Sandwich presses are quite cheap kitchen appliances. The most popular model according to the online retailer, Amazon, is the Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini & Sandwich Press. There are a few reasons for the sales success of this device and in this Cuisinart GR-1 review
I want to look at why this particular unit is so popular with American consumers.
The first thing that you will notice when you take a look at this machine is that the top section is attached by a floating hinge
. What this means is that the height that it closes on to the bottom hot plate varies. It is determined by the height of the sandwich that is placed into the sandwich press. This means that users have a lot of freedom to create a host of different styles of sandwiches for toasting. The weight of the top plate will squeeze your sandwich and make it a bit slimmer regardless of the size that it starts out at.
The GR-1 from Cuisinart has both ridged upper and lower plates. What this means is that both sides of your sandwich will have the authentic looking cafe style panini grill marks. It certainly looks good to be able to make this type of sandwich at home. Both of the hot plates are covered with a non-stick coating. Therefore you do not have to worry about buttering the outside of your sandwiches to stop them from sticking to the machine. This used to be a bit of an issue with sandwich makers in the old days. Indeed it can still be an issue depending upon the style you use.
The price of the Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler is another aspect that distinguishes it from some other sandwich presses. You do not need to spend a fortune on a fancy panini grill to be able to make this type of home made sandwich. Price and quality are the two features that make this specific device worthy of your consideration and review.