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A sandwich maker is one of those types of appliances that you don’t really realize how useful it is until you get one!

If you’ve found yourself here because you’re wondering whether or not you should buy a sandwich maker and you’re looking for the best one, well I have news for you. I’m going to share with you the best sandwich makers and hopefully convince you to buy one!

Here at Kitchen Appliance Lab, we have looked through some of the best sandwich makers on the market and are now sharing with you some of our favorites.

Sure, sandwich makers are not a necessary kitchen appliance. We could probably all agree with that. It’s not like a stove, an oven, a refrigerator, or a dishwasher.

However, sandwich makers are great to have kitchen appliances! They’re like waffle makers, toasters, countertop ovens, and coffee pots (ok, maybe a coffee pot is a must have).

But you understand what I’m saying. They’re not necessary but great to have. Especially considering everything you can do with sandwich makers nowadays.

They also come with various features, in different sizes, and most of the time, they’re really affordable.

Top 10 Best Sandwich Makers 

Hamilton Beach Panini Press

The Hamilton Beach Panini Press Grill is the epitome of the best buy sandwich maker for your money. This isn’t just a sandwich maker, it’s a press grill and it’s our number one pick.

This appliance will do a great job and is easy on your pockets!

It features a floating lid to ensure that you can take on any size sandwich. It has a special nonstick coating on both grill sides, which makes cleaning up super easy. It’s as easy as just wiping it down with a moist paper towel.

This Hamilton Beach is not only affordable and of high quality, but it also looks good!

It has a chrome on black style that will no doubt look good in your kitchen.

Elite Cuisine Maxi-Matic Panini Press

This electric panini press is a high quality kitchen appliance and one of the best sandwich makers on the market.

It features indicator lights that let you know when the power is on and another when it’s pre-heating and then when it’s ready to heat up your sandwich.

One really great feature that this Elite Cuisine has is its ability to turn into a griddle.

Basically, the lid flips back and turns into a griddle, allowing you to cook whatever you want.

So really, this just isn’t a sandwich maker, it’s a full-fledged indoor grill.

Indoor grills get messy, right?

Well, this Elite Cuisine Panin Press also features a grease tray that easy to remove because it just slides right out. This makes it super easy to clean.

It’s heavy-duty and can be used without feeling like it’s falling apart, its’ sturdy.

It also has adjustable that allow you to tilt the press wherever necessary in order to make sure the grease falls into the drip tray.

Overall, this is a durable sandwich maker that will get the job done!

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Notice that this is the second Hamilton Beach Sandwich Maker that we feature on this list.

Do you know why? Because Hamilton Beach makes high-quality kitchen appliances that last forever and do what they’re supposed to do!

This Hamilton Beach makes it easy to create a great breakfast sandwich.

All you have to do is put together all of the ingredients in their holders, and press them together while hot.

In just a few minutes you’ll have a hot sandwich ready to go.

Chef Buddy Sandwich Maker

This sandwich maker isn’t just a typical panini grill, it’s also a griddle.

That means that you can make your sandwich and then grill up some sausage or a hamburger to go along with your sandwich!

Each side of the Chef Buddy measures 9.5 inches by 9.5 inches, that’s a pretty big grill area that you’ll have on your kitchen countertop.

It has a nonstick surface, two drip tray grease catchers, and comes with a cleaning utensil.

It also has nine different levels of heat, which will help you choose the heat you’ll need according to what you’re going to cook.

This means that you can make a grilled cheese sandwich, or turn up the heat and grill some steak! The choice is yours with this sandwich maker.

The Chef Buddy also has indicator lights that will alert you to when the appliance is on and ready to go.

Overall, this is a great appliance and the fact that you can change up the grill heat to do other things on it makes it even better.

Oster DuraCeramic Panini Maker and Grill

No list of best kitchen appliances is complete without an Oster appliance on it.

Oster makes great kitchen appliances that are easy to use and affordable.

This sandwich maker is proof of that!

Not only is this a sandwich maker or panini grill, but it also doubles as a regular indoor grill.

In it, Oster uses its proprietary nonstick surface called DuraCeramic.

DuraCeramic is a titanium infused ceramic type of nonstick surface that is highly durable, efficient, and best of all – it’s a non-Teflon surface.

This special surface lasts 8 times longer than Teflon, cleans much easier, won’t flake or peel, heats up quicker, and cooks more evenly that other nonstick surfaces.

DuraCeramic is a favorite feature among Oster users. We also like that they use it in their waffle makers, indoor grills, and many other kitchen appliances.

This Oster Panini Press also comes with a drip tray, adjustable rubber feet, a cleaning tool, and like some of the others, the lid flips back and opens flat for when you’re ready to grill.

Sunbeam Panini Maker

This Sunbeam Sandwich Maker is a great multi-use kitchen appliance for those who want a little bit more utility from their appliances.

Like some of the others reviewed here, it can grill up sandwiches and can also grill up other foods, too.

This Panini Maker is easy to use. All you have to do is plug it in and turn it on.

It has indicator lights that will let you know your sandwich maker is fully preheated and ready to cook.

It has a special nonstick surface that ensures easy cleanup and a floating lid that allows you to heat up sandwiches of all sizes.

This appliance has a lid that folds back flat to make for easy grilling.

It’s also compact and doesn’t weigh much coming in a just over 2 pounds. That means it’s easy to move around and easy to store.

IMUSA Electric Panini Press

This iMusa Panini Press has recently become pretty popular due to it’s affordability and how easy it is to use.

It has a nonstick surface, a floating lid, indicator lights, and comes through with a power rating of 1400 watts.

The iMusa has a pretty big cooking surface of 12 inches by 10 inches, which means that you can heat up numerous food items at a time.

Not only is it a great machine, but it’s also a beautiful machine. It’s black and brushed stainless steel. So it’ll look sleek on your kitchen counter.

Breville Duo Nonstick Panini Press

Have you ever heard of Breville?

Breville is a top of the line kitchen appliance manufacturer.

This Breville Duo Nonstick Panini Press is a beast of a sandwich maker. It has a 1500W power rating, which means it heats up super quick and stays hot as long as you need it to.

It has an adjustable floating lid that allows you to heat up all sizes of sandwiches.

This Breville also features a nonstick surface and even though it folds flat, it still has ribbed plates which means your sandwiches will have the ribbed char marks on them.

It has on and ready indicator lights, nonslip rubber feet, and a brushed stainless steel housing.

This sandwich maker also comes with a 1 year warranty, but you probably won’t need it because it’s a Breville!

Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler

Cuisinart makes some of my all time favorite kitchen appliances. From egg makers, waffle makers, to bread machines, and countertop ovens, you really can’t go wrong with a Cuisinart.

The Cuisinart 5 in 1 Griddler is no exception.

This kitchen appliance is load with features that will allow you to grill up pretty much anything.

Not only sandwiches but any other type of food that you can think of.

It has a brushed stainless steel house, a floating cover to adjust to various levels of thickness in your food, and the ability to adjust heat levels for each plate.

This means that you can warm up bread in one plate while cooking bacon in the other!

Another great feature is that it’s nonstick plates are removable and dishwasher safe. Not to mention that it comes with two sets of plates, ribbed and flat.

Finally, this Cuisinart comes with a cleaner and a recipe book.

Cuisinart Elite Griddler

This Cuisinart is a little different than the one above.

This comes with everything the one above comes with except it’s bigger, can heat up faster, and can heat up hotter.

This sandwich maker heats up to a crazy 500 degrees! That’s as much as my air fryer. It’s definitely enough heat to handle whatever you’re cooking.

And again, the plates are removable, reversible, and dishwasher safe.

It also has a fancy LCD display that allows you to control all of your cooking with ease.

This Cuisinart is a top of the line sandwich maker and one you can’t go wrong with.

Buying Guide 

Size

One of the most important aspects of a sandwich maker is how big it is. It’s important because it’s size will determine how fast you’re able to cook the food that you need to.

If you usually just make sandwiches for yourself, then any of them will do.

However, if you’re making sandwiches for your entire family, then you need one of the larger appliances.

Size also matters when you’re looking at where to store the appliance. Smaller appliances are easier to put away and store.

Cleanup

Of course, you want your appliance to be as easy to clean as possible. Nonstick cooking plates allow you to cook without having a complete mess to cleanup after.

If you’re grilling sandwiches, you may not have much of a mess to cleanup. However, if you’re grilling meat or if your sandwich has cheese in it, you’re in for it!

You’ll need nonstick plates and a drip tray to catch excess grease. Having these two things is important to clean up properly and when it comes ot maintaining your sandwich maker.

Floating Lid/Handle 

One of the most important aspects of a sandwich maker is actually its lid.

A sandwich maker with a floating lid and handle allows you to press your sandwiches no matter what size they are.

Buying a sandwich maker with high quality handle also allows you to properly cook your food without worrying about burning your hands!

Price

So wich sandwich maker is the right one for you? this is easy to answer.

It’s the best one that you can afford!

We reviewed sandwich makers that range wildly in price.

Choose one that’s right for you!

Final Word 

Sandwich makers are great appliances to have. They’re not essential, but they can certainly make life easier, and more delicious!

You can choose a sandwich maker that not only makes sandwiches but one that can make a whole host of other foods.

Let us know which sandwich maker you chose and why.

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