I'm kind of hesitant to post this. I don't like to make bread making to seem at all complicated. Because honestly it isn't you barely need a bowl and an oven to make it but I am a gadget buyer and I bought a gadget.
Okay so gadget probably implies something a bit more technologically advanced but what we actually bought was a proving basket. Which is technically just a basket with a linen lining. It does have magic powers however. It makes the crust lovely. Just the right mix of crisp and chewy. We're really glad we bought it. We got ours from Sous Chef and I'd recommend it to anyone who makes a lot of bread. If you'd like to make bread without one I'd recommend that too.