We tried The Perfect Press from Breville and here’s what happened

We’re giving away 4 of The Perfect Press from Breville! Find out exactly why you’ll want one and what happened when we tried one for ourselves.

If you’re aboard the toastie wagon, you know that it’s the perfect meal no matter what time of day. A toastie has endless combinations – much more than the good ol’ ham and cheese combo – and is simply satisfying whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

But if you share this kind of love for the timeless toastie, you also know how annoying it can be to have all your fillings spill out the side.

I’ve had my fair share of pineapple pieces grilling themselves outside my Hawaiin toastie, tasty cheese creating a pool of crunchiness on the press plate, and tomato slices mushed into something unrecognisable.

Not to mention, it’s pretty close to heartbreaking when you put the effort into a great ensemble of well-cut ingredients but end up with a cardboard-like, utterly flat sandwich thanks to the heavy press.

That’s why, needless to say, when Breville introduced The Perfect Press™ I knew I had to get my hands on one and try it out for myself. Breville claims that The Perfect Press™ is a sandwich maker that will prevent fillings from being squished, while still giving bread that golden, toasted finish.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, here’s what happened.

First, I went to my local Bing Lee store and grabbed one of these boxes off the shelf.

Next, it was straight to the kitchen.

The first thing I notice when I carry it is how light it is. I inspect it quickly and see that it could not be simpler – there’s an ON/OFF switch, and a lever that you can push in or out for options of LOCK, CRUSH CONTROL and OPEN MELT.

I normally make a quick toastie for lunch and avoid filling it with more than two fillings because I dread the mess. But to really put The Perfect Press™ to the test, I doubled the usual and filled my sandwich with four ingredients. The sandwich ingredients were salad leaves, tuna, sundried tomatoes and bocconcini cheese.

My ideal outcome for this sandwich is to first and foremost keep my fillings within the sandwich and not seeping out the sides. I’d also like the heat not to be too high, otherwise my lettuce leaves will start to wilt. And I’d want the cheese melted to perfection – not stringing off the plate but not remaining cold and solid either.

Sounds like I’m asking for a lot, right? Well, here goes nothing.

I switched The Perfect Press on, and within a couple of minutes, the light indicated that the plates were ready for my sandwich.

I put my sandwich in and set the lever to CRUSH CONTROL. As I put the lid down, I did notice immediately that it sat nicely and neatly on top of the toast without weighing itself down.

I was already impressed. My regular sandwich press would’ve let me down at this stage!

Within approximately three minutes, the green READY light flickered on and it was time for the great reveal.

To my surprise, the sandwich had not been morphed into the usual sad-looking pancake mess. It was intact, not even a leaf out of place. There was not even drop of oil on the metal plate as I had anticipated from the tuna or sundried tomatoes. The outside was golden, just as promised.

After my delightful peek, I was keen to cut it open and see if it had done anything at all to the insides – it looked too clean (for lack of a better word) to indicate that the cheese had melted. No melted cheese would be a huge disappointment.

I grabbed the knife and heard the crunch as I sliced it down the middle. See for yourself what happened next…

It was indeed perfect!

The sandwich still maintained its height (despite how high I stacked it!), the leaves were not hot and yucky, and the cheese melted beautifully!

As someone who is a toastie enthusiast, I’m really thoroughly impressed. The Perfect Press™ is said to provide x4 less pressure on your sandwich – and it’s evident that it works.

I’m not done with the testing just yet though! If you too are a toastie enthusiast, you know that there’s one thing left to call it a complete success… The level of cleaning required to pack it away.

The beauty of a toastie is how quickly it is to whip up. So if the cleaning required is longer than the making of the sandwich itself, it’s a thumbs down from me.

I could tell instantly that this wasn’t going to be an issue with The Perfect Press™. Its non-stick plates were a cinch to wipe up. A soapy sponge or cloth wasn’t even really needed. Literally 10 seconds later (if that!), the press looked as good as new!

Final verdict? The Perfect Press™ ticks all the boxes for me. It’s the ideal size for a quick and delicious meal for one, it’s easy to clean up, and at Bing Lee it’s really a steal for the price!

Now all that’s left to do is to create more toasties! 😉 What’s your favourite combination? Let us know in the comments below!

An honest review of the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer

My hair and I have had many style adventures together. From short, black, sleek-cut bobs to waist-long locks highlighted blonde, I’ve tried everything under the rainbow – including rainbow-coloured hair (not kidding).

As someone who has chopped off bleached hair many times, I (like many people) didn’t realise that my hair dryer was badly hindering my determination to grow a healthy head of hair.

No matter the hundreds of dollars spent on products, shampoos and treatments, I feel silly for not realising that all my good intentions were being reversed by the damaging heat I put my hair through almost every single day.

I know daily drying sounds excessive and will not be the case for every person, but unfortunately, I’ve been cursed with quite fine hair that gets oily very, very quickly.

As a result, I am obliged to wash my hair too often – not leaving it for more than a maximum of three days going unwashed and even then it is “perked” heavily with dry shampoo! Told you, cursed.

My hair dryer plays a regular part of my daily/beauty regime and, in all honesty, I don’t know why I never thought of replacing it. I was so used to it that I hadn’t realised that it could and should be better.

When I found out that Dyson was putting a hair dryer on the market, I knew it was something I had to try. I own two Dyson vacuums and thought that if the hair dryer were anything like their other home appliances, I’d be in for a real treat.

What I was immediately impressed by – without even seeing the product firsthand yet – was Dyson’s research on hair. The company acknowledged that creating a product for hair, that helps hair, requires understanding hair first and foremost.

The research and development behind the Supersonic was the real deal. Dyson built a state-of-the-art hair laboratory and recruited some of the world’s best engineers (103 of them!) and award-winning hair stylists.

Countless factors played a part in each aspect of the design. From heat and sound to balance and weight, Dyson considered everything for hair health and usability for all hair types.

If you can’t tell already, I’m excited to try the Supersonic for myself. I have quite high expectations after reading about all of its high-tech features, and I don’t want to be let down!

I should also point out that the first use of the Supersonic isn’t the only time I want to be blown away (not sorry for the pun). Like applying cream to skin, I’m looking for a long-term solution and progression in my hair’s health over time.

First impressions say a lot, and my first impression of the Supersonic’s box is that it’s modern and luxe. You can immediately tell that it’s holding an upmarket product within it.

I open up the box to find the Supersonic laid out beautifully with its three attachments around it – the styling concentrator, the diffuser and the smoothing nozzle. It also comes with a non-slip mat and a storage hanger which I think is super handy considering how guilty I am of dropping my hair dryer on the bathroom floor!

Picking it up, all I can say is WOW! It’s so much lighter than my hair dryer. I had read about the Supersonic’s motor being much smaller than a typical hair dryer motor, but I didn’t expect it to be this lightweight overall.

I’m finding it so effortless and comfortable to hold, and I would say that’s thanks to the motor being in the handle of the Supersonic rather than the head.

 

The attachments are as easy to put on as souvenir magnets on a fridge. They just pop into place and twist to the desired direction without much force at all, but still have a good enough hold not to prop off if you accidentally knock it.

I also have to mention how pretty it is. I love the pop of purple on mine and the seamless buttons. The fact that the head resembles a doughnut reassures me that there’s no chance my hair will get stuck in a grill!

There are three precise speed settings (fast drying, regular drying and styling) and four precise heat settings (100˚C, 80˚C, 60˚C and a constant cold at 28˚C).

For my first use, I just want to dry my hair for an everyday look. Nothing special, but smooth enough to go to work with.

I’m going to use the regular drying speed at 80˚C. I’m also going to use the smoothing nozzle to start because I like to dry the top of my head and the crown thoroughly – it keeps my hair looking fresher for longer.

The small light indicators are so chic and stylish! I’m able to control the settings exactly as I want and the Supersonic responds instantaneously.

I slide the button to turn it on and, to my surprise, the Supersonic is much quieter than my regular hair dryer which resembles the sound of a blower vac.

It’s really quite pleasant to use. The air blown out isn’t uncomfortably hot, so I don’t need to move it as rapidly for fear of burning my scalp. The air is also smooth and constant.

Within a few short minutes, the roots of my hair are dry, and I decide to switch to the styling concentrator. Switching between them is a cinch. Off pops the smoothing nozzle.

At this stage of the drying process, I have to admit that I am not very good at coordinating my brush and my hair dryer to style it properly. So I usually opt for switching between brushing and drying. Considering how much more relaxed the Supersonic is to hold, I’ve decided to attempt to do it the proper way.

And it’s a success! The styling concentrator aims air exactly where I need it and the sheer size of the Supersonic doesn’t make me feel like my arm is about to fall off as I navigate through the sections of my hair.

I continue to blow dry the rest of my hair, and before I know it, it’s finished! A job that usually takes me 15-20 minutes to complete (25 minutes if I try to do it the proper way to avoid going over it with a straightener) has taken a total of… 7 minutes and 40 seconds.

I’m in awe. The Supersonic has halved the shortest amount of time I could possibly dry my hair with my blow dryer.

I could not be happier with how my hair looks and feels right now. I don’t have any flyaways, my hair isn’t frizzy nor do my ends feel like they’ll break off from dryness.

Here’s a before and after shot of my hair. Unruly with dry ends on the left, effortlessly smooth on the right – no fancy lighting or cameras, just less than 8 minutes of dry time.

I definitely feel that my hair is smoother and lighter, and I can tell that the regulated heat is something that will keep my hair healthy in the long run. To get this kind of result, I certainly would’ve had to follow my drying process with the use of a straightener.

The verdict?

  • Less than eight mins of drying time with the results of straightener-smooth style
  • Comfortable to hold and balance for styling without strain
  • Significantly quieter and lighter than typical hair dryers
  • Easy-to-use attachments and settings
  • Looks incredible and feels luxe
  • Dries hair without flyaways or static

I’m sold. The Dyson Supersonic is something dreams are made of.

While many headlines point to the higher price point of the Supersonic, I think that like any other item you spend a good amount of money on – it’s all about the quality of the product.

If you’re after just a drying solution, heck, a towel and time will dry your hair! If you’re looking for hair care, I’d recommend the Supersonic. It’s an investment in the same way skincare is.

It’s fantastic in that it caters for all hair types too. I can’t wait to see how the diffuser works on my sister’s curly hair.

In the spirit of festivities, Dyson has a special edition Christmas case that you can purchase with the Supersonic. I’m telling you – gift someone special (why not yourself?!) the Supersonic this Christmas and they’ll thank you for sharing the joy of hair-managing bliss.

The Dyson Supersonic is a Christmas present that will surpass expectations and you can purchase one online or in-store at Bing Lee today!

Try it out and let us know your experience in the comments below!