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Anyone bought a breadmaker and then regretted it/ not used it?

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chipmunkswhereareyou Fri 12-Sep-08 08:53:58

Thinking of getting one but don't want it to end up in that kitchen cupboard for 'useless kitchen gadgets that seemed like a good idea at the time of purchase.'

I know from another thread there are those who swear by them, but has anyone regretted coughing up for one?

SquiffyHock Fri 12-Sep-08 08:56:26

I got one as a gift a few years ago when they were all the rage; it's hardly been used. I hated the look of it on my counter but then couldn't be faffed to get in out whenever I wanted to use it.

Makes great pizza dough but I didn't actually like the bread.

Jahan Fri 12-Sep-08 08:58:29

I bought a 2 breadmakers before I got the Panasonic so I regretted buying those grin

I have not regretted buying the panasonic. Its brilliant.

(sorry, probably not helpful to you)

Sherbert37 Fri 12-Sep-08 09:10:46

Been making a loaf a day since I got mine in July. Panasonic too. Just put it on before I go to bed. Most importantly, my teenagers like the bread. Have not bought a loaf snce then.

MrsJamin Fri 12-Sep-08 09:19:56

the best thing I have found is that I can just be in in the morning with nothing in for lunch, can make bread while DS sleeps and it's all ready for lunch No messing about getting in buggy going to the shops faff, love it. However this was after 3 years of it gathering dust as an unwanted wedding present.

Chocolateteapot Fri 12-Sep-08 09:19:56

Regret buying the rubbish one that I bought before I got the Panasonic, but don't regret the Panasonic as used daily.

winemakesmummyclever Fri 12-Sep-08 09:35:54

Hi, which Panasonic model do you guys recommend ?

Dh has been muttering about wanting a bread maker for a while, so I am trying to find out which one people prefer before taking the plunge and getting him one.

Like the idea of getting it ready the night before an waking up to freshly baked bread.

AbbeyA Fri 12-Sep-08 09:39:51

I have a Morphy Richards.
I make bread every day-it is very easy.
I don't buy bread-I resent paying over £1 for a loaf and don't like cheap bread.
I experiment with different kinds of flour,I am doing a lovely granary one at the moment.

MarlaSinger Fri 12-Sep-08 09:42:21

Sort of. I bought mine two years ago and used it daily and made a billion cakes in it and gobbled them all up.

But when I was pregnant the smell of bread cooking made me feel so ill... and it's been unused since, pretty much.

Whereabouts are you? You can have mine if you're close enough.

Sherbert37 Fri 12-Sep-08 09:42:53

SD255 £99.95 at John Lewis is latest model. Free delivery.

ClairePO Fri 12-Sep-08 09:45:04

Don't regret it all, I have the panasonic 255 too and it's great. Of course it does make me wish I had a bigger kitchen with loads of worktop space...

Bensonbluebird Fri 12-Sep-08 09:47:08

I had a Panasonic one handed on to me from a friend who didn't use it any more. I use it several times a week - great for pizza dough. I should make all of our bread really as it is no trouble, just loath to add something else to my list of responsibilities.

You could try Freecycle for one - they do seem to be something that you either use or don't. That reminds me I really should put our pasta machine and juicer on Freecycle, they really are useless!

fircone Fri 12-Sep-08 09:50:36

Apparently breadmakers and juicers are the top products languishing unused in people's kitchens.

moonmother Fri 12-Sep-08 10:06:56

I did have a breadmaker until yesterday, we've been making bread in it every other day, but last weekend we decided to have a go making it without, and much prefer it.

So all this week I've been making the bread without, the kids didn't really like the breadmaker bread but love the 'proper' bread. It's lovely and relaxing and only takes half an hour at most to make then it's all about letting it rest.

My Dm came yesterday and duly went home with said breadmaker.

I do have a juicer languishing in a cupboard tho grin

chipmunkswhereareyou Fri 12-Sep-08 10:53:43

Lol do half of you lot work for Panasonic or something?! I definitely will get a Panasonic one if I do get one then.

Will try Freecycle or Preloved me thinks. Then if I find it isn't for me I can just pass it on again.

murphyslaw Fri 12-Sep-08 13:55:59

I find it much less hassle to whip up a batch of dough in my kitchenaid. I hated the look of the breadmaker on my counter. Sadly its now collecting dust as is my juicer! hmm

Gobbledigook Fri 12-Sep-08 13:57:38

I barely used it - I didn't much like the bread in it. I gave it to my brother and he uses it a lot.

ChupitosGalore Fri 12-Sep-08 13:59:02

after initial enthusiasm we didnt use it much at all either. think its broken or binned now.

i do have an aga tho, so making bread is a piece of piss for me anyway (if i can be arsed)

Lizzylou Fri 12-Sep-08 14:01:36

No, we used ours constantly, they are fabulous. Nothing better than warm homemade bread with soup in winter. Pizza bases, fruit loafs etc, all are scrummy. Even bread mixes taste great in the breadmaker.
Just gone to put on a pizza base and the bloomin things broken!
It's now in the airing cupboard whilst I browse for a new breadmaker sad

DanJARMouse Fri 12-Sep-08 14:03:34

Got ours, was a real novelty, and now hasnt been used for easily a year!

Really should use it more, but just cant be bothered!

mumof2222222222222222boys Fri 12-Sep-08 14:13:39

We have Panasonic 254 which we bought about 6 months ago and use at least 5 times a week. Takes 2 mins and is a lot cheaper than buying bread which tastes like cardboard. Not sure about cost if you factor in cost of machine though. Anyway we're really pleased with it. It was about £80 and only regret is that I didn't go for the slightly more expensive panasonic...I bought some rye and spelt flour and there isn't a programme for them. Not sure why, and I've been mixing a bit in with normal flour to use it up. The fact that it takes about 1 min to bung in the mixture means we do use it. I used to make soda bread quite a lot, but that takes about 5 mins and I'm afraid that it is 4 mins too long except for special occasions!

GrimmaTheNome Fri 12-Sep-08 14:20:38

ditto to mumof - er how many? - boys. Wish we'd got the more expensive one. And from all the good reviews I don't suppose this one is going to break any time soon!

DD loves the 'easy ciabatta' and DH has wholemeal or granary with extra seeds and no salt. (all the books say you HAVE to add salt - they lie. Doesnt taste so nice till you get used to it but great if you need low sodium diet)

mumof2222222222222222boys Fri 12-Sep-08 14:34:08

Just the 2, but someone used that up. I haven't got 16 shock honest!

winemakesmummyclever Fri 12-Sep-08 15:51:33

Sherbet - thanks for the link to JL - have forwarded the info to dh at work (all he does is surf the net all day anyway!) Looks fab and am dribbling at the thought of fresh, warm bread covered in lovely creamy butter! Jaysus, listen to me...I sound like an M&S ad!! grin

ivykaty44 Fri 12-Sep-08 16:00:20

My mum got me a breadmaker in 1997 and I did use it for a while and then it got put away, I did get it out in 2001 for a while and used it quite a bit then it got put away again until last september when i got back from holiday. I was on mn and everyone raved about breadmakers and making bread so I got mine out.

I have used it since and have brought two loaves of brea in a year. Appart from holidays when I can't take it with me - so make three extra loves to take and keep in a lakeland bread bag - keeps them very well and the last one gets used for toast.

So even if it gets put away for a bit it doesn't mean it can't be re-envented and come out the box again

It is much cheaper than buying shop made bread and if you keep everything together that you need it is really easy to pop a loaf in the machine and put on a timer.

I only make bread using water, flour, yeast (from a small tine) salt and sugar. Everything is next to each other in the cuboard and when I pop the kettle on to make a coffee after dinner I pop the bread on whilst waiting for the kettle to boil.

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