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Flat Toasted Sandwich Makers and Jaffle Iron Reviews & Guide

Updated on August 24, 2013

Jaffle & Sandwich Makers

There's nothing quite as good as having a hot toasted sandwich in the middle of winter or even with a cold drink on a nice day. They were a family staple in my childhood and till this day I still like a good grilled cheese.

Toasted sandwiches used to involve a jaffle maker or just a hot frypan. These days however, there are many more options. From basic "on the stove" jaffle makers through to quick seal electronic toasted sandwich makers or flat sandwich makers there's something available for every taste. It's even possible to get electronic equipment that doubles as toasted sandwich maker, pie maker or waffle maker.

Below are some of the various types of sandwich makers available on the market today as well as some information about their uses.

Old Style Jaffle Makers

Before their electronic counterparts came out, thick metal jaffle makers were all the rage. The sandwich was simply inserted into the round or square mould then the crusts were cut from around the edges.

It's still possible to buy these old style jaffle makers. They're a great option for throwing on the stove or even in a campfire for a hot toasted sandwich at home or out camping.

They give the toasties a much nicer flavour than just your average quick and easy electronic sandwich maker.

Toastie Tip: Spread outside layers of bread with a dash of butter or margarine for a golden, crisp finish.

Electronic Sealed Sandwich Makers

One of the most common sandwich makers in the market these days is the sealed sandwich maker. These usually allow you to toast two sandwiches at once and only take a few minutes to cook.

The unique shape of these sandwich makers allows the sandwich to be sealed in a way similar to a pie so that you don't have to worry about too many dribbles (unless you overload the sandwich!)

They're a great option for kids or for a quick and easy party idea. Most sandwich makers cut and seal the sandwich into two triangles.

Flat Sandwich Makers

Some people prefer their sandwiches flat like they were first made by the Earl Of Sandwich.

Flat sandwich makers allow you to keep your original sandwich but let the ingredients melt and heat together.

They're a great idea for a lunchroom if workers bring their own packed sandwich lunches.You can also use these sandwich makers to make things such as panini or kebabs. 

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Multifunction Sandwich Makers

Maybe you don't eat a lot of toasted sandwiches. Or you just prefer not to have a whole lot of different cooking equipment taking up space in the kitchen.

Either way, one of these machines is perfect. A flat sandwich maker, as mentioned above, is great for other uses such as kebabs while some of the sandwich makers on the right also double as waffle makers or grills.

With one of these you won't need to worry about different items at different times of year - this sandwich maker is suitable for every season!

There's nothing quite as good as a hot toasted sandwich on a cold day.
There's nothing quite as good as a hot toasted sandwich on a cold day.

Great Ingredients for Toasted Sandwiches

One of the best things about toasted sandwiches is that the ingredients melt together into a delicious mush with the right food. Everyone has had a toasted cheese (and if you haven't you should!) but have you tried the following combinations?

► Tomato, cheese & ham.

► Avocado & cheese.

► Fried egg - simply place egg in bottom layer of bread and allow to cook inside your toasted sandwich.

► Tuna & mayonaise.

► Tinned or fresh spaghetti or baked beans.

► Fresh fruit and some cream for a dessert sandwich.

*Photo by Takeaway


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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Great review of jaffle makers, buying toasted sandwich makers online is a great resource for all us hungry folks, nothing beats a toasty sandwich. Best of luck on the challenge, your off to a banging go~!

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      Dan Harmon 7 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Good hub, Wrylilt. Lots of useful info (I like the inclusion of recipes) with a good appearance. What's a jaffle??

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      liljen23 7 years ago from Shreveport,LA

      Great hub Wry, good layout and nice details. This is making me hungry..LOL..

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      L M Reid 7 years ago from Ireland

      Useful hub. I like the layout. Love my toasted ham and tomotoe sandwich but might give some of your sandwiches a try.