Which? verdict on cheap and big-name breadmakersPlus new results for nine of the latest models
11 June 2010
Which? has unleashed its latest breadmaker reviews, including our expert verdict on budget breadmakers priced from as little as £30.
Our breadmaker review now includes models costing between £30 and £130, covering models from well-known high street shops including Argos, Next, Tesco and Sainsburys, as well as breadmakers from popular brands such as Russell Hobbs, Breville, Morphy Richards and Littlewoods' Swan.
To help you find the best breadmaker, our reviews now cover almost 30 of the most popular models.
How much does it cost to run a breadmaker?
Do you wonder how much your breadmaker is costing you? After years of extensive breadmaker testing, we've compiled a summary of breadmaker energy costs and consumption for making white, wholemeal and seeded loaves.
To find out how much it costs to run a breadmaker, heading straight to the breadmaker FAQs section of our review.
Latest test results
Which? breadmaker expert Lisa Galliers says: 'Our breadmaker testing is usually dominated by Panasonic, Kenwood and Morphy Richards, so it's great to see some well-known high street brands entering the market.
'But, can they match up to the market leaders in terms of performance? In our latest round of testing we have one new Best Buy but some of the others were pretty unimpressive.'
How we test breadmakers
To test breadmakres, we focus on how good breadmakers are at making loaves. We make white and brown bread, as well as jam and cakes, if the models have features for these.
We test out the basic, delay and rapid-bake settings to find out which are the best breadmakers. We also use seeded packet mixes to see how well the breadmakers cope at mixing seeds into a loaf. We check to see if they are evenly distributed or if any have been crushed up during the process.
We also rate the bread for a range of criteria including taste, texture, appearance, crust and aroma.
Which breadmaker is best?
Need help choosing the best breadmaker? Head straight to our free breadmakers buying guide and watch a video guide to buying the best breadmaker, find out what to look for in a breadmaker and the benefits of buying one.