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Compare the 10 Best Bread MakersOctober 2017

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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 96 bread makers, 230 reviews and 441 prices. Last updated 13 October 2017.

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£73.79

#3 TriStar BM‑4586

BM-4586
A very economical to run and fairly new 1kg loaf size bread maker, with a fair price and good features
84
Value for Money
Excellent
72
Features
Good Features
85
Age
10 Months Old
88
Running Costs
£101 / 5 Years
77
Overall Score
Very Good
1kg
19
White
Maximum Bread Weight
Auto Programs
Colours
Dec 2016
Release Date
Wellindal logo
Amazon UK £80.03
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£51.29

#4 Jocel BM1309‑B

BM1309-B
A cheap and relatively new 1kg loaf size bread maker, with moderate running costs and good features
87
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
79
Age
1 Year Old
46
Running Costs
£119 / 5 Years
76
Overall Score
Very Good
1kg
12
Black
Maximum Bread Weight
Auto Programs
Colours
May 2016
Release Date
Wellindal logo
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£50.98

#6 Swan Sb1041

Sb1041
A very cheap but a little out of date 907g loaf size bread maker, with moderate running costs and good features
92
Value for Money
Excellent
67
Features
Good Features
73
Age
2 Years Old
65
Running Costs
£110 / 5 Years
74
Overall Score
Very Good
907g
14
White
Maximum Bread Weight
Auto Programs
Colours
Nov 2015
Release Date
Electric Shopping logo
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£73.64

#7 Steba BM 1

BM 1
The latest under 1kg capacity bread maker on the market, with good features
79
Value for Money
Very Good
61
Features
Good Features
91
Age
3 Months Old
94
Running Costs
£82 / 5 Years
73
Overall Score
Very Good
1kg
18
Black
Maximum Bread Weight
Auto Programs
Colours
Jul 2017
Release Date
eBay logo
Amazon UK £99.99
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£51.95

#8 Morphy Richards 48326

48326
A very good value for money but 2 year old 907.2g loaf size bread maker, with average running costs and good features
90
Value for Money
Excellent
66
Features
Good Features
70
Age
2 Years Old
60
Running Costs
£110 / 5 Years
72
Overall Score
Very Good
907.2g
13
White
Maximum Bread Weight
Auto Programs
Colours
Aug 2015
Release Date
Amazon UK logo
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£119.99

#9 Panasonic SD 2511

SD 2511
Expert Reviews - Recommended
The highest scoring bread maker under £500, but representing only moderate value for money and with only average features
90
Reviews
1 Award
67
Value for Money
Good
47
Features
Average Features
66
Age
2 Years Old
84
Running Costs
£101 / 5 Years
69
Overall Score
Good
800g
17
White
Maximum Bread Weight
Auto Programs
Colours
May 2015
Release Date
eBay logo
Currys £119.99
Amazon UK £129.00
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£125.19
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#10 Gastroback 42823

42823
A very economical to run and relatively new 1kg loaf size bread maker, with good features but representing only average value for money
61
Value for Money
Good
64
Features
Good Features
79
Age
1 Year Old
91
Running Costs
£92 / 5 Years
66
Overall Score
Good
1kg
18
Black
Maximum Bread Weight
Auto Programs
Colours
Aug 2016
Release Date
Amazon UK logo
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£127.00
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#11 Panasonic SD‑ZB2502BXC

SD-ZB2502BXC
An economical to run but 2 year old bread maker, with a large number of auto programs but representing only middle of the road value for money
53
Value for Money
Average
32
Features
Missing Some Features
65
Age
2 Years Old
95
Running Costs
£44 / 5 Years
60
Overall Score
Good
25
Stainless Steel
Jul 2015
Auto Programs
Colours
Release Date
Amazon UK logo
ao £129.00
Hughes £129.99
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£59.99
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#12 Panasonic SD 2511W

SD 2511W
A cheap and economical to run 600g loaf size bread maker, but with not very good features
70
Value for Money
Very Good
33
Features
Missing Some Features
69
Age
2 Years Old
72
Running Costs
£101 / 5 Years
57
Overall Score
Average
600g
14
White
Maximum Bread Weight
Auto Programs
Colours
Dec 2015
Release Date
eBay logo
Hughes £109.99
Amazon UK £115.24
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£95.20

#13 Morphy Richards 48323

48323
A good spec and relatively new 907.2g loaf size bread maker, with average running costs but representing inferior value for money
20
Value for Money
Mediocre
72
Features
Good Features
86
Age
7 Months Old
60
Running Costs
£110 / 5 Years
56
Overall Score
Average
907.2g
17
White
Maximum Bread Weight
Auto Programs
Colours
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

We currently list 22 bread makers ranging from £44 to £186. A new bread maker costs on average £88 and 80% of bread makers are priced between £51 and £129. The Panasonic SD ZB2512KXE is the most expensive bread maker that we found at £185, and the Russell Hobbs 23620 is the cheapest at only £45.

Bread Maker Brands - Price Range

Gastroback bread makers range in price from £125 to £125, and the highest average bread maker price out of all brands is Gastroback bread makers with an average price of £125.

Unold bread makers range in price from £123 to £123, and the average price of Unold bread makers is £123 which is the second highest average price of all bread maker brands.

The average price of Panasonic bread makers is £118 which is the third highest average price of all bread maker brands. Panasonic bread makers start at £60 and the most expensive Panasonic bread maker costs £185.

Bread Maker Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 4 expert reviews and 214 user reviews for bread makers from across the internet and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of bread maker. The top rated bread maker brand is Russell Hobbs with an average rating of 91%. The second best brand is Morphy Richards with 86% and the third best brand is Panasonic with 85%.

Biggest Bread Maker Retailers

The biggest bread maker retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 17 current bread maker offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest bread maker retailer is eBay with 16 offers. That means Amazon UK is slightly bigger than eBay when it comes to bread makers. Hughes is the third biggest retailer with 5 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. If you want the latest bread maker technology you may want to consider waiting until January 2018. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current bread makers tend to drop off when the next models are released. Four new bread makers were released in March 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new bread maker releases. In January 2015 15 new bread makers were released making it the biggest month that year for new bread maker releases. The biggest month in 2014 for new bread maker releases was July, with 14 new bread makers released that month.

How Fast Do Bread Maker Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, bread makers drop in price by 13%. On a typical new bread maker costing £88, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £11.

Maximum Bread Weights

This is the largest weight of bread that can be made in your bread maker.

The maximum bread weights of bread makers range from 450g to 1.5kg. The maximum bread weights of most bread makers range from 870g to 980g. The bread maker with the biggest maximum bread weight is the Unold68456, which is a 1kg loaf size bread maker and is on sale for £123.29. The bread maker with the smallest maximum bread weight is the Unold68456, which is a 600g loaf size bread maker and currently retails for £185.05.

Auto Programs

This denotes the amount of built in programs that your bread maker will come with. These allow for the easy creation of everything from loaves and rolls to more specialist types of bread, and even non-baking foods like jam or risotto.

Comparing all bread makers, the auto programs range from 3 to 33. The auto programs of most bread makers range from 12 to 15. The PanasonicSD ZB2512KXE has the most auto program. This bread maker is a 33 auto program bread maker and can be purchased for £185.05. The PanasonicSD ZB2512KXE, which sells for £82.00, has the least auto program and is a 10 auto program bread maker.

The more programs on your bread maker, the more versatile it'll be, and the more foods you can cook with it.

Colours

Amongst new bread makers, the most popular colour is white. We found 18 bread makers that are bread makers that have a white coloured. We found 13 bread makers that are bread makers that have a black coloured, making this the second most frequently found colour amongst new bread makers.

Biggest Bread Maker Retailers

The biggest bread maker retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 17 current bread maker offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest bread maker retailer is eBay with 16 offers. That means Amazon UK is slightly bigger than eBay when it comes to bread makers. Hughes is the third biggest retailer with 5 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Bread Makers?

The shop that most frequently offered the cheapest price on bread makers is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 10 bread makers.

Proportion of Bread Makers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest bread maker prices (found to be cheapest for 62.5% of its bread makers).

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