How we test sandwich presses


Here's how we find the sandwich presses that are up to the task of making you a top cheese toastie.

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The press on sandwich presses


If you're after a cafe-style sandwich without the cafe price tag and without leaving the comforts of your home, a sandwich press could be what you're looking for. First you'll have to decide if you want a two- or four-sliced sandwich press or a more traditional jaffle maker. 

Our home economist has put all these types through their paces and here we'll tell you how we put them to the test. 

Our expert testers

Our home economist Fiona Mair is a whizz in the kitchen and knows a thing or two about operating any appliance you put in front of her. With 30 years of experience she's seen lots of new technology enter the kitchen space. She regularly tests ovens and cooktops as well as many other small kitchen appliances.

How we choose what we test

With so many available, what makes us choose one sandwich press to test over another? As with most of our product testing, our aim is to test the most popular models on the market and what you're most likely to see in the retailers.

We survey manufacturers to find out about their range of models, we check market sales information and we also check for any member requests to test specific models. From this information we put together a final list that goes to our buyers. They then head out to the retailers and buy each product, just as a normal consumer would. We do this so we can be sure they are the same as any consumer would find them and not 'tweaked' in any way.

How we test

Performance

Our home economist conducts three performance tests in each sandwich press to see how well they can handle various types of bread, cheese and moist fillings:

  • Cheese and tomato sandwich (with regular bread). Because this test is based on the Australian Standard AS 1907P-1976, we used these results for the toasting score (colour and evenness of browning) in our results table.
  • Thicker-sliced focaccia – filled with pesto, marinated eggplant, red capsicum, semi-dried tomatoes and bocconcini cheese.
  • Hard-crusted panini – filled with smoked salmon and cream cheese.

Ease of use

For ease of use we assess how easy the sandwich presses are to clean, inside and out. We also look at their versatility: are the plates large enough to hold various types of bread? How easy are they to load?

Test criteria explained

Overall score

The overall score is made up of:

  • Cooking performance (70%)
  • Ease of use (30%)

Our test lab

We maintain a kitchen lab that is up to date with the latest reference machines and calibrated measurement tools for our testers to bring you the right results.

Ready to buy?

Ready to buy a sandwich press? Take a look at our sandwich press reviews to find out which machines come out on top.


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