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This review is from: Breville VST025 Sandwich Press, Stainless Steel (Kitchen & Home)
5 *'s because it is well made, flexible, quick to heat up and easy to clean.
I was originally going to pay twice as much for another make advertised in a recent Sunday colour supplement, until several of the Amazon reviews suggested problems with early wear of the non-stick plates.
This pannini - style toaster heats up fast and the non-segmented, non-stick upper and lower plates can take a variety of bread sizes/shapes.
The instructions are clear (pretty unusual for kitchen gadgets in my experience), and advise against the need to butter the outside of the bread as the non-stick plates give
a good browning - they do and I've just saved a zillion calories ...
Cautions: (1) outside plates get v. hot - so keep kids and pets away; (2) operating temperature is reached not when the green light goes on but when it goes OFF (bit odd!);
(3)it doesn't seal the sandwich (unlike traditional sandwich toasters)into a mouth-burning steaming pocket of pain, but obviously the contents are hot; (4) there is no timer, so you need to watch the cooking process and remove the sandwich when it looks done; (5)there is no on/off switch, so remember to unplug it from the mains after use - a red on-light, next to the green one, appears when it is in use. Very good value for money if it keeps going for several years ... and not too big a foot-print. Now, where's that curried goat and pak choi filling I made yesterday ...?