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Sandwich Maker HQ – Top Sandwich Maker and Panini Press: Compared

In the table below you will find a comparison of the top sandwich makers I’ve reviewed so far. After reviewing more than 50+ makers from a Panini press to Electric, these are the 5 that stand at the top.

I’ve done my best to highlight the most important features of each sandwich maker in this chart, but obviously you may be looking for even more information. If so, make sure you read the full review of the sandwhich maker you are curious about by clicking the actual picture in the table.

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PIC / BrandPriceTypeRatingWeight

Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press

De'Longhi CGH800 Contact Grill and Panini Press

Hamilton Beach 25450 Gourmet Panini Press
$Panini Only4.01lbs

IMUSA GAU-80102 Electric Panini and Sandwich Maker Nonstick Panels, Chrome

Proctor-Silex Sandwich Maker
$Sandwich Only4.53.5lbs

Disney DCM-5 Classic Mickey 2-Slice Sandwich Maker, Black
$Sandwich Only4.53.6lbs

Cuisinart GR-11 Griddler 3-in-1 Grill and Panini Press

Breville BSG520XL Panini Duo 1500-Watt Nonstick Panini Press

George Foreman PN2035B 120-Square Inch Nonstick Panini Grill

Hamilton Beach 25475 Breakfast Sandwich Maker, Gray


Included in the matrix are the following columns:

  • Sandwich Maker pictures – (click to view more details or to purchase)
  • Sandwich Maker brand
  • Weight
  • Type – Sandwich only? Panini Only? Both?
  • Price – These are approximate prices on  These change frequently based on availability, special promotions, and more.  But generally speaking: $ = under $40, $$ = $40 to $100, $$$ = $100 to $200, $$$$ = $200+
  • Rating – The average user rating on  This can be very helpful in deciding if people are satisfied with their purchase.

*Click on any of the columns to sort the data to help make your decision easier

The makers included on this chart actually only begin to scratch the surface.  So many manufacturers and models exist that there is no way that we could have listed everything.  However, many exceptional makers and presses are included at every price range and from a wide variety of quality makers.

Most of the Sandwich Makers included are Panini Presses and Grills which many feel is an essential criteria for choosing a proper kitchen appliance to make their own at home sandwich creation.  However, you will indeed notice a couple of breakfast sandwich makers or even griddlers that also make good options.

Sandwich Maker HQ – What is a Sandwich Maker?

A sandwich maker is a fantastic kitchen appliance that will save money, save time, or just be a fun tool to use in your kitchen. The 3 most common sandwiches people make with these are grilled cheese sandwich, tuna melt, or patty melt. The Panini Press which is a cousin to the sandwich maker and depending on who you talk to, is the better fit for them. In the event that you are searching for dinner ideas, lunch ideas, healthy recipes or even breakfast ideas – This at home griddler can truly be a life saver to help you add to the super bowl party, slumber party, birthday party, tailgate cook out, camping, and so much more.

Do you really think George Foreman and his famous George Foreman Grill would have even been created without the birth of a griddle including a panini press, waffle iron, even an electric griddler ?

How To Find a Maker That Meets Your Needs

Above you will find an interactive comparison chart of many of top sandwich makers on the market today.  But before you start salivating over your next meal, lets take a look at what’s on this guide.  Overall, rather than taking some guys advice on YouTube about what the best contact grill is, look at the options and criteria to help you make the appropriate buying decision.

So, above you will find the Ultimate Sandwich Maker Comparison Guide to help you find the perfect knife for you.

Sandwich Maker HQ- Review of the Top 5 Sandwich Makers

Honestly, most of the contact grills included above are excellent options; but there are a few that we just need to point out as our favorites.  Below you will find our top 5 picks for overall best grilling along with more a more detailed review of each.  So put on your apron, lets dig into these options.

Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press

Cuisinart Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press

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Based on overall rating, Floating hinge to adjusts to accommodate any size sandwich, preset temperature, helpful indicator lights, recipes, and even cleaning tool
included the Cuisinart GR-1 is one of the best sandwich makers that anyone could own.

Measuring at 14-1/2 by 6-1/2 by 12 inches this Panini and sandwich press in brushed stainless-steel housing is one of the sexiest that we reviewed (although there are contenders in the chart above).  The Floating hinge adjusts to accommodate any size sandwich your mind can create and will make some of the best grilled cheese sandwich you ever eat!

Cuisinart originally known for their food processor has become a leading brand in both the United States and Canada.  Cuisinart has been in business since 1971 and was even reported that the late Steve Jobs stated that he based the physical design of the Apple II, a personal computer, in large part on the Cuisinart food processor!

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“Sandwich Maker” by Proctor Silex

Proctor Silex Sanwich MakerClick Image to View More

Believe it or not a sandwich maker does not have to be expensive or fancy to make the perfect grilled cheese or tuna melt. Based on overall rating this Fast and easy to use maker has non stick flat grids which make it super easy to clean.

Measuring at 5 x 10.1 x 10.3 inches this basic sandwich press in plain white but its compact size power on pre heat lights makes it extremely user friendly.

Proctor Silex Co. was created in 1960 with the merger of Proctor Electric and Silex Corporation. In 1990 Proctor Silex merged with Hamilton Beach.The company makes electrical household appliances, and is probably best known for its toasters

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VillaWare NDVLPAPFS1-SHP Panini Grill

VillaWare NDVLPAPFS1-SHP Panini Grill
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Probably one of the most versitle sandwich makers on the list the VillaWare is truly the swiss army knife of the sandwich making world and one of my personal favorites. Under the Jarden Corporation VillaWare itself was established in 1906 getting their start in a hand crank pasta machine. Also known for Esspresso machine, Juiciers, and other products VillaWare is known for making high quality products.

The VillaWare NDVLPAPFS1-SHP Panini Grill is a Multi-functioning kitchen appliance that has the ability to lay flat to use as an indoor grill or can be used closed as a grill or panini maker. Not only can you make that perfect sandwich or panini for your family dinner but this handy grill can also cook steaks, hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled vegetables, grilled salmon, and anything else you can think of! The design and look is similar to the Cuisinart Griddler but as mentioned above it has the unique capability to transform into and indoor grill.


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IMUSA GAU-80102 Electric Panini and Sandwich Maker Nonstick Panels, Chrome


IMUSA Electric Panini and Sandwich Maker

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One of the main points I want to make about the Imusa is people sometimes prefer this sandwich maker over a lot of others due to the fact this has flat grill plates. Why is this important? They have no ridges so it heats the sandwiches evenly and very quickly. Some people prefer this method over your tradinational ridge models. Keep in mind unlike the VillaWare mentioned above you can not use this as a grill for burgers, steaks, etc because there’s no fat run off channel.

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Vitantonio french sandwich chef

Vitantonio french sandwich chef

The Sandwich Maker that started it all for me! The Vitantonio french sandwich chef has been with me for the past 20 years from the time I lived at home with my parents, when I moved out and lived as a bachelor, during the early years as a newly married couple, and finally today as a father of two children.

I have to admit this is a selfish post but the fact remains that any sandwich maker that has worked for over 20+ years as good as it did from day one deserves to be in the top 5!! As you can tell from the picture this is a little beat up however everything functions and works just fine.

Although you can not purchase this new any longer I highly recommend picking one up if you come across it.

Your Turn

Now that you have seen the options and reviewed our top picks for the best Sandwich Maker on the market, its up to you to pick what meets your needs, is in your price range, and overall help you gear up for culinary experience.

If you feel like we missed something that needs to be included on the list, or have made your very own sandwich on one of these devices using your own recipie let me know in the comments below!

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