If you want to make Taiyaki desserts, a Taiyaki pan is a must (note: a Taiyaki pan is also known as a Taiyaki maker or mold). I have reviewed several different models including electric Taiyaki maker as well as microwave Taiyaki molds that you read about if you are not sure which one is suitable for your needs. Now, if you are already certain on what to look for, here is a list of places that you can buy Taiyaki pans from. I have personally some of these and will explained why later.
My favourite online store has always been Amazon. Not only do they offer discounts on most of their stuff, but some products have free shipping as well. However, the most important reason is Amazon’s excellent customer service and return policy. I have returned a couple of things before and the refund was fast with no question asked. This gives me a peace of mind when it comes to buy a Taiyaki pan online.
Selection wise, Amazon also carries a wide range of Taiyaki pans. From electric versions to microwave molds, there is no lacking of choices. If you are looking for a one stop shop, I recommend Amazon.
#2: Google shopping
Another place you might not be aware is Google shopping. I used it as a way to do comparison across different stores. What Google shopping does is to aggregate prices across the different online shops so that you can have a bird eye’s view of who has the best offer. However, don’t let prices be the only consideration. As I mentioned, customer service and refund policies are also important factors to take note of when you are doing online shopping.
Using Google shopping is easy. Just search for Taiyaki pan in google, then click on the shopping tab. This is will take you to a new screen with a couple of filters on the left. Based on your filters, the search results will then be modified according. It is a very easy way to do price comparison and I encourage you to give it a spin.
Because Taiyaki pan is a niche product from Asia, not many American online stores like Walmart or Target will carry this. Like I said, the only USD ecommerce store that carries this is Amazon. If you don’t want to shop there, then you need to consider Asian based stores. One of the biggest from China is Ali Express. Its parent company, Alibaba, has just recently been listed in the American stock exchange so you might hear of this brand before.
Aliexpress is great for cheap prices. The only thing that you need to worry is whether the products are genuine. There has been a couple of cases reporting that the goods sold in Aliexpress are faked but that is mostly from the branded goods category. I have never personally shopped at this place before by my friends from China swears by it. If you are feeling confident, this is a store you might want to give it a try.
These three online destinations should give you sufficient reason to buy a Taikayi pan online. If you have bought one from any of the 3 places, please feel free to share your experiences in the comments section below.