Everyone try to minimize the time for cooking and eating in present times. So what can be faster to cook than delicious sandwiches? To enhance the convenience of its cooking a special device was invented – a special maker. We will talk today about how to choose a good electric sandwich maker.
What is a sandwich maker?
An electric sandwich maker (sandwich toaster) is a kitchen appliance for cooking sandwiches with electricity.
The basic principle of the work of a single sandwich maker is that two slices of bread and between them the filling is heated on both sides with the help of a heating element, resulting is a sandwiches with a warm crisp crust.
The main characteristics of a maker are the follow:
1. Sandwich toaster power.
The power of a home electric sandwich maker is actually the power of its heating element, the temperature and the heating rate depending on this power.
The range of maker’s power is from 640 in mini sandwich maker to 1,400 watts in top professional toasted sandwich maker. As in most cases, it is advisable to buy appliance with an average power (about 750 watts).
2. The shape of plates.
Before you buy a good sandwich maker you need to determine which bread form you will use more often for coocking.
Basically maker’s plates are arranged in such manner that you can put a square or triangular slice of bread.
Models with the possibility of cooking half-rounded bread pieces are not as common.
In some models of makers the heating surface is generally not divided into compartments, in such devices it is possible to cook sandwiches of any shape.
3. Number of slices.
Different devices can prepare a different number of slices. This amount depends on the size of the sandwich maker and on the number of “landing places”.
For example, in a maker with two square places you can prepare two square sandwiches or four triangular.
However, more practical are models with the ability to prepare 4 square slices (respectively 8 triangular).
4. Properties of a cover.
The properties of the coating of plates depend not only on the quality of cooking, but also on the comfort of cleaning the device.
Since there is a heating process in the sandwich, the working surfaces of the plates should have a special non-stick coating, the same as, for example, in a multi purpose cooker.
If the automatic sandwich maker does not have a non-stick coating – it’s better not to look at this model.
5. The presence of a thermal insulation.
A thermal insulation of kitchen sandwich maker helps to avoid burns in the process of cooking. At the same time it is good, if not only the handles, but also the whole maker is insulated.
Manufacturers of bread sandwich toasters, for the most part, do not forget about thermal insulation, but it is better for you to check its presence in a particular model of a maker.
6. Additional features.
The main additional parameters of a sandwich toaster, which should be appreciated, are:
- A panel’s blocker. This is a special latch or catch, which avoids accidental opening of the device and further unpleasant consequences during its operation.
- An indicator of heating-readiness. Such an indicator can signal the on/off of the appliance, the achievement of the set temperature or the readiness of the sandwiches.
- A timer. A sandwich maker with timer helps to determine the exact time of the cooking process.
- A temperature controller. This regulator may be useful if you do not want to cook, but only slightly warm the slices.
Well, I hope you will always cook the most delicious sandwiches in the best sandwich maker in the world.