“ Brand: Russell Hobbs / Sandwich Toaster / Two rounds of sandwiches. „
As a busy working mum to 3 kids im always wanting quick ideas for snack lunch's. I remember having one of these at home when I was young but hadn't really thought of getting one for my own family until recently when we visited my friend's house and she had one. The kids absolutely loved them so we went to get our own the very same day.
I didn't really do any research before buying this I basically chose this one because this was the one my friend had. I got it from Argos just because it was easiest and quickest really I probably could have got it a little cheaper if id have shopped around.
The one we chose is the one which toasts 2 sandwiches at once you can get one that just does one at a time but I thought id be stood there forever!. The model looks good it is black and chrome so quite a neutral color which will fit with most homes
The sandwich maker is simple to use you just butter your bread, put it inside the toaster and then add your filling and close the toaster. I did find it quite hard to close with some of the bread especially the thicker brands so be careful which bread you use. If it doesn't close fully it won't seal the sandwich fully so some of it may leak out.
Once you have closed it you simply wait and within a few minutes the toasted sandwich is ready to be eaten it really is yummy. One word of warning you have to be careful as the fillings really do get very hot especially if you put tomato in there.
After use the toaster is easy to clean the plates where you put the sandwiches are non stick you they simply need wiping down I have found this is easiest if you do it quite soon after use so that it doesn't have a chance to dry on because then it is harder to remove.
You can make all kind of delicious sandwiches with different fillings so its definitely worth doing as a change for your lunch.
There are two things I like about this toasted sandwich maker from Russell Hobbs, the first is that it makes really delicious toasted sandwiches and the second is that it is very easy to clean. The price is not bad either, I paid £19.99 for it from Amazon a few months ago and checking the current price it is even cheaper than that at the moment at £15.99.
It is a chrome and black colour and design wise it is more functional than elegant or stylish but as this is a product that only comes out of the cupboard when it is needed rather than being on permanent display looks are not that important to me. It is a very stable and quite small item and is very easy to operate. It can make two toasties at a time. The non stick coating on the inside is good quality and I have never had a problem so far with it losing its non stick qualities, naturally you do need to butter the bread first before putting it in the sandwich toaster.
The catch on the handle is well made and this is important as apart from anything going wrong with the internal workings the catch is the other main thing that if it breaks the machine will not really work, it secures in place with a loud click and is easy to open. You need to wait until the led turns green to know that the right temperature has been reached and then for the first couple of goes it was a bit of trial and error to get the right degree of brownness to the sandwich as there is no timer however it does provide a consistent amount of heat so I have had no epic burnt sandwich episodes so far.
It cooks the toastie nice and evenly and the filling is nice and hot. You need to allow it time to cool before cleaning and I just use some warm water and a cloth to clean it out and then dry it thoroughly before storing it away.
This is a good simple toastie maker and a given the price a useful product to own especially when the weather gets colder as it makes a normal sandwich a bit more enjoyable.
Having lived in basic student accomodation for a year now, I have come to cherish this machine for its convenient and compact nature. My kitchen was incredibly small and lacked both an oven and a grill - all we were supplied with was two electric hobs, and a small countertop fridge (small by necessity, as the only countertop available was tiny). The rest of the counterspace was almost completely taken up by a toaster, kettle, and this machine. My options for food were hence fairly limited, and this toastie-maker has been well-used.
Despite the frequency of its use, it has performed very reliably: I have never experienced any faults with it, although the catch may be slightly looser now than it was originally. Its very intuitive to use; just follow the green go light to start toasting your sandwich. It is, in my eyes, a sleek and attractive design, and reasonably sized considering it does two sandwiches at a time (though if you want a smaller one there are single-sandwich toasters available which may be more suitable). However, while a cursory clean is easy after each use, it does tend to get grease in places more difficult to get to and so is not the most naturally hygenic device.
As a student, im a huge fan of the appliances which allow me to cheat in the kitchen. The microwave and George Foremann grill are my greatest allies in the kitchen and now I have a new one. After months of toasting my bread in the toaster and then making a sandwhich out of that, I decided it would be well worth buying a sandwhich toaster. Although I could have got a cheaper model, I stuck with a brand I knew, as I have always trusted the brand name Russell Hobbs. I was not disappointed by either the price or efficentcy of the machine.
This sandwhich maker has a universal look that will not clash with any kitchen. However if you do not like the stainless steel and black finish the machine is compact enough to store away and only get out when it is needed.
This machine ranges in price from around £15 (the price I got it for) to atleast double that. I belive it is just under £20 on Amazon at the moment.
This is meant to be able to do two rounds of sandwiches at once but in reality doesn't if you buy a standard loaf. It doesn't close very easily when the bread is inside...got to put a lot of pressure on lid for the catch to hold. Otherwise couldn't really ask for more.
In my sandwhich I tend to try and stuff in as many fillings as possible, and not once has this toaster complained. It is quite quick for a budget model, and is easy to clean as I've had no problems with the non-stick plates. Overall I am very happy with it. Looks great in my kitchen and takes up little storage. The toaster leaves the bread nicely golden and fluffy, just the way I like it.
Overall, this machine is perfect for me and I would defenitly recommend it to students as toasted sandwhiches are easy and cheap to make but great treats and the price of this machine is no way extortionate. I however would not recommend this machine for families, because although it claims to be able to make two sandwhiches, from my experience it works best with only one at a time.
I would give this an overall rating of 4/5.
I decided to buy a sandwich maker as I thought it would give me a quick and tasty snack, so when I seen this one I thought I would give it a go.
The sandwich maker, will make two sandwiches and therefore fit four pieces of bread. When you first plug it in, there will be a red light, this is to indicate that the sandwich maker is switched on and is warming up, when the temperature is at the right stage the light will turn green, you should be careful at this stage, as the metal is very hot. The plates on the sandwich maker are non-stick, which is useful when cleaning.
The sandwich will normally be ready in a couple of minutes. The maker, leaves the outside of the sandwich crispy and the inside moist, which is an advantage. Also be careful when you are cutting the sandwich because the filling will be extremely hot.
Before cleaning the sandwich maker, you should allow it to cool down as it does get very hot. To clean it I just use hot water and a cloth, and then dry it will kitchen towel.
Overall I am pleased with this product, it is simple to use and makes really nice sandwiches quickly, which is always a bonus. For £17 I think it is a good buy and a good product for the price.
Despite the obvious health concerns of regularly eating toasted sandwiches, you just can't beat them. I think I had my first in Spain in the mid 80s in a hotel bar late at night. Through a variety of these devices I've become pretty good using various ingredients and so when it came time to buy a new one, I ended up with the Russell Hobbs 14607.
Coated in a brushed steel and black plastic shell, the unit has a two plate configuration, similar to most models. These plates are non stick and are powered by 700w through a mains connection. Externally there is a safety lock to ensure you don't accidentally open during cooking and two lights which advise you of power status and when the correct temperature has been reached.
Using the device is fairly simple and will take no more than about fifteen minutes. When the indicator light signals ready, you get your two slices of bread (or four for two sandwiches), coat the outside with a thin layer of butter. Place the first slice on the plate with the butter facing down, put your filling in and pop the top slice on with the coted side facing outwards. Then close the lid and toast, few minutes later delicious snack.
There is a degree of skill in ensuring you fill the sandwich but not too much. Although with the non stick facility clean up is simple. Fillings are entireley upto you, but I don't think you can beat the old ham and cheese classic. But be warned you will need to leave them a couple of minutes before consuming, they get very hot.
So in all a quick and easy way to create an enjoyable filling snack at any time of the day. Unfortunately, I do not believe this particular model is available having been discontinued, but I would recomend the Morphy Richards brand as a provider of simple, reliable, well built and cost effective technology.
I bought the toaster as a Christmas present for my mother. Turns out she hates the thing but the rest of the family loves it for its quick, easy and tasty way of making meals & snacks.
It's not an ugly product & it doesn't clutter up your kitchen worktops as its small & has a nice black and chrome design which happens to go perfectly with the rest of our kitchen and it's a great value for money.
The product is easy to manage as the two plates can be wiped clean and aslong as you fill your toasties strategically you won't get any food around the hinges which I'd say was the hardest part to clean. The only sad part about this product is the size of the sliced bread you have to use. I have to chop the crusts off the rounds I'm using in order for it to fit nicely, yes it makes for an all round tastier sandwich experience but it just seems abit of a waste. The sandwich maker I'd say takes around 4-5 minutes to make your sandwich toasted once it's heated up, the maker shows this with an indicator light, & you can open the maker at anytime to check on your creation & after you're done you just unplug the toaster and munch away. (:
I have had this toaster for around a year and use it once or twice a week. I bought it on special offer for around £15 but I think it can retail for up to twice that.
Has an attractive black and brushed chrome finish.
It is good value when compared to others on the market.
It can take two rounds of bread (but not large slices - see below).
It is easy to clean on the whole. The plates are easy to wipe off and the only messy bit is around the hinges (see below).
Small, compact and can be folded away for easy storage.
Toasted sandwiches cannot take much filling else it will not shut.
You really need to use small sized, thinly sliced loaves in it.
It states that sandwiches need 4 minutes to cook after the indicator light comes on. They actually need much more than this to be ready properly.
When the filling seeps of the sandwiches out some of it can go into the hinges which is difficult to clean.
At the start of the school summer holidays I bought a Russell Hobbs sandwich maker so I could make quick tasty lunchtime snacks for my children. As I wasn't prepared to spend a lot of money on what I thought would be a one-minute wonder, I bought this model from Argos, priced at £17.29. There were similar models available costing less, but I went for the better known Russell Hobbs brand over the Cookworks range because I've had nothing but trouble with Cookworks items in the past. In addition to this, the Russell Hobbs toastie maker came in an attractive black and stainless steel finish which complemented the other appliances in my kitchen.
The sandwich maker
Once removed from the box and protective packaging, the appliance itself looked quite small. That's because it is. Manufactured in matt black with a visually appealing brushed stainless steel top, this petite sandwich maker looks good in a modern kitchen. Its non-slip feet effectively grip the kitchen worktop and reduce any potential movement of the appliance during use. On top of the sandwich maker are two indicator lights and straddling the handle is a black plastic locking catch. Inside the toaster are the upper and lower black non-stick toasting plates. The appliance boasts an upright storage facility, which basically means you can stand it on its end when not in use - big deal!
Using the appliance
The toaster is simple to use. Before using for the first time it is necessary to wipe down the non-stick surfaces of the toasting plates using a damp cloth. Once plugged in, the manual says that a red "power" light should be visible on the top of the toaster. This light is actually orange, and remains illuminated as long as the appliance is connected to the electricity supply. Adjacent to this power light is a green "ready" light which comes on and cycles on and off with the thermostat, when the green light goes off, the appliance is ready for use - it only takes about 3 minutes to heat up.
To make two rounds of sandwiches, you need to butter 4 rounds of bread and trim the slices to fit the non stick plates - I found I needed to chop about an inch off the end of a standard round of bread. Place the bread butter side down onto the bottom cooking plates and add the filling to the triangular shaped depressions which develop in the bread. Do not overfill because a) the lid will be a nightmare to close and b) the melted filling will ooze out the back of the toasted into the difficult to clean hinged area. Once the filling is in place, put the two remaining slices of bread on top, butter side up and close the lid, securing it shut with the plastic latch located on the handle. After 3 or 4 minutes, the sandwich is done and the result is usually an appetising crispy, golden brown outer shell containing a delicious hot melted filling. Take care when removing the toastie from the appliance because the steam trapped between the cooking plates is released when the handle latch is unlocked. When the sandwich is removed from the toaster, you will need to cut it on the diagonal with a knife because even though the edges are sealed, the separating ridge on the plates doesn't cut deep enough to split the two halves. All the sandwiches I have made have tasted great but please make sure you let them cool down before serving to small children, because the melted filling (particularly cheese) is like Napalm.
After use, let the appliance cool down and wipe the non-stick plates with a damp cloth - I find absorbent kitchen paper works best - it really is that easy to clean. The toaster is a nightmare to clean if melted filling has oozed its way to the hinge area.
My opinion and criticisms
Overall, the toaster is easy to use and does make great sandwiches, however I do have a few things to moan about.
Firstly, it is very small and therefore the sandwiches it makes are small and shallow. I object to having to trim the bread so much. With some loaves I have had to remove the crusts and trim an inch off the end to make it fit the plates - a bit of a waste really. When using thick sliced bread, I found the toaster difficult to close with a lot of pressure being placed on the fragile looking hinge at the back of the appliance.
Secondly, I have issues with the plastic locking catch on the handle because it is so flimsy and doesn't always close properly. If I am handling an appliance which gets very hot, I want a catch which shuts securely with a positive click - not some flimsy little catch which looks and feels as though it can spring open at any moment. The catch and hinge mechanisms appear so feeble, I don't expect them to survive for long and I've uncharacteristically made a careful note of where I've put the receipt and product guarantee.
This visually appealing item is very easy to use and the non-stick plates are very easy to clean. It does make tasty, albeit small canapé sized sandwiches but I feel it will only be a matter of time before the locking catch and/or the hinge snaps rendering the product useless. With regard to value for money, I feel a little disappointed because although aesthetically pleasing and functional it is on the small side and not mechanically robust enough for my liking.
This brushed stainless steel and black finish sandwich toaster features non-stick plates, cool touch handles and a secure locking clip / Short name: Russell Hobbs 14607