The Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC bread maker is an outstanding choice for a small family of up to 3 persons. This machine comes packed with all the essential features such an appliance is expected to have. You'll be able to enjoy a whole variety of flavourful pastry, jams, and compotes in the comfort of your own home.
27 pre-set programmes: Basic and whole wheat (Bake, Bake Raisin, Bake Rapid, Dough, Dough Raisin), French and 100% Rye (Bake, Dough), Italian bake, Sandwich bake, Pizza dough, Bake only, Gluten-free bake, Speciality, Jam and Compote
For 1-3 persons: 400g, 500g, or 600g
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. At the same time, the appliance is 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 display is easy to read.
The white housing is easily soiled.
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.
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 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.
The lid is a bit flimsy, so you have to be careful while closing it.
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.
13 pre-set programmes: Basic, French, Whole Wheat, Sweet, Express Bake (750g), Express Bake (1000g), Quick, European, Dough, Bagel Dough, Jam, Bake, Gluten Free
For 2-4 persons: 450g, 680g, or 900g
13-hour delay timer, Automatic 1 hour keep warm function, 3 crust settings, Viewing window, Non-stick pan, Kneading blade
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.
The online recipe book is not especially informative.
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.
13 pre-set programmes: Basic, Whole wheat, Rapid, Gluten-free, Crusty loaf, Sweet, Yeast-free, Dough, Pizza, Pasta, Bake only, Jam, Knead
For 1-2 persons; 250g
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
The Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC is an excellent machine, not primarily because it is especially powerful. It is not necessarily weak though, outputting 550 watts. It is high enough to save your time on bread making and get a brilliant result. For example, a standard programme for baking a 600 g loaf of white bread lasts about 4 hours. And if you are in a hurry, you can bypass it by selecting a 2-hour rapid programme to make aromatic fresh wheat bread. This powerful bread maker will definitely become an unmatched kitchen appliance both for a stay-at-home mom or dad caring about a homely home and for a business person who's always in haste.
With an extremely wide range of preset programmes, this unique bread maker can create a variety of different kinds of bread, cakes, and dough. You may be confused by such versatility, but the operating modes are comprehensive and easy to cope with. Along with basic wheat, rye, and wholemeal bread, you can make a pizza base, pasta, rolls, brioche and even different jams and compotes to your preference. Just select the right programme from the menu, choose a recipe in a superb recipe book and follow simple instructions to delight your family with tasty loaves.
Any Size You Want
To treat all your family members and friends with delicious pastry this incredible bread maker machine offers three different loaf sizes: M - 400 g, L - 500 g and XL - 600 g. Besides, you can select between 3 adjustable crust settings (light, medium, and dark) to get a nice crispy crust just to your liking. Panasonic bread maker gives you all the versatility and convenience you can expect from such a kitchen gadget.
Designed with taste in mind, this wonder-machine will become a worthy addition to your kitchen. Along with a sleek stainless steel finish, a solidly built bread maker comes with the utmost number of additional features allowing you to make your own delicious rustic bread with ease.
The 13-hour delay timer gives you an opportunity to treat yourself and your beloved ones with freshly baked hot bread for breakfast, while the second blade ensures excellent results and is intended for making specialty breads from rye and spelt flours. Additionally, the built-in yeast dispenser automatically drops the yeast at the optimal moment. With raisin and nut dispenser you can put seeds, nuts or dried fruit to add some special flavour to your dough.
In all, the Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC Bread Maker can be an excellent choice for smaller households. Featuring 27 pre-set programmes as well as a slew of other helpful extras, it will enable you to make delicious loaves of bread each time, no matter whether you are a connoisseur or amateur.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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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