Best sandwich toaster: 7 of the best toastie makers for lunch time

Make delicious toasties with the best sandwich toasters from Breville, Sage and Russell Hobbs

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best sandwich toaster - VonShef Sandwich maker
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Like toasted sandwiches? Us too. And we're not alone since the latest TikTok wrap hack trend has seen sales of the best sandwich toaster (aka toastie maker) soar, with online electricals retailer (for one) reporting a rise of 527 per cent in purchases of sandwich makers. Those living in Greater London were the biggest lovers of a new toastie maker, with a huge 1,605 per cent rise in purchases, followed by West Yorkshire (1,164 per cent) and Merseyside (1,073 per cent).

Whether you're after a melt in the mouth cheese toasties, a delicious chicken and pesto panini, or strawberries and cream waffles, you need to get your hands on one of these popular small kitchen appliances for snacks and lunch time. We've found that some sandwich makers can only toast bread, for which you could just opt for the best toaster, while others come with plates for waffles, an area to cook meat and more – not to mention that some have deep plates for toasting bagels and thick slices of bread – so if your serious about making a serious toastie, there's plenty to consider before choosing which filling you want.

Keep scrolling for our top seven sandwich toaster buys and read our tips on how to buy the best sandwich toaster, if you need. Want a warm brew to go with your toastie? We get it: check out our best kettles guide for our top stove-top and electric kettle options. 

The best sandwich toaster 2021: our seven top buys

best sandwich toaster: Breville Deep Fill VST041 Sandwich Toaster

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1. Breville Deep Fill VST041 Sandwich Toaster

The best sandwich toaster: go mega with this deep fill sandwich toaster

Power: 850W
Features: Non-stick, removable plates, deep dishes
Reasons to buy
+Don’t be shy with the fillings +Holds lots of filling+Easy clean 
Reasons to avoid
-Sandwich-only design

The first specification to look out for when shopping around for sandwich toasters is how it handles its fill.  And this Breville sandwich toaster, for example, has the capacity to toast you one heck of a sandwich, or 4. 

With its deep fill plates allowing for maximum packing of ingredients, don’t be scared to cram in mounds of cheese, tomato, onion, ham, mushroom and anything else that takes your fancy. If the cheese happens to ooze out a little, the plates are removable, allowing for easy cleaning and a mega convenient lunch.

If we are talking about finding a truly decent sandwich maker, this machine does only this... and users reckon it does it really well. Our pick of the very best sandwich maker you can buy.

Best luxury sandwich maker: Sage SSG600BSS the Perfect Press Sandwich Maker

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2. Sage SSG600BSS the Perfect Press Sandwich Toaster

Best sandwich toaster for luxury: never eat a squashed sandwich again thanks to this luxury sandwich maker

Power: 1500W
Features: Non stick, adjustable height control
Reasons to buy
+Compact+Does't squash sandwich+Easy to clean+Powerful
Reasons to avoid

The best sandwich toaster for those who don't like to skimp on luxury, no matter what they're buying,  is this sleek yet very substantial sandwich toaster from Sage.

Thanks to the machine's adjustable height control, it's the only way to enjoy a light and fluffy toasted sandwich that's still crisp on the outside. It can be used for open melts, paninis, wraps and much more thanks to its flat bottom and top cooking plates, and it works fast thanks to the 1500W of power behind it.

Once used and cool, the machine can be easily washed as its plates are covered in PFOA-Free non-stick coating, and in terms of storage, it's compact so can be easily popped vertical in a cupboard away waiting for next use. The best sandwich maker for those after a cheese toastie with a slice of luxury, we think.

Best multi-purpose sandwich maker: Russell Hobbs Deep Fill 3in1 Sandwich Panini and Waffle Maker

3. Russell Hobbs Deep Fill 3-in-1 Sandwich Panini and Waffle Maker

Best sandwich toaster for multi-purpose use: all you could ever need in this nifty all in one machine

Power: 750W
Features: Three plates, deep fill, easy to clean
Reasons to buy
+ Cook up breakfast, lunch and dinner + Dishwasher safe plates 
Reasons to avoid
- Only one temperature setting 

When marmite on toast just won’t cut it, knock up some fluffy waffles with help from this versatile panini and waffle maker. With a recipe included, just make sure you’ve got eggs, milk, flour and your favourite topping to hand. Once done, remove the waffle plates, put them in the dishwasher and pop on the panini grill ready for lunch.

This machine isn’t the most expensive on our list yet certainly offers the most in terms of meal variety and ease of use. With that the case, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make this machine your best buy of the year.

If you like the idea of a toastie machine but you are not sure how often you will really use it for the purpose of making toasted sandwiches, the variety offered by this machine makes it excellent value for money, and one of our top picks of the best sandwich makers.

Best affordable sandwich toaster: Netta 2 Slice Panini Maker & Health Grill

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4. Netta 2 Slice Panini Maker & Health Grill

Best sandwich toaster for your money: a budget option for those after a versatile sandwich maker grill

Power: 1500W
Features: Easy clean, rigid surface, lid opens all the way
Reasons to buy
+Multi-purpose+High power
Reasons to avoid
-Plates don't come out

A good quality sandwich toaster that doesn't cost the earth, this toastie option from Netta can be used to cook everything from sandwiches to steaks.

Thanks to its versatility, the machine opens all the way to provide a larger cooking area, and its non-stick plates are rigid to help drive away fats for a healthier meal; it also includes a fat dripping tray. 

One of our favourite features is its hinged lid for controlling how thick you want your sandwich to be. The machine sits on suction-cupped feet to ensure it doesn't slip, and it has cord storage so it can fit in your cupboard with ease.

Best healthy sandwich maker: George Foreman Compact 2-Portion Grill 23400

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5. George Foreman Compact 2-Portion Grill 23400

Best healthy sandwich toaster: the solution to creating healthy meals

Power: 760W
Features: Non-stick grill, drip tray
Reasons to buy
+ Create healthy meals + Non-stick for easy cleaning 
Reasons to avoid
- Better as a grill than sandwich maker

Anyone who has grilled sausages or burgers, knows how much fat is hidden in meat. Cleaning the grill after an indulgent breakfast is a nightmare, even when you cleverly put a piece of tin foil in the bottom of the tray to catch the worst of the dripping. 

Now, with this George Foreman grill, you can visibly see how much fat siphons off your food as it cooks and you can clean the nonstick surface of the evidence easily after you’ve finished. Create quick meals for you and your partner; toasted panini's, grilled chicken, charred steak, all in a matter of minutes.

This machine isn't necessarily designed for creating toasties so be careful overfilling your toasted sandwich with cheese when using this device, it can be tricky to clean after, but for anyone wanting to grill chicken and then pop it into a panini and then back on the grill, this machine will definitely have you covered.

Best sandwich toaster for snacks: Tefal Snack Collection Sandwich Maker

6. Tefal Snack Collection Sandwich Maker

Best sandwich toaster for snacks: an all-in-one snack machine for those hunger pangs

Power: 700W
Features: Removable non stick plates
Reasons to buy
+16 plate sets to collect+Dishwasher safe
Reasons to avoid
-Can't get too much filling in it

Whether it's a toasting bursting with flavoursome ingredients or sweet waffles on Sunday morning, this sandwich toaster from Tefal is ideal for a whole host of snacks.

With 16 different plates to collect, there will never be a moment where you can't rustle up something tasty with Tefal. The ready light will indicate when it's time to add your ingredients and the plates are super easy to clean and maintain. Just pop them in the dishwasher when you're done. Easy. 

Best sandwich toaster for extra fillings: Salter XL Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster

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7. Salter XL Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster

Best sandwich maker for extra fillings: get that extra filling in with this large toastie machine

Power: 900W
Features: Non stick, temp control
Reasons to buy
+Cool touch handles+Compact design
Reasons to avoid
-Slight plasticy smell on first couple of uses, which soon goes away

If you want large, deep fill sandwiches without a really bulky machine, then this Salter model is the best sandwich maker for you.

The extra large plates are able to accommodate two sandwiches, and the non stick plates mean that any filling spilled will be easy to clean up and you can remove the sandwiches without any breakage.

With the temperature control you can determine just how toastie you like your bread, and melt cheese to perfection!

How to choose the best sandwich toaster

Basic or multi-functional?
While some do a grand job of creating a classic toasted sandwich, others are impressively multi-functional, allowing you to grill vegetables and fatty meats, cook up the perfect panini and even allow you to make waffles.

Size and design
Sandwich makers tend not to be the most attractive gadget to have out on your kitchen worktop, however, many are compact enough to fit into a cupboard when not in use. If looks are important for your kitchen, opting for brands such as George Foreman or Cuisinart will offer you slightly softer designs that do a great job of toasting sandwiches and looking good on the work surfaces, too. If your family loves a toastie or two, look for one with four plates to avoid waiting times!

There’s no point spending £50 on a sandwich maker that does it all when you dislike anything made from batter. Instead, spend half as much on a device that does just what you need it to – toast a good sandwich! 

What is the best sandwich toaster?

To recap...if you want to buy the best sandwich toaster (in our opinion) we wouldn't hesitate to buy the Breville Deep Fill VST041 Sandwich Toaster. Why? Well, it's affordable, easy to clean and it can toast deep sandwiches, which is great news if you have a tendency to over-pack your toasties – we definitely fall into that category...

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Jennifer Oksien
Jennifer Oksien

After returning to Future Publishing in February 2020, Jennifer has been working on our appliance and mattress content to showcase the best in class examples which are available to buy for your homes. When she is not scouring the web for deals or reviewing products for your pursuit, she can be found hanging out with our three guinea pigs in her Victorian terraced home which she has lovingly (patiently) been renovating with her husband over the past few years. Jennifer also likes tea and homemade cake, very much.