“ Brand: Tesco / Model: SMWP10 / type: Sandwich maker / Sanwich toaster „
This is excellent value but for quick Toastie's consider ToastaBags Instead in a standard Toaster.It is allso easier to heat up things like sausage rolls,pasties, potato Waffles, Bits of Pizza etcThe standard toaster will not get hot sides & heats up instantly.Much more convenient in a small kitchen @@@(\__/)(='.'=) This is Bunny. Copy and paste Bunny into your(")_(") signature to help him gain world domination.
After moving into my first house of my own I began the task of kitting it out, which as you can imagine is very stressful and expensive, so where I could I tried to purchase bargains and I believe this Tesco sandwich toaster was one of the best ones.
Compared with the brand named sandwich makers this toaster is considerably cheaper, at the time I picked this up for under five pounds! For this reason you might think that you will be getting poor quality but I have found this to be quite the opposite.
To begin with the design. Ok so its not the world most attractive sandwich maker, but its not all that unattractive either. Its white and fairly chunky but the look of it is smooth and neat. It has indicator lights on the top which let you know when your sandwiches are ready, so no flipping the lid up every few minutes to guess. The plates are non stick and I have found them quite easy to clean. I love my cheese and pickle and as the cheese usually bubbles out of my sandwich due to greedy guts here overfilling it, I have found that it is pretty easy to get the hardened cheese off - for particularly stubborn burnt on food I let the toaster heat up and then very gently prize it off, 9 times out of 10 this works.
It has a good substantial clip on it to close the sandwich maker which is good if you are using chunkier bread or filling your sandwich with bulkier items. The clip once clicked into place is very secure and holds down the chunkiest of toasties.
I use this sandwich maker quite a lot, around 3-4 times a week. Its a great thing to have around the kitchen for when friends pop over and you need to rustle up snacks for a lot of people. I've had it for around 6 months now I think and its still going strong, so really in my opinion why pay more for a brand named sandwich maker? Definitely would recommend.
When my Boyfriend and I were sorting out his new house we had several offers of nice furniture and lamps, etc. However, what we really needed were basic kitchen appliances as we had no way of heating food! Whilst waiting for an oven to arrive I bought a microwave and kettle but we were still pretty limited. Luckily my Dad came over to help with wallpaper stripping and brought a brand new toaster and this sandwich maker with him!
What It Does
This sandwich maker works in exactly the same way as the more famous Breville toasters do. Just pop in your bread, add a filling, top with another slice of bread and close. A short while later you've got a delicious (lava hot) toasted sandwich.
Of course you don't need to worry about timing or checking it constantly as there is an indicator light on top to let you know when it's done.
Temperature indicator: Red and green light on top
Internal plates: Non-stick
Capacity: 2 slice
Size: 10cm height x 80cm width x 10cm depth
Power: 750 watt
Hinged lid with locking clasp
I don't know what it cost when my Father bought it for us but it currently sells on Tesco Direct for £17.10
I love these things! As a child we had a gigantic metal beast for making toasties and whilst this is not as imposing it's a lot lighter and easier to clean.
As soon as I had a spare minute I had to give it a go, we had bread, beans and cheese so we were all set. I plugged the sandwich maker in and waited for the light to indicate it had reached full temperature. I then put in the bread followed by slices of cheese, beans, MORE cheese and finally the top slices of bread and closed the lid. A few minutes later the light changed to green to indicate everything was ready and we sat down with cheesy, beany, boiling goodness!
Cleaning up afterwards was pretty easy too. After it had cooled I used a damp piece of kitchen sponge to wipe away any overspill followed by a soapy sponge to get any oil trace out. The non-stick surface made this a fast job and a quick dry with a paper towel finished it off.
A Quick Tip
I thought I'd include a few tips for making tastier toasties as I think they help you get the best out of this or any sandwich maker.
To make bread crisp and removal easier, coat both sides of the bread with a little butter or spread. It tastes lovely and helps stop the bread and filling burning or welding itself to the toaster.
Try sweet toasties! Sliced brioche loaves are readily available in most supermarkets and the bread has a lovely sweet taste much like French Toast. Try filling this with apple sauce and spreading a little cinnamon butter on the brioche for a delicious winter treat or serve with a scoop of ice cream in the summer!
Seriously, it does exactly what machines four times the price do. If that's not recommendation enough I don't know what is!
I have always loved making toasties, and I had to continue this passion of mine at university. They are so easy to make and taste so good! Luckily I came across a very cheap toastie maker in Tesco when shopping for university at under £5. I have used it ever since to make delicious toasties with great ease. It is no top of the range toastie maker, but I see no real reason to delve into your pocket and pay more for something that does pretty much the same job.
The toastie maker, part of the Everyday Value range, comes in a simple box with some instructions. It has a round shape to it, which looks gives it a modern edge and makes it look slick in the kitchen. On top are two lights - one red, one green. There is a simple clipping mechanism, which holds the lid of the machine down in place once your sandwiches are inside. It plugs into the mains and will immediately begin heating up once plugged in. It is not too large and fits well in a kitchen, and can easily be stored away on its side in a cupboard too.
Inside the machine are non-stick plates on both the base and lid, which heat up to toast your sandwich on both sides. These are fairly easy to clean with a damp cloth or even paper towel and some disinfectant once it has cooled down. Having used mine for years, it's still in pretty good working condition having done this.
*Using The Toastie Maker*
The machine is very easy to use. You literally plug it in and it starts heating up. Once the green light goes off, you can place your sandwich in to be toasted. I tend to prepare the whole sandwich and then put the lot in once it has heated up. This way, you get a nice even toast to both bread slices. There is no timer and no indication of when your toastie is ready - it would depend on what is inside too! If you have a thick sandwich with cheese to be melted for example, it will probably take more than a minute..! I tend to leave all my sandwiches in the toaster for 2-3 minutes and this does them well.
Once toasted, you can remove the sandwich (it will be very hot) from the machine, being careful if using metal not to scratch the metal plates. It can then be unplugged and easily cleaned once cooled down (as mentioned above) before being stored away.
*What Can You Make?*
You can use normal sized bread in the toaster - i.e. it does not have to be square small pieces of bread; the toastie maker can fit larger more rectangular slices too. However, I would say in terms of thickness you have to be careful. If your sandwich is too thick, it is hard to close the lid and the outside will toast and get a lot hotter than the centre of the sandwich. However the clipping mechanism of the lid down to the base works very well and enables you to squeeze one or two reasonably thick sandwiches into the machine at a time.
My favourite combinations are: tuna and cheese, ham and cheese. Cheese melts just perfectly in this toastie all over the accompanying meat, which tastes great. I still use butter (or margarine) whilst making my sandwiches as it tastes great. You are supposed to butter the outside of the bread (the side that will be in contact with the hot metal toasting plates), but this can get quite messy. It gives a lovely flavour to the bread though as the butter melts all over the outside. I have never had any problems with sandwiches sticking anyway, so I doubt this butter trick is meant to prevent that.
I have not seen one of these available recently in Tesco (not this model anyway) but if you can get your hands on one, they cost peanuts and are really great. They are so easy to use, have a simple yet attractive design and are easy to maintain and store. They are great for making sandwiches a little tastier and more interesting, and are ideal on a cold winter's day when craving something warm and tasty.
Sometimes I enjoy preparing a meal and cooking everything from scratch and taking my time over it but other times there is nothing better or more comforting than just having a toastie with a cup of tea in front of Emmerdale.
My sandwich toaster is from Tesco and I have been really happy with it and am glad I resisted the temptation to spend more money and buy a more premium brand. It doesn't look fancy but it does the job just as well as a more expensive one would.
The toaster is white in colour which does make it look a little but cheap but it is cheap so this doesn't matter if I had wanted one that looked fancier then I would have had to spend more money and this isn't something that I wanted to do.
The toaster can only make one sandwich at a time but this is good for me as it saves me from the temptation of making two and then scoffing them both. Usually one is filling enough so by the time I have eaten it I don't really want to make another one.
The toaster has non-stick plates inside it which are triangular in shape and when the lid is closed the plates seal the bread together stopping the filling from leaking out. Of course there are always little leaks with toasted sandwiches but the toaster is pretty easy to clean with a damp cloth.
On the outside of the toaster there lights to indicate when the sandwich toaster is hot enough to use and when the sandwich inside is cooked which usually takes around about 3 to 4 minutes. I think this makes gorgeous toasties. The bread is always golden and toasted and not still moist on the edges where I have buttered it and the filling is always piping hot and the cheese melted. It really does make a great tostie and they taste delicious.
I paid just under £5 for this toasie maker which I think is such a good price as I still use it loads and it has proven that it was worth every penny since I have had it. There are certain items which you really just don't need to pay more for and this is one of them it was a definite bargain and worth every penny.
My children are quite fussy and know what they like, it's often not that they don't like things it's just they haven't tried them, so recently I have been bombarding them with children's cookery programmes and foody magazines in an attempt to coax them in to trying new things. One of the things that they wouldn't ever try was toasty's. I couldn't get my head around why they wouldn't try it when they love cheese and they love toast, but in the end I managed to convince them to try one. Great, now just the problem of not having a toasty maker! In a mad rush to Tesco before they changed their minds, I wanted something that would provide a decent toasty but be fairly cheap on the off chance they didn't like them. The big Tesco near me (ridiculously there are 3 within around a 4 mile radius) was the obvious choice to head to and I was delighted to see they had one of their own basic toasty makers for the amazing price of £4.65. I had previously used some of their basic electrical range (such as the iron when mine blew, mid uniform blitz) and was more than happy with it for the price, so I instantly picked it up and raced home.
To look at, as you would expect, the toasty maker is very basic, and will definitely live in a drawer! Made with white plastic, it's just simply a sandwich maker. I had one years ago when I was single, which was randomly shaped like a cow which was quite cool, but no, this one is white, and plastic! It has handles at the front of the machine which clip together to provide a nice safety function (not that I would allow my children to use this item, as much as they wanted to help, the temperatures are just too high). It's good to go straight away, I just gave the inside a quick wipe with a wet cloth, and didn't have any need for the instruction manual which comes with it. As the name of the range gives a clue, this is a basic range so not full of functions and buttons, 'on' is about your lot!
To use it is so straight forward, you simply plug it in and a red light will flash to indicate the appliance is heating up. This does seem to take quite a while, but I use this as an opportunity to make the sandwiches that will go inside. Usually by the time I have prepared them the green light is lit indicating it is ready for use. I'm not sure if you are meant to, but I always butter the outside of the bread (a bit like making a back to front sandwich) so that this is the side of the bread that gets toasted. It adds flavour and sends it a lovely golden colour, and they always seem so much nicer done this way. We are quite boring in our house and usually opt for cheese or cheese and onion toasties, although the occasional tuna melt with red peppers and onions does make its way into the toasty maker every now and then. It only takes a few minutes to prepare the sandwich inside the appliance, but this will vary depending on preference, I like mine quite soft just about when the bread has seared together but the cheese is stringy and has only just melted. Yum. My husband likes his in for ages though and likes his really crispy, so this will completely vary. You can check on the progress of the toasty by simply unclipping and lifting the lid, if it's not quite how you like it, you can soon shut the lid again.
The sandwiches once cooked are easy to remove, as the hot plate is non stick and I'm pleased to say it actually is too, I use a fish slice or a knife to remove the sandwiches as the heat is extremely hot, and not worth risking burnt fingers. As a family of four, I have to make two lots, but usually cram in two sandwiches on each use. It does fit two sandwiches in but literally only just. When I know that I am going to be making toasties for lunch, I usually buy bread which is smaller, the Danish milk breads seem to fit in easier than say a slice of Hovis. After use it is also easy to clean, but you do need to leave it to cool down first. During the cooling process, I usually try and remove any melted cheese before it hardens but this isn't essential as it does come off easily even if hard.
For the price you simply cannot go wrong. I can't see what else a sandwich maker could offer you apart from appearances, and I would say it's not an everyday appliance anyway and more likely not one that is going to be visible on a counter day in day out, so why pay a fortune for something that lives in a cupboard and only has one function. I absolutely love my kitchen gadgets and usually opt for high end models to look sleek in my kitchen but this little kitchen whizz is the absolute exception. A fiver? It simply can't be beaten.
Comes with a 12 month guarantee.
I bought this on a whim when out shopping, as had a real craving for a toasted sandwich. This is the reason I bought a cheap toasted sandwich maker opposed to a brand name product, as I know it is likely that I will be toastie mad for a few weeks, then it will end up in the back of my cupboard for months on end! This sandwich maker was bought from Tesco for less than £5.
This toasted sandwich maker is a standard double sandwich maker, making two triangle cut toasted delights, which is fine for me as I am the only toastie eater in the household, with a bit of an appetite. The design of the appliance is a very basic white plastic design, which isn't overly attractive, however for less than a fiver I'm not really complaining. The appliance is very small, which I am really pleased about as because as I won't be using this regularly I was looking for something small to keep in my already very full kitchen cupboards. The maker has a red/green light panel on the front - the red light comes on when you turn the appliance on, and then switches off and switches to green when the thermostat reaches the right temperature to cook which is really handy. The appliance also has a clip on the front to pull the lid down to ensure maximum heat and to help pull the sides together (and also stops me hugely overfilling toasties - which I do tend to do!!) A cheese and ham toastie is cooked to a nice golden brown in about 2 or 3 minutes from preheated temperature which I think is good, and especially good for the price.
I find there is the same issue with all toasted sandwich makers. Firstly the appliance only turns on / off if you unplug it, so if you forget to unplug your appliance then it will remain on, which could prove hazardous, especially if you have a young curious family - doesn't do your electric bill much good either. Having said that I have not found one with an on/off switch yet. This, like most other sandwich makers can be hard to clean if you do have a hot filing leak / explosion - however is no harder to clean with a wet soapy sponge once cooled than any other I have tried.
I am very pleased with this product and would recommend to:
Small families / single people
Those with limited space
Both myself and my husband love toasted sandwiches so when we moved in to our home one gadget that we did decide to squeeze into our tiny kitchen was a toastie sandwich maker. As money was quite tight when we first moved into our home I decided to purchase a cheaper model than any of the branded ones and came across the Tesco Value Sandwich maker for the bargain price of just £5.00. This was around 5 years ago, but this sandwich maker is still available to purchase now from larger Tesco stores or from www.tesco.com for the even cheaper price of £4.54 and not forgetting the clubcard points too!!
When I purchased this sandwich maker it did come packaged in a simply designed box which fitted in with the Tesco value brand although I did dispose of this at the time. There was also a small instruction for use booklet included in the box.
The sandwich maker is very simple in design, with a white plastic outer casing with just two LED lights on the top to tell you when the sandwich maker is on and when it is hot enough to use. The sandwich maker plugs directly into the mains electric with the a standard 3 point plug. The plug and electric cord is Black and around one meter in length so you do need to be fairly close to a plug socket to use it.
The sandwich maker opens with a plastic clasp on the handle at the front which is easy to flip open and snap back closed without too much effort. Inside you will find the black metal plates which are split into two indented squares which are each split into two triangles. There are raised lines on the metal plates which ensure that you get nice markings on your toasted sandwiches and spilt it down the middle into triangles when they are cooked.
To use the sandwich maker you simple need to place a slice of bread onto the bottom plate. I always lightly butter my bread and place it on the plates with the butter on the outside, this may sound a little odd but I find that it give the bread a nice golden colour when toasted and makes it crispier. You then need to place your filling on each side of the bread in correspondence to the triangular marks on the plates as these will form the pocket for the filling of your sandwich. Then you place the top slice of bread over the filling and close the sandwich maker, making sure the clasp is shut to give a nice tight closure so your sandwiches get evenly toasted. I always cut my crusts off the full size slices of bread as otherwise I find them too big and this stops the clasp from closing.
You can make two rounds of sandwiches with this sandwich maker with it only taking around 3 minutes for the sandwiches to become fully toasted, as there is no timer on the maker I will just open the clasp and check my sandwiches after a couple of minutes and reclose if they need a little longer which does not affect the toasting process at all. I have used this sandwich maker over and over again over the five years that I have had it and it has made perfect evenly toasted sandwiches with piping hot fillings every time and is still in great condition. You do need to be careful when removing the sandwiches from the maker as both the plates and the sandwiches are very hot. I always use a plastic spatula to move the sandwiches onto a plate to save me burning myself which works well. It is also wise to leave the sandwiches for a short time before eating too as the fillings can get extremely hot.
The sandwich maker is also very easy to clean, the metal plates seem to have a non-stick coating which means that you can simply use a warm soapy cloth to wipe the plates over and the crumbs and any escaped filling simply lifts off. Then I just leave it open to air dry so that it does not rust before popping it away. To ensure that the non-stick plates remain non-stick I have used the method that I read on the care instructions for my saucepans a couple of times and rubbed a very small amount of olive oil over the plates with a piece of kitchen towel which has kept them in perfect condition.
Overall I have been extremely pleased with this sandwich maker, it is easy to use, makes evenly toasted sandwiches and is very easy to clean. If my sandwich maker breaks then I certainly will not hesitate to replace it with another for such an amazing price!
I bought this sandwich toaster about 2 years ago for around £5. It is now even cheaper at £4.54. My previous sandwich toaster had cost £25 and after 6 months I couldn't use it as all the non stick inside of it had peeled off and I was left with a rusty metal mess.
I decided after this that I would try a cheap one, especially if the more expensive one isn't going to last long.
I hadn't had the toaster a fortnight and my sister somehow managed to break the toaster by closing the lid down on top of it's electrical cable! So I had to go and get another one!
I use my sandwich toaster at least 3 times a week, when I read the leaflet which came with it, it said something about putting a light coating of oil on the black metal plates inside to prevent sticking. I didn't bother to do this as I always butter the outside of the bread anyway so thought it was the same thing. The plates look as they did when I first bought them, they have no sign of wear, nothing sticks to them and I have used it a lot! Much better than my more expensive toaster.
The exterior of the toaster isn't overly impressive. It looks and feels like cheap white plastic, but I don't have mine on display so I don't really care. This model is only available in white, although other value options are available in silver or black. It has a green and red light on the top of the toaster. The red light comes on when you plug the toaster in, when it has fully heated up the green light comes on but I take no notice of this and put the toastie in when I feel like it.
It is very simple to use, just plug it in, wait a minute, put your sandwich in, close the lid and wait a couple of minutes there are no buttons to press.
It doesn't take any longer than 5 minutes in total to heat up and cook the sandwich so it's great for a quick snack.
The toaster can toast two sandwiches at a time and makes an indentation diagonally through each sandwich, which makes them easy to cut or tear (I'm lazy) apart. There is a clip on the front to use to old the top of the toaster down but, as with other toasters I've had, I don't think these work great. The toaster will still stay closed enough without the clip though and when I overfill the sandwiches I put a plate on top of the toaster.
I find the toaster easy and quick to clean both inside and out and it is small enough to put in a drawer or cupboard so it doesn't need to take up worktop space.
The toaster doesn't have any fancy features like some of the more high tech models do such as specific browning and a frozen setting but I wouldn't imagine I would use these anyway.
For the price I got this toaster I think it's been a great buy! I wouldn't spend a lot of money on a toaster as I get the same sandwich out of this one as I have from any others and it has lasted me much longer.
I've been through quite a lot of Sandwich makers and one of my most recent was the Tesco value two slice. I tend to have to replace them every year as no matter what brand/ model or price I buy them at the non-stick always goes and I end up with toasties that get stuck to plates, this one was no exception.
I picked this up whilst shopping for the incredible price of less than a fiver!
The packaging as always with value was plain white with the usual product information on it. Inside the leaflet tells you how to use etc.
The toastie maker itself is white plastic with a white plastic 'clasp' (if that's the right word!!). The non stick plates are black, I don't think it feels particularly cheap. There's no on/off switch it but does have a light on and toastie ready lights on the top. You can't vary the heat level and there's no cool wall either. It's just basic, but that's all I need. The lead isn't very long but that's not a problem. The dimensions are:
Height 9.5 CM
Width 24.3 CM
Depth 24.0 CM
Weight 1.4 KG
As for the toasties themselves- as with all cheaper sandwich makers ordinary bread doesn't fit, it has to be cut down or in my case one sandwich at a time side on. Value breads fit okay though.
The toastie maker heats up quickly, so by the time I've buttered (the outside of the bread) and assembled with whatever filling- it's ready for me. The plates get very hot which means it only takes a few minutes to cook a sandwich, they cook evenly and are usually browned and crispy although that can depend on what butter I've used.
Toastie makers all claim to be easy to clean with a damp cloth, but in my experience there's no such thing, once you've had a volcanic explosion of beans or cheese it's always a trial to get it off the back of the machine. This one is no better or worse at being cleaned.
The lifespan for me wasn't great though, the non stick was off in parts within months especially where the cut in half bits are, and I was careful with it- honest! it came off on it's own, so sadly I had to bin it (should have took it bad but lost the receipt)
I can only give this 3 stars for the non stick coming off but for performance I'd give it more.
When I was at uni, I really missed being away from home at times, I mostly missed my mums toasties! One day i got fed up with eating cheese on toast from under the grill, so I went out to tesco in search of toastie machine. I was expecting to pay around £20, I saw this tesco value product for only £5! Bargain I thought, so I purchased it and took it back to my flat, I wasn't expecting anything brilliant for the price!
I have just had a quick look online and currently you can buy this model for £4.64 on tesco direct.com.
----- does it work? ----
They work ok, they are not the most practical of toasted sandwich makers. They are rather small, so the average sized bread is too big, your much better buying small loafs for this particular product. They take a while to heat up, but once they are heated they are extremely hot and hurt quite a lot if you accidentally touch it! You will also need to use the old trick of buttering the opposite side of the bread so that it doesn't stick on, they are a real pain if they stick and you will inevitably destroy your good looking sandwich. The end product is a good tasting toastie :)
----- what does it look like? ----
It's not the nicest looking item in my kitchen, it's a very tacky white colour with two lights to tell you when it's heated up and ready for your yummy toastie. With something cheap like this it doesn't matter what it looks like, once it's cooled down you can hide it away! It's more practical then stylish. But I don't see this as an issue. They are quite small and will not take up too much room in your kitchen! Mine looks rather dirty now because I didn't clean it very well! As with most toasted sandwich makers, they are horrible too o clean, if you don't clean it straight away after you use it, it will start to look rather disgusting :)
---- will it last ----
Mine has lasted just over a year and still just about works. It's slowly getting worse! I will be replacing mine soon. I would say they last just under a year at a good level. They inexpensiven so it's not too much bother to replace!
---- overall ---
This is a very good toastie maker and for the price it is excellent. It is nothing special to look at, it's also perfect for people moving into ther first house or flat. It's also perfect for uni studensts! Most not my friends at uni owned this, there were three or four in my halls kitchen too, they are widely used and actually work. I have done many reviews on here about tesco value products and most value products I have come across are excellent if you have a budget, or don't want to splash out on something fancy! They are practical and that's why I use them :)
Thanks for reading my review, hope it helped
I paid £4.97 for this product and I have been using it for a good few months now.
The sandwich maker itself looks more expensive than it is, you certainly wouldn't think it was an economy product. It was well packaged within it's box and it came with an instruction manual, although the product is pretty self explanatory.
The length of the plug cord is a little too short for my liking but this isn't a huge problem as long as it sits on my kitchen worktop safely. On the front of the product is two lights, one red and one green. The red light comes on as soon as you plug the product in and it flashes until it has reached it's desired temperature. Once this has happened the green light comes on and stays on to let you know that the product is ready to use.
I find that the sandwich maker is great for all types of bread, although *very* thick slices would struggle to fit. You simply place the bread inside the maker, add your filling and close the lid. I was a little upset that there was no timer on this maker so you have to keep an eye on it otherwise you can end up burning your sandwich! I leave mine in there for around two to three minutes and certainly no longer than four.
I have noticed that the filling can sometimes fall out of the sandwiches so I only place what I need to in the sandwich maker and leave out any excess. If I want to add any more filling I usually wait until the end - when I have took the sandwiches out of the maker. Otherwise the maker ends up becoming all dirty and/ or greasy.
Overall this isn't bad value for the price and it's good enough to get you by!
I bought this one day when I was thinking about making cheese and ham toasties- usually I did these on the George Forman grill- however it didn't seal the edges of the sandwich. When I was at university we had used our toasty maker almost every day (typical student diet ha-ha) and I really wanted to get a similar one. I seen this one in Tesco- and for the price there was no way I could turn it down! I could hardly buy a toasty in a cafe for that money never mind the maker!
When I got home I set about making a toasty sandwich straight away and the results were great- just as I imagined! It didn't take long to heat up and the toasted sandwich was ready very quickly- and tasted great! As much as it's not something that is used all the time- it's great to have in the house for a quick lunch or snack- it's so easy and quick. Cleaning is not a problem either as its very simple and easy. Really glad I bought this- for how cheap it is everyone should have one in their kitchens! Kids and adults alike love the sandwiches it makes!
==Price and Availability==
I'm a big fan of toasted sandwiches, and after moving out and not being able to bring my Mum and Dad's with me it was a snack I really missed. Now, we have got a George Foreman and although you can do toasted sandwiches on it but it's just not the same and you don't get the crunchy edges which you get from a standalone sandwich toaster and this is my favourite bit. I bought the Tesco Value Sandwich Maker when I was doing a shop, it wasn't something I intended to buy but I noticed it and as it was under a fiver I decided to buy it. We've got a big Tesco with lots of products but if you can't find it in store it's also available on the Tesco website.
The Tesco Value Sandwich Maker isn't the most aesthetically pleasing appliance in our kitchen, having said that though it doesn't sit on the counter and is stored away in the cupboard waiting to be used. The main body of the sandwich maker is white plastic; it's only quite small so it's easy to small and quite a curvy shape. There's a plastic handle at the front with a clip to lock the sandwich maker which makes it a lot safer to use. As I said, the maker doesn't fit in with the other stuff in my kitchen and if I was having it out I probably would pay a little bit extra for a stainless steel one, it definitely looks like it costs more than a fiver though.
==Using the Toasted Sandwich Maker==
The maker is very easy to use, it's a simple case of getting it out of the box, giving it a quick wipe over and plugging it in to use. There's a red and a green light on the front and when it's first plugged in the red light flashes whilst it's heating up, I usually find this takes about five minutes in which time I make my sandwich, once it's ready to use the green light comes on. I always butter the outside of my sandwich which stops it sticking once it's inside the machine. My favourite filling is ham and cheese but everybody likes something different, I usually put in what's left over in the fridge. The sandwich maker usually takes just under five minutes to cook the sandwich, I like mine quite crunchy though so it's up to individual preference and I usually check on mine pretty regularly to make sure it's not overcooking. I've found the maker to cook the sandwich evenly on both sides which my Mum and Dad's isn't so good, it also makes the edges go lovely and crunchy if this is what you like.
For under £5, I've been so impressed with the results of the Tesco Value Sandwich Maker. As it's something kept in the cupboard most of the time I don't mind that it doesn't fit in with my other kitchen things. It works so well, a lot better than more expensive models I've used and is definitely worth buying.
My children are always really hungry when they arrive home from school and as they often have sports clubs to attend, I like to give them something nutritious and tasty to eat. They are both fond of toasted sandwiches and with this in mind I decided to buy a sandwich maker. I didn't want or need anything too fancy or expensive; just a basis model that worked! Browsing the electrical section in my local Tesco I came across a very basic sandwich toaster priced at just £4.64. The toaster is part of the Tesco value range and as I have had good experiences of several of the value range electrical products I decided to give this one a go.
The Tesco value sandwich maker comes in white plastic. It wouldn't win any prizes for its looks, but as I intended to keep it in a cupboard when not in use this really wasn't an issue for me. Inside the box you will find the toaster and very basic instruction leaflet. It would have been good to have been given a few recipe ideas, but at the price I paid I'm not complaining!
The toaster is ready to use straight from the box, simple wipe over the non-stick hotplate and plug in. There are two lights on the top of the machine; one green power light and one red temperature light. To use plug in, turn on and close the lid, clipping it shut. You will need to wait for a few minutes for the toaster to heat up and when it has reached its temperature and is ready to use the green light will go out. When the machine has heated up place your first slice of bread onto the hot plate. For best results you will need to butter the bread on the outside, so the buttered side is facing onto the hot plate. Add your chosen filling to bread and then butter the second slice and place onto the filled slice. Close the lid and clip shut. I usually leave the bread in the machine for about 3-5 minutes. It is possible to lift the lid during the toasting progress to check if it is ready. To restart the toasting just shut the lid again.
This really is a very basic sandwich toaster and does what you would expect! It is designed to take two rounds of sandwiches although unless you are using Tesco value bread, which fits well, it is only really possible to toast one round at a time. I tend to use medium sliced bread and do have to struggle to get the lid clipped shut. The machine is supposed to cut your sandwich in two via a raised rim on the hot plate. However this has never worked and I always have to slice the sandwich once it is toasted.
The non stick coating makes the sandwich easy to remove once it has toasted although you will need to use an implement as it gets very hot. There is no cool wall so the outside of the machine gets quite hot.
The lead is of a decent length and I have no problem reaching any of my plug sockets on my kitchen work top. This is a compact machine and measures 24 cm in width and just over 9 cm in height. This means it fits into my cupboard without taking up too much room.
The machine is easy to claen; just wipe over the hot plate after use with a cloth. I have never had any problem with the filling spilling out over the outside of the machine.
The most important factor is how well this machine makes toasties! I am happy to report that it does this really well. The sandwiches come out well browned and crunchy on the outside with well melted filling. The sandwiches cost a fraction of the cost you would pay in a café too. The machine with a 12 month guarantee, just remember to keep your recipe!
This is by no means the perfect sandwich toaster, but then with its low price tag I wouldn't expect it to be! It is not suitable for thickly sliced bread and I struggle to use even medium sliced bread. The machine is only suitable to toast one medium sliced sandwich at a time, so is not the most convenient when I have two hungry children to feed with limited time!
The lid can be really difficult to close and the clip used to keep the lid in place looks flimsy. The machine gets quite hot and you need to be careful when removing your sandwich.
Ideas for making toasties.
My children love simple cheese toasties with a few cherry tomatoes on the side. However I also make bacon and tomato toasties which are also popular. You will first need to grill a few rashers of bacon, roughly chop and then add a few slices of tomato, chopped parsley and some black pepper. Toast for about 5 minutes and serve.
Another favourite is tuna melt. Simply mix a small can of tuna with a little mayonnaise, a chopped spring onion, a little lemon juice, some chopped parsley and some grated cheddar cheese. Be careful not to overfill when making tuna melt as it will spill out!
You could also try slices of turkey and cranberry sauce, chicken and mayonnaise or ham and cheese.
Overall I am really pleased I bought this sandwich maker as although it is far from perfect, it provides tasty toasties with very little effort!
Short name: Tesco SMWP10