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Bread Makers Buying Guide

There’s nothing more appealing than the smell of freshly baked bread and today it’s easier than ever to find a wide range of bread making machines that allow you to become a master baker in your own home. But with so many different types, sizes and styles of bread maker to choose from it can be difficult to know where to start your search.

Take a look at our bread makers buying guide to ensure you find the ideal bread makers for your and your family’s needs.

Not just bread

Today’s bread makers can do a lot more than just make bread so if you want yours to have other capabilities, such as making pizza dough and pastry then make sure you pick a model that offers these features. You may also be able to find bread makers that offer more versatility in the bread that they make, for example by offering different crust colour and baking time options, dependent on your preferences.

Colour and style

In the past most bread makers were white and fairly large and cumbersome, meaning they stood out in the kitchen and took up a lot of space. However, today’s bread makers are available in a wide range of sizes, styles and colours so you can pick one that perfectly suits the space you have.

Settings

Different bread makers offer different settings or cycles that can be used to make different types of bread and other foods such as pastry or pizza dough. Most machines will offer setting for a variety of different types of bread from wholewheat to brioche and will provide fast cook options so that you can have fresh bread more quickly.

In general if you want a bread maker that is going to be versatile then look for one with lots of different settings. Although you may not use all of them all the time if you choose a bread maker with more settings you’ll have more choice as to the type of bread you make and once you’ve got used to making bread you’ll be able to try out lots of different varieties.

Shape and capacity

The shape and capacity of your bread maker will determine the size and shape of your bread when it comes out of the machine. If you have a large family then it’s more sensible to opt for a machine with a larger capacity where as a small capacity is ideal for singles or couples. You can find machines in a wide variety of capacities from under 1 lb to over 2.5 lbs. You can also find machines that can make bread in several different sizes whereas others will offer only one size of loaf.

You can also find breadmakers that cook bread vertically rather than horizontally, which can save space in a smaller kitchen, as well as bread makers that produce different bread shapes such as square or rectangular.

Timers

The majority of bread makers can have their timers set at least twelve hours in advance. This means that you can cook bread overnight as you sleep so that you have a fresh loaf to wake up to in the morning, or you can set your bread to cook whilst you are out at work so that it is ready when you return home.

As well as timers you can also find bread makers with a keep warm button that will keep your bread at a just baked temperature until you are ready to eat it. You can also buy bread makers that will tell you when to add different ingredients to your bread as you are cooking it. This works particularly well when you are using your own bread mixture rather than a shop bought one.

In addition most bread makers feature a window so you can check the progress of the bread as it cooks. The larger the bread maker you choose the bigger the window will be, but if you want to save space you can find small models that don’t have a viewing window.

Extras

As there are only subtle differences between bread makers in the same price range, one way to make sure that you get the best value for money is to look for extras that are sold with the machine. For example, some bread makers come with recipe books, non stick pans, utensils or even ingredients.

Spare parts

If you’re planning on buying a cheaper model then you may find it difficult to find spare parts if your bread maker breaks. However, as the cheapest bread makers are so reasonably prices, if yours breaks it’s usually cheaper to buy a new model than to spend money having it fixed. If you have a larger model with more capacity you will find it easier to get spare parts but if you are planning to use your bread maker extensively its worth finding out how easily new parts can be sourced before you buy.

Cost

You can find good quality bread makers available for under £50 and the most expensive home bread makers can cost thousands. If you’re just starting out in bread making then a cheaper model will be perfectly adequate for your needs.

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