Recommendations for a panini press?

Hi, I'm looking for a cheap-ish panini press on Amazon. Do you guys have any recs for a good press that gets the job done and isn't expensive?

  • Posted by: KatyM
  • July 10, 2012
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Sam1148
Sam1148 July 10, 2012

We have a De'Longhi that's just fine. http://www.amazon.com/DeLonghi-CGH800-Contact-Grill-Panini/dp/B0000AZK80

We rarely use it any more. I wish it had a griddle that flips to a smooth surface for making Cuban sandwiches tho, Still at 60 bucks it's a good buy.
This one from Cuisanart looks good for a bit less money.
http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-GR-35-Griddler-Compact/dp/B003YV7M7G/ref=pd_sbs_k_12
Humm...looks that one is marked down drastically.
So, I'd probably go with that one because of the price and reversible plates.

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jenmmcd
jenmmcd July 10, 2012

I'd recommend getting a cast iron griddle that's flat on one side and had ridges on the other. That way you can use it for paninis (just weigh down the sandwiches with a heavy can or another skillet) as well as other things, such as grilling inside, making pancakes, etc. It's great to quickly grill asparagus inside and I use mine weekly for a large area to quickly cook pancakes.

like this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-LPGI3-16-Inch-Cast-Iron-Griddle/dp/B00008GKDQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1341954939&sr=1-1

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em-i-lis
em-i-lis July 10, 2012

I think this is a smart idea. We have a panini press, the aforementioned delonghi i believe, and it's a good machine but we never use it. a griddle is more multi-purpose!

boulangere
boulangere July 10, 2012

I had 2, long story, and gave them both away. I have a griddle that's flat on one side, ridged on the other. That's my machine!

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allans
allans July 10, 2012

Go with a griddle. A press is a pain to clean, even non-stick. I hate using it. Mine was received as a
Gift and is a Krups btw

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NickyF
NickyF September 25, 2017

Check out these 5 recommendations on Amazon.. These guys have thoroughly reviewed each one of them.. https://www.uphomes.net/best-panini-press/

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Shallot September 25, 2017

I had a nice panini press, can't remember the name, but gave it away b/c it was always easier to reach for my Le Creuset grill pan. I bought a matching heavy press that you can put on top of the food. Much more versatile since I also grill veggies on it.

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