As of 2015, home donut makers are available at the Amazon, Wayfair, Walmart and Kohl's websites. Babycakes, Brentwood, Chef Buddy, Sunbeam and Nostalgia Electrics manufacture popular countertop models. Other brands of donut makers include Betty Crocker, Holstein, Bella and Smart Planet.
The majority of countertop donut makers fall within the $18 to $35 price range. Shoppers typically have a choice of three types of donut makers: models that make full-sized donuts, mini donuts or donut holes. The highest-rated models all have a similar design, which features an electric baking unit fitted with molded, nonstick plates. Some manufacturers also offer multipurpose appliances with interchangeable plates for different donut sizes. They typically bake up to seven donuts at once in roughly five minutes, and most units come with a cookbook with starter recipes.
Customers praise the previously mentioned brands of donut makers for their speedy baking time and easy cleanup, which usually involves quickly wiping off the nonstick plates. These appliances are also valued by health-conscious shoppers because they make cake-style baked donuts, instead of fried desserts, eliminating the need for oil. Owners can use a wide variety of cake mixes or personal recipes and customize the donuts with preferred toppings. Some models also come with tools for injecting a filling.