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Best sandwich toaster 2022: Create the perfect sandwich with the best toastie makers

Danielle Amato Kate Hilpern
14 Apr 2022

When you’re after an indulgent cheese toastie, these are the best sandwich toasters to buy

Sandwich toasters became a big hit back in the 1980s, but people soon started chucking them out with the rubbish once they realised the filling was likely to escape and stick on the soleplates forevermore. The good news is that today, the best sandwich makers are a different breed. These easy-to-use and easy-to-clean machines should see you through years of hot sandwich bliss.

Many modern sandwich toasters are highly versatile, doubling up as a grill or waffle maker. But with a few rogue appliances still sitting on the high-street shelves, how do you know which sandwich toaster to buy? And what’s the difference between all the good ones?

If you need answers to those questions, our handy buying guide will help you make the best purchase for your needs. Better still, we’ve tried, tested and rounded up all of our recommended machines below for you. So whether you prefer a chicken, mozzarella or bacon sarnie, we’ll ensure you get terrific toasties.

Best sandwich toaster: At a glance

How to choose the best sandwich toaster for you

What should I consider before buying my sandwich toaster?

How many sandwiches do you want to be able to make in one go? Do you mind what size they are? Some allow for much larger slices of bread than others, and indeed thicker breads such as sourdough or ciabatta. Do you want the sandwiches to be decadently deep-filled or are you happy with thinner ones?

Are you always in a hurry and would therefore prefer one that heats up extra quickly? Do you want it to be more than a sandwich maker – a grill, perhaps, or even to make pancakes and pies? How much space do you have to store your appliance?

What features should my sandwich toaster have?

Whatever type you go for, there are a few essentials to tick off. All sandwich toasters should seal the sandwich well. The non-stick surface should be efficient, and there should be even browning across the sandwich.

Some of the best sandwich toasters have interchangeable plates so you can make a variety of delicious treats with just one machine. These could be cake pop plates, waffle plates or flat plates for paninis and pancakes.

How easy are they to clean?

Nobody wants to get their sandwich maker out of the cupboard only to have to scrape bits of crusty old cheese off the edges. Make sure you can wipe it clean or find plates that are removable and dishwasher-friendly.

How much do I need to spend?

Don’t assume you get what you pay for, as some of the models we tested for under £20 were superior to ones we tested at three times the price (which didn’t make this roundup). That’s not to say all toastie makers at the cheaper end of the scale are worth buying, though, so do your research before making your purchase. At the top end, sandwich makers can go for over £100, but we don’t think you should have to pay that, even for a robust and versatile machine. The most expensive in our roundup comes in at under £80.

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The best sandwich toasters to buy

1. Breville Deep Fill Toastie Maker (VST091): The best budget toastie maker

Price: £32 | Buy now from Amazon

If you’re looking for a two-person sandwich toaster that hits that sweet spot between price and features, this is it. Breville’s deep-fill toastie maker is not only affordable but incredibly simple to use. There isn’t even an on or off switch: simply plug it in and wait for the light to indicate it’s hot. Not only do the non-stick plates cut your toastie in half (most of the time), but they’re also fully removable and dishwasher-safe. There’s no option to set time or temperature, but at this price that’s to be expected.

Making toasties in it is incredibly easy, and step-by-step instructions are provided to ensure you don’t overfill or burn your sandwich. As long as you’re careful, you shouldn’t have issues with leaking or tearing. Our only qualm is that its deep-fill credentials might be pushing it a bit, depending on your own idea of deep. While you can fit two slices of cheese and a couple of cherry tomatoes onto the bread without leakage, the plates aren’t the deepest we’ve seen. If you’re looking to make a panini or use thicker bread, you’re better off with a more expensive machine such as the Cuisinart on this list. As far as budget toastie makers go, though, this is the best we’ve found.

Key specs – Model number: VST091; Dimensions: 24 x 9.6 x 23.5cm; Plates removable? Yes; Warranty: Not stated

Buy now from Amazon

2. Cuisinart GRSM1U Sandwich Maker: The best toastie maker under £100

Price: £79 | Buy now from Amazon

Cuisinart might not be the biggest name in UK kitchen appliances (it’s an American brand), but that doesn’t mean you should pass its products by. The removable non-stick plates feel solid and are deep enough to accommodate thicker breads such as focaccia and farmhouse loaves, while a cut-and-seal system means you get two neat triangles.

Browning can be controlled thanks to the adjustable temperature feature and a green light indicates when the plates are hot enough to use. Better still, you can bung the plates in the dishwasher afterwards, so there’s no messy cleaning up to deal with. One issue we found was that because the plates are so deep, when using thinner bread fillings had a tendency to leak out.

Key specs – Model number: GRSM1U; Dimensions: 28 x 24 x 11cm (WDH); Plates removable? Yes; Warranty: 1 year

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3. Cookworks 4 Portion Sandwich Toaster: The best toastie maker for families

Price: £39 | Buy now from Argos

If you have a lot of mouths to feed, this will do you proud, producing four sandwiches at a time – although it’s better for families than, say, shared student houses as the sarnies aren’t all that big. This means cutting off the crusts from larger loaves, although we found the smaller pre-sliced ones are a perfect fit.

On our tick list were quick heat-up time, efficient non-stick coating, no spillage, even browning and ease of storage. However, we were less impressed with the non-removable plates (which makes cleaning a bit trickier), and it won’t pack a very deep sandwich.

Key specs – Model number: N/A; Dimensions: Not given; Plates removable? No; Warranty: 1 year

Buy now from Argos

4. Tefal Snack Time: The best sandwich toaster for versatility

Price: £71 | Buy now from Amazon

Here’s another multipurpose machine – the most versatile of the lot. You get two sets of plates included – one for toasties, one for waffles – and once you get the hang of those, the world’s your oyster as there are a whopping 16 extra plates (about £15 each) you can buy separately for the likes of bagels, biscuits, pies, pancakes, doughnuts and more. Fear not about storage challenges, as there’s a handy case for them.

Sandwiches are on the thinner side, but with a great golden hue this gets extra brownie points for being particularly non-stick, compact and, unlike many other machines, there’s an on/off switch for those who prefer keeping it plugged in at the wall.

Key specs – Model number: SW341B; Dimensions: 33 x 28 x 17cm; Plates removable? Yes; Warranty: Not stated

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