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VonShef 2-in-1 snack maker
Pros: Small footprint, easy to use, great value
Cons: No recipe book
This dinky little gadget is perfect for one person. It makes one sandwich or one waffle, depending on which plates you use, and does a pretty good job with both.
The machine is fairly slow to pre-heat, taking an average of around four minutes and 15 seconds on the occasions we tried it. Unlike most sandwich makers, there’s no green light to show you when it’s reached the right temperature – instead the red light goes off and it also switches on and off during toasting too. We found it a little disconcerting initially, though to be fair, it’s something you get used to quickly, and it could be a positive advantage for someone who is colour blind.
Once the light goes off, you need to butter or oil the plates before adding your fillings. The instructions say to allow three to six minutes for cooking. Our sandwich was cooked nicely after four. We gave it another minute to see what happened but it didn’t brown much more.
Our medium sliced supermarket bread fitted perfectly and toasted evenly, though the seal could have been a little tighter. You get a whole two-slice sandwich without a pre-marked 'cut' through the middle, so it isn’t as delicate as some and it made the sandwich a little harder to eat.
You can swap the plates around easily by clicking the release button and slotting the second set of plates into place. It’s a shame there’s no recipe book so we had to google a recipe for the waffles. You pour the mixture into the middle of the lower plate and once you close the lid, this is pushed out to cover the whole plate, creating a perfect square waffle. After four minutes, our waffle was golden brown, soft and delicious.
As the plates are removable, you can wash them in the sink, rather than having to make do with wiping them, but they don’t go in the dishwasher. The petite machine would be a perfect gift for a student leaving home for the first time, or for someone with limited workspace in the kitchen.
Multi-functional: Yes (sandwiches and waffles)
Number of sandwiches: One
Removable plates: Yes
Dishwasher proof: No
Recipe book: No
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