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Hubby and I were on the lookout for a new toasted sandwich maker after our last 10 yr old sunbeam one finally died.
We went to BigW and got this one on sale.
My "wants" list for this new sandwich maker were that it had a lid that was height adjustable and that it had a flat top and bottom cooking plate. (Our old smaller one had the grill top and was not adjustable and always squashed cheese and sandwhich fillings out one end or the lid was too heavy and overcooked on the grill side)
This new maker does not disappoint. The lid is easy to op...en, not too heavy for only toast either (ie it doesn't make your bread paper thin). The adjustable levels on the dial on the back right side of the handle are a perfect width apart so that it will cook your food evenly and is perfect even for "open grills" as we call them (ie toast/bread on bottom, food on top then topped with cheese but no bread on top of that). It allows the cheese to melt perfectly over the food (which also heats evenly) and gives you a lovely crispy bottom too without burning it. It saves me having to turn on the grill, dirty that, muck around with a gigantic oven grill and saves dirtying a oven tray in the process. Winner winner in my book The lid stays very flat too while cooking- something my old one didn't do, which gives a lovely even cook through the whole sandwhich inside and doesn't squeeze out all the cheese/toppings to the front or back of the machine once they've melted a bit- everything inside stays nice and centered even when cooked. The plate being flat top and bottom makes it perfect for cooking everything from pancakes to sandwhiches too. Without the deep almost burnt crunchy grill parts you get on other models.
Purchased in February 2021 at Big W for $60.00.
- Cafe Press GR8450B
DO NOT buy the Sunbeam Café Press Sandwich Maker, Model GR8450B as it's absolutely JUNK!
I refer to my previous review pertaining to the Sunbeam Café Press Sandwich Maker, Model GR8450B which was returned for a full refund as it was so bad. So I really should have known better. But I again purchased this horrible sandwich maker, the current model being the GR8450B. Reasons being, I thought that Sunbeam had suddenly come to their senses and had improved the hinge system that had caused all the problems previously. What was happening, was the low, rear fixed hinge caused sandwiches to be pressed unevenly. The sandwiches were flattene...d on the rear side that was closest to the hinges while the front side of the sandwich was left open, and mostly, the sandwich ingredients oozes out onto the bottom plate during cooking. To get an even press, one has to continually rotate the sandwich 180 degrees during cooking which is totally unacceptable. The display unit at Big W in Hillarys WA, showed that the hinges had been raised about 30mm and overall, the demonstration model here was far more robust, and rigid. Definitely no more unevenly pressed sandwiches I thought at the time. So I promptly bought one. On arrival home, I immediately unpacked the unit only to discover, to my horror, it was the same junk model I had previously owned. I returned this item on the SAME day I bought it, WITHOUT using it once. From purchase to return, less than 2 hours. Big W were exceptionally accommodating and I was allowed to photograph both models in detail for my records. During the return process, I demonstrated the issue to the Big W assistants and they were appalled, concurring with my sentiments. When I returned my first unit (see my previous review) to Good Guys, the manager understood my issues exactly - and promptly gave me a refund. My original receipt clearly indicates I had bought the Sunbeam Café Press Sandwich Maker model GR8450B which automatically refutes any allegation that I may have bought the wrong model. I also have many witnesses who will testify to my experiences and findings. It seems that Sunbeam are putting out the better model for display to entice sales while the model that the purchaser actually receives, is vastly different - and inferior. ALL the pictures on most websites, i.e. JB hifi, Big W, Good Guys, etc., are NOT the model as sold as the pictures clearly indicate a raised rear hinge system. Added to insult, the Sunbeam website shows the Model GR8450B with the raised hinges at the rear. Have a look at the picture on the box of this unit - it also shows the raised rear hinge which is totally misleading - if not fraudulent. So all I can say is DO NOT buy the Sunbeam Café Press Sandwich Maker, Model GR8450B as it's absolutely JUNK! See: https://www.sunbeam.com.au/kitchen-and-home/cooking/sandwich-presses-and-grills/cafe-press-sandwich-press The first 3 images is of the unit on display at Big W. The last two images are of the hinges of my brand new unit and as can be clearly seen, totally different - and inadequate.
Purchased in December 2020 at Big W.
Good, but could be better
I bought this to replace the bulky George Foreman press+grill. While it cooks my food well, it does have its flaws. Having owned it for 5 months and using it 4 times a week, the wear and tear is greatly showing; the non-stick surface is all scratched, despite me using a PLASTIC spatula and regularly cleaning the surface with oil as recommended. However, my major issue with the product is that the green light covering has fallen out, and I have tried contacting the manufacturer about a replacement part but they say I have to get a whole new product.
Overall it cooks well, it just isn't sturdy and doesn't last.
Purchased in June 2020 at Big W for $99.00.
I bought this sandwich press to replace a broken product of the same make and model..However, this product IS EXTREMELY INFERIOR TO THE ORIGINAL. The promotional material and the packaging is still showing a picture of the original product however, when you open the box it is a later model. The later model has been re-engineered and the floating hinge no longer floats. Sandwiches do not cook flat and the melt function does not work. I was deeply disappointed with this product and returned it to the place of purchase and bought a breville. Sunbeam was not interested in discussing my complaint.
Purchased in July 2020.
Stopped working after 2 years
I purchased our Sunbeam cafe press just under 2 years ago, I thought Sunbeam was a reputable and quality brand and that it would last longer than a cheap kmart one but it stopped working a few weeks ago and Sunbeam basically told me as its out of warranty that its not their problem and that they could give me details of a repairer but it would be at my expense. I think thats pretty poor, you don't buy an appliance like this thinking you'll be throwing it away after 2 years. They said most users get 5-6 years of use but still refused to fix mine after only 2 years. Very disappointed with customer service and quality of product. Wont be buying a sunbeam product again.
Purchased in June 2018 at Myer Online Store for $99.00.
Yes, that's the one
I was worried that 2400w is too strong but it just perfect. Everything cooks right through and nicely toasted. Unlike other 4 slice toasters this one was 35 cm which is more compact and another reason I chose it. It s floating 4 levels and stays 180degress up to the 3rd level which is important for me as I like to cook eggs on it with a lid evenly afloat. I do like to use non stick baking paper so to clean less. I cant say more. It definitely good for cafe commercial level as it's hot and fast. Or if you are a student and want to use it for grilling, toasting, heating, saute and pan fry ... Very good
Red and Green light covers fall off
I came to this website looking for a way to repair the indicator buttons, as they fell off shortly after purchasing the product - and was disappointed to see that it appears to be a common fault on these machines. I love the cafe press itself (I don't use it that often but it is perfect for quesadillas and paninis), but am not happy with the hole in the lid - for aesthetic and safety reasons. These cheap and nasty, not-fit-for-purpose plastic light covers detract from what I would otherwise rate as a five star product.
Purchased at The Good Guys.
These toasters always break after a year
I have had 3 of these toasters. The first 2 packed in and stopped heating within a year so I was able to return for a replacement. The one I currently have has lasted 18 months so is out of warranty. Do yourself a favour and buy a brand (Breville) that will last. These Sunbeam toasters are only made to last as long as the warranty!
Purchased at Myer.
- Cafe Press GR8450
All the Bells & Whistles come with the GR8450
As the name suggests it is a toastie press as well as a grill. The floating hinge allows well filled toastie sandwiches to be cooked without being squashed during cooking. The adjustable height enables one to grill as well. I have grilled bacon, eggs, peppers, zucchini slices, hash browns etc. In this mode my favourite is banana pancakes. (Mix together 2 whipped eggs with 2 mashed banana's pour onto plate cook and voila! 2 min breakfast.) WOW. Wipe clean everytime with a paper towel. I just love this machine and so do my grandchildren who use i...t almost every day. Other points of interest: Does rolls, wraps, croissants etc. Heats up very quickly, 2400 watts power. Power indicator light as well as Ready indicator light. Cord wraps around bottom ensuring easy storage. Good looks with its stainless steel housing. I highly recommend this machine.
Purchased in July 2019 at Targert Online.
Compact & Convenient
The cafe press heats quickly and the adjustable height allows for various thickness of bread.
The best feature about GR8250B is that it is simple to use. It is easy to clean. In having a flat cooking surface ,it eliminates the squashing and cutting up of the food.
This Sandwich presser has a classy finish design.We bought this approximately about a year ago and it still looks brand new. I have recommended it to colleagues, friends and family. Highly recommend it.
Purchased in September 2018 at Myer for $79.00.
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My first press, and more than impressed. Could not believe how quick it was to heat and still melt cheese.
Solid build, easy to use. Did not realize how many things I could cook in it. Thankyou reviewers for expanding my culinary horizons.
If you see this Trish, what are "pigs in a blanket ? "
Only lasted a couple of years
I purchased my Sunbeam Cafe Press a couple of years ago for around $100. It smelt when I used it at first but after a few uses the smell went away. This machine was great for making toasted sandwiches and was easy to clean. Unfortunately it stopped hearing up. When I plug it in the green light comes on but no there is no heat at all on the pad plates. I only got to use it a couple of dozen of times so I’m very disappointed with the quality of this product.
Purchased in September 2016.
Not just a sandwich press!
I absolutely love this little machine. So versatile and besides toasted sandwiches I’ve made pikelets, wraps, pizzas, pancakes, bacon, eggs, French toast, hash browns, roasted pumpkin and I’ve browned meat for the slow cooker who knows what’s next! Wipes clean with a damp cloth and paper towel and easy to store.
- Cafe Press GR8450B
It seems that there is a fault that needs to be fixed
I bought this Sunbeam Cafe Press four years ago. It gets minimal use. After about a year, one of the indicator light covers broke off. About a year after that the other one broke off, leaving an obvious hole in the lid and revealing what seems to be a view into the electric workings of the machine. I would have thought that this is dangerous. I then phoned Sunbeam and was told that they did not have the spare part.
Unfortunately, without having read these reviews, four years after my purchase, I bought my daughter a Sunbeam Cafe Press, not ...realising that it was the same model. It seems that if this was a fault, one would have thought that Sunbeam would have fixed the item at the manufacturing stage by now. It seems that this has not happened. I recently visited a friend and saw that her indicator lights were also broken. This led me to peruse this PRODUCT REVIEW website. Other reviewers have reported the same issue. This seems to be a manufacturing fault. Does someone have to suffer a serious injury before it is fixed? The ACCC website states that goods are to be of an acceptable quality - the goods must be safe, lasting, have no faults and be fit for purpose. Does the Sunbeam Cafe Press meet these requirements? Other than this issue of the broken indicator lights revealing the apparent accessible electrical workings of the machine, the press works very well. Is there no way to fix it to make it safe for use?
Versatile appliance with many more uses than just sandwiches.
While visiting my sister for lunch she cooked asparagus wrapped in prosciutto on her Sunbeam sandwich press, she said she uses hers for cooking all sorts of things. I bought one for a friend I was staying with and together we cooked a full fried English breakfast, followed by Turkish bread rolls for lunch followed by fillet steak for dinner with everything coming out well. I bought one for myself and my friend and I send each other photos of whatever we are cooking, so far she has make onion marmalade, pikelets, crumbed lamb chops and seared ve...getables on hers, I have made Welsh drop scones, pigs in blankets as well as toasting bread and heating sausage rolls. Having a lid that has a height adjustment makes keeping the top plate at the right height for perfect results. It is so easy to clean with just a wipe with kitchen roll. Even if you only use this for making sandwiches it is a good addition to your kitchen. I would recommend this appliance.
Questions & Answers
There was no manual in the box - where can i get a manual before i use it?
Have you tried,looking online! Although the company probably would send you one or tell you where to get one.But from memory,it heats in 2-3 minutes.They say dont butter the outside of your sandwich ,but I do.Do not immerse in water.The hinges are self explainatory.Happy Grilling.
Can I get a replacement Manual for this product i.e. GC7850B?
Hi Helen, could you please contact our Consumer Support Team on 1300 881 861 with your email address details and we can forward a copy of the instruction booklet for you.
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