Best Bread Makers to Bake Bread at Home in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 20, 2019
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
A fairly simple number of different programmes makes this unit a maximum efficient and user-friendly acquisition for any kitchen. Two kneading blades for the dough from different flour types ensure you are getting an extremely delicious bread regardless of the ingredients you selected.
CONS
A ready sound signal may seem a bit low.
OUR VERDICT

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. Hence, with a single unit, you'll be able to enjoy the whole variety of flavourful pastry, jams, and compotes in the comfort of your own home.

detailed parameters
POWER

550 W

SETTINGS

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

LOAF SIZE

For 1-3 persons: 400g, 500g, 600g

EXTRAS
13-hour delay timer, 10-minute power interruption protection, Ready sound signal, Keep warm function, 2 kneading blades (rye and wheat bread), Raisin and nut dispenser, Diamond flouro coated bread pan
Warranty

1 year

PROS

You'll be able to fill the removable ingredients dispenser before starting the bake and the ingredients will be automatically added to your dough at the right point in the cycle. You won't have to interrupt the baking process to add ingredients. The model will let you prepare gluten-free bread. 

CONS

The supplied recipe book only has basic recipes for each of the settings. 

OUR VERDICT

The Andrew James AJ000640 is a sleek, practical, and very well-thought-out bread maker. You do not have to be a seasoned cook to put this machine to good use. Plus, it comes supplied with a measuring cup, measuring spoon, and a blade-removing hook.

detailed parameters
POWER

710 W

SETTINGS

17 pre-set programmes: Soft bread, Sweet bread, Natural sourdough, French bread, Whole wheat, Quick bread, Sugar-free, Multigrain, Milky loaf, Cake, Unleavened dough, Leaven dough, Jam, Bake, Yoghurt, Gluten-free, Ferment

LOAF SIZE

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

EXTRAS

15-hour delay timer, 60-minute keep-warm function, 3 crust settings, Removable ingredients dispenser, Lid with a handle and viewing window, Inner light, Non-slip feet, Non-stick dough pan with a handle, Measuring cup, Measuring spoon, Blade removing hook included, Recipes included

Warranty

2 years

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 white housing is easily soiled. 

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. The 27.5 x 31 x 28.5 centimetres of overall dimensions will allow anybody to find enough space for the bread maker. The said 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, 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 60 minute "keep warm" will keep your bread warm for a considerable amount of time. The double kneading blades improve the quality of the bread as they ensure a more even mix of ingredients. The "10-minute memory" feature will be useful in the event of a power cut.

CONS

The instruction manual is uninformative. 

OUR VERDICT

The Andrew James AJ000088 is the type of bread maker that will attract experienced bakers as well as those who are just discovering the joys of homemade bread. So, if you live with a large family and all of you enjoy a freshly baked loaf of bread, you should definitely give this model a try.

detailed parameters
POWER

600 W

SETTINGS

15 pre-set programmes: Basic, French, Whole Wheat, Sweet, Butter Milk, Gluten Free, Super Rapid, Cake, Knead, Dough, Pasta Dough, Yogurt, Jam, Bake, Homemade

LOAF SIZE

For 4-6 persons: 1000g, 1250g, or 1500g

EXTRAS

15-hour delay timer, 60-min keep-warm function, 3 crust settings, Viewing window, Cool-touch exterior, 2 dough blades, 1 dough hook, 1 measuring cup, 1 double-ended measuring spoon

Warranty

2 years

Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC

Power

The Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC features 550-watt power. 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 an 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.

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Settings

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.
Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC Stainless Steel Bread Maker in the use

Loaf Size

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.
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Extras

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 an utmost number of additional features allowing you to make your own delicious rustic bread with ease. A 13-hour delay timer gives you an opportunity to treat yourself and your beloved ones with freshly baked hot bread for breakfast. A second blade ensures excellent results and is intended for making speciality 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. A fantastic Panasonic bread maker enables you to easily create amazing bread whether you are a connoisseur or an amateur.
Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC Stainless Steel Bread Maker application

 

Andrew James AJ000640

Add Ingredients Whenever You Want

The Andrew James AJ000640 is able to juggle many things with solid efficiency and not too many sacrifices. All things considered, we do not have any major issues with the appliance. About the only problem we have with the product in general is that the supplied recipe book only has basic recipes for each of the settings. Aside from that, there isn't much to complain about here.

The appliance will let you prepare delicious homemade bread with very little effort and hassle involved. The model features smooth-touch controls, a practical handled lid, and a non-stick dough pan.

The part that we like most about the machine and arguably its biggest selling point is the removable ingredients dispenser. You'll be able to fill the dispenser before starting the bake and the ingredients will be automatically added to your dough at the right point in the cycle. You won't have to interrupt the baking process to add ingredients.

On top of that, there's this nice little viewing window that will allow you to check how your bread is doing without pausing the process and popping the lid.

As it is usually the case, the model comes equipped with a 15-hour delay timer that will present you with an opportunity to always have freshly baked bread first thing in the morning. Again, not necessarily something we haven't seen before but the 60-minute keep-warm function is there too, adding convenience points to the mix.

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Choose the Program

In many ways, a bread maker is defined by its pre-set programmes, including the quantity as well as the quality. All in all, the model in question does not disappoint on both of these fronts. There are 17 pre-set programmes that you'll be able to work with, not too shabby considering the mid-range price tag that the model comes with.

You'll be able to use these programs to prepare soft bread, natural sourdough, sweet bread, French bread, milky loaves and whole-wheat bread, multigrain, sugar-free, and gluten-free. These programmes will let you quickly prepare bread, cake, jam, yoghurt, unleavened dough, leaven dough, as well as ferment different foods.

You'll be able to access these settings using the aforementioned smooth-touch controls. The LCD screen will be able to display the current programme and how long the program will last.

In other words, the Andrew James AJ000640 is a sleek, practical, and very well-thought-out bread maker. You do not have to be a seasoned cook to put this machine to good use. Plus, it comes supplied with a measuring cup, measuring spoon, and a blade-removing hook.

Andrew James AJ000640 Digital Bread Maker with Gluten-Free Settings in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

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. And 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 programs 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

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Andrew James AJ000088

Feed a Family of Six

The Andrew James AJ000088 is the perfect choice for those large families who don't just like but absolutely love a piece of fresh bread first thing in the morning as well as in the evening. Now, there are a few things that make this model such a suitable option for these types of customers. But the first one is definitely the model's ability to bake the most sizable loaves of bread. The machine's small option prepares a 1000g loaf of bread, which is above your average bread maker's highest loaf size setting. The middle one bakes a 1250g loaf and the highest one can be used to prepare a loaf of bread that weighs a kilo and a half. As you would imagine, the latter can be used to feed the most sizable family that has quite an appreciation for freshly baked bread.

And even though this isn't one of those cases where the size doesn't matter, the aforementioned ability alone would not be enough to satisfy the most demanding customers. But that is precisely why the company behind this bread maker made sure to implement 15 pre-set programmes. You can use these programs to bake just about any kind of bread, from wholemeal or french style baguettes to gluten-free loaves. 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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Keeps the Bread Warm

Though, oddly enough, what we have here is a bread maker machine, that doesn't mean that the model's functions are only limited to bread. With its help, you will be able to make jam, yoghurt, pasta dough, cakes, or buttermilk. And when it actually comes to the "making" part of the whole thing, the model in question is no slouch either, offering a whole range of useful functions.

For instance, the manufacturers have extended the usual delay timer from 13 hours to 15, so you will have even more options in terms of when you want your bread to be prepared. They also didn't forget to include the usual 60 minute "keep warm" function that, as you'd imagine, will keep your bread warm for an hour, which is more than a useful feature for busy professionals as well as parents of unruly children. The usual conveniences such as the cool touch exterior that will make sure you don't burn your fingers or the viewing window that will allow you to take a peek inside are also present. But, on top of these relatively standard features, the model also comes with double kneading blades that improve the quality of the bread as they ensure a more even mix of ingredients. Finally, the machine includes a particularly handy "10-minute memory" feature that will instantly prove its worth in the event of a power cut.

To sum it all up, the Andrew James AJ000088 is the type of bread maker that will attract the experienced bakers as well as those who are just discovering the joys of homemade bread. So, if you live with a large family and all of you enjoy a freshly baked loaf of bread, you should definitely give this model a try.

Andrew James AJ000088 Bread Maker in the use

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What Is a Bread Maker?

In the following review, we have compared 5 most popular bread maker machines. This small kitchen appliance makes baking at home easy: it does everything automatically so you don’t have to worry about it. A user just needs to put all the ingredients (the order and amount are stipulated in a user’s guide that goes with every bread maker) into a pan and choose an appropriate program. Afterwards, you can go and do anything else you want to - the bread maker machine will do everything by itself: it will knead the dough, let it rise, and then bake. Now, there are a lot of different models on the market, so we would suggest reading the "What to look for" section of the review as it will help you make the right choice.

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What Features to Compare

Power

When selecting a bread maker machine, power should be among the first things to consider as it decides 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, etc.). As a rule, modern breadmakers feature the power rate varying from 450 up to 1650 watts. Low-powered machines often include fewer modes (programs) 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 (programs) 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 programs as well as those that include 25 modes and more. These programs 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 program; 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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