Grills & Sandwich Presses

Canstar Blue’s grill and sandwich press review has compared Sunbeam, Target, Breville, Kmart and George Foreman on their performance, ease of use, functions & features, ease of cleaning, design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Sunbeam chomped the competition in our grill and sandwich press ratings, clearing the board with five-star reviews in all categories!

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The humble grill and sandwich maker may be two of the most underrated kitchen appliances. After all, is there anything better than breaking apart a fresh, warm cheesy toastie in the morning? Even chucking a donut in a sandwich press can provide the perfect afternoon pick me up you never knew you needed.

To find out what makes the cut, we grilled nearly 700 Aussies for their feedback on the grill(s) or sandwich press(es) they’ve bought and used in the last three years. Brands were reviewed on performance, ease of use, functions & features, ease of cleaning, design, value for money and overall satisfaction. Manufacturers that received at least 30 survey responses are rated in this report.

Sunbeam was rated the pickle on top, receiving five-star reviews for performance, ease of use, functions & features, ease of cleaning, design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

Best Grills

Best sunbeam grill and sandwich press

Here are the best brands of grills and sandwich presses in Australia, as rated by consumers in our latest review:

  1. Sunbeam
  2. Target
  3. Breville
  4. Kmart
  5. George Foreman

Sunbeam cooked up a five-star rating for overall satisfaction, while Target and Breville squeezed out four stars. Finally, Kmart and George Foreman rounded up the results on three stars for overall satisfaction.

It’s worth noting that Breville also dished up full marks for performance, functions & features and design. Target and Kmart similarly got five stars for value for money.

Grills & Sandwich Presses Compared

Sunbeam

Sunbeam grill sandwich press review

Sunbeam has a variety of grills and sandwich makers to suit various 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.

Sunbeam’s range starts from $49.95 and reaches up to $169 for a grill designed to be used both indoors and outdoors. Some models from the range include:

  • Sunbeam Compact Café Grill: $49.95*
  • Sunbeam Big Fill Toastie For 4: $79.95*
  • Sunbeam Café Sandwich Press: $99.95*
  • Sunbeam Flip & Grill: $149*
  • Sunbeam ReversaGrill BBQ Grill: $169*

Sunbeam earned a five-star spread across all categories, including performance, ease of use, functions & features, ease of cleaning, design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Target

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Target dishes out its own range of kitchen appliances including budget-friendly grills and sandwich presses, either sold under the Target brand name or Bellini. You can spot Bellini products in Target stores as well as other retailers owned by Wesfarmers, including Bunnings.

Prices start from just under $30 and go up towards the $100 mark. Models include:

  • Bellini Sandwich Press: $29*
  • Bellini Sandwich & Waffle Maker: $39*
  • Bellini Super Grill Machine: $99*

Target was rated five stars for value for money and four stars for design, features & functions and overall satisfaction. It got three stars for the remaining categories.

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Breville

Breville grill and sandwich press review

Breville offers a slightly larger range of grills and sandwich presses than most brands. Breville models also come 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.

Breville prices are also generally heftier than some brands, ranging between $69.95 and $489. Some models include:

  • Breville the Toast & Melt: $69.95*
  • Breville the Toast & Melt 2 Slice Sandwich Press: $99.95*
  • Breville the Toast & Melt 4 Slice Sandwich Press: $119.95*
  • Breville the Adjusta Grill & Press: $149.95*
  • Breville the Sear & Press Grill: $349*

Breville got five-star reviews for performance, functions & features and design. It got four stars everywhere else, including for overall satisfaction.

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Kmart

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Kmart has a small range of hip pocket-friendly sandwich makers − all priced under $30. The cheapest option is the Sandwich Maker, which retails for just $7.50. It can grill two sandwiches in one sitting (perfect for after school snacks) and features non-stick plates, a ‘Ready’ and ‘Power On’ indicator light as well as a locking latch. Kmart’s range includes the following models:

  • Kmart Sandwich Maker: $7.50*
  • Kmart Deep Dish Sandwich Maker: $15*
  • Kmart 2 Slice Sandwich Press: $19*
  • Kmart 4 Slice Sandwich Press: $29*

Kmart earned a five-star review for value for money, plus four stars for ease of use. It got three stars everywhere else, including for overall satisfaction.

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George Foreman

George Foreman grill review

George Foreman has a variety of grills, including standard models as well as units with nifty features like SmartTemp. The range also includes a ‘smokeless’ grill which apparently contains open grate cooking technology to avoid creating smoke while cooking, perfect for those who want to bring outdoor grilling indoors!

Prices range from $39.95 and up to $199.95, with most grills available under the $100 mark. Some George Foreman grills you can find include:

  • George Foreman Fit Grill (small): $39.95*
  • George Foreman Jumbo Grill with Temperature Control: $89.95*
  • George Foreman Smokeless Grill: $99.95*
  • George Foreman Grill & Griddle: $99.95*
  • George Foreman Smart Temp Grill: $199.95*

George Foreman wrapped up the scores with four stars in most categories, including value for money. But it ended on three stars for ease of cleaning and overall satisfaction.

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Other brands

The brands rated in this year’s report aren’t the only ones worth considering. Here are a few more popular brands that might tickle your tastebuds.

  • Tefal: currently offers a fairly concise range of grills, plus the Tefal Snack Collection as the brand’s only sandwich press. These usually retail between $269 and $399.
  • Russell Hobbs: provides the Sandwich Press in stainless-steel, red or black, for $59.95.
  • De’Longhi: its contact grill line is currently limited to the 3-in-1 MultiGrill Contact Grill, which functions as a regular contact grill and open BBQ. It’s available for $319.
  • Kogan: sells several grills and sandwich presses for anywhere between $49.99 and $249.
  • Contempo: only includes a 2-slice sandwich press that’s available from Big W for $19.

What to consider when buying a grill/sandwich press

What to consider when a grill or sandwich press

Our survey respondents helped plate up a picture of what they consider important when choosing a grill or sandwich maker.

Two-fifths (40%) of people said price was their number one reason for choosing a particular brand or model, followed by how easy the appliance was to use (22%) and the size & style (15%). Brand name (11%) and features (10%) were next on the priority list.

How much do grills cost?

Generally, prices for a grill or sandwich press start from around $50 and reach up to $500. Our research revealed consumers spend an average of $71 on a new model, although almost one in five (17%) said they wished they’d spent more money for a better grill or sandwich maker.

Naturally, your budget determines which grill you will ultimately go with. The good news is you’ll find perfectly capable grills and sandwich presses at different price points to suit a range of budgets.

Design and features

Sandwich press in use in modern kitchen

When it comes to choosing the right grill, you should first look at the size you need. Think about the kinds of food you will want to cook on your grill or sandwich press and how many people you might be cooking for. You might also consider how much space you have in your kitchen to store this appliance. While it may be fairly small, large four-slice units can be pretty bulky. Only 14% of survey respondents said they wished they had purchased a bigger model.

You’ll also want to look at any additional features such as slanted designs, allowing excess oil to slide off into an oil drip tray. Plus, non-stick plates might further help with the clean-up. In addition, floating hinges might be useful as they’re designed to maintain even pressure on your toastie, especially if you are using thick bread.

Which grill is best for me?

When choosing which brand to go with there is plenty to keep in mind. Before jumping into any purchase, it would be wise to do your research so that you find exactly what you’re looking for. Our survey revealed that 22% of consumers don’t use their sandwich press/grill as much as they thought they would. So, before you send your money down the drain, consider if you really need one.

For those on a budget, Kmart and Target might be brands to consider with most of their models priced under $30. This is decent value if you’re new to the grilling game and are just trying your luck. However, if you’re a serious sandwich or wrap maker, Sunbeam was the best-rated brand for overall customer satisfaction, while Breville also rated well in key areas such as performance, design and features & functions.

About the author of this page

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.

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Picture credits:  Yuriy Golub/Shutterstock.com, Ashley Whitworth/Shutterstock.com.

*Prices taken from respective retailer websites, correct as of November 2020.

More about Grills & Sandwich Presses

Our latest customer satisfaction research on grills and sandwich presses saw a number of brands rated best in different categories:

  • Best Overall Satisfaction: Sunbeam was rated best for overall satisfaction, followed by Target and Breville.
  • Best Ease of Use: Sunbeam was rated best for ease of use, beating Breville and George Foreman.
  • Best Performance: Sunbeam finished a fraction ahead of Breville for performance, with George Foreman trailing behind.
  • Best Value for Money: Sunbeam was rated best for value for money, with Kmart and Target behind.
  • Best Design: Sunbeam was seen to have the best design, followed by Breville and Target.
  • Best Ease of Cleaning: Sunbeam was rated as the easiest to clean, ahead of Breville and Target.
  • Best Functions & Features: Breville was rated best for functions and features, beating Sunbeam and Target.

Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used a new grill or sandwich press in the last three years (this includes grills, presses, jaffle makers, etc that have a closable top/lid) – in this case, 698 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

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