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6 best bread makers that you’ll want a slice of

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There’s not a lot that can beat the simple joys of freshly baked bread. The devil works hard, but the humble loaf works harder…it feeds the family *and* the soul. And, while supermarket bread is accessible and does the job, a homemade loaf is just, well, better.

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We want freshly baked bread to be part of our morning routine – stat. And, to help us reach this goal we’re strongly considering our next kitchen appliance buy: a bread maker.

Gone are the days of manually kneading dough and breaking a sweat in the kitchen (for hours on end, might we add) for a couple of slices that are gone before you’re even able to catch your breath.

Bread makers are here to save the day, and to help you choose the best one for your needs – below, we’ve rounded up the best bread makers that will take your avo toast obsession to the next level.

The best bread makers 2022

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Panasonic Premium Crusty Loaf Artisan bread maker, $329 at Amazon

The Panasonic Premium Crusty Loaf Artisan bread maker is made for the seasoned home baker. With state-of-the-art sensors that measure internal bread temperatures and ambient conditions to work in unison to ensure the dough rises consistently, you’ll be greeted with the perfect slice (or two) at the tip of your fingers.

Key features:

  • Temperature sensors
  • Reflective inner lid and central heating to mimic a traditional baker’s oven
  • Wide variety of crusty loaf options

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Breville The Custom Loaf Pro bread maker, $429 (usually $489) at Breville

Whether you have your own bread recipe up your sleeve, or you’d rather the machine take the reins, the Breville Custom Loaf Pro has manual and automatic programs for both. Plus, should you suddenly lose power (touch wood), its Power Interruption Protection system has 60 minutes of backup power, so your bread can keep baking should such a situation arise.

Key features:

  • Collapsible paddle for bread and dough settings
  • Nine custom settings
  • Three crust colour settings

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Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Plus bread maker, $377.49 at Amazon

Japanese brand, Zojirushi, is well known for their high-quality kitchen appliances, namely its cult-status rice cooker being on wish lists of many home cooks. The Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Plus is no different. Boasting an average five-star rating on Amazon from over 3000 reviews, it’s safe to say this model is a crowd favourite. This bread maker features double kneading blades and dual heaters to promote an even bake. Plus, its ‘Rapid Courses’ allow you to make a fresh loaf in just under two and a half hours.

Key features:

  • Double kneading blades
  • Dual heaters
  • 13 hour delay setting

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Panasonic bread maker, $299 at The Good Guys

Choose from three loaf sizes and three crust browning settings to make the perfect loaf of bread. This bread maker features dual temperature sensors that are used to determine internal and external temperatures to calculate the optimal timing for each bake. This is to ensure you’ll have perfectly soft and spongey bread, every time.

Key features:

  • Dual temperature sensors
  • 30 auto programs for bread mixes, sourdough, pizza dough, cake, jams and more
  • Four gluten-free programs

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Sunbeam SmartBake custom bread maker, $210 at Appliances Online

Do you want to be greeted with the sweet smells of fresh bread as you wake up in the morning? With its 15-hour time delay setting, you can prep everything before bed and the bread maker will start doing the hard work while you sleep.

Key features:

  • Automatic fruit and nut dispenser
  • Large viewing window
  • 76 baking and kneading options
  • 15 hour time delay setting

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Kogan stainless steel bread maker, $86.99 at Kogan

For just under $90 you can treat yourself to the fresh smells of homemade bread, thanks to Kogan. The Kogan stainless steel bread maker is one of the more affordable options on this round up, but it’s well equipped with 14 pre-set programs so you can try a variety of bread recipes.

Key features:

  • 14 pre-set programs
  • Set and forget capabilities
  • LCD display
  • Adjustable cooking options

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