Breville BB290 and BBM300 Bread Machines.
Seven years ago I selected the Breville BB290 on the basis of a good Choice review.
have come to appreciate the upright square loaf that it makes. The
square slices (approx. 13 x 13 cm) fit in my toaster.
and make neat sandwiches (that are a bit big to easily fit into a Tuperware box).
After 7 years of service making all the bread for 2 people the bread pan developed cracks around the rivets.
The oil that I always added first sealed the cracks in the pan as they were forming and it was still useable as shown.
The spindle needed continuous applications of vegetable oil to keep it free.
of the non stick coating on the paddle and pan showed some
loss and replacement was warranted for this reason alone.
replacement paddle and pan was going to cost around $100. As the BB290
was discontinued I opted instead for a new BBM300 at a discounted $147 delivered.
two machines are basically the same with the BBM300 now
featuring stainless steel on the outside. As far as I can see all
mechanical parts are the same. I will keep my old machine as should some other part of my new machine
fail I can resurrect my old one with the pan and paddle from the new
control panel has been updated with
a new setting for Gluten Free and an option of selecting loaf sizes of
1kg or 750g. The BB290 only had programmes for 1kg. 750g loaves were
accommodated by removing the loaf some minutes before the end of the
bake cycle. The overall cycle times for the BB290 match the times for
the 1kg setting on the BBM300 so transferring recipes should be no
problem. The bake only setting can now be set up to 2 hours (up from 55
minutes). In the updated manual there has been some
fine tuning of the
recipes for 750g loaves and the addition of a warning to place the
paddle in a vertical position before adding ingredients. You should do
this if you use the BB290. Full timings for the settings are now
I baked a loaf using the recipe
for Laucke multigrain mixed with bread flour shown on my bread page and
the result was the same as with the BB290.
I think 7 years is a
fair run for the bread pan and the paddle. At $100 replacing them when
needed adds about 20c to 30c to the cost of a loaf, that and the power
used of around .36 kWh (about 7 cents worth) should be taken into
consideration if you want to cost a loaf of your bread.
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