Can a Sandwich Maker Toast Bread?

Sandwich makers are an excellent way to quickly and easily prepare sandwiches. They serve several purposes and have gradually become a necessity in many homes.

If you often skip breakfast because of less time, you need to get a sandwich maker! They are quick to use and easy to clean. People are using sandwich makers for a number of reasons; one new question is whether you can toast bread in a sandwich maker.

Yes! Sandwich makers can be used to toast bread in a minute or less. Other than toasting, they can also be used to make a variety of delicious treats like pancakes.

How to toast bread in a sandwich maker

Here’s a step-by-step guide on toasting a slice of bread in a sandwich maker:

  1. Plug-in the sandwich maker, so it starts to preheat. The red light should turn on.

Why do the majority of sandwich makers don’t have on/off buttons? Learn here.

  • Butter your slices of bread, and now wait for the sandwich maker to preheat. This usually takes just a few seconds.
  • Then, the red light should turn off and the green light on. This indicates that the sandwich maker has preheated completely.
  • Now open it, and place your bread slices on it. Then close it tightly, and lock it, so the bread doesn’t come out.
  • When the bread is toasted, the green light will turn off. Now, open the sandwich maker and take out your toasted bread. 
  • After toasting your bread, leave the sandwich maker’s cover open for a few minutes to allow it to cool.

Toasting bread in a sandwich/panini press

As is the case with sandwich makers, the sandwich/panini press can also be used to toast bread. Here are the steps for it:

  1. Firstly, butter your bread slices and the surface of the sandwich press. Be sure not to scratch the non-stick surface of the press.
  2. Turn on the sandwich press and let it preheat. Many presses nowadays have customizable preheating settings. If that’s the case with your press, simply set it on medium heat.
  3. After a few seconds, a green light should turn on. This indicates that the sandwich press has been fully preheated.
  4. Now open it and put your slices on it. Then close it tightly and lock it to prevent the bread from falling out.
  5. It will take 2 minutes maximum for the bread to toast on the medium settings. Be sure not to overcook as it can easily burn. Now, just take out your toasted bread from the press and let the press cool off.

Also learn how to make chaffles in a sandwich maker!

The difference between a sandwich maker and a sandwich press

We have discussed how to use both the sandwich maker and the press above. You must be thinking that they are pretty similar, right? Well, No. They are actually pretty different from each other. Let’s talk about the differences and similarities between them.

Sandwich maker

  • A sandwich maker is basically an electric plate with two sandwich-shaped pockets on it.
  • If you want to just make a quick sandwich on the go, sandwich makers are the perfect tool for you. They are very efficient and fast.
  • It is a very simple appliance. It has no buttons, no adjustable settings, and nothing that will confuse a new user. 
  • One disadvantage it has is that it can only be used for simple sandwiches. You cannot add more than 3 or 4 fillings in your sandwich else it will leak.

Sandwich/Panini press

  • A sandwich press is essentially a small grill that can toast and grill your sandwiches.
  • It is very customizable, unlike a sandwich maker. You can tweak things like temperature settings and preheat modes easily. This allows for more versatility.
  • You can use it to make thick and big sandwiches. Compared to a sandwich maker, it can be used to make sandwiches with more fillings.
  • It is not suitable for a new user, though, as any wrong change in the temperature will burn your sandwiches.

Also read: Air fryer vs. panini press

Final thoughts

Sandwich makers are very versatile and easy to use. They can be used to make many things, like French toast, waffles, pancakes, and toast. If you have a panini press instead, you can also use it for toasting bread. The options are unlimited! Happy toasting.

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Immad Amir
I'm Immad, a passionate home chef and the proud curator of RavvyReviews, a kitchen appliance & food blog. Through my blog, I share expert tips all aimed at inspiring fellow food enthusiasts to embark on their culinary adventures with confidence and creativity. I love interacting with you guys, do share your thoughts in the comments. Get in touch with me through
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