Up your lunch game with the best sandwich maker

We absolutely love a classic toasted sandwich. A quick and tasty lunch or snack, there’s something so comforting about a gooey cheese sarnie. To help you up your lunch game, we’re taking a look at the best sandwich makers available. Our overall best choice had to be from Breville as it’s the company that introduced the original sandwich toaster machine back in the Seventies. We’re highlighting the Breville Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster as it boasts Breville’s trademark “Cut and Seal” technology that clamps down the middle and edges of the sandwich for a leak-free lunch of loveliness.

Best Overall: Breville Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster and Toastie Maker

This traditional sandwich maker will create classic toasties in a matter of minutes. With the ability to handle both large and small bread slices, the deep fill system means there is plenty of room for lots of yummy fillings. Breville’s cut and seal system makes sealed, triangular toasted sandwiches for a mess-free solution.

The insides of the machine have a non-stick coating, the plates can be removed and are safe to go in a dishwasher. This machine has built-in cord storage, stands upright for compact storage and features a cool-touch handle and non-slip feet.


  • Cut and seal system
  • Removable, dishwasher-safe plates
  • Deep fill design


  • Heavyweight

Best Overall

Breville Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster and Toastie Maker

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You can’t go wrong with this classic sandwich maker from a trusted brand.

Best for Panini-Style Sandwiches: Tefal GC241D40 Inicio Grill

The Inicio Grill can be used to make panini-style toasted sandwiches, but if you like your gadgets to multitask, note that it can also be used for grilling meat, fish and vegetables. The floating hinged lid means you can make Scooby-snack-style, fully loaded sarnies and the ridged plates leave the lovely panini grill marks.

While the non-stick plates are fixed, the removable drip tray is dishwasher safe, and this grill folds upright for compact, convenient storage.


  • 2,000 watts power
  • Floating hinged lid
  • Compact upright storage design


  • Fixed plates

Best for Panini-Style Sandwiches

Tefal GC241D40 Inicio Grill


If you’re looking for the perfect panini-style sandwich maker, consider Tefal’s Inicio Grill.

Best Multitasking Maker: Salter EK2143 Deep Fill 3-in-1 Snack Maker

Another multitasking option, Salter’s 3-in-1 wonder comes with three separate sets of top and bottom plates — for toasted sandwiches, for paninis and for waffles. They are all obviously detachable and have a non-stick finish for easy removal of food.

There are power and ready indicator lights, a locking lid and cool-touch handles. What we like about this sandwich maker is the generous proportions of the plates. The waffle plates are deep fill, the toastie plates allow for loads of filling, and the panini plate can handle bread up to 25cm long.


  • 3-in-1 design
  • Removable plates
  • Large cooking plates


  • No cord storage

Best Multitasking Maker

Salter EK2143 Deep Fill 3-in-1 Snack Maker


If you want to make wonderful waffles, perfect paninis and tasty toasties with one machine, consider this.

Best for Generous Portions: Tower T27013 Deep Fill Sandwich Maker

Another classic toasted sandwich maker, Tower’s option is a slightly more affordable rival to the Breville Deep Fill Sandwich maker, but the trade-off for less cost is that the plates are not removable. They are non-stick though, with an even heating distributing “Cerastone” ceramic finish which should just wipe clean.

There’s cool-touch housing for safety, non-slip feet and the machine can be stored upright to save space. Ideal for anyone who enjoys large portions, this is designed for large slices of bread with loads of space for generous fillings.


  • Deep fill design
  • Non-stick ceramic plates
  • Cool-touch housing


  • Fixed plates

Best for Generous Portions

Tower T27013 Deep Fill Sandwich Maker


A deep fill option perfect for anyone who prefers their toasties on the generous side.

Best for Flexibility: Breville Sandwich/Panini Press and Toastie Maker

We’ve rated this second Breville option as best for flexibility because its hinged floating lid and its large, flat plates can handle up to three slices of bread, but can also be used to make paninis, baguettes, bagels, muffins, ciabatta, tea cakes, crumpets and for warming pittas, tortillas and naan bread.

It’s another option that can stand upright for compact storage and boasts cool touch handles, non-slip feet and useful built-in cord storage.


  • Floating hinged lid
  • Large plates
  • Suitable for all baked goods


  • Fixed plates

Best for Flexibility

Breville Sandwich/Panini Press and Toastie Maker


This maker’s large, flat plates means you can use it for any kind of bread product or baked goods.

Best Budget Option: VonShef Sandwich Toaster Toastie Maker

Finally, our budget choice comes from VonShef. If you’re just looking for a basic toasted sandwich maker, you can’t go wrong with this simple model that gives you the option to make two ordinary-sized toasties at a time.

It’s easy to use with automatic temperature control and ready indicator lights. Elsewhere there’s non-slip feet, non-stick plates and it’s a compact size to save on cupboard space.


  • Affordable
  • Compact
  • Easy to use


  • Fixed plates

Best Budget Option

VonShef Sandwich Toaster Toastie Maker

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This no-frills option from VonShef is the affordable choice, perfect for students or work kitchens.

Say cheese!

We hope you’ve seen a toasted sandwich maker you like the look of in our curated collection. Our best overall choice does come recommended if you’re unsure of the options. The Breville Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster and Toastie Maker makes gorgeous, generously filled sandwiches with handy sealed edges and best of all, after you’ve cooked, you can stick the heating plates straight into the dishwasher.

If you’re looking for more of a panini-style option with a clever floating hinged lid that can accept any size of sarnie, then do consider the Tefal GC241D40 Inicio Grill. As well as making perfect paninis, it can be used to grill meat, fish and vegetables.

If multitasking is your thing, then the 3-in-1 wonder that is the Salter EK2143 Snack Maker might be worth a look. As well as making traditional toasties, it has extra plates for paninis and waffles too. That’s lunch and pudding sorted with just one machine…

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Amy-Mae Turner As someone who is rather partial to a toastie (sour dough bread, mature cheddar, ripe tomatoes and lots of black pepper, please) Amy-Mae was the obvious choice to compile this tasty collation.

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