Commercial sandwich press and contact grills

About our Commercial sandwich press and contact grills

Purchase outright 

Supplied by one or more of hundreds of dealers nationwide that we partner with. We can help you find the equipment you need, finance it, and ensure it’s promptly delivered to your door.


Mostly ex-rental equipment we’ve sourced from businesses we know and trust. It’s been fully refurbished and is backed by a three-month warranty. Read more


Includes runout and used equipment supplied by our equipment-dealer partners; ex-demo equipment previously used in a dealer’s demonstration kitchen; and scratch-and-dent equipment that’s sustained minor cosmetic damage.


Choosing the right commercial sandwich press can be tricky. And what if your business quickly outgrows the equipment, or changes direction and needs different equipment?

Rent–Try–Buy solves this problem by allowing you to try the equipment before deciding whether to buy it. The manageable weekly rental payments also help your business maintain a positive cash flow.

May suit you if you’re… 

  • A new or established business
  • After $1,000 or more of equipment funding
  • Looking to try the equipment before deciding whether to buy it, including items you're not sure about or think you might quickly outgrow.

Key features 

  • Flexible, 12-month rental agreement
  • Manageable, weekly rental payments
  • Upgrade or buy the equipment at any time
  • If you buy, get back 75% of your net rental payments — to put towards the purchase price
  • Continue renting or return equipment after 12 months
  • Rental payments are 100% tax deductible."

Not what you’re looking for? Check out Lease-to-Keep

Why choose us 


Massive range

Our range of cooking equipment — including commercial jaffle makers and industrial sandwich presses — is one of Australia’s largest.


Finance solutions 

We finance virtually any type of commercial kitchen equipment, including the world’s leading brands.


New and used 

Our online marketplace includes not only brand-new hospitality equipment but also ‘Certified Used’ and clearance equipment.


Fast delivery 

If the equipment’s in stock, it can usually be delivered to your business within 1–8 business days.



If you finance new equipment through us, we’ll consider paying you cash for any old equipment you’d like to trade in.


Warranty support 

If your financed equipment breaks down within the warranty period, we can help you arrange a free repair, replacement or refund.

Building equity in your equipment

For every $1 of rent you pay in the first year, you'll get back 68 cents to put towards the equipment's purchase price, if you decide to buy it.^

^You’ll get a 75% rebate on your net rent — the total rent you’ve paid minus GST, which equates to 68 cents in the dollar. For example, if you paid $10,000 in rent, your net rental rebate would be $6,818 ($10,000/1.1 x 0.75). In addition, each rental payment you make is 100% tax deductible, reducing the net cost of ownership even further.*

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a commercial sandwich press and a panini press?

The main differences between commercial sandwich presses and panini presses (both of which are types of contact grills) are:

Specialisation: Sandwich presses are versatile and can handle a variety of sandwich types, making them suitable for a different breads and fillings. Panini presses are specifically designed for making panini sandwiches, which are typically made with Italian bread, such as ciabatta or baguette, and filled with various ingredients.

Plate design: Typically, sandwich presses have two heated plates that are flat or slightly ridged. Panini presses have two heated plates with more pronounced ridges, which create the distinctive grill marks on panini sandwiches.

Temperature control: Sandwich presses often have basic temperature control settings, typically ranging from low to high heat. Panini presses usually offer more precise temperature control options, allowing users to adjust the heat according to different bread types and sandwich fillings.

What features should I consider when choosing a commercial sandwich press or panini press?

Aside from the size and plate material (see other FAQs), here are some important features to consider when choosing a commercial sandwich press or panini press:

Adjustable height: Allows you to accommodate sandwiches of different thicknesses, ensuring even cooking and proper pressure application.

High speed: Some models offer high-speed heating elements that can quickly reach the desired cooking temperature, reducing waiting time and increasing productivity.

Programmable functions: Allow you to set specific cooking times and temperatures for different recipes, ensuring consistent results and streamlining the cooking process.

Removable plates: You can wash them separately or place them in a dishwasher, saving cleaning time and effort.

Timer (built in): Allows you to set the desired cooking time, ensuring consistent cooking results and preventing overcooking or burning.

Temperature control: Enables precise temperature settings based on the type of bread, fillings, and desired level of toasting or grilling.

Dual-temperature zones: Allows you to set different temperatures for the top and bottom plates — useful when melting cheese on top while toasting the bread underneath, for example.

Thermostat (built in): Ensures accurate temperature control, maintaining consistent heat throughout the cooking process.

Drip tray (removeable): Collects excess grease and food debris, making cleanup easier and preventing mess on the countertop or floor.

Consider your specific needs, menu requirements, and kitchen workflow when evaluating these features. Prioritise the features that align with your cooking style, volume of sandwiches, and ease of cleaning for efficient and effective operation.

What sizes do commercial sandwich presses and panini presses come in?

The specific sizes of commercial sandwich presses (also known as industrial sandwich presses) and panini presses vary between manufacturers. Here are some common size categories:


  • 22-30cm plate width
  • Suitable for low-volume operations with limited space


  • 30-36cm plate width
  • suitable for moderate-volume operations


  • 36-46cm plate width
  • suitable for high-volume establishments with significant sandwich production


  • 46-70cm (combined)
  • suitable for high-volume establishments serving a diverse range of sandwiches

When choosing the size of your sandwich press or panini press, it's important to consider the available space in your commercial kitchen, the expected volume of sandwiches, and the size of the bread or sandwiches you plan to grill.

What plate material is best in a commercial sandwich press or panini press?

The choice between aluminium and cast-iron plates in a commercial sandwich press or panini press depends on various factors and personal preferences. Here are some considerations to help you make a decision:

Heat distribution: Aluminium plates offer quick and even heat distribution, ensuring consistent cooking results. Cast-iron plates also distribute heat well and have excellent heat retention, which can be advantageous for maintaining consistent temperatures during longer cooking sessions.

Grill marks: Cast-iron plates are known for their ability to create deep and defined grill marks on sandwiches, adding an appealing visual aspect. While aluminium plates can create grill marks, they’re typically not as pronounced or deep.

Durability: Cast-iron plates are renowned for their durability and long lifespan. With proper care and maintenance, they can withstand heavy use over many years. Aluminium plates are lightweight and less prone to rust, but they can be more susceptible to scratching and denting over time.

Maintenance: Aluminium plates are generally easier to clean due to their smooth surface and non-stick properties. They often require simple wiping with a damp cloth or sponge. Cast-iron plates require more maintenance, including proper seasoning, gentle scrubbing, and occasional re-seasoning to prevent rust and maintain their non-stick properties.

What are the main non-stick coatings used on commercial sandwich presses and panini presses?

The main non-stick coatings used on commercial sandwich presses and panini presses are typically enamel and PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), commonly known as Teflon®. Here are some of the pros and cons of each:

Enamel coating:

  • Smooth and non-stick surface that prevents food from sticking.
  • Easy to clean as food residues are less likely to adhere to the enamel surface.
  • Resistant to staining and discoloration.
  • Generally not as durable as PTFE coatings and can wear down over time with heavy use.
  • Can chip or crack if subjected to rough handling or impact.

PTFE (Teflon®) coating:

  • Excellent non-stick properties, making it easier to remove food residue.
  • Smooth surface that helps distribute heat evenly for consistent cooking.
  • Resistant to staining and sticking.
  • Can deteriorate over time, especially if exposed to high heat or abrasive cleaning methods.
  • Care must be taken not to overheat the grill, as excessive heat can cause the release of potentially harmful fumes.

Non-stick coatings should be used and maintained according to the manufacturer's instructions to ensure longevity and safety.

How long does it take to cook a sandwich in a commercial sandwich press or panini press?

Here are the cooking times for some of the most common sandwiches and paninis cooked in the respective machines:

Commercial sandwich press

  • 2-3 minutes approximate cooking time - ham and cheese, vegetarian caprese, tuna melt and BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato)
  • 3-4 minutes approximate cooking time - chicken caesar wrap, roast beef with caramelised onions

Commercial panini press

  • 3-4 minutes approximate cooking time - ham and cheese, turkey and swiss, caprese
  • 4-5 minutes approximate cooking time - cubano, chicken pesto, philly cheesesteak

Cooking times can be influenced by factors such as the thickness of the sandwiches, temperature settings, and desired level of toasting or melting.

It's recommended you refer to the manufacturer's guidelines and adjust the cooking time accordingly for optimal results.

* This advice is general in nature and does not consider your personal circumstances. Professional advice should be sought that is tailored to your personal situation.