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I'm thinking of getting a breadmaker -if I get a cheap one to see if we actually use it will I be wasting my money?

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NorbertDentressangle Fri 26-Sep-08 20:16:35

Like the title said really.

We've been thinking of getting one for ages but don't know if it'll be a short-lived novelty hence I don't really want to waste loads on Panasonic to find that it sits gathering dust in a few months time.

However will I be throwing money down the drain if I buy a £40 one from Lidl for example.

Are the cheap ones all crap or perfectly good for use a couple of times a week.

LittleMyDancingForJoy Fri 26-Sep-08 20:19:16

I've heard that the only ones worth buying are the Panasonics - we have a Panasonic and it's fab.

to be honest, it might be a false economy - buy a good one, then eBay it if you don't use it enough. It'll fetch a reasonable price, whereas a cheap one might put you off the whole idea with rubbish bread.

Hassled Fri 26-Sep-08 20:20:46

We got a middish range one a few years ago and the novelty wore off pretty quickly. TBH the bread isn't actually that nice. But it still gets used a fair bit because it is great for pizza dough - but that's not a good enough reason for a ton of money. I'd start cheap, see how you get on and trade up if you feel the need in 6 month's time.

Bramshott Fri 26-Sep-08 20:22:51

We have a Panasonic which has been going strong for 5 years plus <<touches wood>>. My mum has had two cheaper ones in the same time, both of which have broken down.

EdwardCullenCanHaveMySoul Fri 26-Sep-08 20:23:00

Ours is a Morphy Richards and it's great, I use it all the time. Picked ours up from a Network recycle place for a tenner though shock it was brand new, so wouldn't really have lost anything if we didn't use it!

DoubleBluff Fri 26-Sep-08 20:24:30

I have a cookworks one - cheap from Argos.
I have had it about 3 weeks and aam loving it.
It has a timer so I bung all teh ingredients in every night and it is ready the next morning.
Iw as really sceptical before, but am a total convert.
Not sure wht the more expensive ones do tbh!

NorbertDentressangle Fri 26-Sep-08 20:26:20

I was hoping you'd all advise the same thing to make my decision easier but it ssems to be 50/50 .....hmm still undecided

expatinscotland Fri 26-Sep-08 20:27:24

panasonic 253 all the way

LittleMyDancingForJoy Fri 26-Sep-08 20:27:29

Why don't you look on Freecycle, or put a WANTED out on there? People who have stopped using theirs might be glad to get the counter space back, and you could try one for free.

LittleMyDancingForJoy Fri 26-Sep-08 20:28:02

oh no, 255 for me, expat - with the timed nut/raisin flap.

sounds a bit dodgy hmm

Yorkiegirl Fri 26-Sep-08 20:29:35

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yomellamoHelly Fri 26-Sep-08 20:30:40

Had a £25 one from Tescos a couple of years ago (Hinari). Never got a decent loaf out of it. Stopped using it because the bread was so rubbish and it was really dis-spiriting. Currently thinking I should put a decent one on my wishlist for Christmas.

ibblewob Fri 26-Sep-08 20:36:08

The brand of bread flour that you use makes a HUGE difference to the loaf - my favourite is Carr's breadmaker's flour. About £1.29 a pack, and I get three small-ish loaves out of it.

I have a Panasonic 255 which I would definitely recommend - I use it about 2-3 times a week. I did ask for it as a present though (can't remember when, Christmas or birthday or something), so if I didn't use it so much it wouldn't be a huge waste of my money! blush

NorbertDentressangle Fri 26-Sep-08 20:37:09

I did think about freecycle but it seems to be one of those things that don't come up very often as you see quite a few Wanteds for them but very rarely see a Received or Offered .

I need to put some big stuff on freecycle this weekend so I might give it a go -nothing to lose .

mrsmalumbas Fri 26-Sep-08 20:39:39

I got one off e-nbay for about 30 quid, a second panasonic - quite elderly but it works! I would now love a new panasonic which has a bigger loaf tin and more features but am too skint right now. Panasonic rock. They always come out best in reviews etc.

mrsmalumbas Fri 26-Sep-08 20:40:07

A second HAND panasonic, I meant to say.

KatyMac Fri 26-Sep-08 20:41:03

I have a Kenwood (49.99) & it makes fab bread

I am acually on my 3rd - but I worked out that each of the first two broke at about 700 loaves (ish) so that is 7p's worth of breadmaker per loaf - well worth it in my opinion

Mind you I spend a lot of flour - it's about £3.90 for 3kg - stone ground at a water mill - it is special

PigeonPie Fri 26-Sep-08 20:49:25

Panasonic for me too. Have had it three years and haven't bought a loaf of bread, pizza dough or virtually anything else breadlike since.

jangly Fri 26-Sep-08 20:58:25

Panasonic is very good. And they've changed the shape of it now - its deeper and narrower. Doesn't take up so much room on the work surface.

uberalice Fri 26-Sep-08 21:07:53

Panasonic here too.

wobblyjellybelly Wed 01-Oct-08 21:00:18

Panasonic! Friends also have this and swear by it.

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