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Last updated: 13 June 2017

Breadmaking at home is back in vogue – there's nothing quite like the smell, taste and texture of a freshly baked loaf of bread in your kitchen. We lab test and review breadmakers to help you find the best breadmaker for you. Our breadmaker buying guide will help you decide which type you need, and how we test explains how we come up with our results.

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Our test covers nine breadmakers, priced between $109 and $399.

Our expert testers give every breadmaker a thorough workout to find the models that are:

  • best at making bread from scratch
  • best at making bread from pre-mix
  • best at making gluten-free bread from pre-mix
  • best at making rye bread from pre-mix
  • the easiest to use.

We also give you good and bad points for each model, and our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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Overall score

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The overall score is made up of performance (70%) and ease of use (30%).

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Multigrain made from premix score

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We compare the machine's performance when making 1kg wholemeal multigrain loaves from a Laucke pre-mix (widely available in most major supermarkets). Where available, we use the breadmaker's instructions for the pre-mix, otherwise we use the pre-mix manufacturer's instructions. We visually assess the loaves for even crust colour, shape, uniformity of mixing, grain distribution, crust and crumb texture – looking for small and evenly distributed bubbles.

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Multigrain made from scratch score

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We make a 1kg loaf of multigrain bread from scratch following the manufacturer's instructions. We visually assess the loaves for even crust colour, shape, uniformity of mixing, grain distribution, crust and crumb texture – looking for small and evenly distributed bubbles.

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Ease of use score

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We assess general ease of use. How easy it is to load and unload, whether the paddle gets stuck in the loaf, viewing through the window. We also assess how intuitive the controls, labels and features are, and how easy the machines are to clean.

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Rye bread premix score

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We compare the machine's performance when making rye bread loaves from a Laucke pre-mix (widely available in most major supermarkets). Where available, we use the breadmaker's instructions for the pre-mix, otherwise we use the pre-mix manufacturer's instructions. We visually assess the loaves for even crust colour, shape, uniformity of mixing, crust and crumb texture – looking for small and evenly distributed bubbles.

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Features

Delay start

Dough setting

Cake setting

Jam setting

Wholewheat setting

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  • Recommended
  • Overall score
  • Performance score
  • Rye bread premix score
  • Multigrain made from scratch score
  • Multigrain made from premix score
  • Gluten free premix score
  • Ease of use score
  • Time taken from scratch (hh:mm)
  • Time taken from premix (hh:mm)
  • Multigrain from scratch energy use (kWh)
  • Multigrain pre-mix energy use (kWh)
  • Average energy cost per loaf
  • Good points
  • Bad points
  • Temperature (°C) of the sides/lid/controls
  • Loaf shape
  • Keep warm function
  • Price
  • Brand
  • Model
  • Loaf size options (g)
  • Crust colour options
  • Delay start
  • Automatic fruit and nut dispenser
  • Fruit and nut beeper
  • Progress indicator
  • Removable lid
  • Viewing window
  • Power interruption protection
  • Basic white setting
  • Basic rapid or turbo setting
  • Wholewheat setting
  • Wholewheat rapid setting
  • Sweet setting
  • French setting
  • Yeast-free setting
  • Jam setting
  • Bake only setting
  • Pasta dough setting
  • Pizza dough setting
  • Dough setting
  • Cake setting
  • Damper setting
  • Continental/Italian/Crusty setting
  • Sandwich/loaf setting
  • Gluten-free setting
  • Exterior dimensions (cm, WxDxH)
  • Bread tin dimensions (cm, WxDxH)
  • Warranty (years)
  • Origin
  • Contact
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