Advantages Makes tasty toasted sandwiches, Easy to use, Easy to store away
Disadvantages Basic in appearance, Can't add anything too thick as a filling, Bread needs trimming to fit
When I moved into my new home a couple of months ago I had a list of things I needed to buy and kitchenware was a high priority on my list. I already had a few essentials; a toaster, kettle, microwave, cutlery and plates etc but I didn't have the budget to buy a cooker straight away and wanted something that would make quick and convenient snacks but at a low price. A toasted sandwich maker seemed like a great idea at the time, I've owned a couple in the past and knew what to expect from one and the thoughts of a tasty ham and cheese toastie appealed to me so I looked online, saw a 'value' one from Argos priced at £5.99 and decided to part with my cash.
I'm easily pleased when it comes to toasties and am quite happy just to settle for ham and cheese as a filling and having used this sandwich maker often over the past couple of months I have come to the conclusion that it's a good job I don't want anything too bulky. Although described as deep-fill in reality you would struggle to get anything too thick between the slices of bread before they seep out of the machine as it just can't seem to cope with anything too challenging. A sandwich maker is supposed to seal the edges of the bread as it's cooking and this one from Argos does with 'flat' fillings but give it anything else and it simply squashes the filling to the edges and you end up with a mess. There are grooves on the plates which make pretty indentations onto the toast but these are useless at sealing in the fillings I add and I discovered the limitations of this machine after only a couple of uses. Don't get me wrong, it does work - the sandwich maker does toast the bread to a nice crispiness and the fillings do come out hot, cheese ends up being melted to perfection and I do enjoy the toasties it makes but I expected that from the machine anyway.
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