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Who loves their bread as much as the Germans? And we're not talking about the well-known TV character Bernd das Brot, but about our daily bread. German bread culture has even been recognised as a national cultural heritage. That's why it's not uncommon to find a baking machine in a German household.

With the help of a baking machine, you always have fresh bread for breakfast. And without having to run to the bakery first. However, you can not only bake bread with it, but also other delicacies. To find the right baking machine for your needs, we have compared different models in this article.




The most important facts

  • With an automatic baking machine, you can not only bake bread and cakes yourself, but also make yoghurt and jam, for example.
  • There are many different automatic baking machines that differ in their functions.
  • Some baking machines also have additional features such as an ingredient dispenser.

The Best Baking Machine: Our Picks

We have summarised our favourite baking machines for you here, so that it will be easier for you to make a purchase decision. There is something for every taste and the baking machines can also be ordered.

Buying and evaluation criteria for automatic baking machines

To make sure you don't lose sight of the big picture, we have compiled a list of the most important criteria for buying an automatic baking machine. This way you won't forget any key criteria when making your purchase decision:

Now we explain what you should look for in the individual criteria so that you can make a well-considered purchase decision.

Material

Normally, bread makers are made of either stainless steel or plastic. Keep in mind that stainless steel is the higher quality material. This also affects the price of the breadmaker.

But a baking machine made of plastic is not automatically bad. It depends on the workmanship. It is also an advantage to make sure that the baking tin is coated. That way, you won't have any problems getting the bread out later and it comes off the dough hooks more easily.

Weight

Automatic bakers can be of different weights. They range from about 4 kilograms to 7 kilograms. Of course, this also depends on the size of the appliance and the material it is made of.

If you plan to transport your baking machine often, a light appliance weighing 4 kilograms is recommended. If you give it a permanent place in the kitchen, there is nothing wrong with a heavier baking machine.

Power

The power is the indicated wattage of the baking machine. If you want to keep your consumption as low as possible, you should look for a low wattage.

A high wattage does not mean better performance! Normally, automatic baking machines can have a wattage of 500 watts to 800 watts. Orient yourself to the lower range.

Capacity

If you want to serve bread, cakes or other food in different sizes/portions, pay attention to the capacity of the baking machine. This is indicated either in kilograms, pounds or litres. Some baking machines do not indicate the capacity.

As a rule, a capacity of 1 kilogram is sufficient to bake small and large loaves. Before buying, you should consider which bread sizes you need.

Baking programmes

As with the capacity criterion, it is advantageous to consider which baking programmes meet your needs before buying.

Modern baking machines usually have many different programmes with which you can not only bake bread and cakes.

For example, you can also prepare yoghurt, jam, rice, meat and other foods with a corresponding baking machine. If you only want to bake bread, then a classic baking machine without extra functions is sufficient.

Browning levels

Tastes are different. Some prefer light bread and others prefer bread baked to a golden brown. Therefore, you want to be able to bake your bread in a way that suits your taste.

Look at the browning levels offered by the baking machine. The standard for automatic bakers is three different browning levels. Therefore, make sure that you don't buy an appliance that offers fewer.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about automatic baking machines answered in detail

In this section, we explain the most frequently asked questions about automatic baking machines so that you are well informed when you buy one.

Who is a baking machine suitable for?

Automatic baking machines are a great help in preparing various dishes. They are especially suitable for households where people like to eat freshly baked bread.

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With an automatic baking machine, you save yourself the trouble of kneading the dough and the messy work surface. (Image source: Theme Photos/ Unsplash)

Baking bread without a baking machine is more time-consuming and requires more time. So if you like to bake bread yourself, an automatic bread maker is ideal for you.

What types of baking machines are there?

There are many different types of baking machines. They differ mainly in their design, weight, size, variety of programmes and capacity. Which type is right for you depends on what you want to use it for.

If you only want to bake bread and cakes, you don't need a multifunctional baking machine. If you want to be able to transport your baking machine, you shouldn't get the heaviest one of all.

How do you clean an automatic baker?

The product description often states whether an oven is dishwasher-safe. In addition, every baking machine has instructions in the user manual on how best to clean it.

As a rule, you can clean an automatic oven by hand using washing-up liquid. It is important that you disconnect the appliance from the power supply before cleaning! It is best to clean your baking machine directly after you have used it, as this makes it easier to remove the dirt.

Before using it again, make sure that you have dried it thoroughly. Otherwise it may have a negative effect on your dough.

What alternatives are there to baking machines?

Of course, you can also bake your bread yourself in the oven using a bread pan. You can also bake delicious bread in a stone oven, but not everyone has one at home and they are much more expensive.

A mini oven is also sufficient for baking bread. However, none of these options makes the entire baking process as easy as the baking machine.

Conclusion

To bake your own bread or cakes as quickly and easily as possible, the automatic baking machine is the ideal kitchen appliance. Thanks to the many different programmes, you can even make jam, yoghurt, porridge and other dishes yourself. This way you have some fresh products on the table for every meal.

Baking machines are available in different versions, so you can find the right one for you. When deciding which one to buy, personal preferences and price are the most important factors.

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