The 10 Best Bread Makers

We Reviewed dozens of Bread Makers and Listed the 10 Best Options
By Jen Hammond
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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?

    A bread maker can help you achieve fresh bread when and how you want it, and they’re so easy to use. Here are the best for 2019.

    The Best Bread Maker 2020

    1.
    Panasonic Croustina SD-ZP2000KXC

    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.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)33 x (W)40.5 x (D)27.4cm
    • Power: 700W
    • Maximum Loaf Size: 590G
    • Weight: 6.9 kg

    Reasons to Buy

    • It has 18 programmes and functions offering you multiple options for bread and more
    • You can create a delicious spread of compote or jam
    • It has a special setting specifically for gluten-free bread
    • 13 hour delay timer

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Slightly pricier than other options on our list

    2.
    Tower T11003

    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.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: 35.7 x 24 x 30.5 cm
    • Maximum loaf size: 1lb, 1.5lb and 2lb loaves
    • Weight: 5.18 Kg
    • Automatic programs: 12

    Reasons to Buy

    • Great-looking unit
    • Very easy to use with multiple programs
    • Timer will allow you to bake for hours at a time
    • Non-stick pan makes things easy to remove and clean

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Viewing window might not be big enough for some people

    3.
    Cuisinart CBK250U

    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.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)35.2 x (W)24.8 x (D)39.9cm
    • Power: 600W
    • Keep Warm Function
    • Delay Timer
    • Maximum Loaf Size: 700 Grams

    Reasons to Buy

    • The 12 programmes make it simple to make the type of bread that you desire
    • Ultra-stylish to fit into any contemporary kitchen
    • Has convection technology that circulates air evenly
    • Automatic nut and seed dispenser for precision baking

    Reasons to Avoid

    • For this price you can get a bit more capacity

    4.
    Panasonic SD-2500WXC

    Panasonic SD-2500WXC

    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.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)42 x (W)30 x (D)41.5cm
    • Power: 550W
    • Keep Warm Function
    • 25 Programmes
    • Maximum Loaf Size: 800 Grams

    Reasons to Buy

    • It has a remarkable 25 settings and programmes
    • Contains a RapidBake mode reducing the time it takes
    • Available for under £100

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Isn’t the most stylish

    5.
    Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC

    Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC

    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.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)38.2 x (W)25.6 x (D)38.9cm
    • Power: 550W
    • Delay Timer
    • 27 Programmes
    • Maximum Loaf Size: 800 Grams

    Reasons to Buy

    • 27 different functions make it easy to prepare your favourite type of bread
    • Gluten-free, rye and spelt flour modes and many more
    • Speed up the process with RapidBake
    • Available for under £200

    Reasons to Avoid

    • No keep warm or viewing window

    6.
    Morphy Richards Fastbake 48280

    Morphy Richards Fastbake 48280

    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.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)30 x (W)28.5 x (D)40.5cm
    • Power: 600W
    • Keep Warm Function
    • Delay Timer
    • Maximum Loaf Size: 900 Grams

    Reasons to Buy

    • Is simple to use thanks to the 12 automatic functions and modes
    • You can bake bread within one hour when using RapidBake
    • Available for under £100

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Hasn’t got as many programmes as some of the other picks

    7.
    Russell Hobbs 23620

    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.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)32.2 x (W)29 x (D)30cm
    • Power: 600W
    • Keep Warm Function
    • Delay Timer
    • Maximum Loaf Size: 2.2lb

    Reasons to Buy

    • Comes with 12 automatic programmes and different modes
    • Has various size settings to cater for your loaf
    • Great value

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Fast bake option isn't as good as some other models if you think this will be the one you use the most

    8.
    Lakeland Compact 16147

    Lakeland Compact 16147

    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.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)36.6 x (W)36.6 x (D)26.2cm
    • Power: 600W
    • Keep Warm Function
    • Delay Timer
    • 11 Programmes

    Reasons to Buy

    • It has 11 different programmes including a wholemeal and French bread mode
    • Great value
    • Easy delay start feature
    • It is compact

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Not the most stylish

    9.
    Morphy Richards Homebake 502001

    Morphy Richards Homebake 502001

    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.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)28.5 x (W)36.0 x (D)26.5
    • Power: 600W
    • Maximum Loaf Size: 907G
    • Weight: 5.2 kg

    Reasons to Buy

    • Good price
    • Instructions are clear and straightforward

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Touch buttons can be a bit unresponsive

    10.
    PANASONIC SD-2511WXC Sour Dough

    PANASONIC SD-2511WXC Sour Dough

    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.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: 38.2 x 25.6 x 38.9cm
    • Power: 240W
    • Maximum Loaf Size: 600G
    • Weight: 7 kg

    Reasons to Buy

    • Straightforward to use
    • Clear instructions

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Some people may miss the viewing windoe

    How We Decide on the Best Breadmaker

    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:

    • Brand – Admittedly not a huge factor as no one brand is better than another all the time, but there was one issue we were concerned with. There are a lot of unbranded or barely known brands of bread maker out there, and we wanted to know whether they were worth the gamble. We found they weren’t, so we have stuck to the brands you will have heard of.
    • Reliability – From dough sticking to the base and sides or the mixture not combining well to it being over/underdone, there is a lot which can go wrong when making bread, even when a machine is helping. So, we have picked the ones which essentially gave the best results time after time.
    • Price – You may be on a budget, or you may want to buy the best no matter how much it costs. We have picked bread makers from a wide price range to cover all bases. Remember that making bread should end up working out as cheaper than buying it every week, so we have only put the models on the list which deserve to be there and have avoided big expensive picks which weren’t good value.
    • Dispenser – This addition will allow you to add nuts, seeds and raisins into the mixture once it is almost baked as opposed to right at the start. It will essentially help them to be evenly spread and not overcooked, which is important if you often make fruit loaves or seeded/wholemeal options.
    • Extra Features – From a choice of settings for crusty/soft/gluten free breads and the option to make jams and yoghurts to FastBake technology or delay timers, bread makers can come with a host of extras. The ones you need will depend on how often you use the machine, which breads you make and your general lifestyle.
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