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Cuisinart is an American company founded about 40ish years ago. They mainly sell in the US and Canada, but have a few outlets in the UK.
We bought this toasty maker a a bit of a treat for ourselves so we spent a little more than we usually would, but were sadly disappointed. On first impressions this product is solidly built and looks like a great piece of kit in the kitchen, but appearances can be deceiving. Some of the finer, but all too important details, such as the locking handle and control knobs are very fragile. I've even read in other reviews that the handle has completely broken off. A definite plus side is the removable plates that are easy to remove and can be washed in the dishwasher - fantastic! - But yet again the clips that hold them in place are rather flimsy and don't look like they're going to last long.
And the disappointments don't end there. It's very slow to heat up, taking around 10 minutes, not great for the quick snack I was hoping for. But worst of all is the size of the plates themselves. With your average sliced loaf they fit perfectly top to bottom, but they are square, meaning they are far too wide and don't seal at the sides. So we had melted cheese leaking all over the place which in turn started to spoil the non-stick coating. I can only assume that this is due to it being an American design - Do American's have different shaped bread?
All that being said, now that we have found a baker that has a loaf that fits we have found a way round the problems and it is great for those deep fill sandwiches and browns nicely and evenly. The problem is we weren't looking for something we would have to go on a special shopping trip in advance to buy the ingredients to use, we were after something we could use to make a quick tasty snack whenever we felt like it.
My advice is if you're a gourmet toasty maker and like to put the extra effort in then this will do the job (as long as you're prepared to be gentle with the controls), but if you want a quick, yummy snack that quick and easy to prepare you'd be better off going for a cheaper model, from an English designer.
Cuisinart Overstuffed Sandwich Maker GRSM1U / For the deepest tastiest toasted sandwich the Cuisinart Overstuffed sandwich maker is the perfect machine / It has been designed with extra-large plates with extra-deep pockets to make room for larger thicker gourmet sandwiches / Satisfying both refined and hearty appetites fill your sandwich with whatever you prefer and the variable temperature control will achieve the perfect texture everytime / 5 Year Warranty Removable non-stick sandwich plates Two extra large anti-spill sandwich plates Suitable for all types of bread including Focaccia & Ciabatta Variable temperature control / High Medium and Low / Short name: Cuisinart GRSM1U