He has particularly asked about the mixing blade and whether some models do not have this "baked into the bread".
He lives on his own so a smaller one would probably suit him, and he would not want to do kibbled grain type bread because of his teeth, so the ability to cope with that is not a consideration.
Husband, two teenagers, Stanley & Jed the greyhounds, one quail (Hawkefrost), one budgie (Chaos) small productive surburban section.
This is what we do too, you end up with a better loaf shape 
shad297;364657 wrote: This is probably not a lot of help to your dad, but I only do bread in breadmaker until dough stage, take out, knead slightly and put into a proper loaf tin to continue proving then put into cold oven, turn up to 200oC and cook for 45 mins (10 mins for heating up) and 35 mins to cook. This also ensures the bread rises nicely too. The reason I remove it from breadmaker is that I am hopeless at cutting the 'tall' loaves my machine produces.
Yes, it leaves a hole and as I bake over night I don't get up to take out the blade. However, the bread slides out easily from the pan. It makes a smaller loaf which is not that high.
It also makes far less noise than any other brand when in operation.