We weren’t impressed with the Russell Hobbs 18036 which we recently took a look at. So, we’re hopeful that the Rusell Hobbs 17887 Fast Bake is going to prove that Russell Hobbs can still make good bread makers! Let’s dive straight in and take a look.
There are 11 built-in programmes provided, including recipes and cycles for basic loaves, wholewheat, pizza dough and jam. Perhaps not the widest range of programmes that we’ve seen, but certainly enough to cover most people’s taste. The fastbake option can have a fresh loaf ready in just 58 minutes, and there is also a 13 hour delay timer so you can enjoy fresh bread in the morning.
Operation of the machine is as simple as you’d expect. Put in the ingredients, select your programme, choose the bread size (2lb, 2.5lb or 3lb) and decide on what type of crust you’d like (light, medium or dark). When the programme is done, the machine will keep the bread warm for up to 60 minutes, also preventing it from getting soggy; handy if you’re not around to take it out of the machine straight away.
So, pretty standard functions for any bread maker so far. Is there anything unique about the device? Well, yes, there are a couple of things.
First off, this machine uses 2 kneading blades instead of the usual one. The idea is that this is going to be a lot more effective at kneading and preparing the dough, for a better tasting loaf with a great texture. We’ll put this to the taste test later!
Apart from that, a hook is provided which you can use to easily remove the blades. A simple but handy addition, especially considering a lot of people struggled with removing the blade in the cheaper 18036 model.
We found that most bread makers are cheapest at Amazon.co.uk, including the Russell Hobbs 17887 which is currently available for 29% off.
Russell Hobbs 17887 Fast Bake Breadmaker Features and Specifications
- 11 built-in programmes including basic loaves, wholewheat, pizza dough, and jam
- 13 hour delay timer – enjoy fresh-baked bread for breakfast
- 3 bread sizes – 2lb, 2.5lb, 3lb
- 3 crust types – light, medium, dark
- 60 minute auto keep warm feature – stops the bread from getting soggy
- Unique 2 kneading blade design – mixes better
- Hook for removing blades with ease
Customer Feedback and Reviews
Over 87% of customers were happy with this bread maker. In fact, 82% of customers were extremely happy, awarding the machine 4 or 5 stars.
People liked the size of the bread you get from this bread maker. Indeed, at 3lb the large loaf is quite a lot bigger than that which most other machines provide. Great for large families, or people who simply get through a lot of bread!
It’s good tasting bread too! All the happy customers made a special point of mentioning how good the bread was; a lot of people said they’d had perfect results almost every time.
Customers said it was easy to use, and efficient. The bread comes out of the tin nice and easily thanks to the non-stick coating, and although the blades do sometimes get stuck in the bread, people said it was easy to get out.
There were hardly any negative comments about the machine worth mentioning. A bit of a problem, though, is the included recipes. The vast majority of people said that the included recipes were quite poor, and included incorrect measurements. One lady called Russell Hobbs, and they provided her with an updated list of recipes so it seems that even the manufacturer themselves have admitted this.
The good news is that either with a little adaptation, or checking for recipes online, everyone managed to get a good result in the end. However, this is a pretty glaring error on the part of Russell Hobbs; if you’re a beginner to making bread, or you don’t want the hassle of find your own recipes then you might want to pay a little extra for the Panasonic SD-2500 WXC.
After the disappointment caused by Russell Hobbs’ cheaper bread maker, we didn’t expect much from this one. We’re happy to say that we’ve been pleasantly surprised; this is a solid bread maker.
It’s a reasonable price, makes good bread, and we like the 2 blade kneading approach (the more the dough gets bashed around the better). The lack of decent included recipes hurts the score though, and for only £12 extra you can have yourself the excellent SD-2500WXC. Nevertheless, we have to say that the Russell Hobbs 17887 is definitely a decent bread maker!