The $20 Tool Every Grilled Cheese Lover Needs

published May 19, 2022
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Over here at Kitchn, we’ve discovered a ton of cool kitchen gadgets through the years that have proven to be surprisingly useful. The Hasselback Potato Guide, for instance, became an instant hit among Kitchn readers for effortlessly making baked potatoes that are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Or, there’s the OXO Ground Meat Chopper that we’ve found is also useful for scrambled eggs and reheating rice on the stove. Of course, there’s an endless number of practical kitchen tools and gadgets to add to your drawers and cabinets — and we just discovered yet another one to put on the list.

The Dualit Sandwich Cage is just $20, and it allows you to make grilled cheese and paninis practically on demand. All you have to do is load the handy device with your favorite bread and fillings, insert it into your toaster (peruse our list of the best toasters on the market, while you’re at it), and voila! You’ll have a golden toasted sandwich without dirtying frying pans or accidentally burning bread. It’s the ultimate kitchen gift for a grilled cheese lover (or yourself!).

If you’re a frequent grilled cheese maker, you know that the process can be a bit of a hassle. There are so many ways to make a grilled cheese, after all! You have to keep a close eye on your sandwich to make sure it doesn’t burn while simultaneously monitoring the cheese so that you don’t take it off the stove before it’s melted. When you’re done, there’s still the whole matter of washing the pan and spatula. Well, this sandwich cage takes all the effort out of making your favorite cheesy lunch.

Made from stainless steel and featuring two heatproof handles, the Dualit Sandwich Cage also comes with a removable drip tray, so you won’t have to worry about cheese melting into your toaster. Check out some of our favorite sandwich recipes for inspiration on what tasty culinary creations you can make with this tool.

Anyone who wants to up their work-from-home lunch game will appreciate this gadget. Pick yours up today — warm, toasty sandwiches await!