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This is a great little sandwich/ panini maker. I got it for £20 last year in the ASDA sale. I thought it would be more versatile than the usual sandwich toasters as you can toast baguettes and even wraps etc. It heats up very quickly which is fantastic if you are looking a quick snack which my boyfriend often is. He uses this sandwich toaster a lot. It can fit 2 sandwiches each time upon it and 1 large baguette (panini).
There are a few small glitches which annoy me slightly with this product but it isn't the end of the world. The first is that it weighs down the sandwiches a lot which can force fillings out and you end up with a very flat toasties, It is also very difficult to position baguettes and keep them in position within the machine and often all the filling comes out. The heat plates could be slightly bigger in order to place the baguette horizontally rather than vertically, but for the price i really think that these problems are things we can live with.
The little light up buttons which tell you temperature and when it is ready for use are quite flimsy and fell off quite early.
But i definitely would recommend this product it is totally 100% better than the average toastie makers.
At work the kitchen is a do it yourself area with every sort of gadget apart from a proper cooker or a washer/dryer :( As such i didn't buy this myself but i have used it quite a lot of times especially over the last few months when its been colder plus its easier to get a shot of than the microwave.) Looking online this can be bought from amazon for £29.50 which i think is a reasonable price for the brand/its a decent machine.
This is quite bulky which obviously doesn't bother me with it being at work but if i was buying for myself i would think twice about.
This can make 3 paninis at once which is great for the workplace and because its hinged you can put in different sizes of bread.This would be too big if you were making for 1 person (unless you were really hungry)but would be good for familys.
The plates are non stick which makes it easy to wipe down.
Another plus is that you don't have to butter the outsides of the bread before sticking them in the machine.
Its extremely quick at heating up which again is great for a workplace where your break is timed. Plus for at home as well it being easy and quick to use.
I think this works well and if i go to replace my one at home i would consider it. The only downside is that it is quite big but it is suited for family use.
I wanted a decent sandwich maker for occasional use. I was looking for something which was easy to use, easy to clean, easy to store and versatile. As there are only two of us I didn't want a large bulky machine. So I went on a mission to find what I was looking for. Eventually I found this Breville at a good price in Argos. I have now had this sandwich maker for a few weeks and have used two or three times a week since I bought it. It does normal ham and cheese toasties very well, but it also does panninis and I have even done chops on it. It is flat rather than ribbed inside making for the easiest cleaning ever. All I do is let it cool down, but while its still a little warm just give it a quick wipe over with a soft cloth. Don't do what I did the first time and try cleaning it while its still hot, I got a painful burn, ouch !. The machine is simplicity itself to use, even for me, and I like things as easy as possible. All you do is plug it in and switch it on. There are two lights on the top one amber the other green when the green light goes out the toaster is hot enough. It takes about five minutes to reach this temperature. All you do then is put your sandwich, pannini etc in, close the lid and cook to your requirements it takes around three minutes to do toasties the way I like them. Its that easy. The only downside is that there is no safety cut out on it. For this reason I always make sure its unplugged, not just switched off when not in use. The machine is easy to store there is a storage area on the side for the lead. The machine can then be turned on its side making it nice and slim for storage. If you only need a small sandwich maker for occasional use I would recommend this one with no problem.
Of all my kitchen gadgets this sandwich and Panini press by Breville has to be my favourite. I am a huge fan of toasties and Panini's but every time I made them at home with my grill I just couldn't get them as good as the ones you buy in café's or restaurants. Eventually I decided it would be worth investing in a press specifically for this purpose. As I already have quite a few good kitchen things by Breville I trust them as a reliable brand so when I saw this in Tesco for £29.99 I bought it.
--- The Look ---
Although in general sandwich presses aren't the most attractive gadget for the kitchen, this one is quite stylish and the silver stainless steel certainly makes it look professional. Above the hinged lid is a protruding cool touch handle which allows you to open the hot lid without touching it so you can avoid getting burned. Inside there are flat, deep-fill aluminium plates to place the sandwich. Underneath these are non-slip rubber feet to prevent the press slipping and room to store the cable. Aside from the sandwich press itself the box also comes with an instruction booklet with a few simple recipes to get you started and a one year warranty.
--- Features ---
All of the features on this press are really useful. Firstly, it is designed to accommodate as many different types of bread as possible due to the hinged lid which can cover bread of all different thicknesses from thin white bread and chucky wholemeal to ciabatta, focaccia, teacakes, crumpets and even naan bread. The plates can hold up to 3 sandwiches or Panini's at a time although you do have to squash them together and so for a more even toast I usually put no more than two on at a time. Once the bread is on there is also a locking system to secure the lid into place so it doesn't slip off. There are also bright red and green indicator lights to show that the power is on and the press is all ready to go.
--- Functionality & Usage ---
I use my press all the time, especially at lunchtime to make things such as cheese toasties or chicken and cheese paninis. I also usually put salad inside to make it a bit healthier. The most adventurous and also the most tasty thing I've ever made was probably the BBQ chicken and bacon Panini with melted cheese (I had to do quite a bit of jogging on the treadmill the next day to feel less guilty!). I really can't fault the results of the press as it makes gorgeous food. The cheese is always well melted and the bread is just the right degree of crispiness and nice and brown just the way I like it. It is a bit of trial and error to get the right degree of browning but if you just keep lifting the lid to check you should easily get it just how you like it. The 1000W power also means it is also really fast and you can get a hot Panini in 4-5 minutes. Another bonus is that you get the lovely smell of toasting bread filling the house.
I thought it would be a pain to keep clean, especially with melted cheese, sauce and grease dripping onto to the plates but actually it isn't too bad. Food doesn't stick to the aluminium plates so it can be easily scraped off and then washed.
--- Summary ----
Overall I've been really impressed by the performance of this sandwich press by Breville. I use it regularly and it still works just as good as new and gives me delicious toasties. I have no complaints and would definitely recommend.
After buying - and returning - a low priced, poor quality sandwich maker recently, I remained on the look out for something which would fulfil my sandwich making needs.
The Breville VST025 Sandwich Press was on offer on Amazon for just £20 - a good reduction from its normal selling price of around the £30 mark. It had lots of favourable reviews; so I decided to give it a try.
I was impressed with it as soon as I opened the box. With its sturdy-looking handle and sleek stainless steel body it looked a very professional piece of equipment. It was a little larger than I had expected. Including the handle its dimensions are approximately 31cm across and 26cm deep. The sandwich press has two flat aluminium hotplates which are coated in a non-stick coating. These hotplates measure around 27.5cm across and approx. 18cm deep. (Approx. measurements as the hotplates are a sort of rounded oblong shape.)
There are a couple of lights on the top which indicates when the power is on and when the hotplates are ready. The handle has a locking device on it, in the form of a simple slider which you close up when you need to store the machine. This 1000w sandwich press has non-slip feet and cord storage. Cord length is approx. 84cm.
The product came with a set of instructions which also included a few recipes. There are various warnings about its usage - most of them common sense (such as the reminder that the fillings in toasted sandwiches are hot) - but the booklet still needs to be read before use. Using it is very simple. Place the toaster on a flat, level surface and open up the storage lock to release the top hotplate. After a quick wipe over of the hotplates, fully unwind the power cord from the cord storage area of the press and plug into a socket. The red power light and the green ready to cook light both illuminate. Allow the press to preheat in the closed position until the green ready to cook light goes out. (This indicator will turn off and on during use.)
Place your sandwiches on the bottom hotplate. There is enough room on the hotplate for a couple of sandwiches side by side. Close the top hot plate onto the sandwiches. Toasting takes around 5-8 minutes according to the instruction booklet. However, I found mine were ready a little before that. It depends on what sort of bread you are using and how thick it is. The beauty of this device is that you can always check on your food to see how it's doing. You must not leave the device unattended whilst it is cooking. There is a rim round the bottom hotplate in case any filling tries to make a break for it.
When cooked, the sandwich needs to be removed from the hotplate with a wooden or plastic spatula - metallic utensils will scratch the non-stick coating and ruin the hotplates.
You have to remember that this is a sandwich 'press' rather than a sandwich toaster per se. You do not lock it whilst it has food in it - the weight of the top hot plate pressing against the food is enough to cook it through and present you with a tasty toastie. The toasties aren't sealed round the edges in the same way they are in a normal sandwich maker - but they are sealed in the sense that the bread is pushed together firmly and they are crisp and toasted on the outside like a normal toasted sandwich. The effect is a little different as the hotplates are flat, rather than bevelled.
So far we have used it to make the obligatory cheese and pickle toasties and to make a couple of slices of ordinary toast with some chunky fresh bread. The toasties got a thumbs up from everyone in the household. So easy to do; such good results. And best of all the cleaning of two flat hotplates requires virtually no effort. A quick wipe over when they are cold and it's job done. Everything about this machine shrieks quality and simplicity.
We are having roast beef kebabs in it tonight from a recipe in the booklet. Yum. I feel we have a lot of delicious sandwiches in our future thanks to this handy device. Would heartily recommend. Currently available from Amazon for £20. (03/09/13)
I'm a big fan of sandwich wraps and paninis when it comes to lunchtime snacks so when I saw the Breville VST025 on sale, I decided to get one so that I could make my own at home.
I have owned many traditional toasted sandwich makers in the past, the type that seal and make triangular toasties and have found them to be messy and have a few issues with the closing clip breaking or coming away. So after reading a bit about this sandwich press I decided to get one as it seemed more versatile than the traditional ones.
Immediately after removing the VST025 from its box, it appears nice and modern in a stainless steel finish and looks good in a modern kitchen. The build is sturdy and seemed a bit bigger than I imagined. Non slip feet keep it in place which is reassuring as it can become very hot while in use. There is a handle to open and close the nonstick hotplates which is also stainless steel with a black cool touch handle. When not in use, the arm can be secured in place using a sliding lock on the right hand side. On top of the sandwich press are two lights to indicate when the optimum cooking temperature is reached.
The operation of the sandwich press works around a floating hinge and two hot plates which cook the food. You make up your sandwich, which can be anything from a ciabatta/panini, filled tortilla wrap, regular sandwich or even flatbreads or naan. Lowering the lid ensures that the food is cooked evenly top and bottom and allows different thickness of bread or paninis to be used.
Once in place and cooking, I normally find that turning the sandwich round ensures a more even cook. Depending on the type of bread used and the filling, I find that there's not much leakage - a problem I've found with traditional toastie machines. Also the hotplates have a raised lip around the edge so any spills are contained on the hotplate and not spilling over the sides which saves on cleaning. Paninis turn out really nice at a fraction of the cost of buying from a cafe. I also enjoy toasted chicken wraps and have even fried an egg on the hotplate! The nonstick surface means you dont need any butter or oil (apart from a little oil for the egg lol)
Cooking times vary but essentially things are ready fairly quickly. My only criticisms of the product are that it's not the best for making sandwiches with regular slices bread - this is the only times the filling has spilled out. It's best to use non metallic utensils when cooking on this as they can scratch the nonstick hotplates. To clean after use I wait until the sandwich press has cooled and then wipe down. It is so much easier to maintain than traditional sandwich makers and so much more versatile.
I use this a lot more than I imagined I would and it's normally kept on my kitchen worktop. The power cord isn't that long so some may have to store it away if short on power sockets.
I'd definitely recommend this to anyone thinking of buying a sandwich press and would urge anyone who is thinking of buying a traditional sandwich maker to try this as I feel you won't regret it.
The VST025 Cafe Style Sandwich Press from Breville is a little different to standard Sandwich Toasters producing toasted Paninis rather than standard toasted sandwiches / These Italian small loaves have achieved fantastic popularity in recent years and have become established deli favourites that are great for lunches or light meals / This Sandwich Press is also suitable for Ciabatta and Focaccia breads / This sandwich press is made from Stainless Steel and makes up to three sandwiches at a time / The VST025 has a hinged lid to accommodate breads of different thicknesses and using it is simple thanks to the power-on and ready-to-cook indicator lights / Cleaning up afterwards is made all the easier with the flat non stick coated Aluminium plates / Also features a cool touch handle non-slip feet and cord storage. / Breville VST025 Sandwich Toaster Press / Short name: Breville VST025