A fairly simple number of different programmes makes this unit an efficient and user-friendly acquisition for any kitchen. Two kneading blades for dough from different flour types ensure you are getting an extremely delicious bread regardless of the ingredients you selected.
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, 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. But it is also accessible for beginners.
12 pre-set programmes: Basic, French, Whole-wheat, Cake, Sweet, Dough, Jam, Sandwich, Gluten-Free, Fastbake I, Fastbake II, Speciality
For 2-4 persons: 500g, 750g, or 1000g
13-hour delay timer, 3 crust options, 7-minute power cut-off memory function, Automatic keep-warm function for 1 hour, Dishwasher safe non-stick pan and kneading blades, Large viewing window, LCD screen, Non-slip feet
A dozen of pre-set programmes will allow you to bake not just a number of different types of bread but also the most delicious cakes and jams. The 13-hour delay timer will allow you to enjoy a freshly baked loaf of bread first thing in the morning. The air vents help the dough rise. The LCD screen is easy to read.
The dark crust setting is pretty pale.
The appliance will prove to be a good choice for customers who are looking to get the most of a machine like that without overpaying for a number of gimmicky features. Plus, the model includes a number of interesting recipes for you to play with.
12 pre-set programmes: Basic white, French, Whole-wheat, Quick, Sweet, Fastbake I, Fastbake II, Dough, Jam, Cake, Sandwich, Extra-bake
For 2-4 persons: 450g, 680g, or 900g
13-hour delay timer, 3 crust settings, Viewing window, Air vents, Lid handle, Cord storage, Cool-touch housing, Measuring spoons, Recipes included
The 15-minute back-up system will keep the machine running for up to 15 minutes even in case of a power cut. The non-stick treatment makes the removable bowl easy to clean. Likewise, the lid handle lets you easily open the lid with one hand.
The measuring cap is poorly marked.
The Tower T11005 is a sizable and functional bread maker that will fit single people and sizable families alike. With this machine, you can select between 19 pre-set programmes and prepare different breads, baked goods, yoghurts, and jams without fiddling with its settings.
19 pre-set programmes: Soft bread, Sweet bread, Natural sourdough, French bread, Whole-wheat, Quick bread, Sugar-free, Multigrain, Milky loaf, Cake, Raw dough, Leaven dough, Jam, Bake, Yoghurt, Gluten-free, Sticky rice, Stir-free, Ferment
For 2-4 persons: 500g, 750g, or 1000g
Keep-warm function for 60 minutes, 15-minute back-up system, 3 crust settings, Pause, Viewing window, Air vents, Lid handle, Non-stick removable bowl, Hook, Measuring cup, and measuring spoon included
1 year (2 years extra)
The Bread Mix is a programme of note. In this programme, you will be able to produce a large loaf of evenly-browned bread from 500g bread mixes using just two ingredients, that is the bread mix and water.
The metal lid tends to get hot during use.
The Morphy Richards 502001 is one of the best models in the mid-price range. It has a small footprint yet outputs 600 W which allows it to produce amazingly tasty bread time and again. Also, you get a wide choice of other programmes to add diversity to your meals.
14 pre-set programmes: Basic, French, Wholewheat or Granary Loaves, Quick, sweet, Fastbake, Bread mix, Dough, Gluten-Free, Cake, Sandwich, Jam, Yoghurt, Extra Bake
For 3-5 people: 680g, 907g
LCD screen, 13-hour delay timer, 3 crust options, Viewing window, Cord storage, Cool touch housing, Recipes, Measuring cup, Measuring spoon, Kneading blade remover included
1 year (1 year extra)
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.
|Last updated price||£149.99|
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.
|Last updated price||£54.96|
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.
|Last updated price||£59.99|
Going the Chrome Way
More often than not, stainless steel appliances land more on the expensive side, and there's nothing necessarily surprising about that. But people seldom like spending more than 100-150 pounds on bread makers, so the choice is usually between stainless steel models that are a little budget-hostile or plastic machines that are easy on the pocketbook but not quite as durable or attractive as the previous group. However, at times, you can find a model that fits both descriptions, which is how we arrive at the Tower T11005.
Made from stainless steel and, with its chrome finish, the machines towers above its plastic peers, protecting the housing against dust and corrosion and making upkeep a lot less demanding. Also, despite the glossy chrome treatment, the finish's not the fingerprint magnet that you would expect it to be.
The black top balances out the chrome body, making its profile less uniform. On the same top, you can find a nice little viewing window that lets you observe the baking progress without opening the lid. The good news is that opening the lid will be pretty convenient as well, owing to the lid handle that was put below the screen.
Using this screen (as well as the controls to its right), you can switch between 3 crust settings, keep the bread warm for 60 minutes, or choose one of the 19 pre-set programmes that include Soft bread, Sweet bread, Natural sourdough, French bread, Whole-wheat, Quick bread, Sugar-free, Multigrain, Milky loaf, Cake, Raw dough, Leaven dough, Jam, Bake, Yoghurt, Gluten-free, Sticky rice, Stir-free, and Ferment. Between these programmes, you can prepare all kinds of breads, cakes, dairy snacks, dough, and more.
Before we set the machine aside, there's also the neat 15-minute back-up system that will make sure the model can finish baking even during a prolonged power cut.
As always, bread makers are not complete without a removable bowl, hook, measuring cup, and measuring spoon. The bowl's pretty great, with its non-stick coating enabling easy cleaning. The measuring cup, on the other hand, is not quite as great. The plastic it is made from is fine but the markings are poor.
A quick glance at the core specs before concluding this review will tell us that the machine draws 650 watts and lets you choose between 500-, 750-, and 1000-gramme loaves, which is almost always the case with modern-day bread makers.
Long story short, with the Tower T11005, you can bake hard without worrying that a power outage or some other unforeseen problem might slow you down.
|Last updated price||£88.49|
Morphy Richards 502001
Great Value Purchase
There's a lot to like about the Morphy Richards 502001. First of all, it's the price. This is a mid-priced model which makes it a great value purchase. And secondly, it's performance. With the output of 600 W, this bread maker produces excellent results in all settings and doesn't take long to let you enjoy amazingly tasty homemade bread anytime you want. Besides that, it sports a very nice design with a modern and easy-to-use touchscreen display. Encased in a tall and streamline body with a brushed metal lid, the 502001 bread maker looks sleek, elegant, and sophisticated. What's more, it's got a rather small footprint, so it'll perfectly suit all kitchens including those where space is at a premium.
Using the Morphy Richards 502001 is also a joy. In addition to the handy touchscreen display, it features a clear viewing window that will let you keep track of the baking process. Plus, you get 14 pre-set programmes, which is a tad bit less than some premium models but considerably more than what you'd expect to get for this price. Thanks to that, even if your baking abilities leave something more to be desired, you'll be able to produce well-risen and crusty loaves of bread nonetheless. To crown it all, the model's supplied with a handy instruction book that will help you get the hang of the machine in a short time.
About Nifty Features
As we've mentioned before, this bread maker offers you a slew of settings, allowing you to prepare not only homemade bread but also some other delicious recipes like yoghurt, cakes, and French baguettes. So, the choice of meals that can be prepared with this bread maker machine is nothing short of impressive.
The included accessories are a bit less impressive, though. Well, surely, they aren't bad and it's nice you get everything necessary in the box, including a paddle, a measuring cup, and a hook for the mixing paddle, but you might have troubles trying to keep the paddle in place when adding ingredients to the unit. Not a big issue but something that could definitely be improved. Some people also complain about its metal top getting very hot during use, therefore, make sure to be careful when opening it.
Finally, let's also mention that the 502001 has a delay timer of up to 13 hours. This means you can easily set it up to work overnight and wake up to a freshly made loaf of bread in the morning.
In the end, if you're looking for a bread maker with great specs and a moderate price, the Morphy Richards Homebake 502001 can be the one you need. With a rich set of built-in programmes and well-built-design, it'll surely become your faithful kitchen assistant for years to come.
|Last updated price||£57.99|
What Is a Bread Maker?
If you love homemade baked goodies but do not think you're a very good cook, there's a great solution. You can get a bread maker machine and bake perfect loaves time and again without the risk of burning and spoiling ingredients. A bread maker machine is a truly helpful device. They come in various capacities and make the task of baking easier for everyone, regardless of whether (or not) you have prior experience.
More often than not, these devices are featured with a few built-in programmes so all you need to do is simply select a suitable mode. A bread maker will do the rest. Most modern models can do pretty much everything - knead the dough, calculate the right amount of time for it to rise, and then bake it, thus, minimizing guesswork and guaranteeing excellent results. However, if you aren't sure what model you need, make sure to take a look at our "What to look for" section. Hopefully, you'll find there all the information you need regarding the important features and functions that should be taken into account when choosing a bread maker.
What Features to Compare
When selecting a bread maker machine, power should be among the first things to consider as it determines the operation time and the baking speed of a device. To put it simply, the more powerful the bread maker is, the less time it will take to bake bread (or make jam, for example). As a rule, modern breadmakers feature the power rate between 450 up to 1650 watts. Low-powered machines often include fewer modes (programmes) than high-powered bread makers, and many of them do not have the function of dough kneading. So, make sure to check these when choosing a bread machine.
Settings or a number of modes (programmes) are another aspect worth taking into consideration. Depending on how much you're ready to invest in a device, you may find models with a basic and more advanced set of settings. There are bread makers that feature 2 programmes as well as those that include 25 modes and more. These programmes vary in terms of time and temperature. The combination of these parameters determines the suitability of a breadmaker for certain baking tasks. That said, any breadmaker, regardless of its price tag, has a standard set of settings making it suitable for baking pastry. So, if you don't need the most high-tech bread maker machine with advanced technology, you can safely choose from more affordable models.
Another feature to look at is the loaf size the chosen bread maker can create. A traditional range of loaf sizes goes as this: 1 lb, 1.5 lbs, 2 lbs, and 3 lbs. We assume that your choice should be based upon your family requirements. If you live with a large family and go through quite a lot of bread, it's only logical to choose a bread machine that can bake 2-3 lb loaves. And vice versa. If your household is small, there's no sense to go for the biggest volume.
The last but not the least, we'd recommend you to turn attention to the extra features bread makers offer. Though not necessary, and certainly not critical, many of them are nice to have. A delay timer, for example, will allow you to put off the start time of any programme; an audible reminder will send you a signal when a loaf is ready; a viewing window will allow you to see what's happening inside the device. These are only some of the features that can be found in bread maker machines, and this list can be further extended. Hopefully, our rundown of the most popular bread machines available in the market will help you narrow down your choice.