We really love our toasties and panninis at the moment and bought this machine to help making them easier. We bought it for £30 and thought it was good value. It does make some lovely sandwiches and we do really enjoy them but this machine has some negatives, some of which are rather important ones so we have to be very careful when we use this machine. We do like it but think there must be much better ones available.
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This machine is quite slim, it measures about 30cm x 28cm so it doesn't take up too much cupboard space. It is quite heavy due to being made from stainless steel and has metal plates but this makes it sturdy too. It has lights on the front of the machine so you can tell when it is ready to be used. There are two lights- one shows you when the power is on and the other tells you when it is hot enough to be used. It's really important to have both of these lights, the power on is so important as if you leave it on it will automatically start to heat up so if a child turns on the plug you can see just by glancing over that a light is shining. The optimal temperature is also important so you can tell without having to guess or risk touching it! The handle has a special protector on it which means it is heat-proof. The hinge of this machine is really good, it's a gentle closing one so if you have a thick sandwich within the machine it will close but rest on top of it, we had one previously that would just clip closed so no matter what the density of the sandwich they would all be squashed to the same or it wouldn't work. It fits in three paninis and it cooks them rather quickly- usually about 5 minutes so it's not too long to wait if you need to make more than three.
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In reality what is this machine like to use? Well it has some very positive points but also some drawbacks too. When you use this machine you can see right away that it's on because the light shows and then when it's hot enough the other light goes off and this is usually within about 2 minutes so it's very quick at heating up which is great. We then pop our sandwiches in. It holds 3 paninis or two normal sandwiches. To close it you simply pull the lid down using the handle as this is heat resistant so remains cool. It will close on the sandwich gently and then you pull the clip so it will lock it in place. This makes it secure so nobody can lift it like a curious child who may try to lift it and look at the sandwich so this helps to prevent them from having an accident. Often, the fat from cheese and things can drip out of the machine as it cooks and this can be a bit messy, we tend to put kitchen roll at the bottom of the machine to catch some but if it doesn't drip out it sits in the sandwich instead which isn't too nice! When it's ready you just lift the handle up and take the sandwiches out. Now, it's very important to know that the whole machine gets very hot, the outside of this machine is roasting and can cause a big burn if you're not careful, the only part of the machine which is safe to touch is the handle where it is black and the lock. You can't touch the handle further along or you will get a burn. For his reason, whenever we use this we keep the grandchildren well out of the way, I would hate for an accident to happen so you do have to be very, very careful about this.
The sandwiches, we find tend to be cooked within 5 minutes. If we have meat in we keep them in for a minute or so longer but it is usually only about 5 minutes until they are ready and that's just perfect for us! It doesn't hold a great deal no but usually it is just my husband and I eating or if we have the grandchildren too we just simply wait an extra five minutes! The sandwiches are lovely as they cook evenly. The machine is fairly easy to clean. We always leave it to cool down first and then, because it's an aluminium plate they are easy to wipe, usually a warm, soapy sponge is enough to get it clean. The kitchen surface sometimes needs a good wipe too because of the grease. Also, if any grease gets on top of the machine on the stainless steel part it will leave a mark and this is really hard to get off, I have several little stains on this now that I can't seem to find a way to clear off so be careful of this. You can also use this machine to make things other than sandwiches, some people like to use them as an alternative to frying so they may cook bacon and eggs on it, we've never tried this but apparently this is an option with this machine!
+++ Conclusion +++
We bought this machine because we really like to eat toasted sandwiches and we thought it would be nice to have our own machine. We thought that it was a good purchase at £30 and I must say it is a very practical machine which is nice and fast. We enjoy the sandwiches we have from this machine as they are cooked evenly so it's not like you end up with the edges burnt and crisp and the inside soggy and only just warm so this is very nice. It is sometimes a worry to think about how hot this machine can get, it is quite shocking really that the whole thing heats up so much, you would think that it would be heat proof all the way around on the outside, it's easy to just learn over this and catch your arm on it so we are now very, very careful when this machine is out and then remain careful for about 40 minutes after to make sure it has cooled down enough. It is a bit of a danger which is why I have knocked a few stars off, I have also knocked a star off because it can get messy when the grease drips out. This I suppose is good in some ways as it means you're not consuming that grease but it does make a mess if you don't put kitchen roll down first! I think if you're looking for a sandwich toaster which isn't too big and is very quick to heat up then this is just perfect for you! It is perfect for my husband and I if we remain careful not to touch any of it whilst it's hot! What is very nice about this machine is it is very straight forward. I am not one to take to complex machines and don't like to spend a lot of my time setting something up or having to learn complicated operating procedures so the ease of which this machine works with is just brilliant for me. I am very pleased that we bought it as we have enjoyed many nice toasties from this machine so I do recommend it, lovely to use and clean just gets very hot so do be careful.
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I purchased the Breville Sandwich Toaster from my local Argos store for around £37 however Breville are also selling the sandwich toaster on their website http://www.breville.co.uk for £34.99. Amazon and John Lewis are also currently selling the item for £34.95, while Littlewoods are selling it for a hefty price of £45. The prices for this sandwich toaster is a little on the expensive side, however if you love having toasted sandwiches as much as I do that forking out some extra money on a quality one seemed the right decision, and I don't regret spending a bit more for quality and longevity.
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* Two slice brushed stainless steel and silver sandwich toaster
* Cut and seal technology accommodates different bread sizes
* Removable, dishwasher safe, non-stick plates and external hinged lid for easy cleaning
* Stands upright for compact storage
* Power-on and ready-to-cook indicator lights, cool-touch handle, non-slip feet and cord storage
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The Breville Sandwich toaster has a stainless steel finish and a silver colour scheme with elements of black located on the handle open and close lock as well as black feet. The sandwich maker has two metal black plates that sit inside the appliance and are designed to fit all types of bread sizes and has the capacity to make two sandwich toasts. The plates have a non-stick coating, which also stretches out to the outer areas of the plates. The appliance has two light indicators, the red light to warn that the power is on and the green light to instruct you when the toaster is hot enough to start making sandwich toasties.
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Sturdy Grip & Storage
The sandwich toaster looks stylish with its stainless steel sliver finish; it has black rubber non-slip feet that give it a nice sturdy grip while placed on a worktop surface. The sandwich toaster is compact in size and also not that heavy either, therefore I can easily slot this in our kitchen cupboard when not in use, and whenever I am ready to use it (which is quite a lot!) it has a nice little handle to grip onto while transporting it to and from my cupboard.
The Power Cord
The appliance has a reasonable length power cord, and stretches just enough so I can place on our free worktop space, it also has a power cord storage which easily entraps the power cord and means there is no unnecessary room being taken up my any wires when stored.
Making The Sandwich Toasts
This sandwich maker can make a total of two sandwich toasts at once which is great as I can make one for me and one from my partner at the same time, and also enables larger bread sizes to fit onto the plates meaning we are not restricted to the type of bread we use. Just before using the appliance, it is best to spread some margarine on one side of each bread piece and then place the bread pieces (margarine side facing the plates) onto the plates. I find that this not only reduces the risk of the bread getting stuck but also gives the sandwiches and beautiful golden brown crispy outer layer. Then you basically place all the sandwich fillings in such as cheese, meat, tomatoes etc and then close the lid and lock using the black plastic flip cover located conveniently on the handle. The plastic flip doesn't heat up during use, therefore there is no burning of fingers while opening and closing while the power is on.
Light Indicators & Cooking Time
Once the power is switched on, the red light will show to indicate that the appliance is heating up, and once the green light shows it means it has started cooking/ready to cook. The device not noisy while switched on, there is no sound or buzzing and instead quite peaceful! The heating up process takes around a half a minute and the toasting process takes approx 3 minutes. It is worth checking on the cooking progress after a minute or two, which can be easily done by unlocking the handle flap and lifting the lid.
The results are excellent, the sandwiches are easy to remove thanks to quality of the non-stick plates which means that the sandwiches stay in tact and are not all broken into pieces which is something that used to happen a lot with our older cheaper sandwich toaster. The sandwiches always have a nice golden brown coating and the cheese is always melted to perfection. Its worth noting however not to overdo the contents, as if you add too much filling it can end up leaking the contents out of the side and for example leave quite a bit of cheese stuck to the rim.
The appliance is very easy to clean thanks to the removable plates that are also dishwasher proof. The stainless steel body is very easy to wipe down and easy to maintain. Sometimes the harder cheese bits left on the edges can be a bit hard to clean, so I tend to leave it soaking in some soapy water before scrubbing away.
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This is a great quality sandwich toaster which is easy to use and makes has great results. It has non-stick plates, which can fit all bread sizes, and also it heats up and cooks reasonably quickly. All in all a great sandwich toaster that in my opinion is worth the £35 price tag.
Sandwich toasters are used a lot in our house mostly at the weekends at lunchtimes. I get fed up of having cold sandwiches every day at work and although I don't really want to cook anything elaborate for lunch at the weekends it is nice to have something hot and which doesn't take too much time to cook. My husband will sometimes use it for a late night snack but I try to avoid this if at all possible however sometimes the smell of a cheese and onion toasted sandwich at about nine o'clock is to much to resist!
We have had this toaster for at least two years and I remember buying it from Amazon as it was free delivery. I can't remember exactly how much I paid but I know I would have shopped round for the best price for it. They are currently around the £35 mark and you can get other makes much cheaper but I think that they might not last so long or be as robust as this one. I wanted a two sandwich toaster as more often than not two sandwiches are being made at once so it saves time.
The toaster measures 33cm x 28.8cm x 14.5cm and the outside has a brushed stainless steel look. It has a space age looking triangular lid and looks very modern in design, and it has four small feet which lift it up from the surface where you are using it and are non slip so prevent it from moving around. The flex is about two foot long so you do have to position it near to a plug socket but I do have plenty of sockets in my kitchen so this isn't a problem for me. It doesn't have an on and off button but just starts to work as soon as you switch it on and a green light appears when the toaster is ready to use. There is a clip on the front which you secure to use which is quite easy to operate. It has a cut and seal feature which is supposed to cut the bread in half and seal it all round but it doesn't always cut all the way through, although it is easy enough to cut it yourself.
The plates are black inside and you remove them by pressing a release button on each side. You can put them in the dishwasher but I have only done this a few times as I find that they wash easily in the sink with washing up liquid and a sponge. I do usually wash them fairly quickly after use but I would think that if you were to put it away without cleaning properly, food could get quite caked on and would be more difficult to remove this way. I will just wipe over the inside with a damp dishcloth or dampened kitchen roll. The plates clip back into the toaster easily after cleaning.
I would say that my favourite toastie is cheese and onion but I also like ham and cheese and will add tomato or chutney or different sauces. You have to butter the bread and put the butter side down onto the plate. I would say that it takes around five to seven minutes before it is ready but I usually do mine for the seven minutes as I like the toast to be crispy. As the butter is on the outside this makes it a lovely golden colour on the outside and looks very appetising. It is very hot when you first open the lid and you have to be careful or you could burn yourself. I usually wait for a short while before taking it out.
I think that this happens with all these sort of sandwich makers as I had one previously which did this, but the filling sometimes seeps out the sides of the sandwich which it does tend to do unless you only put a tiny amount in, and it seems to gather at the back and around the hinges. However if you wipe it away when you have finished I don't find it a problem. I think we have definitely had a good usage of this sandwich maker and there are no real signs of wear or tear. When it eventually gives up I would buy another one and would more than likely buy this model if I could get it at the right price. I think it gives you a quick hot tasty snack with little effort.
There are two kinds of people in the world. There are those who try to use the oven, grill and hob with a little help from some tin-foil, and there are those who need a seperate gadget for every kitchen task. I'm the first. Guess which my husband is?
So, we have a sandwich toaster, and I have to admit that when we use it it does work well. You butter your bread, you put one slice in, you put the filling in and then the other slice in. The plates inside do come out for cleaning - although they still need a fair amount of scrubbing to get clean. Melted cheese does not wash off easy! The shape of it ensures you can squash more filling in than you would otherwise, and I've not managed to burn one yet.
That could partly be however because we've used it about three times in the last twelve months and therein lies the rub. The footprint this thing takes up in the kitchen is fairly large, and it's not a shape where you can easily stack it away. No, if you're not making toasted sandwiches every couple of days (and who does?) it has to go away in the cupboard to save counter space and there, because it is heavy, it will stay. Just be really sure you want this, or it will end up spending eternity next to the breadmaker and other such implements.
I had an old sandwich maker years ago that was OK...but it was very difficult to clean as you could not remove the plates to wash and bits of food got stuck in the crevaces, so I was always a little bit worried about food contamination. I needed something that was a bit more user-friendly so I looked around the shops and found this particular model. It looked to be just what I needed.....big enough to make two rounds of sandwiches at a time and has removable plates that will dishwash. Perfect! The price was good too.....I got mine from Amazon for under £30.
The toaster itself is fairly large, but that is to be expected when you take into consideration that it toasts two rounds of sandwiches at a time. It's fairly flat, stands on 4 sturdy little feet and has a flex that is about half a meter long. I would have liked some sort of flex storage on the machine though. There is nowhere to wind it when not in use. The plates are easily removed by pressing release buttons either side (if hot do make sure you use oven-mits as you will get a nasty burn otherwise!) and they do wash very easily either in soapy water or the dishwasher. The machine wipes clean well too and the plates just clip back in.
You have to heat the toaster up for a few minutes before use. There is a very useful light on top that tells you when it is hot enough to use. Takes about 5 to 10 minutes.
All you need to make great toasties is bread, butter and any imaginative filling you like. The options are endless! My favourite is a good cheese with a chilli relish and tomato ketchup. Butter your bread and place one slice butter-side down on the lower plate. Add your filling (don't overfill or it will all ooze out) then place the other slice of bread, butter-side up, on top. Close the lid to seal and wait. You can check after about 5 minutes and then toast to the required cripsiness if needed. Be careful when you take the sandwiches out....the plates will be very hot. Use a plastic spatula if the edges get stuck....don't use metal or you will scratch the plates. I always remove the plates and soak them in soapy water as soon as I can which helps get them really clean.
I am really pleased with my sandwich maker. It gets a lot of use and it is fun trying to think up new fillings.
Breville Sandwich Toaster:
I had never used or had a sandwich from a sandwich toaster until I moved in with my other half and they have one so now I use one fairly often.
Basically the Sandwich toaster is a device that is used to make toasted sandwiches.
This Sandwich toaster is well made, to get this working you slap in the 2 plates, these plates are basically metal blocks that you place the bread on, these plates go into the grey stand. The grey stand is not that great to look at and the overall size of the sandwich toaster is just over the size of 2 slices of bread, these 2 attributes combined means that we hide this away in the cupboard when not in use. In order to get this to work you have to clip down the toaster at the front to ensure there is pressure on both the front and back of the sandwich to heat evenly.
Using the Sandwich Toaster:
The Sandwich toaster is really easy to use, set up as I already said above and then get your 2 slices of bread (or 4 if making 2 sandwiches, which I recommend as they are very nice)stick some margarine on the outside (personally I like Flora Light and make sure you put it on the OUTSIDE) and put in your filling. Once you have everything sorted you need to turn on the sandwich toaster, this is simply a case of putting the plug in the socket and switching it on (this is very important or as I did once you will be waiting a very long time for it to heat up). Once the power is on a little temperature light comes on at the back of the device, this is a useful way to make sure you have turned it on, this light will initially be amber and once it is up to temperature the light turns green for go.
Now comes the good bit, put in your sandwich and clip the lid down, here comes what is in my opinion one of the negatives of this product, putting the clip down can be really hard, this has led me on one occasion to try to push down on the lid to close it, the lid was very very hot and this kind of hurt my hand. I think it would be good if they had some way of trying to keep the lid temperature down so that you can push down on this, that or they should just make it so that the clip closes much easier.
When you put your bread in the temperature will decrease so the light will go back to amber so you know your Sandwich is done when the light turns back to green, now this isn't always true but tends to be the case unless you are using frozen bread, the sandwich toaster does do a good job with frozen bread but you need to leave it a couple of more minutes to make sure it is cooked through. Take the Sandwich out of the toaster and eat :-) . Handily the Sandwich toaster does have grooves that allow you to cut this in half quite easily.
Now there are lots of different ways that you can use this and use lots of different fillings, I personally have used it for both white and my favourite seeded bread which tastes amazing toasted like this. Filling wise I have had ham, ham and cheese (it is really nice), Strawberry Jam and chocolate spread, all of which taste really good.
Cleaning the Sandwich Toaster:
Once you have eaten your Sandwich you need to get round to the task of cleaning it, this requires you to remove the plates (wait for them to cool down unless you want to burn yourself again) and wash these up as you would normally. Now if it was as simple as this it would be great as these pans are really easy to wash as Jam, Cheese and Chocolate spread come off of this with a simple wipe but it is not this simple. When you are toasting your sandwich you may notice filling, cheese in particular, starting to ooze out of the side and down the back this then dries and is not so easy to remove because it is all attached to the power cable which is not removable meaning that you cannot chuck this in the sink with the rest of it. I would recommend that the dirty base it washed with a wet sponge which normally does the trick but it is really easy to miss some as it gets everywhere and then becomes dried on and ends up stuck on it in the cupboard for a month or so (depending on your usage).
My partner has had this for 3 or 4 years and it still works really well and it originally cost only a little more than the £26.26 that it currently costs on Amazon (Feb 2011).
This is a good product that has made me look stupid on more than one occasion. It does however do the job it is supposed to do, it makes really nice toasted sandwiches. Despite the slight issues with cleaning I still like to use this fairly frequently when I am at home having a sandwich so mainly the weekends. There might be better ones out there but this is the only one I have tried and it seems ok.
I, like many other people, like sandwiches of all kinds, and there's only one thing that is better than a sandwich and that is a toasted sandwich, nice and hot to fill me up for a few hours.
Sadly, making that perfect toasted sandwich can be a bit of an art, but that art can be made a little easier with the right sandwich maker by your side, well on your worktop anyway.
In my time, as a sandwich toastie lover I have used several machines to make my favourite dish, which happens to be cheese, onion, a little chopped up ham and a few thinly slices mushrooms, topped with a little brown sauce to give it that little bit of spice... but my favourite taste is irrelevant really isn't it.
Anyway, as I mentioned, I have used several machines before and found most of them to be quite good at making a nice toastie.
Sadly though, like my luck with kettles and toasters, I tend to go through sandwich toasters like a man with loose bowels goes through toilet rolls, so I tend to have to buy a new sandwich toaster every so often.
And since my last one, which was a breville duo, toasted it's last sandwich with a puff of smoke, a crackle of electric and a rather strange smell coming from the back, I had to go out and get another one.
So when I was out shopping, yet again, I stumbled across another sandwich toaster with the famous Breville name, one which I seemed to trust as the previous ones I had used had served me well indeed.
The particular model I had come across was called the Breville TR52, (yet again not much thought put into the actual name), but what jumped out to me was the rather different shape of it.
** Firstly, the specs...
* Toasts 4 slices at once, (2 per side)
* Quick heat system
* Dish-washable, non stick removable plates for easy cleaning
* Cut and seal system
* Cord wrap for easier storage
* Non slip feet
* Power on/off light indicator
* Compact size, being 330 x 288 x 145mm
* Silver colour with brushed stainless steel effect
** MY OPINION...
As I mentioned earlier I love toasted sandwiches and could eat them until they came out of my ears, so to speak. I have experimented with several types if ingredients, some good, some bad and some that should never be mixed together ever again.
So finding this remarkable sandwich toaster, after my old faithful died on me, was a stroke of luck as I have been using it more or less on a daily basis for months now and it has never faltered one little bit.
It's not like any other sandwich toaster you've ever seen with its triangular looking lid and almost spaceship design and it's brushed stainless steal finish really does look the part.
The clip on the front holds the lid down during use is solid and, unlike other sandwich toasters I've used, and it is quite easy to lock and unlock, once you've shut it initially.
The legs are a little stubby looking but the rubber bases stop the unit from sliding along the work surface.
The plates are actually slightly deeper than the Duo model I had used previously so that means I can put more of my favourite filling into it.
Using it is as easy as breaking wind as there are no on off buttons, it is just a matter of plugging it in and letting it heat up, then, when the green light comes on you just place in your ready to cook sandwich and close the lid, the excellent heat will do the rest in minutes.
But, as with all machines of this kind, closing the lid can take a bit of force, not excessive of course, but it does need pushing down a bit to get the catch to lock into place when you've added all you favourite ingredients.
As anyone who has ever made a toasted sandwich before you know that to even though the plates may be none stick it is best to spread a little margarine, or butter for those people with money to spare, on the outside of each piece of bread, this will also help give the finished product that lovely brown colouring.
Cleaning... (which is the downside to any cooking tool)
First of all you will have to let this cool down, other wise you'll get your fingers burnt. Then it is a simple matter of unclipping the plates, which then pop out of position, and giving them a good soaking in a bowl full of hot soapy water and a scrub with a none metal brush.
Then, once dry, replace the plates back into the unit and you're ready for your next batch of tasted sandwiches
In all, this sandwich toaster is a very useful piece of kitchen equipment and will no doubt be constantly on the go in most kitchens, especially mine. It heats up fast for that quicker toastie fix and when you've finished with it its size allows it to fit into most kitchen units for easy storage
This Breville toasted sandwich maker is a cracking buy from places such as amazon for around £20.00 to £25.00, which is a bargain for the amount of toasted sandwiches that will end up warming your life up.
If people have some nice ideas for fillings then let me know as I'm willing to try almost anything...
I'm a huge fan of toasties. They are perfect after a long day at work, if I get home late and can't summon up the energy to cook a meal, but I still want something hot and filling. They are also ideal when I've got friends round for lunch, because everyone can have what they like as a filling. They are also much healthier than a kebab after a night out! Many years ago I borrowed (stole!) my mothers' ancient Breville sandwich toaster, I'm pretty sure she got it in the early '80's, and although it certainly looked it's age it still made perfect toasties every time. Earlier this year it finally toasted its last, gave up the ghost, and headed off to the great sandwich shop in the sky. Having been satisfied with the performance of our Breville sandwich toaster for nearly 30 years, it was only natural that I would go for Breville again when looking for a replacement.
I bought my new Breville TR52 sandwich toaster from Amazon for just under £25.00. This is a great price in my opinion; I get regular use out of sandwich toasters, unlike many kitchen gadgets which just take up space in cupboards once the novelty wears off, so £25.00 for something I use every week is a bargain. The first thing I noticed was the design. This one is a lovely silver colour, a sort of brushed steel effect, which is very aesthetically pleasing, not the shiny chrome look of many appliances which show up every fingerprint. It looks sleek, with modern curves, and a kind of peak in the middle of the lid, it's very different to my old chunky, square, heavy, red one. It is considerably lighter than my old one, and although some components don't feel as robust, I have had no problems so far, and nothing has broken after more than 6 months of regular use. The sandwich toaster comes with an instruction booklet which contains some basic safety information, instruction for use, a few ideas for fillings, and contact details. It also has a 2 year manufacturers' guarantee.
It is a sturdy appliance, with small feet underneath that have a black rubber base to make them non-slip. This means that it is very stable and safe, reassuring because it becomes very hot when in use. I also find the top of the lid becomes hot if making several rounds, not so hot that it burns me if I touch it, but definitely uncomfortably hot, so I ensure I only touch the handle when it's on. This sandwich toaster makes two sandwiches, 4 slices of bread. It toasts relatively quickly, depending on how dark you like your toasties, I find approximately 5 minutes is sufficient so it's not too time consuming when making them for a few people.
There is no on/off button; it simply starts to heat up once plugged in. As soon as it's plugged in an LED on the top lights up with a red light, when the machine has reached the required temperature to start toasting a green light shows next to it, this only takes a couple of minutes. The black plates to place the sandwiches on have a non-stick coating. The instruction booklet that comes with the sandwich toaster suggests buttering the outside of the bread, or coating the plates with oil before cooking. On the basis that I never used butter or oil with my old model, I decided to apply a light coating of oil to the plates with a pastry brush before using it for the first time. Since then I have used no oil or butter, even after washing the plates, and have not experienced the sandwiches sticking at all (except for the odd bit of cheese that leaks out of the side of the sandwich occasionally!).
When the sandwich toaster is ready to use and the green light shows it is simply a case of using the handle to open the lid. I am always cautious when I do this, and ensure my face isn't directly over the top, after having experienced an unexpected facial sauna the first time I did it - this thing gets HOT! After placing the sandwiches on the plates the top needs to be replaced, and I find a gentle squeeze is needed to squash the bread sufficiently for the clip on the front of the handle to be secured, holding the handle together and maintaining pressure on the sandwiches. This may not be required if using thin or medium sliced bread, but I always use thick sliced for toasties. The clip is the part of this sandwich maker that concerns me, it doesn't feel very strong, although it hasn't failed me yet, but I am careful not to be too rough with it. When the sandwiches are cooked they are piping hot and cannot be lifted out by hand. Because the plates are non-stick using a metal knife or other implement would be asking for trouble as it would soon damage the surface of the plates, so I use an acrylic kitchen utensil, like a short fat spatula on a stick (I've no idea what it's called) to lift them out. Although Breville states it has a 'cut and seal' function, I find that although the sides of the sandwich are usually sealed, unless it is overfilled, it does not completely cut the sandwich on the diagonal. It does create a sealed indentation diagonally across the middle, but the two halves need to be separated with a knife once cooked. I don't find this a problem, but some people may do.
After use, when the sandwich maker has cooled, the cooking plates can be removed by pressing small buttons to release the locking mechanism. The plates can then be lifted out and washed by hand, or in a dishwasher. I have never tried them in a dishwasher, because I don't have one, but I find any filling that has leaked out onto the plates lifts off really easily after soaking for a minute or two in hot water with detergent and a gentle wipe with a dishcloth.
Overall, I am very pleased with this sandwich toaster. It makes lovely golden crispy toasties, it's quick, convenient, and easy to clean. It does, however, have one major disadvantage as far as I'm concerned - the plates are too shallow. It may seem a little unfair to compare this with a 30 year old model, but my old one had really deep plates, and sandwiches could be filled with a heartily substantial amount of filling, this one is far shallower and I find I need to be far more frugal with the filling as, if it is overfilled, it tends to leak out of the sides of the sandwich before it has a chance to seal. The problem with this is that it not only leaks onto the plates, but a little can also find its way underneath the plates and into the hinge and workings of the machine. When this happened to me it was a nightmare to clean. I have avoided this happening again by ensuring that I don't overfill my sandwiches, and I don't put cheese right to the edges of the bread. This is fine as when the cheese melts it spreads closer to the edge of the sandwich anyway. I really enjoy the toasties this machine makes, but I still miss my really substantial overstuffed toasties. I think it's a great sandwich toaster, but I have deducted 1 star because in my opinion the plates are not deep enough.
Throughout most of my life I have enjoyed the odd toastie from time to time, either at my parent's house, or when having a snack out and about at a café or pub.
However up until about 12 months ago, I had never owned my own toastie making machine before and so decided to purchase one.
The model I went for was a Breville TR52, and my main reason for purchasing it was that it was on offer, but also because my parent's sandwich toaster was a Breville, and had served them very well for a number of years.
The Breville TR52 has now had a place in my kitchen for about 12 months, and has been used plenty of times during that period. It is extremely handy for making up a quick snack, with a huge variety of fillings.
Included in the box after purchasing is a small user manual, with instructions on how to work the toaster, and how to clean it after use, along with some interesting ideas for different types of fillings to try out.
This sandwich toaster is very strong and sturdy, and is made to a great quality, from the stainless steel outer casing to the black non stick removable hot plates inside the toaster. These are a great idea, and something that my parent's older Breville model did not have. The plates just lift out after pressing the release buttons, which makes the cleaning of them very simple, as opposed to the fixed plates which are difficult to clean without wetting the rest of the toaster.
These removable plates can be soaked with the other dishes in the sink to clear all the signs grease, crumbs and fat, and are also dishwasher proof (for those lucky enough to have one)!
Other features include a nice strong clip at the front to clip the lid down when toasting, and an indicator light on the top of the toaster to let you know when it's heating up (red) and when it's ready to put your sandwich in (green).
The TR52 holds 2 rounds of bread, which are usually lightly buttered on the outside (the part of the bread that makes contact with the heating plates).
A filling of pretty much anything can then be placed neatly between the slices of bread. Usual filling favourites of mine are cheese and beans, bacon and cheese, or tuna melts, but there is scope for pretty much anything, and that is the beauty with these sandwich makers, you can be creative, and try lots of different combinations of fillings and sauces.
Once the filling and the bread are in place, the top lid of the toaster can be pressed down to make contact with the bottom plate, and the clip at the front can be fastened to hold it in place. It takes about 2-5 minutes for the sandwich to toast, but his does vary, based on the bread used, and the desired 'crispyness' of the sandwich.
Once the desired browness of the sandwich has been achieved you are presented with 2 tasty looking sandwiches, which are easy to seperate due to the moulded shape which the bead is forced into within the heating plates while cooking.
Overall I have been very pleased with the Breville TR52 toaster, and I do use it regularly.
It is a strong design, and is very simple to use, and produces some delicious tasty toasted sandwiches in just a few minutes. Cleaning is very easy, as the plates can be removed and washed thoroughly.
The current price for this sandwich toaster on Amazon is just £24:45!
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We bought our Breville Sandwich Toaster some 4-5 years ago and it has been a pleasure to own such a great tool throughout this time.
The toastie maker is very easy to set up and work. All you have to do is plug in its power cord and the gadget is on. While this can be a disadvantage if the user does not realise that this is the case, and it would have been much more practical if an on/off button existed. Alongside this, there is no temperature/power control. The toaster will allow you to make two half-sized toasties, but accomodates for fairly thickly filled sandwiches.
Once you have put a toastie into the machine, you have to watch the orange LED on the front of the toaster. The sandwich is purportedly ready once the light turns green. We have noticed over time that you will adjust your preference as to whether to take the sandwich our there and then or wait a minute or two beyond the green light to make it more crispy. My tip would be to wait til no more steam is coming out of the sandwich maker and the outside is a bright golden brown.
The toaster is then very easy to clean. The two heating plates come out at a push of a button and the coating is specifically designed for easy cleaning. Having owned a similar device before, we were careful in washing it. The tip is to not use washing up liquid or abrasive sponges. The plates can be cleaned very easily without the need for these as if you damage the surface, the toastie maker will become significantly harder to use as sandwiches will stick to the undersurface.
All those years ago, we picked up one of these sandwich makers for around £20. Now, these have come down in price and are really very cheap.
A large 'flat plate' toastie maker suitable for making your standard sliced-bread toasties (it'll make up to two at a time), as well as paninis, filled foccacia, etc... Widely available for around £25.
Large and somewhat unwieldy we've resorted to sitting ours on top of our fridge when not in use as we only have a small galley kitchen and worksurfaces are at a premium.
Its light grey plastic body is around 30cm in length; while this is necessary to provide sufficient room for two toasties at once, the thickness (and weight) of the product feels somewhat excessive - at around 15cm. It sits on four black legs (which you can conveniently wrap the cord around) and has a moulded grey handle (which I can't quite work out the purpose of, you'd hardly carry it around suitcase style - its only function seems to be to 'house' the locking mechanism. A single light sits atop the casing (see below).
As with all Breville toastie makers, it lacks an on/off switch which would be a very useful modification - since the only way to control the power as it is is to unplug it / plug it in at the wall. The light (described above) acts to indicate when the toastie maker is sufficiently hot by lighting up green (this process takes around 3 minutes).
After placing the toastie on the black non-stick hotplates you generally need to wait around 4-5 minutes for the finished product; a red light indicates when the maker considers it 'done' but you might want to remove earlier if you like yours just a bit gooey, or later if you prefer the toasty crispy. Of course, the type of filling you include will also affect this.
A clip on the handle (see above) fixes the toastie in place and exerts sufficient pressure to hold everything together.
You don't need butter or oil on the exterior of the bread, as with many other toastie makers, as the non-stick plates are fairly efficient. They're also very easily wipe-cleanable (but make sure that you wait until they've completely cooled down!).
Another word of warning - the finished toasties can be very hot. In order to avoid burnt fingers, do use a (non metallic) implement to remove them, and waiting a few minutes (if you can resist) avoids a burnt tongue!
We only use ours several times a month and have had it for several years and it's shown no sign of giving up the ghost. Highly recommended, if only they could make it a bit more compact and include an on/off button then I'd give it five stars.
A sandwich toaster is something I had never tried until around a year ago. Until then, all my toasties used to be made under the grill and I loved them. I like them even more when I make them with my Breville Sandwich Toaster. What I don't like however, is the the toaster itself. When it was new it was great, but over time it has deteriorated quite badly.
Don't be mistaken in thinking this is one of the cheapest toasters around as it isn't, you can get them for around £5 now, this one cost about £40, which I was happy to pay as I was expecting quality. It is a full size model, rather than one of those mini models that only allow you to make baby toasties. It's very stylish looking with a nice silver finish and contrasting black feet, wire and catch. Inside is also black. The feature of this model is that it is easy clean, which basically means that the toasting plates can be removed by flipping a few buttons. So lets start from the beginning. When you fancy a toastie or two, you first need to plug the toaster in (there is no on/off buttons) and an orange light will show. When a green light appears next to it you will know that the toaster is heated up enough and ready. This takes around 4-5 minutes.
When preparing the sandwhich, you need to either butter the outside of the bread or put oil on the plates, as the manual advises to prevent it sticking. I choose to butter the bread as I can imagine oil going all over the place, but I've never tried so that might not necessarily be the case. Then, once your sandwhich or sandwhiches are ready, you need to open up the toaster with an oven glove as a whoosh of hot steam will come out. You have to leave it shut when preparing as otherwise it will take forever to warm up. Since there are loads of different bread shapes and sizes you might then need to line your sandwhiches up so they get properly toasted. Anything that isn't metal or a knife with a handle will do fine. Once you're happy with the positioning (I'm maticulous) you need to jam the lid down on them and you will hear a satisfying sizzle. The lid needs to be squashed right down and the clip pushed shut with the other.
No timer or clock is built in so you will have to find something else to time the cooking if you don't wish to rely on guesswork. How long they are done for is entirely personal preference, 2 minutes is fine for 'soft and gooey' but I like to cook them for 6 minutes for 'nice and crunchy'. Once the time is up you again need an oven glove and the same knife you put them in with to lift them back out. Typically, the butter that you put on will be splattering and sizzling all over the place and will be all over the inside of the toaster. The toaster seals the sandwiches really well with nice crusty edges, and after 6 minutes they go a brilliant brown colour. However after six minutes sometimes depending on the bread there can still be softer yellow patches that haven't quite came into contact with the plates. The inside will be hot and steamy and stays like that for quite a while, though will vary depending on what you use. The toasties can also be very greasy because of the lubricant you have to put on the outsides of them to stop them sticking and tearing.
To clean afterwards, you just press two catches on each plate and lift them out. You can them rinse them in the sink and put them back if they aren't stubbornly dirty, or just put them with the washing up. I have never had them need to go in the washing up though and just give them a quick rinse and dry them with a dish cloth and they are ready to go again.
After all that it sounds like a great product, which if thought about better when designing it would be. The first problem is the plates. Quite simply, the paint (or whatever coating is used) has been peeling off them in hunks over time. Which basically I'm slowing eating bits of. At first it only happend to one part of the bottom plate, then it got bigger, then the paint started coming off the other plate and I think there is more bare surface than paint. It makes it look like a horrible cheap knock off basically of a proper Breville. Secondly, the easy clean plates might be easy to clean as you can just drop them in the sink after use, but this means that they are not connected directly to the unit and thus lots of old dirt, food and oil seeps into it and has made the heating elements and all of the visible area around it filthy, rusty and plain ugly. Old crusty food also accumulates in the plate catches and hinges which is nearly impossible to get out.
Lastly, this didn't happen at first so I know it's not me doing something wrong, but all the fat from the butter applied to the outside of the sandwiches and any grease that may come from cheese etc inside the sandwhiches all seeps out of the back and onto the counter as a disgusting yellow gloop. This all collects around the feet and wires too. It builds up when cooking and continues to ooze out and make a horrible mess. I have tried taking the plates out and tipping it up, and more of it still manages to ooze out and continue to smell and make the toaster dirty again.
In all, I have only given a 3 star rating because of the nice toasties it has produced. I am really angry that Breville have given their name however to something that hasn't been thought out properly and declines in quality in only a years time. My advice is to definitely by a sandwich toaster - by all means! But - think twice before buying this one.
After initially buying a cheap toasty machine for my husbands fathers day present last year, then it breaking within a couple of months, I decided that I needed to invest, and lets be honest Breville is always going to be the name you will turn to for quality!
After much perusing (of the Argos catalogue!), it was decided that the "super clean" version was the way to go, my reasoning was the detachable plates for easy cleaning, and my husbands because it was reduced in price due to a sale happening at the time!
The machine itself is very aesthetically pleasing to look at, being a sleek and smooth design and coloured silver, though not the stainless steel variety, but more rushed steel, meaning less streaks when wiped over with a cloth.
To open you gently release the plastic catch at the front and lift the lid. Inside there is a double plate, top and bottom (obviously!), that is significantly deeper than the afore mentioned cheaper branded one we had before.
Each plate is black and non-stick, though be under no illusions of just how sticky cheese can become once melted and burnt onto them!
To use you simply plug in (there are no on or off buttons, just the plug!), then once the light on the front of the unit changes from red to green you can start assembling your sandwich.
We are extremely boring in my house, with my children sticking to cheese, and me with chocolate spread and mashed banana...ok, that concoction was a fallout from a pregnancy craving many years previous, but has stuck with me since, like marmite on crumpets!
The instructions (alongside the care side of the product) explains that to get a good colour and seal on the edges of the toasty, you should very lightly butter the outer side of the bread, this in turn also helps them to not stick too much, though no matter how hard I try the cheese always manages to squeeze out of some small gap.
You will need to force the lid down when closing onto your layered sandwich, though the hinges do allow for this, and as the toasty cooks the pressure on the hinges becomes much less and we have had no problems with them so far.
When finished with, and you will need a considerable amount of cool down time, even if left open lidded, the plates can be unclipped very easily from there catches to be washed up, which again is fantastically easy, though you will need plenty of washing up liquid due to the amount of grease residue left on the surface of them.
Once dry you can simply pop the pates back, and they look as good as new, and this is with plenty of use, my children love them!
Price wise this cost us £19.99 from Argos, but being a high quality product with such a well known name, these are pretty much available from everywhere.
This is a fantastic unit that I have had no problems with at all, recommended.
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Breville TR52 Super Clean Sandwich Toaster
Description: Brand: Breville / Type: Sandwich Maker.
The Breville sandwich toaster has been around for quite a long time (30 years!) but now looks sleeker than ever. In case you are unfamiliar as to what it actually does, it makes toasted sandwiches in minutes, allowing you a fast and simple way to create a hot snack or lunch. Breville are a well known and trusted household name who produce a wide range of gadgets and kitchen related products.
I work shifts which means I tend to eat meals at odd times. Some months ago, I swapped my junk food lifestyle in favour of healthier options but unfortunately, that does mean putting a bit more effort into what I eat. It was definitely much easier to order takeaway or grab an unhealthy snack but often left me feeling sluggish and also meant that I put on a few unwanted pounds.
On my birthday in February, my mother bought me one of these Breville sandwich toasters with the idea that I could take it into work and use it to make hot and delicious toasties on night shifts. Since then, it has been used a few times every week and I can't imagine being without it.
You can expect to pay around £25 for this machine and it can be found in lots of places (Comet, Curry's etc), including Amazon so could be a great way to redeem those Dooyoo miles!
Years ago, these sandwich makers used to be a bit messy, the filling would invariably spill out and stick to the machine, and it was a little bit fiddly and difficult to clean. In fact, I had one which was quickly consigned to the back of a cupboard and then donated to a car boot sale. Breville have made this product with removable non-stick plates for easy cleaning and it really makes a difference.
To use, simple prepare a sandwich with the filling of your choice, pop into the machine and toast. it really is as simple as that! The product comes with a handy booklet with suggestions for fillings but I am quite traditional and like old favourites such as cheese and ham, cheese and pickle, corned beef and pickle or tuna and cheese - yum! The machine toasts the sandwich and also seperates it into triangles (you do have to pull them apart slightly but this is really easy to do) so it is ready to eat.
The handles of the machine don't heat up so you don't burn your hands when taking your sandwich out and it has a light to tell you when it is ready to use. It really is a simple and updated version of an old favourite and if you are like me and used to find these machines messy, you should definitely try this one as it so much easier to use.
5 Dooyoo starts from me, well done Breville!
Breville are a popular UK brand which make household appliances and are stocked in most of the major retail outlets in the UK. Breville was also among the first to produce the sandwich toaster, and I remember having one in our house as a child.
For anyone not familiar with the product, this is a toaster which basically uses two slices of bread (can use larger slices too in this model), preferably with straightish sides, which you butter (or margarine) top and bottom (so sticking to the plates) and fill with your choice of filling - most commonly cheddar cheese.
You then push the lid down and lock for a few minutes (you can keep lifting the lid to check) until browned to your taste. It will almost slice them for you too - you just have to pull the two sandwiches apart slightly, and hey presto, your toasted sarnie!
This model of sandwich maker has removable non-stick plates which is a fantastic idea, as it allows you to remove all the grease and grime with a soapy wash, or to place them in the dishwasher.
The body is made of stainless steel and looks really sturdy and is again easy to wipe over to clean. It has a stay-shut clip at the front to clip the lid down when toasting, which doesn't get hot, and an indicator on top to let you know when it's heating up (red) and when it's ready to put your sandwich in (green).
This model has the capacity for two round of toasted sandwiches so I can make one round for my toddlers and one for myself! (hubby not keen on toasted sarnies!). My children really love these at the moment for their tea (good old toasted cheese sandwiches) and it takes me back to my childhood too! For my children I don't leave the sandwich in the toaster too long so that it is quite soft for them.
You also get a handy little booklet with recipe ideas for your sandwiches, and how to look after your little machine, which is a useful inclusion in the box.
I got mine in Comet for £25 but they have an online promotion at the moment for around £19.95.
In my opinion, I have to say that this is a good, sturdy toaster which is easy to clean, heats up and toasts really quickly, and above all, produces tasty little sandwiches which my kids and I love! This is also a very versatile machine, allowing for many different fillings. Five stars!
The only thing I would say is to be careful when filling the sandwhich beforehand, as I have had cheese spilling over and sticking around hinges - but this is also easily wipeable.
The TR52 sandwich maker from Breville heats up quickly and toasts your sandwiches to a delicious, golden-brown / Short name: Breville TR52