Best Sandwich Maker / Toaster – Reviews 2018 – 2019

Product
The Top Pick
Tower T27010 4-Slice Sandwich Maker with Easy Clean Non-Stick Cerastone Coated Plates, Non-Slip Feet and Cool Touch Handle, 1000 W, Stainless Steel/ Black
Second Best
VonShef 3-in-1 Sandwich Toaster, Waffle Maker & Grill - Toastie Maker with Non-Stick Removable Plates - Stainless Steel - 700W
Breville VST041 Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster, Stainless Steel - Silver
Dimensions
31 x 27.8 x 8.9cm
23.5 x 23.5 x 9.5cm
30 x 26.5 x 12.8cm
Weight
1.84kg
2.25kg
2.7kg
Removable Plates
Yes
Yes
Yes
Non-stick Plates
Yes
yes
Yes
Range of Plates
No
Yes, 3
No
Manufacturers Guarantee
1 Year, 2 Years if registered
No
Yes
No. of Sandwiches
4
2
2
Customer Rating
The Top Pick
Product
Tower T27010 4-Slice Sandwich Maker with Easy Clean Non-Stick Cerastone Coated Plates, Non-Slip Feet and Cool Touch Handle, 1000 W, Stainless Steel/ Black
Model
Dimensions
31 x 27.8 x 8.9cm
Weight
1.84kg
Removable Plates
Yes
Non-stick Plates
Yes
Range of Plates
No
Manufacturers Guarantee
1 Year, 2 Years if registered
No. of Sandwiches
4
Customer Rating
Second Best
Product
VonShef 3-in-1 Sandwich Toaster, Waffle Maker & Grill - Toastie Maker with Non-Stick Removable Plates - Stainless Steel - 700W
Dimensions
23.5 x 23.5 x 9.5cm
Weight
2.25kg
Removable Plates
Yes
Non-stick Plates
yes
Range of Plates
Yes, 3
Manufacturers Guarantee
No
No. of Sandwiches
2
Customer Rating
Product
Breville VST041 Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster, Stainless Steel - Silver
Dimensions
30 x 26.5 x 12.8cm
Weight
2.7kg
Removable Plates
Yes
Non-stick Plates
Yes
Range of Plates
No
Manufacturers Guarantee
Yes
No. of Sandwiches
2
Customer Rating

The Best Sandwich Makers / Toastie Makers Available Now

Sandwiches are a thing of beauty, they were popularised in England in 1762 by John Montagu, who was the 4th Earl of Sandwich, however the first sandwiches can be traced by to the 1st Century B.C. Hungry Rabbi Hillel the Elder is said to have begun the Passover tradition of getting some unleavened bread, putting lamb, nuts and herbs in it, and calling that lunch.

In the Middle Ages peasants used thick, stale slices of bread as plates called ‘trenchers‘. This open sandwich probably didn’t include the bread. In modern terms the Dutch have a long tradition of serving bread with meat or fish and other toppings.

Now, we have iconic toastie and sandwich makers like the ubiquitous George Foreman grill. Along with dozens of other brands aiming to sate your hunger for crispy, melted, hot, hot sandwiches.

Why should you use a sandwich or toastie maker?

A rather obvious question, because they make really tasty, simple food. Toasties are a great way to introduce children to making and preparing food. Often they are amongst the first kitchen appliances children are allowed to use, because although they can get hot, they’re very easy to shut down and control- just keep your fingers out.

What should you look for in one?

Sandwich and toasty makers are essentially grills. When buying one you should consider if you want to make anything else with the folding grill. Some items are single purpose, or at least designed that way, whilst others allow you to cook other foods like waffles or even meat such as bacon.

Removable plates are a useful feature in a toastie maker. They can be put in the dishwasher, left to soak, or cleaned with a handheld steam cleaner. Some toastie makers are still stuck looking like video game consoles or PCs from the ’00s, if you’re trying to design on a budget be sure to shop around and match their appliances.

  • Does the grill cook more than toasties?
  • Is it easy to clean?
  • Sealed or open toasties?
  • Easy to store?

The Best Toastie Makers In 2019

The Tower T27010

The Tower sandwich maker is a heavy weight toasty maker capable of producing four sandwiches at once. It comes with non-stick cerastone coated toasting plates, non-slip feet and a cool touch handle.

Pros

  • The toasting plates cut ridges and seal filling sandwiches, try adding some beans or sauce
  • 1 Year Guarantee or two years with registration
  • No butter or fat required, but it does make sandwiches better
  • Easy to store and can be stood upright

Cons

  • Single use you can’t make waffles or grill meat or vegetables in it
  • Doesn’t come with a range of plates
  • Aesthetically unpleasing

The VonShef 3-in-1

This 3-in-1 grill comes with a set of removable, non-stick plates allowing you to make a sealed toasty, add classic straight grill lines to paninis and cook waffles from scratch. VonShef are a relatively new company, however they offer a two year manufacturers guarantee should something go wrong with your toaster. They’ve also been featured in the Times, Ideal Home and the Great British Food Magazine.

Pros

  • Cook multiple recipes, make multiple snacks
  • Non-stick removable plates
  • Easy to use, just plug in and toast
  • 2 Year manufacturers guarantee
  • Compact design for unobtrusive storage
  • Good value for money, our cheapest pick

Cons

  • Squat design, ugly lights and spaceship-esque

The Brevillie Deep Fill Toaster

The Breville Deep Fill sandwich maker is made from stainless steel and resembles a small suitcase. Against our other picks the Breville Deep Fill is the most aesthetically pleasing, it doesn’t have the same mid-2000s video game console look as the VonShef or the Tower. However it is smaller, only cooking two sandwiches at once and it doesn’t have a choice of grill plates.

Pros

  • Breville are a long standing brand with a good range of kitchen products
  • Good manufacturer support if you get into trouble
  • Removable plates for easy cleaning in a dishwasher
  • Cool touch handle

Cons

  • Non-stick proofing on the plates can wear away quickly if washed incorrectly – go gentle!
  • Lack of choice in grill plates