If you had a chance to examine various Panini makers that are manufactured by different brands, then you would already know that the Breville company produces quite a lot of Breville Panini presses and other countertop appliances. One of their units is the Breville heavy duty Panini maker sandwich cooker TG425XLR.
First of all, the Breville TG425XLR comes with ribbed cooking plates that are coated with titanium infused QuantaniumT, which is supposed to serve as a nonstick coating (that is often found in many other countertop grills), and to help the unit resist wear and scratching.
It’s necessary to mention that this Breville heavy duty Panini maker doesn’t have removable cooking plates, so the grilling plates are fixed to the body of the unit and cannot be removed for easy cleanup (like some of its rivals in the marketplace). However, it doesn’t mean that you need to search for another sandwich maker, since such units that do have removable plates often do not have a very good heating mechanism – so these types of units may be a lot easier to clean, but wouldn’t cook your food as good as you may want.
On the other hand, it shouldn’t be extremely hard to clean the Breville heavy duty Panini maker sandwich cooker TG425XLR (again, despite the fact that its grilling plates aren’t removable). The Breville TG425XLR Panini press also has a drip tray that can be used to catch the generated grease and thus help you leave less mess on the counter / surface to clean.
The Performance of The Breville TG425XLR
To begin with, the Breville heavy duty Panini maker includes adjustable height control that would allow you to choose the height of the top plate (and hence, the pressure that is exerted on your sandwich/food). The upper plate of the Breville heavy duty Panini maker sandwich cooker TG425XLR has six different height settings which can, for example, significantly reduce the pressure on more delicate foods.
Additionally, this Breville Panini press is capable of reaching high temperatures and remain hot once it gets to that temperature. Actually, you’ll need to be careful not to touch the body of the Breville TG425XLR while the surface is still hot, since the whole unit (except for the handle) seems to get quite hot as well.
The heat distribution of the Breville heavy duty Panini maker is also enough to provide you with the right conditions to cook delicious food. Unfortunately, in order to shut the grill off it’s necessary to unplug the unit – there is no on/off switch as you may find in other kitchen appliances.
Overall, the Breville heavy duty Panini maker sandwich cooker TG425XLR is definitely an interesting unit which gets the attention of many consumers, but its price is far from being cheap (unless you manage to find a serious discount) and it could be hard to clean since the grilling plates are not removable.