I thought I wanted one with removable plates, but just another idea for you to consider . . . when I got my VillaWare, I found out how easy it was to clean. Never gets dirty, really. Now Cuisinart, that's another matter (not a good waffler, IMO)--if you find a VillaWare, you may want to buy it if you can't find a waffler with removable plates.
Regarding feeding the masses: I have three wafflers (gotta love closeout sales); if I want to, I can have all three going at once, but I rarely do it that way. My VillaWare Farmhouse waffler, though, makes 4 big Belgian waffles, which can keep 2-4 people going for a little while. Or, I make them & stack them on a cooling grid (no double stacking if you want them to stay crispy on the outside) in a warm (170) oven, & call everyone when I'm on my last or 2nd-to-last batch. It doesn't take long. That option works great for my smaller wafflers: a VillaWare 6-heart non-Belgian, and a Pooh/Tigger one.
If you're afraid of butter, use cream. ~~ Julia Child
As you cook, you enjoy omniscience about food that no amount of label reading can match. Having retaken control of the meal from the food scientists, you know exactly what is in it. (Unless you start w/cream of mushroom soup, in which case all bets are off.) To reclaim control over one's food, to take it back from industry & science, is no small thing; indeed, in our time, cooking from scratch qualifies as subversive. ~~ Michael Pollan