The Best Sandwich Presses, Toastie and Jaffle Makers in Australia

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Sandwich presses can be the best way to make cafe-style toasted sandwiches at home.

However, with so many varied options on the market, it’s easy to get confused about which products are great and which are duds.

Scroll down to see our hand-picked list of the best sandwich presses on the market today.

After our reviews, we list the key things you’ll want to watch out for when choosing one to ensure you don’t end up with a sub-quality product.


1. Breville The Toast & Melt Sandwich Press (Top Pick)


This sandwich press from Breville works like a charm. The plates are non-stick and the outer shell is stainless steel, so it’s easy to clean. It has a floating hinge and adjustable height control so you can make any size sandwich and the plate will remain level so it will cook evenly. 

Some people didn’t like that there was no on/off switch; you have to plug it in to turn it on. Some others felt that it could be a little faster when heating up. 

The unit is well constructed and will last a long time. If you want a cafe-style sandwich press then this is a great choice.



2. Sunbeam Compact Cafe Grill (Best Value)

This unit from Sunbeam is a sandwich maker and a compact grill in one. It makes great toasted sandwiches, but the size may be a little small if you plan to do a lot of grilling. It fits four standard sandwiches, so you can grill sausages or short rashers of bacon without a problem, but it won’t replace a barbeque. 

The top plate is ribbed, which helps to sear meat and puts nice lines on your sandwiches. Unfortunately, there is no height adjustment, so you cannot do open melts. 

This is a solid unit that can double as a small grill but is mainly a sandwich maker.



3. Breville The Classic Jaffle Maker


This is a great jaffle maker from Breville. It cooks evenly so there is no need to check it until the sandwich is done. The plates heat up fast, and clean up is easy as the shell is stainless steel and the plates are non-stick. 

The plates are also moulded so that the filling is sealed inside the sandwich. You can’t just use any sized bread and load it up with ingredients, you have to use standard-sized bread and measure the filling to ensure it won’t spill out during cooking. It makes two sandwiches at a time. 

This is a great little unit if you just want to make jaffles.


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4. Breville The Big One Toastie Maker


This Breville toastie maker works well and is quick to heat up. Like other jaffle irons, it only takes standard size bread, so you won’t be making a panini or a triple-decker toasted club sandwich, but it’s great for jaffles. 

The plates are moulded so that filling will be sealed inside the toasties, and they are non-stick so clean up is easy. Although it makes only two sandwiches at a time, it’s a pretty solid unit, so it will take up a permanent space on your counter-top; this is for people who eat a lot of toasties. 

If you want a dedicated jaffle iron, this one will last you a long time. 


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5. Sunbeam Cafe Contact Grill and Sandwich Press


This Sunbeam grill and sandwich press does exactly what it advertises; it cooks meat and sausages quickly, and it also toasts sandwiches perfectly. It is quite large for a home sandwich press, it can toast ten sandwiches at once, so for some people, it will be overkill. 

It is easy to clean with a stainless steel shell and non-stick plates. There is also a removable drip tray to catch the runoff from cooking meat. 

The height is fully adjustable, so you can do open melts or extra-large sandwiches, although some people have found that the mechanism seems a little flimsy. The temperature is fully adjustable, which makes it great for barbeque. 

Overall, this is a very good choice if you want to cook large amounts of food at once.



Sandwich Press and Jaffle Maker Buyers Guide


Function

Toasted sandwich makers come in different sizes and have various features. If you just want to make simple toasted sandwiches, then a jaffle iron is all you need. It takes standard size bread, and you can make toasted cheese sandwiches with various fillings. 

If you want to make toasted sandwiches like the ones you get from a cafe, then you will need a sandwich press. These do not have moulded plates like a jaffle iron, so they can be used with any size bread. They also have a floating hinge so the top plate will always remain level. This lets you toast sandwiches no matter how big they are. 

Size

Your toasted sandwich maker will take up space on your countertop. Choose one that won’t get in the way when you are cooking. 

Most Jaffle irons are big enough to make two sandwiches at a time. Cafe style sandwich presses will typically make four regular size sandwiches. If you usually make toasties with oddly shaped bread, then you will need a sandwich press, just be aware that it will take up more room.

Portability

If you are not going to use your sandwich maker often, then choose one that is lightweight and can be easily stored away. A jaffle iron can usually be stored under a bench or in a drawer. A sandwich press is usually heavier and more solid, so it will probably need its own dedicated space. 

Construction

Sandwich makers are usually made with a plastic shell or stainless steel. Plastic is easy to clean but won’t last as long. Stainless steel is sturdier but is usually on the more expensive units.