We got a hand me down one from my grandparents and got hooked but then it stopped working reliably.
I replaced it with the latest Panasonic - not cheap (£140) but very good. Got a loaf due to finish in 10 mins so there is a lovely smell throughout the house!
I really am not sure about the economics as I do think we eat more bread so not sure if it is real savings but for us it's knowing what's in it. I also invested in an electric knife as it's easier to cut when warm and easier to avoid huge doorstops!
Am looking at getting myself one as household bread demands are getting ridiculous. What do mumsnetters think of them? Can anyone recommend a brand? What should I be looking for? Atm ive found one i like on ebay, I think its cookworks but dont quote me on that.