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The 10 Best Bread Makers - June 2017

Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every bread maker on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 90 bread makers, 26 reviews and 434 prices. Last updated 23 June 2017.

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#1 in Bread Makers
48280

Morphy Richards 48280

Expert Reviews - Recommended
Reviews
73
1 Award
Value for Money
95
Excellent
Features
33
Missing Some Features
Age
65
2 Years Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
57
Average
White
12
907.2g
Colours
Auto Programs
Maximum Bread Weight
Mar 2015
Release Date
#2 in Bread Makers
BM-4586

TriStar BM‑4586

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
40
Mediocre
Features
100
Fully-Featured
Age
91
7 Months Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
43
Mediocre
White
19
1kg
Colours
Auto Programs
Maximum Bread Weight
Dec 2016
Release Date
#3 in Bread Makers
BDM-110

Nesco BDM‑110

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
89
Excellent
Features
91
Fully-Featured
Age
75
2 Years Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
42
Mediocre
White
12
680g
Colours
Auto Programs
Maximum Bread Weight
Nov 2015
Release Date
  • £66.94
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#4 in Bread Makers
SD 2511

Panasonic SD 2511

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
69
Good
Features
100
Fully-Featured
Age
67
2 Years Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
42
Mediocre
White
17
800g
Colours
Auto Programs
Maximum Bread Weight
May 2015
Release Date
  • £124.00
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  • £124.00 ao
  • £124.00 John Lewis
#7 in Bread Makers
PF610138

Tefal PF610138

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
30
Mediocre
Features
85
Fully-Featured
Age
68
2 Years Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
35
Mediocre
White
16
1.5kg
Colours
Auto Programs
Maximum Bread Weight
Jul 2015
Release Date
#8 in Bread Makers
BM1309-B

Jocel BM1309‑B

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
50
Average
Features
62
Average Features
Age
82
1 Year Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
33
Mediocre
Black
12
1kg
Colours
Auto Programs
Maximum Bread Weight
May 2016
Release Date
#9 in Bread Makers
Sb1041

Swan Sb1041

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
84
Excellent
Features
29
Missing Some Features
Age
75
2 Years Old
Running Costs
20
£137 / 5 Years
Overall Score
28
Mediocre
White
14
907g
Colours
Auto Programs
Maximum Bread Weight
Nov 2015
Release Date
#10 in Bread Makers
48326

Morphy Richards 48326

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
77
Very Good
Features
16
Missing Some Features
Age
71
2 Years Old
Running Costs
50
£137 / 5 Years
Overall Score
26
Mediocre
White
13
0.9g
Colours
Auto Programs
Maximum Bread Weight
Aug 2015
Release Date
#12 in Bread Makers
132

Ariete 132

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
93
Excellent
Features
4
Missing Some Features
Age
90
7 Months Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
23
Mediocre
Silver
19
750g
Colours
Auto Programs
Maximum Bread Weight
Nov 2016
Release Date
  • £10.94
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#13 in Bread Makers
48323

Morphy Richards 48323

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
10
Mediocre
Features
17
Missing Some Features
Age
96
3 Months Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
21
Mediocre
White
17
907.2g
Colours
Auto Programs
Maximum Bread Weight
Mar 2017
Release Date

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Bread Maker Buying Guide

A bread maker, as the name suggests, is a machine that allows for the easy baking of all different types of bread. Bread makers usually consist of a rectangular box, with a removable baking tin into which the ingredients are added. This is then placed into the machine, and a program controls the mixing, rising and baking of the bread. They dramatically cut down on the work required to make high-quality bread, meaning it's easier than ever to bake it in your home!

Bread makers are primarily differentiated by their capacity. The bigger the bread maker, the larger the loaves it can bake. Some smaller machines can only bake loaves around 500-600g, while larger models can bake loaves as big as 2-3kg.

Programs

Nearly all bread makers will come with some form of programs already set up on the machine. These provide easy ways to make specific different types of bread - from standard slicing loaves, to French bread, doughnuts, pizza bases, cakes and buns. Many machines also allow you to specify the crust of your loaves - you can set it to light, medium or dark depending on how well-cooked and crispy you prefer your bread.

Some bread makers will allow you to create custom programs, so you can experiment with different recipes. They may also contain extra programs for non-bread cooking - such as making risotto, soup, pasta sauce, and even jam!

Finally, if you frequently find yourself short on time, and need to bake some bread quickly, it may be worth seeking out a bread maker with a fast bake program. While it doesn't create a loaf as high-quality as the longer settings, this mode can create a full loaf of bread from scratch in under an hour - perfect if you need some quick bread for dinner, or are running to a tight schedule.

Timers & Pre-programming

One of the large benefits of bread makers over standard hand baking is that they contain a timer for baking the bread. You can schedule the bread to be ready for exactly when you want it - the machine will automatically start baking at the correct time. This is especially useful for breakfast - simply load up the machine with ingredients before you go to sleep, set the program to finish when you wake up, and you’ll have fresh bread waiting for you at breakfast!

Fruit/Nut Hopper

Some more advanced types of bread maker contain separate hopper for additional ingredients to be added to the bread, such as dried fruit or nuts. When used in a program, these ingredients are gradually introduced to the dough during the mixing stage, allowing the nuts or fruit to be mixed consistently through the dough. With this addition, it's easy to create delicious specialty loaves such a walnut loaf, dried cranberry bread, or Greek black olive bread!

Included Extras

Most bread makers will also include a recipe book that gives more details on the included programs, and how best to use them. Many also include a free measuring cup, to accurately measure out ingredients for your bread.

Bread Maker Retailers, Prices and Features

Bread Maker Prices

In total we found 15 bread makers ranging from £12 to £190. On average, a new bread maker costs £86 and 80% of bread makers are priced between £45 and £163. The cheapest bread maker that we found is the Ariete 132 at only £13, and the most expensive is the Inventum BM121B at £190.

Bread Maker Brands - Price Range

Inventum bread makers range in price from £190 to £190, and the highest average bread maker price out of all brands is Inventum bread makers with an average price of £190.

Tefal bread makers range in price from £163 to £163, and the second highest average bread maker price out of all brands is Tefal bread makers with an average price of £163.

The third highest average bread maker price out of all brands is Unold bread makers with an average price of £124. Unold bread makers range in price from £124 to £124.

Bread Maker Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 2 expert reviews and 14 user reviews for bread makers available online and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of bread maker. The top three bread maker brands are Morphy Richards, Sencor and Jocel. Morphy Richards has an average rating of 73%, Sencor has an average rating of 0% and Jocel has an average rating of 0%.

Biggest Bread Maker Retailers

The biggest bread maker retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 9 current bread maker offers from eBay. The second biggest bread maker retailer is Amazon UK with 7 offers. That means eBay is significantly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to bread makers. ao is the third biggest retailer with 4 current offers.

When Are Most New Bread Makers Released?

The most common period for new bread makers to be released in is between January and March. Three new bread makers were released in March 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new bread maker releases. The biggest month in 2015 for new bread maker releases was January, with 15 new bread makers released that month. In July 2014 14 new bread makers were released making it the biggest month that year for new bread maker releases.

How Fast Do Bread Maker Prices Drop After Release?

New bread makers drop in price by an average of 8% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £7 on a typical £86 new bread maker by waiting 6 months before buying.

Auto Programs

Across the range of bread makers, the auto programs range from 3 to 33. The auto programs of most bread makers range from 12 to 15. The bread maker with the most auto program is the PanasonicSD-ZB2502BXC, which is a 25 auto program bread maker and can be purchased for £118.99. The PanasonicSD-ZB2502BXC, which can be purchased for £87.70, has the least auto program and is a 10 auto program bread maker.

Maximum Bread Weights

Across the range of bread makers, the maximum bread weights range from 0.6g to 1.6kg. The maximum bread weights of the majority of bread makers range from 800g to 960g. The TefalPF610138 has the biggest maximum bread weight. This bread maker is a 1.5kg Maximum bread weight bread maker and is available at £162.84. The bread maker with the smallest maximum bread weight is the TefalPF610138, which is a 0.8g Maximum bread weight bread maker and is on sale for £87.70.

Biggest Bread Maker Retailers

The biggest bread maker retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 9 current bread maker offers from eBay. The second biggest bread maker retailer is Amazon UK with 7 offers. That means eBay is significantly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to bread makers. ao is the third biggest retailer with 4 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Bread Makers?

With the cheapest price on 6 bread makers, eBay is most frequently the cheapest bread maker retailer.

Proportion of Bread Makers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest retailer by number of bread maker for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 66.7% of its bread makers.

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