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This review is from: Breville VST025 Sandwich Press (Kitchen & Home)
I bought one of these machines for my step-son and his girlfriend as they had just moved into their first home. I wanted to buy them something I knew they'd use, but being in their early 20's who eat a lot of fast food I wanted equally to buy them something that would be relatively easy to use.
Having read the reviews I opted for this one for them. As I read the reviews a light switched on in my head. Hey I thought my partner and I would use this we love toasted sandwiches and paninis. So I bought 2 obviously one for us.
It is a fantastic machine! Really quick to heat up and easy to clean. However, let me give you a heads-up at this point. What's it like for sandwiches? Fine does just what is says. We've used it for sandwiches a couple of times but the thing that it is absolutely fantastic for is bacon it cooks almost as quickly as it takes to boil the kettle and butter the bread. We've even tried venison steaks we bought from Aldi I was unsure how to cook them in the first instance it said fry in a pan but didn't want to do that so I thought hey give it a go on this machine. They came out perfect as did a couple of sirloin steaks. Browned on the outside and perfectly cooked in the middle! Easy to clean, just wipe down. It's easier to clean whilst still warm, if it does go cold just switch it back on for a few seconds then wipe down.
Only thing I would say though is if you do meat on it put some kitchen paper under to make cleaning your work surface a doddle too. Remember, this machine isn't primarily for cooking meat but it does such a fantastic job I can't help using it more for that LOL. So some drips on the worksurface is my fault not the machines! It's easier to clean than a grill pan. I even did some mushrooms on there yesterday to go on bacon sandwich then got really brave and chucked an egg on it. It was fine I let it cook a bit then closed the lid, this did burst the egg but I wanted it for a sandwich anyway so wanted it to burst. It was perfect. One other thing I did the other day was some king prawns for on top of a paella it cooked them perfect and literally in a minute.
So for the money this is a brilliant addition to the kitchen, it folds up and locks then stands up between my microwave and husky so doesn't take any cupboard space up anyway. Remember though to only use plastic/wooden implements on it if you want to keep it pristine.
As for sandwiches I'll let you know what they are like when I get round to using it for it's true intention LOL.