There is nothing quite like the smell or indeed the taste of freshly baked bread. Why not make it at home which you can do very easily with a bread maker? These wonderful machines can now bring those memory enhanced scents straight into your kitchen.
You know that irresistible smell when you walk past a bakery or patisserie...yes we all love it and now you can have that by buying a bread maker and putting it to work. Below we have reviewed the top 10 bread makers currently available in the UK Market.
We hope that you find the information helpful.
More and more people have opted to make their own bread. Having a breadmaker just makes the process a great deal faster, and more importantly guarantees, that you will be able to make great looking and tasting loaves.
You can of course make these the old fashioned way, but this type of machine simply does away with the guesswork. Better than that you can set it and forget it, and come home to the smell and taste of a great home made loaf.
Leading Brands of Bread Makers
Panasonic lead the way when it comes to the best selling and biggest variety of bread makers. This brand along with Philips and Morphy Richards so make the best of these types of bread making machines. Below you will find a short review on the five that we have placed on our list.
Our lists are always done with the highest rated products first, so as you know that people are buying these, taking the time to leave reviews, and are well pleased with their purchases.
Top 10 Bread Makers in the UK
Panasonic SD-2500WXC Compact Breadmaker
This best selling model has 10 bread and dough modes and also has a Jam and compote mode; It can make 3 different loaf sizes
Also has a 100% gluten free bread mod and comes with a 310 ml measuring cup.
Morphy Richards Fastbake Breadmaker
This bread maker can make 1 lb, 1.5 lb and 2 lb loaf and also has a fast bake setting - (bakes a 2 lb loaf in under 1 hour) There is a choice of 12 settings and it has a 13 hour programmable timer. There are also light, medium, dark crust setting and Dough settings. This maker can also makes cakes and jam.
Russell Hobbs 23620 Compact Fast Breadmaker
This bread maker is a popular choice and has 12 functions including French, gluten fjee, Jam and whole wheat. It also has a 55 minute fast bake option. Comes with a 13 hour delay bake timer and 3 crust options. It is also dishwasher safe and has a non-stick pan and kneading blades
Klarstein Brotilde Family Bread Maker
This model can make home-made bread, cake, pizza and pasta dough as well as jam. It has a stainless steel case and is operated via a backlit LCD display. Comes with 14 programmes ,a 13-hour timer and a keep-warm function. The bread maker even offers a special programme for making low-carb dough.
Lakeland Digital Bread Maker Black
This is a good choice for beginners with 12 easy to use programmes and a gluten-free setting. It can also make cakes and pizza dough. This maker also has a delay timer and keep warm function. It can make 700g and 900g loaves..
AmazonBasics 15-Mode Bread Maker
This is great value. It has 15 functions: for basic, French, whole, wheat, quick, sweet, gluten-free, dough, jam, cake, sandwich, specialty, bake, home-made, yoghurt, kneading. It also has an LCD screen with a 6 button electronic control. It has different crust colour settings and can make 700g or 900g of bread; choose light, medium or dark
Tower T11003 2 lb Digital Bread Maker
This maker has 12 automatic programs to easily make white bread, whole wheat bread, gluten free bread and an ultra-fast function to make a loaf in under an hour. There is also a choice of crust, either a light, medium or dark crust. The maker has a 13-hour programmable timer, a non-stick bread pan, and a viewing window on the lid.
Morphy Richards Homebake Breadmaker
This model has 14 programs including a gluten free baking option. This model also has a 2lb loaf capacity, with 3 crust settings, light medium and dark. It also has a viewing window.
Lakeland Compact 1lb Daily Loaf Bread Maker
This is a small and compact bread maker that can make a 1lb loaf and does not take up much room in your kitchen. It has 11 pre-installed settings for crusty loaves, gluten-free bread, wholemeal & French bread. It also has a knead-only function for pizza dough and rolls
AUCMA Automatic Breadmaker
This is a beginner friendly bread maker. It has 12 programs which allow you to make basic bread, French bread, whole wheat bread and also cakes and jam. It has 3 browning options. light, medium and dark It also has fast bake and delay functions. It has a gluten free menu, and easy operation ideal for a beginner.
Bread Maker Buying Guide
In this guide we offer some helpful advice when it comes to picking the right bread maker for your own individual needs. It is fair to say that not all bread makers are the same.
The benefits of owning a bread maker is that you can make great tasting bread in the comfort of your own home. It will always taste better than supermarket bread, and depending on what ingredients you pick, will usually be cheaper as well.
You can see from our list above that these are made by a number of different brands. Panasonic, Morphy Richards and Russell Hobbs should be familiar, but Lakeland and Tower are also popular options with UK buyers.
Our advice is to go with a reliable brand with good UK customer service. The more you are willing to spend will increase the amount of features that you get, and we know that they are also more reliable and will last you for many years.
Bread Maker Key Features
The main benefit of owning a bread maker is that they are very convenient and very easy to use. They mix and knead the dough. They shape it into a loaf shape and then bake the bread, usually by the simple push of a button.
There are other features that you need to consider depending on the types of bread you may want to bake. We explain the key features just below.
We don't know many bread makers who can resist the option to have a peek at their work. Having a simple viewing window makes that possible without disturbing the actual bake.
When you have looked at as many bread makers as we have, you instantly notice the way that the various control panels are set up. Some are easy to use and others can get quite complex.
Mainly this will depend on the features. A basic one has a fairly simple set of controls, whereas a feature packed machine will take a little longer to understand and master the controls.
The way bread makers work is that the machine will have some type of non-stick pan. It will also have some type and shape of kneading paddle. This usually stays in the bread during the baking process, and as a result you end up with a small hole in the bottom of the loaf when you take it out.
What you want to avoid is the paddle sticking to the bread as it tears at it and can leave a larger hole than you would like.
Range of Settings
Bread makers, and the different brands will talk a lot about baking time and also about rapid baking. When using a bread maker instead of an oven the process takes 3.5 to 4 hours so quite a long process. It does however make an excellent loaf.
Brands who also have a rapid bake can reduce this time to around 1-2 hours. We have found though that the loaf never tastes quite as good as the longer bake.
There are also baking setting options such as basic, French, whole wheat, dough, etc.
They also offer different bread size options such as a 1 lb, 1.5 lbs and 2 lb loaves. Most also offer various types of crust options.
Some machines will also have a timer that you can program to do the bake. Some also have delay timers so as you can do an overnight bake.
Many machines also allow you to prepare doughs for bread rolls, pizza, cake and jam
Many brands will include some basic and required accessories. Typically these are measuring cups and/or spoons. Many will also include some recipes (usually online)