Best Bread Makers to Bake Bread at Home in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 13, 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

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.

CONS

The machine is relatively noisy. 

OUR VERDICT

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.

detailed parameters
POWER

600 W

SETTINGS

12 pre-set programmes: Basic, French, Whole Wheat, Cake, Sweet, Dough, Jam, Sandwich, Gluten-free, Fastbake I, Fastbake II, Speciality

LOAF SIZE

For 2-4 persons: 500g, 750g, or 1000g

EXTRAS

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

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 crust control feature will let you choose between loaves with light, medium, and dark crusts. The non-stick coating on the bread pan will enable easy cleaning. The ultra-fast programmes can make a fresh loaf in under an hour. The touch buttons are responsive but not too sensitive. 

CONS

The marks on the measuring jug are almost invisible. 

OUR VERDICT

The Tower T11003 will be able to accommodate newbies that are not crazy about bread as much as experienced users who love experimenting and preparing different loaves. Using this machine, you'll also easily make different pastries, pies, and sandwiches.

detailed parameters
POWER

550 W

SETTINGS

12 pre-set programmes: Basic, French, Whole Wheat, Quick, Sweet, Ultra-Fast I, Ultra-Fast II, Dough, Gluten-free, Cake, Sandwich, Bake

LOAF SIZE

For 3-4 persons: 700g or 1000g

EXTRAS

13-hour delay timer, Large viewing window, LCD screen, 60-minute keep-warm function, Adjustable crust control (light/medium/dark), Non-stick bread pan, Non-slip feet, Measuring jug included

Warranty

1 year (additional 2 years after registration)

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.

Review of Panasonic SD-2501WXC Automated Breadmaker with Gluten Free Programme

'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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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.

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Crust Settings

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.

Russell Hobbs 23620 Compact Fast 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 T11003

Striking the Perfect Balance

Most bread makers are usually offering too much or too little. The Tower T11003 is not most bread makers. From just about every perspective, this is a much more intelligent machine than its price bracket normally entails. To begin with, the appliance lets you adjust the crust, choosing between light, medium, and dark settings, achieving always delicious but very different results. To add more, the machine comes with a bread pan that you can always remove and that incorporates effective non-stick coating, so even the most intense baking sessions will not leave considerable traces behind.

This is not the most unique product though. Besides the removable non-stick pan and crust control, the machine is not that different from most mid-range bread makers. Not unlike these makers, the Tower T11003 is adopting 12 pre-set programmes, including Basic, French, Whole Wheat, Quick, Sweet, Ultra-Fast I, Ultra-Fast II, Dough, Gluten-free, Cake, Sandwich, and Bake. Using the ultra-fast programmes, you'll be able to prepare a fresh loaf in less than an hour. And, with the supplied measuring jug, the machine will let you add the precise dough amount that's necessary, no more and no less. That said, because the marks on the measuring jug are almost invisible, sometimes it will be a little more about guesswork and a little less about precision.

Review of Tower T11003 Digital Bread Maker with 12 Automatic Programs

No Gimmicks

Appearance-wise, the model looks similar to the majority of Tower kitchen appliances, with the company's signature black housing looking sleek and polished. The controls are nothing new too, with sizable touch buttons and an LCD screen between them. Using these controls, you can choose between the 12 pre-set programmes that we have mentioned above, adjust the crust, set a delay timer (anywhere between 30 minutes and 13 hours), and activate the 60-minute keep-warm function that, oddly enough, will keep the loaf warm for 60 minutes.

Above these controls is the standard see-through window that lets you observe the baking process without removing the lid and disrupting the process. Below them are the non-slip feet that prevent the machine from slipping and kidding around the countertops, keeping them scratch-free.

Finally, even though the unit's quite compact, measuring 35.7 x 24 x 30.5 centimetres, you can bake 700- and 1000-gramme loaves, easily serving 3-4 individuals.

To rephrase the point we made earlier, the Tower T11003 comes without any bells and whistles, trading gimmicky features for only the most necessary functions and solutions.

Tower T11003 Digital Bread Maker with 12 Automatic Programs 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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