Kenwood BM260 bread maker
It's not bad, but be careful!
This is the second Kenwood breadmaker my wife and I have bought within the last five years. The first one was very satisfactory as regards how it worked, and, if, in the handbook that comes with this model, there is a BREAD RECIPE THAT YOU WANT TO USE, this one is OK too, I suppose. Although I say that I do not recommend this machine (to click one of the two buttons on the review writing page is mandatory, and, in all honesty, I could not click on recommend), if there was a button that said: recommended with reservations, I would have clicked on that button. Since my diet is vegan (no milk, eggs or other animal produce), the bread recipes that came with the machine handbook were of no use at all (rather thoughtless of the compilers not to give a milk-free recipe for all except special loaves, like fruit loaves). Luckily, we had the old handbook that came with the old, discarded machine, and in it was a milk-free recipe for bread, which works fine. The wholemeal loaves that we tried to bake (recipes in the handbook, and milk not specified for wholemeal) did not rise, so luckily, the recipe from the old handbook (which allowed a mix of white and wholemeal flour) saved us from having wasted money on this machine. If you buy this machine, you might not be so lucky as to have other recipes available.
Another thing to watch out for is the paddle and spindle (which spindle is a part of the mixing pan). The paddle that came with the first machine we bought (not this model, by the way â it was a BM 250) was rough, and ought to have been rejected at the factory, I'm sure. The replacement that we BOUGHT (after several months) was much, much smoother. I suspect that Kenwood have a policy of putting not-so-good (i.e. potential reject) paddles in the new machines, so as to get rid of them, and leave it to the customer to complain if they are so discriminating (with the first machine, we were not, and accepted the bad paddle). We found that with this new machine (the BM260), the paddle was a very poor fit, and waggled about on the spindle. When I complained (within a few days of purchase), Kenwood arranged to send out a new pan and paddle (not knowing whether the fault was with the spindle or the paddle). The paddle ought to be a snug fit; otherwise, it will rapidly wear, and let you down.
The warning beeps that the machine uses to tell you when the baking cycle is complete are not as loud as they ought to be, while the kneading process is fairly noisy. I should not like to put a loaf in, then retire for the night. It would disturb my rest.
We really "kneaded" this . . . . . .
The BM260 is a nice sized bread maker and comes with a recipe book, measure & jug.
Waiting for our first loaf to bake was like an expectant father in the delivery suite but we were not dissapointed as it was delicious.
We are now trying our own recipies with really good results.
I was amazed by the efficiency of this machine. I chose it because Kenwood products are generally good and reliable, and this breadmaker isn't as expensive as many are. It's simple to use and offers great flexibility - you can use the recipes in the booklet or adapt one to your own taste. And what a taste! First class bread every time!
First and Best Purchase
Recently bought my first bread maker as I became fed up with the cost and 'unwholesome' taste of shop bread. I expected to have to do a bit of tweaking to get a good loaf but my first attempt was perfect and success continued since! Lots of variety of types of loaves, a choice of baking times which fits in with my working week and delicious bread! A great buy!