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Awful. Doesn't fit any standard bread.
The plates are way to big to fit ANY standard sliced bread sold in NZ supermarkets, so it never clamps all of the edges closed, and all of the filling leaks out. The manual says it fits standard sized bread.
The plates are about 1-2cm bigger than they need to be, much bigger than the older models it's based off.
Very disappointed! This cost more that double any competitors standard model, and it's pretty much useless.
Purchased in June 2020 for $119.00.
Great golden jafflles
Breville the Original 74 Jaffle Maker Stainless Steel BSG1974PSS is a sturdily built jaffle maker which is stylish. It's heavy and the inner non-stick coating is easy to clean with a damp cloth. The unit stays upright for easy storage in the cupboard.
Using think bread slices with enough filling to press and lock the jaffle maker always gives golden brown jafflles (butter on the out side of the bread slices makes it even better).
Product comes with the Breville assist plug.
It would have been great if there was a mechanism to wrap and hold the cord around the jaffle maker when kept in storage.
The recipe cards provided have some good ideas to try out as well.
Purchased in October 2019 at Myer Online Store.
Soggy Sandwiches every-time
Firstly, only extra large bread will fit properly into this jaffle maker in order to seal the sides of the sandwich, 95% of supermarket bread will not fit properly. Meaning all the fillings will leak out the sides.
Secondly, it takes forever to warm up and the light to turn green, and even then once its heated be prepared for your toastie to take 15 minutes to get any colour, no matter how long I have left my toasties in they have never had toasted bread.
It does look nice and the non stick coating works well, bu...t it can't make a jaffle to save its life, don't waste your time (or money considering the price of this compared to others) If I could return it I would and would buy something different. I used to use my parents Breville jaffle maker from the 90's (still going strong today) which was perfect every time, this is nothing like Brevilles older jaffle makers.
Purchased in February 2019 at Myer Online Store for $90.00.
This jaffle maker was expensive compared to the cheapies you can get your hands on but it is absolutely worth every cent. Mine is at least 6 years old and doesn't even have a scratch! I used to go through them frequently as my other half insisted on removing the bread with a knife. This one is still as new as the day we got it. Can't recommend it highly enough.
Purchased in May 2013 at Harvey Norman Retail Stores - Appliances for $99.00.
Bought this a year back, still works great. Calibrates output to not burn the bread but evenly toasts it. Saw some reviews about sandwich slice sizes being an issue for some people but no problems here. Maybe if you using smaller cheaper bread slices. Holds a lot of filling. Beautiful styling, all metal body.
Purchased in June 2018 at David Jones for $79.00.
5yrs old & not a scratch!
I was shocked to read any negative comments on this product. Before finding this jaffle iron my partner destroyed one every few weeks.
This one is at least 6 years old and still going strong. Not a mark on it and my partner is rough! It is large yet smaller bread still fits with no spillage, it heats within a minute or so. Cooks perfectly, crispy brown bread every time (still). I can only assume those who wrote negative reviews got a dud machine. Absolutely the best quality appliance in my kitchen. Would give this 10 stars if I could.
This product is nowhere near as good as the original jaffle maker. It takes forever to toast the bread and it still comes out soggy and not crunchy. Also it's too small to fit regular sized bread slices. Wish I could get my money back. The cheese hardly melts either. Very poor product for what you pay.
Purchased this product last winter.It can’t toast sandwiches.no matter how Long you leave the sandwich in the toaster it comes out soggy.Does not even BROWN THE BREAD.Have now purchase a sandwich toaster from BIG W for$19..Perfect every time. Its less than a third of the cost of a Breville.would not even consider another Breville.
Wish I had not bought it !
Can't find bread big enough to go in it properly. Leaks out the sides a lot. VERY fiddly to clean with all the nooks and crannies you need to get into. Would not purchase again or give one as a present. More trouble than it is worth. I do not need pretty ridges on my waffle. And it is slow to cook. It takes ages to get a crisp crust on your jaffle. I will go and buy an old fashioned jaffle maker that you just put on the gas.
70's bread must have been bigger
Did they even test this thing with Australian supermarket bread?? Cant find any bread big enough to seal the toastie, wonder what they used in testing? I really need a family 4 sandwich jaffle with deep inserts for more fillings. using a camp jaffle maker on a gas stove now works much better only one at a time.
Does exactly what it is designed to do and it looks good
We bought this a few weeks ago and are happy with our purchase - we use it a few times a week and have had none of the problems other reviewers have had. It is true that it needs bigger bread (like wonder white) but I have used smaller bread and although the edges don’t seal we have had no issues with it leaking (but we don’t overfill it). We don’t use butter (not on the outside or inside) and we still get a golden finish with no sticking. Cleaning is pretty easy, let it cool a bit and wipe. The 3 year warranty (as long as you register) is also a bonus
Works ok, but the legs came off!
Looks great and works ok, but after 6 months the legs started getting loose and the fell off. Took it back to the good guys and it was hard to get it repaired. Would have been a good otherwise. Threw it out and replaced it with another Breville. Fingers crossed this time.
It Leaks No Matter What You Do
The first failures were my fault:
First attempt had me using normal sized bread and using too much filling so naturally it made a mess. So then I tried wrapping each sandwich in 'Multix Non-Stck Alfoil' (fantastic stuff by the way) and using much less filling but the foil broke of course. OK so I tried tough baking paper in an attempt to contain the leakage but even that still leaked out. All these were my mistakes.
Suddenly I realised you MUST use large sized bread. The slices have to reach right out to the sealing surfaces of the clam-she...ll style recesses. So I tried big bread with only about a teaspoon of cheese on each half of each sandwich and half a thin slice of tomato too. It still leaked. It makes a mess. The filling oozes out and dribbles down the sides unless your filling consists of one sesame seed, halved per sandwich. It's not easy to clean at all. Maybe I'm fastidious but I found even after thoroughly wiping all over (you keep finding spots you've missed) for about 3 minutes with several paper towels, there's still bits stuck to it. Mines gone in the bin. I could have given it away - but that would be mischievous.
Great Jaffe maker + lots of recipe
Very Classy looking sandwish maker - easy to simply wipe clean after use, good size for any sort of bread, slightly burn and seal the edge properly. It comes with Breville 3 years warranty - Brilliant !!
It came with a box of recipe pocket / cards. Very interesting meal ideas. We tried to put croissant on it and it came out dense, crispy and brown, oh so nice. We have been using it every second day on breakfast for 1 months now. So much you can create with it.
So simple, great results, easy to clean, ACTUALLY CUTS
Amazing results out of such a simple machine, makes you wonder why other manufacturers never quite got it right. With standard supermarket bread the results look exactly like the pictures in the brochures. Plenty of interesting recipes included that we can't wait to try.
Power cord is maybe a bit short but that is a minor shortcoming in an otherwise brilliant product.
Questions & Answers
Hi, just looking to buy this for my mum, she has bad arthritis in her hands. So I'm wondering does this actually cut the sandwich? Thankyou
What brand of bread are people using in this machine? Regular sized bread leaves all sides unsealed and the filling goes everywhere. Breville states that it works for all sizes of bread and that is simply untrue.
Standard wonder white bread worked fine when we use it mostly. Helgas slightly thicker bread turns out even better but both seal well around the edges. Spreading fresh parmesan on the outside of the bread after buttering it also creates an even better texture!
Thank you for your response. I am on a mission today to buy bread to fit, will try the Wonder white/Helgas and see how I go.
I have used all different types and size of bread. wonder white is one of the better ones, but you still get some leakage. I think it comes down to how much filling and positioning of the bread.
Are there any issues with the teflon on these like the reports on the 'Breville Original'?
I have had no issues and I have used it a lot.
Non-stick coating has not peeled off. However, I am careful and I use a silicon spatula to remove the sandwich, i.e. I never use a metal knife, because it is teflon.
Hi no issues with mine just clean it after every use with paper towel and use it daily in winter and had it around a year. It still looks new inside and out cheers Peter
Mine lasted 4.5 years, then the coating started to come away
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