Andrew James Premium Bread Maker review

Their name may not be as globally-known as Panasonic’s, for example, but this small family-run company is famed for their high-quality, yet low-priced products.

They manufacture everything from glue guns, to ice cream makers, to insect houses, and – of course – bread makers.

Introducing the Andrew James Digital Bread Maker – the underdog of the world of bread makers.

Product Features

  • 12 pre-set programs– baking everything from gluten-free bread to creating pizza dough is easier than ever.
  • Keep Warm function– not going to be around when your bread is finished baking? Not to worry; the Keep Warm function will keep your bread at a just-baked temperature for up to an hour.
  • Integrated scales– no need to weigh your ingredients separately; just place them into the machine and let it do all of the hard work.

The maker can be found here on Amazon, where the bargain of the price will get you;

  • The machine itself
  • An instruction/ recipe booklet
  • A 2-year warranty

So – onto the BreadMakerReviews.co.uk team’s experience with this bread maker.

Ratings and reviews

Quality - 9
90 %
Performance - 8
80 %
Features - 10
100 %

Like we have with all of the machines that we’ve tested, we put three of the machine’s programs to the test. On this occasion, we tried a basic white loaf, pizza dough, and – for a change – tested the machine’s cake-making abilities.

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First up – the loaf of white bread.

White bread is infamous for being some of the unhealthiest bread available on the market. It’s often made with flour that’s been bleached (yes, that kind of bleach), preservatives, and other hidden nastiness.  Making white bread with a breadmaker out of fresh ingredients eliminates most of this nastiness, which is obviously a plus; but how tasty would the bread be?

Only one way to find out.

We gathered up all of our ingredients (the recipe booklet made it easy to suss out what we needed) and placed them into the machine. The extra step of measuring and weighing all of the ingredients is removed, thanks to the machine’s handy integrated scales. We selected the appropriate program, and we were all good to go. Easy.

The time we spent waiting for the bread to make was nicely broken up by several quick glances through the machine’s viewing window – a quirky addition which allows you to have a more visual idea of how well your bread is coming along.

After what seemed like no time at all, our bread was finished. A quick and easy removal from the pan, a while spent cooling down, and we were ready to get tasting.

As a group of people who used to be dedicated store-bought white bread eaters, we were thoroughly impressed by the finished product. Tasty, fresh, and without any of the strange ingredients that can often be found in supermarket bread.

Next, we decided to give the machine’s dough-making abilities a go.

If you’ve read our ‘about’ page, you’ll know that we’re a team of people who really, really, really like their pizza. Unfortunately, our main source of the stuff tended to be our rather questionable local takeaways. If we’re being honest, ensuring that the pizzas weren’t high in fat or other random additives probably wasn’t at the top of the takeaway’s priorities (or ours, in all honesty).

So, we were astounded to discover that many bread maker machines came with the ability to create pizza dough that was about as healthy as pizza dough can get –but how well would the Andrew James machine do this?

Again, a quick gather of our ingredients, placing them into the machine (remember – no separate weighing is needed, the machine does it all for you), and we were away.

Our perfectly-mixed pizza dough looked and felt like, well, pizza dough – its true judgment would be how it tasted and felt when baked.

We created our pizza – after a good hour or so debate about toppings- and waited patiently (impatiently) whilst it baked in the oven.

There’s no other way around it; we were thoroughly impressed with the finished result. The base of the pizza felt like actual, hand-made bread – not the cushiony, sometimes-soggy, sometimes-rock-hard base that you normally find in takeaways. It’s fair to say that the finished result wasn’t around for very long before it was eaten.

Finally, we put the machine’s cake-making abilities to the test.

The machine comes with a non-stick cake tin, so there’s no need to purchase one separately.

Again – following the recipe book provided with the machine – we gathered our ingredients and placed them into the machine, which then weighed them for us. All we had to do then was wait.

Just like the two other recipes we followed, this one resulted in a near-perfect end product.

The cake was perfectly light and fluffy, and wasn’t hard or undercooked in any places whatsoever. Again, the finished product didn’t last very long in our kitchen at all.

Overall, we can’t really fault our experience with this bread maker.

In terms of advantages, the machine has it all. The easy-to-use, LED display, the versatility of the programs, and the features – including the integrated scales – all make for an enjoyable, easy, and effective bread (or cake, or pizza) making experience.

The machine comes with only one disadvantage worth mentioning – the touch buttons aren’t as responsive as many people would like them to be.

You have to place your finger on the touch buttons for approximately three seconds for them to do their job. It may not seem like a long time, but it may be for some people when compared to a modern touch screen phone, for example.

However, it is only a very minor annoyance – one that didn’t affect our overly positive view of the machine too much.

As for the noise that the machine emits, it’s nothing that you wouldn’t expect from a breadmaker. If you’re using the delay timer so that the machine starts up in the middle of the night, we would recommend closing the door to the room in which you keep your bread maker. Do this, and the noise shouldn’t be loud enough to disturb you.

Andrew James Premium Bread Maker review
On a whole, this bread maker is one of the most underappreciated on the market, and certainly lives up to its ‘premium’ namesake. We would recommend this bread maker to anyone – especially those looking for an easy-to-use, budget option.
8.5 Total Score

On a whole, this bread maker is one of the most underappreciated on the market, and certainly lives up to its ‘premium’ namesake. We would recommend this bread maker to anyone – especially those looking for an easy-to-use, budget option.

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Andrew James Stainless Steel Digital Bread Maker With Scales, 12 Pre-set Functions & Automatic Ingredients Nut And Raisin Dispenser -...

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