I understand your needs because before I bought mine online, I was confused on what brand and which one should I choose? A breakfast sandwich maker or Panini grill.
Then I never realized I’ve consumed a significant amount of time researching the important facts between breakfast sandwich maker and Panini grill.
These are the 3 questions that you need to consider, what equipment is right for you.
1. Would it be breakfast sandwich maker or Panini grill? Are they the same?
Nope, they are not the same only if you’ll be relying in brand feature and specification. But yes for me “based on my experience” for Panini grill can be “technology-wise” is a breakfast sandwich maker.
Although when you type the word breakfast sandwich maker or Panini grill in your favorite internet browser then hit the search button, you’ll see the different brand choices to choose from.
The price differences of every brand is also way far from the others. This is because the value also depends on what features and functions the equipment can offer and perform.
Hamilton Beach, the leading brand in breakfast sandwich maker (prices start at $23), can be a good options for those buyers whose main focus is for them to have a fast and easy way to make a toasted sandwich in one single shot.
Considering all the ingredients are being prepared and ready to go, all you have to do is turn on and open the lid of the breakfast sandwich maker, then layer all the ingredients starting the bottom of the bread of your choice, (muffin, buns or bagel) add your ingredients like cheese, sliced cooked proteins, and topped it with bread again, close the lid of breakfast sandwich maker and wait for 5 minutes, slide the egg cooking plate out, then voila! toasted breakfast sandwich.
It’s as easy as that, but the circular size of this breakfast sandwich maker will be a disadvantage factor if you want your favorite bread such as ciabatta, baguette, chapati, sourdough, multigrain, marble rye, etc.
As I have mentioned, it has to be cooked protein, except for the eggs, because the heat is only designed enough to cook the eggs thus making the bread also toasty.
However, if you want to have a more feature other than this “breakfast sandwich maker” you can consider the Panini grill as this simple grill with heating elements on each side will leave a beautiful grill mark effect in your sandwich (any bread of your choice).
It’s about pressing your favorite bread, filled with your favorite ingredients like cheese, veggies and proteins.
As technology continues to evolve, leading brands like Cuisinart Griddler or Breville Panini Duo (regular price starts at $100) can be a good choice too for buyers whose looking for a multi-purpose kitchen appliance that can further cook proteins.
The feature of this Cuisinart Griddler brand allows toasting and grilling raw protein meat simultaneously just by simply placing the unit in the flat position.
Insert one plate with the grill side facing up and another plate with the griddle side facing up and there you go. Assemble the sandwich then finish it by pressing them as your final cooking touch.
If you love cooking and wanted to expand your sandwiches experience, I’ve written a detailed Cuisinart Griddler review, “Are you ready for Cuisinart Griddler?”
On the other hand Breville Panini Press Duo can almost do the same thing but the only thing is that you cannot remove the plate and wash it properly. This brand won’t allow you to grill that much, for you cannot place the unit in a flat position.
I’ve written separate article “Beginner BUYERS GUIDE in Choosing the Right INDOOR GRILL Brand” showing the detailed comparison between these two brands.
2. Hmmm, Hamilton Breakfast Sandwich Maker is AFFORDABLE; give me more reasons why I need to buy it?
As honest as I want to be, I don’t have a Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker. My friend, who is also a line cook like me, is the one who tells me all these reasons during the time when we both looking for our own breakfast sandwich maker. We both ended up buying different brand, though. He bought the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker.
Every morning as we work in the line together and if it is not crazy over there, we talked about how our breakfast sandwich maker doing, and here are the things I’ve learned from his Hamilton Beach brand;
- Simplicity – I know this already right from the very first beginning when I saw the breakfast sandwich maker. It does not have complicated function button that will make you stare for a while and analyze. Anybody can make and prepare a hot, toasty with egg and any cooked protein you want in just five minutes.
- Space saver – Breakfast sandwich maker are small in size and can be placed in any part of your kitchen counter top. It is so light that sometimes my line cook buddy brings his own equipment in our pantry. (Yeah you’re right, he’s weird sometimes, in a good way)
- Easy to Clean – Just like everybody else, easy to clean feature is important for me and this breakfast sandwich maker does meet the easy to clean standard. All the removable parts that are in between with the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker can go to dishwasher or can be manually clean by hands (which I prefer).
I ended up buying Cuisinart Griddler for a lot of reason, in my article “Are you ready for Cuisinart Griddler?”, you’ll learn how you can make your own Belgian waffle, how you can sauté, grill, sear, toast and make paninis.
Initially, Cuisinart Griddler has a 5-in-1 function but with an added waffle plate feature, you can make Belgian waffles too, just right on the same Cuisinart Griddler.
So doing the math, assuming that the bundled feature is selling right now at $116, With 6 features, the value of each would be $116/6= $19 Only!
That’s why I ended up choosing Cuisinart Griddler.
3. Oh, It seems that I need the Cuisinart Griddler and/or Breville Panini Press Duo as my breakfast sandwich maker, what else do I need to know?
In my previous article, “Beginner BUYERS GUIDE in Choosing the Right INDOOR GRILL Brand” I’ve written a detailed summary between these two and this table (as shown below) will give you an idea what on that article will be discussing about.
Cuisinart and Breville Indoor Grill ComparisonBuyers Guide | Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 vs Breville BSG520XL
|Description||Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1||Breville BSG520XL|
|Thermostat Control Adjustment||With adjustable temperature control||One temperature fits all approach|
|Grill Surface Area||Non-stick feature but needs further oil||Non-stick feature, very smooth|
|The Floating Hinge||Limited height||With height advantage over its competitor|
|The Sandwich Maker Plates||Interchangeable and removable for easy cleaning||Plates are fixed; needs further effort in cleaning|
|The Sandwich Maker Warranty||3 years||1 year|
|The Price||Saves up to 46% discount||Saves up to 36% dicount|
Both of them do make a good and beautiful Panini and they are pretty awesome! Why Cuisinart Griddler stands among the rest are the plate interchangable functions, the product warranty and easy to clean feature.
Everyday, I have to wake up early just to catch up my bus that goes to my work, but since today I ended waking up at 1:00 AM, so I decided to write this breakfast sandwich maker review.
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