Summary: I just ordered it but still have the original one with no on/off button and no temperature control. Sounds like the original was better. Since you have to plug it in to use it there is no big reason for an on/off switch.
Summary: Agree with Dirk Williams review wrt the switch. The machine is in my view dangerous. The switch suffers from a lack of thermal protection. I am now returning my second machine with the same switch failure mode. The failure occurs after use, the machine is hot and the switch no longer turns it off.
Great product when it works, but poor durability and poor quality
8 January 2015
Summary: I received this model two times as a gift. On both occasions the power button has broken after 25 - 30 uses. When it works, it's great. But the fact the power button breaks in less than 40 uses makes this a very poor product.
Summary: Pretty good little Panini Grill, I have used this for over 2 years at least 2-3 times a week. Has held up and still grills perfect. Only thing that annoys me and why I took away 1 star is there is no power switch, you must physically unplug it from the wall every time you turn it off/on.
Summary: That's, how I feel about how much I use this panini grill. If I had to pick only three cooking appliances . Microwave, Panini Grill Toaster Oven And honestly this grill a close tie between the microwave.
Complete garbage and zero support from Breville - don't throw away your money on this. Expensive junk.
80 Shades, Amazon
24 October 2014
Summary: The grill looks nice. We bought one a few years back. Right out of the gate, we tried to make paninis and never had much luck. It would warm them, but as far as getting a really good "toast" on the bread, no luck.
Breville Panini Grill; take your sandwiches up a notch and get your kids eating better
Stephen Smith, Amazon
6 July 2014
Summary: When you think of making a sandwich you will likely either go for peanut butter and jam or will have cheese, lunch meat and perhaps some lettuce with some mustard. With this Panini Grill things change.