Panasonic SDZB-2502BXC Bread Maker review

£159.00Typical price

Test score

91%

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 verdict: Brilliant

Panasonic has dominated our Best Buy bread makers list for a while now, and here’s another Best Buy to add to that hall of fame. The SD-ZB2502 scored top marks in all our baking tests, so if you’re after the best bread maker on the market, look no further.

Pros
  • Makes excellent white and brown bread
  • Very easy to use
  • Very easy to clean
  • Very quiet
  • Delay start
  • Keep-warm
  • Automatic dispensers for yeast and nuts
  • Additional blade for rye bread
  • Lots of different bread programs to try
Cons
  • No viewing window
  • Slower than others

 

Panasonic SD-ZX2522BXC Bread Maker review

£240.00Typical price

Test score

83%

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verdict: Versatile – and great at the basics

Panasonic bread makers tend to do well in our tests, and the SD-ZX2522BXC didn’t disappoint. We loved the brown and white bread it baked in our test kitchen, and it’s very easy to use and clean. With so many plus points, it thoroughly deserves our Best Buy logo.

Pros
  • Wide range of bread and dough options
  • Excellent white bread
  • Good wholemeal bread
  • Very easy to use
  • Very easy to clean
  • Delay timer
  • Very quiet
  • Keep-warm
  • Automatic yeast
  • Fruit and nut dispensers
Cons
  • Slow
  • Heavy
  • No viewing window

Morphy Richards Multi-use Fastbake Bread Maker 48281 review

Test score

76%

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verdict: A decent inexpensive model

This bread maker is very easy to use and makes tasty white and brown bread. The paddle doesn’t get stuck in your loaf so you won’t tear out huge chunks when unloading, and it’s easy to clean up when you’ve finished.

Pros
  • Makes good bread
  • Very easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Delay timer
  • Keep-warm
  • Quiet
Cons
  • No major flaws

Russell Hobbs Compact Black Bread Maker 23620 review

Test score

72%

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 verdict: Generally good

We loved the white and brown loaves from this bread maker, but loaves made using the delay timer are disappointing

Pros
  • Makes great white and brown bread
  • Easy to use
  • Dishwasher-safe parts
  • Delay timer
  • Keep-warm
  • Gluten-free program
Cons
  • Bread cooked on the delayed start setting is heavy and dense
  • Paddle sticks occasionally

Lakeland White Compact 1lb Daily Loaf Bread Maker 16147 review

Test score

72%

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 verdict: Good bread, but the paddle sticks

We were impressed with the bread made in this compact Lakeland bread maker. It works quickly and is easy to clean, too. But the paddle tends to stick, leaving a hole in your bread when it’s pulled out.

Pros
  • Compact design
  • Easy to use
  • Very easy to clean
  • Produces decent loaves
  • Delay timer works well
  • Keep-warm function
Cons
  • Paddle regularly gets stuck in bread
  • Noisy when kneading
  • Loaves may be too small for some

Morphy Richards Homebake 502001 review

Test score

70%

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 verdict: Delicious wholemeal loaves for large households

This cheap bread maker is a good option for people who like a fresh loaf in the mornings. It bakes excellent wholemeal loaves and satisfactory white bread. Unlike some bread makers, it makes good loaves using the delay-timer – even better than white bread made on the normal setting. It’s quiet and easy to use, too.

Pros
  • Made tasty
  • Well-risen white and wholemeal breads in our tryout
  • Fast bake worked well
  • Easy to clean
  • Quiet
Cons
  • No recipe for simple gluten-free loaves
  • Kneading blade hard to hand wash
  • No automatic fruit
  • Nut or yeast dispenser
  • Blade left large hole in bread on fast-bake setting

Sage Custom Loaf Pro BBM800BSS review

Test score

62%
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 verdict: Feature-packed, but not the best bread

We found the Sage Custom Loaf Pro easy to use, and there’s no denying that its numerous extra features and programs are useful. But, overall, we just weren’t bowled over by the quality of its bread.

Pros
  • Customisable bread and dough options
  • Very easy to use
  • Quick
  • Quiet
  • Delay timer
  • Keep-warm
  • Automatic dispenser
  • Collapsible paddle
Cons
  • Others make better bread

Panasonic SD YR2550 review

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 verdict: Excellent

This Panasonic bread maker didn’t disappoint; the sleek new design is pretty large, though, and it takes up a fair amount of counter space, but the bread we made was impressive, and exactly what we’ve come to expect from the core Panasonic bread makers. It’s easy to see why the majority of Panasonic bread maker owners chose to stick with the brand when buying a new one.

Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Great results
  • Good rapid setting
  • Many recipes
  • Sourdough starter spoon included
Cons
  • Big
  • No backlight on display
  • No viewing window