Bready or not, here they crumb: FoodTribe’s 2020 guide to the best breadmakers
Question: can you think of a better aroma than freshly baked bread? Nope, us neither.
If you’re jumping on the COVID-19 home bread making trend, we’ve got you covered. From nutty loaves to cakes and brioche, let our FoodTribe list guide you to the best breadmakers on the market today.
The all-rounder one: Morphy Richards Homebake Breadmaker
Looking for a good all-rounder of a machine that sets you back less than £100? Say hello to the Morphy Richards Homebake Breadmaker. This doughy device has all sorts of settings to help you tailor your loaf sizes, crust requirements and more – plus 14 programs for wholewheat, gluten-free and fast bake breads (amongst lots and lots of other things). BONUS: it can also make jam. And cakes. Amaze.
It might be a little bit on the noisy side when it's bashing and pounding your dough around, but it does make quick work of it. Plus, there's nothing more satisfying than spying on your rising bundle of bready joy through the little window on the top. Welcome to the world, little one.
The gluten-free one: Tower Digital Breadmaker
The Tower Digital Breadmaker is this snazzy little kitchen cuboid's name – and gluten-free bread is its game. Plus, with sourdough and ferment settings, it's perfect for those who like to add a bit of pizazz to their loaves.
But it's not just gluten-free bakes you'll get with this shiny piece of kit at your side. At the touch of a, erm, touchscreen, it can churn out all sorts: we're talking soft bread, sweet bread, natural sourdough, wholewheat bread, sugar-free bread, multigrain bread aaaaaand cake (to name but a few). Not only that, but you choose different sizes and different colours to suit your mood/level of hunger.
The top-rated one: Panasonic SDZB2512 bread maker
If you've been doing your bread machine research, chances are you'll have seen this cheeky little number on the rounds from online review to online review. And that wouldn't be surprising, really. Because it's really, really good.
Yep, the Panasonic SDZB2512 really does live up to those rave reviews. Fire it up and it'll consistently churn out de-lish loaves every time, thanks to its nifty little automatic yeast dispenser (which always gets its timings just right). As one Amazon testimonial declares, "Wow oh wow. It is amazing."
The non-slip one: AUCMA Automatic Fastbake Bread Maker
Never heard of AUCMA? Don't let that put you off this great little bread making machine. The Automatic Fastbake Bread Maker's got a whole heap of settings to choose from (including 'basic bread', 'quick bread' and something exciting called 'ultra fast bread'), plus anti-slip feet to stop it wriggling around all over the place while it's doing its thing.
When you've had enough of making (and eating) all the bread under the sun, you might want to try on the AUCMA's jam-making facility for size. Because, as the product description on Amazon says, "bread needs cooperation with jam". Quite.
The wild card: Tefal Cake Factory
So it might not be your average, run-of-the-mill bread baking device, but hear us out. If you're keen on whipping up a huge variety of fluffy, light bakes – and you've got a bit of a sweet tooth – the Tefal Cake Factory could be the little helper you never knew you needed.
Let me just rattle off a few of the things you can make with this baby: crumble. Lava cake. Cupcakes. And wait, there's more! Download the app and you'll be treated to a whopping 200 recipes to try. Plus, it makes bread. So that's why it's on the list.
The clever one: Breville Custom Loaf Bread Maker
Now this is a clever piece of kit. Another trusty bread making gadget with glowing reviews all over the internet, the Breville Custom Loaf Bread Maker is not only easy to use, but it's also great at making all kinds of loaves.
You can rely on the automatic fruit and nut dispenser to fling in your favourite extras at the opportune moment, and the roster of automatic programs includes 'yeast-free', 'crusty loaf' 'dough/pasta' (yes, pasta) and 'jam'. Think you know better? You can create your own recipes for a little added 'je ne sais quoi'.
The one with all the options: Zojirushi Home Bakery Maestro Breadmaker
It's time to get specific all up in here. Enter: the Zojirushi Home Bakery Maestro Breadmaker. This one's a right little know-it-all (in the best way possible), and can bestow you with special courses for special diets (gluten free, salt free, sugar free and vegan) as well as cool stuff like doughnuts, tortillas and pizza dough.
The 'Quick Course' setting will have you eating a delicious fluffy loaf in just two hours and twenty minutes – and the snappily named 'Crust Control' is there to help you choose your perfect level of crust brownage. Plus, this one gets bonus points for the cute elephant logo.
The 'revolutionary' one: Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Plus Breadmaker
Hold up – it's another Zojirushi. And it's another blinder of a breadmaker, too. How's it different? Well, this one has two kneading blades (as opposed to the Maestro's one blade) and a special, 'revolutionary' built-in heating element for the most yum-ptious crust around.
The Virtuoso Plus Breadmaker is a bit more robust and weighty than the Maestro, too, with a larger capacity for bigger bakes. Plus, if you simply can't wait to see your doughy creation come to life, it's got an ever-useful viewing window for spying on your fledgling bakes.
The really simple one: Bureze SKG Automatic Bread Machine
Don't possess the most dazzling bread making skills around? Looking for a bread maker that's simple to use? The Bureze SKG Automatic Bread Machine could be just what you're after.
Designed for maximum convenience, this little beauty comes with instructions on how to make ‘simple bread’ – which comes out as authentic as if you had made it with your own fair hands. Not only that, but it's also got a setting that can make quick bread in as little as an hour – perfect for all those last-minute bready needs.