Are Panasonic bread makers any good?
By Haddi Browne
We reveal our verdict on Panasonic bread makers. Before you buy, find out if this popular brand really is your best bet
If you're thinking of buying a Panasonic bread maker, this guide will tell you all you need to know about how they compare with other brands in our tough lab tests, if they'll last and whether Panasonic owners rate their bread makers highly or not.
Panasonic is a popular brand of bread maker, and its models sit near the top of the market in terms of price. The cheapest Panasonic bread maker is nearly £90, but for a top-of-the-range one you could pay over £200.
They're often packed with innovative features and make a wide range of bread doughs and other products, including jam, scones and pizza dough. But fancy extras aside, do they excel at the basics of making good loaves?
Our verdict on Panasonic bread makers
Our table reveals how well Panasonic bread makers have scored in our tough bread maker tests and the definitive Which? verdict on whether Panasonic bread makers are worth spending your money on.
Discover how reliable Panasonic bread makers are based on answers from a survey of nearly 1,000 bread maker owners. We can also tell you how satisfied Panasonic owners are with their bread maker and whether they would recommend it to a friend.
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|Table notes: Customer score and reliability ratings based on a survey of 697 Panasonic bread maker owners in April 2019. The customer score combines owners' satisfaction with their bread maker brand and how likely they'd be to recommend it to a friend. Loyalty score shows how many people bought from the same brand again. Number of models tested, average score and score range correct as of July 2019.|
See all our Panasonic bread maker reviews to compare scores and find the best for your budget.
How to choose the best Panasonic bread maker
Panasonic has seven bread makers in its range. Five of these have a system that automatically dispenses ingredients – handy if you want to make bread with fruit, nuts or seeds. Most also make cake, jam and pasta. If that's something you're interested in, look out for the models with this functionality.
Panasonic bread makers are some of the priciest models around, but the more basic models can be found for £75-£100, which isn't so bad. If you aren't fussed about specialist settings for rustic breads and other extras, opt for a cheaper model and shop around for the best deal.
We have found differences between models though, with one model falling behind in our testing compared to others. Check our Panasonic bread maker reviews to compare scores.
If you like a rustic rounded loaf, it's worth looking at the Panasonic Croustina, which has an innovative oval tin for bakery-style loaves.
One thing to watch out for with Panasonic bread makers
Baking times on Panasonic bread makers are some of the longest we have tested, but if you're setting it to bake overnight (making use of the timer delay so that you wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread), then this probably won't bother you too much. We've found that longer bake times can be worth the wait, as rapid bakes tend to lead to less stellar results, so it's worth being patient on this front.
Get more tips on choosing the right bread maker for you in our full bread maker buying guide.
Best Panasonic bread makers
We reveal the two top-scoring Panasonic bread makers below. You'll need to log in or sign up to Which? to see which models we recommend.
This is our favourite Panasonic bread maker. It scored better than the other Panasonic models we've tested, so if you want the best Panasonic bread machine around, this is the one to go for. It's quite pricey, but it has plenty of extra features to help you experiment with different breads and doughs.
Panasonic bread makers tend to do well in our tests, and this model didn't disappoint. We loved the white bread it baked in our test kitchen - both on the standard and delay timer setting. Wholemeal loaves come out well too. And it's very easy to use and clean.
Not found the right model for you? Head to our bread maker reviews to compare all the latest models and find the best option for your budget.