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
  • Award Winner 2021
  • 2020
4.5 from 259 reviews

The Panasonic SD-2501 Bread Maker lets home bakers easily make a variety of breads at the push of a few buttons, letting them enjoy fresh bread whenever they want.

Price (RRP) $329.00

  • Makes a variety of breads

  • Achieves consistent results

  • Highly durable

  • Easy to experiment with ingredients

  • Build Quality
    4.7 (45)
  • Value for Money
    4.6 (46)
  • Ease of Use
    4.8 (47)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.7 (46)
  • Noise Level
    4.6 (47)
  • Bread Quality & Consistency
    4.6 (47)
  • Max Loaf Size1.2 kg
  • FeaturesAutomatic Ingredients Dispenser, Gluten Free Setting and Jam & Compote Mode
  • Preset Timer 13 hours
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Dimensions 382 x 256 x 389 mm
Breville The Custom Loaf Pro BBM800

Both automatic and custom settings on Breville’s The Custom Loaf Pro BBM800 let you stick to tried and true baking recipes as well as go against the grain to make a unique loaf of bread.

Price (RRP) $439.00

  • Produces bakery-quality bread

  • Durable and reliable

  • Simple to use

  • Paddle sometimes imprints on loaf

  • Build Quality
    4.2 (18)
  • Value for Money
    4.1 (17)
  • Ease of Use
    4.9 (17)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.2 (17)
  • Noise Level
    3.8 (16)
  • Bread Quality & Consistency
    4.4 (16)
  • Max Loaf Size1.1 kg
  • FeaturesAutomatic Ingredients Dispenser, Gluten Free Setting and Jam & Compote Mode
  • Preset Timer 13 hours
  • Colour / FinishStainless Steel
  • Construction MaterialStainless Steel
  • Dimensions 273 x 412 x 182 mm
Panasonic SD-ZB2512
4.4 from 26 reviews

You can make a variety of breads, doughs, and jams with the Panasonic SD-ZB2512 - the unit also has features such as a temperature sensor and an automatic ingredient dispenser to consistently produce the perfect loaf.

Price (RRP) $439.00

  • Turns out a variety of tasty bread

  • Quiet

  • Easy to clean

  • Build Quality
    4.8 (9)
  • Value for Money
    4.6 (9)
  • Ease of Use
    4.9 (9)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.9 (9)
  • Noise Level
    4.3 (8)
  • Bread Quality & Consistency
    4.5 (10)
  • Max Loaf Size1.6 kg
  • FeaturesAutomatic Ingredients Dispenser, Gluten Free Setting, Jam & Compote Mode and Temperature Sensor
  • Preset Timer 13 hours
  • Colour / FinishStainless
  • Construction MaterialStainless Steel
  • Dimensions 389 x 256 x 382 mm
Sunbeam Compact Bakehouse BM2500

The Sunbeam Compact Bakehouse BM2500 transforms your kitchen benchtop into a bakery, letting you make a variety of doughs and freshly baked breads at a great price.

Price (RRP) $119.00

Breville The Baker's Oven BBM100

It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of its higher-end counterparts, but Breville’s The Baker’s Oven BBM100 has worked for many baking enthusiasts who prefer straightforward, easy to use settings that make tasty loaves.

Price (RRP) $179.95

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ALDI Bread Maker

ALDI Bread Maker

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3.2 from 62 reviews

Latest review: Had the Lumina Breadmaker for nearly 10 years now. It replaced my terminally broken 8yo Breville BB350. I make a 50/50 mix of plain white and multigrain loaves with the occasional fruit/specialty

Price (RRP) $79.00 to $119.00

Rotimatic
3.1 from 107 reviews

If you’ve always wanted to make a steaming, fresh and fluffy roti but haven’t known where to start, the Rotimatic claims to offer a one-touch solution.

Price (RRP) $1,819.00

Sunbeam Bakehouse BM4500
2.4 from 96 reviews

Latest review: Hi i just got a sunbeam from Briscoes Manakau July 3rd. The first sunbeam made 4 nice garlic herb loaf, then the loaf after came out stodgy and brown took the machine back cause of an strange

Price (RRP) $189.00

Sunbeam SmartBake Custom BM7850

Latest review: We bought this to replace a breville which lasted 10 years. We used it about once a fortnight for pizza doug and this model lasted 5 years before all the buttons stopped working rendering it

Price (RRP) $219.00

Panasonic SD-ZP2000
3.7 from 6 reviews

Latest review: Loving the quality of the loaves from our 25+ year old "original" Panasonic bread maker and recognising that this geriatric Old Faithful is liable to simply stop working any day now, I purchased this

Breville The Bread Maker LBM200

Latest review: The whole wheat bread it bakes is beautiful and the controls are easy to use but that is where it stops. It is incredibly noisy and walks almost off the bench, so I cannot use the timer because I lay

Optimum BM1000
3.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: Once I worked out the operation procedure it is very easy to use. I have made Light Rye sourdough, Soft Milk Bread and French Loaf Bread all of them have turned out just great. I am now making bread

Price (RRP) $499.00

Kogan 2.0L Premium Stainless Steel Bread Maker KAPRMBRDMKA

Latest review: Made 1 loaf of bread then died. Just buy bread for the cost of this rubbish could have bout 50 loaves from the local baker. Was bought on a whim but regret it. Sorry to my local

Price (RRP) $149.00

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.