If you plan to just make white bread, don't bother getting one. I use Dan Lepards recipe for Easy White Bread and you only knead it for about 1 minute altogether and it turns out gorgeous. I haven't tried making any seedy/brown ones though.
I have been using breadmakers since they first came out. Always Panasonic. Friends have used cheaper ones and then been disappointed with the results and thought that breadmakers are not very good. A breadmaker is a tool...cheap tools are never a good idea.
But if you don't like the thick crust you get with a breadmaker, I'd consider buying a food mixer, Andrew James do a well reviewed one that you can purchase on Amazon for £100). You can then mix the dough in it and pop the pans in your oven for a loaf that is more similar to what you'd get from the bakery.
However, for convenience a breadmaker is great, and it is nice to wake up to the smell of bread in the mornings.