The right sandwich press is more than a fancy toaster that flattens two slices of bread together. A good press puts a hot meal on the table quickly and saves you money by repurposing leftovers into sandwich form. The best presses can work wonders, even with thick-sliced bread, crunchy crusts, stretchy cheeses and wet fillings such as tomato.
When it comes to making savvy consumer choices, it’s handy to have a little help.
Luckily, Australian consumer advocacy group, CHOICE has done the work for you. CHOICE’s sandwich press buying guide can help you decide which features you will need, and offers selections on affordable, quality sandwich presses.
According to CHOICE, the main features to consider when selecting a sandwich press are:
- adjustable top plate
- cord storage
- storage latch
- aesthetic finish
- indicator lights
Another consideration involves the type of press that suits your needs. Do you want a jaffle maker or a traditional press? Some presses work better with a variety of breads. For example, presses with floating hinges are suitable for thicker breads and rolls, such as panini.
The best models, as selected by CHOICE, have been put to the test and have rated highest in performance, ease of use and speedy heating times.
They vary in price from $15 to $100 and are widely available in many department and electrical stores.
Do you have a great sandwich press that you’d recommend? Or has a press you’ve bought fallen short of expectations? Let us know your consumer tips.