My friend Jean recently bought a Kenwood BM250 bread maker after much sole searching. As I had read a lot of good things about this particular bread maker I asked her if she would let me know what she thoughts of it.
So I asked Jean what made her choose this particular bread maker. She told me that after looking into lots of different bread makers she was attracted to the Kenwood BM250 because it allowed her to bake white and wholewheat bread. Similar to my refrigerator review, she was very excited about this bread maker.
The fact the Kenwood BM250 bread maker can bake three different sized loaves from 500g, 750g or 1 kg and gives you the option to chose light, medium or dark crust settings was also something Jean said she liked.
But one thing that she said really impressed her was that the rapid bake took just 58 minutes. I know Jean works full time and has two young children so I could see why this would be such a benefit for her.
Looking over the machine myself I was pleased to see a large viewing window. I have used some of the most expensive bread makers which didn´t have this window and I was always tempted to lift the lid and see how things were doing and probably ruin everything.
I asked Jean how she found using the Kenwood BM250 bread maker. She said she really liked the clear LCD screen which showed her how much time was left on the bake and how the buttons are clearly marked in a chrome finish.
Another thing that Jean said helped her choose the Kenwood BM250 bread maker was the 15 hour delay timer which lets her wake up to freshly baked bread each morning. There´s even a 1 hour keep warm function.
Jean mentioned that the machine had an 8 minute power interruption memory restart program, although she said she didn´t have a clue what it was for. I told her I thought it was in case of a small power cut, which she thought was a really good idea.
The Kenwood BM250 has a manual and a recipe book, plus a measuring cup and spoon all included. Jean did say though, you need to read through the instructions booklet first, because she didn´t and the first loaf was OK but not as good the second one after she had read everything.
So, some good advice there from Jean I think!
So to finish I asked Jean if she could sum the main reasons she decided to buy the Kenwood BM250 bread maker compared to all the others she looked at. Without any hesitation she said two words – price and Kenwood.
She said although there were a lot of other bread makers that did the same as hers not many did them at the price she wanted to pay. Plus, the fact it was a Kenwood, she knew it would be a quality machine as her Mum had had a Kenwood food mixer for many years and now wouldn´t be without it.
Kenwood BM250 Bread Maker Pros
A competitively priced mid range bread maker from the quality product range of Kenwood. It´s easy to use with an informative booklet. The viewing window is a good size and the alarm bleeps are loud enough for you to hear to add in extra ingredients.
Kenwood BM250 Bread Maker Cons
Kenwood could make some improvements to the bread tin which can sometimes become loose when placed into the machine. The kneading arm quite often gets stuck in the bread after baking. May seem a little noisy to some people.
Kenwood BM250 Bread Maker Benefits
- 12 programs for normal white bread, to Jam making facility
- 500g, 750g or 1kg loaf settings
- Light, medium or dark crust setting
- Removable lid for easier cleaning
- Keep warm function
- 15 hour hour delay timer
Kenwood BM250 Bread Maker Conclusion
From the research I carried out into the Kenwood BM250 bread maker I found a large number of people posting positive reviews. The majority of them remarked on how easy to use it was and how they would recommend this bread maker for enthusiastic beginners.
This machine comes complete with a recipe book but Kenwood also have an excellent website where you can easily download lots of other wonderful recipes for the BM250 Bread Maker.
Many people commented on how the price they paid for this bread maker was nearly half as much as some other machines and yet it offered more or less the same functions.
As I have mentioned though, one concern that did crop up was over the loose fitting bread tin. Although I have since read how this can be overcame by fitting a stripe of wire under the clips in a zigzag shape and over the basket which seemed to stop any movement.
The overall impression from my research into the Kenwood BM250 bread maker is that this is a good quality mid range bread maker with an extremely competitive price tag that features as many functions as its more expensive rivals.
Sporting the brand name of Kenwood should give anyone buying the machine complete peace of mind.
With all this in mind I would have no hesitation in giving the Kenwood BM250 my recommendation.
I have found the best place to buy the Kenwood BM250 bread maker is at Amazon. They currently have the best price and include free delivery for this bread maker.
You may also like to see my review on the Kenwood BM450 bread maker.