Sandwich makers can save a lot of time and frustration, especially when you’re trying to get out the door in the morning or make a quick meal. Whether your goal is to make a delicious breakfast sandwich or craft a tasty panini for lunch, these models will deliver quality results. There’s something for every budget, whether you need a wallet-friendly machine that will fit into a smaller space or you want to spend a bit more for a robust sandwich maker. If you’re not sure which model is right for you, consider the available features. This may include a floating lid to evenly press down on sandwiches, stay-cool handles, removable nonstick grill plates, and an integrated drip tray for stress-free cleanup.
1. Hamilton Beach 25460A Panini Press Gourmet Sandwich Maker
This Hamilton Beach sandwich maker is an exceptional value at such an affordable price. The machine grills sandwiches of any thickness. It also features a floating lid that enables it to evenly press sandwiches of any size. If you don’t plan on keeping this sandwich maker on the counter top, you’ll appreciate its handy upright storage. Other features include power and preheat lights for added convenience along with nonstick grids. The lid presses down in just the right way to leave behind desirable grill marks.
Price: $23.00 (52 percent off MSRP)
- Grills any thickness
- Floating lid
- Leaves grill marks
- Not ideal for making steak and burgers
- Lacks an on/off switch
- Doesn’t include a drip tray
2. Cuisinart GR-11 Griddler 3-in-1 Grill and Panini Press
This robust grill and panini press does much more than produce a delicious sandwich. While you can use it to make your favorite traditional sandwich, you can also count on it to yield delicious paninis and grill sandwiches, quesadillas, and breads. All you need to do to get started is choose your favorite sandwich ingredients then place them between two slices of bread. Using freshly baked bread will yield the most flavorful results, but you can use almost any kind of bread with this machine. Both the upper and lower grill plates are nonstick and removable. Other handy features include an integrated drip tray and a floating hinge that accommodates any thickness. This machine has indicator lights, plate release buttons, and adjustable front feet.
Price: $44.96 (59 percent off MSRP)
- Multi-purpose machine
- Nonstick removable upper and lower plates
- Integrated drip tray
- Doesn’t have temperature control
- A bit small
- No on/off switch
3. Proctor Silex 25408 Sandwich Toaster
Looking for a sandwich maker that won’t take up much space? This pint-size toaster is a great choice. In fact, its compact size makes it optimal for apartments and dorm rooms. This basic sandwich maker promises fast and easy meals. It comes with nonstick grids that make cleanup a breeze. You can also keep track of your meal’s progress with power on and preheat lights. Need to store it out of the way? The toaster can be stored upright in just about any space. Aside from hot sandwiches, you can use this handy machine for making French toast, omelets, and other delicious meals.
Price: $12.39 (64 percent off MSRP)
- Compact size
- Includes power on and preheat lights
- Not ideal for larger slices of bread
- Grill plates aren’t removable
- Doesn’t have a drip tray
4. Hamilton Beach 25476 Breakfast Electric Sandwich Maker
In a rush? You can make a delicious, hot sandwich in just minutes with this sandwich maker. It’s easy to cook up a tasty sandwich in the comfort of your own home. All you need to get started is your favorite fresh ingredient, such as eggs and cheese. If you’re not sure where to get started or want to try something different, consult the included fast and easy recipe book. Making a sandwich with this machine is very easy. All you need to do is place your desired ingredients inside, build your sandwich of choice on the cooking plate, then close the lid. Then just slide the cooking plate out and your sandwich will assemble on its own.
Price: $24.00 (70 percent off MSRP)
- Easy to use
- Ideal for breakfast sandwiches
- Simple cooking process
- Requires pre-heating
- No on/off switch
- Cleanup can be time-consuming
5. Waring Commercial WPG150 Compact Italian-Style Panini Grill
This serious sandwich maker and panini grill delivers commercial-grade results. It’s equipped with a removable drip tray for easier cleanup. The durable surface is optimal for making everything from vegetables and chicken to hamburgers and panini sandwiches. Consumers appreciate the ribbed cast-iron plates, which provide even heat distribution and optimal cooking time. Other handy features include power on and ready indicator lights. Don’t worry about handling the machine when it’s hot as it comes with heat-resistant handles.
Price: $330.63 (59 percent off MSRP)
- Commercial quality
- Even heat distribution
- Optimal for cooking vegetables, paninis, chicken, and hamburgers
- Takes awhile to heat up