Bread machines do make great tasting bread because bread is best when fresh out of the machine.
I got a bread maker a few years ago and it is fairly easy to use. I think a lot of people sort of get lazy about using their bread machine, but I remember when my mom use to make bread by hand and that took a lot longer and was certainly more work.
For just under $100.00 I suggest you try the Cuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker. It can be used to make a 1 pound, 1.5 pound, or 2 pound loaf.
Has 11 preprogrammed menu selections to help make nearly any type of bread you want. Very easy to use!
Make sure you use only bread flour for bread machines not all-purpose flour.