Russell Hobbs 18036 Breadmaker

They key to the 18036 breadmaker from Russell Hobbs is speed. With the capacity to make a full sized loaf in 55 minutes, this is the machine you need if you are in a hurry but still want well baked bread.

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The popularity and economy of this model means that the Russell Hobs 18036 is available in most online stores with some retailers offering a next day delivery service, so that you can start cooking your bread tomorrow.

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18036 Breadmaker Review

This fast bake breadmaker is a great mid priced bread machine which also offers a fantastic variety of other features.

Enough Programs to Keep You Busy

Along with the quick bake option it also provides 11 other preset programs and even has a keep-warm function so that your loaf stays fresh and warm for up to an hour after cooking has finished. This is great for those of us that don't have the time to loiter around the kitchen for the last few minutes waiting for the timer to go off.

As an upgrade to the previous Russell Hobbs breadmaker, the 18036 has more functions and features than you will be used to but it has a few things missing too.

Though it is great to see a machine than can make a high quality loaf in just 55 minutes, the loss of the 'bake only' function on this model is going to leave some Russell Hobbs fans looking elsewhere. The touch screen panel is easy to use and basic but there is no flexibility in the programs which means expert bakers who like to adapt their bake are going to be sorely disappointed.

Great Value for Money

On the positive side, this machine is perfect for new home bakers who want to try out a bread machine without spending too much. The non stick pan and kneading blade are both dishwasher safe, which makes things so much easier, and the 13 hour timer means you can always have bread when you need it.

Eat Your Crusts!

There have been a few reports on this machine that say the Russell Hobbs 18036 doesn't offer as much colour to the final loaf that really shouldn't stop you from buying it. There are three degrees of crust shading and as long as you choose the appropriate size of your mix and select the darkest option you can have perfectly coloured bread.

There are more special programs than ever before from including sweet bread, gluten-free and French bread which provide a range of variety that you may not get with more expensive models. It makes jam and cakes perfectly and the rounded shape of the outer casing ensures this breadmaker holds its own even in the most high tech of kitchens.

Though there is no separate seed tray to add additional ingredients throughout the baking process, there is a beeper to advise you when the time is right and it is loud, so you won't have any problem hearing it wherever you are in the house. Again, this is a fine feature if you are in the house all day, but a bit tiresome if you actually have a life and still want to make great bread.

Another Viewing Window

The viewing window is probably one of the most exciting but pointless gimmicks that we have ever found on a breadmaker and this model boast theirs with pride. OK, so it is really amazing to watch your first batch or two of home made bread rise and cook, and the kids love to show their friends. But after a day or so it becomes a bit redundant and a pain to keep shining and clean.

Summary

For an entry level bread maker with a fast bake, multiple loaf sizes and keep warm function, the Russell Hobbs 18036 gets the thumbs up. However, if a bake only function, seed tray and flexible cooking are for you then you need to keep looking.

18036 Breadmaker User Reviews

8th November 2014

had this maker close on 1 year. no complaints with the bread on standard loaves. not too happy with the wholemeal loaf, it was heavy and did not rise enough for me, the other worry is the washer on the pan is breaking up. a new pan is expensive unless you are good at diy, it is valuefor money.

By john

14th January 2014

Had this since Christmas and made about 6 white basic loaves and one wholemeal. First loaf was a bit salty as I hadn't got my glasses on and added a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon of salt LOL!

All the rest have been perfect. It takes about 5-10 minutes to add the ingredients (I now try to be very accurate, using electronic scales whenever possible, and a new set of plastic 'spoons'). The outcome is very predictable and all the loaves have been cooked perfectly (with a medium crust as selected).

I have only used the smallest loaf setting as there are only two of to eat the bread and now we have tasty fresh bread with no waste. I obtained the unit from Amazon with free postage for just under 50 GBP and I consider it a bargain. I have planned to buy all manner of ingredients so that I can try some different recipes. Panattone is my next project!

The bread maker is neat, clean looking and simple to operate. It has a non-stick pan (almost no residues are left), the paddle always stays on the pan and the loaves always turn out onto the tray with no effort. The pan is extremely easily cleaned (only a rinse really, after removing the paddle) and although it says that it can be put in the dishwasher, there is no need.

We are so pleased that we bought this and I can recommend it highly. What's that ... is it the timer telling me the loaf is ready? I already knew that as the wonderful aroma of fresh bread has filled the house! Time to get the butter out!

By Bernard

7th January 2014

i have had mine since the 10th of december and i have made around 25 loaves with mine and not 1 failure. ok the top is on the pale side but for someone with false teeth that is a blessing trust me.

i have only made the basic loaf as yet but it has been the 1kg size its the best thing i have brought and it has saved me loads thats why im going to give it

5 stars for quality and 5 stars for price

By andy

17th October 2013

I have had it a week and I have made 5 loaves so far with reasonable results. The slight disappointment is that the top is not cooked sufficiently and always pale.I have stated to finish the bread in the oven.It would be improved if there was access to the cooking timer so I could experiment.

By David

14th June 2013

This is my first bread maker, and I'm really pleased! Even the wife likes the bread, as does my son. I've only made the standard white, & the wholemeal loaves so far, but will try the Sandwich some time. So far I've only made the small loaf, which seems large enough, but there are two lager sizes to try later.

By Derek

1st March 2013

Instructions flippant and vague. Column headings do not line up with ingredients. Mistakes in ingredients. Reported to Customer sevice but only a stock reply re passing it on to marketing.

By J. Bright

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How Does The 18036 Stack Up?

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Manufacturer

Model

Capacity (kg)

Dimensions (cm)

Power (watts)

Progs.

Price

AFK Germany

BM3

1.30

47 x 30 x 31

800

10

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0.90

47 x 30 x 31

600

12

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650

12

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Kenwood

BM150

0.70

28 x 24 x 30

600

3

£ N/A

Kenwood

BM250

1.00

31 x 25 x 25

480

12

£ N/A

Kenwood

BM256

1.00

31 x 35 x 25

480

12

£ N/A

Kenwood

BM350

1.00

31 x 39 x 29

645

14

£ N/A

Kenwood

BM450

1.00

31 x 39 x 24

780

15

£ N/A

Kenwood

BM260

1.00

28 x 30 x 33

455

11

£ N/A

Kenwood

BM366

1.00

28 x 30 x 33

470

11

£ N/A

Lakeland

My Kitchen Compact

0.45

31 x 22 x 25

530

11

£ N/A

Morphy Richards

Accents 48271

0.90

28 x 24 x 30

600

12

£ N/A

Morphy Richards

Compact 48245

0.68

22 x 22 x 28

600

10

£ N/A

Morphy Richards

Fastbake 48268

0.90

31 x 39 x 29

600

12

£ N/A

Morphy Richards

Fastbake 48280

0.90

31 x 39 x 29

600

12

£ N/A

Morphy Richards

Daily Loaf 48330

0.45

22 x 24 x 28

600

5

£ N/A

Morphy Richards

Easy Use 48322

0.90

31 x 39 x 29

600

13

£ N/A

Moulinex

ABKEP1

0.75

22 x 24 x 28

600

11

£ N/A

Palson

Bake Pro

1.00

31 x 25 x 25

800

12

£ N/A

Panasonic

SD254

1.20

28 x 37 x 33

550

16

£ N/A

Panasonic

SD255

1.20

28 x 37 x 33

550

18

£ N/A

Panasonic

SD 2500WXC

0.80

28 x 37 x 33

550

9

£ N/A

Panasonic

SD ZB2502BXC

0.80

26 x 38 x 39

550

11

£ N/A

Panasonic

SD 2501WXC

0.80

28 x 37 x 33

550

11

£ N/A

Prima

ABM30

0.90

28 x 37 x 33

720

12

£ N/A

Prima

ABM31

1.36

30 x 37 x 33

920

12

£ N/A

Russell Hobbs

Breadman 12683

1.00

30 x 37 x 33

600

7

£ N/A

Russell Hobbs

18036

1.00

35 x 31 x 34

660

12

£ N/A

Russell Hobbs

Fast Bake 17887

1.35

30 x 45 x 28

1100

11

£ N/A

18036 Breadmaker Manual

You can download a copy of the 16 page instruction manual for the 18036 here:

Download Russell Hobbs 18036 manual

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