Hamilton Beach 25450 Gourmet Panini Press

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$38.98

This 750Watts Panini press can do only one thing but is doing it well. It makes great Paninis and sandwiches from all type. It is small and compact, easy to storage. It has non-stick grill plates and adjustable lid to press accommodate sandwiches no matter how thick they are. Other features are the power on and ready to cook lights that will help you not to make any mistake while cooking.


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This Panini press is cheap but you can do only sandwiches with it and if we compare the size with other contact grill- for example some of Cuisinart products- then you see that this one is not smaller at all.

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Another con of that Hamilton Beach sandwich maker is the surface of the grill plates. There are some reviews over internet that it starts to fall after a year or two of using it. However I have no problem with it and this may be just the competition spreading rumors.

Another disadvantage is that you have to plug-unplug everytime you want to use it. There’s no power off button but there’s the same issue with Cuisniart Panini Press, so I don’t really think that this is a disadvantage because all products in this class have it.

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And last the real disadvantage is the power- only 750 Watts. Therefore, if you make a very thick Panini then the content in the middle may not be heated properly, but that is only if you do really thick sandwich. I had the problem only once but anyway the Panini was so big that it was actually difficult to eat it.

 

Cuisinart GR-35 Griddler Compact

$69.95

This Griddler offers variety of cooking possibilities in just one product. Thanks to its reversible, removable non-sticky plates it can be used in five different ways- full grill, full griddle, Panini press, contact grill and half-griddle/half-grill. Thus you can cook various types of food and recipes. If you think about it- this Griddler enables you to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner only using this kitchen appliance. Moreover, the food will be healthy as there’s no fried or supplementary grease /oil used.


Cuisinart GR-35 Griddler Compact Panini press
Cuisinart GR-35 Griddler Compact Panini press

 

Everyone who has tried this compact Griddler gives a review that it makes great Panini- perfectly toasted and the content nicely warm.
It’s multi-purpose enables you to cook burgers, steak, quesadillas, eggs, pancakes and many more. It’s quite simple to cook on it, all you have to do is turn on and adjust the temperature though the temperature control feature. If you are cooking with both plates with one of the top then you should adjust the hinge too, but this is also quite easy.

Cuisinart GR-35 Griddler Compact Panini press
Cuisinart GR-35 Griddler Compact Panini press

As with all other grills from this type the cleaning is very easy, moreover this Griddler has removable plates that are safe to be put in dishwasher.


This Cuisniart grill comes along with gourmet recipes, you will learn how to cook great Panini sandwiches and all other kind of easy but delicious meals. Furthermore, there’s also a scrapper to clean after non-grease cooking and a dip tray to collect the grease when you prepare meat.

Cuisinart GR-35 Griddler Compact Panini press
Cuisinart GR-35 Griddler Compact Panini press

The whole Griddle from outside is stainless-steel, except the handle. This makes it to look good and solid, and indeed it is.

The downside of this compact grill is that you can’t control independently the temperature of both plates, so no matter if you use both or just one of the plates, both of them will be heated equally. That is also a little con if you are cooking different type of food on each plate. If you do want this option then you should get the Griddler 5-in-1.

Cuisinart GR-35 Griddler Compact Panini press
Cuisinart GR-35 Griddler Compact Panini press

This grill is perfect for non-large families as you can’t put ten steaks on same time. Also if your kitchen is very small then this is not option but then neither of the grills in this class would be. It requires very little space to cook on it and it could be stored outside of the kitchen, wherever you have place.

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Cuisinart Countertop Grill

$99.95

This is the smaller brother of Cuisinart GR-4 Griddler 5-in-1. But if you really need just a Panini press then this is a better option for you. The 3 purposes of this Griddler are open grill, contact grill and Panini maker. As you can guess the plates are made from non-stickiness material. They are easy to be cleaned. Another advantage is that the plates are removable so the grease cleaning is not an issue. If you make just sandwich or a burger then you may just use the cleaning scrapper that company provides for free when you buy the product.

Cuisinart GR-3 Griddler Jr 3-in-1 Nonstick Countertop Grill
Cuisinart GR-3 Griddler Jr 3-in-1 Nonstick Countertop Grill

This grill is 1200 Watts, while the senior brother from Cuisinart has power of 1500 Watts. The less the watts of indoor electric grill the more likely the meat will taste as steamed one and not like one cooked on outside barbeque. But keep in mind 1200 Watts are enough in my opinion as for example Hamilton Beach indoor grill is just 750 Watts and still cooks well. Most of the Chinese inexpensive electric grills are around 500 Watts and people still use them successfully, although the taste is not as a good.


Apart from the great Panini this Griddler makes, it also excites with nice burgers and cooks well all kind of vegetables and steaks, also chicken and beef quesadillas. The temperature control feature allows cooking variety of products successfully. As the surface of the grills is non-sticky you can hardly do any mistake with the cooking. If you are not sure how to prepare something then just put a middle temperature and cook it longer, that will assure the content in the middle will also be prepared properly.

Other benefits of this product are the compact size and the adjustable hinge, which allows you to press the food exactly from the top no matter how thick it is. I really recommend this product if you have a small kitchen and you don’t need a Griddler that cooks pancakes eggs and bacon too. If you do want to cook such things then check the other Griddlers.


Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler

 

$84.99

This Cuisinart grill is an upper class compared to GR-1 Gridller or the traditional Breville Panini press. The main difference with them is the multi-purpose. This grill is advertised to be equally good for five different types of cooking. It can serve as Panini press, contact grill, full grill, full griddle and half grill/half griddle.

Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler makes great Paninis
Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler makes great Paninis

All this is possible due to its nonstick removable plates that can be used from both sides. One of the side of the plate is rubbed and the other flat. This enables you to choose the best combination according to what you want to cook. This Griddler enables you to use the flat bottom and rubbed top plate combination to make the authenticate Panini sandwich. Moreover, the adjustable hinge allows you to press whatever you are cooking exactly from the top.

Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler
Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler

Other benefits of this grill are the adjustable temperature for both plates and the option to choose which of them how much heat to produce. In practice, it means that you may turn on just one of the plates. They are very good quality, made to be nonstick and completely suitable to wash machine. To prove the quality Cuisinart is giving 3 year full warranty.

Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler 3
Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler 3

You should know that you may not wash the plates after every use as you are also receiving a scrapper with this product which is just fine to clean after making Panini or pancakes. However if you cook some meat there will be grease over them, then it is quite convenient to wash them properly.

Cuisinart Griddler
Cuisinart Griddler

Here are the main purpose and some specifications of the Cuisinart 5 in 1 grill.

Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler specifications
Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler specifications

The contact grill is perfect to cook boneless meat, for example burgers. It is also suitable for all kind of vegetables. If the thickness of the food you put on the grill is consistent you can save some time and cover it with the second plate. Just make sure that you have adjusted the hinge well enough and you will be surprised by the outcome, as I was the first time I used it.

The Panini sandwiches are also easy to cook and they are perfectly toasted if you follow the simple instructions. Just make sure that if you put more than one Panini the thickness is roughly equal. With the movable hinge you can adjust whether you want to put some pressure on the top to toasted more on not. It is recommended that you use the flat plate at the bottom, as this was the traditional way. At the top you can choose whatever you prefer- the ribbed plate that will leave a nice grill marks on the bread, or the flat one that will warm the content better.


The full grill option refers to the combination of two rubbed plates, however the food won’t be cover as both of them will be used as grill. This means you will need to turn around the food in order to cook it equally from both sides. The benefits are that you may use 200 square inches of plate that way. The full grill is perfect to cook fish, vegetables, steak and more. It is not a good idea to cook any chicken with bone.

To use the full griddle combination just open the Cuisnart Griddler and use two flat plates. This is perfect to cook eggs, bacon and other meats for breakfast, pancakes and so on. The adjustable temperature option for both plates enables you to cook different type of food on different temperature on same time, using different plate for each type- and that is a huge benefit.

The last purpose of this Griddler is to use the half griddle/half grill. This allows you to cook very different type of food on same type. For example on the rubbed surface you can put fish or vegetables and on the other one some eggs or pancakes to make the dessert. As you can notice this saves a lot of time and makes cooking much easier task.
At last I shall also say that if you get Cuisinart waffle plates than this products gains one more purpose and yes, it really does make a good waffles- perfectly toasted.

 


Without any doubt this products is perfect supplement to every kitchen. The result is always delicious food and it makes your life easier with the fast cleaning and easy cooking. It is a little bit more expensive but it totally worth the price as you will use it much more than any other Panini press.

Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press

 

$49.95

This is a last generation Panini press and sandwich maker. Moreover, due to its non-sticky grill surface it is also suitable to be used as grill. You can make sandwiches, paninis, pork chops and more. It’s all about your imagination as you can’t make a mistake with it- its nonstick, no removable grill plates are very easy to clean so you have nothing to worry about. What’s more the “Power on” and “Ready to cook” signals, as well as the temperature set are making every cooking an easy task.

Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini Press
Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini Press

This Panini Press worth the money as it has a floating hinge that can adjust in order to press the sandwich exactly from the top. The result is a perfect traditional Italian Panini, with roasted bread from both sides and warm content, not baked in the middle. As you can guess all this makes Cuisinart a perfect way to make a French sandwich with variety of cheese in the middle, as even if they melt and get to the grill plates the cleaning is not an issue.

Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press and Cleaning tool
Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press and Cleaning tool

The main advantage of this Panini maker is its functionality. You can easily put a whole hoagie roll inside, or any type of bread and the results is good. Want to try to grill some meat? Don’t worry and do it. The taste is great and you can’t do something wrong as the plates are not movable. At the end you should wait the grill to cool off and then with the cleaning kit it won’t take you more than 2 minutes to clean the mess of the grease.

If you are concerned about the space at your kitchen- don’t be. The sizes are 13X5X10 inches, not much at all. Just to compare it is much smaller than a microwave.

Cuisinart Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press
Cuisinart Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press

At last- the Cuisinart Griddler Sandwich maker is coming with a cleaning tool, instruction book and a recipe book (which I believe you will never need as it is all about your imagination what to put between the two slices of bread). The Cuisinart Griddle is also coming with a 3 years full warranty.

Sandwich by Cuisinart Griddle Panini Press
Sandwich by Cuisinart Griddle Panini Press

If you read the reviews for other similar products you will find out that this one is very good for its price and the quality is really a top one.

Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press manual and recipes

Breville Nonstick Panini Press

$49.96

 

The Breville brand is the first one to offer a kitchen appliance that allows making a traditional Italian Panini at home so easily. The Breville BSG520XL Panini Duo 1500-Watt Nonstick Panini Press is the best the company offers at this class at the moment. It distinct with the 1500 Watt power, which enables the grill plates to heat very fast and make a perfect sandwich every time.

Breville BSG520XL Panini Duo 1500-Watt Nonstick Panini Press
Breville BSG520XL Panini Duo 1500-Watt Nonstick Panini Press

This Panini maker has 2 grills, the bottom one is flat and the top one is rubbed. Breville believes this combination will deliver the best taste, moreover, this is how the traditional Panini were made- flat surface at the bottom, rubbed above. Moreover these types of plates give the advantage to better warm the middle, the content of the sandwich, that’s one of the biggest differences between Breville and Cuisinart.

The best panini press- Breville BSG520XL Panini Duo 1500-Watt Nonstick Panini Press
The best panini press- Breville BSG520XL Panini Duo 1500-Watt Nonstick Panini Press

The grill plates of this Breville Panini maker are top quality- stickiness Quantanium cooking surface that guarantees easy cleaning no matter what. Furthermore, its hinge has 4 heights so you can make as big sandwiches as you want and it won’t be a problem for this Breville to press them the right way.

This tool is designed, especially for Panini and you will be surprised by the results. On other side, if you are looking for a grill that will serve you good enough for different purposes then maybe it’s better to look at some of the Griddle ones. However if you want great taste of your Panini don’t think twice- this is the right option for you.

How compact is Breville BSG520XL Panini Duo 1500-Watt Nonstick Panini Press
How compact is Breville BSG520XL Panini Duo 1500-Watt Nonstick Panini Press

Of course, I have tried to cook some other things and all of them have been great. For example pancakes, eggs, ham, grilled burritos, French toasts and so on. Also try to make a wrap sandwich- the result is amazing. Because of the bottom flat plate the ingredients of the tortilla wrap are nicely warm and the tortilla itself is perfectly toasted.

Breville Panini Press makes pancakes
Breville Panini Press makes pancakes

Another great advantage of this product is the small size, however it is enough large to put 2 big Paninis on same time. The quality is very good and the materials used are the best, the press itself looks very solid and I like it. However there are few things that I would like to be improved in the next iteration of Breville:

  1. There should be power-off button. It is not OK every time to plug and unplugged it when you want to make a Panini (I know I am lazy).
  2. Some of Cuisinart more expensive models have removable plates and that makes them so great. You need a proper wash of the plates by time to time, you can’t always just brush them after use (at least I think so).
  3. The last issue is that I would like to have a temperature adjustment. For sandwiches it is perfect, but when I make pancakes I need a little bit lower. However as I said this grill is not created for multi purposes and it is logical not to have this option.

 

 

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