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Kenwood BM250

Bread maker (Barcode EAN = 5011423107837).
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Kenwood BM250
480W 15 hour digital timer with delay option Touch control programming 58 minute rapid bake programme 12 programs LCD display 1 hour keep warm function Finish: White

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Average Rating:  3 out of 5

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There are 7 reviews for this product.

Firstly the bread is good - even rapid bake is good.
The price is also competitive.

Major Flaw - The clips that hold down the pan are very flimsy - many other reviewers have mentioned this. The result is that, after a few uses, the pan jumps up and paddle does not engage - so you abandon the mix. You can try bending the clips but then they will break - bad design.

Minor Flaw - the paddle leaves a major chunk out of the bottom of the loaf when you take it out of the pan.

Summary: Not bad but I wouldnt buy this model again - it could ruin the reputation that Kenwood established - based on the Kenwood Chef!

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 2 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 19Feb2009
I owned the BM200 before which made excellent bread but the clips holding the bread basket in place slowly became weak - so I asked for a replacement Kenwood BM250. Again, it makes excellent bread but suffers from the same clip problems and more disturbing, the top rightmost screws on the metal surface place rust after a couple of days from condensation. I took mine back and got a replacement from a different shop - same rusty screws, same dodgy clips - so its going back and Im changing brand. Sorry Kenwood - it just doesnt cut the cloth anymore.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 2 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 25Jan2009
Have had this machine for just over a week now (bought from Tesco for 37.00). Have found it very good value for money and very easy to use. We had a cheap and cheerful one a few years back and that was terrible as the mixing blade extended right inside the loaf so you eneded up with bread that resembled a polo mint. Although the blade in this one does not fold flat it only extends a very small way into the loaf and really only makes a slight indent, rather than a big hole. Have used recipes from the book and also packet mixes all with equal success. Would definitely reccommend this one. Only down side so far is that I have found the retaining clips very stiff and struggle to lift the bread pan out but thats my only complaint.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 4 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 25Jan2009
I bought this today[...]
I took it home, assembled it (ie. attached the kneading paddle), washed it, 2 minutes with warm water. Added 150ml of water, 250g of Seeded bread mix from Tesco. I set the program pressed GO and 3h 45m later was eating slices of my first ever home baked loaf. Easy peazy! And it cost about 50p, counting electricity and the mix. Now to try it with the raw ingredients. And then add some seeds. And then maybe some pizza dough...

It really is simple to use although criticisms about the LCD screen angle and the basket are valid. In my case the problem was the basket being too tight and very hard to get out. But some practice showed that a two handed technique on the handle with gentle leverage using the wrists
works best.

Ive no experience of other machines but Im a happy bunny. If it continues reliably for the next 3 years it should just about pay for itself too.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 4 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 19Oct2008
Was gifted this breadmaker and was very pleased until I used it. As I see it there are 3 serious design flaws. Firstly, the LCD panel is both small and mounted horizontally making it almost impossible to read all the information available. Next, the lid only just opens past 90 degrees, I burnt my wrist on first use when I pulled the bread pan out, the resultant jolt made the lid shut on me. Finally, and by far the worst in terms of useability, the clips that hold the breadpan in place are totally inadequate and the breadpan disengages from its drive when Kneeding making unattended use impossible. I only managed to make 2 loaves before contacting Kenwood who offered a refund,I got the impression that they were well aware of the problem. Shame really as it made a great 1kg white loaf and has many versitile settings.

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 1 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 14May2008
[...] This is a good quality, stylish (if a little retro looking)machine. The bread I have made is good. However, you may need to experiment using a recepie from another source and not the one provided with the machine (e.g, it tell you to use vegetable oil, not butter as part of the ingredients).

Two minor critisizms: the display clock ought to be at a 70 degree angle, and not flush on the appliance, it is very difficult to read withought looking directly down on to it. Also, you must take the bread out from the baking tin after its finished the bread making process, otherwise the condensation will make it go all soggy! This is common to all breadmakers.

The bread container itself should have been made a bit bigger! But this is a minor gripe. [...] So dont spend too much money one a breadmaker, they are all pretty good! The ket is experimentation and care in adding the ingredients. This is a good machine though so far...

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 4 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 08Apr2008
Not overly impressed by the clips holding the pan already mentioned by other reviewers.
The first 500g loaf is in preparation as I type this and so far, Ive had to reposition the pan 3 times as it lifts and pops out of its proper position when kneading which leaves the motor running but without the blade doing anything.
I cant see that I have repositioned the pan differently to the previous occasions but it just went through what seems to be the final stage of kneading without it popping out so, fingers crossed, but, and its a shame, it now seems to me that leaving it to run without supervision is taking a `bit` of a chance.
Unfortunately, however good the produced loaf will be, the poor design of those pan holding clips mean that I am not terribly confident about using the timer function.

< Long term use >

Well, used it for just over a year and its just started showing signs of failure. The bearing(assuming its got one)in the bread pan is seizing to the point where its difficult to turn the kneading blade by hand, no wonder the machine sounded like it was struggling lately !
The problem of the bread pan popping out was solved by bending the clips, but with the side effect of making it quite awkward to remove.
Possibly common with other machines, is the fact that some bread tends to stick to the kneading blade when its taken out of the pan, so you end up with a `gap` in some of the slices in the middle of the loaf ! Having said that, its easy enough to remove the blade once the last kneading cycle has taken place if you dont mind getting your hands `dirty`.
These comments aside, it does make great loaves and in the past year, we must have bought 3~4 ready made loaves at the most.
Its just a shame that the design of very simple mechanical components has been botched, specially when compared to our Kenwood Chef which has been used without any problems for around 25 years !

Will I get another breadmaker ? Definitely !
Will I get the same model ? Definitely NOT !

Reviewed by: Amazon Reviewer   Rating: 2 out of 5  Date Reviewed: 07Jan2008

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