Best Sandwich Toaster 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

Breville introduced the world to the toasted sandwich (or toastie as it is affectionately referred to now) in the 1970s, and it caused a bit of a revolution.

The popularity of the toastie has only rapidly increased, along with the possibilities. Making them at home is easier than ever now thanks to dedicated appliances which get your bread crisp and the fillings melted.

Finding the best sandwich toaster for your needs will take a lot of investigative work, and you’ll have to think about portion sizes, how easy it is to clean and storage. We have done some of that work for you and found the best sandwich toastie makers available to buy online.

The Best Sandwich Toasters – Our Top Picks

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BREVILLE VST041 Deep Fill
  • Portions: 2
  • Power: 850 W
  • Removable Plates: Yes
  • Dimensions: 30 x 26.5 x 12.8 cm
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Sage The Perfect Press Sandwich Maker
  • Portions: 2
  • Power: 1500 W
  • Removable Plates: No
  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 30 x 31cm
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Breville VST026 Four Slice
  • Portions: 4
  • Power: 2000W
  • Removable Plates: No
  • Dimensions: 35 x 35.8 x 10.6 cm
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Best Toastie Makers

Sage The Perfect Press Sandwich Maker

While this is the most expensive on the list, Sage is well-known for it’s quality products and genius innovation, and this has all gone into this product.

It can make up to two portions at once, thanks to having a flat plate design. We loved the floating hinge design too, which opens wider than standard toastie machine rivals to accommodate thicker paninis or sandwiches yet still toast them to perfection.

Crush Control, which is unique to this model, applies the perfect pressure to your creation to prevent the whole thing being crushed flat or the filling being pushed out. You can adjust the height and toast thin crispy sandwiches, packed croissants and anything in between.

The latter is a good job, as the plates aren’t removable. But as they are flat, they are much easier to clean than dedicated portion plates which have lots of creases. So, you won’t have burnt cheese stuck there forever.

If you’re short on space, vertical storage is possible, so it should fit in that gap you have next to your saucepans in the cupboard.

Specifications

  • Portions: 2
  • Power: 1500 W
  • Removable Plates: No
  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 30 x 31cm

We like

  • No creases for escaped filling to fill
  • Comfortable to press down
  • Stows the cable away when being stored

We dislike

  • Price (worth every penny though)

Final Verdict

Pricier than alternatives, but miles ahead in terms of quality and ease of cleaning. Perfect if you’re deadly serious about your toastie craft

BREVILLE VST041 Deep Fill

The deepest toastie maker which Breville has made so far, which should have a lot of people sold alone. If you like to pack the bread full of fillings, it will be able to cope with layers upon layers.

A cut and seal system ensures you have no extra tasks to undertake when the sandwich is done. Lowering the lid will slice the bread rounds in half, and the edges will be sealed to reduce mess when you go to remove and eat it.

Each section is pretty roomy, so whether you like small slices of bread or big toastie loaves, they should fit with ease. Power-on and ready to use indicators keep you in control and ensure you don’t waste any precious time, and you also get a cool touch handle so that it is safe to open at all times.

Plates are removable, and dishwasher safe too in case you like the easy life. They are non-stick, so even if you love to pile your sandwich high with cheese, any which oozes out should be simple to remove once cooled. It can be stored upright, which will take up less room in your cupboard, too. For a small appliance which is on the larger side, this is very welcome indeed.

Specifications

  • Portions: 2
  • Power: 850 W
  • Removable Plates: Yes
  • Dimensions: 30 x 26.5 x 12.8 cm

We like

  • Great cooking ability
  • Deep fill to reduce mess
  • Cuts the sandwich cleanly when toasting

We dislike

  • Slow to heat

Final Verdict

Without a doubt, the best toasted sandwich maker we reviewed. No wonder it is the best selling and most popular model, too

Russell Hobbs 3-in-1 24540

More than just a toastie maker, this 3-in-1 can also make a whole host of tasty snacks. Extra cooking plates include a grill and waffle maker, so it is ideal if you’re stuck on space but love having all possible appliances to hand.

Quick release catches keep the chosen plates safe and secure, but they are also very easy to swap over without having to struggle to dislodge them.

The thermos handle is easy to grip and stays cool when in use so you can always check on the progress without having to wait for it all to get colder. Removable plates let you pop them in the dishwasher after use to reduce the amount of cleaning you have to do, and the surface is non-stick so there shouldn’t be too much mess to clear up anyway.

You can store it vertically, and it also happens to be one of the most compact two portion toastie makers we reviewed. The handle doesn’t stick out, making it all quite slimline, and it is relatively straight without any bulging feet or stands.

Specifications

  • Portions: 2
  • Power: 750W
  • Removable Plates: Yes
  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 25 x 23.2cm

We like

  • Great to store
  • Easy to swap plates
  • Non-stick works very well

We dislike

  • Waffles take a while to prepare (expected as this isn’t the primary function)

Final Verdict

Heat seems to be very even with no burnt sections, and we love the adaptability. Great for anyone on a budget or low on space

WARING PRO WOSM2U Deep Fill

With plenty of depth on each plate, you aren’t going to be tucking into your toastie and wishing you were able to pack more filling into it. Whether you layer on the cheese to melt or like nice thick bread slices, the Waring Pro won’t struggle to cope.

Variable temperature options mean you can get the exact toasting level you wish. Whether you like the bread to have a light brown tint or you like full-on crispy bread with melted cheese slices, just choose from low, medium and high.

As it is such a deep fill, it can also be used to make omelettes, fruit turnovers and calzone. Despite many others claiming to also be deep fill, this one is by far the winner in this category.

It can be kept clean by removing and dishwashing the plates, and as it is so deep fill, there is little chance any filling is going to escape into the creases. Using thicker bread is best we found, as thinner tends to almost disappear with the heat.

Specifications

  • Portions: 2
  • Power: 1000W
  • Removable Plates: Yes
  • Dimensions: 12 x 28 x 25cm

We like

  • Plates easy to remove and clean
  • Adjustable heat
  • Can make other items too

We dislike

  • Bulky

Final Verdict

The King of deep fill toasted sandwich makers, without a doubt

TEFAL Snack Collection SW852D27

Love the idea of packing your kitchen out with toastie, waffle, doughnut and bagel makers but only have room for one? Gone for the toaster as it seems the most practical?

This Tefal Snack Collection is exactly as the name suggests. It comes with the toastie and waffle plates, but there are actually 14 additional sets of plates you can collect too. The opportunities are pretty limitless.

In terms of storage, it sits upright so can be tucked away. You can even keep the cable free of tangling and damage by securing it around the base. Any additional plates can be stored in a box for when you need them.

A light will let you know when it is warm enough to use, and you can secure the lid with the latch to ensure everything stays in its place. If you’re stuck for inspiration, then a recipe book should give you some ideas.

Specifications

  • Portions: 2
  • Power: 700W
  • Removable Plates: Yes
  • Dimensions: 36.1 x 20.3 x 28cm

We like

  • Variety of plate choices
  • Tall rather than wide - great for storing
  • Dishwasher safe plates

We dislike

  • Outside is not cool touch - can get a little hot

Final Verdict

Don’t think the plates are nothing more than a gimmick, as countless reviewers have said it is actually pretty genius and effective. The ideal appliance to inject fun into the kitchen

Breville VST026 Four Slice

With a comfortable amount of room to accommodate up to four portion sandwiches, this is the perfect model for small families who love a toastie for lunch.

A hinged lid will cope with thicker butties and bread styles, whether it be making a panini, bagel or focaccia, or the kids have said they want a bit of every single ingredient in the fridge in their creation.

As the plates are flat, you could even prepare tortillas and wraps, ham and cheese croissants, pitta bread or toasted muffins. They aren’t removable, but the flat design makes them easy to wipe once cooled, and they are non-stick.

Power on and ready to go light indicators keep things safe, and also ensure your lunch won’t be lacklustre. Cord storage will keep everything neat, and it can be left upright. The locking mechanism clasps both sides together so it won’t ping open and damage your other appliances.

Specifications

  • Portions: 4
  • Power: 2000W
  • Removable Plates: No
  • Dimensions: 35 x 35.8 x 10.6 cm

We like

  • Can grill meats too
  • Very high power - quick to toast
  • Easy to clean

We dislike

  • Doesn’t seal the toasties because of the flat design

Final Verdict

Adaptable to whatever takes your fancy at lunchtime, and it's easy to clean both inside and out

Judge Mini Sandwich Maker

Want a toastie maker which can cope with just a single sandwich to reduce the amount of mess or storage space needed?
They aren’t easy to find, so this Judge model will likely be a good pick for you. It still has all of the starry features which make larger toasters stand out, such as cutting the sandwich in half and non-stick plates, but just on a more personal scale.

Just plug it in, and the light will come on. When this turns off, you’re ready to load it up. When you’re done, unplug it and leave to cool before popping away.

The plates are fixed so can’t be taken out to clean but are still wipeable when cooled. It is a good price for a single portion when compared to two slice models, around half of the cheapest featured on this list which is about right. There are some cheaper double models out there though, and this Judge takes a while to heat and cook, but overall it is handy if you just want a quick lunchtime solution.

Specifications

  • Portions: 1
  • Power: 375W
  • Removable Plates: No
  • Dimensions: 23.6 x 14.2 x 14 cm

We like

  • Single portion
  • Compact

We dislike

  • Low power so takes a while to get the job done

Final Verdict

A nice price, and perfect for anyone who just wants something quick and easy to cook with

Russell Hobbs 24520

This 24520 from Russell Hobbs wins top marks in the style category, with a sleek black outer. It is a compact size, and power and ready-to-use lights help you get the best results.

The size makes it ideal if you’re going to have to try and squeeze it onto a small space to store. It toasts well, giving the bread a nice brown level and it gets hot enough to melt any cheese fillings. It is basic to use, so great for any kids off to university or if you don’t want to faff about with settings and adaptable heat levels.

The plates are on the small side so there is a good chance you’ll have to cut the crusts off your slices of bread. If they’re left too big, the edges don’t seal so fillings can fall out. The end results were also the flattest of all of those we tested, which suggests the lid is a little too heavy for the design of the maker.

We also found that piling the filling in a bit too much resulted in a fair bit of mess as it was pushed out due to this.

Specifications

  • Portions: 2
  • Power: 700W
  • Removable Plates: No
  • Dimensions: 23.5 x 21 x 8 cm

We like

  • Good instruction booklet and recipe cards
  • Value for money

We dislike

  • Small plates
  • Squashes bread so this needs to be thick

Final Verdict

It is worth a shot for under £20 if you’ll be using every so often, but just don’t expect starry results

Breville VST078 DuraCeramic 2-Slice

Moving away from the majority stainless steel look when it comes to your kitchen gadgets? Available in red and black with just a touch of silver, this Breville is perfect for something that looks a bit different.

The Cut and Seal system keeps all of the contents firmly within the bread slices and slices them, so they are ready to serve up without having to reach for the knife. The DuraCeramic coating doesn’t just prevent any food from sticking to the plates, but also speeds up heating time and is scratch resistant. In all, Breville claims it is around 4x more durable than ordinary non-stick coatings.

It will stand upright, and cord wrap-around will limit the space it takes up. It is relatively slim, and the handle is also integrated, which makes it easier to fit into small spaces.

We found that it was quite difficult to clean if any cheese escaped before the bread was sealed, as small gaps around the plates seemed to attract it. The plates aren’t removable, so you have to wait until it all cools then carefully prise it out.

Specifications

  • Portions: 2
  • Power: 750W
  • Removable Plates: No
  • Dimensions: 27.4 x 26.4 x 12.2 cm

We like

  • Simple to use
  • Good to store

We dislike

  • Gaps around plates attract fillings

Final Verdict

Good if you will be using it occasionally and therefore don’t want to spend too much, but the cleaning can be a pain

Sandwich Toaster Buying Guide

Portions

How many sandwiches will you want to make at any one time? If you always have guests or like to cook a few for a bigger lunch, you’ll want a toastie maker which lets you do as many as possible at once.

Plate Type

Portion

These toastie makers have dedicated sections which accommodate a standard slice of bread. Each is usually split in half into two triangular sections, which means you get two toasties out of a single sandwich as it cuts them before removal.

Flat

If you want to prepare toasties with artisan bread, such as sourdoughs, or you want to try your hand at paninis, then a flat plate may be the best. These don’t use dedicated sections which snugly fit each slice of bread, giving you more opportunity. The only downside is that it could cause things to get messy, or the bread to budge when you press down the lid.

Cleaning

The majority of plates are now non-stick, with special coatings, which reduces the likelihood that the bread or any fillings are going to remain firmly on the plates until the appliance is fully cooled down and you can prise it all off.

As with all appliances, they are electric, so you can’t use a lot of water and soap to clean them. You should also avoid sharp metallic tools such as knives and spatulas to remove the toasties, as this could scratch the plates and affect the non-stick coatings.

You may want to look for a model which has removable plates, so these can be washed by hand in hot soapy water or the dishwasher. This will help to budge any mess, and also makes it a lot easier to clean overall.

Storage

The majority of models on our list can be stored vertically, which helps when it comes to popping them away in the cupboard.

You may also want to check dimensions to ensure it isn’t going to be too bulky if you’re stuck for space, and whether the cord can be wrapped around the base for a cleaner result. If it comes with extra plates, such as waffle makers, check you have space for these.

Toastie Tips

  • Always use a non-metallic spatula to lift out the toasties to prevent scratches
  • Butter the outside of the bread before toasting for an extra crisp, brown finish
  • You may want to get a little bit of oil on a piece of kitchen paper/brush and oil the plates before use to ensure a clean removal. Even those which promise to be non-stick can have their moments
  • Use grated cheese – it will melt better as there is a smaller surface area
  • Also use stronger cheeses for a better flavour, such as cheddar and red Leicester, which also gives good colour and creaminess
  • Ensure the machine is hot enough for the toastie before you start cooking it, to ensure you get the perfect crispiness and melted cheese
  • Leave a small gap around the bread when adding your fillings. This will help it seal and prevent it from coming out
  • Close the sandwich toaster slowly and gently without too much pressure at first to give the best results. Never squash it down to close the lock, as this will damage the hinge and lock

FAQ’s

Can I Make Other Things With A Toastie Maker?

If you’re debating over the purchase, know it isn’t just for toasties.

Some will come with dedicated plates which can also make fresh waffles, bagels or doughnuts. Others will allow you to cook omelettes, samosas or calzones in the sections.

If you get a flat plate version, you could even use it as a health grill and cook meats or veg on it. Always read the instructions and ensure it is suitable for these tasks though – some cheaper options may not be good.

Why Should I Choose A Toastie Maker Over A Health Grill?

Should you want the authentic sealed, cut and crisp results, a toastie maker is the only way to achieve them.

A portion model with dedicated bread sections, as opposed to a flat plate, will do this job, giving you cafe-quality results in your own home.

Do I Need A Model With A Timer?

Very few have a timer, so you just have to rely on your gut instinct. Check on the progress every so often. You will soon get used to the timing and how well done you like it if you are a newbie.

What Can I Put In A Toastie?

Cheese is always a winner as it melts, but you can also pop in meats or roasted vegetables. We love sweet toasties too; spread the bread with chocolate, add bananas or strawberries and toast. Serve with ice cream for a full-on dessert.