“ Brand: Cookworks / Sandwich press „
I remember when I first moved into Halls at University, I went and bought myself a Toastie Maker, I have extremely fond memories of making ridiculously crazy creations with this handy product and have decided to do it some fair justice and review it!
Cookworks Sandwich Toaster, you can buy this Item from various outlets, in my case I bought from Argos for around £20.00, it is still available. This product is more commonly known as a toastie maker, it is a handy way of toasting 2 slices of bread with any filling of your choice.
The Toaster is significantly Black and Grey. The top has a square silver area which has the words COOKWORKS written on and behind that we have to small rectangle Green and Red, which signify whether the Item is hot enough and whether your Toastie is ready to eat. The rest of the Item is Jet Black. It has a very handy handle on the front which simply allows you to carry your Sandwich toaster with you, if you need to transport it. The bottom has two studs with white tips, which allow balance, it also has a section where you can roll the power lead into if the power lead is too long which I found very handy. On the handle they have placed a clip which allows you to open the top section to reveal the section which actually does the toasting. Inside is completely black and you fit 2 sandwiches in. The outlines are triangular and therefore when toasting the sandwich usually almost split into perfect triangle shapes.
Overall a really decent looking item, it's quite small, but that is a bonus I feel, it's looks smart and compact. There are better looking items around the £20.00-£30.00 range, however as I will explain further below this item still does "what says on the tin" and does it well.
I honestly believe this item is probably the best Kitchen Appliance I could asked for, it is so simple to use. An example would be turn the item on wait until the light indicates it is hot and ready for the sandwich then placing a slice of white bread in adding some sliced onions, tomato slices and some cheese, pop another slice of bread on close the top and let it do it's work...it will inform you via the Green light that the item is ready to take out.
Overall it is simple, usage is something which makes this item so simplistic, yet so good. The lighting is fantastic so you don't have to constantly check your informed of your Toastie being ready. I cannot criticise any aspect of Usage.
For cost it is worth it the quality of this item for £20.00, was worth the money spent, I have looked recently online and admittedly there are some fantastic Toastie makers for just around £5-£10.00 more, however I have used this Sandwich toaster and it is reliable and it's gained my trust, I can't review the other items apart from their internet appearance whereas this Sandwich toaster has proven it's worth to me.
-Reliability, I have never had a day where it has caused me trouble, it is consistent and most of all is super student friendly, often in halls things break, I lived with 8 other people who all used this product, it still lasted, which I find it to be a miracle.
-Quick Food, I was studying a Degree which included Monday to Wednesday, full days University and then Thursday to Friday placement. After I came home from either, I would have assignments to do, research to do and exams to revise for. During my most stressful periods I use to eat processed food, microwave meals, I then started to take notice of the Toastie maker and invented healthier and tastier but quick recipes such as Tuna, Chicken, Veggie Toasties. It so fantastic and so quick, whether you are a rushed parent or a student this is the a fantastic way to get good food but quick.
-Cost, as a £20.00 investment i would say it has saved me money in the long run, rather than going out buying food I make myself a toastie, it also fairly cheap.
-After thinking long and hard I could only find one issue which is after a few uses you have to clean it or it's greasy very quick, especially if your using cheese, HOWEVER any person with good hygiene knows it is sensible to clean after ever use anyway so it's a really minor criticism but really depends if the users is bothered to clean it or not so wont' apply to all!
Overall it is the King of my Kitchen!
I bought this Cookworks Signature Sandwich Toaster from Argos about a month ago for £21.99 which I thought was a good price and I wanted a four slice toastie machine as there are five of us living here in my family and when you put the toastie machine on there seems to be shouts of "I'll have one" coming from the living room everytime.
This is a stylish looking toasty machine and comes with the plug already fitted, it matches my decor in the kitchen and is easy to use. The instructions come with it but all you have to do is butter the bread, place it in the toastie machine butter side out onto the hot plate add your filling of cheese or whatever you prefer and then close the lid. This seals the filling in the toastie.
The handle then closes with a catch that secures the machine shut.
It will light up and when the light goers out the toastie is ready.
You have to be careful when you open the machine as it is still very hot, so it's not for young children to use and you do have to wait a while for the toasties to cool too, especially if you have added tomato to your cheese, for some reason tomatoes seem to stay hot for a long time and can burn the mouth if not careful.
It is easy to clean, but doesn't go in the dishwasher or sink, just wipe clean with a cloth but not a abrasive washing up sponge or you will take the coating off the machine and it won't be any use then. Only use wooden utenstils to get the toasties out if they stick tio the sides of the machine too as metal will damage it.
It is 1100 watts so heats up very quickly and makes four toasties at one time.
There are so many different fillings you can use that you won't get short of idea's from cheese to tuna and banana's there is always something you can add to the filling for a delicious hot toastie at lunch time.
I work in an office which has a fully fitted kitchen, funnily enough it is bigger than my kitchen at home, but the one appliance that myself and my staff felt was missing was a Sandwich Toaster.
We all love sandwiches in the office and usually every lunchtime we would go along to the local sandwich shop who had a lot of different combinations of sandwiches on offer, whether you wanted them to be hot or cold there was I suspect more than 50 combinations, everything from cheese and tomato and not just your ordinary cheese and tomato but a choice of cheese and type of tomato and as the sandwiches became more complex so did the price and for a an unusual mix such as Mortadella, Mozzarella and Artichoke one of my favourite Ciabatta styled sandwiches you were looking at close to £5 a time. So we were all beginning to feel the pinch as the prices increased and within the last two months there have been even more prices added to the sandwiches such as 50p for toasting them in a toastie maker.
So with that in mind, we decided to club together to buy a sandwich maker for the office and between us we would all buy it and buy our own sandwich fillings if we didn't like what anyone else had to offer. That way we were hoping to be able to keep the price of our lunches down and it was a slightly better idea than bringing in your lunch from home, which on more occasions than not I would forget anyway.
Simply typing 'Sandwich Toaster' into Google brings up over 1.3million pages to search through so rather than shop around we decided to go as cheap and cheerful as we could and put our specifications into the Argos website to find something we would all be happy with. Cookworks, one of Argos' own brands is more often than not the cheapest option, unless you choose Argos Value Range. We had decided on a 4 type sandwich toaster and we found one retailing at £21.99 which we felt was a decent price and we ordered it online and went to collect it.
Now a sandwich toaster can come in a variety of shapes and sizes and there is no common ground when it comes to the price. We simply chose Argos because it is a 5 minute walk from the office and near enough to Waitrose that meant we could purchase bread and fillings on the way back and that was the job done in one lunchtime.
This particular sandwich toaster is a 4 sandwich toaster maker and it is made of stainless steel and is square shaped. On the lid is the word Cookworks and the toastie maker itself is two different shades of grey, nothing to set the world on fire and definitely not overly colourful but it also has the red and green buttons clearly displayed on the lid so you know when everything is ready to use and when your sandwiches are toasted. On the handle of the toastie maker there is a clip which allows you to fully close the toastie maker as it toasts your sandwich and it is easy to clip and unclip, even with 4 sandwiches being toasted and being quite full. On the inside, which hosts the 4 non-stick plates you can see quite clearly where you place your sandwiches to be toasted as it is clearly divided. I found these sandwich sections to be quite deep which means you can get a little more in your sandwich than with an ordinary toastie maker like I have at home and being much deeper means less spillage of leaking cheese, well so far anyway. On the underneath of the product are four non-stick feet which offer sturdiness when being used and the backside is totally flat which allows you to store the product upright so it takes up less space within your cupboard. Our toastie maker at work however remains on the side because it actually doesn't take up too much space anyway. The final part to mention is that it does have its own power cord storage, another little useful part of this product which means there are no wires hanging around.
So once you have plugged in your toastie maker the red indicator light comes on to let you know it is warming up, it probably takes 2-3 minutes to be fully ready and when it is ready the Green Indicator light comes so that you can place your sandwiches in their sections to be toasted. Then having closed the lid and securely fasted it together you wait until the green light goes off, there is no bell or noise to alert you to this, so you need to remember your sandwich is in the toastie maker and then once you are satisfied it is cooked to your liking, carefully remove it, remembering the plates are really hot.
We use this machine in the office on average 3 times a week and have recently purchased a book titled 'Toastie Heaven' from Amazon so that we can try out some quirky recipes though I am not too sure about trying 'Bread and Butter Pudding Toasties or Toffee Apple Toasties' which are two of the offerings within the book.
That said, for the price we paid this product is brilliant, you get lovely crisp toasted sandwiches (remember to butter the outside of the bread) which over the last six weeks has probably saved us a fair few pounds each by using it. It is easy to clean, as long as you remember to wipe off any leaking cheese or other food item once it has cooled down, if you leave it for a few hours them it is harder to clean and it isn't something you can just shove in the dishwasher. I also like the fact that the bread actually fits inside the toastie maker and doesn't hang over the sides like you find with other versions.
So as the blurb on the Argos website states "Take the hassle out of toastie making with Cookworks low cost stainless steel toaster which can make 4 delicious sandwiches in no time and with non-stick plates the Signature sandwich toaster is easy-to-clean too." A great product at a great price.