If you’re a college student or a single person looking for the best grills, specifically the best indoor grills. Then you should check out the Breville Perfect Press. If you don’t find yourself cooking meat very often, or just prefer sandwiches and wraps for your meals, then the Perfect Press will be the perfect companion for you.
Why We Like It – Breville The Perfect Press
Breville The Perfect Press Sandwich Press is, as the name implies, a perfect sandwich press. It heats up very quickly and the crush control hinge allows it to deliver a smooth press that will sear the outside nicely without crushing the contents inside your sandwich.
- Very easy to operate
- Cooks more than just meat
- Crush control hinge design for the top plate
- No temperature control
- Not really suited for meat
- Only so-so warranty
The Breville Perfect Press heats up quickly to deliver a nicely pressed sandwich to you efficiently. It’s similar to the DASH mini grill. There are no controls on the unit which makes it easier to operate, but also means there’s no temperature control. It’s a double-edged sword. But fear not; you can check out the Secura GR-1503XL if you want something powerful and with temperature control. For an indoor grill with preset temperature modes, you’ll want to read our All-Clad electric grill review. Or, if you want to check out a Kamado-style grill, you can read our Kamado Joe Classic 2 review.
The Breville Perfect Press is ideal for paninis, croissants and breakfast sandwiches, toasted wraps, quesadillas, and open melts. Its cooking surface is also big enough to place two of these items on so you can feed more than just yourself. However, it is a panini press by nature, so it’s not going to be well-suited for cooking meat. If meat is what you’re mainly using an indoor grill for, consider the Hamilton Beach electric indoor searing grill.
Related: Want to cook more than just meat? Check out our Broil King Keg review.
The Perfect Press weighs a respectable seven pounds, which is about the same as the Zojirushi Indoor. It’s not the lightest we’ve seen, but it’s not heavy by any stretch of the imagination. It’s also constructed from stainless steel, which is a welcome change from a lot of other indoor grills that are constructed from plastic or aluminum. It may be slightly harder to clean, but at least you know it’s much more durable should something unexpected happen. Our Char-Broil electric grill review talks about a sturdier grill, but it’s best used outdoors.
Ease of Use
The beauty of the Perfect Press is the adjustable height control clip with a crush control counterweight hinge. The crush control hinge delivers enough weight for a nicely toasted and crisp outside without crushing the inside. The unit also features flat-cast aluminum plates with a PFOA-free non-stick finish for an easy-clean design.
Related: Also check out our Blaze Kamado review.
The product warranty on the Perfect Press is one-year limited. It’s not too bad, but for a company as big and well-known as Breville we were expecting something a little more robust. It only comes in silver too, but that’s the least of our worries when it comes to presses like this. All in all, if you don’t find yourself cooking meat too often, then this press should do wonders for you.
Breville The Perfect Press Wrap Up
The biggest flaw with the Perfect Press is that it’s not optimized for meat. But if you don’t eat a lot of meat to begin with then this is a non-issue. The temperature control has been swapped out to give the unit more crush control and, considering temperature control plays a little part in crushing a sandwich, we welcome this sacrifice.