Kenwood BM450


Kenwood BM450 Bread Maker Review



The Kenwood BM450 is one of the top breadmakers on the market at the moment. If you want the best, we highly recommend it!

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The Kenwood BM450 is one of the most popular bread makers in the UK. It is marginally more expensive than models such as the Kenwood BM260, but has a number of additional features such as automatic dispenser, touch screen functionality and a faster rapid bake cycle. This Kenwood BM450 bread maker review will go through some of the machines most interesting features to help you make an informed decision.

Kenwood BM450 Features

The Kenwood BM450 bread maker is one of the more expensive home machines on the market, but you can often find it for significantly cheaper than this price. Is it worth that money? Why not go for a cheaper option? Read on to find out what we think.

As you’d expect from a high end home bread maker, the Kenwood BM450 has several features that you don’t get with cheaper models. One of the most useful is the automatic ingredients dispenser. If you want to bake anything other than a basic loaf, the dispenser takes care of when the extra ingredients should be released into the mix. The BM450 also has a large number of programmes – 15 with 5 personal settings – so you won’t be short of variety should you wish to experiment with different types of bread.

If you’ve ever baked the perfect loaf only to have it ruined by sticky kneaders and pans then Kenwood have you covered! The Kenwood BM450 comes with the company’s unique non-stick kneader and bread pan (using a special coating) so you don’t have to worry about the bread being ruined again.

An important feature of most modern bread makers is the rapid bake cycle. If you’ve never owned a bread maker with this feature before, a rapid bake cycle allows you to sacrifice some bread quality (usually in terms of bread density) for increased speed. This isn’t ideal if you want the highest quality bread, but if you’re in a rush then the baking time is significantly reduced. The Kenwood BM450 bread machine is capable of a rapid bake cycle in under an hour (58 minutes to be exact), which is relatively quick compared to other breadmakers on the market.

At the opposite end of the spectrum to the rapid bake cycle is the delay timer. The Kenwood BM450 bread maker has a 12 hour delay which, combined with the one hour warming function, makes it easy to wake up to fresh bread in the morning.

Aside from the advanced features, the Kenwood BM450 bread maker has all the basics you’d expect. Additional features include:

  • 15 programmes including those for doughs, jams and cakes (along with basic bread options).
  • If you want more control over the bread making process, the Kenwood BM450 has 5 personal settings. These let you set your own timings for pre heat, kneading and baking stages.
  • Three size options (500g-1kg).
  • Stylish and sleek design, with black glass finish and stainless steel body.
  • Other features include LCD panel, touch controls, internal light, power failure memory and viewing window.

Kenwood BM450 Reviews

You can always get a good idea of the true quality of a bread maker by looking at reviews from other people who’ve already bought the product. The majority of reviews of the Kenwood BM450 bread machine are positive, although there are more than a few with complaints ranging from mild to serious.

Let’s start with the most important factor when choosing a bread maker: the bread quality. The majority of reviews praise the BM450 for its high quality bread and ease of use. If you’re looking for a machine that consistently bakes high quality bread then this may be the machine for you. As with any bread machine it may take some time to get used to the process, but after a few loaves most buyers found the BM450 straightforward to use.

Other good features mentioned by reviews include that the rapid bake setting produces more than adequate quality loaves, the dispenser is large enough to add reasonable amounts of nuts or fruit and the recipe booklet is very helpful. Another bonus is that the Kenwood BM450 comes with a viewing window and internal light. This lets you easily see how the bread is progressing without jeopardising the loaf in the process.

As mentioned earlier, however, there are some problems mentioned by reviewers. One reviewer complains that the instructions are very poor and don’t live up to the quality of the rest of the product. A more serious complaint from several reviewers is that the machine isn’t reliable. It appears that only a small percentage of reviewers had problems with reliability, but it’s something to be aware of nonetheless.

Kenwood BM450 Rating And Conclusion

The Kenwood BM450 bread maker is one of the most expensive on the market, but it’s also one of the best. We’ve awarded it four and a half stars, as the machine is capable of consistently producing high quality bread. It loses half a star for the expensive price tag. The large number of programmes, custom functions and fruit and nut dispenser are fantastic for those who want to experiment with different types of bread.

Conclusion Rating
3 stars
5 stars
Bread Quality
5 stars

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5 Comments/Reviews

  • Christine Padmore says:

    Has anyone else found that the kneader detaches itself to the extent that it ends up in the middle of the finished loaf? I phoned Kenwood and they say ‘yes this does happen’? Can’t be right can it?

  • Carys says:
    2 stars

    Yes, have found exactly that ! I contacted Kenwood myself and they said that the paddle should fit ‘firmly’ on the spindle – mine did not it was wobbly. They sent me another paddle, same problem, the paddle was baked deeper into the bread. So, I have tried two of this model and returned both, now looking for another machine.

  • amelia says:

    I have tried several recipes from the Kenwood recipe book for this model – other than the ginger bread recipe – the rest leaves me with a doughy taste in some sections of the bread. I have given it a try so many times, I am perplexed. am hoping for some advice.

  • David Arthur says:

    I bought a Kenwood BM 450 breadmaker in August 2012. I typically make about 60 loaves a year in it. In March 2014 the spindle fell out the middle of the bread pan after the paddle had become very stiff over the previous few weeks. Kenwood agreed, after some argument, to replace the bread pan free of charge and it has been fine since then. However, now in September 2015, one of the lugs on the rotating disk which the bread pan locks into and which rotates the paddle, has sheared off. I now have another visit to the Kenwood repair centre to make. I guess I have made around 200 loaves with the breadmaker since I bought it. I previously had a Zojirushi which lasted me 15 years before finally wearing out. I can’t say I am that impressed with the Kenwood replacement.

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