Interest in the best sandwich toaster options (aka toastie makers) has soared over the last few years, with online electricals retailer AO.com 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 toastie, 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. Sandwich makers do all sorts – while some will just toast bread (for which you could just opt for the best toaster), 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 you're serious about toasties, there's plenty to consider before choosing which option 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.
What is the best sandwich toaster?
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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...
The best sandwich toaster 2022: our seven top buys
The first specification to look out for when shopping around for the best sandwich toasters is how it handles its fill. This Breville sandwich toaster, for example, has the capacity to toast you one heck of a sandwich, or four separate slices.
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... but users reckon it does it really well. Our pick for the very best sandwich toaster you can buy.
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. In terms of storage, it's compact so can be easily placed vertically into a cupboard. The best sandwich maker for those after a luxury end product, we think.
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 it certainly offers the most in terms of meal variety and ease of use.
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.
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.
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.
Whether it's a toastie 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 this Tefal option. 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.
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 toasty you like your bread, and melt cheese to perfection!
How to choose the best sandwich toaster
There are a few things to consider before you purchase, to ensure you make the right choice for you and your home:
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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. Decide whether you want/need your sandwich toaster to do all of these extras.
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 (or more) 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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