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Which bread maker should you buy?

There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread, and when you purchase a bread maker you can ensure that you get to enjoy this as often as you like. With lots of bread makers on the market, it can be difficult to decide which one you should buy, so we’ve rounded up some of our favourites to help you to choose yours.

Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker SD-2511KXC

Panasonic bread makers always rank highly with Which?, and the Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker SD-2511KXC is no exception. Boasting an impressive 33 bake and dough modes, this bread maker is guaranteed to cover all of your needs.

Panasonic bread maker with accessories
Panasonic SD-2511KXC Bread Maker
£159.99 from johnlewis.com

You can choose the size of your loaf (680g, 900g, or 1kg) and how brown you’d like it to be through using the appliance’s great functionality, and it can be used to make both white and wholemeal bread, including sourdough.

In fact, the Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker SD-2511KXC also has a fruit and nut dispenser so you can choose to add these ingredients in with the confidence that they’ll be evenly distributed throughout your loaf too. T

his bread maker is very convenient to use due to its ‘keep warm’ and ‘delay timer’ settings, so you don’t have to hang around while your bread is cooking and can get on with your day in the knowledge that your fresh loaf will be waiting for you.

The Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker SD-2511KXC’s diamond-fluro-coated bread pan makes it very easy to clean, and it’s scratchproof to give peace of mind. A separate blade is included for rye or spelt bread mixes, and there are even settings for some more unusual options, including rustic scones, pizza dough, jams, and compotes. There’s also a setting for creating artisan loaves including wet ingredients, such as olives, meaning that this bread maker truly can make an option to suit everyone.

A couple of things that may let the Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker SD-2511KXC down slightly are the fact that it doesn’t have a viewing window, so you can’t check on your bread while it’s baking, and it’s quite slow compared to other options.

Morphy Richards Homebake 502001 bread maker

Priced at £75, the Morphy Richards Homebake 502001 bread maker is the perfect choice for those looking for a great bread maker on a budget. This bread maker is easy to use and makes delicious white and wholemeal loaves.

The bread that the Morphy Richards Homebake 502001 produces is well risen, and it can be used to make loaves of two sizes: 680g and 907g, making it ideal for families. Boasting 14 preset programmes, this bread maker has the functionality to create a whole range of foodie delights, including dough, cakes, jam, and even yoghurt.

It also has a fast-bake setting which works well and can have a loaf ready for you in just one hour and 20 minutes, and it can be used to make gluten-free loaves too.

The Morphy Richards Homebake 502001 bread maker has a number of other settings that make it a good option for your kitchen. Its keep-warm setting will ensure that your bread stays warm for an hour after it’s ready, and it has a viewing window so you can keep an eye on your loaf and ensure that it looks as it should.

Unlike the Panasonic bread maker, this one doesn’t have a fruit and nut dispenser, but you can set it to let you know when to add these extra ingredients if you’d like to. If you prefer white bread this may not be the bread maker for you as the loaves it produces can be a little dense, although this seems to be less of a problem when using the appliance’s fast-bake setting.

Lakeland White Compact 1lb Daily Loaf Bread Maker 16147

Priced at just under £70, the Lakeland White Compact 1lb Daily Loaf Bread Maker 1614 is another great option for anyone on a budget. It’s compact size makes it ideal for smaller kitchens, and it’s very easy to clean and use.

With the ability to bake 500g loaves, this bread maker may not be the best choice for larger families, but it should be at the top of your list if you have limited space. You won’t be able to make jam and compotes with the Lakeland White Compact 1lb Daily Loaf Bread Maker 16147, but it can make a whole range of breads, doughs, and cakes, including gluten-free options.

This bread maker makes very enjoyable white and brown loaves, and its delay setting works well if you want to bake your bread overnight.

After use, you can put the pan, paddle, and measuring cup in the dishwasher, which definitely comes in handy when cleaning the Lakeland White Compact 1lb Daily Loaf Bread Maker 16147, and it comes with instructions that are very easy to follow.

If you are hoping to bake bread overnight, you might want to consider that fact that this bread maker is quite loud during the kneading process, so you’ll need to ensure that it won’t disturb you.

Now that you’ve read all about three top bread makers, we hope that you know which one you’d like to buy. Simply choose your favourite and you’ll be enjoying freshly baked loaves in no time.

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