There are many ways to prepare a sandwich, a piece of chicken, or a few grilled vegetables, but if you have limited space, few ways are more compact and efficient than a Panini grill. Panini grills take up very little space, provide the convenience of a heavy-duty grill, and only take up a small space on the counter.
Panini grills are most often associated with Panini sandwiches, which are inspired by the Italian word "panino." A panino is a simple sandwich of grilled meats and cheeses on a roll or slices of bread. The Panini sandwich, on the other hand, has gained a new perspective in other parts of the world as a grilled or toasted sandwich, known for its hot, melty insides and crunchy, grilled bread. Commercial Panini grills consist of two grill plates that clamp gently on top of the sandwich or other food item. Grills can be smooth and flat for an all-over even heat, or they can be grooved on one or both sides.