Best sandwich toaster: prepare perfect toasties in minutes

Pick up the best sandwich toaster for a quick, easy and totally delicious lunch time treat

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On the hunt for the best sandwich toaster? Luckily for you, we've tried and tested a batch – it was a hard job, but someone had to do it – and are here to share our findings. Whether you're after a melt in the mouth cheese toasties, a delicious chicken and pesto panini, or strawberries and cream waffles, our pick of the best sandwich toasters promise to get the job done.

Why is it important to buy the best one? Well, some sandwich makers can only toast bread, 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.

Jump to read our tips on how to buy the best sandwich toaster. Then, for more kitchen appliance recommendations head over to our appliances hub page.

What is the best sandwich toaster?

The best sandwich toaster you can buy is 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...

See the rest of our top picks, along with full products review, below. 

The best sandwich toasters

Best all-round sandwich toaster: Breville Deep Fill VST041 Sandwich Toaster

1. Breville Deep Fill VST041 Sandwich Toaster

Best all-round sandwich toaster: go mega with this deep fill sandwich toaster

Power: 850W
Features: Non-stick, removable plates, deep dishes
Reasons to buy
+ Don’t stinge out on fillings + 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. The Breville Deep Fill VST041, 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.

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Best grill-type sandwich toaster: Cuisinart 2-in-1 grill and sandwich maker

2. Cuisinart 2-in-1 grill and sandwich toaster

Best grill sandwich toaster: create naughty lunches and healthy dinners with this Cuisinart sandwich maker

Power: 1000W
Features: Sandwich plates, grill, easy to clean
Reasons to buy
+ Create healthy meals + Powerful wattage for efficient cooking 
Reasons to avoid
- A little pricey 

If fuss-free is your approach to life, you’ll love the two-in-one Cuisinart grill and sandwich maker. Stuff a sandwich with your favourite cheese at lunch, then go for something a little lighter on the stomach for dinner.

Cooking on a grill is renowned for reducing the amount of fat that is contained within a piece of meat. The fat drips out of the meat while it’s cooking, and collects in the grill rather than being transferred back to the meat as it would when roasting or pan frying.

You can easily change up the plates from grill to toastie maker and remove them for cleaning once you’re done with creating your meal. This is also the best sandwich maker for panini on our list as you can just slide them straight onto the plates and the weight of the plates will grill the panini evenly.

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

3. Sage SSG600BSS the Perfect Press Sandwich Maker

Best luxury sandwich toaster: 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, the sleek yet very substantial Sage SSG600BSS sandwich maker is the best of the best.

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.

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

4. Russell Hobbs Deep Fill 3in1 Sandwich Panini and Waffle Maker

Best multi-purpose sandwich toaster: 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 the Russell Hobbs Deep Fill 3in1 Sandwich 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.

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

5. Netta 2 Slice Panini Maker & Health Grill

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

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

6. 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 Compact 2-Portion Grill 23400, 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.

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Best sandwich toaster for snacks: Tefal Snack Collection Sandwich Maker

7. 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

Whether it's a toasting bursting with flavoursome ingredients or sweet waffles on Sunday morning, the versatile Tefal Snack Collection Sandwich Maker 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. 

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

8. 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

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!

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How to buy 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! 

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