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Sandwich press and jaffle maker reviews

We've tested 24 sandwich presses and jaffle makers in the CHOICE labs including models from Breville, Cuisinart, Sunbeam and more.
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Ham and cheese toastie in a sandwich press

We test 24 sandwich presses and jaffle makers, priced from $19 to $140. 

Our review will help you:

  • Decide what to buy to create delicious lunches and snacks
  • Compare the results of models tested
  • Compare the sandwich makers to find which ones are easiest to use.

Sandwich press or jaffle maker?

If you want to create café-style lunches in the comfort of your own home, you can’t go past adding a sandwich press or the trusty jaffle maker to your collection of kitchen appliances. Which one you buy depends on how much you’re going to use it and what kind of tasty snacks you’re more likely to create. 

A jaffle maker is useful if you like using sliced bread only as they don’t accommodate various breads. So if the classic cheese-and-tomato toastie is all you’re after, then a jaffle maker will do the job. 

If, however, you're after something more versatile and want to be more adventurous with breads like focaccia and ciabatta, then you’ll need a sandwich press. A two-slice sandwich press is plenty if you’re only cooking for one, but for anything more a four-slice press is the way to go. 

Cooking tip

Take care when using thicker breads to make sure your filling reaches the safe temperature zone of at least 60°C.

For more information on Benchtop appliances, see Kitchen.

Models tested

Two-slice sandwich presses

  • Belle Stainless Steel Sandwich Press SP2 (A)
  • Breville the Toast & Melt 2 Slice Sandwich Press BSG520
  • Breville the Toast & Melt BSG220 #
  • Heller 2 Slice Sandwich Press SP030 #
  • Homemaker 2 Slice Sandwich Press LW-010D
  • Kambrook Profile Compact Sandwich Press KSG220
  • Target Modern Living 2 Slice Sandwich Press TARSP30 #
  • Sunbeam Compact Café Press GR8250B
  • Sunbeam Compact Café Grill GR8210 # 

Four-slice sandwich presses

  • Abode 4 Slice Sandwich Press LW018 (A)
  • Breville the Toast & Melt 4 Slice Sandwich Press BSG540
  • Heller 4 Slice Sandwich Press SP031 #
  • Homemaker 4 Slice Sandwich Press LW-8530 #
  • Kambrook Profile 4 Slice Sandwich Press KSG440 #
  • Modern Living Sandwich Press LW-031
  • Ronson 4 Slice Sandwich Press RSG400 (A)
  • Russell Hobbs Sandwich Press RHSP801
  • Russell Hobbs Reflections Panini Press 10814 (A)
  • Sunbeam Café Press GR8450
  • Tiffany SP4 (A)

Jaffle makers

  • Breville the Big One BTS100 #
  • Breville the Original Seal & Cut BTS200 #
  • Cuisinart Sandwich Grill WM-SW2A #
  • Tiffany 2 Slice Sandwich Maker SM56 #

# Newly tested models.
(A) Discontinued.

How we test

Performance Our tester, Peter Horvath, tests sandwich presses and jaffle makers by making an old favourite – the cheese and tomato sandwich. This test assesses how well they fit regular-sized bread, whether the cheese melts or the tomato turns soggy. We also assess how well the bread is toasted (colour and evenness of browning).

Ease of use Our tester assesses how easy the sandwich presses are to clean, inside and out. He also assesses their versatility – are the plates large enough to hold various types of bread? How easy are they to load?

Extra tests We also conduct extra tests to see how well the sandwich presses handle various types of bread and fillings. We test with thicker-sliced focaccia (filled with pesto, grilled capsicum and eggplant, semi-dried tomatoes and bocconcini cheese) and hard, crusty ciabatta (filled with smoked trout and cream cheese). These results are not included in the performance score and not carried out on the jaffle makers.

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