For those who love the taste of home baked bread, but would rather enjoy it without the hassles of mixing, kneading, proving and monitoring the baking process, then the Russell Hobbs breadmaker, will be a perfect solution for your needs.
It’s often a nerve wrecking experience to go through all the different models of breadmakers there are, so you can find one, which isn’t going to live up to the bad rep that some models have given the machines. Sticking paddles, parts breaking, chewy bread, crust crumbling etc.. You get the point. You need to know the good and the bad, so you can weigh your options up and find out what’s best for you.
You might need something that gives you a fast bake function – In which case, the Russell Hobbs 18036 breadmaker, has that capability. Letting you set it up to 13 hours before you want it to start baking. That leaves you with nothing more to do than to load up the ingredients and let the Russell Hobbs breadmaker do all the hard work for you.
Russell Hobbs Breadmaker Review
The great thing about home baking is that you know exactly what is in your bread. You only need to use the necessary ingredients, with the right measurements and get delicious and nutritious bread, ready to slice without any added preservatives.
You can’t beat the smell, taste, and nutrition of your own home baking. Provided you have the right tools.
What’s in the box ?
- Kneading paddle
- A rotating shaft that drives the paddle
- A handle to lift the pan out of the breadmaker
- Instructional manual
It’s a no frills machine that doesn’t come with a separate recipe book, measuring cups or other utensils. You get the essential tools to bake the bread, but as you’ll know, the bread is only as good as the ingredients you put in it.
For best results, it’s recommended that you use a set of digital scales to ensure that you get the best bread the machine can bake. That’s probably why the Russell Hobbs breadmaker, doesn’t come with measuring cups, spoons and utensils.
A handy feature it has for ease of use is its non-stick coating. It allows for the bread just to slide out the pan smoothly, without having to prise it out.
If you have a dishwasher, then you’ll be glad to know that the Russell Hob 18036 breadmaker, is dishwasher safe. That’s also handy to ensure that any baked bread is removed right away, and doesn’t stay baked onto the paddle, affecting the quality of your bread. If there are any leftovers, just use a plastic utensil to remove it safely.
Top features of the Russell Hobbs Breadmaker
- Bakes 1 lb, 1.6lb, and 2.2 lb loaves – Perfect for small and large families.
- 55-minute fast-bake function – Ideal for the busy home.
- 12 programmable combinations, allowing you to bake different types of French bread, whole-wheat,cakes,pizza dough and make jam.
- One of the distinct features you will notice are the adjustable crust option which allows you to set at light,medium and dark.
- 13-hour ‘delay bake’ time
- Easy-to-follow LCD display
- Clear view “large” window – letting you watch the baking process unfold, without interrupting the temperature, by opening the door.
- Power cut-off memory function – In the event of power failure, it stores the settings for 7 minutes, so it can just get straight back to baking.
- Both the bread pan and kneading blade are both non-stick and are dishwasher safe
- Insulated outer walls, stop the surface getting hot while it’s in use.
Among the programs on the Russell Hobbs breadmaker, you can find you’re able to bake stuff like, Malt loaves, chocolate cakes, walnut loaves, jam and marmalade spreads…to name a few. Some recipes are included in the manual, and are easy to follow.
Measurements are in grams and ounces too, so there’s no problem with having to convert from the Americanised measurements into British.
You’ll also find the control settings on the Russell Hobbs 10832 breadmaker, a breeze to use. There’s nothing worse than buying a kitchen appliance that you’ve no idea how to get it working. The instructions are clear, concise, easy to follow and most importantly, the controls are simple to use, so you can get the Russell Hobbs breadmaker working as soon as it arrives.
Without a complicated set up process.
Russell Hobbs Breadmaker Bad Points
The Russell Hobbs 18032 breadmaker, does come with its downsides
- There aren’t utensils provided
The instruction book does warn users not to use any metal utensils, to avoid any damage to the non-stick coating on the bread pan and kneading paddle. It’d be better to supply some ideal tools to help clean the machine and make sure that any excess baked bread is removed carefully.
- No frills:
The Russell Hobbs breadmaker, doesn’t come with everything you need to get going. You don’t get the measuring cups, utensils, or a separate recipe book. There are some recipe suggestions in the instruction manual, and handy tips for cleaning and using it. Including the use of digital weighing scales, which might be why there’s no plastic measuring equipment supplied.
- Dark crust setting isn’t perfect.
For those of you who like your crust hard, dark, and crunchy, then using the darkest crust setting on the Russell Hobbs breadmaker, is still going to give you a pale shade of brown. Not dark. That said though, the dark crust setting still produces a crust that’s nice and crispy.
What we think about the Russell Hobbs 18036
You also have the added advantage of being able to delay baking for up to 13 hours, letting you wake up to fresh bread whenever you want, or as often as you want. If that doesn’t help you get fresh bread when you want it, then you’ll find the fast bake function a dream for your baking, as you can enjoy a freshly baked, nutritious, and delicious loaf in less than an hour.
The non-stick coating and the fact that the unit is dishwasher safe, makes the clean up process a breeze. Just be sure to check the paddle after washing, to make sure there’s no baked bread underneath it. If there is, remember to use plastic utensils to remove it. A cocktail stick can do this safely.
As with many other breadmakers, there’s the problem of the paddle becoming stuck in the bread. Don’t let that put you off though, as you could buy a top of the range breadmaker, and still find that’s a problem. Just remove the paddle when you’re slicing the bread, and it’ll come out, without damaging the bread.
Another great aspect is the complete redesign of the paddle on the Russell Hobbs breadmaker, ensuring that there’s not a gaping hole left at the bottom of your loaf, from where the paddle has been removed.
For a great tasting, delicious, nutritious, fast, simple and a concise breadmaking machine, the Russell Hobbs breadmaker is going to be the one small kitchen appliance that’s going to turn you into a master baker at home.