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There has been a difficult fact that we have been forced to accept tonight.

My trusty Breville Sandwich Toaster that I bought in about 1991 (which has served me well through 2 marriages and a bout of living-in-sin that has already lasted longer then either of them)  has finally given up the ghost.

The non-stick has unstuck, it takes an age to heat up and then takes forever to toast the toasties (tonights were cheese, ham and onion with a little worcester sauce – much yummy indeed).

So – we need to buy a new one.  Simple, yes?  But no no no no no.  This means that we need to make a decision – we now have to choose whether to stick with a classic sandwich toaster that seals the edges to that gorgeous crispiness as in the photo, OR to go for a more modern café-press style gridlly thing that is more versatile.

It is a very important decision, and one that has to be taken seriously.  The Man’s immediate reaction was “Let’s just get both!” but this isn’t practical as we live in a small London flat, with a small London kitchen – there is not the room for such extravagance!

I’m sure anyone reading this will have an opinion (which I would love to hear) and will be desperate to know what conclusion we come to – so I will be sure to come back and tell of the story’s end!

  1. October 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    You NEED the crispy edges. Screw versatility, CRUNCH is where it’s at!

  2. Lena
    October 17, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    For me it would have to be the original (still got mine!). Its as much about the retro nostalgia as the yummy fillings.

    PS tuna and onion is a personal fav..

  3. Jo
    October 17, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    When my Breville died a few years ago, I replaced it with a press style and it’s wonderful! You still get the crunch BUT you can put Ciabattas etc. in it as well.

    When I toast a normal sandwich, I press down really hard on it to make sure it’s as tight as poss to recreate the ‘breville’ experience!

  4. October 17, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    well…this clearly isn’t helping my decision!!

  5. Lee
    October 18, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Given up the Holy Ghost has it?


    See what I did there?

  6. Linda
    October 18, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I used to have one with interchangeable plates, a sandwich one and a flatter one, wonder if you can still get them.

    • October 18, 2010 at 11:58 am

      Hmm – that sounds perfect. i’ll have to look out for one. i’ve seen the ones where you get the griddle and flat interchangeable, but not a proper ‘sealing edge’ sandwich one too

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