We love Toas-Tites. There are no two ways about it. That love means our collection has continued to grow over the years. Here are some pictures and descriptions of our sandwich grills (Toas-Tite and otherwise) to give you an idea of what you can find and the grills that have our hearts.
The Original Toas-Tite: Patent Pending
The first ones! The Patent Pending Toas-Tites have the logo on the front with the handles extending out to the left. They also of course say “Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.” at the top and “Pat. Pending” at the bottom.
Our “Original” Toas-Tite
This was the first Toas-Tite in our family. It originally belonged to Boy’s grandmother. Very well loved, indeed.
First Toas-Tite we purchased on eBay
This one was called “Vintage Toas-Tite Red Handled Sandwich / Smores Maker”. It was shipped from San Jacinto, CA and cost $25.49 (plus $7.85 for shipping).
Number 3 Patent Pending
Number 4 Patent Pending
Purchased on eBay – “Nice Vintage Toas-Tite Sandwich Maker” for $57.13 plus $7.30 S&H.
Number 5 Patent Pending
The Original Toas-Tite: Post-Patent
“Toas-tite sandwich maker rare with box”
You guessed it – we got this one on eBay, along with the original box and instruction manual. While neither the Toas-Tite nor the box were in perfect shape considering their age, we got quite lucky with this one. We spent $65 plus $11.57 S&H to add this one to the collection. (See below for images of the box and instruction manual.)
Post Patent 3
Post Patent 4
Post Patent 5
Post Patent 6
Unfortunately, we didn’t keep good track of where all of our Toas-Tites came from in terms of geographic location. So the above Patent Pending and Post-Patent Toas-Tites that aren’t labeled may have come from:
- Fort Wayne, IN
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Fremont, CA
- Garland, TX
On average, we paid $41 for each of our Toas-Tites from eBay (although we had a few which brought that average up like the one that came with the box).
The Deluxe Toas-Tite
The Deluxe Toas-Tite is interesting. Truthfully, the “Deluxe” isn’t that much different from the original Toas-Tite. The primary differences are slightly longer handles, slightly “shaplier” handles with a point at the end, and rather than a wire loop which hooks over the handles, it has a clasp-like hook which holds the arms together above the handles.
“Vintage Toas-Tite Sandwich Grill 15 1/2″ Pat. # 2463439”
Another eBay purchase of course. This one was shipped from O’Fallon, MO and cost $36 plus $7.62 S&H.
The Tid-Bit Toas-Tite
The illusive Tid-Bit. We wanted one of these for a very long time but they’re somewhat hard to find. The Tid-Bit Toas-Tite allows you to make a Toas-Tite sandwich…but it’s divided into four segments! You can tear each segment off for its own tasty little, that’s right, Tid-Bit. It took a while for one of these to come up on eBay but when it did, we snapped it up for $109. It rolls the best elements of a Toas-Tite and a pull apart bread together. Delicious.
The Boy Scout Toas-Tite
We own one Boy Scout Toas-Tite. These units are a bit more hard to come by than the original Toas-Tites or even the deluxe versions. They were produced exclusively for the Boy Scouts of America. They are smaller than the original Toas-Tites both in terms of clamshell diameter and in handle length. The clamshell is also thinner and smooth, with no ridging of the original Toas-Tite design. It also has a slightly different hinge at the top of the clamshell. The Toas-Tite logo displays on one side and the crest of the Boy Scouts appears on the other side with their slogan “Be Prepared.” It includes “Patent Pending” on one edge as well. We purchased this Toas-Tite on eBay (“Rare Toas-Tite Vintage Boy Scouts Patent Camping Grill”) for $66.09 plus $8.09 S&H.
Other Pie Irons (non-Toas-Tite brand)
Yes, this one is called the KwiKi-Pi. Because who doesn’t want a quicky pie? The front of the grill claims Reg. US. Pat. Off. Pat. App’l.
This sandwich grill is called a Snack-Toaster. The front says, “Made in the USA. Pats Pend. Federal MFG. & ENG. Corp. B’klyn, 5, N.Y.”
The front of this sandwich maker says:
Pat. No 690233
Reg. Des. 862631
Made in England
The metal is thinner than a Toas-Tite and the top clam shell fits into the bottom clam shell entirely. We bought this one on eBay for $15 (plus $10 for shipping).
Campers Pie Chef
This very long handled sandwich grill is seriously heavy duty. It’s a great grill if you’re toasting in an open fire because of the extra length. This unit was produced by C. Palmer Mfg. Inc. in West Newton, PA 15089. We got this one on eBay with the description “Vintage Palmer Pie Chef Camping Sandwich Maker Cooker” for $9.99 (but the shipping cost us $16.09). It arrived from Boothbay Harbor, ME.
Electric Sandwich Toaster
Amazingly, this one was also produced by C. Palmer Mfg. also in West Newton, PA! This one was added second, after the Campers Pie Chef grill. The model on this one just says “Model: Electric Sand. Toaster, 500 Watts – 120 Volts”. It also warns on the bottom, “Do Not Immerse In Water – For Household Use Only”. We got this one from Toaster Central for $88 (plus $17 for shipping). It’s fully electric with no flipping or stove top involved at all. The top of the unit is flat while the bottom is scalloped. It’s also scored along the edges to help press the sandwich edges together. It doesn’t seal the edges quite as well as a Toas-Tite but it’s pretty handy when you don’t feel like flipping your sandwich while it’s toasting.
“Vintage In A Minit Sandwich Maker – Green Wooden Handle”
This sandwich grill is marked “In-A Minit Sandwich Grill” – patent pending. The grill makes two sandwiches in one go. It cost $9.99 but because of the significantly heavier weight than a Toas-Tite, shipping and handling cost a whopping $18.45 from Broomall, PA.
The Waffle Dog was gifted to us from Boy’s aunt (thanks, Aunt Sharon!) – it’s not quite a sandwich toaster but it’s in the general family. It has two slots for hot dogs and a waffle inside where you pour your batter. It also has two little holes at the bottom where you can place your sticks to finish off your corn doggy experience. We haven’t used it yet but we’re hoping to soon!
Toas-Tite Packaging And Such-Ins
Toas-Tite Original Box
This Toas-Tite box came from eBay (with a patent pending Toas-Tite). It’s in reasonably good shape considering its age and it came with the original instruction manual. The top of the box says: “Reg. US Pat. Off. Pat. Pending – Toas-Tite – Makes a Luscious Sealed-In Drip Proof Hot Toasted Sandwich – Make Toas-Tites on the gas stove – For Quick Lunches – For Midnight Snacks – Parties – Use Toas-Tite Over the Picnic Fire, Hearth Fire, Grill, Or Any Open Flame”. It also has cute little depictions of both of these cooking methods.
The side of the box repeats the slogan (“Makes A Luscious Sealed-In Drip Proof Hot Toasted Sandwich”) and “Manufactured By Bar-B-Buns, Inc. Cincinnati, Ohio”.
For the full transcript of the instruction manual, head over to our Toas-Tite Instruction Booklet page.