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Whether you run a restaurant or simply like making paninis, the Waring Commercial WPG150 is a popular and reliable commercial-grade panini press that will easily keep up with your sandwich grilling needs. This device utilizes hardware and heating elements constructed for commercial-grade use, and the unit proves quite capable of almost continuous use. With a wide range of heating temperatures, combined with the heavy-duty grilling plates, this device proves an invaluable asset in any kitchen.
While the Waring Commercial WPG150 is among the least expensive of commercial-grade sandwich makers, it still comes with all the power and versatility expected of such a device. Whereas cheaper devices might automatically power on when plugged in, this unit has a power switch to more easily control it without needing to worry about reaching power cords. In addition, the device comes equipped with a wide temperature range. Controlled by a single dial, the grill is capable of temperatures anywhere from 140 to 570 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes the sandwich grill quite capable of anything from warming to toasting to grilling food.
The Waring Commercial WPG150 features dual cast-iron plates ribbed specially for making paninis, though it also excels in grilling hamburgers, chicken, vegetables and other types of food. The grill plates cover a high-quality heating element that evenly and quickly distributes heat across its surface, enabling you to use every inch of surface space available. The grilling surface is 11 and a half inches wide by 15 and a half inches deep and can fit up to four individual sandwiches.
This panini grill is designed to handle almost continuous use in a commercial setting, which means it may accumulate more food residue than the smaller in-home devices. The Waring Commercial WPG150 comes with a cleaning brush specifically designed to reach between each rib to scrub out food and help you keep the grilling surface clean. The cast-iron plates are covered in a non-stick surface which plays heavily to the device’s advantage in remaining low-maintenance and easy to clean after each day of use.
The grilling surface of the Waring Commercial WPG150 makes it capable of exceling in a restaurant setting, allowing it to cook multiple sandwiches at once. The ease of cleaning the sandwich toaster also plays to its advantage in a high-pace cooking environment and simply requires a single swipe of a cleaning cloth to remove food debris so you can continue cooking quality food. When it comes to delivering consistent and quality cooking to your favorite type of sandwich, this unit will not shirk in its responsibility.