10 best breadmakers

Get freshly-baked loaves without hours in the kitchen. IndyBest test machines to get your daily fix

There is no nicer smell to wake up to in the morning than freshly baked bread. The good news about a breadmaker is that it takes all the hard work and hassle out of it and many can even do their work while you are asleep. It can also work out cheaper than buying a supermarket loaf. So whether you are an adventurous bread-baker who is keen on experimenting or you just want an easy-to-use machine to cover the basics, read on to find out our favourites.

{1} Lakeland Breadmaker Plus: £129.99, lakeland.co.uk


The touchscreen could be more responsive, but that’s our only fault with this easy-to-use breadmaker that produces great quality loaves of all sizes. It’s particularly good for speciality bakes – there’s a fruit and seed dispenser and a stand for making baguettes.

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{2} Cusinart Automatic Breadmaker: £150, cuisinart.co.uk


Plus points include the 12 pre-programmed settings and a gluten-free recipe. We also like the fact that the bread pan is dishwasher-safe. Our loaves tasted the business, even if they were a bit uneven.

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{3} Judge Digital Breadmaker: £80, amazon.co.uk


For the price, this one does an efficient job cooking the bread to the colour desired all over – something that is rarer than you might think in the world of bread machines. There are 15 pre-set functions, including a keep-warm facility. It’s a shame there is no recipe book, though.

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{4} Kenwood BM260: £74.99, johnlewis.com


The eco-conscious will love the energy-saving button, which bakes bread in just under an hour-and-a-half and it’s less technical to operate than some machines. The browning and crumb texture are both impressive and it has consistently good results, despite not being the quietest on the list.

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{5} My Kitchen Compact Breadmaker: £59.99, lakeland.co.uk


Here’s a good-value, space-saving option. It makes excellent loaves, with a good crust and crumb texture and the delay setting works well too. There’s a knack to removing the bread pan, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll be fine.

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{6} Russell Hobbs 18036: £49.50, tesco.com


Here’s another compact machine that makes a decent loaf and you can choose three crust colour settings and three loaf sizes, as well as a gluten-free setting. The control panel wasn’t as clear as some, but for this price it does the job.

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{7} Lakeland Small Space Bread Machine: £99.99, lakeland.co.uk


If you lack surface space, look no further. This has all the fancy features of its bulker rival machines, with 12 pre-programmed settings from basic white through to gluten-free, ultra-fast and even cake. But crucially, it is much smaller and quieter than others.

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{8} Panasonic SD-2501: £129, amazon.co.uk


This might not have a viewing window but it does make consistently great and neat-looking bread that is worth the wait (five hours for a wholemeal loaf). There’s a handy automatic fruit and nut dispenser for speciality breads, as well as gluten-free and rye programmes. You can even make jam.

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{9} Morphy Richards  White Manual Breadmaker: £62.99, morphyrichards.co.uk


Morphy Richards makes a number of breadmakers, but this is our favourite because it’s easy to use, produces bread with a good crumb texture and slightly quicker than other models. Even the packet mixes come out really well.

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{10} Andrew James Premium Breadmaker with Integrated Scales: £79.99, andrewjamesworldwide.com


This not only has 12 pre-set programmes including wholewheat, gluten-free, cake, dough and jam, but it has a built-in battery operated digital scales which can also be used independently. The toughened glass viewing window means you can watch your bread baking and there are light, medium or dark crust settings.

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Verdict: Our tests revealed that Lakeland stands out in the bread making world. The Lakeland Breadmaker Plus is outstanding for more adventurous types, whilst My Kitchen Compact Breadmaker is a fantastic buy for anyone who wants to combine space saving with money saving.

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