As I mentioned yesterday, I have a very old Sears machine that I love.
When I moved, this machine lived in storage for far too long, and as a result I ended up buying a different machine for the interim. When the storage locker was cleared, the second machine went to the second hand shop with my blessing. It made great dough, it was a lousy baking machine.
My machine, old as it is, does all the functions perfectly.
If you are considering a machine, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a good machine. Good Housekeeping has done a great review on 6 Best Bread Machines to consider.
Why buy a machine instead of making bread by hand? You can have flexibility to create bread while doing something else entirely. (You don’t do all your laundry by hand, right? Same principle.) You have control of the ingredients in the bread. No additives or chemicals to keep it shelf stable. If you have dexterity issues, the machine takes the “work” out of the process.
If you are considering a machine, please keep in mind you will need space to use and space to store the machine.
Whatever you decide, good luck!