“ Brand: Argos / Type: Sandwich Maker „
For less than a fiver, the Argos Sandwich Toaster seems like it's too good to be true - and as I quickly discovered for myself, it is if you try and make cheese toasties with it.
In theory, this is a brilliant little machine. It costs hardly anything to buy and it's ready to use straight out of the box too. It looks smart, it's not too heavy, it's easy to store upright on the side in your kitchen or tucked away flat in a cupboard, and it's easy to use as well. Just pop in some bread, add your fillings, then clip the lid shut and let it do it's toasty thing.
Whatever you do - don't put cheese in this baby though. I did that, a few times in fact, and eventually realised that this just wasn't going to work long-term.
It toasts your cheese sandwich just fine, and anything else you throw in there with it, but have you ever made a cheese sandwich and NOT had cheese creep out of the side of it? Well, the same thing happens when you put it in a sandwich toaster! It creeps out the side, and when you open the machine back up, you're confronted by melted cheese everywhere - disaster!
But wait, the Argos website says this is easy to clean? Can't I just clean out the leaked cheese?! Well you can sure try but this didn't work out for me sadly. The best time to clean melted cheese off of anything is when it's still melted, but you honestly can't go doing that while this device is still hot! The lid only opens to almost a 90 degree angle, and the inside is fairly small anyway, so if you try to clean the bottom of it, you are highly likely to catch your knuckles on the still-burning-hot lid while you're at it.
What about waiting till it's cooled down then? Nope, that doesn't work either, because as soon as you try and scour the stuff off - not only does it take an absolute age to get every last bit off but you take off the metal coating with it. After just a few rounds of 'cleaning' this the insides looked liked I'd had it for years and been scraping knives along there or something.
Well what about leaving it to soak then? Seriously? You want to put an electrical appliance in a bowl of water to soak? Enough said.
In theory this is a great little device, providing you only use it to make toasties using 'clean' fillings that won't seep out and make a mess inside!
I ended up binning mine with a load of melted cheese still clinging on, and I wouldn't buy this same machine again. I would like another but until I can find one where you can lift the inside out to clean it I'll have to stick with shoving toasted sarnies in the microwave.
After recently seeing an episode of Man v's Food, it reminded me of my over fondness for toasted cheese sandwiches. So craving some lactose goodness, I hot-footed it to the kitchen, sliced some cheese, got out the ham, put it on the bread and popped it in the sandwich toaster borrowed from my parents. It didn't work. Cursing, I left to go to shops hungry and returned with the cheapest of cheap sandwich toasters. Here is what I have found out about this pretty rubbish product from the Argos value range.
--Deadly Cheese Blisters!--
We all know the situation, much like the hidden lip-burner qualities of the McDonalds apple pie, the toasted cheese sandwich has damaging talents of it's own. That seemingly innocent pillow triangle of bread loves nothing better to dribble its molten contents over the tip of your chin or the back of your hand. It's a trait of the snack, and one that we forgive because many of us have a fondness for these sandwiches fresh out of the Breville toaster. I have vivid memories of my parents management of the pub they owned, with a massive 6 slot sandwich toaster. It got stupidly hot, it was a bugger to clean, but my it made damn fine evenly cooked toasties. I suppose it was foolish of me to think I could regale this from my childhood with a tiny plastic machine that cost's less than the ingredients in the sandwiches themselves. A Breville this is not.
--Price and Packaging--
The Argos Value range sometimes has some excellent stuff in it's ranks, and even when an item turns out to be a useless object to take up bin space, it's worth the risk for the small price you pay. This toaster is a unbelievable £4.96. Less than a fiver! Four loaves of quality bread! So I parted with my money with low expectations, it's certainly lived up to them. A basic card box with a simple picture of the machine is how it comes to you. No plastic packing just card inserts which are all recyclable. The box however has a higher build quality than the toaster.
--Performance and Looks--
Good news to begin with. It came out of the box in one piece, with a decent length cord of about two thirds of a metre. It heats up quickly, and has a cool-touch outer casing so burnt fingertips are avoided. After use, it is also very easy to clean if wiped straight away. Dried food stuck onto the inside will be tougher to shift off the non-stick plates. It's all sealed well, with no gaps for exposure to the internal workings.
Now, all this should be a given with any product of this sort, but what you really want is for it to work well. Unfortunately, this doesn't do that. What is does do is heat up to a temperature that simply is not hot enough to evenly grill the bread, and while it should take a matter of minutes, it's takes far too long to get a sandwich even half browned, while the other half remains soft and soggy. Apart from the lack of a high temperature, the lid needs to be able to seal shut over the bread and solidly lock down. The clip used is made of weak plastic, mounted with a poor hinge and doesn't align with the lip on the base when the lid is shut. It takes considerable effort to lock this down, and even then it is not a tight seal on the sandwiches, causing cooking to slow and moisture to turn the bread soggy. It's basically a very poor design made with poor materials, and unless you physically stand holding the lid down for 5 minutes, it makes rubbish cheese toasties.
Other aspects about its shoddiness are the fact that it's feet feel like they will snap off under any pressure, the size of the non-stick plates are too small for a standard sized slice of bread, and the overall exterior look is dull and featureless. It is extremely light however, so won't damage anything it falls on, but is may destroy itself in the process.
Every so often, a punt taken on a low cost appliance that seems far too good to be true, can pay off. This time however, you get a product as cheap as it's price tag. It's only redeemable qualities are that is it at least quite safe to use and it switches on. Apart from that, this is a poor product that given the chance again I wouldn't accept for free. You would be better off using a regular grill and pushing the slices of toast together, just don't waste your money on this, and spend more on a quality Breville or such brand.
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I've been eating toasted sandwiches for over a decade and after my last Breville Panini Press failed to turn on after using it for 8 years, I began searching for a replacement. I was quite pleased with my Breville, therefore I went in search for another Breville, though I was left really disappointed because no other Breville matched the quality of my previous model. For this reason I thought of purchasing a very low budget sandwich maker until I found a more suitable one as it was proving hard to find any good sandwich toaster whatever brand it was! So off to Argos I went and purchased the £5.99 Argos Value Sandwich Toaster and this is what I thought about it...
If you are like me and purchase Hovis or Kingsmill sliced bread, then you will have a problem with this sandwich maker because only a square cut slices will fit. If the slice is any longer than this, it will stick out of the toaster and not get cooked! Even when I cooked one sandwich with larger slices, it was very difficult to close the lid and needed a lot of pressure to close it. I think it is a must that you use square cut slices with this toaster.
I was quite impressed with how long it took to cook the sandwich. It was a lot quicker than my last panini press and therefore important when trying to cook one for breakfast before going to work. However, when the green light showed to say the sandwich was ready, I felt that the sandwich had not been cooked properly and needed another couple of minutes to cook properly. Having said that, the sandwich was very hot but I just felt it was not cooked enough.
Build Quality and Storage
I was generally happy with the build quality of the sandwich toaster given the very low price I had paid for it and also given what I had seen with other sandwich toasters that cost 7 or 8 times as much as this one! One of the screws was rusty at the bottom of the sandwich toaster but this of course doesn't affect the quality of the toaster. One thing I was disappointed with was the very bad "electrical" smell that came from the sandwich toaster when it was turned on for the first time, but I guess this is normal and will disappear after using it a few times. I also had no problems storing it as it was quite small anyway.
Should I buy this product?
I think this depends on how much you love eating toasted sandwiches. If you will be using a sandwich toaster every other day then I will definitely advise you to look for a different one. If it's something that you'll be using only once every two weeks or less and don't want to invest much into it, then you will probably be better off buying this one.
When bought, this was just £5 no one in my family even ate toasties often but when my sister moved out she bought one and me and my other sister started getting massive cravings for these at home so we went out and bought one of these, my dad didn't mind he said as long as we clean it and put it away because it looks cheap then it was fine to have.
Making no mistake, this is a cheap toastie maker were there is nothing special about it, it doesn't have any features except the clip to hold it together and the temperature lights this means you don't have to do anything you just make your desired toastie pop it in and just let the machine do all the work. It does look very cheap but it does the job as good as the higher priced toastie makers too. It's plastic construction is very simple, it is just a casing around hot plates, the hot plates are divided into two, this is so you can cook two toasties at once ( very helpful for me and my sister I must say! ) The plates have cutting lines which mark the bread when it comes out so you can cut it into two halves. This has a small rectangle plastic clasp on the lid,when putting your toastie in you push down and clip this down and it will keep the toastie maker firmly together to get the best outcome for your food.
For anyone who doesn't know how to make a toastie, you just make a sandwich or whatever you want in side your toastie, put this on until it's hot then put your sandwich in and close until it looks like compressed toast. There are two lights on the top of the lid, red and green These are for temperature and to let you know when to put in and take out your toastie, the Red will light up when you turn on the toastie, this is it heating up when it turns Green it is ready to pop your bread inside and will flick back red after the amount of time it takes to cook your toastie. This being the only feature on the sandwich toaster is really helpful, I'm not certain of the temperatures but it has been programmed that that is the best temperature and amount of time for your toastie to come out and be yummy, personally I always keep mine in longer than I should if I have cheese, because I like it slightly burned.
The size of the hot plates is just standard sized bread, sometimes I find myself putting off parts of the bread so I don't get a massive overhand out side of the toastie maker, this is a little annoying as we buy bigger bread most the time and it means I have to waste that little bit I cut off. You can literally put anything you want in this, I prefer cheese, onion and ham or some kind of meat and I know my sister likes a bean toastie so I don't put mine in with hers because as you can imagine before the lid goes down to seal the filling inside, this will go everywhere if it is a runny filling so do be aware of that before putting a cheese toastie in with a runny bean one, the outcome is not good. The plates are non stick so even if you have had a spillage you can easily lift this up and not tear your toastie apart and make more mess, it will just lift straight up. The cooking time is quite quick if you keep it in for the set time altogether from switching the machine on, it will take no longer than 5 minutes to have your toastie, this heats up really quickly and cools down quick too, you can be looking at about 2-3 minutes actual cooking time. This is plenty of time to sort out a drink or something else whilst it's cooking.
I find, that depending how much you have in your toastie, the lid can be hard to close and pull down enough to dot he clasp up, I find myself putting loads of effort into doing that more than making the actual toastie. I leave the lid up and open while I'm eating my toastie so when I've finished it should of cooled down completely so that I can give it a wipe over, I do this even if no spillage has been made, I use a damp cloth to just run over this quickly and that works fine, when closing this it is thin enough to store upright in a cupboard so this is handy if you don't have a lot of room.
Overall this is a cheap little sandwich maker, it cooks quickly and to me that is all that matters, I don't think that using a more expensive machine would make it taste any different so this doesn't matter to me, I don't use all these fancy features anyway, I just want to put my food in, have it cooked and eat it, and this sandwich toastie maker is exactly that. It doesn't look the best, but 3 years on and it still works perfectly fine expect the other week I pulled the clip off, but that was my fault and nothing to do with the machine, so now we struggle and kind of just hold the lid down because we're to tight to go and buy another one!
When I moved into my new home a couple of months ago I had a list of things I needed to buy and kitchenware was a high priority on my list. I already had a few essentials; a toaster, kettle, microwave, cutlery and plates etc but I didn't have the budget to buy a cooker straight away and wanted something that would make quick and convenient snacks but at a low price. A toasted sandwich maker seemed like a great idea at the time, I've owned a couple in the past and knew what to expect from one and the thoughts of a tasty ham and cheese toastie appealed to me so I looked online, saw a 'value' one from Argos priced at £5.99 and decided to part with my cash.
Value by name, Value by nature?
The "Argos Value Range 2-Slice Sandwich Toaster" to give it its full name is a basic-looking kitchen appliance, it's plastic construction could never be mistaken for anything top-end but it was cheap and all I wanted it for was to make simple toasted sandwiches. Anyone who has owned a sandwich maker in the past will know that they're not terribly difficult to use and this one from Argos is no exception. This is a 2-round sandwich toaster, you simply put 2 slices of bread on the lower hot plates, add your fillings, put a second layer of bread on top and close the lid. There are 2 lights on the lid of the sandwich maker, one red and one green and these supposedly act as a temperature control so you know that the toaster is working, the red acting as a power on indicator and the green to indicate that its ready to use. There is a catch on the handle which holds the sandwich maker together and it comes attached to a corded wire which is of a decent length that it doesn't sit too close to an electrical outlet when in use. The outer wall is cool to the touch but does become warm when the toaster is working although isn't too hot that it burns and all in all it's a pretty basic looking appliance that is just about worth the £6.00 it costs to buy.
I'm easily pleased when it comes to toasties and am quite happy just to settle for ham and cheese as a filling and having used this sandwich maker often over the past couple of months I have come to the conclusion that it's a good job I don't want anything too bulky. Although described as deep-fill in reality you would struggle to get anything too thick between the slices of bread before they seep out of the machine as it just can't seem to cope with anything too challenging. A sandwich maker is supposed to seal the edges of the bread as it's cooking and this one from Argos does with 'flat' fillings but give it anything else and it simply squashes the filling to the edges and you end up with a mess. There are grooves on the plates which make pretty indentations onto the toast but these are useless at sealing in the fillings I add and I discovered the limitations of this machine after only a couple of uses. Don't get me wrong, it does work - the sandwich maker does toast the bread to a nice crispiness and the fillings do come out hot, cheese ends up being melted to perfection and I do enjoy the toasties it makes but I expected that from the machine anyway. The cooking time is quite quick, the machine doesn't take too long to get to a hot enough temperature to turn bread to toast and to melt the fillings I place in mine and overall It's a perfectly functional piece of kitchen equipment that offers simple toasted sandwiches but it wouldn't be for anyone who likes to experiment with lots of different fillings as quite frankly, it just can't cope with anything too bulky.
The choice of which type of bread to buy has to be a consideration too as anything other than standard sized medium sliced bread is too big for the sandwich maker and even a supermarket bought loaf needs to be trimmed down to fit onto the plates. This is a common complaint with sandwich makers, especially 'budget' ones, as the others I have owned in the past have also had this problem too but I did expect this to happen so it didn't come as any great shock the first time I used the machine. On the positive side the non-stick plates are good at being cleaned and any spillages are easily removed with a damp piece of kitchen roll, do be careful with the back of the machine though as it can be a bit fiddly to get to if you want to give it a wipe but trial and error with the fillings you add to your sandwiches will soon teach you to be careful not to overfill the bread therefore reducing the need to clean up after yourself.
When not in use the sandwich maker can be stored upright so doesn't take up much room in the kitchen cupboard I have mine kept in and it does have non-slip feet which raise it from my kitchen counter when I do use it. For the price I paid for mine I can't be too critical of it really, I knew what to expect when I bought a 'value' product and the end result of toasted cheese and ham sandwiches are always tasty and I've been happy with my sandwich toaster from Argos.
It's not a five-star household appliance but it is functional and its on that basis that I would recommend this one to anyone who wants simple toasted sandwiches and are prepared to settle for fillings that are basic. Four stars as a rating seems fair so that's what the "Argos Value Range 2-Slice Sandwich Toaster" gets from me, looking online for the purpose of this review I have noticed that it is still available to buy online and instore at Argos, it still retails for the price I paid - £5.99 and is item number 423/5424 should anyone want to check it out for themselves.
Thanks for reading my review.
This handy little sandwich toaster comes from Argos. It only cost me £5 great value as it is from their value range of products.
It's small enough for you to leave out at all times. The body of the unit is entirely White apart from the two lights on the top that glow red when toasting and then green when your toast is ready. This is a two slice sandwich toaster meaning you can use four slices of bread to make two sandwiches. When making them it is recommended that you lightly grease the hot plates. You can do this by simply rubbing a sheet of kitchen towel on some butter. Then rub this all over the hot plates (the toaster should not be plugged in while you're doing this). Then i do as they say and butter the bread and fill the sandwich with what ever filling you like. it is also recommended that you then very lightly butter the out side of your sandwich on the sides that will be toasted. This prevents the bread from burning and helps it get nice and golden brown and most importantly crisp. Previous sandwich toasters I have owned would make floppy, soggy sandwiches as the toast would almost steam in the unit rather than toast. Following these tips results in a better sandwich. The toaster has an easy to use large handle that lifts to open the hinged top. It uses 700 watts of power and has a cool touch outer covering. I have found that it doest really stay cool. It does heat up, but not to nuclear levels like other models.
This is also described as a "Deep fill" toaster. Although I find that you can only really lightly fill your sandwiches. If your generously fill them or "Deep fill" then the contents will spill out the sides of the sandwich and burn against the hot plates. And sometimes even out the edges of the toaster itself.
When this happens it is easy to clean as the hot plates are Non-stick. Just give them a wipe with a wet piece of kitchen towel and the food lifts off. Grilled on cheese may need a bit more work but not much.
It has four little black Non-slip feet to keep it in place on your table or counter top
For only £5.00 this is a highly affordable, highly useful kitchen gadget.
We have had our (very cheap) Argos sandwich toaster now for so long I cannot remember when we first bought it but I do know we paid under £6 for it as we thought it was a really great bargain at the time.
This sandwich toaster has since been replaced by a more upmarket model and we use this only very occasionally now as it is smaller then most of the ones we have used before and it will only take smaller slices of bread - if the slices are too large then it is best to cut them down slightly, to fit, otherwise you are left with bits of untoasted bread on the very edges of the sandwich, which isn't great.
The other thing about this sandwich toaster is that you have to be careful with it as it soon becomes extremely hot, to the point where I have actually really burnt myself with it. It seems to overheat more so than any other sandwich toaster I have used before (and I can assure you I have used a great deal of them during my life).
It is okay to look at - not really stylish as some of the othe rones on the market at the moment, but to be honest, style isn't really something I am looking for in a sandwich toaster - I am looking for nicely toasted sandwiches.
It is very durable as we have had t for a long time and it has been well used. It does get very dirty and it can be a bit fiddly to clean but verall a decent enough gadget for the low price tag I think.
All in all I cannot really complain though as it does make a decent snack and the toasties are delicious even if I do have to trim the bread to make it fit beforehand.
This review is also published on Ciao under name of sorehead.
I've had this sandwich toaster from Argos for a couple of years now and it has stood me in good stead so far. I only paid £4.99 for mine, although it is now £5.99 (is there anything in this world that isn't increasing in price at a ridiculous rate?!). I'd say it has turned out to be pretty good value, although it definitely isn't perfect . . .
It is, as you would expect, pretty basic in both looks and functionality. For me the looks aren't important because it gets stored in one of my kitchen cupboards when I'm not using it. It is fairly compact and so is easy to store. If you want to keep your sandwich toaster out on display, I'd suggest you don't buy this particular one, because it looks like what it is; cheap and basic.
Function wise it is simple to use - you plug it in and wait for the light to go on, which signifies that it is hot enough to cook your sandwich. When the light goes out, your sandwich is done. Personally I have learnt to totally ignore the light system because I don't find that the sandwich is brown enough for my liking when it seems to think it should be. I think it takes about three minutes for the light to go out, but I tend to leave it for a minute or two longer.
The instructions say that you should put margarine (not butter) on the toaster itself and then put your sandwich in. Not one for following instructions, I tend to put the margarine on the bread because it gives a better coverage and helps stop the bread sticking to the machine.
This brings me on to another problem - sticky bread. I have tried everything, but it seems to be just pot luck as to whether your bread is going to stick or not. The best results, like I said, have come when I've put margarine on the bread rather than the machine, but even this isn't fool proof. I find that it tends to stick at the edges, so as long as you are careful you can prise it away in one piece quite successfully. If you aren't quite so careful though, it can separate the sandwich, which is doubly annoying because the steam comes pouring out and burns you at the same time - not good.
One other thing, you have to cut down most kinds of bread as the surface area of the machine is quite small and so it is hard to fit the two sandwiches that it cooks at once side by side unless you do. This isn't too much of a problem for me though because I have found in the past with previous sandwich makers that leaving the crusts on just results in them going soggy from the steam, whereas this one makes the whole sandwich nice and crispy.
Overall, I'd just about recommend this sandwich toaster. I don't use it very often and when I do, I find the results to be perfectly adequate once you've got the knack of it. I'd imagine though that if you used it very frequently, the pulava involved might not quite be worth it, even at that price.
I'm going to university in September (a month today, actually), and I've been buying appliances to fill my kitchen with, as I've been told I'm not allowed to take my mum's stuff with me. I don't have a lot to splash out, so I decided to purchase the Argos Value model, but now I wish I hadn't. I took it for a spin today and made both my lunch and supper with it (a cheese toastie in both cases) and was very disappointed.
I followed the instructions exactly and was disappointed with the results. Normally, toasties are golden brown all over but mines were slightly overdone in the middle and the rest was still white around the edges. I even left the second lot in a little longer, hoping for better results but the middle was almost burn and the rest was barely cooked. In both cases however, the toasties were piping hot and the cheese had melted properly (and was even dripping out over the sides).
***Ease of use***
First of all, the size of the toaster is much smaller than any bread I've ever bought so I had to cut the slices down to size (which the dog liked, as she got what was cut off). Also, when you're toasting something, it produces a lot of smoke, which made me keep checking first time around, as I thought it was burning. Getting the toastie off the toaster is also a challenge. The George Foreman grill comes with special utensils for removing things from the grill, and I resorted to using them as when I used a knife it slightly marked the finish.
As I've said above, simply using a knife to remove the toastie damaged the finish, so I don't think it'll last that long. The instruction manual does clearly state that you should not clean it with a wire brush or steel wool as this will also damage the finish. I've given durability a neutral rating, though, as I've only used it twice so can't really judge it yet.
The user manual does tell you, in plenty of detail, how to make a toasted sandwich, and gives lots of tips on how to make better toasties.
Value for money
This is a really cheap model, currently only £4.64. Although it's not much use being cheap if it doesn't work as well as it should. The 99p insurance you can buy from Argos is great value for money though. It covers almost any breakdown for three years so I always buy it when possible.
***Cleaning & Maintenance***
The cheese from my cheese toasties got everywhere. On the counter, down the sides of the toaster, and all over the grill (is that the right word?) of the toaster. The manual tells you to let it cool properly before cleaning but by the time both the grill and cheese has cooled, the cheese is stuck to it and really hard to get off. It took me at least ten minutes to properly clean it at lunch.
***Would you recommend this to a friend?***
No, I wouldn't. If you're looking for something cheap and don't mind the hassle then maybe this will do, but I've found it disappointing and was very annoyed with the quality of the toasties it made.
In conclusion, avoid and buy a slightly dearer model. I won't be taking this to uni with me :(
For me, there is no tastier snack than a toasted sandwich. It's quick to prepare, warms you up and tastes delicious. I am not one for cooking in the kitchen and for me the quicker that the job can be done, the better. Especially if I arrive home from work and needs something to eat quickly after a busy day.
The Argos Value Range Sandwich Toaster fits this purpose perfectly. In a short space of time, it can create two toasted sandwiches for your enjoyment. The reason I chose this above the others in the Argos catalogue is simply because it was only £5. Like I said, I'm not much of a cook so I don't need fancy buttons or added benefits.
For your money you get a white sandwich toaster that honestly looks more expensive that £5. The surface is shiny and smooth and it wouldn't look out of place in your kitchen surrounded by more expensive appliances. However this product is small enough and light enough to be hidden away if you don't want people to see it or if it doesn't match your other appliances.
This sandwich toaster is simple to use. It was has two lights on the top, one green and one red. When you first switch it on the red light comes up. I think you are supposed to wait until it turns green before you put your sandwich in but like I said, I'm lazy with cooking so I put my sandwich in as soon as I turn it on.
The machine takes a fairly long time to cook my sandwiches in comparison to other sandwich toasters that I have owned and the lights will switch from red to green to red again on a few occasions before its ready. I estimate that mine takes around ten minutes to cook which is enough time for me to make a cup of tea and open the mail so it suits me just fine.
The plates on which you cook the sandwich are non stick and I've never had any problems getting my sandwich out of the machine. The design of the plates means that although the sandwiches are not cut in half diagonally, they do make a significant dent so that they are easy to cut once the sandwiches are ready.
The outer casing has a cool wall too which means the outside doesn't get too hot so there's no risk of burning yourself. Obviously, you need to be careful when removing your sandwich as the black plates do get very hot.
There are three problems that I've had with this sandwich toaster although none of them would put me off buying the product again. The first one is that the catch to close the toaster snapped off on the very first use. I was still able to reattach the catch whenever I used the product to keep the toaster shut but eventually between moving houses, I lost the catch so the toaster had to go in the bin. I repurchased another one at a later date and I did not have this problem again and I've had this one for more than a year and it's used regularly.
The second problem is that the product is fairly small and most slices of breads won't fit into the machine and the edges need to be chopped off. This means not only wastage of food but smaller sandwiches for your snack which is fine for me but may not be enough for everyone.
The third problem is a cleaning issue. I don't know whether I put too much cheese in my sandwiches but as it is cooking, the cheese seeps out of the sides and the back of the toaster and drips onto the counter. While the plates are simple to clean with a damp cloth, it's really difficult to get into all the nooks and crannies where the cheese has seeped out of the back. And it means that I need to clean it when it's still warm because once the cheese has gone solid, it's a nightmare to get off.
All in all, despite these problems, I still think this is worth the £5 that I paid. The catch has been fine on my current one, I can buy smaller slices of bread or make two rounds and I'm probably putting too much cheese in anyway! It makes delicious toasted sandwiches with minimum effort on my part and you don't have too wait too long before they are ready. If cash is low at the moment, then this is a cheaper alternative that is well worth considering.
Having looked at the ratings this appliance has got i'm wondering if I have got a faulty one. I bought this from Argos on Thursday for £5 something as our previous one had started to lose it's none stick.
When taking the item out of the box it was very well packaged and had an instruction leaflet. I was struck by how small the plates were and checked the instructions to make sure it was for full sized bread - which it was. It is the first sandwich toaster that I have had where you have to push the bread into the plates but we decided to give it a go.
The toaster heated up quickly and had been smeared with margarine as instructed, I placed the bottom slice of bread in and pushed it into the plates, I them fill it with one thin layer of cheese still being dubious of how this was ever going to hold it being so small. I placed the remaining bread on the toaster and tried to close - not a chance. I let the toaster sizzle a few seconds and tried again but the locking device just snapped off it my hand (maybe had a weakness) The toaster had not been overfilled and the insgtructions had been followed so no idea why.
Having already binned the old toaster my husband stood and held it shut whilst it cooked. Once ready he took the sandwiches from the toaster and the only word is flat, not just a bit but actually flat. The toaster just doesn't seem to have enough room to take 2 slices of bread plus filling.
This may have been gfood value but if it doesn't do the job then there is really no point, I am today going to take it back to the shop and complain however I certainly won't be getting another of the same I will pay more for a better one.
- Very straightforward: take off the bits of tap, give it a quick wash and it's ready to use
- Bog-standard, but for the price you can't expect much else
- A bit bulky, but at least the flat shape means you can still slot it into any bit of free space in a cupboard
- For the price, feels surprisingly sturdy
- Works surprisingly quickly, maybe a bit slower than some more expensive models but it really doesn't make much difference
- Results are great! at least as good as other, more expensive toasters I've used in the past; sandwiches are always hot through, but never burnt
- Only problem is that I've never managed to get the catch on the front to shut properly - not really a problem to be honest, but it means that I usually need to hold it down for the couple of minutes it's switched on
- Fairly easy, although the corners can be a bit tricky - often need to use a cheap toothbrush to do those last bits
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Having recently moved in to a new home we have finally been able to put to good use some of the items that we have purchased and put by over the past year whenever we have seen a good special offer.
This Argos Value Range Sandwich Toaster is one that we received as a gift from my Nan last Christmas and the current selling price is £5.47. The price is very reasonable for a bog standard sandwich toaster which does exactly what you need it to do.
The design is nothing to write home about, white in colour and with a couple of little light indicators (red for on, green for 'your toasted sandwich is done'). There are sturdy feet on this machine to ensure it stays nice and level while you are loading it up, cleaning it or using it on your work surfaces. There is a 'cool wall' (no, not a Top Gear one) which means you won't get burnt when opening the fastening catch (yes, one of those too) to get to your finished toastie.
This sandwich toaster has non-stick plates and when I make toasties in it I find that they are neatly sealed, don't rip or stick and there is a nice cut down the middle and two nicely sealed sandwich halves. Two full sandwiches can be made in this at a time and it's incredibly easy to use. The fastening catch can be a little tricky to push down if I have over filled the bread but I always manage to get it shut eventually.
I find that while the design is very simple it does the job well. My sandwiches are always cooked throughout and browned to perfection as well as being sealed properly so stuff doesn't fall all over me when I am trying to eat my sandwich. The colour indicator lights are actually very useful as I don't have to keep opening the toaster to check if my sandwiches are ready. Also, it's easy to clean the toaster and while there are a few trickier places around the back of the plates I always manage to reach this perfectly well with a bottle brush.
I think that this toaster works very well, it does just what I'd expect it to do whilst having some reasonable features which I wouldn't have expected to come with a model retailing at around £5.00. I have been very pleased with the quality so far and it's possible to make a delicious, hot, toasted sandwich in just a few minutes and with pretty minimal effort.
I do find myself keeping an eye on this when using it but then I could always hover around whilst making normal toast as well just to make sure it doesn't burn or break off in the toaster.
The size of this item is a little bulky but I just store it upright in one of my kitchen cupboards so it takes up fairly minimal space.
There is a reasonable flex on this product meaning I can plug it in anywhere in the kitchen and move it around to any piece of worktop ensuring I never have to clear space in the kitchen if I have left lots of my gadgets lying around the night before.
If you are in the market for a sandwich toaster then I would definitely recommend this to you as the price is very reasonable and, so far, the toaster has not let us down or given us any problems at all.
After having this for one year, just, when closing it to toast two sandwiches the clip snapped off basically rendering this useless and meaning that I had to purchase another one. This prompted me to go elsewhere because the price is basically the same for the cheapest one in numerous supermarkets and I had lost confidence in this brand.
This was another one of my budget buys that didn't match my other accessories but it was very cheap so I bought it. I like making toasties but it's not something that I do very often and the last thing I needed was another kitchen appliance cluttering up my worktop so I wasn't bothered about what it looked like and just needed something cheap and simple as it was going to spend the majority of its life in a cupboard anyway.
I bought the argos sandwich toaster whilst doing some shopping as I seen it and thought to myself that it would be a nice thing to have in the house and would make simple suppers for the kids. It was only priced at £5.49 so as I said it was very cheap and as I and just paid more for a couple of magazines this seemed like excellent value to me.
I wasn't too worried about what the quality was going to be like as I already own a few argos electrical products and they are just as good as the more expensive kitchen equipment I own.
Where they differ is with looks and the budget sandwich toaster is no exception to that. It is white and plastic and looks functional rather than pleasing to the eye. It wouldn't look out of place in a student flat which based on the price is probably the market argos are aiming for with it.
As I said it was just going to be stored in a cupboard when not in use so this really didn't bother me and although not the prettiest it's hardly offensive.
There are no buttons to be found on it and instead there is only a light that indicates when the toaster is hot enough. You just plug it in and wait for the light to turn from red to green which means it is ready for your sandwich and then you just put it in between the two non-stick plates and cook it until it is ready. The light turns off which I take it to mean that the sandwich is ready but I have found that that is never the case and it always requires a few minutes longer just to make sure that it browns properly.
There are also little feet on the bottom to stop it from slipping off the worktop which is good because I think the cord is a little on the short side and I really have to stretch it to make it reach my socket and this causes it to pull the machine.
The toaster is a little smaller than the bread I buy so the outside of my toasties are always uncooked which is a little bit of a pain but as the machine seals the sandwich it is easy to just trim the outside off and I am left with a really good toasted sandwich that is nice and brown on the outside and perfectly melted on the inside.
I think it is probably designed to be used with the value bread so if you buy this then it should fit perfectly. It can also make two sandwiches at one time and this will be a tight squeeze but is possible.
Cleaning it is very simple also as it is non-stick you just need to wipe the plates with a damp cloth after you have used it but do this quickly or else the cheese will harden and you will need to scrape it off.
The non-stick itself is a bit rubbish and the toastie always sticks to the plates which means the use of a knife to pry it off. This really irritates me but don't think this is exclusive to the argos sandwich toaster as I find this happens with most of the ones I have used. Perhaps it's me doing something wrong.
Overall I really can't fault it as it does the job and is really good quality even if it is made from cheap plastic. I am absolutely positive that there are other much better sandwich toasters out there but then again I'll bet they aren't £5.49 and this is where this little white toastie maker beats all those other ones hands down.
After splitting with my ex last year and moving into a new, unfurnished flat, I was on the lookout for cheap but functional appliances for the kitchen. I'm a big fan of toasted sandwiches, so although it wasn't something I needed, I wanted a sandwich toaster and ended up purchasing the Argos Value Range Sandwich Toaster because it was so cheap. It is currently retailing for £5.47 - I think I paid around £5.50 for it last November.
Apperance wise, it isn't the prettiest appliance. It's plain and white and while it isn't exactly an eyesore, it does look cheap and plasticy. It has non-slip feet which is very useful and ready lights on the front. However, it is sturdier than it looks and for the price, you can't really moan too much.
This is an extremely easy appliance to use and it works in the exact same way as any other sandwich toaster. You turn it on at the plug and the red light comes on to let you know that it's warming up. After a couple of moments, it switches over to the green light to let you know that it's hot enough. Simply open it up, put your sandwich in (buttered on the outside) and close it up again. It has a clasp to keep it shut - always handy when you stuff your sandwich full. It typically takes a couple of minutes to make the perfect golden brown toastie, sealed around the outsides.
You are able to make two toasties at a time in this toaster in theory, however it should be noted that the plates aren't quite big enough for the standard size slice of bread. You will either need to trim the bread down, or make them one at a time. This is my main criticism of the product.
My second criticism is the non-stick element. This toaster is supposed to be non-stick, however I find that my sandwiches do often stick. This isn't a major problem, but it is annoying having to sometimes use a knive to prise them off, as then your sandwiches end up with holes in them and the filling falls out!
However, it should be noted that this toaster is very easy to clean. I'm sure we all look at toasters with dread when cheese leaks out of your sandwich and congeals to the appliance but cleaning really isn't a problem. Once you've turned the appliance off at the plug, it cools down very quickly and any congealed food items come off extremely easy with the poke of a spatula. Then all you need to do is wipe it down with a piece of kitchen towel or a cloth. Because this toaster is so easy to clean, I do occasionally use it to grill bacon when I can't be bothered to turn on my oven!
All in all, this is a really handy appliance, despite a couple of flaws. It's not perfect, but for the money it's not going to be. However, if you just want a cheap and functional sandwich toaster, I'd definately recommend this one. I've had mine for ten months now and it's still going strong - bargain!
Cuts and seals 2 rounds of sandwiches / Cool touch / Non stick plates / Non slip feet / Colour: White.