Overall User Rating from 37 reviews

  • Grooved grill plates
  • Temperature adjusts between 120 and 570 degrees
  • Stainless steel exterior
  • Drip tray included
  • 120V, 1750W

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The Avantco P78 grooved top and bottom panini sandwich grill allows you to prepare a wide variety of different foods while taking up minimal space.

Boasting 1750W of heating power, this panini grill allows you to quickly and efficiently create your most popular sandwiches, quesadillas, and hamburgers. And, with a compact 17" x 12" footprint, you'll have no trouble finding space for it at your sandwich shop, concession stand, pizzeria, or food truck.

  • CE Listed

    CE Listed

    This item complies with the standards imposed by the Conformance European (CE), a division of the Intertek group.

  • 5-15P


    This unit comes with a NEMA 5-15P plug.

Grooved Grill Plates

The grooved plates provide tantalizing grill marks for an excellent presentation, while also ensuring complete contact with your product for consistent, even heat supply. The cast iron plate construction provides long-lasting durability and strength.

Thermostatic Controls

To ensure consistency, the thermostatic controls allow you to adjust the temperature of the grill to accommodate the appropriate cooking temperatures for different foods. With a 120-570 degree Fahrenheit range, you'll have no trouble keeping up with high-demand.

Specialized Hinge

The specialized hinge allows the top plate to lay flat against the food rather than at an angle. This ensures complete contact and uniform cooking.

Heavy-Duty Construction

A heavy-duty, stainless steel construction ensures that the unit is built to withstand a rough and tough kitchen environment.

Removable Grease Tray

The edge of the grill plate is angled downward to collect grease and direct it into the removable grease tray. When it's time to clean up, the tray can be removed and emptied quickly.

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How to Season a Panini Grill

Learn how to season your Panini grill for consistent, delicious results with every sandwich!

Keeping your Panini grill seasoned is an important step in maintaining the cast iron plates. Once you have received your Panini grill, it’s important to take the proper steps in caring for it before your first use. In order to protect the plates of your new grill during transportation, a layer of food-safe oil was coated on the surface prior to shipment. This oil is harmless, but must be removed before you begin to use.To remove, preheat the grill to 350 degrees f or until the oil liquifies. Next, carefully wipe away the melted oil with a clean, soft cloth and clean the surfaces with hot water and a mild dish detergent. Once the oil is removed and you have cleaned the surface, you are ready to season. Seasoning is important for any cast iron item used in the kitchen. It will keep your Panini grill from rusting and ensure a nice stick resistant surface. To season, preheat the grill to 400 degrees F. Once the preheat light turns off, place a small amount of oil in center of the grill. Using a soft dry cloth, spread the oil around covering the top and bottom of the grill. Let heat for 15min or until all oil has been burnished. Your grill may need to be reseasoned periodically due to heavy cleaning. Just follow those simple steps to ensure your grill stays rust free and stick resistant. Thanks for watching, and if you have any questions, please click on our live chat button.

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Avantco Panini Grills

Learn about all the features and benefits that come with an Avantco panini press!

Create your most popular sandwiches, quesadillas, hamburgers, burritos, and more with these Avantco commercial Panini sandwich grills! These Panini makers feature 1750 watts for single grills and 3500 watts for double grills, for fast and thorough cooking every time. It comes in several different plate configurations too accommodate all your favorite Panini grill recipes. Choose from models that feature; smooth top and bottom, grooved top and bottom grooved top and smooth bottom, double grooved top and smooth bottom, double smooth top and bottom, and double grooved top and bottom. The grooved grill plates provide tantalizing grill marks, while smooth plates offer more surface area to give your food a nice caramelized exterior. The temperature is easily adjustable between 120 and 570 degrees Fahrenheit to cook or warm a wide variety of foods. Our double grills feature independent temperature controls allowing you to cook different items at the same time! Their Stainless steel exterior ensures long-lasting durability and strength and thanks to the included drip tray, cleaning up is a breeze after every use. These Avantco Panini grills are CE listed. The single grills require a 120v electrical connection and come with a 4ft cord and plug while the double grills require 2-120v connections and come with 2-4ft cords and plugs. Thanks for watching and if you have any questions, please click on our live chat button!

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Cooking Surface Width 13 Inches 13 Inches 13 Inches 18 3/16 Inches 18 3/16 Inches
Voltage 120 120 120 120 120
Wattage 1,750 Watts 1,750 Watts 1,750 Watts 1,750 Watts Per Side, 3,500 Watts 1,750 Watts Per Side, 3,500 Watts
Plate Configuration Grooved Top & Bottom Smooth Top & Bottom Grooved Top & Smooth Bottom Smooth Top & Bottom Grooved Top & Smooth Bottom
Plate Material Cast Iron Cast Iron Cast Iron Cast Iron Cast Iron
Power Type Electric Electric Electric Electric Electric
Temperature Control Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Temperature Range 120 - 570 Degrees F 120 - 570 Degrees F 120 - 570 Degrees F 120 - 570 Degrees F 120 - 570 Degrees F
Timer No No No No No
Top Plate Single Single Single Dual Dual
Overall Dimensions:
  • Width: 17 Inches
  • Depth: 12 Inches
  • Height: 10 Inches
  • Height (open): 19 1/2 Inches
Plate Dimensions:
  • Width: 13 Inches
  • Depth: 8 3/4 Inches

Customer Reviews

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    Avantco P78 Grooved Commercial Panini Sandwich Grill - 120V, 1750W

    4.5 stars from 37 reviews


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    1 out of 1 found this review helpful

    This is a great Panini Grill for the money. I'm always a bit hesitant when ordering on the lower end of the price scale, but this one is a hit. It's so easy to use for all the staff. Thanks

    from Oak Hill Bulk Foods, Inc. Posted on

    Initially, I would have given this product a top rating. Recently, however, the screws holding the handle on the lid in place stripped out. I figured I would suck it in and buy a new handle, but Avantco has advised me that a replacement handle cannot be purchased. That means I am going to have to spend the better part of a day trying to rethread the handle to accommodate oversize set screws, see if that works, and then hope that the bigger holes do not make the handle too weak - and that was the best suggestion from Avantco! Meanwhile, it is dangerous to use because the lid won't stay up and you have to prop it open to get sandwiches in and out.

    from 394 Main Posted on

    We've used this several times in the few days since we've got it and the panini's are absolutely perfect. It has made very ordinary sandwiches special.

    Posted on

    Do not buy this item it is a non nsf item. I do not know how it is listed as commercial panini press when I am unable to use it commercially.

    from Brick and porter Posted on

    Thank you for the review! We’re sorry this has not worked for you. We offer a variety of products, some NSF listed and some not to accommodate every price point and budget. For your convenience, we list any certifications for a product at the bottom of the product description to help you make an informed purchase.

    WebstaurantStore Customer Solutions

    Bought this to make paninis in our café. Works well. Must have it on and kept warm or else it take a while to make the paninis. Durable. Always fast shipping. Thanks,

    from Coffee Beanery/ L&A Cafe, LLC. Posted on

    We've used this for panini sandwiches for about two years now. It holds 4 paninis using big rectangular sourdough and does it quickly and evenly if you make sure to level off the lid. I honestly can't imagine a more expensive one doing any better. We even cook 1/4 lb hot dogs on it. This grill is so good, I am looking at getting a smooth one for burgers.

    from Dub V's Posted on

    This is a great panini maker; the size is large enough to make 2 or 3 sandwiches at a time but not so big that it takes up too much space on the work table. Heats up quickly and maintains a nice even heat. Probably too small if you are doing lots of paninis every day.

    Posted on

    I purchased this Panini grill for my home use. I received it within three days of purchase. Great heavy duty machine! I use it frequently. It heats up fast and is fairly easy to clean. I was worried I may have trouble blowing my fuse at my residence, but this is not a problem even on high settings! No regrets, I would buy it again!

    Posted on

    We ordered this item on a lark since I have always thought having a panini maker would be really nice... This item has turned out to be a really nice addition to our home kitchen! Works great, great low price, easy to use! Do beware though that this unit is HEAVY. I would recommend having a place where you can use the machine without the need to move it from place to place. Very pleased with the item and webstaurant's service staff!!

    Posted on

    this panini grill is a great size and is easy to clean with a wire BBQ brush. once is is hot, it stays hot. great value!

    from workhorse coffee llc Posted on

    yes it takes a while for the panini maker to get hot, but we usually turn it on before lunch business start and it stays on the whole day. We use a BBQ were brush to clean the grill that works very well. It can fit two panini at the time. So far we are happy with our purchase and even thinking to by a second one for the busier season.

    Posted on

    Good small panini grill - too small for a panini shop but great if just a few menu items require it - simple power requirements are very nice

    from Mountain Oven, LLC Posted on

    This Panini grill has more surface space than my previous press, but it has a few setbacks. It takes it quite a while to heat up for a order and the clean up is very time consuming! I will in the future make sure to purchase a machine that the plates are removable for cleaning.

    from D'Vine Eatery LLC Posted on

    We started making panini sandwiches a few months ago with a small press from Target. Once the sandwiches took off, we knew we needed a commercial grade unit. This unit is awesome and priced right, too.

    from SiP Posted on

    We have only used this a few times, but we are happy with is so far. we grilled french toast, bacon, and veggie burgers with this grill. The only negatives the "oil" that is applied from the factory - just wondered what it was??

    Posted on

    This panini press has been used for the past 16 months and has been great. One thing I will note is that the press does really push the sandwich down as the lid is very heavy. We prop it using some pam spray and it works out much better but overall a great product at a very reasonable price.

    from BlueSteele Coffee Company Posted on

    Avantco 13" x 8 3/4" Grooved Top & Bottom Commercial Panini Sandwich Grill is a nice to have for the price. It is also pretty easy to keep clean.

    from cruisincafe Posted on

    It works really well.I use for all my wraps and most of my sandwiches.It makes all the sandwiches look very appealing and comes out nice and warm.

    from Ranch House Kitchen Posted on

    I love this panini grill! It is very sturdy and easy to use. It heats up quick and the ridges provide for even grill marks.

    Posted on

    This panini press is fantastic. I love that both the bottom and top plates are grooved. It leaves the perfect grill marks on the panini's and everyone loves it.

    Posted on

    Panini sandwich grill is an excellent purchase. I have used it for grilled cheese and it's just as great. the price isnt overwhelmingly than expensive compared to other stores

    Posted on

    this panini press is great and it makes the perfect sandwich. the grooved top and bottom give your paninis a great texture. i recommend this

    Posted on

    excellent machine. easy to use. beautiful finished product. arrived quickly and still the best buy out there even adding the shipping charges. great addition to my operation. thank you webstaurantstore.com!

    from big apple catering Posted on

    The 13"x8 3/4" Grooved Top % Bottom Panini Sandwich Grill 120 V. Is great for our restraunt ,There is nothing like a warn panini sandwich. The best part is it is a 120 V. So we don't trip any breakers.

    from Harrison Familey Restaurant Posted on

    If you only have the option of 110 power this unit works well. I would not recommend the unit for high volume but for add on menu items in a small space you can't beat this press.

    from Vending Trucks Inc. Posted on

    We've had this panini press for five months now and had no problems (we had one for 2 months that was replaced under warranty when some screws broke causing the top portion to not stay up.) Our customers love the paninis we make.

    from Pine Line Cafe Posted on

    Cheaper than any other professional grill that I look at. It works pretty good, it makes great paninis and grilled sandwiches. I only wish took a little less time to get hot.

    from SC Posted on

    Great unit and brand name. Easy to use and maintain as well as keeping clean. Non stick cooking surface helps keep it clean. Also keeps a good temperature.

    Posted on

    This is a very good unit, it heats up for us relatively quickly. And holds temp really well. It presses the sandwiches and subs we make perfectly, and has lasted for over 8 months now and still looks brand new. Easy to clean, and maintain. Great press! Great price!

    from The new haven cafe Posted on

    Top's a little stiff, and it's a bit messy to clean, but it works fantastic. This one is more than big enough for 2 toaster sandwiches, and we have even fried bacon on it.

    from Papa's Ice Cream, Inc. Posted on

    This little gem has proven itself time and again. Very good value! This grill heats up quick and holds the temperature well. As with the Waring blenders we felt it a good investment to purchase another one of these after using one for several months.

    Posted on

    Easy to use, grills the sandwiches nice and it is a nice size to grill 4 sandwiches at a time. Very happy with this product.

    from RJ's Cafe Posted on

    Good equipment for the price. I have been using in my restaurant for 3 years. still working very good for all my pressed menu sandwiches.

    from The Boardroom Restaurant Posted on

    I've just purchased this item for a second location, and it's exactly the same model as the one I've been using here for over a year. It is extemely functional, and the price cannot be argued! We use 4 x 4 ciabatta bread and can fit 6 paninis on the grill, which is plenty for what we need!

    from Custom Confections Inc. Posted on

    We use this everyday. Well worth the price. I would reorder this product when the time comes. Quick and easy makes perfect panini's. Doesn't take up much space.

    from Island Spice Cafe Posted on

    This is a great panini press! I own two of them and love them. As with all presses, you must take care in cleaning often and do not use any sharp utensils. Heats up very quickly have wored great for over two years now.

    from Grilled Posted on

    This grill has helped this little coffee shop stay busy all day. We are able to grill up to 3 sandwiches at a time and they are consistently great!

    from Forest Perk Coffee Posted on

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