If you like fresh bread every day then, like me, you’ll probably find that your life is changed by the owning of a good bread maker that churns out yummy loaves every day! I’ve tried a few in my time and come to the conclusion that they aren’t all the same and I wish I’d looked in to it more before buying my first one – here’s my tips for getting yourself the best bread maker on the market so that you’ll be able to facilitate your bread addiction to the max! These are my top UK suggestions for 2018, but if you’re coming from another place just click on the images to see if they are available where you are.
*not got time to read the whole article? Here’s a sneak at my top choice.
Tips for choosing best bread maker
Bread makers have one job don’t they? To make a lovely loaf of bread that won’t send you out to the shop or bakers! However not all makes and models are equal and it’s not always easy to throw the ingredients in and get a good loaf out.
You’ll want to consider the following when choosing a good breadmaker:
Size – does it do loaves that will be large or small enough for your household?
Timer – will you want to wake up to fresh bread or will you be around when it’s baking
Dried fruit and nut dispenser – if you want to try fancier fruit loaves these can be essential to getting it to work.
Gluten free bakes – if you’re looking for a gluten free option, can it handle it? (Also see my gluten free bread maker guide)
Finished loaf – finally, is the finished loaf something that is edible? I wish I was joking but I have had electric bread makers in the past that couldn’t do this! Check reviews to see what people make of the bread once baked.
Our bread maker reviews
Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC – my top rated bread maker choice
Panasonic have quite a few bread makers on the market and I’ll be the first to admit that they aren’t the cheapest out there. It can be a bit of a leap of faith to invest in it when there are other cheaper models but believe me they really are worth it.
For 2017 the SD-ZB2502BXC model is a really good option and I love the look of this one which is incredibly modern with it’s sleek stainless steel outer casing. It would look at home in any kitchen no matter your decor.
This bread maker does everything that you might possibly want it to do. It bakes bread, obviously, it can handle specialty loaves and gluten free recipes and it can also do jam!
One of the features that I specifically like in this one is that it not only has a nut and fruit dispenser, but it also has a yeast dispenser. If you’ve ever added yeast to mixes and found it got too close to the salt you’ll know it can kill it and ruin your loaf. This is a good way round that happening, so great if you’re setting it off to work on a timer. the control panel is easy to use too.
- proven to make really great loaves that you’ll want to make daily! Even wholemeal!
- lots of options from the size of the loaf to the colour of the crust
- rapid bake option – which still makes a nice loaf!
- jam mode
- Although it looks ever so stylish, the stainless steel coating might dent easily
Get this one if… you want to bake bread daily and never get fed up of it! My top bread maker choice!
Morphy Richards 48280 Fastbake Breadmaker
The Morphy Richards Fastbake bread maker is one of the most popular and best selling bread makers at the moment. There’s good reason for this – the price. It’s probably one of the best cheap bread makers and budget enough that you can really take a chance on it and still know that it comes from a reputable company.
You get quite a good amount of options with this product too – there are 3 loaf size options, 1lb, 1.5lb and 2lb which will make it suitable for any size of household. You get a recipe book with lots of ideas too but some of them aren’t so great (yes the fastbake loaf I’m looking at you). As always, a bit of experimenting with the recipes is worthwhile.
- It’s a really inexpensive option
- Makes good loaves
- Lots of size options and a timer
- a good small size bread machine – compact
- Recipes in the book are a bit hit or miss
- not so great for wholemeal bread
- Fastbake option is not good
Get this one if… You’re on a budget but still want good bread
Andrew James Premium Bread Maker
Another modern and stylish bread maker is this one from Andrew James with a lovely sleek and brushed stainless steel effect. It’s really nice enough to be left out on the work surface constantly which means it will get used!
Lots of bread makers only have the fruit and nut dispensers on their more expensive options so it’s nice to see that this one has it at a really inexpensive price point. It also comes with a 13 hour timer and a 60 minute keep warm feature which is good if you aren’t going to be around when it finishes baking.
Unfortunately I don’t think it really compares as well to the more expensive bread makers when it comes to the finished loaf, often requiring a bit of tweaking to get good results. For the price it’s pretty good though and plenty of other people agree!
- Stylish design
- Lots of features that are on more expensive models such as nut and raisin dispenser
- Recipes in the book aren’t great
- requires a bit of tweaking to get good loaves
Get this one if… you want lots of options and features at a low price
Panasonic SD-2500 WXC Automatic Breadmaker
Am I cheating by adding in another Panasonic to my best bread machine guide? Possibly, but I do believe strongly that they are well worth the money and if you can stretch to even their most basic model, like this one, you won’t be disappointed.
So what’s different about this model to the one I mentioned previously?
First of all is the look – it looks much more basic and less stylish than the stainless steel. Now that might not mean much to you, but others will prefer the looks of the other.
You also don’t get a dispenser for your nuts, seeds and fruit and you certainly don’t get the yeast dispenser either. Again, these aren’t big worries, especially if you don’t think you’ll be making fancier loaves.
You do get all lots of options for baking such as the crust colour and size as before and you still come out with a superior loaf that will rival the bakery! If cost is an issue but you’re tempted then you’ll not go wrong with the basic model (and if you want to upgrade you’ll be able to recoup your costs by selling it on!).
- One of the best breadmaker models at a basic price
- makes lovely bread
- basic design
- no dispensers
Get this one if… you want a Panasonic but don’t want to spend a fortune
This best bread maker guide is a work in progress – there will be more reviews added shortly, but I hope you find the included reviews helpful!