Breadmaker test: t-online tests models from unold, panasonic and clatronic

Breadmaker test: t-online tests models from Unold, Panasonic and Clatronic . Breadmakers on test: Our three test devices from Unold, Panasonic and Clatronic (from left to right) with their baked goods. (Source: Katja Schmidt/t-online)

Baking your own bread at home has not only become a trend in the corona era: bread baking machines are supposed to simplify and speed up the process. But what can the kitchen appliances really? We have tested three bread baking machines.

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If you love bread but have to pay attention to the ingredients or would like to try out unusual varieties, it’s best to bake it yourself. Especially for allergy sufferers, people who like to experiment and people who bake a lot, an automatic bread maker is worthwhile: with them, baking bread is easy without much effort, the manufacturers promise. The devices differ however partly substantially regarding their functions and also in the price. We therefore took a close look at three models from clatronic, unold and panasonic: how well do the bread makers work in everyday use, what programs do they offer and how good does the bread taste in the end??

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Breadmakers in a practical test: an overview of the appliances

For our test, we examined three models from the manufacturers unold, panasonic and clatronic, which are known for their kitchen appliances, among other things. The breadmaker BBA 3505 from clatronic is the cheapest in the test and offers twelve programs for baking and making jam. A real eye-catcher is the backmeister edel 68456 from unold , which can bake with 16 programs or make pasta dough and jam, for example. The most expensive baking machine in the test has a total of 18 programs panasonic croustina SD-ZD2010 in addition to various types of bread, it can also prepare pizza dough, cakes and jam.

All three appliances come with practical measuring cups and spoons, an instruction manual and recipe suggestions. The clatronic and unold models also come with a hooked skewer that can be used to pull the dough hook out of the fresh loaf of bread should it get stuck.

The three bread makers from Clatronic, Unold and Panasonic (from left to right) with accessories. (Source: Katja Schmidt/t-online)

The three bread makers from clatronic, unold and panasonic (v.L.N.R.) including accessories. (source: t-online/katja schmidt)

The test criteria: here’s how we tested

For all three bread baking machines in the test, we primarily looked at the different programs and the handling. Normal program tested with the respective recipe. In a second run, we tried out a different recipe and program on each machine to see what the models could do. ease of operation and cleaning in everyday use were just as important as the baking results. Aspects such as sustainability and the price-performance ratio also played a role in our evaluation.

The test results at a glance

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  • Very good price-performance ratio
  • Easy operation and cleaning
  • Attractive design
  • Excellent baking results with a great crust
  • Simple operation
  • Large program selection
  • Low price
  • Easy operation and cleaning
  • Large viewing window
  • Fogging viewing window
  • Comparatively high price
  • Takes up a lot of space in the kitchen
  • Dough does not rise properly when baking in the short program

The breadmaker with the best price-performance ratio in the test. Convincing baking results, handling and design.

Convinces with the best bread in the test. Perfect for demanding people who like to bake often.

With its functions, ideal for occasional users who do not need extensive equipment.

The first impression

All three bread baking machines arrive safely packaged. What is striking is that the unold appliance comes in an extra cardboard box for shipping in addition to the product box – which is not very sustainable. panasonic and clatronic limit themselves to the product packaging. Especially the inexpensive model from clatronic contains a relatively large amount of styrofoam, so that it remains undamaged. The high-end breadmaker from panasonic is the most environmentally friendly of the lot. In all three cases, the accessories are also well secured in the box.

The appliances still packaged for the test: The Unold machine stands out due to the additional cardboard box. (Source: Katja Schmidt/t-online)

the still packaged appliances for the test: the automatic machine from unold stands out due to the additional cardboard box. (source: t-online/katja schmidt)

Once the relatively heavy appliances have been carefully weighed out of their packaging, the visual differences are immediately apparent:

The backmeister from unold

the unold backmeister is the most elegant and high-quality model, with its stainless steel casing, clearly arranged buttons and display, and discreet viewing window. It is the only breadmaker in the test whose lid opens on the long side. This also makes it look rather discreet. Its baking pan is coated with light-colored ceramic and is easy to remove and reinsert.

The workmanship is pleasing and the printed overview of the programs promises an easy introduction to bread baking. Another positive feature is the comprehensive and high-quality user manual with recipe section and practical tips.

The bread baking machine from clatronic

The BBA 3505 from clatronic is immediately appealing due to its large viewing window and slim design. The white plastic tray, on the other hand, does not look particularly high-quality, but nevertheless solid and functional. Due to its white color, it fits into many kitchens without visually taking up much space. Its display is smaller than on the unold, but the buttons are also clearly arranged and well labeled.

Here, too, you will find the baking programs on the top of the machine. The instruction manual seems rather unkind in comparison, but contains all the important information. the clatronic’s baking pan has a dark non-stick coating and is also easy to remove and put back in the appliance. Only the handle seems a little less stable than on the other two bread makers in the test.

The bread baking machine from panasonic

The panasonic model is distinguished from the other two machines not only by its dark color, but also by the absence of a viewing window. It is also the highest appliance in the test – if you have overhead cabinets, it could be a tight squeeze when opening the lid. In any case, we had to move the machine forward to avoid hitting the shelves on the wall. In addition, the lid is somewhat wobbly when first opened and thus causes skepticism.

The baking pan, on the other hand, stands out positively: in comparison, it appears to be the best finished, is large and has a scratch-resistant ceramic coating. In addition, it clicks noticeably into place when you put it back into the baking machine – this is less obvious with the other models. One drawback is that the accessories do not include a hook skewer to release the dough hook from the finished bread. This disappoints at first, since it is the most expensive product in the comparison. The display is similar to that of the clatronic, the buttons are provided with symbols and the baking programs are printed on the device. The operating instructions, like those of the unold, are convincing.

Preparing for the bread maker test

For all three models, the necessary preparation is limited: you should choose a stable location with some distance to other kitchen appliances. With very smooth surfaces, a non-slip base can be useful, since the machines move slightly when kneading the dough. In addition, the baking pans and accessories must be cleaned before first use.

Even when it comes to baking, the preparation process is the same for all the bread makers in the test: first, you take the baking pan out of the machine and insert the kneading hook. Then you add the ingredients in the order and quantity specified in the recipe, otherwise the bread may not turn out well. The supplied accessories for measuring offer good support for all three machines. the scales on the measuring spoons and cups are very helpful.

The baking pan is then inserted into the machine and the lid is closed. After connecting the appliance to the power supply, select the desired program and, if necessary, the degree of browning and the size of the bread and press start. The breadmaker does the rest on its own: it kneads the dough in several stages, lets it rise, and finally bakes it.

The price-performance winner: the breadmaker from unold in the test

The unold breadmaker offers 16 programs, all of which are also suitable for gluten-free bread, which should please allergy sufferers. In addition to twelve baking programs, there is one program each for jam and pasta dough, as well as two custom programs for saving your own favorites. In addition, the bread size and the degree of browning can be selected for almost all programs.

We first tried the basic program and then the wholemeal bread program. Both of these steps require little effort and, as described above, are completed in just a few steps: prepare the baking pan and dough hook, add the ingredients and start the relevant program. The display shows the remaining time at any time and also clearly indicates which baking phase the bread is currently in. We like the unold display best of all in the baking machine test.

The basic program takes about three hours, the program for wholemeal bread half an hour longer. In between, a signal sounds several times: it indicates that ingredients can be added if required. Otherwise, the breadmaker is relatively quiet, even when kneading. In principle, the lid can be opened at any time during kneading. If you only want to inspect the dough, you can also look through the viewing window – at least when it’s not fogging up:

The dough in Unold's automatic breadmaker was not always visible when it was rising. (Source: Katja Schmidt/t-online)

When the dough was rising, it was not always visible in the unold automatic breadmaker. (source: t-online/katja schmidt)

The signal also indicates before the last rise of the dough that the dough hook can be removed: this prevents a larger hole in the bottom of the finished bread:

On the left, the farmer's white bread from our first attempt with the hole from the dough hook. On the right, the wholemeal spelt bread from the second run, in which we removed the dough hook in between. (Source: Katja Schmidt/t-online)

On the left, the white farmer’s bread from our first attempt with the hole from the dough hook. On the right, the whole-grain spelt bread from the second baking cycle, in which we removed the dough hook between batches. (source: t-online/katja schmidt)

the unold breadmaker is the only one in the test with this practical feature. Unold is also the only supplier who advises to thoroughly grease the opening of the dough hook in order to prevent sticking. In fact, it can be easily removed from the bread with the hooked skewer after the baking process, and no dough residue remains in the baking pan: the loaf of bread comes out of the pan easily, and a little help from turning the kneader connection on the underside is all that’s needed. Thanks to the ceramic coating, cleaning after baking is also no problem.

The test result

The Unold Backmeister Edel and the two breads we baked with it: The second attempt with a whole-grain spelt bread succeeded much better. (Source: Katja Schmidt/t-online)

The unold backmeister edel and the two breads we baked with it: the second attempt with a wholemeal spelt bread turned out much better. (source: t-online/katja schmidt)

We baked both breads in the small version. They become quite compact, which corresponds to our expectations with wholemeal bread made from spelt flour. We had imagined the white farmhouse bread from the first run to be fluffier. Since the bread in test two is absolutely convincing both visually and in terms of taste, we suspect that we made a mistake in the first run with our inaccurate kitchen scales.

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