We’ve reviewed dozens of bread makers and listed our 10 best options
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The smell and taste of freshly made bread is something which we can all say we enjoy. But are you fed up of having to trek to the bakery every few days, or spending more than you should be?
The best bread makers can help you achieve fresh bread when and how you want it, and they’re so easy to use. Here are the best for 2021.
If you want to perfect fresh bread for your home without hassle, then making bread to suit your taste is no longer a difficult task and that is thanks to the Panasonic Croustina.
This bread maker is one which comes equipped with a number of pre-sets and programmes, making your job simple. You can enjoy finding your new favourite type of bread, whether that is hard crust, gluten-free or super-soft, and bake delicious batches.
The Panasonic Croustina SD- ZP2000KXC is a front-runner when it comes to this appliance. We find it to be one of the best bread makers of the past few years. It is simple to use and you will be able to effortlessly toggle through 18 different pre-sets, which include seven hard crust and two gluten free options.
There is also a special function to make compote or jam. It also has a rapid bake setting for when you’re in a hurry, and heat is distributed evenly throughout the unit to give the bread an oven-like result. A perfect all-rounder.
This smart, flexible bread maker is always likely to cook up a sizable loaf for the whole family to enjoy. With just a few ingredients and with help from a simple control panel, you can bake bread loaves up to 2lbs in weight. It’s a sleek, great-looking unit which will look the part in any modern kitchen, and it’s often available for a very reasonable price.
This unit also comes with a programmable timer which will run for up to 13 hours! This means that you can set your bread to bake in the morning and by the evening, you’ll have a fantastic loaf you can dig into. It really is just a point of throwing in the ingredients and away you go.
Choose between 12 different presets as well as a variety of modes to cater to different types of flour as well as different tastes. The manual provided will help guide you through how to use each of the settings to your full advantage, too.
If you weren’t already aware of Panasonic’s dominance in this industry then you are now. They specialise in a number of appliances, and bread makers is one of them.
This Panasonic SD-2500WXC comes at great value and has a huge range of different programmes that make baking simple, even if you aren’t familiar with how to make bread. Recipes are available in the user manual, and there is little work to be done once it is all in the machine.
The versatile machine has 25 modes, which include different types of bread such as wholemeal, sourdough, pizza dough and French, and an option for jams and compotes. You will also be able to enjoy the gluten-free bread mode, which is one of the best of those makers which we have featured.
This lightweight appliance can easily fit onto your worktop and is also simple to move around if you want to store it. There are a few luxuries missing such as a viewing window or Keep Warm feature, but it is under half the cost of those at the top end so they’re easy to live without.
The whole purpose of buying a bread maker is to simplify the process and make your life easier. Morphy Richards have aimed to do exactly that with this machine.
It is a brilliant appliance with a lot of top features, yet much cheaper than many alternatives. You get a viewing window, large maximum loaf size allowance and a keep warm function, which are three options which are often all missing on models over twice the cost. A delay timer will also allow you to prepare the dough when you can yet bake the bread right at the last minute.
Cleaning and general care is easy too, and it is on the lighter side so you can store it away and bring it out whenever it is needed with no trouble. The instructions are nice and clear, very easy to understand for anyone who is unfamiliar with machines like this and wants to start with a nice easy to operate unit.
If you love experimenting, or simply like to have a different type of bread to hand for different occasions, then this bread maker packed with 14 programmes should give you enough choice.
With a maximum loaf size of 907g, one batch should see you through a few days use. Or, if you’re in a rush, the Rapid Bake programme is able to make a loaf in just 90 minutes. It also has that all-important gluten free option for anybody with intolerances.
There is the further option to choose from five different crust settings, so you can leave everything nice and soft for butties or crisp up the edges for dipping into a warming hearty soup. The viewing window lets you keep an eye on the proceedings, but we can guarantee you’ll never have to intervene.
As the name suggests, this bread maker excels when preparing sourdough varieties. You can choose from variable crust settings too, so it is always as crispy or well-finished as you’d like.
It isn’t just all about the sourdough though. 17 other settings, from rye to fruit and nut through to pizza dough, mean it is a very versatile and flexible machine. A uniform gluten-free bread is also on the cards, and it has an automatic raisin and nut dispenser guarantees an even distribution of ingredients, without you having to interfere.
A timer of 13 hours could allow you to pop it on at 4am, so the bread is ready for when you wake at 7am. Or, time it so the bread is fresh and warm and ready for your broth at dinner. It can also make jams and compotes, and overall it is all very easy to use despite the multitude of settings.
It is time that you woke up and smelled the… bread! That’s right – we don’t think there is a better smell to wake up to in the morning. You can now prepare your own fresh bread with the help of this Russell Hobbs maker.
It comes in black with a monitoring window that enables you to keep an eye on your progress. To get it going, there are touch screen controls and a clear LED screen to ensure you get the right settings and technicalities such as crust colour, bread type and size.
The fast bake option can have a loaf ready in just 55 minutes, which makes it one of the quickest and ideal for anyone who is too busy to wait. There’s also settings for french bread, whole wheat and gluten free.
Dishwasher safe non-stick pan and kneading blades makes the clean-up process efficient, and it can even keep the bread warm for over an hour if you can’t quite get to it straight away. To finish it off, crust control will allow you to choose from three different finishes so your taste buds are kept very happy.
Are you tired of poor quality supermarket bread, or do you miss the fresh taste? Maybe you love to experiment a bit with flavours, but mixing it all by hand and baking in the oven is too much effort to get there?
This Lakeland is a good even balance between being a good budget price, but still having enough there to keep you happy. 11 presets give a good simple range of breads, gluten free options and specialities without overcomplicating it all, which is good for anyone who likes the good old favourites.
A knead-only function can also whip up pizza doughs and cake batters to save your arms the job. There are some of the top bread maker features too, such as a viewing window, delay start and stainless steel bread pan. And it is a compact size too, so can sit on the bench when there is little space and can be packed away with ease.
If you need any more persuasion, you can buy this bread maker now and return it to Lakeland for up to three years if something goes wrong with a proof of purchase, which is a great warranty option.
Definitely one of the more stylish options, this Cuisinart bread maker is also superb at the job at hand.
It is a convection maker, so air can circulate around the unit completely when the bread is baking. This gives an even spread of heat and delivers perfect results, which is ideal if you have experience with the base or sides often coming out underdone.
There is a choice of loaf sizes to choose from, so you can make the perfect amount with no waste. It will remain warm for over an hour after baking if you can’t get to it straight away, and there are also 12 settings to opt for so you can either experiment or make your favourite which isn’t so easy to purchase in the shop.
There is also a removable paddle in the base so the bread comes out without a hole in the base, and a seed/nut dispenser is a lifesaver when making wholemeal or fruit breads. It is very smart, easy to operate and gives results which will please time after time.
This is a great model from Panasonic if your ideal price range is above £100 (for those little extras) yet want to remain under £200.
Paying that bit more than their budget option gives you a bit of a nicer style, a delay timer, and a few more programmes to expand your experimental possibilities. The raisin and nut dispenser adds the smaller ingredients at the perfect time so you can enjoy evenly spread additions.
There is a Rapid Bake option which can prepare fresh bread in under two hours, and also a setting to make jams and compotes so you have the perfect fresh bread accompaniment. As a bonus, the diamond fluoro-coated breadpan and blades make it twice as tough as previous Panasonic models, with a non-scratch surface and easy clean coating.
A choice of three crust settings is also ideal if you love crusty bread but like the amount of crispness to differ depending on the occasion. It gives reliable results every time as long as you take care when weighing.
Our team of reviewers know that not everybody who is after a bread maker will want the exact same features, which is why we take into account a broad range of features and specifications.
There are a few things which we looked for when trying to find the 10 best bread makers:
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