I love toasted sandwiches. For some reason a cheese toastie always tastes so much better than cheese on toast, so I was excited when I decided to traet myself to a toated sandwich maker. The Breville didn't disappoint.
They do two machines the same, one is simply larger than the other, making 4 sandwiches rather than 2. I went for the larger one of the two; in hindsight, I should have got the smaller one simply because it is a smaller machine and easier to store. I got confused when I bought it, thinking the larger one used 4 slices of bread (2 sandwiches) rather than 8 slices of bread (4 sandwiches). Not to worry though, it means I never have to use the machine twice.
Although it is quite difficult to store because of its size, it is a smart looking product, so looks attractive enough to be left out neatly in the kitchen. It is made of stainless steel so, kept clean, it always looks neat and smart. It has a lockable clasp to the front which keeps the unit closed tight and locked during cooking to ensure the sandwich binds together well.
It is a simple unit to work, with or without referring to the clear instruction manual that it is supplied with. The toaster is switched on to warm up; a light indicating when the product is the right temperature to begin cooking. The top is then lifted open, bread and filling are added, and the machine is closed and locked. A light indicates when the toastie should be ready, and then the lid can simply be lifted and the perfect toastie taken out and eaten - yum. I was impressed with the outcome of the sandwiches. The bread and filling were cooked evenly, with no burning or sogginess, and the sides were binded together well so there were no leakages. I am always careful not to overfill the sandwiches though as I think this is what can lead to messy leakages. It also produces a perfect seal down the middle of the bread so that the toastie can be neatly cut in half. The only thing is that there is not an automatic cut off on the machine that stops the cooking when it is ready. For this reason you need to keep an eye on when the toastie is ready to prevent overcooking or burning.
The unit is fairly simple to keep clean on the inside too. Provided there are no messy leaks or dried on food, the grill inside should just wipe clean quite easily. For more dried on foods it may be advisable to just heat up the unit a little before cleaning. The plates inside are non-removable to clean, which some people do find a problem. To be honest though, it doesn't get very messy anyway so this shouldn't cause too much of a problem. The inner plates are also made of a non-stick metal which means the toastie easily lifts out fter cooking - no need to be prising it out with a knife!
At a price of £25 from Argos I believe I have got very good value out of this unit. It is regularly used, I am pleased with the results, and it doesn't take much cleaning or maintenance. A recommended buy.
A very simple device designed to make toasted sandwiches (2 at a time) quickly and easy. It does the trick but leaves me very frustrated :(
I have a real gripe about these machines in general as I think they always smell funny and worse still sometimes leave your buttys smelling like fairy liquid!
OVERALL SCORE: 3/5
Design is quite basic, but to be fair what more do you need?
it is wipe clean both inside and looks are ok but nothing special
LOOKS SCORE: 2/5
Does as intended (makes toasted sandwiches) although i do get angry when I use these as they seem to take a good while to get warmed up but then they are red hot and leave me burnt both on my hands trying to release the toasted sandwich and in my mouth biting into the butty...when will i learn?
Its great that this is a double one so I can cook for me and my son using differnt fillings but the fillings always spill out, merge with one another and get all hard and crispy so you end up with a border of crispy beans around your toasty.We have another older toastie machine and find that this one warms up and cools down quicker so is our preferred choice.
Also, my biggest bug bear is that it doesnt toast the edges!!!! ever!!! that drives me mad
Cooks relatively quickly though.
*COST / VALUE FOR MONEY*
Now youre asking! not sure what we paid but in terms of value for money part - certainly have got our monies worth as despite all my misgivings we do use reguarly especially for the kids.
COST SCORE: 4/5
So we all know what a sandwich toaster does - toast sandwiches! But Breville were one of the first brands on the market (or even THE first) and I've stuck with them through the years as I've always found them durable and good quality. This is the second one I've owned.
You can get a choice of 4 colours (the chrome version usually costs a couple of pounds extra, so not worth it in my book).
How to use
The plates are easy to clean and the whole thing looks smart with just a wipe over with a damp cloth. First you make your sandwich. Now, I find it easier to make the sandwich in the machine rather than make it totally and lift it in. Butter the bread while the plates are heating. When they are hot, open the machine and put the first slice in butter side down. Then add a pile of filing and top with the other slice of bread, butter side up. Then slowly close the machine and lock in place. The machine cuts and seals the bread so that you end up with two triangular toasted sandwiches.
Ideal for lunches, suppers, after-school fillers and quick snacks, while I wouldn't recommend living off them (too much fat, on my ones anyway!), they are a very quick and easy hot food and great for families.
These are my favourites
Cheese and onion. Simple but classic and delicious!
Jam. These are great but be careful - that jam gets scalding hot. Be extra careful if giving to children.
Roast dinner. Sounds disgusting but finely chopped leftovers - meat, potato, veggies, with a small drop of gravy to moisten, makes a fab sandwich.
At the age of 27 I decided it was time to start cooking proper meals on a regular basis. Most people do this as a matter of course, I suppose, but I'm really astonishingly lazy and pot noodles were designed to be so incredibly user-friendly that there really wasn't much point. That's not to say I can't cook, mind you. When I can be arsed (or I've forgotten a family member's birthday) I can knock up a bloody good meal from little more than an out of date egg, a pepper and some ham. They based those Lion egg adverts on me. However, there's only so long that imbibing huge quantities of Ribena will stave off scurvy for, so it was time to bite the bullet and invest in some vegetables and a sandwich toaster.
Some of you may mock the humble sandwich toaster, but if you do you're foolish and have never been a student. By the end of this review you'll have come to realise the error of your ways and will not only bow down before me, but will also eschew microwaves, hobs and ovens in deference to the superior cooking potential of the Breville.
Anyway, having decided I needed a sandwich toaster I headed for Tesco (who, bearing in mind the sheer volume of times I've mentioned them in reviews should really think about some kind of remuneration). They were selling their own brand sandwich toaster for a fiver. Well, any fool knows that electrical equipment costing less than a tenner is bound to be a sound investment, so I bought one. I got home and full of joy at the imminent toasted sandwich tastiness I plugged it in. Within seconds it crackled to life, hissed and fused the entire house.
That's where the mighty Breville comes in. Having shoved the defunct Tesco toaster in a cupboard (and persuaded my stepfather to replace all the fuses) I found it. I have no idea who actually owns it, but it's mine now. It comes in a variety of colours (well, 3) and if you want your sandwich toaster to look posh you can pay a couple of quid extra for the chrome version. This is all just superficial though, as all you really need to know about the average sandwich toaster is that it's on, it's hot and it's raring to toast whatever selection of fine foodstuffs you deem worthy.
Even though it's a bit dull, I suppose I'd better deal with some of the more technical aspects. Bear with me. It doesn't have waffle plates, so don't be getting any fancy Belgian style breakfast ideas. You'd only have used them once and got bored with them anyway. Nor does it have floating hinges, so whilst you can cram a reasonable amount into your sandwich, you won't be able to roast a whole suckling piglet in there, no matter how hard you try. It claims that it 'cuts and seals' but, in the manner of all sandwich toasters, this is a lie designed to seduce you. You'll still end up with crusty bits of cheese everywhere. You'll forgive it, though, because it's a Breville and is uncomplainingly preparing you a delicious and nutritionally satisfying meal in under 4 minutes. The plates (of which there are 4, so you can do two sandwiches for an extra big dinner, or perhaps be generous and give one to a friend) are dishwasher friendly. It's a bit of a bugger getting them out, so you'll probably do what I do and just scrape the residue off every couple of months and leave it at that. It also has sandwich plates, which means little more than that it leaves a pleasing geometric design impressed on your dinner (or your hand, which is what will happen if you forget to turn it off and then try and lift the plates to put them in the dishwasher. Learn from my mistake - just don't wash it). Incidentally, as mine was a random find in the kitchen cupboard, I can't comment on the usefulness of the manual. It's probably alright, though. Anyway, reading the manual would only take the element of surprise out of the Russian Roulette possibility that one wrong move will result in the entire house being plunged into darkness.
You may be forgiven for assuming that all the Breville does is toast lovely sandwiches. However, believe me, there's a whole world of culinary experiences that can be achieved using little more than the Breville and a spatula. Those of you who did not devote a significant portion of your time as a student watching 'Ready, Steady, Cook' may not be as impressed by this as I am, but then again, you probably make meals with components from all the main food groups, so you're wasting your time reading this review anyway.
If, like me, you really object to having to clean more than three dishes per meal, you will find the sandwich toaster a godsend. It will cook bacon, eggs, thin chicken pieces, burgers, sausages, baked beans (this was messy but possible, nonetheless) chops, steak and will chargrill vegetables. In short, it'll have a go at pretty much any meal you fancy. Unless you fancy soup, that is. I did test that one out, but found that re-fusing the house was once again necessary.
So there you have it. The finest kitchen appliance you can buy. Unless you eat a lot of soup. And all this for £19.99.
In my highly regarded and respected opinion, there is nothing better than a toasted cheese and tomato sandwich. It beats every sandwich and baguette or roll filling that I can think of. Plus, with the addition of toasted bread, it's sublime and unbeatable. They are very popular in our household and we probably get through a big packet of cheese in about three days. It has started to become very ridiculous having to keep turning on the grill and from what I can gather it uses up a lot of electricity. There is also the added complication of not being able to judge the power of the grill and ending up with burnt bread and really runny cheese.
~Breville: A History~
The company was formed by a couple of Australian blokes called O'Brien and Norville. You can guess who they derived the name Breville then. The first started out, producing radios. The sold thousands of radios and that market soon became saturated, so in 1974 the company released its Snack'n'Sandwich Toaster. Its sales figures reached 400,000 in the first year and it became one of the most successful product launches in Australian history. In the 1980's, Breville opened a Hong Kong branch and from there began operations in another 15 countries worldwide. Today, they are well established in the United Kingdom and have a substantial range of small kitchen products in their portfolio, ranging from blenders and health grills to kettles and steamers.
~Choosing a Sandwich Toaster~
At the end of the day, I think a sandwich toaster is pretty a much a sandwich toaster. There can't be that much difference between a rubbish one and a good one, what with the prices being very low. If I am honest, I have never come across a Breville product prior to this one. They come very highly recommended by family and friends so I showed my Dad a couple on amazon and he decided that this one was the best bet.
The picture is fairly clear and it does reflect what the toaster looks like in real life. It is a very simple design, really rather plain. It is rather inconspicuous on the kitchen worktop and it is after all only a sandwich toaster. It comes in all white, with some black plastic around the hinge are and also the plates and interior are a matt black. The feet on the bottom, prevent the toaster from sliding across the worksurfaces, which is very safe. I think that the design is perfect, it does a job and just blends in nicely with the surroundings.
This seems to be more than up to the job of whipping out delicious tasting, toasted sandwiches. It is very easy to get the bread, or toast, just right and how you like it. I would say that the machine works just below the rate of a toaster, so it does take a few seconds longer to do. This makes it easier to judge and also the gentle heating of the bread and the contents make it taste that much nicer. I am more than happy with the quality of the toasting it is as good as any toaster.
This toaster seems to be pretty efficient and has more than coped with the huge demand that we place on it for toasted sarnies. There have been no problems of any sort and it has always performed to its maximum. The product itself seems rather well made. It looks and feels very strong; it will stand up to a fair bit of heavy use. I think that we will get a good five to ten years of good use out of this from the way that it has held up so far. I would also say that Breville products in general, are very good.
As with many sandwich toasters of today, the inner plates can be removed. This is very helpful because every now and then they will need a good scrub. There will be a lot of food deposits building up especially as the cheese melts and drips out down the sides. The plates can be put in the dishwasher which is handy if you happen to have a dishwasher. The white surface does tend to get marked and anything that you spill on it will show up. Just give it a gentle wipe over every now and then. The toaster is very easy to maintain and just giving it a quick go over every few weeks should keep it in tip top condition.
The instruction manual is very easy to read and make sense of. The text is very legible, the font used is very simple and plain and it is in a reasonable size. The booklet is well set out so you can easily identify the solution to any problem you may have. There is only so much that the company can write about a sandwich toaster, but there is some useful stuff in the manual. There should be no problems in solving any problems that you may have with the appliance.
This sandwich toaster is available for £16.97 from amazon.co.uk. All that I can really say is that for that price you can't really go wrong. Breville are a very well respected brand and I think it is safe to say that they are fairly reliable too. This toaster does only take two slices at a time which may not be enough for some. This would make an ideal wedding present, as newlyweds want things for the home. If you aren't keen on toasted sandwiches, then this obviously isn't going to be ideal but if you are then this comes highly recommended.
We have had our Breville Sandwich Toaster for a couple of years now. It's always something that we turn to when we want a quick and convenient snack. I look on it as my way to make sandwiches more interesting! I thought it would be nice to share my little god-send with you. The Breville Sandwich Maker comes in three colours; green, blue and white and is currently on sale at Argos for £29.95. There is also a chrome option, but that it a few pounds more. Prices also vary depending on whether you opt for a two, four or eight slice option; the eight slice would probably be more suitable for a family (there are only two of us), and the two slice for someone living alone. This would be especially useful for a student living in Halls of Residence; unless they are very hungry! This product has a cut and seal function, which means that it seals the edge of the sandwiches and cuts then into convenient triangles. This closes in the filling and helps messy people like me keep my sandwich on my plate and not on my chest! Fillings can sometimes leak out, but this is generally only when you try and overfill your sandwich...not that I would ever try and be greedy and do that sort of thing! (I think I got away with that one!) As the old adage goes - Less is more! Our sandwich Toaster is white and compact with black non-stick plates inside. These plates are great because it makes the machine much easier to wipe clean and only makes getting your cooked sandwich out much easier. We had a Boots Sandwich maker at home when I was little and the fillings used to weld themselves to the inside; mummy always used to clean it, but now I'm the one doing the washing I find the "cleanability (yes I DID make that word up) factor" much more of an issue! A word of caution; always unplug the sandwich maker from the mains and let it cool down before cleaning it. Not only will you save your fingers, it is also safer if you are using a wet cloth. Ev
en then, don?t immerse it in water or use any harsh abrasive cleaning products. This may sound self evident, but it is a useful warning! Another nice safety feature is the non-slip feet. There's nothing worse that chasing a kitchen appliance all over your kitchen worktops - unless you enjoy that sort of thing! This feature, along with the light that tells you when the machine is ready for use, makes it a really safe and easy device to operate. The cord can also be stored away inside, making it extra safe - you know how dangerous trailing cables and small children can be! I would still advise people not to leave children unattended when using it. The machine and the fillings can get very hot. ***HOW DO YOU USE THE BREVILLE SANDWICH MAKER? Simple! You plug it in, wait for the green light to come on (this tells you when the machine is at the right temperature) and away you go. Spread your bread on what will be the outside of the sandwich with butter (or the alternative of your choice) and put in whatever filling your heart desires! Now, close the sandwich maker firmly and put on the catch. This locks the machine closed and cooking will commence. Cooking times vary depending on which fillings you choose and also how brown you want the outside of your culinary treat to be. Generally I find that a basic sandwich is done in five to ten minutes. Do remember that you need to switch the toaster on a little bit before to let it heat up. This isn't inconvenient because it gives you time for the bread spreading, etc. ***WHAT DO YOU PUT IN YOUR SANDWICHES? The Breville Sandwich Maker comes with a little book with suggestions for tasty and nutritious fillings. The choice, however, is entirely up to you; within reason of course - I don't think you could fit half a chicken between your bread (YOU CAN TRY THIS AND LET ME KNOW!)! ***MY FAVOURITES CHEESE AND HAM - A variation on a classic sandwich filling. The
cheese melts, the ham gets warm and the bread crispy and brown - DELICIOUS! BAKED BEANS AND HOT DOG SAUSAGES - Another classic choice. Straight out of a tin and warmed through in minutes. Be very careful because this filling gets very hot! PEANUT BUTTER AND JAM - Yes, the versatile little devil can cope with sweet as well as savoury. This is one of my real favourites. Approach with extreme caution because the jam gets very, very hot and can burn! I found this out to my cost when I was first experimenting with possible fillings. So, as you can probably tell, I am recommending this product to everyone. It's great for everyone; from children and teenagers, right through to anyone who just wants a warm snack and doesn't really feel like cooking. My sandwich maker reminds me of my childhood teatimes and I am always very nostalgic when I think of the anticipation of toasties! It's perfect for me - a self confessed houseworkaphobe (yes I made that word up too. You should just see my spellchecker smoking!) I can provide a warming teatime treat simply, quickly and with the minimum of effort. PERFECT! ***NOTE: Just discovered there is a Breville web-site. This can be found at www.breville.co.uk and even has recipes for interesting fillings (just been looking at Barbecue chicken), as well as product information and company info. Didn't even know there was a web-site and it does seem quite a good one.
This is my third sandwich toaster, and they get better and better. This one is easy to clean outside and inside, heats up in a few minutes (usually before I have finished preparing the fillings) and looks good on my worktop. Sandwich toasters are great things if you take a little time to prepare yourself. The bread should be medium or thick, square cut, or cut the crust off to make a square. Butter your bread (lightly) on the outside. Any spread will do, low fat is just as good as butter to make your sandwich golden brown. Prepare your fillings. Cheese toasts very well, must be grated or cut very thinly. Add a thin slice or two of onion or tomato. Cooked meats work very well, ham is especially tasty, thinly cut with a little cheese or tomato. Sweet fillings, such as sweet mincemeat, jam or mashed banana are delicious. Heat up your toaster according to the manufacturers instructions, mine has a red light for heating and a green light for "ready to cook". Place the slices of bread, butter side down, onto the hotplate, then make indentations with the back of a spoon ready for your fillings. You need only a heaped teaspoon of grated cheese per "indentation", more will just seep out and make a mess. Add the ham, tomato or onion, then top with the second slice of bread, butter side uppermost. Close the toaster slowly, keeping the bread aligned using the teaspoon if necessary. Watch your fingers! This is not like a souffle that can spoil, feel free to check on your sandwich periodically until it looks golden brown. Carefully ease the toasties out, using a non-metallic implement, do not scratch the non-stick surface. If serving to children, open the toastie up to let the heat escape, the fillings are liable to scald straight from the toaster. Clean the toaster immediately with a bunch of kitchen roll, if you let it cool the cheese sets like cement. Sweet toasties are fabulous served with ice cream or whipped cream. It'
;s best to use an unsalted butter if you have it. make sure you clean the sandwich maker thoroughly if you have a sweet filling, there is nothing nastier than jam and ham!
The kitchen I admit isnt my favourite room, but this has helped. I've got a cow in my kitchen, and its the best £10 I ever spent. Its a Breville "Daisy" sandwich toaster, and is used lots. I wanted a single toaster, with no nooks and crannies to get gunged up. I examined every sandwich toaster I could find, and this one I guarantee has no hidden crevices for dirt build up. It was an added bonus that it was in the form of a black and white freesian. (the handle is the cows head, and the underneath even has a nice pink udder.) My teenage daughter declared that it was the best thing ever, and definately going to uni with her. It is attractive, practical, and a cheap way of feeding supper snacks to hungry kids.