Does fan-assisted baking, or adding yeast separately, make better bread? We’ve tested brand new breadmakers from Panasonic and Kenwood to find out – and the results are in.
Innovation has flooded the breadmaker market recently. Panasonic launched its ‘Ultimate’ breadmaking machine earlier this year, featuring a separate yeast dispenser, and Kenwood now offers fan-assisted breadmaking on its two new models.
Best breadmakers revealed
Both additions to the humble breadmaker should mean better quality bread, but does it? We whisked these models to our test lab and now reveal full test results in our breadmaker reviews
If you’re new to breadmakers, check out our breadmaker video buying guide for expert tips on what to look for.
The Which? verdict
Which? breadmakers expert Lisa Galliers says: ‘We’ve just tested a complete range of breadmakers from top-end brands costing well over £100 to entry-level models that cost much less. When we test breadmakers they need to make good-quality bread, consistently, whatever innovative extras they come with.
‘Not only do we inspect the bread that’s baked, we also make sure the measuring tools included are up to the job, and make sure the appliances are easy to use.
‘Only the very best breadmakers are recommended as Which? Best Buys – find out which seven models we recommend in our breadmakers reviews area.’
At the other end of the scale, we’ve tested the Argos Value breadmaker and the Tesco BMS10 breadmaker. Costing less than £40 the Argos and Tesco models are among the cheapest breadmakers available.
For less than half the price of models from some of the bigger brands, you could be waking up to freshly made bread every morning – but is the bread worth waking up for? Our full tests results show whether it’s dough well spent, or not.
Our latest breadmaker test also rates the latest models from Panasonic, including the SD-2500 (pictured), which replaces the popular SD-256 breadmaker.
Most reliable breadmakers revealed
Earlier this year we surveyed over 13,700 Which? members about their kettles, toasters, irons and breadmakers to find out which brands are the most reliable.
We’ve compiled the views of more than 5,000 members about their breadmakers to bring you breadmaker reliability ratings for the top brands.
You can also find out which brands are most and least popular with their owners in our breadmakers owners’ views.
The most popular brands of breadmaker achieve customer scores of 85% while the least popular brands only just make it past 50%.