“ Sandwich Maker / 2 Slice / with Coolwall „
This machine cost me £5 about 4 years ago and has survived my four years at university - just. Although it doesn't exactly ooze style and class, it's all white body is pretty ugly, it gets the job done pretty well. This sandwich maker has no dials, just a couple of lights so it's simply on or off with the lights telling you when it's hot enough.
It's pretty easy to make toasted sandwiches, place a slice of bread onto the bottom plate of the sandwich maker, add fillings (ham, cheese, sausage, bacon, tomato etc.), place top slice of bread on top, shut sandwich maker and apply clip to keep the sandwich pressed together. Give it approximately 5 minutes, unclip and lift up the sandwich maker lid and what you'll be left with is a beautiful golden brown toasted sandwich. What you'll probably also be left with is a trail of cheese dripping out of the sides/back of the sandwich toaster too - but this always happens to me as I'm extra generous with my helpings of cheese! I have never managed to burn my sandwich and would really struggle to comprehend how even the least able cooks could manage that.
A major issue with this toastie maker, and all others I've trialed, is that you cannot fit a normal size slice of bread on the plates. It is necessary to trim the slices of bread down before placing them inside the toastie maker which, although not the end of the world, can get a bit tedious at times.
After four years of fairly frequent usage, the non-stick coating doesn't really work and I often find myself scraping my sandwich off the plates, even when I butter the outside of the bread. Although this can be frustrating, the sandwich comes out in one piece still so I'm a bit reluctant to buy a new machine.
Overall, if you can live with the few drawbacks I have mentioned here then this is a great product.
My mum bought this sandwich toaster for me absolutely ages ago when I was going through a cheese toastie phase, it was really cheap and I used it pretty much every other day for a good few months then I completely went off toasties and forgot about it.
When I was organising what I was and wasn't taking with me when leaving home I decided to take this with me as toasties are quick and easy and I thought I might get the urge to start eating them again and I'm glad I did decide to bring it with me as over the past few months I have started eating them again and my partner also likes toasties, my little boy isn't as keen but he will sometimes have a little bit of one. I'm going through a phase at the moment of Nutella toasted sandwiches, but another one I like is cheese and onion.
There are a lot of combinations including tuna melt, ham and cheese etc and it is very easy it make a toastie, all you need to do is put your filling in between two pieces of bread, butter the outside of the brad and then stick the sandwich into the sandwich toaster and close it, leave it for a couple of minutes or longer if you want it really well cooked and crispy and you're left with a toasted sandwich, it's very quick and easy and in the current freezing cod weather it's nice to have a warm toastie as a snack.
I had a cheese toastie with some soup the other day and it felt like a proper winter meal. Pal though this is only a cheap value toaster from Tesco's own value range it has lasted really well, after around 4 years of regular on/off use it hasn't broken or malfunctioned and it is showing no signs of wear and tear. My mum bought this for me so I don't know how much it cost but the sandwich toaster is still available and the current price for it is £5. It is not currently available on the website but I saw it in-store not long ago.
I think that this is amazing value especially considering how durable it is and it's probably one of the cheapest kitchen appliances we have in our kitchen but also one of the oldest which shows that despite the price it is still good quality. The sandwich toaster does admittedly look cheap but this doesn't bother me, it's small enough to hide sway in the cupboards when not in use and it takes less then five minutes to make a toastie.
The design is simple and all you need to do is open it, place the sandwich inside on the plates and then close it shut. It has a clasp which holds it shut do you don't need to press down. I usually take my toastie out when I can semi that it has cooked, but it only takes a second to open the sandwich toaster and check, and then you can shut it again to continue cooking it if you want a crisper toastie. If I'm doing a cheese and onion toastie I will leave it for longer so that the onions cook and so that the cheese completely melts, this takes around 5 minutes as the toastie maker doesn't get scorching hot but still it's a fairly quick and easy meal.
When cooking toasties there is room for two, it is a slight squeeze and the crusts can sometimes hang over on the edge but because I cut the crusts off this does me a favour because by hanging over they get trapped inbetween the top and bottom part so fall off. The plates of the sandwich toaster are not non stick but I find that by putting butter on the outside of the bread this stops them form sticking most of the time. I find that when the bread does stick to the plates it tends to stick to the middle part of the bread which means that the filling (such as cheese) as well as the bread get stuck to the plates.
This isn't really a problem though as once the plates have cooled down I can just scrape any mess off and give them a quick wipe, I usually use a bit of tissue paper which does the job and gets rid of any greasiness and residue. The sandwich toastie overall is great value for money. It isn't 100% perfect but for the price it is brilliant. Recommended.
I bought this machine to add a bit of variety to my kids lunches as they were getting bored of the same old sandwiches.
The first thing I noticed was that the plates seemed quite small (maybe all toasters are like this but I only have experience of this one) and sure enough i have to trim the bread to fit everything inside neatly. I did try doing it without trimming and the overhang at the front was so large it was difficult to shut the machine.
Once the bread is trimmed it turned out decent enough sandwiches however whenever I put cheese in as a filling it doesn't take much for it to pour out the back onto the worktop! I'm sure I am not over filling.
We have now owned this machine for about 2 months and have used it at least twice a week. Unfortunately the non-stick coating doesn't seem to be working any more so whenever the machine is opened the top slice comes away from the bottom slice.
It has served a purpose and for £5 I can't really complain about the quality but I think I will be upgrading to a more expensive machine soon.
**What is it, and why buy one?**
A toastie maker is a way of making hot, sealed sandwiches which are very 80s and very delicious. For me, I had to have one when I developed a craving for cheese and bean toasted sandwiches.. nothing else would do!
As toasted sandwiches are a great way of using up leftovers and having a cheap and filling snack, they're ideal for everyone, but especially popular with those on a budget and students.
**Price and Availability**
Obviously the Tesco Value Sandwich Toaster is available only in larger Tesco stores and via Tesco Direct (you can click and collect in store for free or pay a small delivery fee). It costs an amazing £4.97 and that includes a fused plug, brilliant :)
**What's in the Box**
You get the Tesco Value Sandwich Toaster, and a small instructional manual. The box itself is fairly plain with the Tesco Value logo on it.
It's white and plastic and looks pretty good for the money. It has a green and a red light on it and a locking hinge to close. Inside there is room for 1 toasted sandwich which is divided into two triangles diagonally.
It's very easy, all you do is butter 2 pieces of bread with butter or marge, and then make a sandwich on the unbuttered sides (if you are making one with a filling you can quickly spoon this in when the first slice is on the toastie maker so there's no mess). Put the sandwich, butter side out, onto the preheated toastie maker and gently close shut and lock. It takes about 3 minutes to cook the sandwich. Once it's cooked, the bread will be crispy and golden and the insides hot (and cheese melted).
It works brilliantly, and there's very little clean-up, too, a quick wipe around with a paper towel once it's cooled a little is sufficient though you can clean it more thoroughly when it's cold.
The sandwiches which come out of the Tesco Value Sandwich Toaster are a good size, well proportioned and never burn (as long as you keep an eye on them and don't overfill them). I was so pleased with this for a fiver, it works as well as an expensive sandwich toaster!
**Some Recipe Ideas**
- Cheese and bean
- Cheese and tomato
- Onion, tuna mayo and cheese
- Leftover bolognaise / chilli
- Strawberry jam and banana (yes!! Lovely!!)
- Leftover sausage and tomato
- Chicken, chorizo and mozarella
If you spray on some fry-light you can cook an egg in one of the triangular compartments. Handy to know if you are in a caravan (or if you've moved house and lost your frying pan!!)
Overall I can't recommend the Tesco Value Sandwich Toaster enough - it was well used when I was pregnant and often comes out when there aren't enough leftovers for a full meal or we just fancy something simple like a toastie and chips or salad (tuna toasties and salad are lovely!)
Ok so you shouldn't eat these every day but as a snack occasionally these are great and the Tesco Value Sandwich Toaster is cheap enough to buy and small enough to store to make it more than cost effective. I highly recommend it and am happy to award it 5 out of 5 stars!
I'm a girl who loves her cheese toasties, which has left me with a broken George Foreman due to wear and tear. As you can guess I didn't want to wait a few weeks until my student savings grew enough for me to splurge out on another, so it was music to my ears when my friend told me that Tesco does a sandwich maker for just a fiver! Living right by a Tesco superstore I wasn't left without my toasties for long.
The appearance of the product was pretty much the Tesco value house style, white plastic exterior with dashes of black for the grill plates. Nothing flashy or impressive compared to the sleeker looking grills I was used to. Personally when it comes to minor appliances like this one the appearance doesn't bother me at all as long as the product does what I bought it to do.
Using this sandwich maker, or toastie as I like to call it, couldn't be easier, you simply prepare your sandwich as you do if you were to use an oven grill or a more elaborate sandwich maker, then place them on the grill plates when the light indicates it's hot enough. I would say that the plastic isn't the best of materials for a hot appliance and it can get a little too hot if you're making a batch of sandwiches when you have people over, so watch out for your fingers!
The sandwiches produced are of a great standard, the light indicates roughly when the sandwich should be ready however I always leave it in for 30 seconds or so longer because I like mine extra crispy.
You have to clean the grill plates after every use, if you don't it's going to make your next use of the appliance a lot harder and unpleasant than it needs to be. But fear not, the material of the grill plates is very smooth and the grease and other nasty leftovers just slide off with a simple wipe and rinse. I'm actually surprised to say that I find this product a lot easier to clean than my previous ones.
Other than the basics there isn't much more for me to cover, the sandwich maker is exactly that, basic. However, though it is a basic product don't underestimate it's ability to make amazingly yummy grilled sandwiches, and with the price of only £5 for the grill they'll taste even better!
I said a sad farewell to our old sandwich maker last summer and managed to resist buying a new one until now. The Tesco Value sandwich maker spoke to me from the shelves on a recent shopping trip.
The sandwich maker is white plastic in body and has black metal plates inside. It comes boxed and with an instruction booklet.
When you first unpack the sandwich toaster, you need to wash down the plates with a little water and detergent then clean the detergent off. Then as a one time only gesture you are advised to oil the plates. You don't need to do this ever again though. I used a bit of oil on kitchen towel and wiped the plates after cleaning them. I think this helps to stop that electrical smell you get when you first switch on the machine.
Once the machine is plugged in and heated up, showing the green light you are good to go. The first step is to butter bread, four slices if you are making two sandwiches. The bread goes butter side down on to the plates and the filling goes on the inside. I tend to use cheese and branston pickle inside my toasted sandwiches but you can try virtually everything and there are books available on the subject. After around four minutes, the light on top of the machine goes green and the sandwich is ready. They are pressed into triangles and you can split the sandwich into two.
Unplug first! Cleaning up afterwards is easy, you can use kitchen roll to wipe up any grease and once the machine is cooled (but still warm) I use a damp sponge to wipe around the plates and follow with another wipe of kitchen roll to absorb any moisture.
Can you believe this sandwich maker currently sells in Tesco for £4.64? I have paid more for a toasted sandwich in a café than that!
I don't have toasted sandwiches very often as I do tend to have cheese in them when I do so it's not that healthy but it is nice as a treat. It is important to get the catch to close fully when you clamp the machine together to ensure you get the seal right around the edge of the sandwich. The contents (especially cheese) will be piping hot so you have to be careful when eating them fresh from the machine! The two halves of the sandwich were sealed close but a little difficult to separate however, they were better sealed than our old machine used to achieve and that cost a lot more than this one.
For the price, this sandwich toaster is brilliant. It has all the features of more expensive machines and as long as we get a few uses out of it, it will have more than paid for itself. I give it a full five out of five as it meets all my expectations.
I bought this product from Tesco Direct after my previous one had broken down and needed replacing.
The toaster is easy to use except that there is no on/ off switch. You just have to plug the toaster into the wall and it will start to heat up by itself. Once the toaster is plugged in the green light will come on letting you know that the toaster is on and working. The red light also comes on at the same time as the green light but the red light will disappear as soon as the toaster reaches it's desired temperature. This doesn't take too long and before you know it you're ready to place your sandwiches into the toaster to be toasted.
I find that the toaster works well to toast my sandwiches. They always come out tasty and crispy and they come out warm too - there's nothing worse than cold toast! Occasionally the odd bit of filling will leak out but this isn't too much of an issue as the toaster itself is really easy to clean. It has a smooth coating that can simply be sponged down with a scourer and some washing up liquid. It doesn't take too long to clean either.
The toaster is really sturdy and durable and great value for the price. I think we paid around £6 for it, or just under £6. It looks nice too and fits in well with the rest of my kitchen appliances.
One thing I dislike is that the plates can't be removed. I was able to remove the plates in my last toaster for easier cleaning but you can't remove these ones. Oh well, for the price I can't complain really!
I like sandwiches but I like mine toasted and pipping hot. However, it's very difficult to find a shop that sells nice hot toasties, well at least there's no shops like that on my university campus, and instead all you can find are sandwiches with cold fillings. Therefore, I have to relies to toastie makers to curb my cravings.
The above sandwich maker is manufactured for Tesco and is part of the value range. As such, it's extremely cheap for an electrical good: it is retailed for around £6.00. In this day and age where you have to pay at least £3.00 or more to get decent slices of sandwiches with nice fillings, this toastie maker should be something that every sandwich-lover must have.
As for the appearance and design, the 'value' price really reflects the product. The design itself is very user friendly and neat but it still looks a bit cheap with the the plastic finish. However, it's the inside that counts so I won't dwell too much on its appearance. The cord isn't too long but it's no a problem since the product isn't something that requires to be moved regularly. There are slots for two sandwiches (i.e. four triangularly sliced toasties). However, they are a bit on the small size so I either use smaller bread slices or just put one sandwich in.
The above sandwich maker require pre-heating, but from my experience it doesn't take long to challenge my patience. When it's heating, the red light will be on and it'll automatically turn off when it's ready. The actual time required to make a toastie isn't that long either, it usually finishes by the time I've clean up the ingredients and make a drink to go with the toastie.
However, one problem I have with this product is that it's very difficult to clean the dried out cheese. The inside plates are non-stick but quality isn't the best, which is reasonable considering it's very cheap. The plates aren't removable either so it really is a challenge trying to wash away the residues and minding the wires at the same time. However, I try to use chopsticks immediately after a toastie is done is lightly scrub away the cheese so that it won't have a chance to dry out on the edges and it's easier to clean.
All in all, I am glad that I made this purchase. I'm able to make delicious toasties with this and I thoroughly enjoy using this product despite it being not the best quality. For what it's worth, it does the job well. I wish they would consider making portable sandwich makers so that I can carry it around in my bag to make my own toasties. It's tiring to eat cold sandwiches day after day at the uni really.
Thank you for reading. :) x
=== The product ===
This is a white sandwich toaster from the Tesco value range.
=== The packaging ===
This comes provided in a cardboard box and mine had a piece of white soft type material protecting it from damage in the box. The packaging was simple but the sandwich toaster was fit in snugly and was not damaged when I opened it. The box was recyclable.
=== Where can I buy this and for how much? ===
I purchased mine from the Tescodirect.com website but you can also find this in store. The price of this is currently £4.64 which is what I believe I paid around a month ago. If ordering online then delivery charges may apply.
=== Overall opinion ===
I purchased this sandwich toaster as a replacement for an Argos one that I have had for 1 year that has recently broken completely. I did not want something expensive as the previous Argos one I had was reasonably priced also, at around £5.00, so I opted for this one based on low price and the fact that I was already placing an order with Tescodirect.com.
This sandwich toaster is quite simple in design. It is white and there are two lights on the top. One red, which confirms that the sandwich toaster is on and a green one to tell you when it is ready. This toaster stands straight and fairly compact on my worktop and is light enough, at just under 2kg, to be picked up and packed away in the cupboard with ease once it has cooled back down.
There are non stick plates on this toaster but I still find that it becomes incredibly dirty and can be quite difficult to clean back to its original state. There are little grooves that dirt and food seems to sit in and I have ended up using a cheap toothbrush to give this a good scrub a couple of times already.
The flex on this is not the longest but it does allow for this to comfortably be placed on any of my kitchen worktops and still be plugged in.
This toaster works well. I simply make my sandwich, butter both outside pieces of bread and then press this down and use the clasp to hold the two pieces of the sandwich toaster together. I get delicious toasted sandwiches in just a few minutes and this does not take too long to cool down. The price of this is very reasonable and it takes up minimal cupboard space as I am able to stand it on its end and it folds up in half. The clasp on this appears to be quite strong so hopefully it will not snap off like the Argos one that I used before, however, if it only lasts a year, like my previous one, and costs under £5.00 I will definitely feel like I have had my monies worth!
A nice cheese toastie is always a firm favourite in our house and something different from the usual boring cold sandwich. I remember eating a ton of these when I was at university and have been a fan of them ever since.
I recently picked up a cheap sandwich maker from Tesco's and I couldn't believe how ridicously cheap it actually was, about £5 which I thought was a bargain. Of course, it looks cheap, it is made of a white plastic and to be honest it is not the Rolls Royce of sandwich makers but for a quick and easy lunch and one that will not take you forever to clean up then this is your machine.
Unlike other toastie machines I have used there is no variable setting on this machine so you get one shade of finished sandwich which is actually a nice golden brown colour. I don't like my toast too burnt and this probably under does the sandwich a bit but that is fine with me because that is the way I like them.
It's very easy to use. You can make two sandwiches at one time so there are two places to put the bread. I turn the machine on, then put the bread down on one side. I fill my sandwich up with cheese, tomato sauce, mini tomatoes and sometimes some brown sauce as well. Then I put the top slice of bread on, close the lid and hook the little hook over the end so the machine stays shut. Sometimes if you fill it up with too much cheese some comes out of the side but I defy you to find a sandwich maker that doesn't do this, I think it is virtually impossible. The sandwich probably takes about 3 to 4 mintues. You can keep checking on it if you wish but I recommend just leaving it for that time and then opening the lid. If you have buttered your bread on the outside the sandwich will be easy to take out as the inside has a non-stick material which means the bread will not stick which is nice.
The fact that this sandwich maker is so simple and does not have so many fancy gadgets like other machines such as crumb trays and fancy waffle edges etc makes it very easy to clean. I never submerse mine in water as obviously it has a plug at the end but merely wipe it off with a soapy dishcloth and then dry.
For quick, interesting sandwiches you cannot go wrong with this Tesco's sandwich maker.
I was looking for a toasted sandwich maker, and knew I wouldn't use it very often, so I didn't want to spend much. My immediate thoughts were to go to tesco. I have bought cheap electronices from there before (inlduing the hand blender and hand mixer) and both have been really good, really cheap, and I got clubcard points too. Tesco is so easy and convenient, I know where to find things, it is easy to park, and it is not too far from home.
The tesco value sandwich toaster comes in one colour, white. It has a shiney plasticy finish and is very smooth with no fussy bits so it is incredibly easy to clean, with a warm damp cloth. The sandwich toaster fits in two sandwiches, made from two slices of bread each. It has two lighst on, one red and one green, these are to say when it is ready to put the sandwiches in, and when they are ready to come out. It is nice and simple to use, incredibly straight forward with no room for confusion!
There is a safety issue, do not touch the black plates inside, they are very hot and will burn. It sounds obvious and I don't mean to be patronising, but it is an easy mistake to make, trust me!
The sandwich toaster toasts sandwiches in about three minutes. My number one tip is to butter the outside. This makes the sandwiches easier to remove and also brown and crispy on the outside.
The sandwich toaster is easy to use, reliable, and cheap at under £5 when I purchased it. It is a well deserved five stars. The only improvement I could suggest at a push is a more modern design, but you get what you pay for, and I am more than happy with what I purchased!
While I was pregnant I got real cravings for a cheese and bean toastie yum yum so on our next shopping trip to tesco we came across this value range toastie machine for just £5. I have a few of the value products in my kitchen and I find they work very well and for the price of them you can't knock them they get the job done.
There is no switch for the toastie machine just the plug for the wall. There are 2 lights a green and a red one. The green one is the power light as such lets you know the machine is on. The red light also comes on but this is the indicator as to when the plates are hot enough to make your sandwich when it heats up to the right temperature the red light will go off and your ready to toast.
There is a clip on the handles which locks the sandwich maker shut when its in use. When you open the toastie machine there is enough space for two toastie' s so you can place two pieces of bread at the bottom and two at the top. There is a risen part of metal in between the two to cut them in two.Then you simply add whatever fillings you like to each piece of bread on top of the bottom piece. You then shut the machine and use the clip to secure the bread and fillings in to be toasted.
There is nothing on the machine to indicate when the sandwiches are ready I just found id leave it for around 5 minutes until golden on top and that was the sandwiches ready. The end result of the toasted sandwich comes away from the plates easily no mess or fuss and a nice tasty snack in around 10 minutes. You do need to keep an eye on your sandwich and can cook to your preference.
The grills are supposed to be non- stick but it can be really difficult to clean. The grill parts do not come apart which means washing the toastie machine with a sponge and with the grooves in the grills food can get stuck and hard to get off. I find myself holding the toastie machine over the sink plug hanging down away from the water while I try my best to sponge clean the plates.
It is a very simple no frills get what you see toasted sandwich machine. If I were to upgrade I think I would buy one with removable plates as this is a major downside to this toasted sandwich machine. Great for someone on a budget.
This was another item purchased for our 'bottom draw', ready for when we moved into our new home. It cost us just short of £5 and was money well spent. It cooks food brilliantly and really fast too, i use it at least once a week as we are big toastie fans in our house!
It has a red and green light on the front, when warm enough to use the green light signals and you can place in the sandwhich to toast. I have toasted some really thick toasties and they always cook properly and in a short period of time, they never stick to the plates and are reasonably easy to remove. The plates have always maintained there none stick coating, which is great for something within Tescos own budget range- as if i'm honest i wasnt expecting it to be such great quality.
My only major problem with it is cleaning it. Unlike some of the larger more expensive toasty makers, the metal plates can not be removed. This really does drive me mad, it is extremely annoying to clean as i'm forever cleaning off melted food, especially burnt on cheese from the plates. Also, the cheese often melts out the back of the toaster is the sandwhich is a bit over loaded with it- this can become really time consuming to clean off and remove, especially if you dont notice it till you have eaten your food and the toastie maker has cooled down. The cheese sets on rock solid all in the crevices at the back of the toastie maker and all over where the wire enters the product.
Overall although cleaning this product is annoying and time consuming, i am glad i purchased it and would recommend it to others too. Its a bargain to be had and works just as great as some of the high end ones a few of my friends own, sure it doesnt look as great but ours is stashed away in our cupboard anyway so its no problem really. 4/5 ****
We have had this sandwich toaster now for a few days as we really fancied having a toastie one day. I knew that Tesco has cheap electricals so I headed there for it. There value model was just over £6 (pre VAT rise) and the next cheapest was over £10 so I went for the value model.
In the past I have bought "Value" electricals and they have been very hit and miss in there overall quality, however with this it has been excellent so far. The toaster we have is a little different from the one shown in the picture. The colour is the same but the lights on top are slightly smaller.
Initially it needs to be heated up, which does not take very long (a few minutes). During this time you can prepare the bread and fillings. The toaster holds 2 sandwiches, so we butter 4 slices of bread and place the buttered side facing outwards. We have tried a mixture of different fillings such as: Cheese and Sweetcorn, Baked Beans, Cheese and Turkey. It has been found that some fillings can make a mess of the machine if you put too much in, and clearing it up can be a pain if it goes into the back part of the machine.
To toast the actual sandwich does not take too long at all. I normally leave it for about 3-4 minutes which toasts the bread and makes the fillings piping hot. For the price, I have found no problems with its use or general operation. It produces delicious sandwiches, is easy to clean and small enough to store in a cupboard.
I don't normally buy things from Tesco's because I don't like the shops or the company itself, but for this product it has been very good. If you do need a sandwich toaster then this is ideal if you don't want a fancy chromed model. If your a student or on low income and want a tasty but inexpensive snack or meal then this is the sandwich toaster for you.
**Tesco Value Sandwich Toaster **
Our family loves toast from time to time and we had our little period where we had it almost every day. This was of course during the holidays where you just want to enjoy yourself with easy but delicious food! Since the idea of making sandwich toast was more an impulse I was ready to spend a fortune on it and luckily Tesco had a good offer on.
The Tesco Value Sandwich Toaster comes at a price of 6 pounds! I couldn't believe my eyes and thought it was too good to be true really. I'm still doubtful how they can make a profit on selling this but that's their problem and not mine! For the 6 pounds I thought we could indulge ourselves with the idea of making sandwich toast even if it only last for a week. I have to say that the toaster is now covered in dust but we did have much fun with it during a couple of weeks!
When you buy something for 6 pounds you know it's not going to be the best of the best. You can definitely see that in the appearance department because it looks cheap with his plastic white material. You only have an indication light and that's it really. Nothing fancy but just very basic and I have to say it works and you don't really need anything else. The toaster works easy by just plugging it in and you see the light burning. When it goes off you know it's ready and then you just have to wait until the light goes off and then your sandwich is ready!
It warms up good and quick enough and within 2 minutes it's on the right temperature. It also takes around 2 minutes for the toasties to get ready and don't think that's really long. The only negative is that it's not really non sticking so that can be a little bit annoying. All in all a really good sandwich toaster for 6 pounds!