Product Type: Cookworks toasters
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Argos Cookworks 2 Slice
Member Name: wazza115
Argos Cookworks 2 Slice
Date: 29/08/12, updated on 12/06/13 (105 review reads)
Advantages: Makes great sandwiches
When we moved house a couple of years ago, my boyfriend's aunty brought us a sandwich toaster from Argos as a house warming present. I have never used one of these before so was really excited to try it out. The one she purchased was the Cookworks 2 Slice Sandwich Toaster from Argos.
The title of the product is actually a little misleading, when it says two slice, it actually makes 2 toasties using 4 slices of bread.
To use, the sandwich maker, simple plug into the wall, close the lid and wait for it to warm up. When the sandwich maker is plugged in, a red light will come on, once it has warmed up enough and ready to use, this will change to green.
The instructions included with the product are quite detailed but to ensure the product doesn't stick to the hot plate within the sandwich maker and also to make sure the sandwich goes nice and crispy is to spread a nice layer of butter or margarine to one side of the bread and then place one slice on each of the plates (butter side down). Then add a filling of your choice (I normally have cheese and something as all the cheese melts inside - yum), then place the final slice of bread on top (butter side up). Close the lid and wait for the sandwiches to toast. After around 5-7 minutes (depending on how well done you want them), the toasties are ready to eat.
I word of warning though, the first time I used, as soon as they were cooked, I took a large bite and nearly burnt my tongue off - the filling gets really got, especially if you like putting baked beans inside like I do. I would also give the toasties a few minutes to cool down, if Lauren is having some with us, I always pierce the top of the sandwiches a couple of times to let some of the hot air escape too.
Once of the main advantages I have found with this is that is has introduced vegetables and salad into Laurens diet without her really knowing. If I give her tomato, she would never eat it however if I make a toastie of cheese, beans and tomato, she gobbles it down. I have also put cucumber, onion peppers in, although it might not sound nice to me, she loves them so I find this great at making sure she gets her 5 a day.
I have found that larger bread can sometimes be a little too big for the sandwich maker, sometimes I have had to trim slightly, also, if I use really thick bread and loads of filling, it can be quite hard to close the clasp on the lid - if this does happen, I just close the lid, wait for it to cook a few minutes and then the clasp seems to close ok.
Cleaning the product is really easy, just unplug and wait for it to cool down (the plates get really hot so they do take around 10 minutes to cool down completely. Once cool, I just wipe clean with a damp cloth and any burnt cheese etc comes off really easily.
As this was a present, I haven't been cheeky as asked how much it was however after a quick search online, I can see that this retails for , it is part of the Cookworks range which I believe is exclusive to Argos so not available from any other retailer (unless EBay or similar sites). It is available to purchase both in store or online (with the additional charge of delivery), what I do like about Argos is that you can check stock availability at your local store and if they have it, reserve the item until close of play the following working day meaning you don't have to have a wasted journey.
The only downside of the product is that it only makes 2 toasties at a time which means I cannot make enough to feed all three of us at once, and by the time my next ones are cooked, my hubby as already eaten all of his. Argos do however do a version which makes 4 toasties at a time, which retails for around £20 so if you are looking to buy one for family use, I would recommend purchasing this one.
As with most electrical products, this comes with a 1 years guarantee - although we have had ours a couple of years now, it gets used at least once a week and never experienced any problems at all.
Overall, I would recommend this sandwich toaster, there are loads more expensive models on the market but as far as I can see, this does a good enough job so why pay more. I would give the sandwich toaster 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
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