Breville Duo 1500-Watt Nonstick Panini Press

Last updated date: February 10, 2020

DWYM Score
8.8

Breville Duo 1500-Watt Nonstick Panini Press

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Overall Take

You can use the Breville Duo 1500-Watt Nonstick Panini Press either with the lid or not, thanks to a locking mechanism that holds the cover in place when you lift it. It heats up quickly once you start it up, which means you can get started cooking right away. The surface is hot enough to allow cooking of items like eggs and pancakes, as well as paninis. In our analysis of 25 expert reviews, the Breville Breville Duo 1500-Watt Nonstick Panini Press placed 4th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 5, 2020:
Checkout The Best Panini Press for a detailed review of all the top panini presses.

Expert Summarized Score
8.2
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
821 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This grill comes with some really great features, such as a locking mechanism that allows you to store it upright without it falling open.
- Foodal
The flat cooking surface gets hot enough to cook items such as eggs and pancakes.
- Top Ten Reviews
It's a quality panini press that heats quickly and turns out delicious hot sandwiches, pancakes, and more.
- BestReviews
What experts didn't like
The only concern users have reported is that there is no on/off switch. This means you have to unplug the unit every time you finish using it
- Foodal
Only the top cooking surface has grill ridges, so if you want grill marks for your panini, you must flip it.
- Top Ten Reviews
Plates are not removable for cleaning. No on/off switch. No temperature control.
- BestReviews

From The Manufacturer

In keeping with its heritage of creating the world's first domestic version of a professional sandwich press, Breville introduces the Panini Duo . With a 1500 watt heating element that heats up quickly, the Panini Duo's top plate delivers beautiful grill marks on any kind of bread, while its bottom plate delivers even and quicker heat on the flat to make the perfect Panini or your own toasted sandwich creation. Grill surfaces are made with a non stick, scratch proof Quantanium surface for easy cleaning. With its sturdy construction and stainless steel construction, the Panini Duo delivers on Breville's promise of performance and elegance.Care The grill is easier to clean when slightly warm but should always be allowed to cool somewhat before cleaning. Always clean the panini press after each use to prevent build up on baked on foods. Wipe the cooking plates with a soft damp cloth. If the cooked on food is not removed with the damp cloth, reheat the grill for 1 – 2 minutes then brush the food with a little oil. Allow to stand for 5 minutes with the grill turned off, then wipe with a damp cloth. Wipe the outside of the grill with a soft damp cloth and warm soapy water. Do not use abrasive cleaners or harsh scouring pads on either the plates or the outside of the grill. This can scratch and damage the surfaces.

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Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
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An Overview On Panini Presses

Paninis may just be the perfect food. More than a sandwich, they combine the taste of the grill with the ease of stacking items between two slices of bread. They may have first become popular in Italy, but Americans have embraced paninis as a quick meal option for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.

For a good panini, though, you’ll need a grill that can tackle the job competently. Panini presses bring the grill experience indoors, letting you get those char marks that you’d normally only have on a commercial cooktop or an outdoor grill. Today’s panini presses go beyond making sandwiches, though. With some, you can also cook eggs, pancakes, quesadillas and more.

One important feature to keep in mind, though, is the size of your chosen grill. If you’re in a dorm room or studio apartment, you may need a smaller press that you can tuck away in a drawer or cabinet when you aren’t using it. Smaller presses also are easier to transport.

But some larger presses have expanded grill surfaces, which means you can make multiple sandwiches at once. You can also use some presses for cooking items like eggs and pancakes, making them handy for feeding houseguests. However, you’ll need to make sure you have a place to store something that large in between uses.

DWYM Fun Fact

Paninis traditionally have been loaded with cured meats like ham, along with cheese. But don’t feel limited by classic recipes. In recent years, chicken spinach and mozzarella and tomato paninis have become increasingly popular, both requiring their own extra ingredients and a little extra preparation. To make a proper panini, though, you’ll need the right kind of bread. Flavored bread can add a little something extra to your panini. In fact, ciabatta bread is the most popular, but you can also use focaccia bread for delicious results. If you’re health-conscious, a whole grain baguette can make a great panini. The key is to use a weightier, hearty bread that retains its moisture during the grilling process.

The Panini Press Buying Guide

  • One factor missing in many small grills like panini presses is an on/off switch. This may not matter to you, as it simply means you’ll have to unplug the unit when you’re finished with it. However, it’s worth considering as you’re looking at features.
  • Temperature control is another missing feature with many panini presses. That means you won’t have control over how hot the surface gets, limiting what you can cook on the surface.
  • If your panini press comes with a lid, look to see if it has a latch that holds it in place when it’s lifted. Otherwise, you’ll have to keep a hand on it unless it’s in the closed position.
  • Some grill surfaces take longer to preheat than others. You may be looking at a preheat time of five minutes or more with some panini presses, making those that advertise a quick heat-up time much more attractive.
  • Paninis can be messy, especially if you include ingredients like cheese. To ease the cleanup process, look for a panini press that has removable plates. Bonus points if those plates are dishwasher safe.
  • Another factor in cleanup is that drippings can slip from the grill surface while cooking. There are grills that are designed specifically to drain fats and oils away from items that are cooking, which makes your food a little healthier. But whether your panini press drains off oils or not, look for one with a drip tray that can catch all these liquids to prevent a mess on your counter.