Kenwood BM450 Rapid Bake Bread Maker, Stainless Steel
The BM450 was bought in December 2009. No problems with the bread at 2 loaves per week. However the first bread pan leaked via the bearings at 11 months. 2 months later the drive 'pins' in the machine, that connect to the bread pan, disintegrated. I bought spare parts and fitted them with difficulty. At 2 years the second bread pan bearings seized and at just under three years the third bread pan bearings also seized. Fortunately due to the 1 year guarantee and a complaint, all bread pans were free. I ordered a new bread pan in November 2012, but cancelled when informed that they would not be available for two months. A further call from Kenwood stated that due to problems replacement bread pans would be available from March 2013.
03 February 2013
A convenient and tasty product
Last minute Christmas request that arrived within 48 hours of our online order and its been baking the best, fluffiest, yummiest bread / bread rolls every day since ... It is so easy to operate, totally basic - just follow the recipe, put all the ingredients in the dish and Voila - Fresh Bread. You can even prepare bread rolls in the Bread Maker and finish them off in the oven. It is stylish and quite compact so sits nicely on the bench or in the kitchen cupboard.
Totally great product and I can't rate it highly enough... Gotta go - gotta bake some bread...
17 January 2013
Very easy to use, good instructions (though would have been helpful to have had two measuring spoon things to avoid needing to wash and dry between using for oil and then for dry ingredients). Am using at least every other day. I find the kneader comes off and stays in the loaf once loaf is removed more often than not, but it is simple to remove. I also find that I need to reduce the amount of yeast the instructions say by a very small amount. Timing function also works really well. Very pleased with purchase - can't see us ever going back to buying commercial bread!
16 January 2013
must be doing something wrong
have so far attempted five different recipes without success. ihave followed the instructions exactly and bought new digital scales to ensure weighed ingredients are correct. can any one tell me what i might be doing wrong.
09 January 2013
Highest quality bread
This is a very attractive model that looks very modern on a kitchen worktop. It has a number of additional features such as automatic dispenser, very nice touch screen functionality and a rapid bake programme, which is very useful. Bakes the highest quality bread you can imagine. We are very pleased. Highly recommend.
08 January 2013
Nicely Finished Product & Easy to Operate
This has clean lines, the stainless outside is smart and easy to clean. The instruction and controls are easy to understand / operate. We just need to figure out how to make the Gluten Free recipe to work!
08 January 2013
Attractive and efficient breadmaker
Really pleased with this purchase. It looks good on the worktop although slightly larger than other models I was looking at. It is not very heavy if you, like me, plan on moving it/putting it in a cupboard after each use.
The lcd display is best read when looking directly downwards onto it, which is pretty unusual considering when the appliance is on a worktop you look at the display at more of an acute angle. It is perfectly legible, but not as clear as it could be. It is lit up.
The glass lid is removable, as is the internal seed tray - very helpful for cleaning. The oven has an internal light that you can click on if you want to see the progress of your loaf, though the small slots that you have to peer through make it close to pointless and the inside of the lid is often covered with condensation anyway. The convection feature is a genuine help with crisping the tops of breads.
Getting the paddle out of baked bread requires a knack but it is possible and doesn't leave big holes in the bread as I have found with other makers.
Pretty quiet operating noise. Nice touch sensitive controls. Body gets warm but nowhere near hot when in use - safety first kids.
The timer works fine and you can rely on waking up to freshly baked bread if you like, although you would want to turn it out soon after it's finished and the tin also requires "immediate" cleaning according to the booklet.
08 January 2013
Kenwood BM450 Breadmaker
The whole family are enjoying making bread, baking cakes and preparing dough . The baking receptacle gives a decent sized loaf. Easy to use with comprehensive instructions and a lot of recipes. Very easy to clean. We are using it on a daily basis. There is obviously a dimple from the mixing paddle in the base of the loaf, but you soon get used to that. Being stainless steel and glass, it also looks good on the work surface.
03 January 2013