Best panini press 2021: our top 5 for toasted sandwiches

Buy the best panini press for perfectly toasted sandwiches and gourmet-style lunches, with our top 5 from Cuisinart, Breville, and more

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The best panini press will allow you to make gourmet-style toasted sandwiches from your own home. Whether you want a simple grilled cheese or an experimental sub, buying a panini press will allow you to work on your sandwich game. 

There's nothing like a good toasted sandwich – crisp on the outside and oozing in the middle, it's the perfect lunch. But finding a panini press maker that crisps up the outside of your sandwich, keeps the filling contained, and is easy to clean, can be tough. 

We've chosen our top five panini presses from Breville, Cuisinart, and more top brands to make your choice that little bit easier. You can pick up the best non-stick frying pan if you would prefer to toast your sandwich the old-fashioned way. 

Best panini press

Cuisinart GR-5B Series Griddler Five

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1. Cuisinart GR-5B Series Griddler Five

Best panini press overall

Specifications
Features: LCD display, adjustable heat dial
Temperature: 175-450 degrees
Reasons to buy
+Simple controls+Sleek grill design+Scraping tool included+Timer
Reasons to avoid
-Not the largest grilling area

The Cuisinart Electric Griddler has a lot going for it. At under $100, it packs in a lot of value for money. For a start, the grilling plates are removable, dishwasher safe, and even reversible. 

You can use this panini press as a grill, too. That's great for searing, and because you can adjust the temperature using the dial, it will make sure that your sandwich is cooked just the way you like it. 

There is also a timer that means you can leave your panini to press unattended. For bits of gunk and spilled cheese, you can use the scraper tool to get stuck in with cleaning. 

Hamilton Beach

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2. Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill

Best panini press for value

Specifications
Features: Easy clean, drip tray
Temperature: Up to 500°F
Reasons to buy
+Drip tray+Use it for more than paninis+Sear button for temperature surge
Reasons to avoid
-Grill plates aren't removable

The Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill is an incredible value panini press, with heat of up to 500°F and a quick ear button that boosts the temperature to add that crisp to your bread. 

This grill can also be used for steak and burgers, so it's a true all-rounder that's guaranteed to get regular use in your kitchen. The dishwasher-safe drip container also means it will pick up any overflow of cheese or meat juices for quick cleanup. 

It has a total grilling surface of 100 square inches, so there's more than enough space for your whole family to toast their sandwiches at once. 

Breville

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3. Breville BSG600BSS Panini Press

Best panini press for adjustability

Specifications
Features: Crush control, adjustable size, easy storage
Temperature: Up to 500°F
Reasons to buy
+Crush control+Easy to store+Use it open or closed
Reasons to avoid
-Grill plates aren't removable

Say goodbye to squashed sandwiches with the Breville BSG600BSS Panini Press. It's got a hinge that's designed to deliver just the right amount of weight to toast the exterior perfectly, without causing any spills. 

We like the idea of doing more than just paninis in the Breville BSG600BSS Panini Press. It can handle quesadillas, croissants, and even open sandwiches, thanks to the hinge that can lay entirely flat. 

You can store the Breville BSG600BSS Panini Press vertically, so it's guaranteed to slot easily into any kitchen. 

Black+Decker

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4. Black+Decker 3-in-1 Waffle Grill & Sandwich Maker

Best panini press for brunching

Specifications
Features: Waffle, grill, and sandwich inserts
Reasons to buy
+Makes more than just sandwiches+Very compact+Feasonably priced
Reasons to avoid
-Not for stuffed sandwiches

Make more than just paninis with the Black+Decker 3-in-1 Waffle Grill & Sandwich Maker. It's got three inserts for making toasted sandwiches with a sealed crust, paninis with classic grill lines, and even waffles.

The design is very lightweight and can be stored upright for convenience. Even the handle makes it very portable, and the cool-touch handles will make it easy to check on your panini. 

George Foreman

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5. George Foreman 4-Serving Removable Plate Grill and Panini Press

Best panini press for value

Specifications
Features: Sloped draining design, non-stick coating
Reasons to buy
+Enough space for four servings+Very good value+Adjustable hinge+Drip fat tray 
Reasons to avoid
-Only one temperature

George Foreman is known for making awesome indoor grills, and the George Foreman 4-Serving Removable Plate Grill and Panini Press does this and more. This panini press has a draining pot and a slant to remove juices, which is great for cooking more than just a panini. 

The plates are dishwasher-safe and easily removed. This panini press also has enough space to cater to four people. 

What is the best panini press? 

The Cuisinart GR-5B Series Griddler Five is our top pick of the best panini press for serious sandwich-lovers. If you want something more budget-friendly, take a look at the Black+Decker 3-in-1 Waffle Grill & Sandwich Maker

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie joined the Real Homes team in 2021 after working at TopTenReviews as a Staff Writer. She is constantly on the hunt for the latest (and best) kitchen appliances, and reviewing these products hands-on. As a baking enthusiast, Millie’s job at Real Homes is the perfect excuse to cook up an endless supply of snacks. When she’s not in the kitchen though, she loves knitting and exploring London's top food markets. 

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