Hamilton Beach is a household name for kitchen appliances. It is often considered the more affordable option for many tools that are much more expensive with other brand names, but still features all the beloved features that make them so highly functional. With an affordable price, the Hamilton Beach Panini Press sticks to that same reputation, but it is hardly the only Panini press ever created by the manufacturer.
In truth, you need to be somewhat careful when purchasing a Panini press that is Hamilton
|Product Type Name||KITCHEN|
|Title||Hamilton Beach 25462Z Panini Press Gourmet Sandwich Maker|
At 8 inches x 10 inches x 13.3, the 25462Z features a thicker top lid that greatly diminishes the extreme heat that was radiated from the body of the previous model. However, what made both models preferable over any other brand stayed, and that is the high floating hinge lid. This style of lid is built in the café-style so that it can get a solid clamp on the thinnest or thickest sandwiches. Yet, that is only one piece of the puzzle on the path to the perfect Panini. The other half of the puzzle is the locking mechanism that makes sure you get the absolutely firmest clamp throughout the cooking process. The locking mechanism also allows for easy storage, be it vertical or horizontal up on a shelf.
While the locking mechanism makes for good storage, it is actually needed as this is a Panini press that doesn’t have a power switch nor does it have temperature controls. This means that you plug it in, it heats up, and you cook on one temperature only. This works great for simple Panini’s, but not much else. Unfortunately, after you are done, it needs to be unplugged, cooled down, and cleaned before you can tuck it away somewhere, making this one maker that you can’t easily sit on a countertop and use at your leisure.
As for the cleanup situation, the Hamilton Beach does not have removable plates, but its plates are non-stick and easily cleaned. As the floating hinge lid rises up so high, it is easy to scrub down, but not much scrubbing will be required no matter how much melted cheese that you get on there. However, while the insulated top and insulated handle make this model much safer, it does mean that it takes longer to cool down, so use caution before starting to clean.
So is the Hamilton Beach 25462z worth it? Of course it is, especially if you only want an affordable sandwich press to make Panini’s with. Due to its low price, for all of its flaws that aren’t particularly deal breakers, this is a great Panini press. The locking mechanism that seems to be missing from so many other options is also a major selling point. There is nothing more irritating than having to sit there and hold the lid closed. With this model, you don’t have to do that to get a perfect sandwich.