Best Bread Makers to Bake Bread at Home in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 4, 2020
Bread is delicious. The bread you've made yourself is even better. If you like baking and want to enjoy tasty bread or pastry, you need to get a bread maker. Check our brand-new comparison of 5 best bread machines. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
POWER
SETTINGS
LOAF SIZE
EXTRAS
Warranty
 
PROS

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.

CONS

The machine is pretty large. 

OUR VERDICT

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 onlydifferent bread types but also jams and compotes, expanding your culinary horizons and making your loved ones various delicious treats.

detailed parameters
POWER

550 W

SETTINGS

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

LOAF SIZE

For 3-6 persons; 750, 900g, or 1250g

EXTRAS

LCD screen, Digital timer (up to 13 hours), Loaf size and darkness options, Raisin nut dispenser, Measuring cup, Measuring spoon included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

With the personal programme settings, you can time the baking stages, making sure that the machine takes its time to pre-heat, knead, rise, and bake. The fan-assisted baking system will be keeping the baking temperature even so that the loaves are always coming out crisp and baked throughout.

CONS

The appliance produces quite a bit of noise. 

OUR VERDICT

The Kenwood BM450 comes sporting an elegant, streamlined aesthetic with functionality matching that aesthetic. You'll be able to control every part of the baking progress. That being said, you'll also be able to make the machine quickly prepare you a fresh loaf without tinkering with the settings.

detailed parameters
POWER

780 W 

SETTINGS

15 pre-set programmes for bread, doughs, cakes, and jams. A rapid bake setting for a fresh loaf of bread in as little as 58 minutes, additional 5 "personal" programme settings

LOAF SIZE

For 2-5 persons: 500g, 750g, or 1000g 

EXTRAS

LCD screen, 1-hour keep-warm function, Light, Medium, Dark Crust colour settings, 15 hours delay timer, Ingredients dispenser, Internal viewing light, Power interruption memory, Viewing window, Measuring cup and spoon included

Warranty

1 year 

PROS

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 display is easy to read.

CONS

The dark crust setting is pretty pale. 

OUR VERDICT

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.

detailed parameters
POWER

600 W

SETTINGS

12 pre-set programmes: Basic white, French, Whole Wheat, Quick, Sweet, Fastbake I, Fastbake II, Dough, Jam, Cake, Sandwich, Extra bake

LOAF SIZE

For 2-4 persons: 450g, 680g, or 900g

EXTRAS

13-hour delay timer, 3 crust settings, Viewing window, Air vents, Lid handle, Cord storage, Cool-touch housing, Measuring spoons, Recipes included

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The stainless steel housing makes the model look particularly sleek. Measuring 27.5 x 31 x 28.5 centimetres, anybody will be able to find enough space for the bread maker. The housing also improves the model's sturdiness and durability. The non-stick pan will make sure you won't have to waste a lot of time cleaning the pan.

CONS

The lid is a bit flimsy, so you have to be careful while closing it. 

OUR VERDICT

We would recommend the Tower T11001 compact bread maker to just about any individual who doesn't just care about the model's respectable functionality and performance but also values the way it looks and how it will fit the kitchen décor.

detailed parameters
POWER

650 W

SETTINGS

13 pre-set programmes: Basic, French, Whole Wheat, Sweet, Express Bake (750g), Express Bake (1000g), Quick, European, Dough, Bagel Dough, Jam, Bake, Gluten Free

LOAF SIZE

For 2-4 persons: 450g, 680g, or 900g

EXTRAS

13-hour delay timer, Automatic 1 hour keep warm function, 3 crust settings, Viewing window, Non-stick pan, Kneading blade

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The LCD screen is large, making the values easily readable even at night with its light-blue backlighting. You can choose between three crust colours. Because the kneading blade collapses before baking, the machine is able to maximise the used bread amount.

CONS

The online recipe book is not especially informative.

OUR VERDICT

The Sage BBM800BSS screams and oozes character but that's not primarily why we've added this bread machine to the list. Before that, the unit is brilliant at baking different bread types, from sweet to whole wheat. Plus, the machine takes less time than most to prepare them.

detailed parameters
POWER

830 W

SETTINGS

13 pre-set programmes: Basic, Whole Wheat, Rapid, Gluten-Free, Crusty Loaf, Sweet, Yeast-Free, Dough, Pizza, Pasta, Bake Only, Jam, Knead

LOAF SIZE

For 1-2 persons; 250g

EXTRAS

3 crust colour options, 9 custom settings, Automatic fruit and nut dispenser, Collapsible blade, Delayed start, LCD screen with a smart interface, Viewing window with light, Beeper on/off, downloadable recipe book

Warranty

2 years

Panasonic SD-2501WXC

25 Programmes

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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'tis but not even a Scratch

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.

Panasonic SD-2501WXC Automated Breadmaker with Gluten Free Programme in the use

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Kenwood BM450

Where Form Meets Function

Stainless steel appliances always add class and elegance to kitchen settings and the Kenwood BM450 sports this aesthetic with style and confidence. The chrome-plated body is the driving force behind the machine's smooth, polished appearance, whilst the black top makes the model look more visually expressive and less bland than most bread makers. The Kenwood logo is a tad bulky for our taste, somewhat ruining the model's minimalistic/understated aesthetic but with an emphasis on the "somewhat" part since the machine looks quite brilliant even with this slight foible.

What's neat about this appliance is that the aesthetics and form here meet function, making the streamlined appearance quite convenient at the same time. The touch-sensitive controls add to the streamlined look but also make the model's functions easy to access and manage. They're relatively large, so you won't be misclicking them but, thanks to the "touch" part, the buttons do not make the interface look bloated.

Before addressing what you can do with these buttons though, let's wrap up the construction. Next to the controls, you'll find the viewing window that, along with the internal oven light, lets you observe the baking progress. The machine does not require oversight though since the fan-assisted baking system is excellent at maintaining an even baking temperature. There's also the ingredients dispenser with its 125-gramme capacity that will be automatically opening and adding ingredients at the right moment.

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Personal Programmes Too

The Kenwood BM450 comes adopting 15 pre-set programmes. These include settings for bread, doughs, cakes, and jams. In addition to the 15 pre-set programmes, you'll be able to add and save 5 personal programme settings, timing each baking stage, from pre-heating and kneading to rising and baking. You can always ditch these programmes though and stick with the rapid bake setting. Using this one, you'll be able to prepare a fresh loaf of bread within less than an hour.

With all these programmes and settings, the machine will also let you choose between light, medium, and dark crust colour options. Better yet, the 15-hour delay timer will enable you to set everything during the evening and wake up to fresh bread. They say life is what happens whilst you're busy making other plans but the 1-hour keep-warm function will be able to take these sudden "happenings" into account too.

Bottom line, setting aside the relatively noisy operation, the Kenwood BM450 is that artisan bread maker that you can recommend to most customers, even those who are not that into bread.

Kenwood BM450 Breadmaker in the use

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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.

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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.

Morphy Richards 48281 Bread maker in the use

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Tower T11001

As Sleek as a Shriek

Though the Tower T11001 Digital Bread Maker certainly does not lack in the functions department, the first thing that we would like to talk about is the model's construction, meaning both its composition and appearance. Though the latter aspect is entirely subjective, if you ask us, we'd say that the stainless steel housing makes the model look particularly sleek. 

Other than that, there's also the appliance's 27.5 x 31 x 28.5 centimetres of overall dimensions that don't just improve the visual aspect but also allow anybody to find enough space for the bread maker, regardless of how much free countertop space they have.

Naturally, the stainless steel housing is there not just for the looks but to improve the model's sturdiness and durability. Now, while we're still on the subject of construction, we would like to point out the viewing window that will allow you to monitor the bread-making process and the non-stick pan that makes sure you won't have to waste a lot of time cleaning the pan. 

In addition to the small bread maker, you will also receive a kneading blade that will allow you to knead ingredients and mix dough. The usual crust settings are there as well, allowing you to choose between light, medium, and dark finishes to your crusty bread.

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Enough Baking Power

Now, when it comes to the model's functionality and performance, there isn't a whole lot we can say other than this is a solid appliance that does not intend to trail behind in any of those categories. With 650 watts of power on board, it will take the bread maker less than an hour to bake a delicious loaf. Not dissimilar to the majority of these machines, the Tower T11001 comes equipped with a 13-hour delay timer, so you can plan ahead and prepare a freshly baked loaf of bread for you or your entire family whenever you feel like it.

Of course, everybody likes his/her bread different, so the manufacturers made sure to include 3 crust settings that you can use to prepare a loaf of bread with a white, medium, or dark crust. The number 13 that determines the maximum time of delay also makes a comeback, only this time representing the number of pre-set programmes that you will have at your disposal.

These programmes include your typical selection of bread types as well as dough, jam, bagel dough, and gluten-free options. The ability to choose the size of the loaf is there as well, allowing you to bake 450, 680, and 900g loaves for yourself or your entire family.

In conclusion, we would recommend the Tower T11001 compact bread maker to just about any individual who doesn't just care about the model's respectable functionality and performance but also values the way it looks and how it will fit the kitchen décor.

Tower T11001 Digital Bread Maker with Gluten Free Setting in the use

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Sage BBM800BSS

Unique Aesthetics

The Sage BBM800BSS looks brilliant, let's start with that. Normally, these appliances try to couple black with white/chrome, which usually makes them modern and even relatively stylish but not especially unique. As you can probably tell, the unit we're reviewing here is different, incorporating this peculiar all-silver housing that will definitely be able to add character to most kitchens. Keeping the lines clean and its accents smooth and polished, the appliance maintains this mature streamlined profile, poised to attract attention even next to the most expensive stainless steel appliances.

The large LCD screen with its light-blue backlighting adds to the product's sleek and polished aesthetic, also making the settings intuitive and accessible. The so-called "turn-and-confirm" dials will let you easily manage the screen's smart interface and sift through the numerous settings and features.

These settings include 13 pre-set programmes, from Basic, Whole wheat, Rapid, Gluten-free, Crusty loaf, Sweet, Yeast-free to Dough, Pizza, Pasta, Bake only, Jam, and Knead. In addition to pre-set programmes, the appliance will let you utilise 9 custom settings. Using these settings, you'll be able to create and store various recipes, keeping them readily accessible whenever necessary.

Review of Sage BBM800BSS he Custom Loaf Pro Bread Maker

Fruits and Nuts Too

Even setting the programmes and aesthetics aside though, the unit has enough juice to justify the price. For starters, there's the fruits and nuts dispenser that allows you to add and mix different fruits, nuts, and grains into most recipes. The chute will automatically open to dispense these ingredients into the dough at the appropriate time during the kneading cycle. Most bread machines bake the loaves with the blade still upright, leaving large holes in the bread's base. That's not the case here. The model's kneading blade will collapse before baking, maximising the usable bread amount.

Not unlike most bread makers, this appliance offers delayed start, with programmable start time settings that let you time when the loaf will be ready, even when you're not around. When you're around though, you can peek through the viewing window that's equipped with LED lights to enable you to observe the progress.

To sum up, the Sage BBM800BSS is more capable than most bread machines, drawing but also outputting 830 watts. It is also more stylish and gives you more options and settings to fiddle with.

Sage BBM800BSS he Custom Loaf Pro Bread Maker in the use

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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.

On the note of baked goodies, we also recommend checking out our selection of toasters and coffee machines. Start your mornings right!

What Features to Compare

Power

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

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.

Loaf Size

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.

Extras

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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1. Matthew Steen Does your house smell like fresh bread? Choice. March 26, 2014.

2. Kelly Burgess Bread Maker Buying GuideConsumerSearch. November 16, 2016.

3. Yvette Fletcher How to buy the best bread maker? Which?

4. Lynn Wright How to choose the best breadmaker? SagaMAGAZINE. May 25, 2016.

5. How to Choose a Bread Maker? wikiHow.

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