The smell of freshly baked bread is right up there at the top of many ‘best smells’ list. And it’s hard to argue with that!
But when it comes to baking bread at home, for some, the process is long, tedious and very messy.
With the advent of bread making machines you can use at home, the process is a lot easier. All you have to do is add all the ingredients into the bread making machine, switch it on and wait for about four or five hours, depending on the type of bread you’re making, and you’re done!
However, when it comes down to buying a bread maker that’s right for you and your family, how do you know which one to choose? What are the differences between the various machines, and what should you look for when making a buying decision.
Further down this page, you’ll find our bread maker buyer’s guide which will help you understand the terminology and what to look for.
Before that, you’ll find a list of the bestselling bread making machines over on Amazon UK. The list is always up to date as it’s recreated with every visit to this page.
5 of the best bread making machines
- 12 functions including: French, Gluten Free, Jam, Whole Wheat
- 55 minute fast bake
- 13 hr delay bake timer
- 12 programs from basic Ecru (Light beige) to cakes, jam and dough. Fruit and Nut Dispenser : No
- 3 Loaf sizes - bakes 1 lb, 1.5 lb, 2 lb loaves and 3 crust settings
- Instruction manual contains gluten free recipes
- ONE-TOUCH BAKING - choose from 19 different pre-set functions to make a variety of loaves, as well as sourdough, cake, yoghurt and more, all at the touch of a button
- CRUST CONTROL - choose from either a light, medium or dark crust for perfectly textured and delicious results
- KEEP WARM FUNCTION – ensure your bread is at a consistent temperature for up to 60 minutes so it’s fresh and ready to eat when you want it
- 27 Bake and Dough Modes, Digital Timer (up to 13 hours)
- Raisin/Nut Dispenser - mixes additional ingredients in at just the right time to help ensure they are evenly distributed throughout the loaf
- Yeast Dispenser - unique to the Panasonic Breadmaker, dropping yeast automatically at just the right time to ensure your bread rises as it should for that fluffy or dense loaf
- 14 programs including Gluten Free baking
- 2lb loaf capacity
- 3 crust settings
Bread making machines – buyer’s guide
When you’re buying a bread maker, the first thing you need to consider is how you’re going to use it. It’s fair to say that the majority of bread makers make at least a basic loaf. But many also make others types of bread too.
If you plan on making different types of bread, you’ll need a machine that makes the type of bread you and your family enjoy eating. You’ll find a list on the box or in the list of specs, so always check before you buy.
Another major consideration is storage. Daily bread makers will want to store their machine somewhere that’s easily accessible, while occasional bread makers will want to store them in a cupboard until needed.
Keep reading for the answers to more common questions people ask.
The lowest priced bread maker I could find at the time of writing this article was £60. The highest was just under the £200 mark. So they’re not something every family could afford to have in their kitchen.
Smaller bread makers are typically around 35cm x 35cm x 35cm and larger bread makers are a little larger! Obviously, these dimensions vary from machine to machine so be sure to check before you buy, especially if you have limited space in your kitchen.
Once again, weights vary but expect the weight to be somewhere between 2 and 7 kilograms.
Yes. Depending on the bread-making machine you buy, you can make some or all of the following types of bread: basic, French, Italian, sandwich, brioche, gluten-free, sourdough and multi-grain.