In our recent round up of the best sandwich makers of 2019; the Hamilton Beach Panini Press and Gourmet Sandwich Maker was our “best solo panini press” and that’s because it’s a great product at a great price.
We like panini presses as our preferred option for making toasted sandwiches. They allow you to use a much wider choice of bread (and bread products – a bagel, for example, will work great in a panini press) than the more standard electric sandwich makers do.
Size is an important part of our decision making process and we try to pick with the family in mind. It’s fair to say that this Hamilton Beach model can cater for a family but it may be better suited to couples and singles; you’re going to need to keep going back to make more sandwiches if you have little ones to cater for too.
The quality of the plates is vital. Cheap plates in sandwich makers are a bad compromise – they quickly scratch and then all your sandwich is stuck inside the sandwich maker rather than on your plate. This Hamilton Beach model has good quality plates which can be easily cleaned.
The rest of the product is also reasonably well built. There’s no front lock on this but the hinges are robust enough to take a reasonable amount of wear and tear.
It’s also easy to use and operate and to store when necessary.
Putting The Hamilton Beach To Work
It’s always nice to be able to put a kitchen item straight to work and who doesn’t love a toasted sandwich?
We think you ought to try this excellent recipe from Gordon Ramsay to get started; this panini press is perfect for working with the sourdough bread her recommends.
The Hamilton Beach Panini Press and Gourmet Sandwich Maker is an attractively priced top quality panini press, it’s built to last and our only real complaint is that it could be bigger but that would probably cost more.