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Panasonic SD2501WXC

206 Reviews

£125.00

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25
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£110
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
#2

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Morphy Richards 48281

426 Reviews

£69.89

907g
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13
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£120
Over 5 years
May 2018
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#3

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Russell Hobbs 23620

381 Reviews

£52.00

1kg
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12
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£120
Over 5 years
Aug 2015
#4

86

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Panasonic SDZP2000KXC

£169.00

1kg
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13
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£140
Over 5 years
Sep 2018
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Morphy Richards 502001

38 Reviews

£88.99

907g
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14
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£120
Over 5 years
Feb 2017
#6

84

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Russell Hobbs 18036

619 Reviews

£77.60

1kg
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12
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£130
Over 5 years
Apr 2014
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Panasonic SD2511KXC

335 Reviews
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£129.00

800g
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18
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£110
Over 5 years
May 2015
#8

83

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Panasonic SD2511WXC

1 Review
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£75.00

600g
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33
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£94
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Jul 2017
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#9

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Morphy Richards 48280

179 Reviews

£54.00

900g
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12
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£120
Over 5 years
Mar 2015
#10

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Morphy Richards 48326

115 Reviews

£89.99

907.2g
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13
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£120
Over 5 years
Sep 2014
#11

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Panasonic SDZX2522KXC

£239.00

600g
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37
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£110
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Jul 2017
#12

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Tower T11001

1 Review

£61.03

1kg
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13
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£130
Over 5 years
Oct 2016
#13

81

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Panasonic SDZB2512KXE

14 Reviews

£167.95

600g
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33
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£110
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May 2015
#14

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Kenwood BM450

149 Reviews
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£80.00

1kg
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15
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£160
Over 5 years
Jul 2014
#15

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Panasonic SDZB2512KXC

1 Review
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£188.90

600g
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33
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£220
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Nov 2017
#16

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Panasonic SDZB2502BXC

£148.99

800g
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10
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£48
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Jul 2015
#17

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Panasonic SD2500WXC

518 Reviews

£89.98

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10
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£110
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Oct 2014
#18

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Swan SB1041N

10 Reviews

£347.42

907g
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14
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£120
Over 5 years
Nov 2017
#19

77

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Morphy Richards 48323

£89.95

907.2g
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17
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£120
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Mar 2017
#20

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Steba BM 1

£82.70

1kg
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18
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£90
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Jul 2017

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BBM800BSS
£196.00
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23620
£52.00
£3 cheaper
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£55.00
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newer
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BM450
£80.00
£45 cheaper
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£125.00
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£159 cheaper
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£49.99
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£89.98
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£80.00
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48280
£49.99
£30 cheaper
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48326
£59.99
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Better brand
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£61.03
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£43 cheaper
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£231.94
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£188.90
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£96.79
£92 cheaper
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68415
£132.45
£107 cheaper
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£239.00
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37 auto
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48326
£59.99
£37 cheaper
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OW210130
£96.71
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£82.70
£156 cheaper
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£239.00
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£148.99
£47 cheaper
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£196.00
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48280
£49.99
£189 cheaper
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£239.00
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£59.99
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£239.00
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£231.94
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat are the best types of bread to make in a bread maker?
ABread makers are best used for traditional square loaves - this fit well in the bread tin, and the appliances can handle everything from mixing to baking. However they can also just make the dough for a variety of other breads - from rolls to bagels -which you can then bake in a separate oven.
QWhy is a delay timer useful?
AA delay timer allows you to set when the bread will start cooking, meaning you can schedule the bread to be finished when you wake up in the morning.
QWhat is a fruit/nut hopper?
AThis is a special addition to the bread maker, which allows fruits and nuts (such as raisins or walnuts) to be gradually added to the dough during mixing, allowing for an even distribution through the dough.

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.

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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.

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!

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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 31 bread makers ranging from £15 to £348. The average price of a new bread maker is £112 and 80% of bread makers are priced between £50 and £196. The Kenwood BM150 is the cheapest bread maker at only £15, and Swan SB1041N is the most expensive at £347.

Bread Maker Brands - Price Range

The highest average bread maker price out of all brands is Swan bread makers with an average price of £347. Swan bread makers range in price from £347 to £347.

The second highest average bread maker price out of all brands is Zojirushi bread makers with an average price of £234. Zojirushi bread makers range in price from £234 to £234.

The third highest average bread maker price out of all brands is Sage bread makers with an average price of £196. Sage bread makers start at £196 and their most expensive bread maker costs £196.

Bread Maker Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 22 expert reviews and 3,123 user reviews for bread makers and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of bread maker.

Biggest Bread Maker Retailers

The biggest bread maker retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 10 current bread maker offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest retailer is AO with 9 offers. That means Amazon UK is slightly bigger than AO when it comes to bread makers. John Lewis is the third biggest retailer with 5 current offers.

When Are Most New Bread Makers Released?

Most new bread makers tend to be released between March and May. If you wait until March 2020 then you might be able to get better features on your bread maker. 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. In May 2018, five new bread makers were released making it the biggest month that year for new bread maker releases. 11 new bread makers were released in March 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new bread maker releases. In 2016 most new bread makers were released in September, with eight new bread makers released that month.

How Fast Do Bread Maker Prices Drop After Release?

On average bread makers drop in price by 10% in the first 6 months after release.

That means a saving of £11 on a typical £112 new bread maker if you wait 6 months before buying.

Maximum Bread Weights

'Maximum Bread Weight' 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 1.6kg. The maximum bread weights of most bread makers range from 900g to 1kg. The Sage BBM800BSS, which sells for £196.00, has the biggest maximum bread weight and is a 1.3kg loaf size bread maker. The bread maker with the smallest maximum bread weight is the Zojirushi BBSSC10WZ, which is a 450g loaf size bread maker and is priced at £233.50.

Auto Programs

'Auto Programs' 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 37. The auto programs of the majority of bread makers range from 11 to 15. The bread maker with the most auto program is the Panasonic SDZX2522KXC, which is a 37 auto program bread maker and is on sale for £239.00. The bread maker with the least auto program is the Kenwood BM150, which is a 3 auto program bread maker and currently retails for £15.45.

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

Colours

White is the most common colour amongst new bread makers. We found 43 bread makers that are bread makers that have a white coloured. The second most common colour amongst new bread makers is black. We found 23 bread makers that are bread makers that have a black coloured.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Bread Makers?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying bread makers. For each retailer it shows the total number of bread makers where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying bread makers. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was AO. 7 of their bread maker prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Bread Makers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for bread makers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of bread maker prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's bread maker prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was AO. 77.8% of their bread maker prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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