IMUSA Electric Panini Press

Last updated date: January 31, 2020

DWYM Score
8.1

IMUSA Electric Panini Press

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 25 expert reviews, the IMUSA IMUSA Electric Panini Press placed 8th 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
7.7
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
604 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
extremely durable and will last for years
- Kitchen Gadget Reviews
Power and heat up indicator lights. Large cooking surface.
- Chef's Resource
Roomy cooking surface lets you make up to four sandwiches at a time. Power/ready lights, easy wipe nonstick plates.
- BestReviews
What experts didn't like
Has no on/off switch. Plugging it into the wall turns it on
- Kitchen Gadget Reviews
Doesn’t give grill marks to your foods. Uneven heat distribution.
- Chef's Resource
No ridges on plates means no grill marks on your sandwich. Plates cannot be removed, and there is no on/off switch. Temperature is not adjustable.
- BestReviews

From The Manufacturer

The IMUSA Panini press will make delicious Panini sandwiches in only minutes. It is truly multifunctional and can handle anything from pancakes to grilled cheeses to areas. The Large nonstick cooking plates will press your sandwich To perfection and make cleaning a breeze. With the IMUSA Panini press, make your favorite Bistro sandwiches or whatever your imagination desires.

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IMUSA Electric Panini Press
8. IMUSA Electric Panini Press
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 3

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.