I'm firmly in the no-breadmaker camp!
Had a breadmaker, was top of the range when it was new, and now have the dough hook on the mixer which I use, but haven't perfected yet, or knead breads entirely by hand, which while I have young-ish arthritis free hands, I enjoy the process of.
I've never been a real fan of breadmaker bread anyway. Even when I had the breadmaker I used it mostly for dough only.
I find for proving, I pop the bowl on top and back of my fridge, and thats just the right temperature.
Or above the oven as I am pre-heating it, usually for the final rise.
Mind you, I am also biased towards low yeast and longer slower proving for bread anyhow, just my preference for texture and flavour.
And like you Elaine, not a fan of single purpose appliances. When I first started working, I had cupboards full of them. Got rid of most of them and don't miss them a bit.
Two roads diverged in a wood and I -
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
~ Robert Frost