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When having a little bit of a clear out quite recently, I decided that my Sandwich maker had seen better days, it was looking well past its best and as I had not used it in a few months some of the joints on it were sticking and it was not letting me shut the lid correctly. I threw it away and that was that, until I started craving a toasty! I had a little look in my Argos catalogue and there was a toasty maker in there by the Severin brand. I had not heard a great deal about the brand but the price was right and it looked as if it came with everything that I needed so I decided to make a purchase and make myself a lovely cheese toasty!
As I mentioned, the Sandwich toaster was brought from my local Argos store and cost me £30.99. I believe you can still get it in Argos as well as other electrical retailers. The Sandwich maker can also be found online at Amazon or even EBay. The full name and product being the Severin sandwich Toaster SA2962.
The product came well packaged and in a cardboard box. The main features of the box being printed on the outside. There is a good instruction booklet that comes with the product as well as well as a 2 year manufacturer’s guarantee. The sandwich toaster itself is mainly black in colour other than a brushed chrome lid on the top. It looks like most other sandwich toasters with a handle at the front that allows you to open and close the lid. What is great is that the handles have a ‘cool’ feature which allows you to not get warm hands when the device is on.
To use the sandwich maker you need to plug it in at the mains, the lead being quite long, about 120cm so you can pretty much put it anywhere in your kitchen. Then you press the switch on the side to on and there will be a red light on the front of the machine that comes on, when the plates are up to temperature, you will see the light change colour to green.
There are three different plates that come with the sandwich maker, a sandwich plate, a grill plate and a waffle plate. I have only used the waffle plate once and it was fine, however I have used the sandwich and the grill plate on many an occasion and I have been really impressed with them. The sandwich maker takes hardly any time at all to heat up and when it does you simply pop your bread in and in a very short space of time the perfect toasty will have been formed!
What I like about this model is that it feels really safe to use, the handles are cool and the surface area on the plates is quite roomy so you are able to slot the bread or items of food onto the grill without catching yourself and getting burnt.
The sandwich maker is also really easy to clean so there is no worry about any residue of grease or food building up in the appliance. I have found that once the plates have cooled down, just pop them into some warm soapy water and give them a good scrub with a cleaning scorer and then they will look all sparkling and new again! The appliance just needs a wipe over with a warm cloth to stop any grease getting on it.
In summary, as I am sure you can tell, the sandwich maker has been a real hit for me and I am pleased not just with the price but the overall performance. It really is easy to use and most importantly safe to use.