Product Type: Kenwood bread makers
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Kenwood BM450 Fastbake
Member Name: tleefox
Kenwood BM450 Fastbake
Advantages: Lovely quality bread, easy to use, vast array of features
Disadvantages: None - except you will never want to buy bread again
My partner recently bought me one of these as a birthday present for herself - I have never wanted or thought I needed a bread maker, but since this came along it has turned my world upside down!
I have only had it for 2 weeks, but have probably made about 10-12 loaves in that time.
For clarity, I will break this review down into sections:
From past experience, Kenwood lead the way with small appliances - they are slightly more expensive than other makes available, but I always think you get what you pay for. The one I have came from John Lewis and cost £130 including a fully comprehensive 5 year warranty. You can get it cheaper but John Lewis' warranties are brilliant and give you total piece of mind, which to me is worth the extra £6 a year.
For such a large and chunky item, the Kenwood is surprisingly easy on the eye. The exterior shell is a mixture of stainless steel and glass, which makes it an extremely durable item, as well as being easy to clean. The downside is that it is quite heavy at around 10kg - but then I don't see why you would ever need to move it around a great deal.
The way the Kenwood is designed means it will blend in nicely to most modern day kitchens.
The main control panel is located on the top right hand side of the unit. It comes with an LCD display with a twelve different buttons for different functions below. All of the buttons are feather touch which adds to the sleekness of the machine.
Between the main display and the buttons there is a 3 stage display, which indicates the "brownness" level selected for the current cycle.
I will not explain what each individual button does, as you will get bored!
The main display and control panel is extremely well designed though - it literally tells you everything you need to know, from the size of the loaf in the machine through to the crust colour button.
The number of different buttons gives an indication as to the large variety of functions this machine has.
FUNCTIONS / PROGRAMMES:
This machine has a menu option to make just about every type of bread you can think of, including a basic loaf, French stick, gluten free and pizza dough. There is also a menu option for making cakes in the machine. The instruction manual gives you a good guide as to how long each programme takes.
One particularly handy function of the Kenwood is the delayed timer, which allows you to delay the start of a cooking cycle by up to 15 hours. This is a great function as it allows you to set the timer to make you warm, fresh bread when you get up in the mornings.
You can also store favourites functions - which again is handy.
There is a display light which can be pressed at any time to light up the dough being cooked - this will stay on for 60 seconds.
As long as you put the right ingredients into the machine, the end product is brilliant. I have tried to follow recipes for bread but always fine you have to alter them slightly to get the right consistency for you.
Fresh bread is so much nicer than what you buy in the supermarkets - I had never thought there was anything wrong with supermarket bread until I made my own, and I will never go back.
At £130 this is at the expensive end of breadmakers, but I got piece of mind with it. Over time the machine will pay for itself as I will never buy mass produced bread again - and making a loaf in this is a lot cheaper than buying.
There is also the novelty factor to consider of making your own bread - it will also keep kids entertained.
If you like your bread, get one and you will never look back!
Summary: Get one and you will never look back.
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