Breadmakers review 2007

If there’s no bakery nearby, why not make your own bread?
 
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  • Updated:9 Jul 2007
 

03.Product profiles

Product profiles - the best

Models in the What to buy list are profiled in rank order.

PANASONIC SD-251

Discontinued

Price: $249
Horizontal loaf

Good points

  • Equal-highest score for white bread made from scratch.
  • Very good at premix bread.
  • Excellent fruit distribution.
  • Blade/paddle is easy to remove.
  • Progress indicator.

Bad points

  • Has programs for relatively few bread types and other foods, though it’s worth checking the instruction manual for alternative ways to achieve different types.
  • No cord storage.
  • The program display can be a little confusing.
  • No viewing window.
  • The lid can only be removed for cleaning by removing screws.

BREVILLE BB290

Price: $170
Vertical loaf

Good points

  • Equal-highest score for white bread made from scratch, using basic ingredients.
  • Excellent fruit distribution.
  • Has programs for yeast-free bread and pasta dough, unlike many others in the test.
  • Controls are easy to use.
  • Instructions are easy to understand, and excellent recipes.

Bad points

  • No progress indicator.
  • Blade/paddle can be difficult to remove.
  • The lid can only be removed for cleaning by removing screws.
  • No fruit and nut dispenser. 

SUNBEAM BM2100

Cheap and No Frills

Price: $100
Vertical loaf

Good points

  • A good score for white bread made both from scratch and with a premix.
  • Very good fruit distribution.
  • A very good price.
  • Compact and easy to store.

Bad points

  • Has programs for relatively few bread types and other products, though it’s worth checking the instruction manual for alternative ways to achieve different types.
  • No delayed start/timer or progress indicator.
  • No cord storage.
  • Equal-lowest ease of use score.
  • No choice of crust colour.
  • Only one size of loaf (750 g); all the other models can deliver a bigger loaf.

BREVILLE BB420

Price: $250
Horizontal loaf

Good points

  • Good result for making white bread from scratch.
  • Excellent fruit distribution.
  • Bread tin can be positioned either way round.
  • Easy to understand instructions and excellent recipes.
  • Removable lid for ease of cleaning.
  • Cord storage.
  • Fruit and nut dispenser.
  • Internal light for easy viewing.

Bad points

  • Bread tin can be fiddly to insert and sometimes difficult to remove.
  • Blade/paddle can be difficult to remove from pan.

GEORGE FOREMAN GFBM1000

Price: $250
Horizontal loaf

Good points

  • Equal best ease of use score.
  • Very good result for premix bread.
  • Blade/paddle is easy to remove.
  • Progress indicator.
  • Removable lid.
  • Good shape for storage.

Bad points

  • No cord storage.
  • No fruit and nut dispenser.

SUNBEAM BM7800

Price: $199
Horizontal loaf

Good points

  • Equal best ease of use score.
  • Fruit and nut dispenser.
  • Removable lid.
  • Progress indicator.
  • Cord storage.
  • Quick reference help cards stored in unit.
  • Can program favourite recipes.

Bad points

  • Awkward shape to store.

PANASONIC SD-253

Discontinued

Price: $289
Horizontal loaf

Good points

  • Excellent fruit distribution.
  • Fruit and nut dispenser.
  • Progress indicator.
  • Good result for white bread premix.

Bad points

  • Equal lowest ease of use score.
  • Bread can stick to lid, difficult to clean.
  • No cord storage.
  • The program display can be a little confusing.
  • No viewing window.
  • Lid can only be removed by removing screws for cleaning.

BREVILLE BB280

Price: $100
Horizontal loaf

Good points

  • Equal best ease of use score.
  • Light weight.
  • One of the cheapest tested.

Bad points

  • Lowest overall score.
  • Blade/paddle can be difficult to remove.
  • No fruit and nut dispenser.
  • No cord storage.
 

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