Review: Sage Appliances – Custom Loaf Pro

Anyone that follows me on social media will have seen me posting so many pictures of freshly baked bread recently. The thing is, we were sent the Sage Appliances Custom Loaf Pro to review and over the last few weeks it has literally changed our life.

Hubby and I had always wanted to bake bread. There is nothing like freshly baked bread, the smell of fresh bread in your house and that still warm fluffiness of a just cut fresh loaf. So we have spent the last few years trying to make bread by hand, buying so many cookbooks and even investing in a bread maker. But the bread we made, even with the help of the bread maker just wasn’t right. It could not compete with bread from the shops and so the bread maker got left in a corner and we carried on buying bread from the shops, disillusioned that we would ever be able to make bread ourselves.

But then the Custom Loaf Pro arrived and literally changed everything. I had high hopes for this shiny new machine but I also reserved judgement until we’d tried a few recipes. I didn’t think we would ever be able to get bakery quality bread at home.

Review: Sage Appliances - Custom Loaf Pro

Review: Sage Appliances - Custom Loaf Pro

The Custom Loaf Pro was really intuitive to use. Although a recipe book didn’t come with it, I downloaded one online and set to work. It was easy to put the ingredients into the bread pan in the right order, confirm what settings we wanted on the LCD screen and then press start. A few hours later we had a perfect loaf of bread on the side. Yes, it really is that easy.

Review: Sage Appliances - Custom Loaf Pro

You see, the Custom Loaf Pro has over 60 different settings to choose from with a clever interface that works out temperature and baking time each time you make a selection. Each option has a set amount of time for kneading, rising and baking so that once you have told the machine what to do it just gets on with it and makes you a perfect loaf of bread.

Review: Sage Appliances - Custom Loaf Pro

Review: Sage Appliances - Custom Loaf Pro

There’s a timer that lets you select what time you want the bread to be ready which is perfect if you want fresh bread in the morning or if you’re going out and would like bread to be ready when you get home. There’s also a dispenser that adds fruit, nuts and jam at the right time – and this worked amazingly when we made our Fruit Loaf. You do have to remember to close the dispenser the next time you use the Custom Loaf Pro though or you’ll end up putting your additions into the mix right at the start by accident!

The rang of settings available is fantastic on the Custom Loaf Pro with basic, whole wheat, rapid, gluten free, crusty loaf, sweet, yeast free, bread dough, pizza dough, pasta dough, bake only, jam and 9 custom programs where you can create and store your own settings. I have used the basic, whole wheat and rapid functions so far and was amazed that you can make fresh bread in under two hours!

Review: Sage Appliances - Custom Loaf Pro

We’ve also used the Custom Loaf Pro to make pizza dough which was quick and easy. It made the perfect dough and enough for three pizzas – so we have frozen some for our next pizza making session.

Review: Sage Appliances - Custom Loaf Pro

Review: Sage Appliances - Custom Loaf Pro

The Custom Loaf Pro comes with a collapsible and fixed paddle and I was impressed that the collapsible paddle leaves such a little dent in the bread – in our previous bread maker there was quite a large hole in one end of the bread making slices look more like bagels than from a loaf. The Custom Loaf Pro is so different that every single slice of bread looks as it should.

Review: Sage Appliances - Custom Loaf Pro

My only criticism of the Custom Loaf Pro is that the stainless steel design does end up with marks over it, smears and fingerprints. But really, with a machine that we use so much this is really a very slight criticism. The Custom Loaf Pro is well made, built to last and really robust. The nice square design means it fits nicely into a corner of our worktop out of the way and then can be brought out when we use it.

Review: Sage Appliances - Custom Loaf Pro

Review: Sage Appliances - Custom Loaf Pro

The Custom Loaf Pro has been used every few days from the moment it arrived and I can’t see that changing. I am looking forward to making rolls and so many more types of bread in this wonderful machine. We have finally found something that not only makes bread just like you buy from the bakery but also makes it just so easy too. Our house now constantly smells of fresh bread and I couldn’t be happier.

The Sage Custom Loaf Pro has an RRP of £249.95

Disclosure: We were sent the above bread maker for the purpose of this review however all opinions are our own – and we really do love it.

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13 Comments

  1. March 13, 2016 / 7:41 am

    DROOL. All your photos on Instagram have made me desperate to cook bread which I’ve never done before. A house smelling of cooking bread is one I need in my life. Can I come and sit in your lounge whilst you make me bread please?!?!

  2. March 13, 2016 / 8:00 am

    Oh my gosh! I love Sage Appliances and would literally be so excited to have one of these bread machines! How awesome! There’s nothing better than homemade bread. X

  3. March 13, 2016 / 9:28 am

    I’ve been thinking of buying a bread maker for years but suspect that if I buy a cheap one it will end up gathering dust. This looks amazing! Maybe one to save up for.

  4. March 13, 2016 / 9:39 am

    This looks amazing Donna, I’m totally going to pop round for some freshly baked bread! Your video is amazing and I had no idea you could make pizza dough with a breadmaker. You might have guessed but for me, the brilliant thing about a breadmaker is that you can have bread that doesn’t contain palm oil, I’ve pretty much stopped eating bread now because it is so difficult to buy it without palm oil.x

  5. March 13, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    oh wow, I want one! This looks great, I have a bread maker from about 10years ago, tried using it a couple of times but couldn’t get on with it and it’s been in the shed since!!

  6. March 13, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    It looks great and I am impressed by the collapsible paddle, that has been the negative aspect of bread makers I’ve looked at before

    • March 13, 2016 / 9:19 pm

      We hated having a huge dent in the loaf on previous breadmakers too, it’s a great feature.

  7. March 14, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    This looks great. It’s the paddle thing (or lack of a hole) that’s the nobrainer. We got a bread maker with vouchers from our wedding but the OH always used to moan that the bread wasn’t like shop bought from the bakers, and I hated the huge hole in the bottom. This one’s just so versatile. The only problem would be finding a place to keep it!

  8. March 14, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    Oh wow this sounds amazing, I’ve always fancied making my own bread and have wanted to buy a breadmaker for a while, this one has now gone to the top of my list!
    We had the Sage deep fat fryer and it was great, like this there were so many options to select that made everything really easy.

  9. March 15, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    That looks amazing! My husband really wants us to get a breadmaker. We splashed out on the Sage waffle maker a couple of months ago and it is awesome, so we are fans of the brand!

  10. James Armitage
    May 15, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    For many years I have always bought Panasonic bread makers which served me well always made nice loaves.
    As we had bought a Sage toaster which we are very happy with,and when our faithful Panasonic passed away,we bought a Sage custom pro.
    We have had it for 5 months and I am very unhappy with it, I follow the recipes to the letter but I have very little success my loaves just don’t rise as they should,I would like to know what I have been doing wrong.
    Do you think my machine is defective?

    • May 15, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      I would contact Sage as our loaves have always been well risen

      • James Armitage
        May 17, 2017 / 10:42 am

        Thank you Donna, I will contact them as you suggest. Kindest regards,James

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