Are Panasonic bread makers any good?
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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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.
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.