The Speciality mode allows you to use unorthodox grains and achieve unique flavours. The diamond-fluro-coated body not only makes this machine resistant against scratches but also prevents the loaves and different treats from sticking to the unit.
The machine is pretty large.
The Panasonic SD-2501WXC comes packing more features and programmes than any bread maker we've looked at. With this machine, you'll be able to prepare not only different bread types but also jams and compotes, expanding your culinary horizons and making your loved ones various delicious treats.
25 pre-set programmes: Bake, Bake Raisin, Bake Rapid, Dough, Dough Raisin, Bake, Dough, Bake, Bake Raisin, Bake Rapid, Dough, Dough Raisin, Italian Bake, Sandwich Bake, 100% Rye Bake, 100% Rye Dough, Pizza Dough, Pizza Bake, Gluten-Free Bake, Speciality Mode, Jam, and Compote Mode
For 3-6 persons; 750, 900g, or 1250g
LCD screen, Digital timer (up to 13 hours), Loaf size and darkness options, Raisin nut dispenser, Measuring cup, Measuring spoon included
You'll be able to select from 3 crust settings to make the crust as dark and crunchy as you want. The large viewing window will let you observe the progress. When the appliance is accidentally unplugged or switched off, the model will continue baking from where it's stopped in its programme whenever power is restored.
The machine is relatively noisy.
The Russell Hobbs 23620 is probably the most well-thought-out bread maker we've looked at. The model is definitely more attractive than anything within its price range. There's enough here to satisfy experienced cooks. But it is also accessible for beginners.
12 pre-set programmes: Basic, French, Whole Wheat, Cake, Sweet, Dough, Jam, Sandwich, Gluten-Free, Fastbake I, Fastbake II, Speciality
For 2-4 persons: 500g, 750g, or 1000g
13-hour delay timer, 3 crust options, 7-minute power cut-off memory function, Automatic keep-warm function for 1 hour, Dishwasher safe non-stick pan and kneading blades, Large viewing window, LCD screen, Non-slip feet
A dozen of pre-set programmes will allow you to bake not just a number of different types of bread but also the most delicious cakes and jams. The 13-hour delay timer will allow you to enjoy a freshly baked loaf of bread first thing in the morning. The air vents help the dough rise. The LCD screen is easy to read.
The dark crust setting is pretty pale.
The appliance will prove to be a good choice for customers who are looking to get the most of a machine like that without overpaying for a number of gimmicky features. Plus, the model includes a number of interesting recipes for you to play with.
12 pre-set programmes: Basic white, French, Whole Wheat, Quick, Sweet, Fastbake I, Fastbake II, Dough, Jam, Cake, Sandwich, Extra Bake
For 2-4 persons: 450g, 680g, or 900g
13-hour delay timer, 3 crust settings, Viewing window, Air vents, Lid handle, Cord storage, Cool-touch housing, Measuring spoons, Recipes included
The kneading paddle is difficult to remove.
The Lakeland 16147 walks pretty much the same road that most bread makers today walk. The model's simple, straightforward, and not very demanding maintenance-wise. Besides bread, you can make sandwiches, cakes, and different baked goods.
11 pre-set programmes: Basic, French, Whole Wheat, Quick, Sweet, Gluten-Free, Ultra Fast, Dough (Bread Rolls), Dough Continued (Pizza), Cake, Sandwich, Bake
For 1-2 persons: 500g
3 crust settings, 13-hour delay start feature, Air vents, Viewing window, Pause feature, Audible alert, 60-minute keep-warm function, Power failure backup system, LCD screen, Non-slip feet, Measuring spoon included
The automatic fruit and nut dispenser will enable you to prepare baked goods with fruits and nuts with them. There's a reheat function that, surprise-surprise, will allow you to reheat bread. The stainless steel housing requires almost no upkeep at all.
The controls are very sensitive.
The KG13-90500-B will accommodate those customers who like fresh bread as much as they like cakes, marmalade, and yoghurt. Apart from that, the model will let you prepare dough for pasta and noodles, fluffy bread, and sweet bread, selecting between 3 browning settings.
~ 650 W
14 pre-set programmes: Normal, Fluffy, Whole Grain, Sweet, Express/Quick, Dough, Pasta/Noodles Dough, Low Carb, Gluten-Free, Cake, Marmelade, Bake, Knead, Yoghurt, Homemade, Homemade 2
For 2-4 persons: 500g, 750g, or 1000g
3 crust settings, 13-hour timer, Air vents, Viewing window, reheat, 60-minute keep-warm function, Power failure memory, Backlit LCD screen, Non-slip feet, Fruit and nut dispenser, Measuring spoon, Measuring cup, Dough hook remover included
1 year (3 years extra)
The Panasonic SD-2501WXC is easily the most complete appliance on this list. Before anything else, this machine comes fitted with 25 pre-set programmes. These programmes include 25 Bake, Bake Rapid, Sandwich Bake, Bake Raisin, Dough, Dough Raisin, Italian Bake, Pizza Dough, Pizza Bake, and more, without forgetting Gluten-Free Bake, and even Jam and Compote modes, so you won't be limited to baked products alone. The instructions include 6 compote and 8 jam, so you'll be able to experiment here. There's also the Speciality mode that lets you use different grains and flours, not unlike spelt flour that you cannot make into bread without using machines like this one. The Rye Bread setting, coupled with the robust mixing blade, will also be able to create various tasty loaves with rye and spelt flours mixed together.
With these many settings alone (and we're not even talking about the construction and all that yet), the machine's biggest flaw becomes somewhat obvious even when you haven't been presented with one yet - its size. Measuring 25.6 x 38.2 x 38.9 centimetres, the unit is massive, so you'll have to sacrifice ample countertop space or store the machine somewhere else and move from that place to the kitchen countertops when baking bread. The appliance weighs 7 kilograms, not necessarily lightweight but light enough to carry alone.
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Setting the size aside, we've no issues with the model's construction. On the contrary, the all-white finish looks modern and elegant, while the angled control panel makes the bread maker easy to operate. Besides that, the diamond fluro-coated finish makes the appliance scratch-resistant and prevents breads from sticking to the unit. Going back to the controls, there's this nice little LCD screen that makes the settings accessible and seven touch buttons you'll be using to switch between the model's numerous settings.
Aside from the pre-set programmes we've addressed before, these numerous settings include loaf size and darkness options, meaning that you can make the bread as light or dark as you like and switch between 750-, 900-, and 1250-gramme loaves. Before wrapping this one up, we would be remiss not to mention the raisin/nut dispenser that will be automatically dropping additional ingredients into the dough, distributing fruits and nuts evenly throughout the loaf,
Long story short, the Panasonic SD-2501WXC is tremendous, with enough settings, programmes, and modes to realise endless culinary ideas.
Russell Hobbs 23620
Compact and Fast
The Russell Hobbs 23620 is pretty compact and really fast. Measuring 32.2 x 29 x 30 centimetres in overall dimensions, the model will not impose on any precious kitchen space you want to conserve. It weighs 4.3 kilograms, so you shouldn't have any issues moving the bread maker around either. The black housing with silver accents, incorporating an LCD screen and touch buttons, will mesh well with any modern/contemporary kitchen setting.
Drawing 600 watts, the machine takes far less time to prepare bread than its peers. The company's 55-minute fast-bake feature is present as well, letting you whip up the most delicious white loaf in less than an hour.
Fast-bake aside, the model comes equipped with 10 additional pre-set programmes, including Basic, French, Whole Wheat, Cake, Sweet, Dough, Jam, Sandwich, Gluten-free, and Speciality. You can use these settings to prepare anything on this list, from delicious but healthy whole-wheat bread to mouth-watering jams.
As far as the loaf size is concerned, the model will let you make 500-, 750-, and 1000-gram loaves. As you would imagine, these loaves will be enough to satisfy 2-4 individuals.
Going back to the functionality side, we really like the 13-hour delay bake function that you can use to have freshly-baked bread at your convenience. You'll be able to set the delay feature at night and wake up to a freshly-baked loaf for breakfast. Alternatively, you can activate the function before a busy day at work, so that you'll have the opportunity to come home to a crusty, delicious loaf to accompany your dinner.
The 7-minute power cut-off feature is pretty great too. When the appliance is accidentally unplugged or switched off, the model will continue baking from where it's stopped in its programme whenever power is restored. The usual keep-warm function will be able to keep your bread warm for up to an hour after finishing the loaf.
But it is probably the crust control feature that takes the proverbial cake. Using this feature, you'll be able to select from 3 crust settings to make the crust as dark and crunchy as you want. On the practicality/safety front, the large viewing window will let you observe the progress, whilst the non-slip feet will make sure the appliance doesn't accidentally slide from the countertop.
In short, the Russell Hobbs 23620 is probably the most well-thought-out bread maker we've looked at. The model is definitely more attractive than anything within its price range. There's enough here to satisfy experienced cooks. At the same time, the appliance is accessible for beginners.
Morphy Richards 48281
Choose Your Setting
The programmable bread machine from Murphy Richards is all about providing the user with a multitude of choices. Though they aren't necessarily unique, a dozen of pre-set programmes will allow you to bake not just a number of different types of bread but also the most delicious cakes and jams. Of course, if you wouldn't describe yourself as a person with a sweeter tooth, the model has plenty to offer you too. From a basic white or a French to a wholewheat or simple dough, the machine can bake it all.
In terms of the loaf size, the bread maker will allow you to choose from 1 lb, 1.5 lb, 2 lb loaves (or 450, 680, and 900 grams if you feel so inclined). The last couple of options work with the Fastbake function. Using the latter, you will be able to make yourself a freshly baked loaf in no more than 50 minutes. If you have a celiac disease or you simply do not fancy gluten in your food, the model will allow you to сhoose from a number of gluten-free options, using the recipes that are included in the instruction manual. And if you like to switch things up every once in a while, there're 3 crust settings that you can use to change the crust from light to dark.
A Number of Recipes
There's nothing like waking up to a smell of fresh bread in the morning. Naturally, the people behind this product are aware of that, which is why they didn't forget to include the 13-hour delay timer. Simply set it up before you go to bed and you will be able to enjoy the said freshly baked loaf of bread first thing in the morning.
Speaking of settings, all of the model's functions are available via an easy-to-read LCD display. That means you shouldn't have any issues figuring the whole thing out regardless of your experience with these appliances. Now, in terms of construction, the company behind this bread maker machine made sure to employ just about every trick in the book that simplifies the model's operation and makes it more convenient for everyone. The viewing window will allow you to take a peek inside and enjoy the process as it unfolds. The air vents are there to help the dough rise. Finally, the cool touch housing and the lid handle will allow you to handle the machine with ease and confidence.
All things considered, the appliance will prove to be a good choice for the types of customers who are looking to get the most of a machine like that without overpaying for a number of gimmicky features. Plus, the model includes a number of interesting recipes for you to play with.
Matching More Expensive Models
The Lakeland 16147 is a compact daily bread maker, just as the title suggests. Of course, the 'compact' part is not difficult and requires very little explanation. At 35.5 x 30 x 25.5 centimetres, this is a fairly petite machine, occupying almost no space on average kitchen countertops. Plus, weighing less than 4.3 kilogrammes, the model enables easy relocation.
The 'daily' part is a little less straightforward. On the one hand, this appliance can only make 500-gramme loaves, so accommodating more than 2 individuals' needs is not necessarily something it is great at. On the other hand, looking at the model's features, there are very few differences between this budget machine and its more expensive peers.
To begin with, this bread maker comes equipped with 11 pre-set programme. With these programmes, you can whip up basic bread, french, whole wheat bread, quick small loaves, sweet bread, gluten-free bread, prepare bread rolls and pizza, make cakes, sandwiches, bake different goods, and, with the ultra-fast setting, this machine will make you pretty tasty bread in 30 minutes. As always, besides these pre-set programmes, the model features multiple controls that let you make considerable adjustments to the recipes.
Take a Pause
As far as these adjustments go, you can choose between 3 crust settings or go with the knead-only functions. Matching its less affordable competition, the model installs a viewing window on the lid so that you can observe the progress. What's not quite as common is this bread maker's pause feature. With this feature, you can stop the operation, add ingredients, and continue where you left off. Plus, the settings will be saved for 10 minutes on the LCD screen. There's an audible alert that will notify you when the bread's ready, which means you don't even have to be in the room.
Mirroring its bread-making relatives, the model offers a 13-hour delay start feature, so you can always have fresh bread in the morning. The non-slip feet on the bottom prevent the unit from scratching the 'tops or moving during operation. There's also a power failure backup system that restores the settings after power outages. And, needless to say, the package includes a measuring spoon since bread makers nowadays seldom come without them.
So, provided that you don't mind that this model can only prepare 500-gramme loaves, the Lakeland 16147 will prove as capable as its less value-oriented contemporaries.
Stainless Steel Housing
The Klarstein KG13-90500-B looks like those sleek stainless steel appliances that cost almost as much as cars. Nevertheless, the model comes at 95 pounds, which is not necessarily cheap, but also not expensive, not really. Sure, there are more affordable bread makers out there but those come without stainless steel housing that's protected against rust and corrosion and that requires very little upkeep.
The illuminated LCD screen and the controls also contribute towards its sleek aesthetic. But where things get a little hairy is with the controls' sensitivity. Because they're as sensitive as they are, there's almost no way you will avoid occasional misclicking. On the plus side, the backlit screen lets you manipulate these controls without turning on the lights.
Before you play with different recipes, however, we would recommend starting with the model's 14 pre-set programmes. Aside from normal bread and the usual settings, such as express/quick, dough, gluten-free, whole grain, and 2 homemade settings, these programmes include fluffy, sweet, pasta/noodles dough, low-carb bread, cake, marmalade, yoghurt, a separate bake programme, and a knead-only function. As you can tell, the appliance has a certain fondness for the sweeter things in life, so this bread maker will be appreciated by people with a sweet tooth as much as by those who like their bread simple and their desserts more savoury.
Fruit and Nut Dispenser
Because the model can make fluffy and sweet bread as well as cakes, yoghurt, and marmalade, the people behind it have incorporated a fruit and nut dispenser. With it, you can prepare even more delicious goods. Setting its construction aside for a moment, this appliance comes provided with a measuring spoon, measuring cup, and a dough hook remover, so you can get started without purchasing different kitchen utensils separately.
Now, the features are nothing new. You can select between 3 degrees of browning. Using the 13-hour timer, you can wake up to a fresh loaf of bread. The air vents aid heat dissipation, preventing the model from overheating. The 60-minute keep-warm function will let you finish your business and have to bread waiting for you all nice and warm. But, if you don't make it in time anyway, the reheat function will also allow you to reheat the bread.
To sum up, if you want to make more than just plain bread, the Klarstein KG13-90500-B will not disappoint you, not one bit.
What Is a Bread Maker?
If you love homemade baked goodies but do not think you're a very good cook, there's a great solution. You can get a bread maker machine and bake perfect loaves time and again without the risk of burning and spoiling ingredients. A bread maker machine is a truly helpful device. They come in various capacities and make the task of baking easier for everyone, regardless of whether (or not) you have prior experience.
More often than not, these devices are featured with a few built-in programmes so all you need to do is simply select a suitable mode. A bread maker will do the rest. Most modern models can do pretty much everything - knead the dough, calculate the right amount of time for it to rise, and then bake it, thus, minimizing guesswork and guaranteeing excellent results. However, if you aren't sure what model you need, make sure to take a look at our "What to look for" section. Hopefully, you'll find there all the information you need regarding the important features and functions that should be taken into account when choosing a bread maker.
What Features to Compare
When selecting a bread maker machine, power should be among the first things to consider as it determines the operation time and the baking speed of a device. To put it simply, the more powerful the bread maker is, the less time it will take to bake bread (or make jam, for example). As a rule, modern breadmakers feature the power rate between 450 up to 1650 watts. Low-powered machines often include fewer modes (programmes) than high-powered bread makers, and many of them do not have the function of dough kneading. So, make sure to check these when choosing a bread machine.
Settings or a number of modes (programmes) are another aspect worth taking into consideration. Depending on how much you're ready to invest in a device, you may find models with a basic and more advanced set of settings. There are bread makers that feature 2 programmes as well as those that include 25 modes and more. These programmes vary in terms of time and temperature. The combination of these parameters determines the suitability of a breadmaker for certain baking tasks. That said, any breadmaker, regardless of its price tag, has a standard set of settings making it suitable for baking pastry. So, if you don't need the most high-tech bread maker machine with advanced technology, you can safely choose from more affordable models.
Another feature to look at is the loaf size the chosen bread maker can create. A traditional range of loaf sizes goes as this: 1 lb, 1.5 lbs, 2 lbs, and 3 lbs. We assume that your choice should be based upon your family requirements. If you live with a large family and go through quite a lot of bread, it's only logical to choose a bread machine that can bake 2-3 lb loaves. And vice versa. If your household is small, there's no sense to go for the biggest volume.
The last but not the least, we'd recommend you to turn attention to the extra features bread makers offer. Though not necessary, and certainly not critical, many of them are nice to have. A delay timer, for example, will allow you to put off the start time of any programme; an audible reminder will send you a signal when a loaf is ready; a viewing window will allow you to see what's happening inside the device. These are only some of the features that can be found in bread maker machines, and this list can be further extended. Hopefully, our rundown of the most popular bread machines available in the market will help you narrow down your choice.
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