Breadmakers: How to buy the best breadmaker
- Expert advice on buying the best breadmaker to suit your needs
- Find out how much breadmakers cost, where to buy them and where to get spare parts
- See the Which? breadmaker reviews to compare breadmakers from brands such as Panasonic, Morphy Richards, Breville, Kenwood and Russell Hobbs
The Which? breadmaker reviews test and rate breadmakers from Panasonic, Morphy Richards, Breville, Kenwood and Russell Hobbs. But before you decide, watch our video guide - and read our expert advice - on buying the best breadmaker to suit your needs and budget.
Why buy a breadmaker?
A breadmaker takes the hard work and hassle out of making homemade bread, and in some cases it can be cheaper than buying a supermarket loaf.
Even if you prefer to make more adventurous bread, which may not always work out cheaper, it’s still more satisfying to know exactly what’s in your loaf of bread – and there will be minimum wastage as you can bake exactly what you need.
Overall, using a Best Buy breadmaker means you’ll get a good quality loaf of bread.
Breadmakers are great for making bread to suit a particular diet. Recipes are widely available for low-salt or gluten-free bread. You can also buy speciality flours, such as spelt, and some breadmakers have a special setting to make rye bread.
If you have an allergy, making your own bread means you can be sure of exactly what's gone into the loaf you're eating, and there are many alternative flours, such as quinoa (available from health food shops), rice flour or potato flour, which can be used in a breadmaker to make loaves suitable for a gluten-free diet.
Search for a breadmaker with a gluten-free setting using our breadmakers compare features and prices tool.
There are several main brands to choose from including Panasonic, Morphy Richards, Breville, Kenwood and Russell Hobbs. You can also find own-brand breadmakers at big chains such as Argos and Tesco.
The Which? breadmaker reviews reveal our top Best Buy breadmakers.
How much breadmakers cost
There some excellent breadmakers for around £70, although you can spend more than £100 for a stylish breadmaker packed full of programs and features.
Find out how different brands compare, and whether the cheaper models can make a decent loaf, in our breadmaker reviews; choose one to suit your budget and compare prices to find the best deal.
Where to buy breadmakers
Most high-street, independent and online stores stock breadmakers. The ranges change every couple of years, so you could find a bargain when the new models hit the shelves.
Some breadmakers are quite heavy and come in large boxes, so it can be better to have a breadmaker delivered, or order from an online retailer such as Amazon.
What else can you make in a breadmaker?
It’s not just bread you can make in a breadmaker; most come with extra settings so you can make jam, mix pasta dough, or even bake a cake without using the hob or oven.
A breadmaker with these settings will turn fruit and the other raw ingredients into jam, mix and knead pasta dough ready to roll out, shape and cook, or bake pre-mixed ingredients into a (rectangular) cake
Alternatively, if you’re a fan of adventurous bread-baking then a breadmaker with an automatic dispenser will be a good choice, as it saves you from having to wait around to add any extra ingredients, such as dried fruit or nuts, manually.
Most breadmakers are versatile enough to produce a variety of products, but do your research before you buy. Our interactive product finder lets you compare breadmakers to find models that can make cakes, jam or pasta.
How much does it cost to run a breadmaker?
Making bread in a breadmaker doesn’t cost much, as they don’t consume much energy. Using the standard program to make a white loaf costs, on average, five pence, and uses around 0.34 kWh of electricity. To put this into perspective, boiling one litre of water in an average kettle uses 0.11 kWh.
During our breadmaker tests, we’ve found that there’s a maximum difference of between three or four pence per use between the best breadmakers and worst machines on test.
The Which? breadmakers review has more information about breadmaker running costs.
How long does it take to bake a loaf in a breadmaker?
It takes between three and four hours to bake a large white loaf on a breadmaker's standard program. And the quickest rapid-bake program will give you a loaf in less than an hour.
Wholemeal bread takes longer, with most breadmakers baking a loaf in just less than four hours. Baking a cake in a breadmaker takes about an hour once you’ve mixed the ingredients.
Check the Which? breadmaker reviews to see how long each model takes to bake different types of loaf.
How reliable are breadmakers?
Whichever breadmaker you buy, you want one that’s reliable, so we include breadmakers as part of our small domestic appliances reliability survey.
We’ve surveyed more than 13,700 Which? members about their kettles, toasters, irons and breadmakers to find the most reliable brands.
We’ve compiled the views of more than 5,000 members about their breadmakers to bring you reliability ratings for the top breadmaker brands.
Find out which one will last the longest, before you part with your money, in our breadmakers reliability survey results.