pancake Pans

Budget-friendly and guaranteed to put big smiles on little dials, these pancake pans are must-haves in the family kitchen. They come in a large range of designs and sizes, ranging from 12cm to 18cm and feature a non-stick coating for easier cooking. Each is suitable for use on gas, electric and induction cooktops.


Victoria Poffertjes Dutch Mini Pancake Pan, $69

Victoria Poffertjes Pancake Maker

Dutch pancakes are insanely moreish and this cast-iron pan is the key to making perfect batches every time. Simply heat the pan, spoon or pipe the mixture into each well, cook until brown and then flip them! We’re loving how versatile this heavy-duty pan is – use it for patty cakes and brownies too!


What To Create With Your Pancake Maker

Nordic Ware Smiley Face Pancake Pan
Nordic Ware Smiley Face Pancake Pan

If it’s recipes you need, you’re in the right place. We have literally thousands of creations submitted by our MoM members, including some seriously yummy pancake ideas. Take a peek at our favourites below:

  • Animal Pancakes – A simple recipe with an infinite number of pancake possibilities. If you love being creative with your cooking, this a must-see!
  • Best Savoury Pikelets – Just as brilliant for putting in kids’ lunch boxes as they are for dinner parties, we’re giving these pikelets a ten out of ten.
  • Puff-Up Dutch Pancakes – More like a French crepe than a pancake, this recipe will work beautifully on a quality pancake pan.
  • Three-Ingredient Pancakes – They may be low on ingredients, but they make up for it in taste!
  • Peanut Butter Chia Pancakes – For an extra hit of goodness, pop these pancakes in their lunches. Or try them with a dollop of yoghurt for a healthy weeknight dessert.

Looking for more handy gadgets & appliances for the kitchen? Check out our favourite electric woks and jaffle makers!

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  • Love the faces, how cute!


  • I use the muffin maker from Kmart to make mini pancakes. The kids love when we put Nutella or jam in them while cooking. So quick and easy to cook and don’t need to worry about flipping them. They come out perfectly every time. The only downside is cleaning it afterwards as it can be a little tricky.


  • We have the Aldi face pancakes but find it so hard to get it out and flip them. Really not user friendly


  • I bought the pan with all the little faces when it was a special at ALDI a couple of years ago. I try it sporadically but it annoys me every time because turning pancakes is a nightmare and trying to get them back into the small faces. Waste of money unless there is some secret tip to turning them successfully!


  • I have high sides Frypan sand rarely have any issues when flipping the pancakes. Just make sure your pan is hot enough, but not too hot, and wait for little bubbles to have formed across most of the pancake, then flip – no problems. Do you really need to find space for another appliance just to cook pancakes?


  • Ive always just used a flatter pan to make my pancakes and it works well.


  • So cool how so many ways to make them. Would love just a shape to put in the pan to make them all round


  • All my “makers” never see the light of day.! I’m not going to cave in this time…..I’ll stick to my frypan.


  • Bring back memories of my childhood
    waking up to the smell of pancakes cooking
    Pancakes on a Sunday morning was always a teat for us
    Now With the modem electrical one it would be such a breeze to cook for kids breakfast. and there lunch boxes


  • I love pancakes – all these makers look super cute


  • Never knew there were so.many different types of pancake makers sold. I rarely make them. Enjoy more whilst on holiday and made by someone else.


  • I am more interested in an easy pancake mix to make. I’ll happily make my pancakes on the stove once I have the basic mix. The made up mixes in the store are just too expensive.


  • We make pancakes every sunday and I just use my normal pan but I do love those emoji pancakes and I think my kids would too!


  • Wow, so many options! I just use my fry pan.


  • I had no idea there was so many pancake markers to choose from. I just use a pancake pan.


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