How to choose a breadmaker
There are so many breadmakers on the market that it is difficult to decide which will be good value for money, or which suits our own particular needs. After much research, the criteria for choosing a breadmaker is covered in this guide, to help consumers to make the wise choice. Bread makers range in price from low budget to expensive, and getting the most for your money, or tailoring your choice to your own particular needs is vital.
This guide allows you to form a checklist of items before hitting the shops, making the choice much easier and less painful. Breadmakers are used on an almost daily basis, and the wrong choice may just put you off the experience permanently. A wise choice with a checklist of requirements set in stone before purchase means the success of the purchase is assured, and the needs of the user catered for.
Everyone has a budget. Decide yours in advance as this will help you to eliminate those breadmakers which are excessively expensive. If you can afford a generous budget, this opens up choices, though if this really is a problem, set your budget before you begin to look.
The sizes of finished loaves vary in breadmakers. From family sized loaves to small loaves, the choice should be made before even going to the shops. The negative impact of buying too small a machine is that this will waste energy and also cost more to produce bread. Decide the size of loaf required. Size also matters for worktop space. Varying in size, many machines are quite large. Measure the area where you will place the machine to determine the maximum size you can buy.
Do you want to produce fresh bread ready for the morning each day? If so, you will need a breadmaker which has a timing facility with a delay timer. If this is your intention, make sure that the breadmakers you look at offer this alternative.
Dough making and preparation.
Often cheaper models only offer you the possibility of baking bread. The more advanced breadmakers offer more. These offer real possibilities of producing dough. Used for pizza and bread recipes, a dough making breadmaker which allows you to switch off the machine at the end of the dough making process is a bonus. This saves a lot of messy work in the kitchen and makes the machine more versatile.
When you make bread with a breadmaker, one of the disadvantages is that if you are not present when the bread is cooked, the loaf can suffer as a consequence of condensation. Good quality breadmakers incorporate a heating element so that your bread can be kept warm until removed from the breadmaker. While this may not be an important issue for those homemakers who are at home all day, it would certainly be a viable option for those who are not.
Addition of extra ingredients.
Although many people don’t think of this as important, there are a lot of breadmakers which allow the user to add extra ingredients during the process of breadmaking. These are useful for those wishing to bake breads which are more specialized adding extra grain, cereal, fruit, etc. Look to see if the bread machine you are considering offers this feature.
For everyday family use, a breadmaker uses electricity. Often moden breadmakers offer the option of economy settings for fast cooking of loaves. It is worthwhile investigating this, as perhaps you may want to make a loaf of bread faster because of family needs, and also save on expensive electricity bills.
If you are particularly keen on special grain breads of wish to have crusty bread, look for the options. Many machines offer the facility for crust browning and crisping which suits those users who require this feature.
Word of mouth.
There is no recommendation better than that of people who already own a breadmaker. If you have friends who do, never be afraid to ask them about their experience. Often it is disappointing, but this gives you good pointers towards what machines to avoid.
Solidity of build and guarantee
When singling out several choices, look at the solidity of build. The device which turns at the bottom of the breadmaker needs to turn smoothly and to fit neatly into its slot. The problem here is that on cheap breadmakers, these tend to wear loose and start to be less effective. Look also at the lid fitting of the breadmaker. Many move from side to side when opening and closing and a solid fit is essential. Look also at what guarantee the breadmaker manufacturer is prepared to give on their product.
Are parts available for your breadmaker. If the blades wear out, can you replace them? This is an important thing to know, as the machine may be rendered useless if the blades fail. As long as you can buy replacement parts, the breadmaker is a good option.