I don’t know about you, but when I’m ready to break my fast, the last thing I need is to struggle with a less than optimal sandwich maker. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Apart from being delicious, it should be hassle-free. 

I love owning my own sandwich maker because I can choose good quality ingredients. Extra bacon? Not a problem! Add a slice of cheese? Yessiree!  Plus, I can make my sandwich in less time than it takes me to go to a drive-through, and I’m saving money! 

To help you make the yummiest breakfast sandwiches, I reviewed the best breakfast sandwich makers to see how they measure up to my list of criteria. Let’s have a look, shall we?

The Best Breakfast Sandwich Makers at a Glance

Breakfast Sandwich Maker Reviews

Best Overall: Chefman Gourmet Sandwich Maker

Star rating: 4.3 out of 5.
Appliance rating: 1000 watts.


Owning a Chefman Electric Panini Press Grill and Gourmet Sandwich Maker is like having a compact bistro in your kitchen. The grilling bed opens 180 degrees so you can cook on the base and the lid at the same time – doubling the cooking surface. You can prepare food healthily on the grill; breakfast sandwiches are just the beginning. It is also great for grilling burgers, steaks, chicken fillets, and veggies.  

The floating hinge means that you can pack your breakfast sandwich as high as you want with your choice of ingredients and nothing is going to squish out when you close the lid. The bed is slightly tilted, so all grease runs into the grease trap at the back. This means your meal is healthier as your food is not simmering in grease. Be aware that the grease in the drip tray is hot, so handle and dispose of it carefully, or wait for it to cool.

Pros

  • A floating hinge to accommodate any size food – thick or thin
  • The grill opens 180 degrees, making it easy to place all food items on both sides of the bed
  • The compact size makes it ideal for any space
  • Indicator lights
  • Durable non-stick surface 
  • Easy to clean
  • Removable drip tray is easy to clean
  • Skid-resistant feet
  • Advanced safety technology
  • Value for money 
  • One year customer assurance guaranteed

Cons

  • No timer 
  • No temperature control
  • Grilling plates are not removable 
  • Inclined to get too hot when used for long periods

Best Extra Features: Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker 

Star rating: 4.4 out of 5.
Appliance rating: 600 watts.


If sandwich makers could be classified as good, better, best, this one is ‘deluxe.’ What sets this sandwich maker apart is that you don’t have to precook the egg. The multi-layer design allows you to build your sandwich between the layers, ensuring even-cooking and delicious outcomes. You can make sandwiches using English muffins, biscuits, small bagels, and more.

What I like most about this sandwich maker is the slidable egg plate.  Once my sandwich is done cooking, I can just slide the egg plate out and the sandwich literally assembles itself. And honestly, having my breakfast sandwich maker cook the egg while it cooks the rest of the ingredients is a convenience like no other. 

The only downside is that this is not a multi-purpose appliance – you can’t make waffles or omelettes or grill meat like you can on sandwich makers that have interchangeable plates. 

The Hamilton Beach breakfast maker has a big brother – The Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker with Timer. This version makes two sandwiches at a time. That means twice the yum in the same amount of time!

Pros

  • Create custom sandwiches
  • Removable parts make for easy cleaning
  • Removable parts are dishwasher friendly
  • Cooks the egg, so you don’t have to
  • Durable, non-stick surfaces
  • ‘Ready’ indicator light
  • Timer 
  • Recipes available on the Hamilton Beach website
  • Good quality finishes 
  • The compartments ensure that the ingredients are not squeezed out
  • Value for money 
  • One year warranty

Cons

  • The assembly takes a bit of getting used to 
  • Sometimes the more runny ingredients, like melted cheese, leak 
  • Can’t be used for cooking other food items like meat or chicken
  • You can only make one sandwich at a time

Best Convenience: ZZ Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Star rating: 3.8 out of 5.
Appliance rating: 1200 watts.

If you want a multifunction appliance, the ZZ Breakfast Sandwich Maker might be what you’re looking for. With four sets of interchangeable plates, the packaging claims that you can cook various things like sandwiches, waffles, omelettes, and meat quickly and conveniently.  

This unit features light indicators to tell you exactly when it has reached the perfect temperature for cooking. The nonstick surface works well and all removable parts are dishwasher-safe. 

This device is compact, so if you have limited space, no need to worry. It has a cord wrap, and can be stored upright, making it perfect for small spaces.

Now, as far as making waffles goes, I haven’t had any luck. The plates are very lightweight and don’t fit snugly into the appliance bed. The waffle batter would overflow from the waffle plates and run into the inside of the appliance and onto the hinges. And once that happens, it is a pain to clean up. The same goes for melted cheese that runs off the side of the plates. 

I would recommend this sandwich maker for making sandwiches only – they came out evenly cooked and intact thanks to the non-stick grilling plates. Grilling small portions of meat or chicken also went well. If it’s waffles you’re after, this one is perfect for heating pre-cooked waffles.

Pros

  • Detachable plates for a greater variety of meals
  • Durable, non-stick surfaces
  • Power on and pre-heat light 
  • Stores vertically for compact storage
  • Cord wrap for neat storage
  • Cool-touch handle for easy opening
  • Locking handle for safe portability
  • Good quality finishes 
  • Affordable
  • One year warranty

Cons

  • No timer  
  • Detachable plates are lightweight 
  • Detachable plates don’t fit snugly 
  • Difficult to clean
  • Messy when making waffles because the mixture could run down into the unit’s interior


Best Value: OSTBA Sandwich Maker

Star rating: 4.2 out of 5.
Appliance rating: 750 watts.


This sandwich maker is great for making grilled breakfast sandwiches. You can also use it to cook an omelette, crisp French toast, or grill small portions of chicken and meat. It doesn’t have interchangeable plates but that’s not really a problem – it just means you can’t make waffles with it, but it heats pre-cooked waffles like a charm. 

The sandwich maker feels a bit flimsy so you would have to handle it with care. It is one of the less costly models so you are getting what you pay for. I wouldn’t recommend overfilling your sandwiches or the ingredients will get squished out, but for the average breakfast sandwich, it works fine. 

This appliance is a great companion for those who love breakfast sandwiches while camping. It has a cord wrap and when stored upright, it takes up minimal cupboard space. This feature also makes it ideal for students who would like a sandwich maker in their dorm room.

Pros

  • Simple to operate
  • Easy to clean
  • Durable, non-stick surfaces
  • Indicator lights 
  • Compact size aids in easy storage 
  • Cord wrap for easy storage
  • Cool-touch handle for easy opening
  • Lockable handle for safe portability
  • Affordably priced
  • Two-year quality warranty

Cons

  • No timer 
  • Average quality finishes  
  • May squash the filling out if you overload the sandwich


Best Safety Features: Yabano Sandwich Maker

Star rating: 3.9 out of 5.
Appliance rating: 800 watts.


This 3-in-1 sandwich maker has three detachable plates; one for grilling hot sandwiches, another for making waffles, and the third for grilling meat. The interchangeable plates are non-stick, removable and easy to clean. After making your sandwich, you only need to wipe it down with a paper towel or a damp cloth.

The first thing to impress me about this sandwich maker is its anti-skid feet; a clever safety feature in my opinion. In fact, the overall design of this appliance is impressive, from the interchangeable plates to the indicator lights. However, this sandwich maker takes long to reach optimal heat and cooks slower and less evenly than other models in its price range. And you would have the same problem with the waffle plates on this sandwich maker that you do on the ZZ, where the batter would leak into the hinge. You may want to try pouring less batter to avoid overflowing. 

The Yabano sandwich maker also comes in a Gourmet 4-slice version for when you need to make breakfast sandwiches for lots of people. The Panini Press Grill, as it is known, allows you to grill larger portions of meat too.  

Pros

  • Three uses in one appliance saves counter space 
  • Simple to operate
  • Anti-skid feet
  • Easy to clean
  • Durable, non-stick surfaces
  • Indicator lights 
  • Compact size aids in easy storage 
  • Cord wrap for easy storage
  • Cool-touch handle for easy opening
  • Lockable handle for safe portability
  • Affordably priced

Cons

  • No timer 
  • Cooks unevenly 
  • Longer cooking time than other models in the same price range
  • The instruction guide is difficult to understand
  • Average quality finishes  
  • No advertised warranty 

Best Budget Option: Brentwood Panini Press and Sandwich Maker

Star rating: 4.3 out of 5.
Appliance rating: 750 watts.

Having a Brentwood Panini Press and Sandwich Maker in your kitchen means you can prepare sandwiches and other foods like paninis, grilled meat and vegetables quickly and easily.

This sandwich maker gets hot and cooks evenly. You will love the cool grill lines that it leaves on your food. Unfortunately, because it gets super hot and there is no thermostat, you will have to watch that you don’t burn your food. 

The grilling bed doesn’t allow for grease run-off, which is a downside if you want less oil in your food. 

Pros

  • Fast and even heat 
  • Food has aesthetically appealing grill lines
  • The compact size makes it ideal for any space
  • Power and pre-heat indicator lights
  • Cool-touch handle for easy opening
  • Lockable handle for safe portability
  • Durable non-stick surface 
  • Easy to clean
  • Affordable

Cons

  • No timer 
  • No temperature control
  • No advertised warranty

Best Heating Option: Aigostar Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Star rating: 4.3 out of 5.
Appliance rating: 1500 watts.

Those who enjoy their food cooked to perfection will appreciate the temperature control option on this sandwich griller. With a temperature range from 180 to 425°F, it allows you to cook thicker cuts of meat and filled sandwiches more evenly. The regulated temperature ensures that your food doesn’t burn on the outside while being underdone on the inside. 

On the downside, the hinge design doesn’t allow for very full sandwiches. You will have to be careful when you close the lid, so that you don’t bump the top layers of your sandwich off.   

If you don’t want your food simmering in grease as it cooks, be sure to line the drip tray up with the grease drainage holes. Always allow the grease in the grease trap to cool or handle hot grease with the utmost care.

Pros

  • Opens 180 degrees to allow for convenient food placing on both plates
  • Intelligent temperature control between 180 and 425°F
  • Quickly reaches optimal temperature  
  • Grease drainage allows for healthier cooking
  • Removable drip tray for easy cleaning
  • Power and pre-heat indicator lights
  • Cool-touch handle for easy opening
  • Durable non-stick surface 
  • Relatively compact and can be stored upright
  • Good quality finishes
  • Easy to clean
  • Value for money

Cons

  • Fillings may get pushed out when you close the lid 
  • No advertised warranty

Best Electronic Option: T-Fal GC7 Electric Grill and Sandwich Maker

Star rating: 4.3 out of 5.
Appliance rating: 1800 watts.

This is the first electric grill to adapt its grilling cycles according to the thickness of the food. Not only can this appliance cook everything from sandwiches to vegetables, burgers, sausage, fish, poultry, and red meat – it has six cooking programs designed for that very purpose, taking the guesswork out of cooking.

With this appliance, you don’t even have to defrost your ingredients before cooking. The snowflake mode allows you to cook them directly from frozen, which will save you a lot of time. 

One of the most fascinating things about this griller is the smart indicator that tells you the exact doneness of your steak. It has different color codes for rare, medium, and well done. And if you’re confident and creative, you can use the Manual mode and grill to your heart’s content. 

The appliance’s clever design allows for grease runoff and the floating hinge means you can cook food of any thickness, all the while knowing that the cooking cycles will ensure that your food is cooked to perfection.  

Pros

  • Adapts cooking time to the thickness of the food
  • Six automatic cooking programs for a variety of foods
  • Pre-heating and Ready indicator light   
  • Audible beeps to notify of rare, medium, and well done
  • Two cooking modes, including one for frozen foods
  • Slanted tray and plates to allow grease runoff 
  • Removable drip tray allows for easy cleaning
  • Removable, non-stick, die-cast aluminum plates for easy cleaning
  • Removable plates are dishwasher safe
  • One year warranty 

Cons

  • The addition of all that technology can lead to some technical glitches – some customers complain that this appliance only works in manual mode

What to Look For When Shopping For a Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Cooking settings 

Most sandwich makers have only one cooking setting and two indicator lights. The power light shows when the appliance is on, while the second light switches off when the grilling plates reach optimal temperature. Some, like the Aigostar Breakfast Sandwich Maker, allow you to control the cooking temperature, which ensures that your food is cooked more evenly. Top of the range sandwich makers may have more than one setting and some, like the T-Fal GC7, may have several cooking programs. If you want more versatility in your cooking, you can go for a sandwich maker with various settings to choose from.  

Safety features 

Cool touch handles are standard on most sandwich makers as well as enclosed grilling plates. The Chefman Gourmet Sandwich Maker anh Yabano Sandwich Maker feature skid-resistant feet, which keeps your sandwich maker sturdy and in place when cooking and cleaning. Some sandwich makers have an auto shut-off feature in case you’re distracted by the delicious food and forget to switch the machine off. 

Non-stick Cooking surfaces

Most sandwich makers are made with non-stick grilling plates. Some models have removable or changeable plates to allow for easier cleaning. 

Value for Money

A basic breakfast sandwich maker is an affordable piece of equipment for most households. But there are some multipurpose models with extra features that could cost a few hundred bucks. Consider what you need before investing in a top-of-the-range unit. It’s not worth the money to buy a high-end sandwich maker with a lot of features that you wouldn’t need for your everyday cooking.

Breakfast Sandwich Makers FAQs

What kinds of food can I cook in a sandwich maker?


Depending on the model you buy, a sandwich maker can, at the very least, make hot, toasted sandwiches out of most kinds of bread, crisp French toast, and warm pre-cooked waffles. Some models have interchangeable plates and can be used to make omelettes and waffles, while others have a grilling pan that can be used to grill meat and vegetables. In this review, the most versatile sandwich makers are the Yabano, Chefman, Brentwood, Aigostar, and T-Fal GC7

Will the sandwich maker cook the meat if I use raw meat? 


No. You must only use cooked meat in your sandwiches. The great thing about your sandwich griller is that you can cook the meat first and then make the sandwich. There is no need to use another appliance. You may want to wipe the sandwich maker down between cooking the meat and the sandwich. Great examples of two-in-one use can be found in the Yabano, Chefman, Brentwood, Aigostar, and T-Fal GC7.

Are breakfast sandwich makers easy to clean? 


Most breakfast sandwich makers are made with non-stick materials, so they simply need to be rinsed or wiped with a damp cloth or a piece of paper towel once they are cool. If the food leaks out of the pan and gets into the hinges or the appliance’s workings, it gets a bit more tricky. 

Never immerse your sandwich maker in water, and don’t use abrasive cleaning aids. That means no harsh detergents, scourers, or hard-bristle brushes. If food gets stuck, rather soak the area with a damp cloth than try and rub or scrape the food off.

Be careful when putting removable parts in the dishwasher; don’t allow them to get bumped or scratched. If the model you buy has a removable grease drip tray, be aware of the dangers of hot grease. In this review, models with removable parts are the Hamilton Beach, ZZ, Yabano, Chefman, Aigostar, and T-Fal GC7.

Is cooking food in a sandwich maker healthy? 


Mostly, yes. Depending on your ingredients, cooking in a sandwich maker is healthy, especially if the model you choose allows for grease runoff. Grilling meat is healthier than frying, and grilling vegetables is more nutritious than boiling. If you want healthy sandwiches, then opt for high fiber bread as opposed to refined white bread. It is especially beneficial if you choose a sandwich maker that allows grease runoff into a grease trap. Examples of this are the Chefman, Aigostar, and T-Fal GC7.

How long must I cook food if I use a sandwich maker? 


As with all appliances, cooking times will vary. Fish and poultry need to be cooked through. Red meat and vegetables can be done to taste. The thicker the portion, the longer it will take to cook. Unless you have a more advanced model with automatic cooking programs, like the T-Fal GC7, you will have to go by trial and error or research cooking times online where you can also find some great recipes.

What are the benefits of cooking with a sandwich maker?

  • Healthier meals: Grilled food is healthier and likely to be lower in calories and fat. When meats are grilled on high heat, most of the fat drips away. Grilling is one of the best cooking methods for retaining nutrients and flavors.
  • Space-saving: One sandwich maker can replace several appliances, making it perfect for people with limited space like students, campers, and people with small kitchens. Great examples of multi-usability are Chefman and Aigostar.
  • Time-saving: Clean-up time is reduced because you aren’t using pots and pans. 
  • Money-saving: Making your own breakfast sandwiches is healthier and more cost-effective than buying ready-made or takeaway foods.

What is the downside of cooking with a sandwich maker? 

  • As with any appliance, there can be accidents and mishaps. The most common mishap with sandwich makers is that food is left too long, so it dries out or burns. 
  • Sometimes people forget to switch off and unplug the sandwich maker after use. This will usually result in the appliance overheating and burning out before your kitchen does but still, it’s not a pleasant thought. 
  • Food spills off the sandwich maker plates and into the hinges, into the appliance’s workings, or onto your counter. Beware of hot grease, melted cheese, and overflowing waffle mix as they can cause burns if you attempt to clean up while the sandwich maker is still hot. 
  • Scratching the non-stick surface will cause the appliance to lose the protective non-stick coating, making it very difficult to clean.

Wrapping Up

My favorite breakfast sandwich maker was the Chefman Gourmet Sandwich Maker. Apart from not having a timer, it ticks all my boxes and more. I love the floating hinge; no squishing – yay! The skid-resistant feet are a safety feature I had never considered before, but now I miss it in every sandwich toaster that slips across the counter. Plus, it is great value for money when you compare dollar for dollar. 

A close second was the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker – I like it because it cooks the egg at the same time, and the design of the compartments means the filling isn’t expelled from the sandwich during cooking.

My third choice is the T-Fal GC7 Electric Grill and Sandwich Maker because of the automatic cooking programs, which takes the guesswork out of cooking when you use it to grill anything else apart from a breakfast sandwich.

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