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Sandwich makers: buyers' guide

The sandwich maker was invented in the seventies by John O’Brian, who worked for Breville as a solution to the new dilemma facing families: women were increasingly entering work and looking for quicker ways to make food for the family.

Models that toasted bread over a fire or stove inspired early machines and John developed this idea into what we see today by inventing the modern day sandwich maker, with a design that seals the edges, preventing all the filling from spilling out the sides of the sandwich. The best sandwich makers also include features such as thermometer dials, lights, timers and deep fill trays.

If you’re looking to buy a new sandwich maker and would like a little guiding hand when it comes to selecting the best sandwich maker for your needs, have a look at our buying guide before heading over to our shopping pages where you’re guaranteed to find the best deals and offers and the best online prices for sandwich makers in the UK.

What is a sandwich maker?

Sandwich makers are an easy-to-use and quick way of creating hot sandwiches in only a few minutes. By placing a cold sandwich with the filling of your choice between two hot plates you can get a warm sandwich in a matter of minutes.

Sandwich makers work by generating heat between two sections that have an electrical resistance and heating the contents of the sandwich.

Sandwich makers vs. grills

  • A sandwich maker has specific compartments/trays for sandwiches and seals the edges so that no filling can escape. This is a good option if you’re space saving as it takes up almost no room at all and is great if you want a quick snack. If you have a large family or will be feeding lots of hungry mouths this may not be the best option for you as you’re often limited to only making a couple of sandwiches at a time.
  • A grill or Panini press produces a bigger sandwich and works by pressing the sandwich with two flat, hot plates to heat the contents. This type of sandwich maker is easy to clean and also allows you to heat multiple sandwiches, thicker breads and even other foods in the plates, such as burgers or chicken. A grill is usually more expensive but is more versatile. 

Features to consider when shopping for sandwich makers

  • Removable plates for ease of cleaning
  • Non-stick plates
  • Size – will you need to feed a whole family or just yourself? Sandwich makers come in a whole host of sizes, from cheap sandwich makers that hold one sandwich at a time to the more expensive models that can hold multiple deep-filled sandwiches.
  • A warning light or a timer will let you know when your toastie is ready to eat.

Other things to consider when buying a sandwich maker

  • Think about your cooking needs. Do you want a model that specifically heats sandwiches or would you like something a little more versatile that can also cook other foodstuffs?
  • Will you be cooking only for yourself or for lots of people?
  • How much space do you have? Grills tend to take up more room than specific sandwich makers.
  • Determine your budget and the features you want on your sandwich maker. 

Other ways of using your sandwich maker

Did you know that you could also use your sandwich maker to make the following?

  • Brownies
  • Waffles
  • Chicken
  • Burgers
  • Vegetables

What now?

Now that you’re up to speed with everything you need to know about investing in the best sandwich maker to suit you and your family’s needs, it’s time to start comparing prices and offers and checking our sandwich maker reviews.

Head over to our shopping pages and begin to compare deals from independent retailers in the UK. When you’ve found an offer that takes your fancy, click on the deal and you’ll be transferred to the website of your chosen retailer where you can simply click and buy – easy!