Product Type: Cookworks toasters
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Cookworks Sandwich Toaster
Cookworks Sandwich Toaster
Member Name: alexandjef
Cookworks Sandwich Toaster
Advantages: Great price, cooks great
Then, a few years ago after not ever owning a sandwich toaster, I bought maybe the worst sandwich toaster on earth. It was a super cheap purchase from a supermarket - I don't remember which one, maybe Tesco and it can't have been more than £10. It was a total waste of money - not only did it not get hot enough to actually toast it didn't close flat so rather than it able to produce toasted sandwiches, you ended up with wonky, warm soggy bread. I must have used it 2-3 times before leaving it in a cupboard to disappoint the next lot of tenants.
The thing is, as much as toasted sandwiches hate me, I love toasted sandwiches. I love snacks and they are one of my favorite snacks - especially late at night to soak up a few beers. Or in the morning to soak up a few coffees/and or the aforementioned beers if things got out of hand.
A sandwich toaster hadn't been a feature of my kitchen for a year or so after I the bought the rubbish one - but I really wanted one so decided to do my research this time and started trawling the internet for the best buy. I arrived at this Cookware model following great reviews on Argos, an appealing price and with an Argos around the corner it was a no brainier.
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I work in a kitchen and its filled with all kinds of toasters and grills, that all pack a heafty wattage - and thats something I wanted toaster-wise in my kitchen at home. Wattage means heat and heat means crispy - or more importantly not soggy. The first thing I checked was the wattage, and to check if it packed anything - and it did at a decent 1100 watts. Cheaper, value toasters only pack 500-700w and that explained why they don't toast very well, but this is a much better experience. This heats up fast, which again stops the bread getting soggy - and the results are great. The plates seem to heat really evenly and it actually toasts the bread and thoroughly heats the fillings - giving you pretty crispy bread and nicely melted cheese. One thing I noticed using this toaster was how much heat it kicks out - you can feel it coming off the plates as you stand over it, almost unbearably - be careful not to touch the plates as they will burn right away. The same can't be said for the housing of the unit - with none of the heat from the plates transferring to the top of the machine or indeed the handle making it pretty safe to use assuming your paying attention whilst using it. Speedwise, you turn this on and its ready to use in a minutes. The red light that comes on when its plugged in then goes off and the green one comes on to indicate its ready. Then after the sandwiches have been in for another few minutes the green light clicks off to indicate its 'ready' but if you prefer them toasted more you can just leave it in. As you can imagine, its super easy to use with no switches or buttons - just plug it in and its going, switch it off at the mains then its off.
As well as cooking quick, and hot - the sandwiches slide of pretty easily - infact its almost effortless. When the lid is clipped down using the lock on the handle the bread is clipped down and each sandwich separated from the one next to it, meaning when you unclip it and take them out, they come out one by one rather than stuck together. As this none stick surface that also makes it really easy to clean. Once it has cooled down you can just wipe it with kitchen towel to get most of the debris off, or a damp cloth for more off a clean. The plates are not removable so they can't be taken off and scrubbed in a sink but to be honest with it being so easy to clean I doubt you'd want to take it apart.
The real kicker of this toaster though is the size - it can toast 4 sandwiches at once. This is great, especially in a household like mine where I can toast enough for me and my girlfriend at once (one sandwich each isn't enough by the way) or enough for just me if i'm extra hungry. Whats also great is that it doesn't rely on being full to hold all the sandwiches in place and cook evenly - it will still cook the sandwiches evenly and well if you only put one, two or three in.
The bread size it takes is 'average' sized. Large farmhouse slices won't fit and the squarer the bread the better but if its not perfectly square it will fit but it will crimp them around the edges and your toasties will come out square. If your anything like me, this wont be a problem. I find the best bread for toasted sandwiches is mass made processed bread - it seems to taste nice and keep the filling inside well - plus they taste a little unhealthier which if I'm to be honest is just how I like them. If chunky farmhouse bread is your thing though, you'll find this is a little small and getting the bread in wont really work.
The real boon with this sandwich toaster though is the price. At only £22, when you look at what your getting this is a steal. Its heats quick and gets nice and hot, its fits in four slices of bread and its easy to clean. Reliabilty wise, I have had this for a couple of years and although I don't use it as much as I used to - maybe once or twice a week its worked fine everytime.
If your looking for a decent, cheap sandwich toaster (who isn't?) look no further. Sandwich toasters, you are forgiven.
Summary: A great sandwich toaster for a great price
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