Principle of operation
The bread maker is designed for making bakery products at home with minimal time and effort. The user is only required to load all the components in accordance with the recipe and select the program.
After that smart machine:
- knead the dough on its own;
- create ideal conditions for it to rise;
- knead it again;
- and again allows you to “approach”;
- will keep the loaf warm for at least one hour.
The debate about what is more profitable: buying bread in a store or baking it yourself, does not subside. However, no one doubts that homemade cakes are tastier. And in the composition of a store product, one cannot be 100% sure — you never know what the manufacturer could add and “forget” to indicate on the label. But you will not doubt the quality of your own baked loaf.
Differences between expensive and cheap models
The most significant differences between these two models are the quality of parts and the number of functions offered to the customer. The first point requires a serious approach, while the second is not very important, especially for beginner bakers. If you want to buy a bread maker that will fully pay for itself and give a pleasant operation — reviews on how to choose a stove from real users will be a good guide.
Expensive or budgetary is a loose concept, since they all have different quality and set of functions. If inexpensive models provide basic functions and perform well for domestic purposes, expensive ones can perform not only the functionality of the stove, but also multicookers.
If you often encounter problems associated with electricity, you should give preference to stoves with a margin of memory. After a failure, they will be able to continue the process from the minute it was interrupted.
In addition, a high price is not a guarantee of a quality product and delicious bread. After studying user comments and videos, you can understand that middle-class models also have good characteristics, and it is quite possible to choose them.
Rating of the best devices
The ranking of the best bread makers is based on user reviews and frequency of purchase.
- Morphy Richards Premium Plus 502000
The all-in-one has 19 programs for almost any kind of bread, from white wheat to gluten-free. In addition, the model can prepare fruit casseroles, jams and other desserts. The instructions contain more than 40 recipes for every taste. The device supports the choice of the weight of the finished product — 450, 680 and 900 g — and allows you to determine the degree of browning of the crust.
The model is equipped with a dispenser. With it, the bread maker automatically adds nuts or dried fruits during dough kneading. There is a timer to delay the start of cooking up to 12 hours. The express mode function allows you to get a freshly baked loaf in 70–85 minutes.
The cost is 14,990 rubles.
- Philips Daily collection HD9015/30
Ready to bake a loaf weighing 750 or 1,000 gr. Equipped with 12 working programs for baking, kneading dough, making jam, cakes. There is a function of delayed start for 13 hours and maintaining the temperature of the product for 1 hour.
This model from Philips belongs to the category of inexpensive and costs 6,000 rubles.
A compact device with a wide range of possibilities: 19 modes, choice of weight (max. 1 kg) and color of the crust, delay start by 15 hours, saving settings during a power failure for 10 minutes. Comfortable use of the Redmond bread machine is provided by an electronic control panel, a display with a countdown to completion, a viewing window and a sound signal.
Price — 6,200 rubles.
A high-tech device from a famous company with a power of 830 watts. Among the 14 modes, you will surely find the right one for you, and if not, then there is the possibility of creating and saving 9 recipes.
The maximum loaf size is 1,250 g, but you can set a smaller weight among the four options. In the event of a power outage, the program is saved for 60 minutes. The built-in dispenser, illumination, protection against children do operation reliable and safe.
For the Bork brand, you need to pay 26,900 rubles.
10 more popular models:
- Gorenje BM910W for 3,990 rubles.
- Moulinex Pain & Tresors Met OW251E32 for 10,990 rubles.
- Gorenje BM1600WG for 6,490 rubles.
- Moulinex PainPlaisir OW220830 for 8,490 rubles.
- Moulinex OW250132 Pain & Tresors for 7,390 rubles.
- Moulinex OW240E30 Pain & Delices for 8,290 rubles.
- Philips Daily collection HD9015/30 for 6990 rub.
- Midea BM-220Q3‑W for 4,590 rubles.
- Kenwood OWBM250011 for 8,990 rubles.
- Redmond RBM-1912 for 5,490 rubles.
How to choose a bread machine in 2021: we understand the main characteristics and features
A bread maker is a well-known, but still not very popular kitchen appliance. The relatively low popularity of bread machines is obvious: this appliance is highly specialized (in addition to bread itself, not many different dishes can be cooked in a bread machine), and the baking process, although quite simple, still requires some effort (at least accuracy in measuring volume/weight of ingredients).
Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Plus is a good bread maker, but, alas, not available for the Russian market
Let’s take a look at modern bread makers and figure out how to choose the most successful model and how they basically differ.
Bread machine device
Before moving on to choosing a bread maker, let’s take a look at how these kitchen appliances work.
Structurally, the bread maker is very similar to a conventional multicooker: it also has a food bowl and a control unit with a set of built-in programs that allow you to turn on the appliance in various modes (usually a combination of a certain temperature and time during which it will be maintained).
The main difference is that the bread machine is equipped with a motor that drives special blades. Thanks to these blades, the contents of the bowl (dough) are mixed.
It is clear that such a similarity of the two devices implies that the bread machine can partially take over the functions of a multicooker. This applies not only to the “Baking” mode, but also to the “Stew” mode, on which you can cook stewed vegetables and meat. The bread maker also often has a “Jam” program, designed to make jams and jams, as well as a “Yogurt” program, with which you can turn milk into yogurt or sour cream.
In general, as we can see, the similarities between a slow cooker and a bread machine are quite large: a bread machine can take on part of the work of a slow cooker, and a slow cooker, in turn, can act as a bread machine (for example, you can cook charlotte in it).
Let’s now take a look at how different models of bread makers differ from each other and how to choose the most suitable model.
When choosing a bread machine, you need to remember that homemade bread, as a rule, will go stale faster than store-bought. It is advisable to eat it within a couple of days, no longer. Accordingly, it is advisable to choose a bread machine, taking into account the volume of the working bowl and the number of family members who will eat bread. It is believed that 500–750 g of finished products are enough for 1–2 people, a loaf weighing 800‑1300 g will be enough for a family of 3–4 people, and 1.5 kg of bread is required for four people (or more).
Bread machine Redmond RBM-M1920 with a baking weight of 500/750 g
Fortunately, today there are many models of bread machines on the market that can cook pastries weighing from 500 grams to almost two kilograms in one run.
It is quite rare to find interchangeable forms for baking bread, allowing you to adjust the weight of the loaf depending on actual needs.
Power and power consumption
The power of the bread machine is directly related to its performance. In most cases, you do not need to worry about this parameter: the power of the device will be sufficient. That is, you will not be able to purchase a device with insufficient power to cook the desired volume of baking. More powerful appliances can be more “fast” — perhaps this is the only significant difference between high-power and low-power bread machines.
Where difficulties may arise is when determining the power of the built-in motor that mixes the dough. The fact is that most bread machines adequately cope with the usual, not too thick dough, however, if you want to knead a more complex (dense) dough (for example, for dumplings) with it, then not every appliance will cope with this task. And with the densest dough — perhaps not a single bread machine can fully cope (there are special planetary mixers for this).
Starwind SBR4163: 550 W is enough power to bake 500/750 g of bread
Therefore, if you want to use the bread maker as a device for kneading dense dough, then it will not be superfluous to pay attention to such a parameter as motor power. Or, at least, read the reviews of users who have already tested this device in real operation.
As for energy consumption, it is directly related to power: the more “serious” and productive device you want to buy at home, the more electricity it will spend. However, in any case, the bread machine will be more economical than a full-size oven. Residents of Russia will not be able to seriously save on electricity, of course. But in other countries, where electricity prices are much higher, this parameter may be very relevant.
The bowl and its shape
The most popular bread machine manufacturers are rectangular shapes that allow you to bake ordinary “brick” bread. However, this solution is not the only one: if necessary, you can purchase a bread machine with a round bowl that bakes round loaves, or a special form with two chambers that allows you to bake two loaves at once. You can even find special inserts designed for the simultaneous preparation of four baguettes or buckets for baking Easter cakes.
A much more important parameter for a bowl is the material from which it is made and the type of non-stick coating. Unfortunately, almost every manufacturer advertises their products to the best of their ability: the bowl is positioned as the lightest, and the non-stick coating is the most non-stick and scratch-resistant. Of course, you can’t take this word for it, therefore, when choosing a bread machine, it will not be superfluous to read the reviews of those users who have already become the owner of the model you are interested in.
At the bottom of the bowl is a special removable mixer blade. In large models, you can also find two mixers that provide the best mixing. Mixers, as well as the bowl, are covered with a non-stick coating, and in most cases they are “baked” into a loaf of bread: they will have to be removed from the finished product using a special hook that can be found with the appliance.
Extended equipment: several bowls for one bread machine at once
Some manufacturers put additional mixers in the box with the device, designed to solve additional tasks (for example, you can find special mixers for making jam). In our opinion, these solutions are redundant: with all the tasks that can be entrusted to a bread machine, the most ordinary mixers (blades) will quite adequately cope.
Number of built-in programs and recipe book
The number of built-in programs determines how multifunctional our bread machine will be. Accordingly, a suitable (large) set of programs is one of the key parameters by which the versatility of the device should be evaluated.
For budget models, a good result is the presence of 8–12 different programs, while more expensive bread machines can have up to two dozen different programs and modes.
Despite the fact that only a few programs will be enough to cook the most popular types of pastries, the presence of additional modes will not be superfluous. Agree — it is much more pleasant to “find” a program on the device that will allow you to solve a new culinary task than not to find such a mode.
Most programs, as you might guess, are designed for baking different types of bread: wheat, rye, whole grain (from wholemeal flour), gluten-free (from rice, buckwheat flour), sweet, French baguette, bread with additives.
Also, without fail, every self-respecting bread maker can find programs for kneading and proofing dough, a program for baking yeast-free dough and muffins (cakes, muffins or cakes), as well as a program for making jam or jam.
19 programs — not uncommon even for an inexpensive bread machine
Additional programs are usually designed for more highly specialized tasks. These include kneading special doughs for pizza or pasta, stewing vegetables and meats, porridge or dairy products (although it is usually called “Yogurt”, it can also be used to prepare sour cream, curdled milk, matsoni and other dairy products). You can also find programs such as “Soup” and “Pilaf”, although, of course, it is better to use other, more suitable appliances for cooking these dishes.
In addition to standard programs, each bread machine will allow you to make minor changes to the final result. The user is allowed to adjust the degree of browning of the crust, and some devices allow the chef to enter their own program into the memory of the device, which can be indispensable if your favorite bread does not turn out to be perfect in the standard cooking mode.
The presence of a special recipe book will allow you to bake bread immediately after purchasing the device
The keep warm modes at the end of baking, as well as the delay cooking start mode, can be very useful (since the baking process takes considerable time, many people prefer to turn on the bread machine at night to get freshly baked bread for breakfast).
In addition to those listed above, there are other, less significant parameters and characteristics that it makes sense to pay attention to when choosing a bread machine. Let’s list some of them.
The shape of the cabinet looks obvious, but a rectangular appliance will fit better in a kitchen set, while a rounded bread maker will not look too good in a corner.
Cord length — if the appliance is supposed to be installed at some distance from the outlet, then it will not be superfluous to make sure that the length of the complete cord will be enough to easily reach the right place in the kitchen;
Noise level — the bread machine can make quite a lot of noise during the dough kneading stage. This parameter will be the most important for those who are used to (or are going to) run the device at night. Thus, it will not be superfluous to refer to the instructions and find out what noise level is declared by the manufacturer for your device. It is believed that for comfortable use it should not exceed 55–60 dB.
The material of the body of the bread machine is largely decorative, however, in the general case, the body covered with metal sheets will be easier to clean than the usual plastic one. And the “metal” case usually looks more stylish and “solid”.
Bread machine Bork X800: the metal case looks strict and stylish
The choice of mechanical or electronic control, in our opinion, is solely a matter of personal preference. It’s no secret that the popular opinion about the increased reliability of mechanical buttons and switches is nothing more than a myth: in the general case, it is impossible to predict what will be more reliable — mechanical or touch buttons. We would prefer the latter as they have no moving parts and no crevices that dirt or liquid can get into.
The presence of a special dispenser for dry ingredients will free the user from having to add berries or seeds in the middle of the cooking process. If your bread maker does not have it, then you will have to participate in the baking process yourself (as a rule, the device will remind you to add ingredients using a special sound signal). Automation will be especially convenient when using the delay start function (for example, when you turn on the bread machine at night and go to bed yourself).
Resuming operation during a momentary power outage — not all devices are able to continue working if there is a momentary power outage. Ceteris paribus, it is better to pay attention not to the bread machine, which can “remember” what it was doing before the power outage and resume work from the same place where the unexpected stop occurred.
The choice of a bread maker in most cases does not pose a serious problem: most of these devices are quite similar to each other, and, as a rule, the user will have to decide on a small number of parameters: the shape and volume of the bowl (on which the weight of one serving of baking depends), the presence of special programs, as well as the presence of additional specific functions and features, many of which are not needed by everyone.
After that, the potential assortment, as a rule, will be reduced to a small number of models, choosing among which the most suitable one will not be a big problem.
Which store to buy?
It is worth buying bread machines only from reliable sellers, these can be official representatives of manufacturers or household appliances stores:
- M Video
- El Dorado
Do not buy cheap goods from dubious sellers. Often their product is a low-quality fake. Such a technique is made of poor plastic, which releases toxic substances, quickly fails, and the quality of the cooked bread leaves much to be desired.
If you’re on a budget, then buy an inexpensive model with a minimum of features from a reputable seller, and not a cheap device of dubious origin with a bunch of bells and whistles. Save your health and money.
Thoughtfulness when choosing models
It will not be difficult to choose a bread machine for your home, however, you need to try to get a real assistant in solving kitchen worries. Many models, in addition to the main function, support the ability to cook soups, yogurts, sweet treats, cereals and even roasts. To purchase a good bread maker, always consider your needs and further operation. If, in addition to baking bread, you do not plan to use other functions, there is no need to overpay.
The experts of the Test Purchase program recommend choosing bread makers based on their parameters: do not take plastic models, pay attention to the order of laying, bread makers into which liquid must first be poured break more often.
In addition, experts emphasize that the name of the manufacturer does not affect the taste of bread and even the cheapest bread machine can cook deliciously, and therefore it is worth paying for the quality of the device, and not for the brand.
If you choose the right model, taking into account all the basic requirements, then the best bread machine will appear in your kitchen, allowing you not only to bake bread and rolls, but also to make yogurt, butter, jam and knead the dough.
Top 4. REDMOND RBM-1908
The inexpensive REDMOND bread machine will be the best solution for buyers who want a functional and convenient model, but do not plan to spend too much money on it. At a low cost, it has many modern options, there are 19 automatic baking programs, a mode for preparing yogurt, milk porridge, and soup. The ability to maintain the temperature and set a delayed start will please. The maximum brick weight is 750 grams, the model is compact and neat.
5346 rub. / Russia (produced in China) / Baking weight: 750 g
What power bread maker is better to choose?
In all models of bread machines, the power corresponds to the maximum weight of the bread. That is, no matter which model you choose, it will bake the amount of dough that is supposed to. At this point, you don’t have to worry. But the quality of the batch largely depends on the power. Many users have noticed that in “weak” bread machines, the crumb is not so fluffy. An important point is what kind of bread do you prefer.
For white bread
with a small amount of additives, you can limit yourself to low power up to 600 watts. Wheat flour dough is quite light, elastic, easy to knead.
For rye, whole grain bread
it is better to choose a device more powerful. Such a dough is heavier, stickier, it takes more effort to knead it. Models with a power of about 700–800 watts are suitable here.
Advice! Selecting the maximum power if you are going to bake mainly light white bread is impractical. This will not give any visible benefits, but will lead to increased energy consumption.
How much does a good bread maker cost?
The cost of the simplest bread machines with a basic set of programs starts from about 4000 rubles
. For this money you can buy a device of a little-known company. But too cheap a model is not the best option. This is the case when it is better not to save on quality. It is wiser to add 1000–2000 rubles and choose something more reliable and powerful.
At a price of 5000–6000 rubles
you can already look after a simple but high-quality bread machine from well-known brands. It is not worth expecting increased functionality for this money, but the models usually cope with their main task quite well. And 12–15 programs will be enough for baking a variety of types of bread.
An excellent model in all respects can be bought within 7000–9000 rubles
. Everything will be here — various programs and options, good quality of the working bowl, modern appearance, reliability, the ability to bake large loaves of bread from a kilogram. As well as all the useful additions in the form of a dispenser, viewing window, timer, temperature maintenance, kneading dough for dumplings or pies.
On sale you can see models that cost more than 20000–30000 rubles
. But the purchase of such options is only advisable if the quality of the bread machine is beyond doubt, it is produced by a well-known brand. But even so, in terms of a set of functions and options, it will be similar to models whose price does not exceed 10,000 rubles. So in the case of a bread machine, there is not much point in overpaying.
Bread machine body material
When choosing a bread machine, you also need to pay attention to the material from which the body is made.
They are mainly made:
- From metal — Durable and durable material.
- From plastic — budget and lightweight material, such furnaces are cheaper.
Note! Bread makers made of metal look more attractive and are more durable. Among the shortcomings, it should be noted the high cost and fingerprints always remain on the surface of the device.
Top 2. Moulinex OW250132 Pain & Tresors
Moulinex kitchen appliances have proven themselves well with Russian buyers. And brand bread machines are no exception. Specifically, this model pleases with an abundance of various programs, the presence of a dispenser, a timer and other useful options. It looks modern and neat, bakes bread perfectly, is simple and easy to use. That is, it satisfies most of the requirements of the most picky users. In addition, the equipment is well-made, reliable and relatively inexpensive for its functionality. This is one of the best options for combining functionality and convenience.
9190 rub. / France (produced in China) / Baking weight: 1000 g
Availability of additional functions
The presence of additional functions affects the increase in the cost of the bread machine.
Additional set of options:
- “Delayed start” allows you to set the optimal time for baking, for example, delicious and hot bread will be ready for dinner or breakfast.
- “Dispenser” allows you to automatically add additional ingredients (raisins, nuts, dried fruits, etc.) to it during the baking process. Additives remain whole and are not crushed during dough kneading.
- “Saving the program in case of failure / power outage” from 5 minutes to 1 hour. If there is low voltage in the network, then the operation of the bread machine is temporarily suspended by protective mechanisms.
- “Temperature support” allows you to keep ready-made pastries warm, the allowable time range is from 1 to 3 hours.
If you know about the main and additional functions of the food processor, then there should be no difficulty in choosing a good bread machine for your home.
Which brand makes the best bread makers?
After determining the characteristics you need, it remains to choose a brand. This is an important point — not all manufacturers produce high-quality bread makers. If you want the equipment to be not only convenient and functional, but also reliable, give preference to trusted companies.
. Bread makers of the Japanese brand Panasonic are very popular. They are considered the highest quality, durable, easy to use and functional. True, the cost of most models exceeds 12,000 rubles. But this is the case when the costs are justified.
. The Russian brand attracts buyers with a large assortment of bread machines in a wide price range. A simple model can be purchased from about 5,000 rubles. At the same time, it will have all the necessary programs and functions. There are more expensive options up to 15,000 rubles. Most even inexpensive models of the manufacturer meet the expectations of users.
. Bread makers from a French manufacturer cost from 7,000 rubles. Users appreciate them for their excellent quality, functionality and pleasant appearance. All models are thoughtful, easy to use and reliable. Most of them have an abundance of automatic cooking programs for various types of bread.
. The choice of Gorenje bread machines cannot be called huge. But they are affordable, from 5000 rubles, and they are made very high quality. In addition, the brand offers relatively inexpensive models for baking large loaves of bread weighing up to 1600 grams, and in terms of functionality it is not inferior to more expensive equipment.
. The Japanese brand produces mostly expensive but functional bread machines. Most models have a large number of programs, are simple and easy to use. Quite a popular company with numerous user reviews.
What is needed for ease of use?
The equipment of bread makers in most cases is standard. It usually includes the main form for baking, blades for kneading dough, instructions for use. Most often, it is supplemented with a measuring cup to simplify the measurement of products and liquids. And all this is more than enough for comfortable use of equipment.
But a plus when buying will still be the presence in the kit of additional buckets for baking bread of other shapes, a voluminous recipe book for a specific model, and a hook for extracting the blade. In bread machines with the function of making yogurt, the presence of special containers is welcome.
What weight loaf can be baked?
The first step is to decide how much bread you need to meet the needs of the family. If the bucket (baking dish) is too small, you will have to bake twice a day, too large — there will be surpluses that will have to be transferred to crackers. Therefore, manufacturers offer a variety of volumes — for weights from 400 to 1800 grams.
For one or two people
the smallest model will suffice. It can bake a loaf from 400 to 750 grams. In this case, it makes no sense to overpay — even a simple bread machine will do a good job.
Family of three or four
a person is better off considering slightly more capacious models for loaves weighing from 800 grams to a kilogram. They are also common, the range is large, there is plenty to choose from.
it is worth looking for the most voluminous bread machines. In such models, the weight of a loaf can be more than one and a half kilograms. True, the choice is already less, and the cost is higher. But it is still more convenient and economical in terms of energy consumption than baking several servings of bread.
The most popular
The Panasonic brand bread maker has collected a huge amount of feedback from users. It is offered by many stores and is always in high demand.Rating member:
20 best bread makers
Number of mixers
Is one kneader enough or two is still better?
All bread machines are equipped with dough mixers. There may be one or two of them, there is no more yet. For compact, low-power models for the home, designed for baking a small loaf, the simplest version with one blade is enough. Its power is quite enough to qualitatively knead a small amount of dough from wheat flour.
But if the model is designed for baking a loaf with a large weight, and you prefer denser, healthier types of bread (whole grain, rye), it is better to look at a technique with two dough mixers. It will knead the dough better. But there is one small drawback — in models with two blades, the brick may not turn out to be perfectly even.