Several factors should be considered before buying a panini press. To make sure you get the best panini press available and the appliance that is most suited to your needs, we recommend you look at the different criteria we have listed below and look for which ones apply to you.
Removable Cooking Plates
The cooking plates are the main core of the panini press. Cooking plates vary in material, size and cooking power. Some materials are able to cook your food at a quicker speed, however others have longer lasting non stick properties such as those made from Dura Ceramic. To get the highest quality we recommend you look to spend a fair bit of money as they will tend to last longer and provide higher quality cooked food. Plates should be removable in most grills, this makes them much easier to clean and wash, some are built into the appliance, which can leave you with the difficult task of trying to clean the plates without a dishwasher or a sink nearby, due to the electricity associated with the appliance.
A respected brand will offer you 3 to 5 years of warranty on your purchase. We recommend sticking to these brands such as Breville, Cuisinart and others as they are known for producing high quality products with good build qualities. The durability of the well known brands compared to the unknown cheaper brands is vastly different. Although it may be more expensive to purchase a panini press from Breville or Cuisinart, you will save money in the long run from repairs or replacements.
The sizing of the appliance is important, because if you have a smaller or more compact kitchen then we recommend getting a smaller and more compact appliance to compliment your kitchen. Those of you with tons of space in your kitchen can invest into a slightly larger panini press and reap the benefits of being able to cook more food due to the increase in surface area of your cooking plates.
The visuals of your appliance is key to making sure it blends in with your kitchen and doesn’t stand out. In our opinion a stainless steel appliance will always look best however you can invest into other colors and choose the color that suits your kitchen most.
Several panini press machines operate as grills and can perform other tasks than cooking you a wonderful panini. Some such as the GR-150 can be used as a:
- Contact Grill
- Panini Press
- Full Griddle
- Full Grill
- Half Grill
- Half Griddle
- Top Melt
So that sums up our presses. We recommend checking out Del.icio.us.com for some more panini appliances.