So I have seen some negative reviews about this Sandwich maker. Based on these comments I can shine some light on maybe foregoing some of the negative experiences from this product.
Like with anything, please do your due diligence and read the instructions before using. This will help with issues of initial bad smells from the heating elements and the plates. As recommended wash and dry before first use.
People complain about to their sandwiches not browning after cooking. The trick here is to:
1. Leave the maker on to warm up for at least one cycle before adding your sandwich.
2. Butter the top side of the bread and base the bottom plate with butter before inserting the sandwich. This results in perfect golden toasties.
3. When cooking don't take the sandwich out after the first red light green light indication. Wait until the steam from your maker becomes less & less. This is an indication that your sandwich has been cooked.
4. I saw a lot of unfortunate people had broken their handles.... This can be prevented by guess what!? Not over filling you sandwich. Just because it says deepfill doesn't mean you can load a mountain of ingredients & expect that the handles & hinges will take the pressure! What I do is take a damp kitchen towel (not soaking wet!) And rest it over the top of the toaster. I then apply a gentle pressure with two hands and slowly compress my sandwich until I can close my unit with the latch.
Then I just sit back and wait patiently for my delicious sandwich to be cooked. Simple'
Finally a word on cleaning! I know the last thing anyone wants to do is clean up after a cook, but trust me, that sandwich is super hot after coming out. Also due to the fact the toaster has created a sealed insulation around the sandwich the filling stays hot for ages. This is the time to leave it to cool for 2 or 3 min. Unplug the sandwich maker, get some damp kitchen paper & wipe out all of the melted cheese from the plate (Be careful as they will be hot!) But trust me it's the easiest way to get all of that sandwich residue off the plates)
Hope these tips help for those that bought this for the kids quick lunches during the global pandemic.