Nothing beats the smell (and taste) of freshly baked bread, but making it from scratch isn't something we always have time for. Luckily, there's help at hand in the form of the Cuisinart Compact Automatic Bread Maker, a very sleek piece of machinery that absolutely anyone can operate.

Our favourite feature of the breadmaker is a toss-up between the 13-hour delayed start setting (hello, waking up to fresh bread in the morning!) and the 12 pre-programmed menu options that can whip up everything from plain white bread and gluten-free loaves to artisan dough and even jams and jellies.

Throw your ingredients in, choose from three crust shades and three loaf sizes, and wait for bakery-quality bread. When it's done, remove the pan and paddle and throw it in the dishwasher for a super quick cleanup while you eat.

While the model comes in two sizes, we're digging the smaller unit. It can still make a 2 lb loaf – a manageable amount to eat before the fresh bread goes stale – but its compact size means it can live on your countertop or be neatly tucked away in a cupboard when it's not in use.

Trust us – you knead this in your life.