I love making panini, but I've never felt compelled to buy one of those fancy sandwich presses. All they do is take up cupboard space, and they're a pain to clean.
Besides, why buy a panini press when all of us have the utensils to make one right in our very own kitchens:
All you need are two different pan sizes and a large can of, well, anything.
Still makes pretty darn tasty panini, even with the lack of sandwich making technology: