We had a Breville (fan assist) breadmaker that was about 10years old, but still going strong. However, it hardly got used because the bread, in truth, was much denser than we would have liked, and often had a bit of a doughy flavour.
We were given the Panasonic as a Christmas gift, and haven't looked back. We're now buying flour in 16Kg bags (try Balchedre stoneground wholemeal here, and Marriages canadian white at Costco). As well as seeds, honey, oats.. you name it..
This is a little treat - something new, tasty and wonderful every day. My personal fave is the 5 seeded wholemeal, but also love making baguettes (with a baguette pan), rolls, olive bread, rustic french bread, maple and pecan....and right now I'm just trying an oat and honey loaf from an internet recipe.
I've always known it's much cheaper to make bread than buy it. We're eating real luxury for about 40p/loaf or a decent white loaf for under 20p, but I hadn't realised that it's possible to make bread better than shop bought for this amount.
I've tasted bread from a few other breadmakers, but this is the Daddy. Don't get a breadmaker if it's not Panasonic!