Toasts and melts excellently
Lasts a long time
Easy to clean
- Toast & Melt BSG520
The Breville Toast/Melt Sandwich Press BSG520BSS is one of the best sandwich presses one can buy.
Overall, the Breville Toast/Melt Sandwich Press BSG520BSS is a well designed and constructed unit. The brushed stainless steel Floating Top Plate is well balanced and cooks evenly, automatically adjusting perfectly to all sizes of sandwiches every time. The added bonus is that the Top Plate is heat-insulted which is a unseen safety feature. Heat distribution for cooking is excellent, providing an even cook on both sides. This unit has large non-slip feat - the largest I have seen in its class. Heats up and cooks fast. Breville have confidence i...n this product as they offer a 3-year guarantee on registration of purchase which in itself says a lot. The only one single problem is that it cooks too quickly so if one does not monitor the cooking process, the outsides will be done before the inner part of the sandwich. So one has to periodically switch off and back on at the wall to get a proper through-cook. That all-important missing feature that would qualify the Breville The Toast/Melt Sandwich Press BSG520BSS for a five-star rating, is a thermostat. Other than that, one of the best sandwich presses one can buy and an absolute pleasure to use.
Purchased in March 2021.
Great machine, one flaw
Had ours for about 5 years now, still going strong. Given its age, its falling apart a little, the cover for the light on top has fallen off somewhere and its a bit scraggly. Anyhow, I would recommend it. i use it for everything!! I have made pancakes in it, burritos, I have sliced pumpkin, courgette, tofu, and cooked them when i can't be bothered using my frying pan - and I barely need to use oil. I've assembled vegetable terraines by cooking my veges in it. Its so fast and easy to clean.
the only issue i have ever had is when toasting 4 sandwiches at a time, the press tends to squash the sandwiches at the back more and on an angle. Totally minor issue.
Excellent! Would 100% recommend
Received as a house-warming gift about 14 months ago. After asking for one for YEARS and putting up with kmart ones.
This machine is sturdy. It heats up quickly and is easy to clean. I have used it instead of a frying pan to make tortillas (home made) and I have melted cheese on it to just let it cool and go crispy (great snack don't judge).
It will make pizzas with the melt function - I do recommend putting the pizza on baking paper and then transferring to the oven for a quick grill to brown your cheese. That's why it got 4 stars not 5. Also when it's on melt, the top sits a little unevenly. It's also great for toasties. 100% recommend this product.
Purchased in February 2020 at The Good Guys for $70.00.
Sturdy machine that does the job
I’ve had mine for 18 years and it’s still going. I use it constantly. Great size for a family. Apart from toasties I also use it to heat up leftover pizza, make quesadillas, grill bacon, crisp up leftover spanakopita after it’s been in the microwave and more. You could probably fry an egg on it but I’ve never tried it.
I reckon it’ll keep going for another 18 years.
Purchased in December 2002.
- Toast & Melt BSG540 (4 Slice)
I have had many other Breville products and decided to buy another Breville product when choosing from similar options. I have been using this Toast/Melt press for couple of weeks now and am very happy with overall performance. There is an option on the side to raise the height of the closing lid to not press the sandwitch. When sandwitch is not pressed then it doesn't become crispy. Heating is quite quick.
The only reasons for giving it 4 star (not 5 star) are:
1. There is no button to switch on/off the press. You will have to switch on/off ...
Purchased in August 2020 at The Good Guys Online store for $99.00.
Does as expected
I had a Breville sandwich press before this and that lasted over 10 years. Decided to bite the bullet and go with another Breville. Not disappointed at all. It toasts both open faced sandwiches as well as normal sandwiches. Doesn't take too long to warm up either. The non-stick makes it easy to clean up after but I do clean after every use. Been 3 years now and can't complain.
Purchased in July 2017.
Wonderful machine, does the job quickly and efficiently
I use it to make sandwiches with a filling and grilled cheese . Feels heavy and well built as opposed to a cheapie Kmart sandwich maker. It is super quick to heat and makes nice crispy sandwich if you leave the sandwich there for sometime as the machine goes on for it's heating up on/off cycles. Non stick coating is excellent and it is easy to clean.
- Toast & Melt BSG220
Great 2 slice sandwich press
Very happy with this purchase. It's compact and light so I can easily pick it up and store it away in the cupboard. It is very quick to heat up and my toasties are done before I've made my coffee. The browning is even on the sandwiches, which is what I like. Quick and easy if you also want to cook your steaks on it too. Very simple to clean. Wish they made the exterior so your fingerprints didn't appear all over it but that's my only issue. Otherwise it also has the adjustable height which many of the cheaper ones don't have. So far so good.
Purchased in January 2020 at Bing Lee Physical store for $45.00.
Excellent sandwich press
This item is great and has lasted over two years already which unfortunately considering the crappy quality of manufacturing today and also serious issues I've had with other Breville products is doing very well. No complaints, it does what it is supposed to and it does it well.
- Toast & Melt BSG540 (4 Slice)
Perfect combo: toast and melt
Loved the adjustable height for the sandwiches press. The heating is faster then our previous Sunbeam. I like the cord wrap in the middle (underneath) the appliance, however the cord is a bit short. Not sure if longevity but for now I loved the ideas of toast and melt in one.
Purchased in November 2019.
Open Grill function doesn't work well
It makes great toasted sandwiches ,but annoyingly if you want to make more than one (and I find making 2 at a time means one of them won't be cooked properly) you have to turn the machine off and totally let it cool down or the ready light will display early and the second sandwich will not be toasted properly ! The open grill never worked well and after 2 years it is even worse . The ready light turns on well before the cheese is melted on your muffin meaning you have to turn it off and cool the machine half way through cooking and then turn it on again and try again. I have had to do this 3 times just to get the muffin I wanted for lunch done and I'm done with this Breville now !!!
Purchased in February 2017 at David Jones for $59.00.
- Toast & Melt BSG220
Great little machine
Just needed a small but good sandwich maker - this is a small one but more than big enough for me. Heats quickly and cooks evenly. Has two non-stick flat plates that are easy to clean. Very happy.
Purchased in August 2019 at The Good Guys for $55.00.
Every home should have one
Have one for 7 years, going strong. Sandwiches, melts, cooking bacon or chicken strips is great. Plates are getting a little worn,time for a new one. Well used and loved.
Purchased in April 2012.
- Toast & Melt BSG540 (4 Slice)
Great sandwich maker
Replaced another breville grill model which was years old. Happy with the new product, easy to toast anything, cleans easily by wiping and 4 slice makes it easier for larger items.
Purchased in January 2019 at The Good Guys Online store for $64.00.
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- Toast & Melt BSG520
Does what it says on the box.
This is a really good sandwich press. It is solidly built, well designed and makes a great toastie.
Its best feature is the variable height adjustment, you set the slide at the right to the thickness you want, and the top half of the press can't drop any lower than your set height. It means your toastie is "pressed" but not "squashed." I used to have a cheap Aldi press that worked OK but had no height control, the darker it toasted, the flatter your sandwich. The Breville Toast & Met makes it "just right" every time.
The other advantage is, a...s it has a higher power heating element, you don't need to butter the outside of the sandwich. Just make the sandwich and put it in the toaster, the hotplates are hot enough to brown the bread without needing to butter the bread. This means lower fat sandwiches and less mess to clean up. I occasionally use it to cook other things, it does great salmon fillets - place a piece of baking paper on the lower plate, add your salmon fillets, then another piece of baking paper over the top. Set the height adjustment so the top plate is resting on the fish fillet but not squashing it down. The result is perfectly cooked salmon fillets. I highly recommend this product.
Purchased in December 2018 at The Good Guys for $67.50.
Questions & Answers
does this model have different a non stick surface from the Breville Maxi Press?
does the outside get too hot to touch? we had to throw out a different brand because the outside was so hot that it burnt my kids hand.
Get an answer from our members and Breville representatives
- An adjustable grill height lets you lift the floating top plate so it sits a little higher to make space for open melts. Securing the lid at a taller height also has a ‘Crush Control’ function, which stops soft wraps from being crushed and bursting open.
- Made with a brushed stainless steel and heavy duty die cast arms, which are solid and long lasting.
- A titanium-infused non-stick coating allows for easy cleaning after the appliance has cooled down.
- The Breville Toast & Melt is available in a compact, 2-sandwich option ($69.95), a larger option to make 2 larger sandwiches ($99.95), and an extra-large version, which can fit 4 sandwiches ($119.95).
Points of praise
- According to reviewers, the Breville Toast & Melt cooks food evenly, thanks to even heat distribution. The appliance warms up quickly and efficiently, making sandwiches that are crispy and well-melted, without burning them.
- This Breville sandwich press is designed with a sturdy construction, and has a heaviness that is different from cheaper sandwich makers, like those from Kmart and ALDI. It often lasts for several years, with reviewers having them for 5 years and longer; and in one case for 18 years and still going strong.
- It presses slices of bread together to make it toastie-worthy, but doesn’t squash them.
- This toastie maker is easy to clean, thanks to the non-stick coating.
Something to consider
The lack of a thermostat to set the desired temperature was viewed as a downside by some reviewers; although just a minor one.
|Category||Sandwich Presses||Sandwich Presses||Sandwich Presses|
|Dimensions||125 x 329 x 304 mm||125 x 380 x 380 mm||96 x 314 x 258 mm|
|Power||2,000 W||2,200 W||2,000 W|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)||1 year(s)||1 year(s)|
|Colour / Finish||Brushed Stainless Steel||Brushed Stainless Stee||Brushed Stainless Steel|
|Release date||Dec 2009||Dec 2009||Dec 2009|
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