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Panini Press Grills: not just for Toasted Paninis

Best panini press grillsDid you know that a good quality panini press grill can deliver a perfectly toasted panini sandwich right in the comfort of your home?

No need for restaurants when you can enjoy the same crispy gooey gourmet sandwich in minutes, with your own fresh ingredients – and for a fraction of the cost.

From a basic grilled cheese for a simple lunch to thick multi-layered crispy sandwiches for easy weekday meals, panini sandwich makers can deliver hot and delicious restaurant results in minutes.

Breville Panini Press Duo BSG520XL

Breville Panini Press Duo BSG520XLThe Breville Duo panini press is a shining example of a small appliance that has proven invaluable when it comes to creating scrumptious, simple meals quickly and efficiently.

Appearance & Power

Under a brushed stainless-steel housing which is both elegant and easy to care for, this Breville panini grill hides 1,500 watts of power.

Cooking Plates

Its cooking plates are large enough to cook two sandwiches. Made of Quantanium aluminium, they are scratch-resistant and easy to clean due to a top quality PFOA-free non-stick coating. Though not removable, they are very easy to clean with either a sponge or a wet paper towel.

The top plate is ribbed, creating appealing grill marks on your sandwich, while the flat bottom plate allows for even cooking – perfect for a quick breakfast of eggs or pancakes.

Special Features

.Adjustable Height Control
A floating hinge with four settings lets you move the top plate to different positions above the bottom plate, allowing for even pressure no matter the thickness of your sandwich – making all kinds of open melts a walk in the park… 🙂

This feature enables the BSG520XL Breville sandwich press to achieve perfectly toasted paninis no matter what type of bread you use – whether sliced “sandwich bread”, baguette, focaccia, brioche, bread rolls, raisin bread, etc. Just be aware that sweet breads will brown faster due to their high sugar content.

.Integrated ‘On/Off’ Power setting and ‘Ready’ Lights

.Non-Slip Rubber Feet

.Convenient Locking Clip and Cord Wrap for easy storage

Size & Warranty

The Breville panini Duo measures 4.9″H x 12.3″W x 11.96″L, weighs 8.38 lbs and comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

Pros & Cons

Customers value this sandwich grill for how easy it is to use and clean, as well as its durability and versatility. Even heat distribution and adjustable height positions also contribute to make this model a big favorite.

George Foreman Panini Grill GRP3060P -4 servings

George Foreman Grill 4 servings GRP3060PGeorge Foreman panini grills quickly gained in popularity and have remained popular over the years. Let’s find out if those grills can actually stand on their own four feet regardless of their branding.

Appearance & Power

Made of thermoplastic with a neutral platinum finish, the housing covers 1,150 watts of power with a maximum heating temperature of 392F. Its embedded heating elements allow it to deliver a hot meal in up to 10 minutes from plug-in to plate, heating up 35% faster than the previous GRP0004 model.

Cooking Plates

This larger George Foreman panini press model offers 60 square inches of grilling surface, enough for four servings.

Its two ribbed removable plates are dishwasher-safe and feature a new Advanced George Tough nonstick coating which is scratch-resistant and is three times more durable than the standard George Tough™ non-stick coating.

Special Features

.Adjustable Height Control
Its 1-inch adjustable floating hinge provides fast grilling for a variety of food such as steak, burgers, chicken, veggies, and more.

.Integrated Power Indicator Light
The power light turns on when you plug in the grill and shuts off when it’s preheated and ready to cook.

.Patented Slope Design
The sloped surface allows up to 42% of the fat to drain off into a dishwasher-safe drip tray.

Size & Warranty

The GRP3060P measures 12″W (including drip tray) x 15″D, weighs 2.8 lbs and comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

Pros & Cons

Users appreciate how easy it is to use and clean, as well as the versatility of foods that can be cooked on this grill. However, some are disappointed that the non-stick surface of their grilling plates wears off relatively quickly.

Also beware that the plate tabs do not have insulators on them, so they must be allowed to cool before being removed to wash. Occasionally, buyers also complain that the metal clips holding the plates in place are flimsy, causing the top plate to fall off.

Another issue is the lack of rubber feet to help keep the unit in place while in use. The drip tray is not fastened to the grill which can then cause grease to spill.

George Foreman Panini Grill GR10B -2 servings

George Foreman Grill 2 servings GR10B

Appearance & Power

Made of black thermoplastic, the GR10B George Foreman Panini grill has 760 watts of power with a maximum heating temperature of 428F for fast grilling.

Cooking Plates

The 36 square-inch grilling surface is large enough for two servings and therefore ideal for small spaces. Its non-removable plates can easily be wiped clean with a paper towel.

Size & Warranty

The GR10B George Foreman grilling machine measures 8.5″W x 9.5″D and offers 36 square inches of grilling surface. It weighs 2.9 lbs and comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

Pros & Cons

Customers appreciate that it is versatile enough to cook a variety of foods including steak, burgers, chicken, veggies and more. They also like how easy it is to use and clean as long as the anti-stick coating remains intact.

Others complain that the grill surface will only accommodate two SMALL servings and that the unit does not heat up enough to melt cheese, etc.

Hamilton Beach Panini Press Gourmet Sandwich Maker 25460A

Hamilton Beach Sandwich Maker 25460A

Appearance & Power

The Hamilton Beach 25460A sandwich maker features a chrome finish stainless steel housing with black accents which hides 1400 watts of power. Note that this Hamilton Beach panini maker is also available in Stainless Steel (25410) or Red (25462Z).

Cooking Plates

Its 80 square inches (10″x8″) of nonstick cooking surface provide enough space to make 2 or 3 sandwiches, and the unit opens 180 degrees for a larger grilling surface. Both top and bottom plates are ribbed and easy to clean.

Special Features

.Adjustable Height Control
A café-style floating lid enables you to evenly press sandwiches of various sizes. A lock hinge allows the lid to hover over open-face sandwiches, pizza, bruschettas or turnovers.

.Integrated Power & Preheat Lights
For best results, it is recommended that you preheat the sandwich maker 6 minutes before use. The built-in light will turn green when the press is ready.

.Convenient locking clip for easy storage

Size & Warranty

The Hamilton Beach sandwich maker measures 11.6″L x 12.6″W x 4.5″H, weighs 5.19 lbs and comes with a 1-year warranty.

Pros & Cons

Customers appreciate that it is simple and easy to use and clean. It is also versatile and can be used to cook chicken, burgers and steak. However, some users complain that their units have started browning unevenly.

IMUSA Panini Press GAU-80103 (Small)

IMUSA Panini Press GAU-80103

Appearance & Power

The polished stainless steel exterior of the GAU-80103 IMUSA sandwich press hides 1,000 watts of power.

Cooking Plates

The GAU-80103’s cooking surface measures 11″ x 7″ (77 square inches), enough to hold 2-3 sandwiches. Flat non-stick plates provide easy cooking and cleaning.

Special Features

.Adjustable Height Control
An adjustable lock knob allows you to customize press height to four different settings for a perfectly grilled panini. Beyond sandwiches, the GAU-80103 can handle pancakes, arepas, pizza dough, veggies, eggs and meats including bacon.

.Integrated Power and Heat Indicator Lights

.Non-Slip Rubber Feet

.Convenient Locking Clip and Cord Wrap for vertical storage

Size & Warranty

The GAU-80103 measures 11.8″D x 13.43″W x 5.43″H and weighs 7 lbs. A 90-day warranty may apply, provided your return qualifies.

Pros & Cons

Customers believe this panini press offers value for money. Some have complained of malfunctioning indicator lights and would like to see some starter recipes provided.

IMUSA Panini Press GAU-80102 (Large)

IMUSA Sandwich Press GAU-80102

Appearance & Power

This larger IMUSA sandwich press also sports a polished stainless steel exterior, but the GAU-80102 offers 1,400 watts of power.

Cooking Plates

The cooking surface measures 12″ x 10″ (120 square inches), enough to press 3-4 sandwiches. The flat non-stick plates provide easy cleaning.

Special Features

.Adjustable Height Control
The floating hinge of this larger IMUSA sandwich maker adjusts to the height of the sandwich. Beyond pressed sandwiches, this model can accommodate quesadillas, veggies, meats, eggs, pancakes, etc.

.Integrated Power setting and Heat Indicator Lights

.Non-Slip Rubber Feet

.Convenient Locking Clip and Cord Wrap for vertical storage

Size & Warranty

The GAU-80103 measures 14.76″D x 15.91″W x 4.92″H and weighs 11 lbs. A 90-day warranty may apply, provided your return qualifies.

Pros & Cons

Some customers love cooking with this panini press; however, many mourn the passing of their beloved sandwich maker within a few months of purchase.

A satisfying lunch or even dinner is just minutes away with a panini press. No need to fiddle with multiple pots and pans – this clever small electrical appliance will do all the work and deliver a healthier meal in the process since you won’t even need oil or butter!

Panini sandwich makers are also the perfect solution if the use of charcoal or propane grills is not permitted on your premises.

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