Panini Sandwich Presses

Grill up delectable sandwiches and so much more with a panini press from Williams-Sonoma. We carry several different models and sizes to meet your needs, each of which has the ability to grill up crisp, standout paninis, burgers, steaks, chicken and fish. The best panini presses double as indoor grills for added versatility, but even space-efficient models with minimal features offer the benefit of direct contact with two grill grates at once. Some of the key features to consider include the type of hinge on the panini press, the surface area and extras such as removable plates and an adjustable thermostat.


Choosing panini sandwich presses with floating hinges gives you the ability to close the press at different heights. This lets you grill everything from a simple sandwich on white or wheat bread to an overstuffed gut-buster on a baguette. As an added benefit, you can set the floating hinge to keep the upper plate hovering above the food if you opt to make an open-face sandwich. Grab your condiments and start dreaming up your next sandwich creation. With a floating-hinge press, you can build a bigger, taller sandwich without having to stuff it into a small space.


When you choose the size of panini sandwich presses, first consider the amount of space on your countertop or in your cupboard. More importantly, think about how you plan to use the press. For example, do you routinely cook for yourself or yourself and someone else? A smaller, more compact model saves on storage space and typically provides adequate grilling space to prepare paninis and other foods for one to two people. If you’re cooking for a crowd, opt for a larger model.


If you expect to make basic paninis, choosing a basic panini press should be sufficient. If you envision grilling up custom creations or using the press as an indoor grill, look for a model with extra features. For example, if you use a lot of gooey cheese or messy ingredients, a panini press with removable plates makes cleanup quick and easy. Many models have dishwasher-safe plates for even easier maintenance. Additionally, if you want to use your panini press to grill up foods other than sandwiches, look for a model with an adjustable thermostat. Being able to control the temperature of your grill opens up your options to grilling burgers at hotter temperatures, fish at lower temps or veggies somewhere in between. Having an adjustable thermostat turns your panini press into a versatile small appliance with the capability of grilling a larger variety of ingredients.