Nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked bread apart from tucking into a delicious still-warm slice of freshly made bread.
Many people still think that bread must be baked the old-fashioned way but who’s got the time to knead the dough by hand then let it rise before baking in an oven.
There is a better way of doing it and that involves using a bread maker.
Below is a selection of the best bread makers.
Morphy Richards 48280 Fastbake Breadmaker
Bake your very own bread in under 1 hour with the fastbake breadmaker from Morphy Richards.
You have a choice of 12 settings covering basic whites to cakes, jam and dough and a 13 hour programmable timer for over night baking.
You can make a 1lb, 1.5lb or 2 lb loaf with a light, medium or dark crust.
There’s a viewing window so you can monitor the baking process and an easy view, front angled digital display.
Its cool to touch for safe handling and you get some recipes to help you make the perfect loaf.
Panasonic SD-2501 WXC Automatic Breadmaker, White
This slimline bread maker from Panasonic is worktop friendly, features a selection of pre-programmed recipes and has the ability to makes jam or compote.
You have a choice of three loaf sizes, small, medium and large (400g, 500g, 600g) as well as three different crust colours so you can make the loaf how you like it.
There’s a delay timer so you can wake up to a fresh loaf, an automatic dispenser for nuts and raisins and a rapid bake option.
You get a quick bake program, 11 bread & dough modes, gluten free program and a 13 hour Timer.
Andrew James Premium Bread Maker With Automatic Ingredients / Nut And Raisin Dispenser
This clever bread maker from Andrew James not only enables you to make fresh bread but tasty cakes, pizza dough’s and home-made jam.
You have the option of making either 750g or 900g loafs with either a light, medium or dark crust.
You have 12 digital programmes to choose from and a 13 hour programmable delay timer.
There’s a large viewing window so you can watch the baking process and a 60 minute keep warm function.
You can add fruit and nuts at exactly the correct point using the automatic dispensing function.
Also included is measuring spoon and cup for your ingredients and an instruction manual that includes recipes to make perfect loaves.
Russell Hobbs 18036 Breadmaker
Enjoy making fresh, homemade bread with the Russell Hobbs 18036 Compact Bread maker.
Choose the size of loaf that’s most suitable for you: 1 lb, 1.6 lb and 2.2 lb and the colour of crust between light, medium and dark.
There are 12 programmable functions to choose from including basic, French, whole-wheat, cake, pizza dough & jam with a 55 minute fast bake function.
There’s a 13 hour delay bake timer and a 1 hour auto keep warm function and you can keep an eye on the baking process through the large viewing window.
An easy-to-follow LCD display makes the whole baking experience easy and enjoyable.
Kenwood BM450 Bread Maker with Ingredients Dispenser
Bake healthy, homemade bread with the Kenwood BM450 Break Maker.
There is 15 programmes to choose from for bread, doughs, cakes and jams and 5 personal program settings.
It Features a 58-minute rapid bake setting and a 12-hour delay timer. Choose between small, medium or large loaves (500 g, 750 gram or 1 kg).
The touch-screen controls are easy to use and the internal oven light and viewing window allows you to inspect your bread-making progress.
The automatic ingredients dispenser dispenses up to 125 gram of ingredients during the bread-making cycle.
It also has a 1-hour keep warm function and a convection fan for crisper loaves.