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The 3 Best Bread Maker in 2020

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We tested 13 bread makers. For us, the best is the Moulinex OW 6101. Whole grain breads weighing up to 1500 grams with a thick crust are sure to succeed. The workmanship is first class. A timer is also available, as is a keep-warm and power failure function. The 16 programs include cooking jam, kneading pizza dough and yeast dough for cakes or pasta dough. And there is also a baguette insert.

Baking bread yourself is fun, healthy – and saves money. We researched extensively, selected the 13 most interesting models – and then baked a lot of bread. Most important finding: a good bread maker doesn’t have to be expensive.

Here are our recommendations in the brief overview.

What are the best Bread Makers?

1. MAC.PANE MOULINEX OW 6101

With the Moulinex OW 6101 you can’t go wrong with the purchase. It is one of the most expensive in the test field, but overall it has the edge: Its ease of use is one of the best, this applies to the display as well as to the structure of the menus and buttons. Breads are first class, but unfortunately sourdough doesn’t work at all.

The relatively quiet device has a very good build quality, everything is securely in its place here, and it is a pleasure to use. Numerous programs also allow special applications, such as gluten-free bread or pasta dough. A 15 hour timer and memory function for power failures complete the Moulinex OW 6101. The baguette use, however, is not convincing – the time required and the susceptibility to errors are too high here.

2. Morphy Richards Premium Plus Breadmaker

With the bread maker from Morphy Richards, the Premium Plus 48319, you get a lot of ease of use and very good workmanship. Even touch buttons are on board and a display keeps you informed of the remaining baking time. With 19 programs, there is an enormous number of breads to choose from and the nut dispenser for the later addition of ingredients is rare in the test field. Unfortunately, it makes smaller breads than our favorite and does not have a double mixer.

3. Panasonic SD-BMT2000-W Bread Maker

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The ambitious baker not only deals with yeast bread and pizza, but also with sourdough. The Panasonic SD-BMT2000-W is the ideal machine for this, because it offers a fermentation time of up to 13 hours, two programs for sourdough and special dough hooks for when it is still wet. The Panasonic also offers an incredible number of programs: not only for bread, but also for cakes and jams. There is also the automatic nut dispenser and the yeast distributor, which throw in the ingredients at the right time.

Bread like from the bakery

If you only bake bread now and then, you don’t need a bread maker. Finally, you can knead the dough for bread with a good food processor and bake the bread in the oven.

For those who regularly bake their own bread, a baking machine is a sensible purchase, because it makes bread baking a lot easier and more convenient. Because bread makers can not only bake, but also knead. So you just have to put all the ingredients in the machine and start the right program – the result is fresh, fragrant bread.

Since automatic bread makers can also heat precisely at low and medium temperatures, they create ideal conditions for the dough to rest and rise.

The machines have a number of preset programs, for example for white bread, wholemeal bread or gluten-free bread. So you don’t have to worry about baking and rising times, only the type of bread or type of dough, bread size and degree of browning have to be set.

Thanks to the timer, you can prepare bread in the evening so that it is ready for breakfast in the morning. You always set a target time, for example: The bread should be ready in 10 hours.

Another big advantage of bread makers: The cleaning effort is much less. The weight of the ingredients can usually be measured right away in the baking pan by simply placing it on a scale. Only the baking pan and dough hook have to be rinsed.

Last but not least, you can save money by baking it yourself: A bread mix with 500 grams costs less than a dollar, which results in around 750 gram bread that costs 2-3 dollars at the bakery. After 30 to 40 loaves of bread, you have the price of a cheap machine back in – and save money with every additional loaf.

Thanks to the Teflon or ceramic coating, no dough sticks in the baking pan. Turn over, knock and the loaf of bread slips out.

However, since the kneading and baking is done in the same way, bread from baking machines always has one or two holes in the bottom. But that is a forgivable aesthetic problem.

But bread is not everything: the machines can also stir jam and cook at the same time. You are preparing pizza dough for the large oven and mixing pasta dough.

However, there are also a few things that you should know about baking with an automatic baking machine. The shaft on which the kneader is attached is not coated with a non-stick coating. The result: the dough likes to bake on it. But you can prevent this by rubbing it with butter / oil.

The preparation times plus baking times are usually very long, a wholemeal baking mix can take three hours. This is positive for the result, however, the machine allows very generous rest and rise times. But baking bread is always a tedious process and the machine does a lot of work for you.

Newbies also need to get used to the fact that the baking temperature cannot be set, it is not even displayed. There is only a certain possibility of influencing the choice of degree of browning. For a deep browning, the machine sets its highest temperature at the beginning of baking. However, this is reduced again after a certain time, the baking of the loaf does not require a maximum temperature.

The machines are optimized for ready-made bread mixes. If the dough, water and leavening agent are put together themselves, the baker has to pay close attention to the quantities given. Because: With the dough under our hands, we immediately notice when it is still too wet and add flour until it no longer sticks. The machine does not check it and may end up spitting out bread that is more like a brick than something edible.

The timer function cannot be used for all types of flour and mixtures. For example, milk in milk bread can spoil or wholemeal flour becomes lumpy in water after a few hours.

Test Review: Bread Maker

Before you buy, there are a few questions you should ask yourself. The first: What sizes of bread do you want to bake? The smallest machines bake 750-gram breads, the largest baking tins allow breads with 1,500 or even 1,800 grams.

Do you work hard and do a lot of work in the kitchen? Do you bake cakes, fill your own pizzas and cook jam? Then you should choose a large baking pan with a double mixer. They can also be used to knead large amounts of dough up to 1.8 kilograms.

Ambitious bakers will try many of the built-in programs. A large, easy-to-read display with a convenient menu is therefore a must.

Another important question: how much space do you have in the kitchen? Because the baking machines are not small. There are also more compact devices, but they can only bake small breads. Therefore, pay attention to the size information.

It is best to have a bread maker in a permanent place. Because the devices are heavy – you don’t want to constantly carry seven to ten kilograms back and forth.

The manufacturers recommend cleaning by hand. Because of their non-stick coatings, the baking molds must not be put in the dishwasher, nor should they be cleaned with a steel sponge. Harsh detergents can also damage the coating.

Oiling the baking pan with two to three drops of sunflower or rapeseed oil after cleaning is not just the domain of iron pans. This is also good for the coating of the baking molds.

The machines are maintenance-free. Dough hooks and baking inserts can (usually) be bought later if one is lost or broken. Sometimes the coating of the baking pan is rubbed off at some point and the bread sticks to it. Then a replacement is needed.

If the motor or drive fails, repairs are usually not worthwhile due to the relatively low device prices.

How did we test the bread makers?

We looked at all of the bread makers on the market and selected and ordered a few models. We have left out smaller machines that can bake a maximum of 750 gram breads because they limit the choice of bread. We only made an exception with the WMF KULT X. The other machines bake 900 to 1800 gram breads and can knead large amounts of dough.

We baked whole grain breads with a bread mix and small sourdough breads with all test devices. How well the machines did it was our most important criterion.

With the exception of two machines, all bread makers did not deliver good results with sourdough, some of them cannot bake sourdough bread at all. Only Panasonic SD-ZB2512 and TZS First Austria bake sourdough of a presentable quality.

In addition to the baking quality, we checked the processing quality and checked whether the machine could be cleaned well.

It continued with the operation and the functions. Interior lighting is a fine thing, but a memory function is even more practical, which simply continues the program in the event of a power failure. Are there keeping warm functions and a timer? But above all: How big is the display and how well can it be read? The differences are huge here.

Last but not least: What use are 12 to 19 programs if the menu navigation is cumbersome? This comfort aspect was also included in the evaluation.

Volume and energy consumption were also an issue. Every machine makes a certain amount of noise, but the differences are big. Unfortunately: no bread maker can be completely switched off, although some have a “power switch”.

Test Winner: MAC.PANE MOULINEX OW 6101 Bread Maker

For us, the best bread maker is the Moulinex OW 6101. Whole grain breads from the baking mix are sure to turn out well – with a thick crust if desired.

The machine is first class and there is a time control as well as a warming and power failure function. Even ambitious bakers can let off steam with 16 programs. That goes far beyond bread: Cooking jam, kneading pizza dough, yeast dough for cakes, pasta dough or salt-free bread.

Design & Quality

Moulinex plays it safe with the design, the machine is kept in plain white. It doesn’t have to please everyone, but it is probably the all-rounder look that goes with every kitchen.

The Moulinex OW 6101 is one of the machines with the best housing quality in the test. The gaps are right here, plastic parts have been deburred and the hinges are firm and solid. The lid can still be removed for cleaning purposes. Not all devices can do this, but Morphy Richards Premium Plus 48319 can.

An important point is the care of the control panel: With the test winner it can be wiped with a damp cloth, the buttons have no gaps. Although they are mechanical buttons with a click sound, they are located under a soft cover.

The Moulinex was the only device in the test to offer two heating elements in the oven. They ensure even heat distribution, especially when baking with the baguette insert. However, there is no circulating air.

Operation

We liked the operation of the Moulinex OW 6101 – the best of all the bread makers in the test. The keypad is well structured, on the display you can see the selected program and the markings for the degree of browning and bread size. Visual labeling with icons is quicker to grasp and more compact than with text.

The Moulinex has a timer of up to 15 hours, with the other machines a maximum of 13 hours can be set. In this way, the time of completion can be set without the machine knowing a time: the bread should be ready in 10 hours. The machine then determines the start time depending on the processing time in the program, e.g. in seven hours.

The Moulinex’s memory function is practical, albeit rarely used. In the event of a power failure or unplugging, the device remembers the program and progress for up to seven minutes and then continues from there.

The Moulinex beeps when more ingredients are to be added in the last kneading phase. To do this, you simply open the lid briefly. With 16 programs, our test winner offers plenty of potential for various breads, jams or dough preparations. Whole-grain bread and white bread can do them all, but omega-3-rich or salt-free bread can only be made by the specialist. There is also gluten-free bread and a pasta dough kneading program. All of these recipes have specific resting and kneading phases as well as a specific baking time and temperature.

Our test winner from Moulinex is not one of the quietest machines, but neither is it one of the loudest. During the kneading process, it emits a bright hum, sometimes accompanied by squeaking noises. During the third test, the mechanical squeaking could no longer be heard.

Accessories & power consumption

Moulinex didn’t skimp on accessories. In addition to the baking pan with the two dough hooks, there is a baguette insert in the box, as well as a measuring cup, a silicone brush, a scraper and a thick, colored recipe book which is multilingual.

In terms of energy consumption, we were not interested in the consumption during baking, but in standby, i.e. switched off. Unfortunately, none of the machines from the test has a real power switch that reduces consumption to zero watts. The Moulinex is the most economical next to its competitors with 0.4 watts.

Any disadvantages?

It was precisely the apparently top function of the Moulinex OW 6101 that disappointed us: baguettes from the bread maker! A long-cherished dream seems to be coming true, rolls or baguettes are finally ready for breakfast on time.

The Moulinex does have a baguette insert with four shapes that is placed in the oven instead of the baking pan. Before doing this, the baguette program must be used to knead a dough, remove it, shape it manually and put it back in again. The program stops its process and waits for this manual intermediate step.

In practice, this can lead to tasty baguettes, but only with a little practice and meticulous adherence to the dough and water quantities. 

We don’t see a time saving or any other advantage in the baguette range, other than the fact that you don’t need a real oven in the kitchen. If you knead the dough manually, let it rise, then shape it and finally bake it in the large oven, you can have 15 baguettes ready in an hour and a half. After two hours in the machine you only have four baguettes.

In addition, there is the lack of circulating air in the bread maker: A thin crust and beautiful browning did not result in our test. Rather a much too thick, hard crust – at least with a nice browning.

The Moulinex also failed the sourdough test. Why is it still the test winner?

Sourdough bread is a niche that every baker can hardly master a machine. We were only able to carry out the test on the machine with two different programs, only Panasonic SD-ZB2512 has two sourdough programs. In this respect, we do not take the Moulinex and our alternative recommendations particularly badly, having failed with sourdough.

Alternative Bread Makers

For us, the bottom line is that the Moulinex bread maker is the best choice for most people who want to bake bread at home. But there are also alternatives that are worth considering.

Morphy Richards Premium Plus Breadmaker

The bread maker Morphy Richards Premium Plus 48319 already has Premium in its name – and that also applies to ease of use and workmanship. It is the only device in the test with touch buttons. The illuminated display provides precise information about the current process and the remaining time.

Unfortunately, the machine is very large, but only holds 900 grams of loaves of bread. The choice of programs is very generous, 19 are available, including “Homemade 1 + 2”, two self-programmable settings for your own recipes. The nut dispenser, which automatically throws additional ingredients into the dough, is unique. You can also choose from five tanning levels.

The difference to the test winner from Moulinex: Much smaller breads, a louder operating noise and no baking pan with a double mixer. But the Morphy Richards has a better progress indicator – and lighting.

Panasonic SD-BMT2000-W Bread Maker

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The Panasonic SD-BMT2000-W is not exactly cheap, but it combines a powerful program design with some technical subtleties. We already know the nut or raisin dispenser from other bread-making machines. This ensures that appropriate, dry ingredients such as nuts, almonds, linseed etc. are thrown into the dough at the right time.

The Panasonic SD-BMT2000-W also has a yeast distributor. Like the raisin dispenser, this sits in the two-part lid and distributes dry yeast as well as yeast dissolved in liquid (fresh yeast) in the dough at the right time.

However, the manufacturer has also thought of sourdough production: The instructions have a corresponding chapter in which you can read step by step how to make a pre-dough and then bake a sourdough bread with a second program. For this purpose, the accessories include two measuring beakers for preparing a pre-dough (preparation).

The Panasonic SD-BMT2000-W offers a special sourdough stirring hook. However, as with the other devices, we also have to rework with the dough scraper while stirring and convey dry flour from the edge to the center of the container. But the stirring effect was at least better than with the normal dough hooks of the other machines.

The sourdough program of the SD-BMT2000-W offers us a long proofing time: It takes up to 13 hours for the baking process to begin. Active sourdough bacteria therefore have enough time to produce gas for the loaf to rise. In the end, we had a sourdough bread with a usable crust, an even shape (just under an inch collapsed), but the color was a bit pale.

The Panasonic SD-BMT2000-W scores with 33 different programs, including 18 bread programs alone. Fortunately, this almost confusing variety of options does not result in a confusing menu. However, you have to press the button 30 times to access program 30; there is no direct selection.

As a baker, you cannot avoid studying the program table intensively. This illustrates what the individual programs do for how long and in what rhythm. As with all bread makers, you can influence the bread size (M, L or XL) and the degree of browning, depending on the program. For our baking tests we have always selected the strongest degree of browning (3 levels), also for the sourdough.

The manufacturer has put a lot of effort into the manual. You will find detailed explanations of types of flour, ingredients and whole foods. If you want to eat a wholesome diet, i.e. with whole grain instead of extract flour, the Panasonic is the right helper at hand.

You shouldn’t be a hectic baker, however, because Panasonic has built in a time delay in most programs so that the ingredients adjust in temperature. Regardless of whether they come out of the refrigerator or from room temperature, their temperature will be adjusted for 30 minutes. This should ensure optimal results. If you want to do without it, you can choose a corresponding quick program, but this is only available for simple yeast breads.

Last but not least: The power failure protection also protects against unpleasant surprises in the event of a brief power failure. The machine remembers the settings and continues its work.

The construction of the Panasonic bread maker is made of plastic and aluminum. It is reasonably stable and of higher quality than the cheap entry-level devices. The hinge of the double lid appears stable to us.

According to the manufacturer’s information, the baking pan has a particularly scratch-resistant diamond fluorine non-stick coating. This allows the bread to slide out easily after baking, you don’t have to grease the pan. The dough hook – and this is a special feature of the two Panasonic models – does not sit firmly on its shaft, but has some play. This makes it easier to loosen after baking. But since there is always an unsightly hole in the bottom of the loaf of bread, do yourself a favor by removing the hook after kneading.

Last update on 2020-10-19 | Source: Amazon Affiliate