It used to be that making a gourmet grilled sandwich required going to a novelty café or restaurant and shelling out for an expensive meal. However, electric Panini makers allow you to bring the quality and taste of a restaurant Panini to your own kitchen. With so many sandwich presses available for purchase finding the right model can be a challenge. Consequently, we’ve decided to do the research for you by compiling a list of the five best Panini makers.
|Weight:||7 lbs||12 lbs||9.7 lbs||5.8 lbs||8.1lbs|
|Dimensions:||14.5 x 6.5 x 12 inches||17 x 13 x 10 inches||16 x 5.5 x 16 inches||5.6 x 13.8 x 12.7 inches||5.25 x 13 x 11.75 inches|
|Panini & sandwich measures:||11" wide x 7" deep||11.5" wide x 9" deep||12" wide x 10" deep||10" wide x 8" deep||11.5" wide x 7" deep|
|Plate type:||ridged||ridged & flat (reversible)||flat||ridged||top: ridged / bottom: flat (non-ridged)|
|Drip tray:||drip spout||yes||no||no||no|
|Warranty:||3 years||3 years||3 years||2 years||1 year|
|Ease of use:||5/5||4/5||5/5||4/5||4/5|
Despite being a not as well-known a brand in the US and being the last Panini maker on our list through Amazon, the Breville BSG520XL Panini Duo is still a good machine. The product has all the standard features you look for in a panini press. The BSG520XL also has a unique design with a flat bottom plate for easy cleaning and grilling, and a ridged top plate to create restaurant style grill marks. You can’t go wrong with this panini maker, but many reviewers like to go with a more well-known name brand.
Available at a budget friendly price,and the cheapest Panini maker on our list, the Hamilton Beach 25460 Panini Press Gourmet Sandwich Maker is the perfect option for a person living the single lifestyle or a couple. Although it produces high quality sandwiches, many reviewers felt that they would be better off spending a little bit more money for a larger Panini press. However, on the flip side, storing an appliance that is only made for making two sandwiches at once is much easier than a larger grill. Furthermore, some users stated that the deep ridges were difficult to clean and that it took a long time for the appliance to reach the desired temperature.
Known for its sleek design and easy to use interface, the IMUSA GAU-80102 Electric Panini and Sandwich Maker is our number 3 ranked appliance. Featuring a large and flat grill surface, this Panini press is a bargain at less than $50 on Amazon. What separates this sandwich maker from many others is that it uses a flat cooking surface. On the one hand, this means that you will not get the grill marks on both sides of a sandwich; however, it makes cleaning so much easier. Instead of having to use a knife to scrape in between each grill line to remove grease and food, the IMUSA can be wiped clean with a sponge in no time. On the downside, some reviewers stated that they wished the sandwich maker included a method of adjusting the temperature to different settings.
Best designed for cooks who wish to use sandwich maker as an indoor grill too, the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler is an excellent value. With a large 11.5 inch by 9 inch grilling surface, people should have no trouble grilling multiple sandwiches or pork chops at once. Unlike many other Panini makers, users are actually able to adjust the temperature of the grill with a rotating dial and a selector between grill and griddle functions. A green indicator light on the grill makes it easy to know when it is has reached the wanted temperature. The GR-4N also differentiates itself from the other items on our list because of it’s reversible grill and griddle plates that are also removable to make cleaning a cinch! Unlike the easy to transport design and shape of the other Panini makers, some reviewers do not like the bulky and heavy shape of the Cuisinart. Not only does it take up substantial counter space, but also it can be difficult to move especially if using as an indoor grill. That said, the GR-4N 5-in-1 is a super flexible appliance that allows you to cook not only great panini and sandwiches, but to also grill whatever you fancy!
This appliance is the best panini press on the market nowadays. Although it’s an older model, it still is the best from a quality and cost perspective – even beating out it’s newer successor the GR-11. The GR-1 does what it’s supposed to do: make a great pressed sandwich. The excellent restaurant quality grilled sandwiches that can be made will surprise users of the Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press. In addition to a delicious Panini, the GR-1 can also be used to grill vegetables, burgers and pork chops with the convenience of a single machine. Available in a stainless steel design, the Cuisinart resembles a professional panini maker found in restaurants. Designed to accommodate sandwiches and meats of different thicknesses, the Cuisinart features a floating hinge that automatically raises or lowers depending on the thickness. However, what really separates this Panini maker from the others on our list is its easy to use design. The sandwich maker has different indicator lights to alert the user when the appliance is both hot enough for food to be put inside and when the item is fully cooked.
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