Although a less recognizable brand, Oster has its fingers in kitchen appliances for awhile. However, while your typical brand names stick to the well laid out formula when it comes to making Panini presses, Oster took a different route, and it is one that has, as expected, achieved varying results.
At a compact 4 x 12 x 10 inches, the Oster DuraCeramic is smaller than other models, but what really sets it apart is the plates. Instead of being non-stick or cast iron, the plates used on the Oster are non-stick ceramic. This is a preferable alternative for those that have owned other Panini presses and found them lacking. With ceramic, you don’t need to worry about rust like with cast iron nor do you have to endure the non-stick flaking off after a period of use. There is also the added benefit of ceramic cooking and heating up over 20 percent faster than other materials.
However, for those who have some experience with ceramic cookware, they know that there
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While plates are important, so is the rest of the design, but luckily it excels there as well. While the floating hinge isn’t height adjustable, it does come with a different handy feature if you fancy something other than a Panini. Turned backwards, it folds out into a full grill so you can cook a steak or a whole lot of veggies without using the press function. While it does that with ease, the floating hinge is still tall enough to effectively press even some pretty large sandwiches.
To make the grill function more effective, the Oster DuraCeramic also features handy adjustable feetwith two drip cups, one for each side, so you can effectively guide any greasy run-off into the right places. It also comes with its own plate cleaning scraper, which is a nice feature that not all Panini presses think to include.
As the Oster also performs as a grill, it also comes with an adjustable heat setting so you can cook as fast or as low and slow as you desire while still getting those wonderful char lines. As you can actually turn it off, this is one Panini press that you don’t need to unplug and shove in some cabinet after use, but you can give it a permanent home on your kitchen counter without having to worry where that errant cord gets away to.
While the Oster DuraCeramic Panini Press is often overlooked in lieu of more popular brand names, those who skip this little gem over are truly missing a Panini press of a lifetime. It has almost all the features you’d want in the perfect press and it achieved them by walking the route less traveled in terms of materials.
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