A Sandwich Maker is a simple electrical device for making bread toasts. It comes with internal hotplates that generate the heat for toasting the bread. A sandwich maker or sandwich toaster is an essential appliance for a modern kitchen and can considerably reduce the time and effort required to prepare breakfast. This article will guide you on how to buy a sandwich maker.
Where to Buy Sandwich Makers
Buying a sandwich maker is very easy, because there are very few decisions to be made. This is because sandwich makers are very simple devices. Just place a bread sandwich inside, power on and the hotplate will toast the sandwich. Now here are a few things to consider when shopping for a sandwich maker.
How many Slices
Sandwich makers can toast from one slice to up to 8 slices. Note however that each slice on the specs of a sandwich maker actually means 2 slices, since you need 2 slices of bread to make a bread sandwich. A one slice sandwich maker will take two slices of bread with the filling sandwiched between them.
Sandwich makers that can handle multiple slices will be faster to use since you can make more bread sandwiches at a time. However, the more slices a sandwich maker can handle the higher the power consumption of the device, since each slice compartment may have its own hotplate.
Power consumption is an essential consideration when buying a sandwich maker in Nigeria, since you cannot count on public power supply. So, you need a sandwich maker that can be comfortably powered by your power generator. Except of course you want the PHCN to dictate when you eat sandwiches, a bit on this later.
What size is a Slice
While a sandwich maker can handle one or more slices, the size of bread that a sandwich maker can handle varies. It is a good idea to buy a sandwich maker that can handle the normal size bread found in your area. Of course, you can still cut the bread to size, but this will add more work to preparing breakfast, which is exactly what you want to avoid when you thought about buying a sandwich maker.
Thermostat Controlled Plates?
Thermostat control is available for the hot plates in pricier models. This allows for even cooking.
Is it easy to clean
A sandwich maker makes preparing bread sandwiches easy, but what about the cleaning up after? Sandwich makers come with features for easy cleaning like non-stick plates and removable plates. Non stick plates is now a standard feature in most sandwich makers. However, their level of effectiveness varies. Pricier models may be easier to clean than cheaper models.
What is the Power Rating
Sandwich makers use electrical energy. If you are buying a sandwich maker, you need to buy one with low enough power consumption that it can be powered by a power generator. I guess you will not want to eat sandwiches only when there is public power supply. The fewer the number of slices the lower the power consumption.
There are sandwich makers with 750W power rating. Such sandwich makers can be powered by your generators of 1.2KVA and above. If you can find one with a lower rating, better.
What is your budget
The price of a sandwich maker varies depending on the number of slices it can handle and the level of sophistication. You can buy a sandwich maker at a price as low as 1,500 Naira, while highend models can cost more than 6,000 Naira. In Nigeria, you can buy sandwich makers from Philips, Kenwood, Master Chef, Panasonic, Sonik, Russell Hobbs, Binatone, Palson Montana, and other leading brands.
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There goes the guide on how to buy a sandwich maker. If you have more tips about shopping for sandwich makers, please add it as a comment. I will like to hear from you.
Note that this article is not intended to teach you how to use your sandwich maker, but to guide you on how to buy a sandwich maker. Consult your manual if you want to learn how to use your sandwich maker.