SDZB-2502BXC Bread Maker
Paddle problems, inconsistent performance and broken fruit-and-nut dispensers are the most common bread maker problems, according to our survey of 1,650 owners.
Knowing which brands develop the most faults can be vital when choosing a new kitchen gadget. That's why we asked thousands of Which? Connect panel members to tell us how pleased they are with their bread maker, whether they'd recommend it, and whether they've experienced any problems with it.
We've got data on the biggest bread maker brands including Kenwood, Morphy Richards and Panasonic – so you can see which ones you can reply on to bake a brilliant loaf, and which ones you should steer clear of.
The table below summarises this year's results. Brands are ranked by their customer score, which reveals how satisfied owners are with their bread makers and how likely they are to recommend them, plus how each brand's bread makers score on average in our independent lab tests.
|Brand||Average score in our lab tests||Satisfaction rating||Customer loyalty||% faulty||Value for money||Customer score|
As the chart below reveals, there's a clear difference between the brand with the highest customer score (89%) and the lowest (66%). There are also big gaps between average test scores, and the proportion of models our panel told us they experienced problems with.
|Average test score||81%||72%|
We've pulled together our survey data and independent test results, along with insight from our bread maker expert, to give you the lowdown on each brand covered by our survey.
Read on to find out the pros and cons of each brand, and which ones are worth buying.
The brands are ordered by their customer score, which reveals whether owners are satisfied with the brand and if they'd recommend it to others.
There's nothing shocking about the three most common bread maker problems reported on in our survey:
Choosing a high-scoring model from a brand with a low fault rate should help you to avoid some of these problems.
However, paddle issues are easy to solve and don't need to be a problem. When we test bread makers, we check whether the paddle sticks, leaving a large hole in the bread. We also check the consistency of baking. We’re looking for bread that's risen and baked evenly, and has a light and springy texture inside. For those that make the best, see our shortlist of the .
You can usually buy spare mixing paddles, and if you're getting inconsistent results it's worth checking basic things such as whether your yeast is still in date, and that you're following the recipe exactly. Even the temperature of your kitchen might have an effect on bread making.
A broken fruit-and-nut dispenser doesn't spell the end for your bread maker. While it's frustrating and shouldn't happen, you can add extra ingredients manually instead.
We have a wealth of information on popular bread maker brands.
Every two years, we ask the Which? Connect panel members to tell us about their experiences with a range household appliances – from how likely they'd be to recommend a brand to a friend, to how long a product lasted before it developed a problem.
This year, more than 12,000 survey participants told us about more than 38,000 products, including 1,650 bread makers.
Our survey results, combined with our independent testing data, mean we can give you an unrivalled insight into the bread maker brands you should opt for.
Already decided which bread maker brand you want? Use the links below to go straight to our full test reviews, to see which bread makers will make dreamy bread, and which will turn your dough into a disappointing nightmare.
Last checked: July 2021.