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Tips For Buying a Panini Maker

Panini Press Advice Wanted!

Krups at ShopStyle

Kitchen gadget-lovers: fuzzles needs our help. She recently asked the community for panini press advice:

I have so far remained steadfast in my resolve to not purchase a panini press, but I am faltering quite quickly. A pending move has spurred most of this. I am thinking that this would be a great counter-top piece for super-quick sandwiches while settling in. Well, that and the fact that I will be living about 3 miles away from one of the best, if not THE best, Mom and Pop Italian delis in the metro. In short, we're talking preventative wallet-pummeling, folks. Sound good so far? The problem is, I want to find a quality press for around 50 clams. Is this even possible? Any input about your individual panini experiences, past and present, would be greatly appreciated. The good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between! Thankful and passionate culinary fondles in advance!

At $80, the panini press that I have is out of her budget. However, if you're a sandwich lover, fuzzles, I recommend you definitely invest in a press. I've used mine countless times; it's so fun having a panini party! Do you have a panini maker? Share your tips with us below.

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fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Thanks for the post, Katie! Also, thanks for the replies! I'll be checking out George this weekend. Can't wait to get panini-ing! :drool:
hexentanz hexentanz 5 years
I will third the George Foreman!
oatmealpie oatmealpie 5 years
I was going to recommend the George Foreman grill as well. I use mine to make paninis all the time, and it can also grill chicken for your salads or quesadillas.
susanec susanec 5 years
I have a cast-iron panini press that you can use with a grill pan or regular pan. Something like this includes the press top and the pan.
lyricalsoul lyricalsoul 5 years
Your mileage may vary, but I started using my Foreman grill as a poor girl's substitute a few years ago, and have never felt the need to upgrade. It makes the best Cubano, and handles that triple meat/quadruple cheese concoction my little brother is fond of without incident.
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