A Panini press is your one-stop solution to make press sandwiches and grilled sandwiches but not only that, you can make several other items with the help of it too. Although the basic work of a Panini press is to press the food items and cook it, there are several ways to do it which means that there is more than 1 type of Panini press. Surprised?
Well, we know that you might not have expected it but there are indeed many types of Panini press which can perform an assortment of different activities and it is important to know the differences between them to make an informed decision when you choose to buy a Panini press for yourself.
These are as follows:
Basic Panini Press
One of the most basic versions of Panini press, this includes a heavy lid which presses down on your food item and brings it into a closer contact with the cooking surface. This type of Panini press comes with a non-removable ridged plates which tend to leave a mark on all your pressed food items.
Most of the Panini presses of this type include an upper and a lower heated plate which helps in preparing your food. All you need to do is place your food on the plates, press the lid down and come back in a few minutes once your food is ready.
Panini Press with removable plates
The second type of Panini press which is an evolved version of the basic type, this one comes with a removable plate which makes it easier to grill other food items too.
This type of Panini press comes with removable plates which are smooth on one side and have ridged marks on the other side. Apart from allowing you to perform a variety of tasks with the help of them, these type of Panini press is also easier to clean than other Panini presses.
In fact, a lot of vendors have started offering waffle plates along with these Panini press to make it even more versatile and useful than the other Panini presses.
Hinged Counter Top Grills
The most advanced type of Panini press, this one offers you more versatility than your other Panini press and allows you to cook your food either by cooking on both sides of the food or you can open this appliance to double the space to cook your food.
When you open up space, it resembles a mini grill and you need to swap the surface of your food to ensure that it gets cooked properly form both the sides and not only one side.
This type of Panini press comes in two types of model, one with non-removable plates and another with grill plates which can be removed or reversed. These advanced versions of Panini press often come with a drip plate which makes it easy to catch the grease while grilling and they have programmable heat settings to make your work much simpler and easier.