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Whilst it is inexpensive, Sainsburys Sandwich Toaster unfortunately falls short overall. Slow, fidgety to use and poorly designed.

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      24.11.2013 15:45
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      Don't bother.

      **~~** Sainsbury stainless steel sandwich toaster **~~**


      I bought this sandwich toaster four months ago and paid approximately 8 pounds for it. This item is very similar to the one in the picture, but there are a few small differences that seem to be purely aesthetic from what I can ascertain.

      Described as a two-portion sandwich toaster, this item's features are described on the box as having an easy open handle, lights to indicate on and ready, non-stick plates and a design that provides for a "cut and seal action". It has rubber feet and a clip to lock the two parts together.

      The approximate product dimensions are 8(H)cm x 22(W)cm x 23(D)cm. The non-stick triangular heating plates are said to cut and seal two rounds of toasted sandwiches.



      **~~** My experience and opinion **~~**

      I adore toasted sandwiches and bought this on impulse four months ago. I associate toasted sandwiches with my childhood when this formed Sunday tea on cold and dull winter weekends.

      The unit heats up very quickly, probably three minutes. I usually switch it on and it is ready for the sandwiches by the time I have prepared them.

      This sandwich toaster also cooks the food very quickly and easily within five minutes. The food seems to be cooked evenly on the outside. Each toasted sandwich has a pressed, sealed line down the middle. This is supposed to produce two separate triangular-shaped pieces. When I cooked with my previous (Breville) sandwich toaster I was able to turn the sandwiches over to create four small, separate triangles. This is not at all possible with this (my current) sandwich toaster.

      I do not produce a wide variety of types of toasted sandwiches. I usually make ham and cheese, cheese and vegemite (my favourite!) or cheese and tomato, all of which are probably very calorific. Sadly, the number of calories that can possibly be consumed is greatly reduced by the narrow depth of the cooking section. It is not possible to produce plump, well-filled toasted sandwiches with this sandwich maker.

      Finally this unit is very easy to clean. I simply use a soft cloth that is wet with water and washing detergent and gently wipe it clean.


      **~~** Recommended? **~~**

      Not really. I wouldn't bother with this one.

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      10.08.2013 20:47
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      A rare disappointment from Sainsburys.

      After reading some reviews on this site about sandwich toasters, I was really beginning to bemoan the lack of one in my household. My last sandwich toaster was an Hinari branded one which bit the dust many years ago - and I said I wouldn't bother with another as it was such a fuss to clean. But having read some positive write-ups on more up to date sandwich toasters, I found myself purchasing one on impulse whilst shopping around Sainsburys.

      I opted for a Sainsburys own brand sandwich toaster which was on offer reduced from £9.87 to £6.57. At that price it was almost too cheap and I did wonder what sort of quality I was going to receive.

      The product:

      The sandwich toaster is small (approx. 22cm across and about 23cm deep inclusive of the 'cool touch' handle) and the top lifts up to reveal non-stick plates inside for ease of cleaning. It has a light on top which indicates when it is ready to start toasting. There is a safety catch which holds the lid down to ensure the sandwich remains in place. It is an attractive looking appliance with a silver top and black trim.

      Having not been the owner of a sandwich toaster in some time, I read the leaflet which came with the toaster carefully and followed the instructions.

      There are a long list of (common sense) safety instructions which need to be read - including: switch off and unplug when not in use and before cleaning; not designed for use by children; never immerse sandwich toaster in water; do not use if in damaged or malfunctioning condition; remove all wrapping from food before placing in toaster; the filling of a toasted sandwich will be hot, allow to cool before eating.


      Usage:

      To use, place on a flat, heat resistant surface and clean well before use. Close the lid, plug in and switch the power on at the mains. The red 'power' and green 'temperature' light illuminate.

      Whilst waiting for the appliance to warm up, make your sandwiches making sure to butter the exterior of the sandwich. (This helps the outside crisp, and slide easily from the hotplates when ready.)

      When the hotplate is the correct temperature, the green light will go out. Open the lid and taking care not to touch the hotplates, place the sandwiches on the hotplate. Close the lid by pressing down on the handle until the catch closes. After 2-4 minutes check to see if the sandwiches are brown enough. If not reclose the lid and recheck after a short interval. If they are to your liking, remove the sandwiches using a wooden/heatproof utensil - not a sharp or metallic utensil, however, as this will damage the plates. The sandwich maker can be shut off at any time by removing the plug from the wall socket.

      Experience of the product:

      As I said, I followed the instructions carefully, gently wiping my toaster before use and setting it up in the proper manner before placing two rounds of buttered sandwiches which contained slivers of cheese inside. The bread I used was a medium sliced Warburton's - and I'd removed the crusts which would have dangled over the edge of the hotplates - which are only 12cm x 11cm approx. I was aiming for a nicely sealed, crisp toasted sandwich.

      I pressed down on the handle - which was a little reluctant to close at first - but within moments my long awaited toasted sandwich was on its way. I waited 3 minutes and had a peek - the sandwiches were just starting to go brown in the centre, so I waited another minute or so. I took them out after just over four and a half minutes. They were reasonably crisp on the inner part of the sandwich but the rest was still quite soggy.

      With the next batch of sandwiches I aimed to keep them in for longer. This batch was an improvement but I had to keep the sandwiches in the appliance for about six minutes and it was widely complained that the sandwiches 'tasted like plastic' around the edges.

      I have done four rounds of toasted sandwiches now in this product and the results didn't impress. They were ok - but not exactly great and we are still waiting for the plasticky taste we hoped was just down to the newness of the appliance to dissipate.

      This appliance must be one which you either hit lucky with or get 'a pup' - as the saying goes. The reviews on this site are quite positive in their praise - but the reviews on the Sainsburys website itself give this toaster one out of five stars.

      I am going to give it two dooyoo stars as it was very cheap and does (eventually) produce a toasted sandwich, plus it is far easier to clean than my old one of yore. But I it loses points with me for: being slow, having no auto shut off (pulling the plug out of the wall does not count as an auto shut off) having plates so small you have to chop away a good proportion of the bread so it fits on the hotplate, having a difficult to fasten 'safety catch' and making the outer edges of the sandwiches taste like plastic.

      I am pondering whether or not to return the item so no, I would not recommend.

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        05.09.2012 19:13

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        for £4.46 at my local sainsbury its a bargain ,try a few scoops of tinned raviolias yor filler fantastic

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        03.09.2012 01:14
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        Makes for a tasty lunch!

        I'm a bit of a fan of the toasted cheese sandwich, where the cheese has oozed out enough to become crisp and delicious but hasn't oozed so much it leaks out the the sandwich maker and causes a clean-up operation.

        The Product
        It's a fairly basic looking black and stainless steel design, with plates inside for two slices of bread to be toasted side by side at the same time.  Of course when you have added the tops to the sandwich there will be a total of four slices of bread in the machine, and this makes four triangular "sealed" sandwiches as the metal plates are triangular in shape and thus cut the sandwich in half diagonally.

        It's a very simple product, plug it in and it automatically starts to warm up. When it is ready to toast a green light comes on.

        Making a Cheese Toastie
        I can't eat wheat and therefore for my own toasties use wheat free bread.  I don't like wheat free bread unless it has been toasted so this machine is really good for me.  With normal bread I always lightly butter the outside of the bread, but not the inside, as the grease stops it from sticking to the hot plates.  With wheat free bread I found I don't need to add butter to stop it sticking.  

        One good thing about wheat free bread is the slices tend to me quite small and are perfect size for a toasted cheese sandwich.  Normal bread is however often a little large for the Toastie maker and hangs out the side, and I find the condensation from the machine makes any edges of bread hanging outside the machine a little soppy -not nice.  Therefore I always cut bread down to size before putting it onto the hot plates.  There is another good reason for doing this, as any "overhang" encourages the cheese to escape and make a mess all over the outside of the machine, not good.

        I always put the bottom slices on the hot plate first, then place the cheese strategically so it won't ooze everywhere, hopefully avoiding a clean-up operation after lunch.  After the cheese is on I add the lids to the sandwich and the close the machine.  It takes a while to do, perhaps nearly five minutes, the green light goes out when the toastie is ready, however if like me you like them nice and crispy then I always leave them in longer.

        How Does it Toast?
        Very well!  The outside of the sandwiches are nice and crispy and the cheese melts evenly on the inside.  They taste really delicious and the kids love them!

        Variations
        I have tried putting tomato in, however I think it makes it a little soggy.  Ham works ok though if you want ham and cheese toasties.  I did try making a banana toastie once, which I won't be trying again!

        Cleaning
        Icky is probably a good word.  Basically the trick is to not let the cheese go everywhere in the first place, otherwise its not fun to clean the greasy cheese from the outside of the toastie machine and it gets all stuck in the hinges.  The hot plates aren't too difficult to clean, I initially wipe them with dry kitchen roll to get the surface dirt off, then I use Damon kitchen role with a little washing up liquid to give them a good clean.

        Durability
        This is a very basic toastie, costing £10, but its lasting very well.  I am always careful not to use metal on the non-stick hot plates, I use a wooden spatulas to get the toasties out and careful with how I clean the toastie maker and it lasted very well.  It also has a five year warentee - for £10 not bad!

        All in All
        A great device for a tasty lunch and at only £10 I think it's proved extremely good value!

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          11.04.2012 14:29
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          a great buy, lovely toasties

          In our house, we love toasties, we usually treat ourselves to them at the weekend when I cannot be bothered cooking on a Saturday at lunch time. I got our toastie maker in Sainsburys a while ago, I can't remember how much I spent on it, but I remember think it was extremely cheap at the time as it was under £10.

          This Sainsburys Toastie Maker is made from stainless steel and has black handles, although it looks very basic, it also has quite a modern look to it and goes well within my kitchen. It shows when it is on and when it is ready to cook with lights on the top of the toastie machine, this is handy and easy to read, when the light is green, you can cook your toasties effieciently. It takes a little while for the green light to eventually show, however, it is a lower cost toastie machine so I expect this and do not mind waiting a few extra minutes.

          I have found that this toastie maker makes lovely crisp brown toasties, which is the way I like them. I love the toasties that this machine makes and think that this machine was a brilliant buy. It cooks the insides as nicely as the outside and heats them through thoroughly.

          The only problem that I have with this toastie machine is the cleaning up, it can be really annoying when you overfill your toastie with cheese and it melts out. Cleaning this machine can be a little figity because of the way it opens and closes, it can be hard to get little gaps on the bend clean. Also you have to wait for it to cool down to clean it properly, which can take a while.

          This toastie maker comes with a 5 year guarantee, which is quite good in my opinion as it gives me piece of mind that if anything happens to it, I can bring it back to Sainsburys and they will help fix the problem.

          I did a little pricing online, this toastie maker is £9.87 online or in store, I think that I paid a little less for it, however I think that this is still a very reasonable price for such a little bargain.

          Overall I think that this toastie maker was a great buy and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a cheap and cheerful toastie machine. Overall would give this toastie maker 4 out of 5 stars, it loses a star as its very awkward to clean when cheese melts on it and also it takes a little while for it to heat up and cool down, but I am pleased with the product apart from that.

          *also on ciao under lorrainek90

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          07.03.2012 21:38
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          A great toasted sandwich maker

          I love toasted sandwiches and when the clip on my old one broke I actually got a bit panicky and wondered how I'd survive. So I rushed to Sainsbury's in search of a new one. My old one was a Value version from Tesco. This did me fine so I went in search for a toastie maker that was also low in price.

          Sainsbury's had about four of five to choose from and I ended up going for the on simply named Sainsbury's Sandwich Toaster. My reason for choosing this toaster was because it looked stronger than my old one. The clip in particular was bigger in width and depth. This gave me some faith that it would not brake as well. Also what attracted me was the price, at a staggering £5.45 this was a bargain that could not be missed.

          The toaster itself was surprisingly light for its size. Despite its weight the plastic shell feels sturdy. The device is compact and only takes a small amount of room on my worktop. Being so light and compact it makes it easy to store away in a cupboard.

          To turn on you simply plug the machine into a power socket. When the heat is at its optimum temperature a big green light will shine. Then you are ready load it with the toasties of your choice.

          One slight grievance is that the heat plates are a little small for larger loafs of bread. This sometimes leaves you with the crusts not being toasted. Although I do quite like nibbling the edges waiting for the rest to cool.

          You get two heat plates for two toasties ago. You butter or margarine the outside of the bread and place them on the hot plates. Then all you do is squeeze the lid down and click the clip on place. This holds and moulds the toasties together. It only takes a few minutes from then and you are left with a wonderful snack.

          Cleaning is easy. Wait for it to cool then wipe down with a damp cloth. Remembering to clean it is essentially because if you don't you will find a horribly bready crust left.

          All in all this is a great toasted sandwich maker. It's easy to use, cheap and makes great toasties. What more could you want?

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            21.04.2011 20:39

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            A great little low cost toaster for those who don't use it too much

            This toaster, despite being Sainsbury's own brand, is actually really good! It is lightweight, which isn't surprising as it is a cheap device at only £6.00 in most stores. That is a good thing however as you can carry it around with you without trouble.

            During use the toaster heats up quite quickly, within two or three minutes you can use the toaster. It's simple to use, all you have to do is pop the toastie in the centre and close the lid. It takes about three minutes to brown the bread, and after that it's ready to eat. The instructions that come with the device suggest that you spread the outsides of the toastie with butter before cooking, however the surface of the toaster is non stick anyway, so there is no need for the butter if you prefer not to have it.

            The one small problem with the device is that it seems to hold heat for a long time after being turned off, even with the lid wide open in a cool room it stays quite hot for a couple of hours. This is slightly dangerous as you may forget it's hot and touch it, and trying to clean it whilst it is still warm is a bad idea as from experience I find it burns the cloth and melts it, causing it to stick to the surface.

            If you wish to get a low cost toastie maker, then there's no need to splash out on one of the more expensive ones on the market. Just nip down to your nearest sainsbury's and get this one!

            (Just as a side note the one that I bought seems to be an updated version of the one in the picture, however the features are all the same and it is only the aesthetics that have changed)

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            25.01.2011 21:29
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            great for the price

            We wanted a sandwich toaster which was cheap and cheerful and did the job, and this one fits the bill perfectly. At the moment in-store it's retailing at £5.48 which is incredibly cheap.

            The casing seems very sturdy but lightweight, it's very easy to carry around the kitchen. It's a nice little size and doesn't take up too much room if you want to leave it out on the work surface, and is very easy to store in a cupboard or shelf due to it's size/shape. It can be stood up either on it's base or on the thin bottom end for storage.

            When you turn it on there is a very simple system to see when it's ready to use - you wait for the big green light on top of the machine to light up and it's ready. One of the things I like about this machine is you place the buttered bread straight onto the hot plate - in some toastie machines I have had in the past they require you to butter/grease the plates directly which can get quite messy.

            The plates aren't very big so if you like to leave the crusts on this machine isn't for you. I slice the crusts off of a normal sized sliced loaf and it just about squeezes onto the plate area. It holds 2 toasties at a time. When you close the lid it clicks, but you need to click the clasp down aswell. I didn't notice this for the first few goes and it does make a bit of a difference obviously to how tight the machine closes and how well your toasties seal. The plates have a ridge around the edge and a diagonal ridge through the middle. I would prefer if the middle ridge protruded slightly more, as it doesn't seem to 'cut' far enough through the middle of the toastie so it can be quite difficult splitting it once cooked. The edge ridges are nice and tight and seal the toastie well, there hasn't been any leakages of fillings yet.

            Overall I would reccommend this to the occasional toastie user

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            A fantastic little machine IMO!

            We got several 'household' items for wedding presents recently and among them was the 'Sainsbury's Sandwich Toaster - Stainless Steel and Black'. After looking into the product online, I now know that the cost of the little machine was £9.89 which seems very reasonable in my opinion.

            The packaging for the sandwich toaster was ample; a fairly large cardboard box contained two large pieces of polystyrene which surrounded the machine and thus ensured that it could not sustain any damage in transit.

            When I removed the machine from the box I could see that there was an instruction leaflet as well as a layer of protective soft polystyrene-type 'sheeting' surrounding the front of the machine. Once this was removed, as well as the plug 'cover', the 'set up' of the machine was complete and I found all of this was very easy to do by myself, only taking mere seconds to accomplish. The instructions for the machine advise that the internal surfaces are wiped down with a damp cloth and then some butter or oil should be applied to coat the hot plates. It is rather unfortunate that I didn't notice this piece of information prior to making my first batch of toasties on the machine, and of course none of these instructions were carried out as a result. I would point out that this omission didn't seem to make too much difference, if any, to the final result of my toasties - in my opinion, at least.

            The machine is very simple in both it's design and it's concept. The machine has a sort of 'hinged' design to it which allows the user to lift the top half of the machine up, assemble their (soon to be) toasted sandwiches, and then close the hinged lid over before securely fastening it using the clip on the handle. What happens then is that the machine 'seals' the bread which the user has placed on the (burning) hot plates and the end result is a sealed toasted sandwich with the filling of your choice in the centre. Each of the square hot plates (this machine has two of them) has a diagonal line through the centre which serves as a 'halving' device on each double layer of bread and filling. The end result of this is perfectly formed, triangular-shaped little toasted sandwiches.

            The machine is easy to use and is identical to every other toastie-maker machine I have ever used before. You simply need to butter the OUTSIDES of the bread, and place the buttered bread on each of the bottom hot plates. Next, you place your filling onto the bread, taking care to place most of it towards the centre of the bread to avoid the mixture seeping out the sides of the sealed toasties and making a huge mess. The last task is to place the other layer of buttered bread (again, buttered side up) on top of the filling and close the lid of the machine. There are identical hot plates in the top 'half' of the toastie machine and these are what cooks the top side of the bread.

            The safety catch that is on the handle of the machine is very secure and I found it slightly easier to use than other models of toastie machine I have used in the past, probably because it is a slightly 'clunky' design and therefore I found it easier to handle than say a slightly smaller, more delicate clasp. The handle on the Sainsbury's sandwich toaster is, in a word, huge and this too enabled me to close the machine over with ease and ensured that my hands were far away from any hot surface. I liked the fact that the handle didn't heat up for the whole duration of me using the machine and I checked on the toastie's progress at least twice whilst using the machine. No oven gloves or protective dish towels were needed at any point throughout the toastie-making process.

            There is a large, slightly reflective light on the front of the machine, right in the centre where you can't fail to miss it. The light is in two parts, an orange 'power light' and a green-coloured 'temperature light'. To be honest I have found in the past that the lights on machines like this one have a mind of their own so I usually judge the progress of the bread browning by myself. On the Sainsbury's machine, I found that the 'Power light' came on when I plugged the toastie machine into the power socket, thus informing me that it was heating up and getting ready to toast my lunch!

            The green 'temperature light' came on a short while afterwards (a few minutes only) and thus, the correct temperature had been reached and the bread-toasting could commence! I liked the fact that I was alerted to the green light's presence by a very audible 'clicking' noise when it came on; this meant that no time was wasted in my lunch preparation process and I could start assembling the sandwiches. I would say that this was the only point where I found the green 'temperature light' to be of any help to me during the whole process. I mention this because there were a few occasions where the light came on by itself while it was toasting the bread. I assumed this meant that the toasties were ready but no, when I opened up the machine I could see that the bread hadn't even started to go brown. The reason for the green 'temperature light' coming on and off throughout the whole cooking of the toasties remains a mystery.

            The toasted sandwiches browned up very nicely and I would say this is the one big advantage that this machine has over my previous model. I found that my previous model would brown only the edges of the bread, leaving the centre of each triangular 'toastie' as white as snow. I would often try to keep the toasties in the machine for longer to attempt to achieve a browner end result, but this only resulted in the previously-browned edges of the bread turning to a near-black shade and thus, the edges of the bread would need to be 'trimmed' with a knife to appear more appealing. I am delighted to report that the Sainsbury's sandwich toaster appears to be more efficient than it's predecessors; each of the four triangular shaped toastie 'parcels' has been perfectly browned each and every time I have used this machine.... Magic!

            The little machine has the advantage of being able to be stored either flat or in the upright position which is another advantage that this Sainsbury's machine has over other models I have bought in the past, which have nearly all had to be laid flat in a kitchen cupboard when storing them away. This is fine of course, if you have endless cupboard space in your kitchen, but I don't and so the fact that I can slot this machine into some small nook or cranny instead of laying it flat is a bonus, for me personally at least.

            Cleaning the machine could not be easier, given that the metal plates on the machine are coated in a very high quality non-stick surface material. I find that once the machine has started to cool it is very easy to remove any residue from the plates by using a slightly damp cloth. Of course the machine should never be plugged in whilst you are doing this.

            I would wholeheartedly recommend this little gem from Sainsbury's and can only award it top Dooyoo marks as a result. I had initially thought the machine would go to my sister as I only purchased a sandwich toaster like this one about 18 months ago. However, the Sainsbury's machine performs so well, I have decided to keep this model and gift the second-hand machine to my sister instead. I also think it is worth pointing out that the previous model in question cost almost double the price of the Sainsbury's alternative, so it is worth noting that it seems you don't always get "what you pay for" when it comes to machines like this one, as the cheaper Sainsbury's model not only cooks the toasties much more evenly, but seems to do so in a quicker time scale, so what could be better? I cannot think of any disadvantages that this little kitchen gem has, and think it would make an ideal gift, perhaps for an engagement or a house-warming or something similar, and likewise if you are thinking of updating your kitchen appliances, I think you would be hard pushed to find a better, more efficient and reasonably priced sandwich toaster as this one!

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