Best-Rated Grills & Sandwich Presses

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Most Satisfied Customers | Breville

Aussies have rated Breville as the hottest pick in Canstar Blue’s latest grill and sandwich press ratings, with five-star reviews for performance, design, features & functionality and overall satisfaction.

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How we rate grill & sandwich presses

Our review compares grills and sandwich presses on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which grill or sandwich press they think is best!

Canstar Blue surveyed 725 Australians for their feedback on the grill(s) or sandwich press(es) they’ve purchased and used in the last three years.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their grill or sandwich press brand(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:

  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a grill or sandwich press brand as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Performance: the grill/sandwich press produces consistent and effective toasting and heating, and its performance hasn’t reduced considering the frequency of use.
  • Value for money: the cost is reasonable for the quality and performance of the grill/sandwich press.
  • Design: the grill/sandwich press has a functional design that makes it easy to use, is compact enough for storage and has an aesthetic appearance.
  • Ease of use: the grill/sandwich press is easy to use for toasting and grilling.
  • Functions & features: the grill/sandwich press has additional settings and features that improve its performance (i.e. ability to cook other foods, ability to reheat and defrost, includes a viewing window, etc.).

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.

  • Breville
  • George Foreman
  • Sunbeam
  • Russell Hobbs
  • Kmart Anko

Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.

Best grill and sandwich press brands in Australia

  1. Breville
  2. George Foreman
  3. Sunbeam
  4. Russell Hobbs
  5. Kmart Anko

Not sure which sandwich press or grill to buy? Check out our buying guide below.

1. Breville


Rating results

Breville was the hottest pick this year receiving five star ratings for overall satisfaction, performance, design and features & functionality, with four stars for value for money and ease of use.

Editor’s notes

Breville offers a slightly larger range of grills and sandwich presses than most brands, coming packed with a variety of features that separate them from standard sandwich makers. This includes an integrated probe that supposedly detects the temperature of the meat inside the sandwich and alerts you when it’s ready. Some products also provide an LCD display with five settings, including beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish, allowing you to get plenty out of a simple toastie.

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2. George Foreman

George Foreman

Rating results

George Foreman rated five stars in design and ease of use, with four stars for overall satisfaction, value for money, performance and features & functionality.

Editor’s notes

Born of the same name as the world-famous grill, George Foreman grills and sandwich presses are a popular option for panini lovers. You can expect to fork out up to $100 for a grill and can choose from small, medium, and family sizes. The range features multiple non-stick grilling plates, open griddling, and integrated drip trays to pool run-off fat and grease in both grill and griddle positions.

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3. Sunbeam


Rating results

Sunbeam achieved four star ratings for overall satisfaction, performance, design and features & functionality as well as three stars for value for money and ease of use.

Editor’s notes

Sunbeam has a variety of grills and sandwich makers to suit different needs and budgets. If you like to stuff more goodies in your sandwiches without having to fork out extra bucks, Sunbeam’s Big Fill Toastie models contain deeper and larger plates that supposedly fit 25% more filling than most other models from the brand, helping out when you’ve really got a hankering.

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4. Russell Hobbs

Russell Hobbs

Rating results

Russell Hobbs had varying results across the board with five star ratings in performance and design, four star ratings in features & functionality, ease of use and overall satisfaction, with three stars for value for money.

Editor’s notes

Standing out as the stylish brand of the bunch, Russell Hobbs offers its sandwich presses in a chic array of stainless steel, black, and cherry red. Its sandwich press range features non-stick plates, a lid lock for compact storage, temperature indicator lights to avoid scorched snacks, and a floating hinge – allowing you to make sandwiches of varying thickness.

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5. Kmart Anko


Rating results

Kmart is the cheap and cheerful option for grills and sandwich presses receiving five stars for value for money, four stars for overall satisfaction and three stars for performance, design, features & functionality and ease of use.

Editor’s notes

Kmart has a small range of sandwich makers − all priced under $40. There are two slice or four slice models to choose from to suit your toastie making and grilling needs, both at an affordable price. They feature a non-stick surface and flat hot plates with warm up and ready lights to indicate when your food is ready, giving you the essentials for when you need a snack.

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Grill & sandwich press buying guide

50% of Aussies say that a toasted sandwich is their go to lazy meal. That goes to show why a grill or sandwich press could be a great addition to the kitchen and why a toastie isn’t something to be overlooked.

If you’re not sure which brand will lead you to toastie heaven, Canstar Blue has put together a buying guide that breaks down sizes, purchase factors, features and price so you can find the right appliance.

Things to consider when buying a sandwich press or grill

42% of respondents said that price was the main factor in their purchase decision, but with a wide range of products available there are a number of price points to choose from. Another factor to consider is how often you will be using the appliance. A third of respondents (35%) said that they use their appliance a few times a week, meaning that spending more on something that you’ll use regularly could be well worth it.

How much do grills & sandwich presses cost?

Grills and sandwich presses cost from $35 to upwards of $800 with consumers spending an average of $51 on their sandwich press or grill. Entry level brands like Kmart offer cheap alternatives, but with 13% of respondents saying they wish they had bought a better appliance it could be worth splashing some extra cash towards a sandwich press.

How to clean a sandwich press or grill

Cleaning a sandwich press is as simple and convenient as the appliance itself, and it shows given that over half of respondents (62%) say they clean their appliance after every use. There are a couple of ways you can clean your grill, but the simplest way is to use a wet cloth and some soap. Because grills and sandwich presses use a hot plate foods like cheese and sauces can bake onto the surface so it’s important to use something firm enough that it can scrub it off, but nothing too abrasive that it will scratch the non-stick surface.

By wetting a piece of paper towel or a cloth and using a spatula to scrub off any baked on food you can keep your appliance clean and it will only take you a minute or so to clean it.

Where can you buy a grill or sandwich press?

You can purchase sandwich presses and grills directly from the brand or you can find them at retailers like Harvey Norman, The Good Guys and Appliances Online. If you’re still uncertain about buying a sandwich press or grill, take a look at our sandwich press buying guide.

About our consumer experts


Kate King: Home & Lifestyle Content Producer

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Producer Kate King. Kate holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries from QUT majoring in Journalism and Media and Communications, and has written for a number of publications over the past five years.


Meet the Editorial Team


Samantha Howse: Consumer Research Specialist

Sam Howse Research Specialist

Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.


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Past Ratings

Here are the past winners from Canstar Blue’s grill and sandwich press ratings:

  • 2022: Breville
  • 2021: Breville
  • 2020: Sunbeam
  • 2019: George Foreman

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