So 2 years ago when I was in the impulse buy mode, I purchased one of these. AFterall my husband and kids love the smell of freshly baked bread, not to mention all my friends and family do too!
It was a little pricey at £82.99, but I was confident that it would pay for itself over the years. It came packaged in a great box, along with instructions that contain some fab little bread receipes that I was dying to try out.
Power consumption was relatively sensible at 455 watts, that wont break the bank. The maximum loaf size that you'll make is 1kg and the smallest is 500 grams. You don't want anything really bigger than this or your bread might go off after a few days. One amazing little option that I didn't realise that it had was the delayed start function. This allows you to pop all your ingredients in the loaf tin and set it to start to cook within the next 15 hours - great if you want to wake up or come home to freshly baked bread and it will keep your loaf warm for an hour after too. It also lets you set the desired crust to light, medium or dark. The blue LED screen is a doddle to use and it's easy to read. It also has 11 built in programmes for you to try out different bread receipes.
One you pop all of your pre-prepared ingridients into the machine, I set mine to light crust anything darker and then my 8 yr old wont eat it, not sure why. I've tried out savoury loads plus a gluton-free one for my mate. I've never had any disasters with it as yet - it's foolproof. You also have a jam and cake setting too - amazing!!! The motor is quite loud and you have to suffer this for about 20 -30 minutes. Sticking to baking times riggedly, but as with all baking it's all trial and error.
What cleaning? Barely anything to clean, just give the inside tin a clean with dampcloth, but take great care when cleaning the blade at the bottom. When you're done, you're ready to enjoy your freshly baked loaf.
Purchased from Amazon for £82.99
Before buying a bread maker you should note that setting it up and getting all the ingredients together before you put it on does take some time, unfortunately you can't just bung it in and hope for the best, all the ingredients have to be measured out accurately and put in the right order, a process which usually takes around 20 minutes at least.
Once this is done however, it usually produces great smelling and great tasting loaves of bread. There are plenty of recipes to choose from, although I usually stick to wholemeal and granary loaves which are the easiest, and the instruction manual is fairly easy to follow.
The delay timer function is really useful if you want bread ready for breakfast and want to wake up to a lovely smelling kitchen, you just have to be bothered to prepare it the night before!
One thing to be careful of is the mixing blade which does occasionally get stuck in the bottom of the loaf itself if you're not careful.
Other than that, provided you measure out all the ingredients accurately and use relatively 'fresh' yeast (I didn't once, and it produced what can only be described as a brick) you shouldn't have any problems.
I bought this breadmaker for about £70, I previously had a Panasonic bread maker that was fabulous, I wanted to upgrade to a newer model. I tried a few stores to get a replacement ideally a Panasonic but none left in store. I wanted one that day so ended up buying this Kenwood one.
Well I wish I hadnt bothered. The machine is so loud, I was thought it was broken, I contacted kenwood and was told that the machine has a motor and this was the noise. I explained you should not have to raise your voice to be heard when it is kneading the dough. You could not use the timer as the noise would irritate at night. Also unlike the Panasonic and photo of cooked loafs it does not rise to a nice oval shape, it is quite messy and mis shapen, it rise like the shaped kneaded.
Also on the dough cycle the dough was slightly sticky something I hadnt experienced before.
The only plus about this is the recipe book that came with it was pretty handy and gave me a few ideas
There's nothing like waking up to the smell of fresh bread in the morning! And with 11 different programmes available on the Kenwood 0WBM260001 Breadmaker , you'll be spoilt for choice / Offered here in white, the Kenwood 0WBM260001 Breadmaker includes a gluten-free programme, 15 hour time delay for your convenience and Eco-bake programme so you can make a fast loaf in just 85 minutes / Free measuring cups and spoon and a manual with recipes is included to help you on the way / Experiment with the humble loaf to your heart's content and make your bread just how you like it by investing in the Kenwood 0WBM260001 Breadmaker ! General information Power (Watt) 455 Watt Capacity Makes a 1kg loaf Adjustements Cooking Yes Programs Number 11 programmes Different Yes (24 hours) Other informations Display No Other fonctions Fan assisted Included accessories Measuring cup and spoon Colours White Dimensions (cm) 6.5kg in weight Hard Copy User Guides Instruction manual included / Short name: Kenwood BM260