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Breadmaker reviews

Last updated: 01 October 2013

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 the top models 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 $100 and $350.

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
  • the easiest to use.

We also give you good and bad points for each model, and the running cost of each breadmaker to cook a loaf of bread. 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 multigrain loaf made from scratch (35%), multigrain loaf made from pre-mix (35%) and ease of use (30%).

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Features

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Dough setting
Cake setting
Jam setting
Wholewheat setting

Test results

Multigrain made from premix
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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
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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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We assess how easy the bread tins are to remove and replace, how easy it is to remove the loaf, how intuitive the controls, labels and features are, and how easy the machines are to clean.

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  • Overall score
  • Multigrain made from scratch
  • Multigrain made from premix
  • Gluten-free premix
  • Ease of use
  • Time taken from scratch (hh:mm)
  • Time taken premix (hh:mm)
  • Multigrain from scratch energy use (kWh)
  • Multigrain pre-mix energy use (kWh)
  • Average energy cost per loaf
  • Good points
  • Bad points
  • Recommended
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  • Loaf size options (g)
  • Loaf shape
  • Crust colour options
  • Delay start
  • Automatic fruit and nut dispenser
  • 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
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