Best Sandwich Toasters in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 4, 2019
Grilled cheese, toasted pastrami, patty melts...whatever your favourite kind of toasted sandwich is, you need a Sandwich Toaster in order to make it to perfection. Read on for our picks of the top 5 models and find the best sandwich toaster for your home! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Best For
Number of Sandwiches
Power
Plates
Control
Extras
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS

The plates have a special DuraCeramic™ coating that has better heat transfer, so it heats up an order of magnitude faster than plates with a conventional non-stick coating. And it is incredibly scratch resistant.

CONS

Plastic lock may not seem very secure.

OUR VERDICT

This model will definitely appeal to people who do not want to wait forever while their hot sandwiches are prepared: 2 powerful heating elements contribute to the speedy toasting of bread on both sides, letting you enjoy snacks in a matter of minutes.

detailed parameters
Best For

Sandwiches, omelettes

Number of Sandwiches

4

Power

850 Watts

Plates

Aluminium with DuraCeramic™ coating (removable)

Control

Power and ready-to-cook indicator lights

Extras

Cut and seal system, non-skid feet, locking handle for space-saving storage

Dimensions

31 x 13 x 27 cm

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The special form of the device and the latch on the handles make it possible to store it vertically so that it does not take up much space in the kitchen cabinet when not in use. Cord wrap allows you to carefully wind the power cord so that it does not get tangled or interfere.

CONS

Case may initially have a strange smell.

OUR VERDICT

If you often eat sandwiches for breakfast and want to cook large and hearty goodies quickly, then you will definitely like this model: you can safely put large pieces of bread (up to 60% more than other models) without fear of the filling being squeezed out.

detailed parameters
Best For

Sandwiches, omelettes

Number of Sandwiches

4

Power

900 Watts

Plates

Aluminium with non-stick coating (non-removable)

Control

Power and ready-to-cook indicator lights

Extras

Non-skid feet, locking handle for space-saving storage

Dimensions

32 x 12.5 x 27.5 cm

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Thanks to the removable cooking plates, it will be much easier and more convenient to take care of them: so, after finishing cooking and completely cooling the plates, you can rinse them under running water or place them in the dishwasher. The body can be wiped with a damp cloth.

CONS

The stainless steel top gets very hot.

OUR VERDICT

The increased depth of the sandwich compartments in this model makes it possible to cook here not only hot sandwiches, but also omelettes, scrambled eggs and even pizza pockets. Moreover, you can really put a lot of filling inside without it spilling out.

detailed parameters
Best For

Sandwiches, omelettes, pizza pockets

Number of Sandwiches

4

Power

850 Watts

Plates

Aluminium with non-stick coating (removable)

Control

Power and ready-to-cook indicator lights

Extras

Cut and seal system, non-skid feet, locking handle for space-saving storage

Dimensions

30 x 13 x 27 cm

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The ready-to-cook indicator light will be very useful, because it tells you when it is best to place bread slices with filling on the plates: as a result, you will get perfectly cooked sandwiches, evenly fried over the entire area.

CONS

The power cord is short.

OUR VERDICT

This sandwich toaster from Global Gourmet will definitely appeal to people who do not have much experience in cooking, but still want to please themselves and loved ones with exquisite culinary masterpieces: the sandwiches here will turn out to be very tasty, requiring very little effort.

detailed parameters
Best For

Sandwiches, omelettes

Number of Sandwiches

4

Power

900 Watts

Plates

Aluminium with non-stick coating (non-removable)

Control

Power and ready-to-cook indicator lights

Extras

Non-skid feet, locking handle for space-saving storage

Dimensions

30 x 11 x 25 cm

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Special recesses are provided on the plates that carefully cut a square slice of bread into 2 triangular parts: this solution is especially useful for people who use toaster bread to make sandwiches and don't have time to cut them before cooking.

CONS

Plates take a long time to pre-heat.

OUR VERDICT

Despite the relatively low cost, this model is not much different from the more expensive sandwich toasters: 900 W power, a cool-touch handle, easy maintenance and compact housing dimensions are the main advantages of the Tower kitchen appliance.

detailed parameters
Best For

Sandwiches, omelettes

Number of Sandwiches

4

Power

900 Watts

Plates

Aluminium with non-stick coating (non-removable)

Control

Power and ready-to-cook indicator lights

Extras

Non-skid feet, locking handle for space-saving storage

Dimensions

29 x 10.2 x 24.5 cm

Warranty

1 year (2 more years for product registration)

Breville VST074

Fast Heating

Everyone loves having a toasted sandwich, but not everyone loves having to wait forever for it to be ready. Many methods of toasting sandwiches have always taken longer than most people would like to wait, and even many models of sandwich toasters tend to take a long time to heat up before the sandwich can even begin toasting. As one of the main advantages of having a sandwich toaster is that it can help make toasted sandwiches faster than other means, this kind of defeats the purpose of having one. Having a sandwich toaster that can quickly toast your sandwiches would go a long way towards making tasty snacks quickly.

The Breville VST074 Sandwich Toaster is the best kitchen companion for those who want quick and easy toasted sandwiches to be both quick and easy. The plates have a special DuraCeramic™ coating that has better heat transfer, so it heats up an order of magnitude faster than plates with a conventional non-stick coating. This ensures that your toasted sandwiches will be ready quickly, without having to wait too long for them. In addition, the plate is incredibly scratch-resistant, so using even metal utensils to remove the toasted sandwiches won't run the risk of damaging them.

Review of Breville VST074 Sandwich Toaster

Quick and Easy Treats

This model will definitely appeal to people who do not want to wait forever while their hot sandwiches are prepared. Two powerful heating elements contribute to the speedy toasting of bread on both sides, letting you enjoy snacks in a matter of minutes. Furthermore, you won't run the risk of burning the bread, as the heating elements are timed to provide the perfect toasting without getting too hot.

The sandwich plates actually have deep fill moulds, letting you toast sandwiches with more fillings than what is allowed in many other competing models. In addition, the deep fill moulds ensure that your fillings won't be pushed out when the cover is closed, giving you perfectly formed sandwiches. The models use the standard triangular shape that is common with such appliances, giving you sandwiches that are cut evenly in half while sealing the filling inside. The unit itself is fairly compact, letting you easily store it whenever it is not in use, helping you save some precious space, which is helpful for those with small kitchens.

All told, this sandwich toaster is a fast heating device that will give you quite delicious snacks and meal items, which will go a long way towards proving itself to be a convenient and reliable kitchen companion.

Breville VST074 Sandwich Toaster in the use

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Salter EK2017S

Easy Storage

Having a sandwich toaster may sound like a great idea to many people, but a lot of these same people are hesitant to get one for one very simple reason. Getting another kitchen appliance can cause space issues in an already crowded kitchen, which is something that is quite common in many households. As convenient as such a device can be, the loss of space can negate much of that convenience, causing a trade-off for people that just isn't worth it. Having such an item can only add convenience if it is easy to store away in a cabinet or somewhere else when not in use.

The Salter EK2017S Electric XL Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster Press is a great device for those who are hard-pressed to find the space to keep a sandwich toaster in their kitchen. The special form of the device and the latch on the handles make it possible to store it vertically so that it does not take up much space in the kitchen cabinet when not in use. This lets you keep that little bit of extra space in your kitchen and prevents you from having to sacrifice it just to have a sandwich toaster. In addition, the cord wrap allows you to carefully wind the power cord so that it does not get tangled or interfere with your movements, helping to add to the convenience of the device.

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Large Capacity Pockets

If you often eat sandwiches for breakfast and want to cook large and hearty goodies quickly, then you will definitely like this model. The moulds for the pockets have a large capacity, so you can safely put large pieces of bread in them (up to 60% more than other models) without fear of the filling being squeezed out. In addition, the special design of the moulds gives you the standard triangular shape for the sandwiches, along with a neat design that will help give your toasted sandwiches an appetizing and appealing look, rather than them looking like a rushed toasted sandwich, which is how they end up looking with many other competing devices.

The plates themselves have a non-stick coating that lets you easily remove the sandwiches once they are cooked. The handle of the unit, which is attached to the lid of the device, has a cool touch covering that makes it safe to handle at any time during the cooking process. The unit itself has sturdy non-slip feet that keep the unit very stable on virtually any surface, letting you safely use it wherever you have space for it. In the end, this full-featured sandwich toaster gives you high-quality toasted sandwiches in a reliable and cost-effective device.

Salter EK2017S Electric XL Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster Press in the use

 

Breville VST041

Removable Plates

Most electric sandwich toasters have a very similar design: they are almost all clamshell-like devices that have a top and a bottom half that fold together, with both sides containing plates with moulds that help form the toasted sandwiches. However, most of the models out there are limited to only having the moulds on the original plates, which can't be removed. This not only takes away from its flexibility in use, but it can also make cleaning the device a little harder than it should be. Having the option to remove the plates would go a long way towards making many of these devices more practical.

The Breville VST041 Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster is a sandwich toaster that gives itself a level of flexibility and convenience that is missing from most other models. Thanks to the removable cooking plates, it will be much easier and more convenient to take care of them. So, after finishing cooking and completely cooling the plates, you can rinse them under running water or place them in the dishwasher. The body can also be wiped with a damp cloth. In short, cleaning this device is a breeze compared to most other models, making it much more convenient and practical to anyone who wants to ensure their device can be made spotless after every use.

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Perfect Sandwiches

Speaking of the plates, there is a lot more to them than just the fact that they are removable. The large depth of the sandwich compartments in the plates makes it possible to cook not only hot sandwiches, but also omelettes, scrambled eggs and even pizza pockets. Moreover, you can really put a lot of filling inside without it spilling out thanks to the deep design of the moulds. The pleasant shape will help perfectly form your sandwiches as well, with the cut and seal system giving you even halves that can be easily cut or broken apart without fear of the toasted sandwich falling apart.

What's more, the plates actually allow for different sizes of bread, so you're not limited to having to use a particular size of bread slices in order to get the optimal sandwiches. The case of the unit, like most other models, can be stored away when not in use, and the lid and bottom when closed help form a carrying handle for easy transport. If there is any downside to this model, it would be that the case gets very hot while it is heating up and cooking, so care should be taken to not touch the stainless steel of the case while in use. Regardless, the positive aspects of this model help make it one of the best sandwich toasters on the market.

Breville VST041 Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster in the use

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Global Gourmet 900W

Evenly Cooked Sandwiches

Sandwich toasters are probably familiar items to a fair number of people. After all, these appliances have been around for many years, with a fair number of people having grown up with them. What many of these people can tell you about these devices, though, is that they tend to be pretty inconsistent in the quality of cooking they perform. Sandwiches tend to not get very evenly toasted, with some devices having a tendency to burn them, which takes away from the convenience that they supposedly have. A device simply isn't convenient to use if it isn't producing consistently good results.

The Global Gourmet 900W Sandwich Toaster/Toastie Maker is one of the exceptions to this rule, as it provides a number of useful features that help you get consistent results. The ready-to-cook indicator light will be very useful, because it tells you when it is best to place bread slices with filling on the plates. As a result, you will get perfectly cooked sandwiches, evenly fried over the entire area and without any scorch marks or other indications of burning. This allows for getting the best results every time you use the device, ensuring that all meals or snacks cooked with it are of the highest quality.

Review of Global Gourmet 900W Sandwich Toaster/Toastie Maker

Create Your Own Masterpiece

This sandwich press from Global Gourmet will definitely appeal to people who do not have much experience in cooking, but still want to please themselves and loved ones with exquisite culinary masterpieces. The sandwiches cooked with this device will turn out to be very tasty, requiring very little effort on the part of the cook. The deep pockets of the plates will keep the fillings inside of the sandwich while ensuring that the end results is a perfectly formed meal that is thoroughly cooked.

Plenty of other positive aspects to this device exist as well. The device contains a handle on the lid that remains cool to the touch, even during the cooking process, ensuring you can open it up safely at any time. Even so, the locking mechanism keeps the lid firmly locked in place while cooking, helping to keep fingers out of the cooking area while in use. The compact design lets you place it anywhere in your kitchen for cooking, although the short power cord may be an issue to some people. However, the device can be safely stored away when not in use, so you don't need to clutter your kitchen with it. For those who like having perfectly toasted sandwiches for meals or snacks, this device will certainly please even the most skeptical owner.

Global Gourmet 900W Sandwich Toaster/Toastie Maker in the use

 

Tower T27013

Cut and Shape

There isn't much that needs to be done when using a sandwich toaster. Just make a sandwich using the two slices of bread with ingredients placed between the slices, put the sandwiches on the plates, and then close the lid and start the cooking process. However, some sandwich toasters leave an extra step after cooking, which is to cut the sandwiches in half. Many of these devices may claim to cut the sandwiches for you, but instead of doing that, they just tend to leave an indent for you to cut them or break the halves apart yourself, which slightly lessens the convenience of using the device.

The Tower T27013 Deep Fill Sandwich Maker doesn't leave that extra step for you. Special recesses are provided on the plates that carefully cut a square slice of bread into 2 triangular parts. This solution is especially useful for people who use toaster bread to make sandwiches and don't have time to cut them before or after cooking. This also stands in contrast to many other models that don't actually perform the cutting for you, making this device truly more convenient than many other sandwich toasters on the market. Helping to take away that extra step can go a long way towards allowing you to grill sandwiches quickly and easily.

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Affordable Sandwich Toaster

Another thing about this sandwich toaster that gives it a leg up on other models is its budget price. Despite the relatively low cost, though, this model is not much different from the more expensive sandwich toasters. With 900 W of power, a cool-touch handle, easy maintenance and compact housing dimension, the main advantages of this Tower kitchen appliance easily compare to models that cost a lot more, making the choice much easier for you when looking for the right sandwich toaster.

Plenty of other advantages are offered by this sandwich cooker as well. The non-stick ceramic plates help keep your sandwich from getting stuck to them, making this an easy clean model, requiring only a quick wipe-down with a damp cloth. The compact design of the appliance means it can be used in kitchens with small spaces, and stored away easily when you need to free up space. The only disadvantage here is that the ceramic plates do take a long time to pre-heat, so just keep that in mind if you need to quickly toast some sandwiches. All told, though, this budget-friendly model will give you the same or better of a sandwich toasting experience when compared to more expensive models, making this the right choice for the budget-conscious shopper.

Tower T27013 Deep Fill Sandwich Maker in the use

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What Is a Sandwich Toaster?

There are hundreds of different sandwiches that are all tasty in their own right, with just the perfect combination of bread and ingredients to make anyone's mouth water in anticipation. With as good as many of these sandwiches are, though, many of them taste even better when they are toasted. Toasting a sandwich can add a lot of benefits to the make-up of the item, bringing out the best flavour in all of the included ingredients. Cold cheese will often melt, the meats will heat up, bringing out their savoury juices, and the bread will attain a crispness that holds everything together while adding its own unique toasted flavour to the entire sandwich. However, actually getting a sandwich properly toasted can be a different story altogether, with it being quite difficult to get right without the proper appliances.

A sandwich toaster is the perfect appliance for creating the best toasted sandwiches. These appliances work in a similar manner to other well-known items such as waffle makers, where the sandwich is placed on the plate of the device, and then the lid is closed, providing even heating to both sides of the sandwich. Many of the plates used will often have moulds that help create a certain shape for the sandwich as well, helping to make the perfect snacks.

If you are looking for an appliance that can toast more than just sandwiches, take a look at our reviews of the best toaster ovens.

What Features to Compare

Most popular sandwich toasters are going to appear pretty similar to each other, with many mimicking the form of a waffle iron. However, there can definitely be a huge variance in the different features and abilities of each unit. Before buying one, it is best to become familiar with the general characteristics of such items so that you know which ones to look for when trying to choose the best sandwich toaster for your home.

Best Used For

Although most of these units may have some similar characteristics, there may be a bit of divergence when it comes to what each unit is best used for. Most of these will be best used for making sandwiches, but other may have different capabilities as well, such as making omelettes or even pastries. You will want to check the packaging of each unit to see what specialities the particular model caters to.

Number of Sandwiches

Another important characteristic will be the number of sandwiches that each unit makes. Most models that you find, including all of the ones that we have reviewed here, are suited for making 4 sandwiches at once. Although there may be models that are suited for making more than that, they are very few and far between.

Power

The power of a unit will generally indicate how long it will take to thoroughly toast the sandwiches. In general, the higher the power of the unit is, the faster it will cook the food. If time will be of the essence when making toasted sandwiches, you will probably want to buy the highest powered unit possible.

Plates

The plates used in the toaster will be another important consideration, as the material they are made of can have an effect on the overall effectiveness of the toaster. Most units use some kind of metal coating (usually aluminium or titanium copper) with an anti-stick coating to prevent the bread from sticking to the plate. The ability to remove the plates will also be important to consider, either for cleaning or for swapping out for a different mould.

Controls

Most of these units will have pretty simple controls, but it can still be a good idea to consider the controls of any unit you purchase. Having simple controls as well as indicator lights that show when the unit is powered on can make your sandwich toasting experience easier and safer.

Extras

Finally, the extras of any unit should always be considered before you choose a particular model. Many of these sandwich toasters will include a number of extras, including non-slip feet for a stable base, a locking handle to prevent easy opening of the unit while it is cooking, and some will even include different plates that allow for creating sandwiches or other dishes with different shapes.

What to Make With a Sandwich Toaster

Now that you have found your ideal sandwich toaster, you may be wondering what all you can make with it. There are a few easy items, such as a grilled cheese sandwich or egg sandwich, that are obvious choices, but there are actually many more things that can be made with one than most people realize. Below are some favourite foods that people have made in a sandwich toaster, which should give you some great ideas for really spicing up your breakfast and meal times. All of these are quite simple to make, so even if you are a novice, don't be afraid. Having a sandwich maker really helps simplify the cooking process for many of these favourite treats!

French Toast

One of the most popular things to make in a sandwich toaster is French toast, a breakfast favourite for many people the world over. Making French toast in a sandwich press is actually quite easy. You can prepare the bread slices just as you normally would, put them in the sandwich toaster, and in a few minutes you'll have some delicious French toast. You can even make sandwiches with them, using two slices of bread with some kind of sweet filling between them.

Omelettes

Another favourite breakfast food, omelettes are quite simple to make with a sandwich toaster. You just need the scrambled eggs, along with whatever ingredients you want to include, such as the meat and vegetables. Mix the eggs with a little milk to make them fluffy, add salt and pepper, then pour the mix into each section of the sandwich toaster. Then add your diced meat and vegetables and grated cheese, activate the toaster, and you'll soon have some of the most delicious omelettes you've ever had!

Pizza Pockets

Everybody loves pizza, and making some tasty pizza pockets has never been easier than with using a sandwich toaster. You can use a crust of your choice, either regular sliced bread or even pizza dough, add in your ingredients between two layers of crust, and you'll just be a couple of minutes of cooking away from having some delightful pizza pockets. These make a great snack for kids and adults alike.

Quesadillas

Anyone who loves Tex-Mex knows that Quesadillas are the bomb, and you now have an extremely easy way to make them with a sandwich press. Two layers of tortillas with shredded cheese and some other ingredients between them make them a quick and easy snack or dinnertime companion dish that everyone will be sure to love!

Sandwich Maker Cakes

You're not limited to just sandwiches and snacks with a sandwich press, you can easily make desserts as well. Sandwich maker cakes have become afavouritee dessert of many sandwich toaster owners. Here you can find a simple-to-follow recipe for creating an excellent sweet treat for your family.

Brownies

It is difficult to find someone who doesn't love brownies, and many people enjoy baking them. They just don't enjoy having to wait so long for them to be ready to eat! Never fear, though. With a sandwich toaster, you can bake some delicious brownies that will be ready to eat in a matter of minutes!

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Publish Date: 2019-09-04 16:04:14