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I have had this sandwich maker for around a year now and it has been very handy. Whenever there is nothing to cook or there isn't much time to cook anything you can just use this. All you have to do is butter some bread put something like cheese and ham in the sandwich and cook it. It doesn't take long to cook, it takes around 5-10 minutes to cook 2 sandwiches ( 4 slices of bread ). Also this sandwich maker is easy to store, it isn't very big and can easily be put away in a cupboard or just left on the side somewhere. This is also good for the price, you can get this one for under £15, this is a very good price as it does what most of the sandwich makers do, which is cook a sandwich, but for a cheaper price, so there is no need to get an expensive one.
The only bad thing about it is there isn't much space to put the sandwiches and only 2 can be made.
=Argos 2-Slice Sandwich Toaster=
Should I say who remembers the 80s when the toasted sandwich was the next best thing to butter bread. Over the years we have had a few sandwich toasters.
The own brand budget buy range from Argos is the Argos Value range, and to be honest a lot of the items are as good as branded items, and for one this sandwich toaster could certainly hold its own against more expensive brands.
This is around £5.
The box is basic cardboard, with the blue and white of the value range, with black writing, there is a full instruction booklet enclosed.
=The Sandwich Toaster=
It is a white unit, made from plastic, at the bottom there are non-slip pads so at least you know when you are using it, it's not going to walkies over the kitchen surface.
Plug in and this operates the electricity supply to the machine, there are 2 lights on the front, and when the green light comes on this means that the toaster is hot enough to use.
=2 pieces of bread=
Use butter or margarine, and butter the bread, you put buttered piece on the bottom then add your toppings to the dry side of the bread, put the top piece on, again the buttered piece of the top.
Pop these into the toaster, and allow a few minutes, then you have a lovely golden sandwich, the sandwich is chopped in half by the sandwich toaster.
The plates are Teflon toasted, and when you clean up, make sure you don't use a scourers, just a cloth warm soapy water, (make sure it is unplugged), and then wipe over.
Literally whatever you fancy, I find that if I use cheese it does get messy, but that's half the fun.
I personally like ham, cheese and pineapple toasty, or baked beans, - you just put these in cold from the tin and they get warmed up during the toasted process.
=Would I recommend=
For under £5 this is excellent value, I have had mine for over 2 years now, it get used regularly, and it still as good as when I brought it.
I purchased this sandwich toaster several years ago and it has been replaced now but am able to review it so other possible purchasers are aware of what it's like.
Currently being sold in Argos at an amazingly low price of £4.54. It is from their own value range but even so this is a very low price for an electrical item.
This is a basic kitchen appliance no fancy knobs or buttons just the knob of butter you may want to spread over the bread. You can get toaster bags these day which you place into a normal toaster but I have yet to try this but think I prefer this traditional method.
It is lightweight with white plastic on the outside with a handle which has a fastening clip on it. Four stoppers on the base keep it directly off the surface. On opening the toaster you will find smooth black plastic triangle shapes, four on the bottom part and four on the lid part. You place a sandwich over two triangle shapes and when the lid is pressed down the shapes on the top push it down giving the toastie a unique shape and also making it easy to cut when ready.
When you plug this into the socket and switch the plug to on then it comes straight on as no buttons need pressing. There is a light on it and when that changes then the toaster has reached it's temperature ready to put the sandwich into it.
You need to make a normal sandwich ready to toast, any fillings you like but my all time favourite has to be a cheese and tomato toastie, the way the cheese melts and tomato tastes is great. It is always best to spread a small amount of butter on the outside of the sandwich as this helps it to brown nicely.
When everything is ready place the sandwiches in and shut the lid down, You use the clip to shut it tight but this can be tricky if the sandwich is quite full. We had only used ours for a matter of weeks and this clip broke off but Argos were good to allow as to exchange it and we got a better quality one. Also I found that dependent on the size of bread used then sometimes the crusts would be hanging out from the edges.
There's no set time for them to cook but takes approx 3 minutes, once the sandwich is golden in colour you know it is ready. Be warned that the filling can still be scorching hot even when the outside has cooled down especially cheese ones. Whilst cooking the outside of the toaster gets warm but not boiling hot as you may expect.
Don't forget to turn this off at the wall socket when finished using it.
Now I wouldn't personally recommend this toaster due to my experience of it breaking and having seen other reviews not giving it a good rating. I say spend a bit more money and get one of better quality.
Getting any kitchen appliance for just £5 is a bargain, assuming it works. This Argos toasted sandwich maker works... but not too well.
Yes, the appliance will make you a toasted sandwich - this is what you bought it for and therefore there is no reason not to get it, right? Wrong. For a student, like me, this is all that we actually care about so this would be perfectly fine for us, but for other people there are a few other factors which must be taken into account of first.
Firstly, it looks very cheap. Well, this is kind of because it IS in fact cheap, but why should people have to know this by looking at it.The pure white plastic style is a little dated now and comes with the added irritation of showing up all splatters of food which appear after use. However if you do a thorough clean, it should be fine. This leads on well to my next section, cleaning...
It can be very difficult to clean this sandwich maker, the multitude of different joints, ridges and grooves in the appliance make it a haven for food to hide away in, but hell for anybody trying to get the food out of. The appliance isn't water proof (I don't think - I am a little too scared to test this) so it is not as easy as throwing it in a dishwasher or in the sink - you must do everything yourself.
If you manage to get your sandwich in, despite the poor clamp which comes on the handles which tends to like to completely come off, it does pretty well, but pretty slowly. t does give a nice even cooking and does not cook some parts more than others - this means that for the person receiving the sandwich, it looks as good as a sandwich toaster at ten times the price for this one. However it does take a long time to actually cook it to this point.
When I first moved out of the family home and went it alone I, like a lot of people, needed to buy everything really on the cheap kitchen wise. I love a toaster corned beef sandwich on a cold winter afternoon and thus a sandwich toaster was one of the first items on my list to buy to ensure my kitchen was worthy. After all my parents had had every device going and I would miss home comforts. Safe to say however that the Argos 2 slice sandwich toaster has worked an absolute treat and it has been the bargain of my first year living alone!
Argos have for some time been doing a budget range for many things and the kitchen appliances always seem to be both popular and durable. However when you first take this out of the box you may be forgiven for thinking that the 2 slice sandwich toaster is a cheaply-made, poor quality product. Indeed it feels flimsy, the plastic feels weak and it feels like it might just break in your hand or the first time you use it. Indeed the first few times I used this I made sure to be extra careful as I did not want it to snap but the toaster is very deceptive and has proved for me very durable, even surviving three drops with no damage.
At the bottom of the feet it also has no-slip pads which means it doesn't move around and you dont risk burning yourself, very good idea for an accident prone person like me and the 2 slice sandwich toaster also has a cooler so the top does not get too hot. I can have an accident with a plastic spoon so saying that I have used this safely for over a year is testament to how solid it actually is.
This machine makes 2 slices of toaster size bread (i.e. larger bread needs cut) which is a plus and it performs and toasts both quickly and consistently given a delightful toasted sandwich whatever filling you decide to choose. The only down side is obviously if you have larger size bread it needs to be cut down.
Coming in at under £5 this is stupidly cheap and it has got a heck of a lot of use from me. It has shown no signs of age in the last 12 months, being used 2-3 a week as well and looks as good as new. I am so surprised by it as I think for that money you would expect to replace it after a while.....I certainly thought I would be doing so!
All in all the 2 slice sandwich toaster is a fine fine product that does exactly what it says. It will create you with two, well toasted, evenly toasted sandwiches on smaller size bread that taste delicious and I have all the feeling that this will last a long time. Well worth it and not just a short-term cheap option!
It is easy to clean, portable enough to store and light enough to take on camping trips etc should you wish. This makes it ideal for me having a small kitchen.
I used to absolutely love toasted sandwiches when I was younger so decided to get myself an sandwich toaster so that I could have toasted sandwiches for breakfast or lunches or for just a treat before bed.
I got this from Argos, it's their cheapest sandwich toaster available and costs just £4.54!!! It's incredibly cheap but I wasn't after anything fancy as long as it toasted and sealed up all the edges that's all I was after really. It's nothing fancy just plain white with a red indicator light to show it's on and green to show when it's heated up and ready. It's 600 watts has non slip feet and a locking feature on the handle to help squash the sandwich down to seal it. It also does two sandwiches at once which is great considering the price.
However using this sandwich toaster was a real disappointment for me. You can either lightly oil the plates to avoid sticking or butter both pieces of bread like you would for a sandwich but place the buttered sides facing out onto the plates. I made up my sandwich which was one of my childhood favorites of baked beans and cheese and placed it onto the toaster. Once I had it positioned I closed the lid and this is where I encountered my first problem. The bread was slightly too big for the toaster so I ended up with the crust handing out a bit, plus when I tried to fasten the catch it was a little difficult. I had to really squeeze it down and out popped a load of filling. If you wanted to use thicker bread I think this would be a real problem with this toaster. I left it for 15 minutes and could hear the butter sizzling a bit. After the 15 minutes were up I was sure it must be cooked but upon opening it found the bread literally welded to the plates!!!!! Easy clean this was not and I spent ages trying to get the damn sandwich off. It hadn't toasted it and instead of coming off nice and cleanly it just stuck itself to the toaster.
I have since tried again, I got myself some actual toastie bread which is a lot smaller in size and it did fir in a lot better and I was able to close it up very easily but again it took an age to fully toast the outside. It did stick a little but not so much this time because I left it on a lot longer before opening it.
Overall I'm not at all impressed with this sandwich toaster, I guess you get what you pay for in the end.
Also published on Ciao under the same username.
I bought this sandwich toaster from argos for £4.54 and i think it was a real bargin although it may not be a top brand it still does a good job. It does not look all that it is just a plain white colour with 2 indicator lights green to let you know it is switched on and red to let you know that it is hot enough to start toasting.
I have found that sometimes the bread can stick abit but have found if you butter both sides then it does prevent this or you could just lightly oil the metal plates. This sandwich toaster also does 2 sandwiches at once and it also seals all the edges which is great so your filling does not fall out half way through eating lol. You can do all sorts of different sandwiches like beans,cheese,cheese ham,cheese tomato anything you can think of really.
The toaster is really easy to clean you just wipe it over with a clean damp cloth and its all clean, i found this is really great to use for children but sometimes the filling can be very hot so a warning to let it cool down a bit before giving to your little ones.
Makes 2 sandwiches.
Handle locking clip.
Power on indicator and ready light.
Easy to clean.
Manufacturer's 1 year guarantee.
I had been looking for a sandwich toaster for a while since I had tasted some delicious toasted sandwiches at a friends house. It just looked so convenient and cosy, the way that you could have delicious and freshly toasted sandwiches in the matter of a few minutes! However, I had not bought a new flashy cooking gadget to put in my kitchen for quite a while, so I decided to go play it safe and buy something cheap (so I was also able to save some money along the way).
The simple Argos 2 Slice Sandwich Toaster was my choice, mainly because of its just above £5 price tag. I ordered it at once, hoping to use it straight away when I went home; the thought that I could finally tuck into some delicious ham and cheese toasted sandwiches for lunch was very comforting. And they say you can't get anything for a fiver! Well, I was overjoyed at what looked like it was going to be a true bargain buy.
The build of the machine is not what you would call sturdy and well built, though this was not the way I expected such a cheap product to be anyway- as long as it worked reasonably well, I would be happy with my buy. It is cased in lightweight white plastic, which looks slightly tacky, but oh well, at least it is easy to clean with a wet cloth or a wet wipe. It does not look too bad on your kitchen counter.
There are two black plates at the bottom of the machine, where you place your sandwiches and two at the top as well. These are there to toast your sandwiches, and also to shape them into triangles. They are said to be non stick; however, especially if you are working with cheese, I find that the sandwiches do tend to stick a bit to the plates, though not too much. The way I use to get around this problem is to put a little bit of butter or oil on each plate before toasting the sandwiches; greasing it much as you would a cake tin.
It has two handles that can be clasped together with a latch. Unfortunately, this latch broke quite recently and I have had to pull the handles together myself until the sandwiches are done, or I have to put something heavy on top of the machine to keep it together (though I am not sure this is exactly good for it!). I can say that this is a little disappointing, however, it lasted longer than I had anticipated for.
It toasts the sandwiches quite well, and in under five minutes as well! With this handy little machine, you can make a really quick hot meal without setting a foot near your oven. It toasts the bread until it is hot and deliciously crispy, with the insides all melting. However, if you try to stuff too much filling in, it becomes very hard to close to the handles together, and also the filling slips out and onto the plates. This can be especially problematic if you are using cheese- this can easily burn if you let it get on the plates.
The quality of the toasted sandwiches that are made are OK, but not excellent. Sometimes, even with the handles very firmly shut closed, the two pieces of bread refuse to join properly to seal in the filling, leaving you with two pieces of bread and the filling all falling out. Sometimes, the separating lines for the two triangles isn't set in deep enough so that when you try to rip them apart, the sandwich is ripped in a jagged line.
If your bread is too big for the sandwich toaster (which is quite often for me, since I like buying those big bags of large bread), then this can be a problem. You end up with some bread not toasted, and sticking out at the bottom and the sides of the machine, which makes it even harder to close. To solve this, you can perhaps trim down you bread, especially at the crusts.
In conclusion, if you are looking for the ease of making delicious toasted sandwiches at bottom end prices, this sandwich toaster from Argos is for you. The quality of both the machine and the end product of the toasted sandwiches are not excellent, but good enough for me. There are plenty of negatives to this product, but enough positives to make me say that this is a product worth buying for the price you pay, and a worthwhile addition to my kitchen. Of course, for this kind of price, don't expect a perfect, top range product, but it is better than what I expected, from that kind of price. This product deserves its 4 stars from me, and I would recommend it if you are up for some quick, sometimes not perfectly formed, toasties.
The sandwich toaster is white and does look very cheap as you would expect it is very lightweight but also looks and feels cheaply made. It matches my other white appliances but still sticks out like a sore thumb as it looks so cheaply made. It is small and does not take much room on the side which is good and the plug is a fair length so it does not need to sit right next to plug socket.
To open the sandwich toaster you simply unclip the handles and lift the top to reveal two plates at the bottom and two at the top they are said to be non stick to make sure your toastie comes away in one piece.This toaster is designed to make two toasties so 4 slices of bread. One good thing about this is it has a light to show you when the toastie machine has heated up and is ready to use when you first turn it on a light comes on to show that it is switched on as there is no switch to do this is just a case of plugging it in and away it goes. When it is ready to use this light clicks off and you can add the bread and fillings.
You should butter the outside of the bread and add your fillings then the manual suggests trimming the bread of its crusts when you use this toaster as the toaster is simply too small for it and this means the crust stick out the edge of the toaster so it is a waste really.Once the bread and the fillings are in the toaster comes the job of closing the toaster and sealing the clip. This can be a little difficult and the bread seems to be too big for the machine even when trimmed so it really does take some pulling and pushing but once you finally manage to flatten the bread enough for it to close and get the clip on the handle of the toaster sealed then you just sit and wait.It does take a while to cook the toastie it says in the instructions that toasties will cook in between 2 and 3 minutes but if you like it a little more well done which I do to leave it in until you are happy with the way it is cooked I love mine to be brown and crispy not burnt but really well done and this takes a good 10 minutes to achieve this but then the filling is extremely hot and you have to wait for it to cool down by which time the bread itself is cold so it is rather annoying.Also has a cool touch feature so you do not burn yourself when opening and closing the toastie machine which in my experience does work well.
When the toasties are finally done you lift the lid of the machine and then it's time to take them out. As you have to push down so hard to close the machine I find the bread sticks to the grills and it can be rather difficult to prise them off. Once you finally get your toasties out they can be rather misshaped which of course does not matter as you only going to eat them and as the presser shapes them and puts a dent in the form of a diagonal line in the middle of each sandwich it is simple to cut through this pre marked line to end up with 4 pieces of toastie. If you leave the toasties in for a short amount of time I find the bread is soggy from the filling and not appetising at all so I would suggest leaving it in a lot longer than the recommended time in the manual.
Cleaning can be a little difficult as there is no removable grills I did not expect as much from something that costs £6 but this means I have to wipe it down with a cloth and doing so after making my husband's favourites of cheese and beans really can take some doing with lots of scrubbing meaning either hanging the machine over by the sink making sure I do not get the plug wet or running back and forth with a cloth. As the bread seems to be too big for the machine it also means a lot of the filling squeezes out and tips over the edges of the toaster making even more mess to clean up.
We have had this appliance for around a year now but to be honest we received a replacement for a wedding gift and we use this instead as we found this Argos value one just too basic and full of poorly made features so it has only be used a handful of times. It really is that much of a headache to make something that should be quick and easy to eat.
At only £6 it is a bargain price but unfortunately this shows in the poor design rather than being a quick snack using this toaster means it turns in to a marathon just to cook a toastie. There is no heat dial meaning there is only one feature and this makes the process long and time consuming. It's poor design means that you have to trim the bread before using and even when you add butter the outside of the bread I find it still sticks because of the amount of force you have to put in to get the toaster to shut. Overall it is ok for a budget buy to make do but for a family toastie machine that gets a lot of use it is simply useless and for once I would suggest paying the extra for something more reliable.
Argos Value Range 2-Slice Sandwich Toaster