Product Type: Kenwood bread makers
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Kenwood Breadmaker BM200
Member Name: Karonher
Kenwood Breadmaker BM200
Advantages: Quick and easy to use
Disadvantages: Cant find one other than it leads me to eating too much bread.
I know I eat far too much bread and so getting a bread maker was probably not the best thing to do but I have it now and have certainly made the most of it. I did not want to get the most expensive but wanted one that was easy to use so I chose the Kenwood BM200 bread maker. There were a few things that made it seem the best value such as the fact that a loaf can be made in under an hour although there is a better taste to the ones that are on the 2 hour 50 minute setting. I don't know if this quick setting makes it much more economical but it is certainly convenient.
It comes with measuring cups which is handy and the manual contains not just how to work the machine but lots of recipes. There is a viewing window so it is possible to see if the loaf is rising or not. I was concerned that the machine would make small loaves but it produces a 1kg loaf and that is big enough. There is a digital timer but as I am a bit paranoid about leaving things switched on I don't use it but only start the bread maker manually. If you don't mind leaving it switched on it can be set at night and you can wake up to fresh bread the next day.
It really is easy to use as the ingredients get put into the bowl, the settings are set and then it is switched on. It would be harder to do something wrong rather than get it right. There are 13 different settings and this allows you to make bread, pizza dough cakes and it says you can make jam in it but I have not tried that.
I am not normally bothered by the design of equipment and prefer to rate them by their ability but this does look good as well as making a good loaf. It is white so does not stand out but as it is easy to clean down it always looks as good as new. This is one of the best pieces of kitchen equipment I have bought as most get shoved into the cupboard after a few weeks but this is still being used after well three years. I have seen some reviews where parts have run out after a couple of years but I only use this twice a week at most so it seems to be lasting well.
I can't remember what I paid for it - I seem to remember it was in the region of £75 but whatever it was it has repaid me time and time again. Unless you normally by basic loaves you will find that making your own bread is going to be at least as cheap as getting a store bought loaf and there will be the joy of knowing you have made this yourself.
Summary: A great machine that anyone will be able to use.
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