Breville BSG520XL Panini Press Review

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Breville has always been a trusted name in kitchen appliances. They produce a whole line of high quality products that are trusted by both home cooks and professionals around the world. Their Panini press is no different. While it has many of the things that consumers should look for in Panini press, there are a few ease-of-use features that are missing that might make more discerning Panini makers pass it by.

Measuring 5.25 inches x 13 inches x 11.75 inches, this spacious Panini press puts out

Breville BSG520XL Panini Duo 1500-Watt Nonstick Panini Press

Binding Kitchen
Brand Breville
Color Silver
EAN 6090535408710
Label Breville
List Price $69.95
Manufacturer Breville
Model BSG520XL
MPN BSG520XL
Package Quantity 1
Part Number BSG520XL
Product Group Kitchen
Product Type Name KITCHEN
Publisher Breville
Studio Breville
Title Breville BSG520XL Panini Duo 1500-Watt Nonstick Panini Press
UPC 634392077120
Warranty One-year
optimum heat through its 1500 watt heating element. Featuring non-stick plates, you can not only make some perfect Panini’s with this little beast, but a number of other grilled goodies. In fact, the instruction manual itself attests to this by including a number of different recipes that aren’t just Panini’s.

Like all good Panini presses, the floating hinge is really the star of the show here. It comes with a height adjustment system so that no matter how absolutely massive your sandwich is, the top lid can accommodate it without your sandwich sliding apart when the lid closes.

Unfortunately, this Panini press doesn’t have removable plates, but that doesn’t mean you need to shy away from messier recipes. The non-stick on the Breville works wonderfully, and will likely continue to do so for several years of frequent use. Speaking of plates, Breville uses plates that are a little different from its competitors. Instead of ribbed plates on both sides, the bottom plate is flat while the top is ribbed. This is used to provide even heat throughout the sandwich while you still get those beautiful grill marks on the top of your Panini. However, while this makes it great for cooking things other than sandwiches, it can also cause the bottom of your Panini to burn badly if left on too long.

In terms of safety, the Breville could be better. The handle is insulated and located far enough away from the body to not get hot, but the exposed plates on the front could be a burn hazard if touched while heating. The body itself can also get warm, but not so much that you’d risk a burn.

So where does the Breville stumble? Well, it only stumbles slightly by not having features that would make it more useful. One of its major downfalls is the lack of a power button. This means it can’t just sit plugged in like your coffee pot or electric can opener. You need to plug it in for each use and unplug it after. Likewise, the Breville could afford a more precise heating system so you could cook more than just sandwiches with precision. With a 1500 watt heating system, it would benefit from temperature setting opposed to the one-heat-fits-all system that it uses.  However, those two factors aside, there is not much else to fault the Breville for. It works amazingly, as expected from the brand, and it can be a Panini press that lasts a lifetime.

Other Panini Presses on Amazon to Consider:

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BELLA Electric Panini Maker Press and Sandwich Grill, Polished Stainless Steel Bella $32.89
Chef Buddy 82-SW100 Non-Stick Grill and Panini Press, Red Chef Buddy $16.78

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