If you’re looking for the best breadmaker to unleash your inner Paul Hollywood over the festive period, we’ve picked our favourites for you to choose from.
Is there anything better than the smell of freshly baked bread? From the way we lurk around the bakery section at our local supermarket, we’d say not. And what could be better than bringing that very smell into your own home with a breadmaker?
Every single breadmaker in this round up has been thoroughly tested by the Trusted Reviews team to make sure it holds up to its claims, but we’ve also included some buying tips below so you know what to look out for.
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Best breadmaker – What to look out for
It’s worth keeping an eye out for a few key features in your hunt for a breadmaker. For instance, most machines offer three loaf sizes, but some compact models offer only one or two. Your breadmaker should also have a minimum of around a dozen programs including white, brown and wholemeal loaves.
Many breadmakers offer ‘fast-bake’ programs too. Though make sure you keep an eye out when considering these as some only have fast recipes for white loaves – not very helpful if you only eat wholemeal bread. Also, check how fast the programs are, as some machines can make a large white in less than an hour, while others take longer.
Avoid any breadmaker that doesn’t have a timer delay. These are handy for baking bread that’s ready just in time for breakfast or your return from work. Other extra perks can include a seed dispenser to drop seeds at just the right time, a yeast dispenser and a kneading blade for loaves that use rye flour.
If you’re gluten-intolerant, look out for one with a special program designed for gluten-free bread mixes. More advanced models might also have dough programs for everything from pizza to ciabatta and croissant dough.
Scroll down to see our current picks of the best breadmakers money can buy.