Find the best sandwich maker on the market, and you have the perfect tool to cope with the most important meal of the day: breakfast. No more rushed filler uppers followed by mid-morning hunger pangs.
In five minutes or less, you can have hot, crispy sandwiches to help you start the day on the right foot. Make them healthy or hearty based on personal preferences and individual ingredient choices. Who says mornings need to be hectic?
Hamilton Beach Egg Breakfast Sandwich Maker (Dual)
The Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast sandwich maker with timer (25490) is the true hero of dreaded morning chaos. For a quick bite or an on-the-go breakfast, simply layer on your choice of fresh ingredients: bread (English muffin, biscuit, small bagel, etc.), egg, cheese, precooked meat, vegetables…
Wait five minutes max for the timer to beep, and two breakfast sandwiches are ready to go – or just make one sandwich if a certain someone’s being cantankerous! 😉
Featuring a non-stick die cast aluminum cooking surface, the Hamilton Beach 25490 sandwich press has a plastic base and operates on 1,200 watts of power. The dual sandwich press grill measures 6”H x 10.5”W x 8”D, weighs 5.5 lbs and comes with a one-year limited warranty, plus a starter sample of quick and easy recipes.
For easier cleanup, it is recommended that you spray both rings and cooking plate with non-stick spray both before use and after washing. All removable parts are dishwasher safe once they have been allowed to cool. First loosen any baked-on ingredients with the help of a plastic or wooden utensil. The ring assembly can be cleaned in the dishwasher or by hand: simply remove it by holding the bottom handle to open, and then lift straight up.
A built-in digital timer with audible beep will alert you when breakfast is ready, but be aware that this timer does not turn off automatically at the beep. The appliance will continue cooking unless you unplug it. If you’re the impatient kind, the timer can be set in half-minute increments to keep you up to the minute.
Also know that the ingredients you choose may affect cooking time. For example, extra-large eggs or very cold ingredients may take more time, while higher-fat content bread, fewer ingredients, scrambled eggs, egg whites, and precooked ingredients may take shorten that time.
Pros & Cons
The majority of buyers were very pleased with their Hamilton Beach sandwich toaster, stating that it was easy to use and clean as well as durable. They also appreciate the ability to make one or two sandwiches at the same time.
Approximately one out of seven users had issues with their appliance. Some found that the non-stick coating on the ring insert had worn off, while others complained of their eggs leaking out or ingredients getting burned. There have been reports of the unit falling apart or catching on fire.
Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker (Single)
For those of you who only wish to make one sandwich at a time, the Hamilton Beach 25475A breakfast sandwich maker is available in a Grey finish; it also comes in Red (25476) or Black (25477). It measures 5.6”H x 6.3”W x 7.3”D, weighs 3.37 lbs and operates on 600 watts of power.
This single version has an On indicator light but no timer.
Proctor-Silex Sandwich Griller
With a white plastic base and a black nonstick cooking surface with flat grids, the Proctor-Silex sandwich maker (25401P) operates on 700 watts of power. The Proctor-Silex 25401P measures 9.9″W x 4″H x 9.5″D and comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
The plates wipe clean easily, though they do not detach for cleaning.
A locking lid and cord wrap enable quick upright compact storage. It features Power On and Pre-Heat lights.
Pros & Cons
Buyers like that it heats up quickly, is versatile, as well as easy to use and clean. However, only thin sandwiches will fit without the contents spilling out so, if you enjoy a thick sandwich with a variety of fillings, this appliance is not for you.
Dual Cuisinart Sandwich Maker WM-SW2N
Sporting a Brushed Chrome plastic housing and operating on 1,500 watts, the versatile Cuisinart WM-SW2N dual-sandwich nonstick electric grill is capable of grilling your choice of two sandwiches, omelets or French toasts. A lock-down lid positions the plates to grill both sides evenly, and rubber feet keep the unit steady.
BPA-free non-stick baking plates are designed with shallow pockets, raised ridges and a diagonal indentation, helping seal the edges of the food you are cooking and keep ingredients inside. They are also meant to wipe clean in seconds, though it is recommended that you season the grids with cooking spray or oil before each use.
The WM-SW2N measures 9″W x 9″D x 3.75″H, weighs 18.66 lbs and is covered by a three-year limited warranty against defects.
A word of warning: if you buy this grill sandwich maker expecting to layer cold cuts, cheese, veggies, etc., all you will end up with is a big mess. By design, this Cuisinart sandwich grill does not allow for thick sandwiches.
The operating manual clearly spells out how to make sandwiches or omelets with this appliance:
.standard thickness breads (approximately 1/2″) are best for sandwiches;
.thicker sliced breads (5/8″-1″) are recommended for French toast;
.bread should be trimmed if needed to best fit the size of the sandwich plate (5″ x 4 1⁄2″);
.use olive oil or room temperature/melted butter or margarine to coat the outside of the bread;
.moist ingredients such as sliced tomatoes, fruit or pickles should be patted dry with a paper towel, while sauces (tomato, salsa, etc.), leftover cooked vegetables and thawed frozen vegetables should be drained for a short time to remove excess liquid.
The baking plates are not removable but wipe off clean provided you use cooking spray, but if your sandwich fillings ooze out into the inner rim near the handle, you end up with a mess that is hard to clean.
Dual indicator lights warn you when the appliance is either ready to cook, or the food is ready to eat. Lock the lid lock and wrap the cord around the base for easy vertical storage.
Pros & Cons
People like that this sandwich press grill is easy to use and that it does well what it was designed to do: thin grilled sandwiches. They also wish that the sandwich wells were larger and deeper to allow for more filling without spilling over. On the other hand, it may be just what you need if you want to make omelets or French toast for two…
While Cuisinart has acquired a well-deserved stellar reputation for engineering high-quality appliances, they seem to have missed the mark on this one. While it works perfectly well for making omelets or French toast, it would need to incorporate a hinge in order to accommodate the height of a decent grilled sandwich – like their griddle grill does.
T-fal Waffle Sandwich Maker SW6100
Made of aluminum and plastic and operating on 1000 watts, this versatile T-fal SW6100 EZ Clean Sandwich and Waffle Maker with removable plates offers 50 square inches of cooking surface, enough to make two sandwiches or waffles at a time – perfect for cafe-style meals or even dessert in the comfort of home.
The SW6100 comes with two sets of EZ Clean interchangeable plates which are non-stick and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning:
.waffle plates make two square Belgian style crispy waffles with deep pockets, perfect for maple syrup or other favorite toppings;
.sandwich plates make two perfectly toasted hot sandwiches with your choice of filling combination (meat, cheese, vegetables…)
This T-fal sandwich toaster and waffle maker measures 12.7″W x 11.9″D x 6.8″H, weighs 4.5 lbs and comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
Dual indicator lights alert you whether power is ‘On’ or it is ‘Ready to cook’. It offers space saving vertical storage with convenient cord wrap.
Pros & Cons
Users love the versatility of this appliance but as a pocket sandwich maker, its use is very limited. Again, the wells are shallow and will only accommodate a small, thin sandwich.
There are reports of the latched lid breaking after only a few uses, mostly due to people trying to over stuff their sandwiches: “anything more than two paper napkins thick” will strain the latch and cause spilling…
The “EZ Clean” label is also being challenged. The plates may be easy to clean, but when ingredients spill out and get baked into the gaps or onto the sides, it becomes practically impossible to clean.
While grilled sandwich makers can prove very useful for breakfast time, they also come in handy to prepare quick, scrumptious lunches using fresh ingredients – or even a light dinner with a side soup when you don’t feel like cooking.
Just be warned: get one for your dorm room, and you’ll make many friends indeed – but be prepared to keep it under lock and key: it would appear that these little wizards have a tendency to temporarily vanish on a regular basis…Share This!