Panini Press Deals for the Holidays

You’re not all shopped out yet, are you?? 🙂

A panini press makes a perfect holiday gift for anyone who likes to cook (I’m preaching to the choir, right?) – from college students to families to empty nesters. When friends ask for my advice for choosing a panini press, I usually suggest the Breville Panini Press or the Cuisinart Griddler for the best performance and greatest versatility. Take a look at some of my past posts for more detailed panini press buying advice:

Today I wanted to bring you the holiday deals I’ve seen on panini presses I personally own or have gifted plus one more lower-end model to consider. This sale information is highly time-sensitive and, of course, subject to change – I’ll do my best to share the details as accurately as possible, but please double-check and confirm the prices before you decide to buy.By all means, if you come across any good deals that I’ve missed please feel free to mention them in the comments!

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UPDATE 12/19/12: Breville Panini Press is $79.95 (the Gift of the Day!) plus FREE SHIPPING on your entire order (code: SHIP4FREE)

Find great deals on panini presses at Amazon

  • The Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler is one of the most popular panini presses on the market, and Amazon usually has the best deal. Plus free shipping!
  • The DeLonghi Contact Grill and Panini Press is another quality option at Amazon. It’s usually priced a notch lower than the Cuisinart, but offers premium features such as an adjustable thermostat. I bought this model for my sister-in-law a few years ago and it’s worked well for her!
  • Looking for a quality option under $50? Breville makes a compact grill – the Breville Panini Duo – that will fit nicely in dorm rooms and small kitchens. I haven’t tried this model, but after happily grilling with other Breville presses for 5 years I’d definitely consider it for simple uses.

Find the Calphalon Panini Grill for 30% off at

30% off one item at! Enter code: CASA30AFF

  • If the Calphalon Panini Grill is on your shopping list, consider buying it at – the new housewares arm of – where you can get it for 30% off with promo code CASA30AFF until December 31, 2012. This is the best deal I’ve found for this premium-end press.

Crate and Barrel

Save 15% plus free shipping at Crate and Barrel (code: SAVE15)! – ends Monday, November 26 at 11:59 PM PT [This deal has ended]

SAVE 25% on all kitchen electrics (code: SAVE25) ends Tuesday, December 18

  • I absolutely love my OXO Panini Press-Electric Grill Brush for cleaning my panini presses without damaging the nonstick surface. Crate and Barrel has it for $2.95 (way better than the $8 I paid!!), plus free shipping. If you own a panini press or are giving one as a gift this year, jump on this deal!
  • Crate and Barrel also includes the Breville Duo Panini Press (again, this is the smaller grill) and Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler in its 25% off sale plus free shipping, so that actually puts it even lower than the current Amazon price.

Find the Cuisinart Griddler Gourmet at Costco
$54.99 Cuisinart Griddler Gourmet after $15 manufacturer’s discount offer ends Sunday, November 25, 2012 [This deal has ended]

  • If you’ve got a Costco membership, you ought to take a look at this one! Their Cuisinart Griddler Gourmet looks a whole lot like the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler from Amazon (the photos look pretty identical to me) and is currently marked all the way down to $54.99 online (plus $6.99 shipping). The website indicates that pricing may be different at the warehouse.

So there you go – if a panini press is on your holiday shopping list hopefully these deals will save you some money!

NOTE: When you make a purchase at Amazon or Williams-Sonoma through the affiliate links in this post I earn a small commission on the sale. Many thanks for supporting Panini Happy!


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  1. I came to your site to see which panini press you’d recommend and I’m so glad this post was the first one! Crate and Barrel has a 15% off entire site and free shipping too on the Breville and Griddler if you also wanted to put that in your post

    Love your blog!

    Posted 11.24.12 Reply
  2. I’ve always wanted a panini press… this great holiday guide isn’t helping 🙂 I’m tempted even more.

    Posted 11.25.12 Reply
  3. i need one! Great post!

    Posted 11.25.12 Reply
  4. Great information Kathy. Mine is Calphalon and I have really loved it. 🙂

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  5. Kelly wrote:

    Nice post! With a panini press I could make my Fig, Almond Butter, & Banana Sandwich in a panini press instead of on the stovetop!

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  6. As it turns out I need exactly this info to deliver exactly what my family Secret Santa recipient wants. Thanks!!

    Posted 11.26.12 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Awesome – so glad it was helpful, Elisa!

      Posted 11.26.12 Reply
  7. Shaina wrote:

    Great info!

    Posted 12.5.12 Reply