I have used a bread machine for decades. The last one was very sturdy and very basic. When bread started sticking and not rising every other time, I decided it was time I treated myself to a new one. My have bread machines come a long way since the last one I bought.
There's another reason I decided I needed to make bread rather than buy it. I am allergic to barley and if you have ever read a bread label, you understand that is very hard to find something without barley or without preservatives. If my body is shouting its disdain for barley, I should pay attention.
What about you? What's your favorite appliance aside from a coffee maker?