JUST the smell of a fresh loaf will leave the majority of us drooling.
We no longer need to leave the house and head to a bakery to get our kicks though, because a loaf made in a breadmaker at home can be equally, if not more, satisfying.
While the thought of fresh bread may sound appealing, there are so many breadmakers out there, how would you begin to choose one?
One set with 20 pre-set functions may seem like your best bet but, seriously, how many times will you use the doughnut and pizza dough settings?
If, though, you’d prefer a one-button-wonder that gets the job done without too many options to confuse you, there are plenty of those around too.
Sun Selects has found out which makers do what best, based on our expert opinion and user reviews.
Best for custom loaves
We’re starting with the fancy one first.
For those among us who see themselves as a bit of chef, this might be the breadmaker for you.
This machine designed by Heston Blumenthal makes loaves without leaving a hole in the bottom (the mixing blade collapses before baking to avoid this pesky problem), but it will also wow you with its customisable options.
If fruity and nutty loaves are your thing, the Sage breadmaker will not only show you how to achieve them, but will automatically dispense the extra ingredients at the correct time.
- Sage BBM800BSS the Custom Loaf Pro Breadmaker, £184.96 from Amazon – buy here
Best for quick bread
In a bit of a hurry for drool-worthy bread?
Perhaps a potential house buyer is on their way and you need homely smells ASAP? This is the machine for you.
It will bake you a loaf in under 50 minutes – just make sure you’ve got the ingredients in and you’re good to go.
- Morphy Richards Fastbake Breadmaker 48281, £53.95 from Amazon – buy here
Best pre-set functions
Being the first company to make breadmakers, Panasonic must know a thing or two about what goes into a good loaf.
It certainly isn’t elbow grease on your behalf, as this machine does it all for you.
It also has 25 different functions so you don’t have to stick to bread.
Perhaps pizza dough is calling you?
Or, if you have more of a sweet tooth, brioche is another pre-set option.
In an age where gluten intolerances are rife, it boasts a gluten free mode too.
- Panasonic SD2500 Breadmaker, £89.99 from Argos – buy here
Best for small kitchens
We haven’t all got unlimited work surface space for fun kitchen gadgets, which is when this breadmaker comes in handy.
It’s been designed with a compact finish which is ideal for a smaller kitchen.
Because it’s small you only have one option in terms of loaf size – 1lb – but it gets the job done.
- Lakeland White Compact 1lb Daily Loaf Breadmaker,£59.99 from Lakeland – buy here
Best for ease of use
An inexpensive option that claims to be easy-to-use, which critics have confirmed.
One reviewer who knocked their own baking skills, claiming they would even ‘burn water’ said they managed to make the perfect loaf.
It might be a bargain but it still has a delay function to set bread to be whipped up later in the day.
- Morphy Richards 502001 Homebake Breadmaker, £69 from John Lewis – buy here
Best for an even bake
This breadmaker isn’t cheap, but with a rapid bake function that creates bread in under an hour, a 15 hour delay timer and a convection fan that controls the temperature for the most even bake throughout your loaf, it’s got a lot going for it .
With three loaf size options too, it’s a bit of a good all rounder – but should be for the price.
- Kenwood Bread maker BM450, £199.98 from Kenwood – buy here
Best for price
If you’re new to the bread making game, this machine for under £50 is a good starter option.
It’s a bargain price but that doesn’t mean it’s a waste of space.
The reviews on this one speak for itself and it still boasts multiple loaf size options, 12 settings, a 13 hour delay timer and a 55 minute fast bake.
It’s finished in a sleek black hue too.
- Russel Hobbs Compact Breadmaker, £48 from John Lewis – buy now
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