I've never used or had a bread machine. I will say that I've seen dozens of them sitting unused on shelves in basments, thrift stores, and garage sales. Rarely, however, do I see a stand mixer! :lol Actually, I don't know that I ever have. I vote for the mixer. Much more versatile and fun to use. I make bread regularly in mine, and yeah, I fiddle with it for most of the day (why make one batch when I can make four in a row? :D ), but I love it.