Best Bread Makers

There’s nothing quite like waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread, and with a bread maker or bread machine, making a homemade loaf just in time for breakfast is a piece of cake.

In addition to making breads like regular white and wholemeal loaves as well as sourdough, bread makers can also let you make anything from pizza dough to sweet loaves and jam, making them a one-stop shop for your baking needs. Continue reading...

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Panasonic SD-2501

Panasonic SD-2501 🏆 2024

4.5  (273)
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Breville The Custom Loaf Pro BBM800

Breville The Custom Loaf Pro BBM800

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DisgruntledSAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA5 posts
 
Panasonic SD-ZB2512

Panasonic SD-ZB2512

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tenwebb
tenwebbQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD16 posts
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Rotimatic Automatic Roti/Chapati Maker Machine

Rotimatic Automatic Roti/Chapati Maker Machine

3.3  (234)
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  • Price (RRP) $2,479
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vazeer m.
vazeer m.
 
great problem solving skill and explanationGood product, easy to use and excellent customer service by team Show reply
Breville The Baker's Oven BBM100

Breville The Baker's Oven BBM100

3.4  (103)
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  • Price (RRP) $199.95
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Nancye Turner
Nancye TurnerWallangarra102 posts
 
ALDI Bread Maker

ALDI Bread Maker

3.2  (62)
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$79RRP
Pete B.
Pete B.5 posts
  Verified Lumina / Kuchef / Ambiano Bread Maker
Kmart Anko Bread Maker

Kmart Anko Bread Maker

3.3  (35)
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  • Price (RRP) $75
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NOEL M.
NOEL M.4 posts
 
Bread machineThis is the second machine I have however I’m not very happy I make 1 loaf and wait till cool then the machine wont switch over for a second loaf like the original machine Show details
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Optimum BM1000

Optimum BM1000

4.5  (11)
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A_Rose
A_Rose2 posts
 
Sunbeam SmartBake Custom BM7850

Sunbeam SmartBake Custom BM7850

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Karen8 posts
 
Morphy Richards MRBRD3

Morphy Richards MRBRD3

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Jarmila S.
Jarmila S.VICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC
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I'm very dissapointed, not recommendedThe program for dough isn't working properly, I can't use it Show details
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Hi Jarmila, I'm sorry to hear you cant get the dough program to work properly. I have reached out to you directly to get some more details so we can try to assist you with using the bread maker. Thanks

Panasonic SD-R2530WST

Panasonic SD-R2530WST

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Panasonic SD-ZP2000

Panasonic SD-ZP2000

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$489RRP
Camper233
Camper233NSWSydney, NSW5 posts
 
Breville The Bread Maker LBM200

Breville The Bread Maker LBM200

2.7  (14)
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Steve G
Steve GNSWSydney, NSW2 posts
 
Lasted 14 monthsVery disappointed. 2 months out of warranty and it has stopped working. I'll be taking this back to David Jones, I don't believe this meets consumer guarantee legislation as it is not fit for purpose and is not of acceptable quality based on it's price when compared to similar products. Show details
Panasonic SD-YR2550

Panasonic SD-YR2550

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Jim. Gold Coast11 posts
 
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Breville the Baker's Dozen LBM250BSS2IAN1

Breville the Baker's Dozen LBM250BSS2IAN1

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Miss.Therese19 posts
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Easy Bread EBC 10-0003

Easy Bread EBC 10-0003

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Prinetti Digital Bread Maker

Prinetti Digital Bread Maker

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Pat
PatQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD4 posts
 
Love this Bread MakerWill make 3 bread sizes (500gms, 750gms & 1kg loaves), cake, yoghurt and many types of bread. Has 19 settings as well as crust colour.
Very economical. I paid $119 and comes with 12 months warranty.
Germanica Breadmaker GBM6787

Germanica Breadmaker GBM6787

2.0  (2)
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Vicki B.
Vicki B.3 posts
 
Innobella Complete Home Bread Maker

Innobella Complete Home Bread Maker

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Lizzie
LizzieWAPerth, WA2 posts
 

What can a bread maker do?

A black bread maker next to a loaf of white bread, two eggs, and a bowl of flour on a kitchen benchtop

Bread makers are appliances that sit on your kitchen benchtop and mix, knead, proof, and bake bread. There’s no need for any bread babysitting - you can just add in all the ingredients, push a few buttons, and the machine will do the rest of the work for you.

A bread maker can make a lot more than your standard loaf of bread. They usually make some or all of the following:

  • White loaves and buns
  • Wheat, wholewheat, and wholegrain loaves and buns
  • Gluten-free bread
  • Spelt bread
  • Sourdough and other types of artisanal bread
  • Dough, including pizza dough and pasta dough
  • Sweet bread, including those containing fruits, nuts, and other ingredients
  • Cakes and non-yeast bread, such as banana bread
  • French and Italian bread (for a crispier crust)
  • Jams, preserves, and compotes

You can also find bread makers that aren’t primarily used to make loaves, such as roti or chapati makers and naan bread makers, however these machines usually have a very different set of features to look out for.

Is it cheaper to make your own bread with a bread maker?

That depends.

A multigrain loaf can cost anywhere from $2 to $4.40 and upwards in supermarkets and bakeries. Not including the cost of the machine, making a white loaf with a bread maker will cost you almost $3 in ingredients, and around $3.20 if you use a bread premix.

That means if you usually buy a cheap loaf at the supermarket, then making bread in a bread maker will probably be a bit more expensive, while those who shop at independent or specialty bakeries may find that making their own bread ends up costing less.

How long does homemade bread last?

Because it doesn’t contain the preservatives that are found in a lot of store-bought bread, homemade bread lasts up to 4 days at room temperature, while store-bought bread usually lasts up to 7.

Refrigerating your homemade bread can increase its shelf life by 3-5 days, and freezing it can let you enjoy it for much longer.

Factors to consider when buying a bread maker

Features

  • Automatic fruit and nut dispenser: A fruit and nut dispenser automatically adds and evenly distributes fruits, nuts, and other ingredients such as herbs and seeds at the right time, reducing the risk of these ingredients dropping to the bottom of your loaf. Machines without this feature will usually beep to remind you to add them in manually.
  • Viewing window: This lets you see the bread so that you can know how it’s progressing, so there’s no need to open the lid and cause heat loss in the process.
  • Delay timer: A delayed timer lets you select when you want your bread to start baking, so if you want, you can choose to have fresh bread ready just in time for breakfast.
  • Manual pause: This function lets you pause the machine, so you can go against the grain by making braided bread, pull apart bread, and filled bread, which require extra steps between rises.
  • Rapid bake: A rapid bake program speeds up the breadmaking process to give you a fresh loaf in no time.
  • Control display: A control display (usually LED or LCD) lets you see how your bread is progressing.
  • Temperature sensor: This measures the room temperature at different points of the baking process and makes necessary adjustments to ensure that the total baking time of each program is consistent, regardless of the weather.

Size and capacity

Most bread makers can make loaves between 500g to 1kg (a 1kg loaf generally yields around 16 slices) - these loaf sizes are usually suited to couples and small families, so if you think you’ll be feeding more people, you may want to opt for a bread cooker with a bigger capacity.

When considering the different size options, also consider how much benchtop and storage space you have, as some kitchens can only accommodate a small bread maker. Larger machines may be heavier and bulkier, but they also often come packed with more features that let you make a wide variety of breads, doughs, and even jams.

Programs

Between the option to make spelt and artisanal loaves, cakes, doughs, and buns, it’s understandable why many home bakers want to be spoiled for choice when it comes to using their bread maker.

A cheap bread maker will tend to only be able to make bread loaves and a few other bread types, so chances are you’ll have to fork out a bit more money if you want your machine to also make things like tasty jams and compotes. However, if you only plan on using a few programs, then you don’t necessarily need to be spending more on a bread maker packed with features.

Many models will also let you select from different crust options - those that offer this will usually have at least 3 (ranging from light to dark), although some pricier models offer up to 7. This feature isn’t essential, but if you’re making specialty loaves or are just fussy about your crust, then it can be handy to have.

Ease of use

Some models let you store your personal, custom recipes, so you just need to add ingredients and push a few buttons to make your favourite loaf. This saves you having to program the recipe every time you want to use it.

If you don’t have many power outlets in your kitchen, ensure you check the cord length of a bread maker to ensure that it will actually reach an electrical socket - this saves you having to store and use the bread maker in a difficult to use place.

A unit’s durability will also affect how easy it is to use, as faulty or shoddy parts can easily impair your baking. Reading through reviews can usually give you a good idea of a product’s quality.

Cleaning and maintenance

A bread maker should be cleaned after every use for hygiene reasons as well as to prevent cross-contamination, particularly if you’re making bread that both contains gluten and is gluten-free. When shopping around, check how easy it is to remove the baking pan and kneading paddles, and check the product manual to see recommended cleaning instructions.

Bread makers often either have stainless steel, aluminium, or plastic hardware - stainless steel is generally easier to clean as aluminium tends to scratch easily and plastic tends to absorb water, oil, and grease, which can discolour the surface.

Is a bread maker worth it?

Bread makers can cost anywhere from $100 to around $450, with most costing something between $200 and $350.

While some models can be steep, there are plenty of budget bread makers for sale. You should also keep an eye out on a product’s warranty, as longer warranties often indicate a better built machine.

A bread maker saves you plenty of labour and time while still allowing you to make your own bread and experiment with different recipes and ingredients.

For those who like to minimise their reliance on supermarket-bought goods or prefer being able to customise their bread, a bread maker can be a great way to give your food a homemade feel without much effort.

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