Best Bread Maker

 

Finding the best bread maker on the market today is a difficult task, as there’s so many great models available. It’s not necessarily true that the most expensive model is the best, nor is it true that the cheapest one provides the most value for money.

​When you get it right, and find a great bread maker, you will be able to make bread that will exceed the quality of most store-bought bread by a long way. You’ll also have full control over what goes into that bread. The table below lists some of the top bread machines available on the market right now. We will update this list as often as we can to keep you up-to-date with the freshest breadmakers out there.

​Let’s take a closer look at some of the top bread makers. We will consider a variety of different budgets and take an in-depth look at each model. We’ll look at the features, pros and cons, value for money and also what customers are saying about the bread maker in question.

​Our purpose in doing so is to help ensure you get the very best value for money possible, whatever your budget may be. Because we know that the reason many people buy a bread maker, is not only because they enjoy making home-baked bread, but also to avoid buying expensive high-quality fresh bread from the store. Which can cost a lot over the course of a year. It would be rather pointless to save all that money, only to waste it buying a bread maker that doesn’t work as it should.

​To begin with, let’s take a look at the premium end of the market (for home use). The Ferraris and Lamborghinis of the bread making world. In this price range, you want the very best, and compromise just will not do. When you’re paying this much for a bread maker; you want it to look sleek, work extremely well, be very durable and produce outstanding bread. Our first model does exactly this.

Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf BreadMaker

Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf BreadMaker

Features

Some people like to spend a long time preparing the dough, getting it just right. Others will just want to make a great loaf of bread with as little effort expended as possible. This bread maker will actually prepare the dough for you if you wish.

But it’s not just bread it makes, oh no. It comes pre-programmed with a mind-boggling amount of setting that can allow you to make cakes, jam, thick crust bread, whole wheat bread and can also be programmed with your own custom setting.

If this sounds complicated, it’s really not. There are some technophobes who run a mile at the sight of an LCD panel, but this bread maker is really very simple to use. It can also be programmed with a time delay (up to 13 hours) to bake when you want it to, so if you wish you could come home from work to a freshly-baked loaf of bread. It even has a ten minute power failure back-up. So even if there’s a short problem with the power supply, your bread making will not be interrupted.

If you are one of these aforementioned technophobes, don’t fret. You won’t have to bury your head in a manual for hours to make sense of the LCD panel’s various settings; it comes with an instructional DVD that will show you how to use it.

But one of the greatest features about this bread maker, is that it can bake a 2lbs loaf to a professional standard, and still be very unobtrusive in the kitchen. If you have a large family to feed, this can be a godsend.

Pros

  • Very durable
  • A multitude of options
  • Makes great bread, probably the best loaf available for the home market

Cons

  • Some people may be baffled by all the options

Value for money

​Although it’s at the pricier end of the market, it’s fantastic value. You have to realize that there are bread makers that are significantly more expensive than the Zojirushi, but not even half as good.

​Think how much you would pay for very high-quality bread and cakes over the course of a year, and then multiply it by at least five years of use.

​When you think about it like that, it becomes very good value for money.

​Okay, so now we’ve looked at the premium bread makers, let’s take a look at the best model in the medium-priced range. If you want a really good bread maker but don’t want to spend top dollar on something you may not use very often, this model may be right for you.

West Bend 41200 Programmable Bread Machine, Stainless

West Bend 41200 Programmable Bread Machine, Stainless

Features

​This is a great little bread maker. You will surely have no regrets with this one if you choose to purchase it, because it makes a fantastic loaf of bread. It’s not large, nor is it tiny. It’s about the right size it needs to be to produce a 2lbs loaf of bread. Which is impressive considering the Zojirushi is significantly taller. The Zojirushi is also 6lbs heavier.

​It’s a great looking machine. It’s stainless steel exterior means it doesn’t look out-of-place in a modern fitted kitchen. If you’re the type of person who prefers stylish stainless steel kitchen implements to the more retro-look of many bread makers, this may be the best machine for you.

​It has a lot of programmable options, not quite as many as the Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme, but there’s certainly a lot on offer. For example; it has a time delay, but it’s only for one hour.

​When many people talk of this bread maker – both professional critics and customers alike – they mention its extreme longevity. This bread maker will keep going for many years if looked after. It’s a very competent bread maker that will produce years of high-quality bread. It comes with a 1-year warranty and an option 2-year warranty, but it would be quite unusual for you to need it.

Pros​

  • Though medium-sized, it produces a large loaf
  • It looks fantastic
  • It’s reasonably priced
  • Many programmable options
  • It’s extremely reliable

Cons

  • Though it makes good bread, it’s not quite as good as some of the higher-priced models out there

​Now we’ve looked at both premium-priced and middle-of-the-range bread makers, we’re going to look at the best budget bread maker. Paying less for some things is something that we all strive to do. But it’s no good an item being inexpensive, but not doing what you require of it. That can be said of many budget kitchen appliances. We’ve all purchased something in the past, hoping we can save a lot of money by buying a cheap model, only to get something that just doesn’t work. Or at least does not work for long enough to provide decent value for money. So at this end of the market, that’s something we need to be extremely wary of. As quite frankly, some bread makers are not fit for purpose.

​Having said that, there’s also some bread makers that cost a lot of money that do not work half as well as they should. When recommending a bread maker, we want to steer you away from such products. And there are lots of budget bread makers that really should cost more, as they are quite excellent.

​Which brings us to our next model. This bread maker is both inexpensive, and works extremely well. It’s also quite long lasting. It may not produce a loaf as good as the two aforementioned bread makers, but it will do the job to a level that is far above satisfactory.

Breadman (Applica) Horizontal Breadmaker 2lbs AP4 TR520

Breadman (Applica) Horizontal Breadmaker 2lbs AP4 TR520

Features

​This is another 2lbs bread maker. And the bread it makes is well above average. It may not be up there with the two bread makers mentioned earlier, but it’s nearly half the price of the West Bend, and a fraction of the cost of the Zojirushi. Which makes it exceptional value for money.

​Although it’s inexpensive, the quality of the bread is comparable to many higher-priced models out there.

​It doesn’t have a great deal of programmable options, but some people may like that. Comparing the programmable options of this machine to the Zojirushi, is like comparing a smartphone to a super computer. But a lot of people like simplicity, and though the other models mentioned are easy to use, they both require some effort to get to grips with them. This is so easy to use, a young child could figure it out.

​As well as being easy to use, it’s probably easier to clean than many bread makers.

​But for all its simplicity, it’s the bread that matters, and the question is whether or not this will produce great loaves every time. The answer is that it will. The crust control is a nice feature. You may want a light crust, a dark crust or a medium crust, this bread maker has you covered. There’s 8 programmable options in total.

​It also has a one hour keep warm cycle.

​But the question remains, how long will it last? Is it better to buy a more expensive machine? It’s clear from reading many reviews, that it does. Though there is one negative review on Amazon that claims that their model only lasted for one year, they also state that they got 320 loaves out of it. Which suggest that it saw quite heavy use. Though they should rightly expect to be able to use it for longer than a year of heavy use; it would be interesting to know how this was handled by the manufacturer. With these concerns duly noted, we can see that both professional critics and customers alike have given this positive ratings for its longevity which matches our experience, so this was perhaps just a rogue model.

Pros​

  • Very inexpensive
  • Makes a very good loaf considering the price
  • Easy to use and clean

Cons

  • Some concerns over longevity by at least one customer
  • Can be a bit too simplistic

Value for money

​Exceptional!

​It’s not far off the quality of a premium priced machine, yet it’s only just over 70 dollars (at the time of writing). That’s amazing value for money.

​The bread it makes tastes great, and although it doesn’t have a lot of programmable options, it certainly has enough for most users.

So there we have it. These three are some of the best bread makers in each price category in our opinion. But there are many great bread makers that we’ve failed to mention. We had a very hard time picking out the absolute best ones, as there’s so many bread makers that are of a very high standard. Let’s take a very brief look at a few of them now.

Oster CKSTBRTW20 2-Pound Expressbake Breadmaker

Oster CKSTBRTW20 2-Pound Expressbake Breadmaker

​Even cheaper than the Breadman, and almost comparable in quality. It was a very close run thing between this and our chosen model. It’s a brilliant bread maker, that anyone would be happy with.

​Oster CKSTBRTW20 2-Pound Expressbake Breadmaker is another in the top breadmakers 2017 list of the best breadmaker series. This breadmaker is capable of making breads upto the loaf size of 2 pounds. The breadmaker also offers 3 crust settings and 9 bread setting for easy breadmaking options. Whenever you are in a hurry, you can bake breads in an hour by using its Expressbake® setting.

​The breadmaker is also loaded with a 13-hour preprogrammable baking timer to let you plan your next morning baking needs well at night. The breadmaker also helps you monitor the different stages of break making cycle through the presence of its large LCD display. It is an ideal budget breadmaker for an average family to take care of their bread baking activities.

​Oster CKSTBRTW20, as the entire name suggests, is a bread maker, by Oster. It is a revelation in this category, and its low-price, at times, does not indicate its immaculate performance. It has dimensions 13.8 x 13 x 14.1 inches, and weighs about 8 pounds. With mostly positive reviews, it quite simply serves satisfaction.

​Features

  • Bread Capacity: It can accommodate 2-pound loaf of bread.
  • 9 Menu Settings: Allows for different types of breads to be baked, from the basic to French.
  • 3 Crust Settings: Allows us to suit crust, according to our needs.
  • ExpressBake Setting: A mode which allows bread to take less than an hour to be baked.
  • 13-Hour Delay Timer: Allows for timers to be set, making it automatically start, at a particular time of the day.
  • Large Display: Allows for easy reading.
  • Ingredient Alert Tone: A feature which tells us all the relevant ingredients we need for any specific recipe.

Pros

​Given its relatively diminutive size, its pros are quite surprising. These advantages have made it a very popular choosing, amongst its users.

​Firstly, the menu settings allow for people to satisfy their needs. We might have family members, whose choices differ from one another. One may prefer plain bread, while another may prefer French. This machine listens to all their demands and allows for different types of breads to be baked. From quick breads to European types of breads, this bread maker allows for basic, French, whole wheat, sweet, Expressbake, gluten-free, and other types of breads. Now it does not matter which member of the family wants what. This machine has made all of it possible. Another similar feature, which even many high-end, expensive bread makers do not have, is the choice to choose our type of crust. We, as people, have different likings, different requirements. Some like soft, light crush, while others prefer dark ones. This machine does not let anyone down. It allows for light, dark and medium colored crusts. It is basically a multipurpose machine, which allows us satisfy our appetite, from pizza to bagels, to just about anything we might want to bake.

​Secondly, given its size, one does not expect this bread maker to have much capacity. However, when we look at its ability to accommodate up to 2 pounds of bread, it is quite astonishing. 2 pounds of bread is quite a fulfilling quantity, for most families.

​Thirdly, there is delay timer function, which takes a significant burden off our shoulders. What it does is that it allows dough to be ready for baking. At the same time, it allows us to sleep or work, without any care of baking bread. We can set the timer, according to our needs, and have fresh bread in the morning, when we wake up, or after returning home, from work. In today’s busy lives, there is way too much to do and remember. In such jam-packed schedules, this feature allows room for breathing.

​Fourth, the Expressbake option allows for bread to be baked within an hour’s time. Baking bread used to be a process, which took hours, while also required some watching over. This machine changes all that and in about less than an hour, gives us freshly made bread, without affecting its quality. Baking up to 2 pounds of bread, in such a short time, seems like nothing short of amazing. Now, it does not matter even if we forgot to set the time delay, we can always do chores, while the bread gets baked. No more standing in front of the bread makers, for hours, waiting for bread to be baked.

​Fifth, its small size and light weight allows to it to be placed almost anywhere, and with utmost ease. Now even if we have narrow space in our counters, we can fit this machine in quite easily, and see it do its thing.

​Sixth, it consists of a viewing window, which allows us to keep track and monitor the progress and ensure everything is fine. In other models, we would have to open the door to see how it is going, which hinders the process of proper baking.

​Seventh, it comes with supplementary tools. These tools consist of a baking tray, measuring cups, spoons, a kneading paddle, and different recipes and manuals.

​Eight, it is incredibly user friendly. Now, with its easy to operate control panel, clearly labelled buttons and a manual to guide us, anyone can operate the machine, without any difficulty.

​Ninth, it does not compromise on the quality, whatsoever. With such speed, it also offers exciting precision. While the recipes, which come alongside the machine, allow for proper guidance, the machine plays its own role in making fresh and delicious bread, without any loopholes. Regardless of the type of bread or crust we want, this machine does not fail to impress. From kneading to rising, the machine times all stages perfectly. As a result, all the loaves are mouth-watering.

​Lastly, given all these features and pros, the price is significantly less than its counterparts. This probably one of the standout feature in this appliance. While other bread makers, of such quality and features, touch the $100 mark, this machine stop well before it, and gives quality for money, as well. In a different brand, the West Bend 41300 Dual-Blade Breadmaker offers a wide range of features as well, in a different category.

Cons​

​Relative to its incredible pros, the cons are almost non-existent. However, they are still present. The most common complain, which the consumers have, is the fact that this machine makes annoying noises, while it is baking. It might not be a problem, if our kitchen is secluded from the living room or the bed rooms. However, if this is not the case, the noise can be quite disturbing. Another solution is covering the area, which omits these noises.

​Also, there have been issues regarding the construction of the machine. People complain that, at times and not always, the pan starts popping out of the brackets, while they mix and knead.

​Lastly, there have been a few complaints about the rising and cooking of the bread. People have seen to complain that it does not cook the bread all the way through, leaving the loaves, half-baked.

​Conclusion

​For every con, there are about 3 stronger pros. This pretty much sums up the story of this machine, which is amongst one of the best bread making machines. It is affordable, fast and absolutely effective. The performance, although, is no less than that of a very expensive model, this machine can fit all types of budgets, while giving us the best bread experience possible. If one can deal with the noises and a few mishaps of half-baked bread, then for him or her, this is the ultimate bread maker.

Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser

Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser

​Very good, medium-priced bread maker. It deserves an honorable mention as being one of the best available in its price range. ​It has a very high-rating. Both professional critics and end-users love this one, and for good reason.

​Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser has topped the best bread sellers chart for the 2017. This breadmaker not only bakes bread, but it also mixes, kneads as well as rises breads in varying sizes up to 2-1/2 pound loaves. Its inbuilt 13-hour delay timer helps you plan your baking activities well in advance so that you get fresh breads ready early morning.

​A manual along with this breadmaker comes with 40 breads and doughs recipes as well as some great bread baking tips. The breadmaker has been designed to meet the North American Electrical Standards. You also get individual settings for baking quick breads, quick cakes, French breads, whole wheat breads, multigrain breads and standard white breads.

​Panasonic SD-YD250 is a bread maker, by electrical appliance giants, Panasonic. It measures 14 x 13.5 x 9, and weighs about 15.4 lbs. The USP of this particular model is the yeast dispenser, which accompanies it.

​Features

  • Power: It comprises of 550 watts of power.
  • Automatic Yeast Dispenser: Allows for different ingredients to be automatically added, at different times, when using yeast.
  • Loaf Sizes: Allows for three different loaf sizes.
  • Bread and Dough Options: These options include basic bread, whole wheat, multigrain, French, and pizza and cake dough.
  • Multi-Functional System: Allows for mixing of ingredients, kneading of dough, and processing of the mixture – all by itself.
  • Controls and Touch Settings: Allows for a variety of loaves, using a few basic steps, while it also has a rapid baking option.
  • 13-hour Delay Timer: Allows us to time our baking, according to our needs.
  • Beeping Alert: Indicates when to add further ingredients.
  • Crust Color: There different shades (light, medium and dark.)
  • Non-Stick Pan: Easy to clean.
  • Safety Fuse: Relieves our mind off pressure.
  • Power Disruption Memory: In case of any power disruption, the baking process smoothly resumes, ten minutes after the power restores.

Pros

​This model is arguably one of the most popular ones around, with almost all reviews being positive. However, its appeal is not just because Panasonic is a household name, but goes beyond that. Panasonic, with Panasonic SD-YD250, shows why it actually is a household name.

​Firstly, and something which is attached to its name too, we have the yeast dispenser. Adding yeast manually has never been easy for bakers. This machine takes charge of this job and allows for automatic dispensing of yeast. All the users have to do is add yeast to a small compartment in the unit’s lid and leave it. The machine automatically dispenses the yeast, along with other ingredients, at the most appropriate time. As a result, we get more effective results.

​Secondly, it is an all-rounder. For all the novice bakers out there, this model comes as a revelation, a perfect ladder to climb. It does all the kneading, mixing and processing itself. It also adds the yeast, automatically, at the right time, giving us an amazing bread experience. This is particularly important for people who wish for consistent results. Our busy minds are occupied by concerns from all over the world. This model takes a bit of it on itself Also, the layering of ingredients can be tricky for most bakers. This is where the yeast dispenser jumps in to rescue.

​Thirdly, and yet another plus-point for the baking amateurs, this model is extremely user-friend. The simple instructions and a few basic steps are all it takes to come up with delicious bread. It pretty much takes care of everything itself, all we need to do is press the button and let it know what we want.

​Fourth, it has a non-stick plan. Cleaning the pan can be hectic at times. Those bread makers, whose shape does not allow for proper cleaning, add to the woes. However, walking in his way towards increasing user-friendliness, this machine has a non-stick pan. This assures us that now we have one less thing to worry about.

​Fifth, there is power disruption protection in this model. What this does is protect the baking procedure against all power interruptions. How it does that? By saving the point where it was, when the power goes out. 10 minutes after the power restores, it resumes from that very same point, and thus, making sure the baking process ends up unaffected.

​Sixth, there is the sturdy wired handle. This feature allows us to smoothly remove the baking pan, once the baking process is done. Once the pan is out, the bread slickly slides off the pan, since the pan is equipped with non-stick materials.

​Seventh, there is the versatility, which this machine offers. Although, this may not be a very prominent pro, given the range its counterparts have to offer, but on its own, it is special and is worth the mention. Different modes include bake only, rapid bake, raisin, sandwich, and more. Its versatility allows us to bake all types of bread, from the very soft bread, used for sandwich, to different teacakes, gingerbread and fruitcakes, which also being able to make different dough, including dough for pizza and croissants. The rapid bake option allows for instant baking, and can be real handy in situations, where there is a lack of time. When using the raisin mode, a beep informs us when to add the sensitive ingredients. Its versatile nature also expands into the size of the loaves. It allows for medium, large and extra-large loaves. This means that baking different sizes of loaves, for different purposes, is possible, using the same machine. Speaking of versatility, last but certainly not the least, especially for the food lovers, who are very picky about their food, it allows for three different colors of crust – light, medium and dark. As a result, it makes sure we do not have to compromise, that we personalize our bread according to our specific needs, whatever they maybe.

​The eight point looks beyond the basic options and features, to assess the quality and consistency. Many of its counterparts have more options to offer, and at times at a lower price. However, as far as quality is concerned, based on user reviews, there is no parallel. Panasonic SD-YD250 stands firmly amongst the top rated best bread makers out there. While users use the phrase ‘perfect bread,’ slate.com had five of its model tested and claimed that the quality and looks of the loaves are nothing short of fantastic. This is where many other bread makers fail – they offer options but fail to offer that consistency, which allows for smooth sailing, at all times. However, Panasonic makes sure it does not falter at such a central point.

​Ninth, for those users, who are disturbed by the high level of sound bread makers make, this machine comes as an answer to their concern. With such high quality, the quietness it offers is quite admirable.

​Lastly, the 13-hour timer allows us to bake, just when we want to. Our busy routines, at times, do not allow us to take much time out to wait for fresh bread to be baked. Baking in advance is not an option either. Here, this feature allows us to time our baking, according to our needs. As a result, we can wake up to or come home to, freshly baked bread.

Cons​

​Given its incredibly high ratings and praise on most public forums, this seems like the ultimate bread maker. However, nothing is perfect and there are a few complaints.

​Firstly, one recurrent concern of users is the lack of crust variety, for wheat bread. Given its other varieties, it seems like it makes up for this, quite well. However, for wheat bread lovers, this comes as a disappointment.

​Second, there have been a few complaints by users, who assert that adding dough to the unit is difficult. This difficulty leads to spilling of the dough, around the unit.

​Third, we have the lack of viewing window. This viewing window, although, is unrelated to the baking process, but allows for users to monitor the process.

​Fourth, and probably the biggest drawback, is the absence of the feature, which allows bakers to bake their own personalized recipes. Thus, such individuals, this point comes as a major letdown.

​Lastly, the control panel does not indicate the stage, the baking process is currently going through. This concern is usually raised by baking enthusiasts, who prefer to monitor the whole process as it goes.

​Conclusion

​The verdict on this is rather simple. For the novice bakers out there, this is just the machine to get. It takes over various stages on its own, without giving any trouble. However, it is not the best option for professional bakers. Professionals, in general, prefer monitoring each step of the baking process, while also require having the option of baking manual recipes. This is a major shortcoming of this machine. However, given its automatic nature and user-friendliness, it seems like it was not aimed at professionals, after all.

Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Home Bakery 1-Pound-Loaf Programmable Mini Breadmaker

Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Home Bakery 1-Pound-Loaf Programmable Mini Breadmaker

​This is a very cute little bread maker, and one of the top bread makers around. But for a 1lbs loaf machine, it can be considered a bit too expensive. If you do not need to make larger loaves, you can not go far wrong with purchasing this little baker. It’s a great machine, and the bread quality is superb. Of course, the upside to having a smaller loaf size; is that it also takes up a lot less space. It also has a very unique and stylish look to it. Some of the highest-quality bread makers can look a little generic, if you’re into making your kitchen look stylish, this will certainly turn heads.

​Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Home Bakery 1-Pound-Loaf Programmable Mini Breadmaker makes it in the top 5 list of best breadmakers in 2017 for small families. The breadmaker measures only 8 inches x 11 inches x 12 inches in size, easily fits even in small kitchens. It is capable of baking breads as well as cakes in 1 pound loaf size. The breadmaker also offers various settings for quick bake cycle, fresh fruit jams and cookie/pasta dough.

​Its 13-hour delay timer helps you plan your baking activities 13 hour in advance. It is also loaded with a viewing window to help bakers monitor the stages of baking as well as LCD control panel for easy handling. The baking pan and nonstick kneading blade of this bread maker makes it one of the best choice in low budget breadmakers.

​Zojirushi BB-HAC10 is a bread maker, by Zojirushi. It is known for its diminutive presence, yet high quality performance. It has dimensions 11 x 8 x 12 and weighs about 14.7 lbs.

​Features

  • Power: 450 watts
  • Capacity: 1-lb
  • Design: Compact and sleek. Takes less space than a medium sized toaster.
  • Bread Textures: 3 bread textures (regular, firm or soft.)
  • Other Varieties: Cookies, pasta, cakes, et cetera.
  • Quick Baking Cycle: This allows bread to be baked in under 2 hours.
  • Delay Timer: 13-hour delay timer.
  • Manual: Comes with a directive video, a manual and a recipe booklet.
  • Menu Settings: Includes basic bread, soft, French, dough, quick bread, jam, et cetera.
  • Additional Tools: Comes with a measuring cup and a spoon.

Pros

Firstly, the most notable pro of this machine is its diminutive size. Looking at the dimensions, we can see that it takes up less space than a medium sized toaster. However, the small size does not entail fragility, as the machine is quite compact.

Secondly, the large window allow those, who love baking, a way to keep an eye on the whole baking process and be aware of whatever is going on in the machine. This may not have any effect on the quality of the bread, but existence of this window allows for better bread making experience.

Third, there is room for creativity. Ever since it hit the markets, increasing number of people are admitting that the small size of the bread maker allows them to experiment and be creative. Trying out new recipes and making new items, with minimal wastage of bread, is not something we can get in a big bread maker. The small size of the loaves, in this machine, makes room for this creativity. Luckily, it does not go unnoticed.

Fourth, speaking of creativity, the variety of items that this compact bread maker can make is wide. It comes with a manual, which has numerous recipes. This is a pro of its own, in a way. Anyhow, using this manual, we can try out new recipes and explore our potential. Using this machine, we can make both, bread and non-bread items. Considering the types of breads, we can bake light rye bread, cheese N’ onion bread, walnut bread, raisin bread, banana bread, French bread, et cetera. In contrast, different menu options allow us to choose from basic, French, soft, quick and other such options. Even for the non-bread items, using the ‘dough only’ option, the range of items is not short – cinnamon rolls, oatmeal and chocolate cookies, dinner rolls, et cetera.

Fifth, the manual which comes with this machine is not just limited to recipes. Its manual also covers all the basic knowledge of baking, that even many experienced bakers are unaware of. For beginners, it is the perfect ladder to climb. The topics covered include the need for the yeast to be fresh, the moisture factor, and the importance of usage of dry ingredients for proper baking. This manual assists us in sidestepping many common mistakes, which can really ruin the outcome. Even for the amateurs, reading the manual could prove useful, in terms of baking quality bread the very first time.

Sixth, the diminutive size outdoes the bigger ones, in terms of saving energy. Yes, the small size means that the power usage of this device is significantly lower than that of other such bread makers. It might not be the most affordable bread maker, but at least it can help save money in another department.

Seventh, the 13-hour delay timer is a revelation. This may seem like a simple function and is not that exclusive too, however, its importance is immense. Many people, with busy schedules, do not find enough time to wait around for bread to be baked. Without this, we would have to get up early in morning and bake bread, to have freshly baked bread in the morning. As an alternative, we might have to bake bread, in advance. Both of these cause inconveniences. Having this timer, we can bake bread just when we want to, without having to compromise on time, sleep or fresh bread.

Eighth, assuming we forgot to put the timer on and are in a hurry, we do not have to do with bread from last night. The ‘Quick Bake’ mode allows for bread to be baked within 2 hours.

Ninth, it gives us the freedom to choose the bread texture. We can choose from regular, firm and soft textures, according to our specific needs.

Lastly, if it was not already an easy machine to handle, its non-stick pan comes along and makes things even easier.

You can also see how this machine compares to the best bread machines out there too.

Cons

​The most notable con that this machine accompanies is the price factor. The price of this machine is usually touching the $200 mark, which seems quite excessive, given the small size of the machine. People are usually reluctant in paying such an amount, for such a small appliance. With many bread makers offering more variety and features, at a lower price, this price factor is a key imperfection.

​Secondly, we have the absence of dark crust option. Many people can be excessively choosy about the crust. With an already small size, such individuals are disappointed when they have to leave out the crust. Given that many bread makers, which cost a fraction of the cost of this machine, have this feature, it is a major shortcoming.

​Third, we have the small capacity. Although we can admit it is due to its small size, but for those who have considerably big families, 1lbs of bread would be insufficient. Such families would want to have a bread maker, which can fulfil their entire requirement.

​Fourth, the small size might not be a problem for small families, but there is another element to consider. The heel crust on the top takes a significant portion of the loaf. It would not be of any concern in a 2lb loaf, but in such a small loaf, it is a different case. In addition, the hole at the bottom, caused by the paddle, only makes this worse.

​Lastly, we have the fact that it bakes vertical loaves, instead of much better horizontal ones.

​Conclusion

​This machine is more suited to small families, rather than big ones. Those who wish to have a small machine, at the corner of their kitchen, would love how its sleekness and compact body sit on a kitchen counter. Its 1lb capacity would also be enough to satisfy such small families. However, for big families, this machine is not the option. It is impractical to buy 2 of these or compromise on our appetite. Such families are better off with a bigger machine, many of which are available at a lower price. Apart from the size issue, one can agree that its performance, for such a small machine, is impressive. A proof of this is the increasingly positive reviews in all forums.

Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker

Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker

​Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker is an aesthetically manufactured breadmaker to bake rectangular shaped 2-pound loaf breads. It is the best breadmaker for people who are in love with traditional rectangular shaped breads baked at home. The breadmaker is loaded with a revolutionary dual kneading blades technology for kneading dough to give it a higher rise.

​Another revolutionary feature of this bread maker is its built in heater lid heaters to spread the heat evenly for giving a perfect brown crust to the breads. You can use its quick baking cycle to bake breads in just 2 hours. Moreover, the inbuilt timer of this breadmaker lets you plan your baking activities 13 hours in advance. The breadmaker is packaged with a user manual, recipe book, removable nonstick bread pan, a measuring cup and a measuring spoon.

​Zojirushi Corporation, more commonly known as Zo is one of the leading companies into the business of cooking appliances. The company focuses on the development of some of the most innovative cooking appliances, many cooking amenities as well as food & beverage preservation facilities to meet the requirements of homes and industries at large. A wide range of technologically advanced bread making machines has helped the company to carve out a niche place in the market.

​Utility and Usage

​Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker is a flag product in its wide range of advanced bread making machines. This breadmaker is designed to bake the traditional rectangular shaped breads in a variety of sizes ranging between 1 pound to 2 pounds. It empowers the users to bake a large number of recipes, and also offers an option to try and experiment with many new recipes by using some of the most flexible options available in this breadmaker. This counter top kitchen appliance is one of the best breadmakers to cook buttery dinner rolls, bread sticks for lunch or cinnamon-raisin bread for breakfast.

​Zo BB-PAC20 breadmaker is more popular for its ability to bake a variety of recipes including pretzels, strawberry jam, pizza, home made meatloaf, cinnamon rolls, variety of cakes, bagels, white bread, brown bread as well as bakery-style artisan bread. One of the most innovative feature of this breadmaker is the presence of an additional heater on its lid to provide an equal distribution of heat inside.

​Features

  • The presence of dual kneading blades is a compelling feature of this breadmaker offers thorough kneading and baking operations at ease.
  • The presence of an additional heater in the lid of this breadmaker is another feature cherished by the many bakers across the world.
  • The baking pan of this bread making machine comes with additional handles to ensure easy handling and removal operations.
  • It also comes with a large viewing window so that the users can watch the progress quite easily from outside.
  • The appliance offers three exclusive home made menu settings and a gluten-free setting for baking gluten-free breads.
  • This breadmaker allows users to use any of the three crust settings (light, medium, dark) and ten pre-programmed baking modes.
  • The settings in the baking mode includes dough, cake, jam, wheat bread, quick bread, basic bread and gluten-free bread to name a few.
  • Large LCD clock panel offers a crystal clear view for an easy menu setting operation, even for novice users. You can set the timer as well as keep track of the completion time very easily.
  • You can use quick baking cycle, if you want to bake the bread within a short time span of two hours.
  • The 13-hour delay timer is a boon for all those, who want to schedule their baking requirements for up to a maximum of 13 hours.
  • An inbuilt 10 minute power interruption memory allows the breadmaker to operate for 10 minutes even without power.

Freebies

  • A measuring cup.
  • A measuring spoon.
  • A detailed user manual.
  • Instructions video DVD to understand its operation.
  • A recipe booklet.
  • One year warranty.

What Makes It The Best Buy !

​A very innovative feature of this breadmaker is the presence of an additional heater on the lid to allow even baking. Another added feature comes in its ability to make gluten free bread by easily selecting the respective gluten-free baking mode from its settings. Unlike some other 2-pounds breadmakers, this model allows the users to bake perfect pieces of traditional rectangular breads of 1 – 2 pounds. Handles on baking pan is another rich feature loved by most of the users as it promotes easy cleaning and handling operations.

​Any Warning Bells ?

​Expensive and Heavy are the two negative tags attached with this excellent piece of breadmaker, although all the rich features in this bread making machine offers true value for money. Price is one of the most limiting factor for people having a limited budget for buying breadmakers. This bread making machine is a little on the bulkier side and may not fit in your small kitchen, so you need to find the appropriate place in your kitchen before buying this excellent breadmaker.

Cuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker

Cuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker

Cuisinart was established in 1973 by Carl Sontheimer as the innovators of a wide range of culinary tools and kitchen appliances that could be easily adapted into the American style of cooking. The company is devoted to enrich the art of great cooking with their range of food processors, bread makers, grills, microwaves, rice cookers, toasters and many other kitchen appliances and gadgets. As a mark of excellence, Cuisinart also enjoys the endorsements from some of the famous culinary connoisseurs such as Hubert Keller and Jacques Pépin.

​Utility and Usage

​Cuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker is an easy to use breadmaker loaded with some of the most popular options required in any breadmaker. This breadmaker lets you bake your bread in varying rectangular sizes of 1 lb, 1.5 lb and 2 lb, based on your needs and preferences. This bread making machine also allows you to choose amongst dark brown, light brown and medium brown crust shades to have a rich colored texture and crispy feel in your mouth. The breadmaker comes with 12 pre programmed options for easy bread baking operations.

​Not only basic white bread, but you can also bake some of the more specialized healthy breads such as gluten-free bread and low carb bread for people, who are on certain kind of healthy diet. By using this multi-functional breadmaker, you can also bake whole wheat bread, quick bread, pizza dough, jams, sweet bread, French bread, Italian bread, cake, jams as well as rapid bake. The bread making machine is loaded with sturdy stay cool-handles to support safe baking operations. It is also quite user-friendly in terms of cleaning and maintenance because of the presence of a removable kneading paddle as well as bread pan. Non-stick coating makes the cleaning much more simple and trouble free for all.

​Features

  • You can bake breads in different loaf sizes of 1 lb, 1.5 lb and 2 lb.
  • You can bake breads in three crust texture of light brown, medium brown and dark brown.
  • The breadmaker offers the users with 12 preprogrammed menu options for easy handling.
  • Sturdy stay cool-handles allows safe baking operations.
  • It also offers bake-only option.
  • A large viewing window is quite handy to keep monitoring the baking process.
  • Removable lid, removable bread pan and removable kneading paddle makes it easy to clean.
  • A 15-minute pause option comes quite handy for bakers.
  • Power failure backup lets this bread making machine stores the setting in its inbuilt memory for 15 minutes so that the baking continues after the return of power without any interruption.
  • The machine is also equipped with a 13-hour delay timer to support better scheduling.
  • Its gluten-free setting makes the baking of gluten-free breads entirely seamless.
  • Easy-to-use touch pad controls for operating the breadmaker.

Freebies

  • A measuring cup.
  • An instruction manual.
  • A recipe booklet.
  • A Measuring spoon.
  • Limited three year warranty.

What Makes It The Best Buy !

​It could be termed as a rich multi-functional breadmaker available at an appropriate price. This bread making machine is well equipped with many rich features for easy handling, operations as well as seamless cleaning and maintenance. The combination of pre programmed menus, crust sizes and loaf sizes practically offers more than 100 options that can be used to bake rich quality breads, cakes and jams. The sound of its operation is almost close to silence. It is also loaded with an intelligent beeper system that keeps on notifying you the progress as well as beeps for any attention required. Its stay cool handle is another important feature that makes this breadmaker as one of the best buys in the market. The three year limited warranty offered on this breadmaker is also something unique, not found in most of the other breadmaker brands.

​Any Warning Bells ?

​Size and Price can be considered as two negative factors pulling this breadmaker down in the market. It falls in the category of bulky bread making machines and may not be preferred by people, who are looking out for a compact breadmaker. The cabinet of this breadmaker is not made up of stainless steel, but it constitutes some painted metal. Some customers have also complained that the breads come out as a little heavier in comparison to some other bread making machines.

Panasonic SD-RD250 Bread Maker with Automatic Fruit & Nut Dispenser

Panasonic SD-RD250 Bread Maker with Automatic Fruit & Nut Dispenser

Panasonic was founded in 1918 by Konosuke Matsushita with a desire to create things of value. The company carried its innovative philosophy towards creating a better life and a better world. Today, Panasonic is known as a brand in itself and well known for a wide range of innovative products including rice cooker, microwave oven, washing machine, refrigerators just to name a few. In its quest to innovate technology for masses, the company came up with a wide range of bread makers priced inexpensively. Price, function and value are well balanced by this innovative company in almost all its bread maker machines available in the market.

​Utility and Usage

​Panasonic SD-RD250 Bread Maker with Automatic Fruit & Nut Dispenser is a microprocessor controlled bread making machine designed for even baking of breads. You can choose any of the two loaf sizes namely M (medium) and XL (extra large). The crust control feature of this breadmaker lets you choose between the textures of light or dark brown. This bread making machine is quite slim and compact. You can make basic bread, whole wheat bread, French bread, multi-grain bread, cake, tea breads, pasta dough and pizza dough using this breadmaker. Its YeastPro automatic yeast dispenser eliminates the need of manual yeast addition for baking crispy good textured breads.

​The breadmaker is also designed with an automatic top loading raisin and nuts as well as dried fruits dispenser. It helps in the addition of nuts, raisins and dried fruits for a timely and even distribution into the bread dough. Making raisin breads or dried-fruit breads is quite simple with this breadmaker The breadmaker offers a plethora of functions such as mixing, kneading, baking and rising doughs. The bread pan is quite durable due to the scratch resistance diamond fluorine coating. It is also comes fitted with a loop handle for easy removal. Even the raisin dispenser can be easily removed and washed.

​Features

  • Option to select from a variety of two loaf sizes – medium and extra large.
  • Option to choose the crust colour between light and dark.
  • Equipped with top loading locking lid as well as a raisin and yeast dispenser.
  • Option to choose from four baking modes – basic, bake only, rapid bake and French.
  • Option to choose from two dough modes – pizza dough and pasta dough.
  • Option to choose from five bread options – whole wheat, French, basic, multi-grain, cake and tea bread.
  • It comes with a loop handled non-stick inner pan coated with diamond fluorine for scratch resistance and increased durability.
  • The 13-hour Pre-set delay timer lets you program your machine for preprogrammed operations up to the next 13 hours.
  • It also comes with an auto power interruption protection for better operations.
  • Safety fuse adds ensures secure operation.
  • A large LCD digital display for smooth operation.
  • Flashing indicator lights to notify the completion of dough or baking operations.

Freebies

  • Measuring cup.
  • Kneading blade.
  • Measuring spoon.
  • Instruction manual.
  • Recipe booklet.
  • One year warranty.

What Makes It The Best Buy !

​An average price tag and the presence of almost all the basic baking, kneading and dough functions in a breadmaker makes it the best value for money offer deal. The YeastPro Automatic yeast dispenser offers the freedom from manual addition of yeasts. The raisin, nuts and dried-fruit automatic dispenser is quite efficient in scattering it evenly over the dough so that it doesn’t gets clamped all at one place. The diamond fluorine non-stick coating at its inner bread pan surface makes it totally scratch less and also increases its durability. The loop handle in the inner pan comes quite handy. Price and features are well balanced in this model of Panasonic breadmaker.

​Any Warning Bells ?

​Lack of customisation in terms of custom programming is missing from this breadmaker. It is not a very good machine for bakers interested in experimenting beyond the basic breads. Jam cycle is also missing. The absence of the viewing window is not considered good for bakers interested in monitoring the entire baking process. It also lacks the ability to make traditional horizontal breads, rather makes tall loaves of bread.

Breadman TR2500BC Ultimate Plus 2-Pound Stainless-Steel Convection Breadmaker

Breadman TR2500BC Ultimate Plus 2-Pound Stainless-Steel Convection Breadmaker

Breadman is a brand of bread making machine, owned and operated by Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. The company has a wide range of durable and professional bread making machines within budget. These bread making machines are designed in a way so that one or the other model of their wide range of bread making machines can meet your bread baking requirements. These bread making machines are best suited for everyone, whether you are a household consumer and/or a professional baker.

​Utility and Usage

​Breadman TR2500BC Ultimate Plus 2-Pound Stainless-Steel Convection Breadmaker is one of out of many bread making machines launched by the company. This breadmaker is made up of strong and durable stainless steel material with a modern approach. It falls under the category of programmable bread making machines to offer an easy and trouble free baking process even for beginners. It is pre-loaded with more than 300 recipes already programmed and loaded in its memory to support easy baking operations. You can bake breads in three traditional loaf sizes of 1 lb, 1.5 lb and 2 lb.

​The bread maker also lets you choose from three crust shades namely light, medium or dark to offer rich bread texture based on your preference. You can make dough, pasta doughs, cakes, cake batter bagels, batter breads, jam, pizza and bread using this breadmaker. The breadmaker also comes loaded with 16 pre-programmed baking functions. Using its trademark technology Save Your Faves, you can also program a maximum of five personalised recipes for enjoying a personalised baking experience.

​This breadmaker not only offers some of the most used basic baking functions, but also offers advanced baking functions such as gluten-free, low-carb and rapid bake modes of baking. The breadmaker’s patented automatic nut, fruit and herb dispenser automates the addition of herbs, fruits and nuts in your bread without your manual intervention. You can even change and customize all its baking functions to experiment with your culinary skills. 24 hour delay timer, pause control feature and power failure protection system are some of the other rich features of this bread making machine.

​Features

  • The breadmaker supports three horizontal bread loaf sizes of 1 lb, 1.5 lb and 2 lb
  • The breadmaker lets you choose from light crush shade, medium crust shade and dark crush shade for bread texture and crispness.
  • It supports 16 pre-programmed baking functions.
  • It also supports 5 personalised recipe baking functions through Save Your Faves function.
  • The 24-hour baking delay timer lets you program the function well in advance for the next 24 hours.
  • This bread making machine uses convection baking process for baking crispy tasty breads.
  • A large viewing window supports easy to monitor baking process.
  • Removable lid.
  • Automatic Fruit and nut dispenser.
  • Its extra large digital display makes the operation quite easy for all.
  • Its Mylar control panel is easy to use as well as easy to clean.
  • The 10-minute pause control feature eases the bread making process.
  • This breadmaker is also loaded with a 60-minute power failure protection system.

Freebies

  • A measuring cup.
  • A measuring spoon.
  • Use and care manual that includes recipes.
  • Two years limited warranty.

What Makes It The Best Buy !

​The use of a convection fan equips this bread making machine for baking even breads. The personalisation of five favourite recipes is another important feature of this breadmaker. The automatic fruit and nut dispenser comes handy for bakers interested in baking nuts and raisins breads. Its durable stainless steel casing gives the machine a clean, sturdy and professional look. Its 24-hour delay timer, 60-minute power failure backup system and two years limited warranty are some of the most valued features that makes this breadmaker as one of the best buys in the market of breadmakers.

​Any Warning Bells ?

​It is one of those bread making machines that didn’t got much points on its negative side. Although, some of the customers did complaint about its motor getting damaged within the warranty period. At the same time, these customers also reported that the company replaced the motor very efficiently. Some customers have also complained about its non-stick loaf tin getting scratched due to its faulty paddles.

Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread Maker

Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread Maker

Breville is an Australian based company founded in 1932 by their founder members Bill O’Brien and Harry Norville to meet their long term objective of manufacturing best kitchen tools across the world. Today, the company has made its impact in more than 30 countries all over the world. The company has even established their US office in Los Angeles to cater their wide range of kitchen equipments and tools to people living in the USA. Even the name of the company Breville was construed from the name of their founder members. Compact ovens, toaster, espresso machines, single serve coffee machine, indoor grills, kettles, blenders and bread making machines are some of the most innovative kitchen appliances and tools launched by the company.

​Utility and Usage

​Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread Maker is well known for its capacity to bake bread in different sizes ranging from small to extra large size loaves. Basic bread, gluten-free bread, whole wheat bread, sweet fruit bread, raisins bread, dough, crusty loaf, yeast free bread and jam are some of the recipes that can be easily baked using this bread making machine. The users can also select any of the three common crust shades for their breads, depending on their preferences about light, medium or dark brown textured breads. The custom loaf bread maker allows four different loaf sizes of 1.0 lb, 1.5 lb, 2.0 lb and 2.5 lb.

​The bread making machine comes with an intelligent interface to calculate the temperature requirements and baking time based on the selection made by the users. The breadmaker is also equipped with an easy to use ‘Turn and Confirm’ feature to make the bread baking process entirely trouble free. Its automatic fruit and nut dispenser comes in quite handy for making fruit breads as well as nut and raisins breads. It automatically adds the ingredients during the kneading for an equal distribution of fruits, nuts and raisins. The bread maker uses a unique technology of collapsible kneading paddle so that the breads don’t carry any mark of holes in its base.

​Features

  • The bread making machine has the capacity to bake bread loaves in four different sizes of 1 lb, 1.5 lb, 2 lb and 2.5 lb.
  • It allows the bakers to choose any of the three different crust shades namely light, medium and dark brown texture.
  • The breadmaker allows 13 automatic settings function for seamless baking operations.
  • It also allows a total of 9 custom settings for saving your personalised preferences.
  • The bread making machine comes loaded with a 13-hour delay start timer for advanced scheduling of baking operations.
  • An intelligent large LCD panel loaded with progress indicator to notify users about the different stages of baking process.
  • A viewing light is also equipped in this breadmaker.
  • An automatic fruit and nut dispenser to mix the ingredients in the dough automatically.
  • The breadmaker’s pause feature helps users customise the crust in some decorative form.
  • A unique technology of collapsible kneading paddle saves the bread from getting holes in the base.

Freebies

  • A collapsible paddle to be used with Dough and Bread settings.
  • A fixed paddle to be used with Jam setting.
  • A recipe book containing 46 step by step baking recipes.
  • One year limited warranty.

What Makes It The Best Buy !

​The breadmaker’s capacity to bake family size bread loaves of 2.5 pounds is one of the most important features. A smart LCD panel, viewing light, 13 automatic settings, 9 personalised custom settings and the progress indicator are some of the important features loaded in this breadmaker to make it one of the best buys in the market. Automatic nut and fruit dispenser is another feature loved by bakers interested in baking sweet fruit, nut and raisin breads. This breadmaker’s collapsible kneading technology makes it stand out of the crowd by promising the baking of breads, which are free from holes at its base.

​Any Warning Bells ?

​The breadmaker tends to be more on the expensive side as compared to many other bread makers available in the market, although looking at its smart features, it justifies its price. Being bulky is another negative point pulling the machine down, specially by the customers who are interested in buying a compact size bread making machine. Rest no other warning bells seems to be ringing abou this custom loaf bread maker.

Breadman BK1050S 2 lb Professional Bread Maker, Stainless Steel

Breadman BK1050S 2 lb Professional Bread Maker, Stainless Steel

A wide range of breadmakers manufactured by Breadman is an important part of the global kitchen appliances market. The company is into the business from more than 200 years. During their long journey of innovative technologies behind the wide spectrum of breadmakers, the company has tried its best to improve the performance. Prices had always been an important parameter for Breadman because they have always tried to match the prices against the features offered in all their bread making machines.

​Utility and Usage

​Breadman BK1050S 2 lb Professional Bread Maker, Stainless Steel is one of the fully featured breadmaker used to bake traditional home made breads in three different capacities of 1 pound, 1.5 pound and 2 pounds loaf sizes. The durability of its stainless-steel body equips this bread making machine for rough and tough performance. A total of 14 baking functions preprogrammed in this bread making machine makes the baking function quite easy even for novice bakers, although professionals are also motivated to experiment with their baking recipes. This breadmaker allows three different crust shades including light, medium or dark textures.

​Gluten-free breads, low carb breads, fruit nut and raisin breads, jam and artisan doughs are some of the its preprogrammed functions. Collapsible kneading paddles in this breadmaker ensures that breads are free from any holes in the bottom. Automatic fruit and nut dispenser is another automated feature present in this breadmaker to ease the manual addition of fruits and nuts. It is also loaded with a 15 hour delay timer to help users schedule their baking plans in a way such that they get fresh breads out of their bread making machines whenever they need it.

​Features

  • The breads can be baked in three different capacities of 1 pound, 1.5 pound or 2 pounds.
  • Three different bread crust shades of light, medium and brown textures can be selected using this breadmaker.
  • The breadmaker is loaded with 14 preprogrammed baking functions.
  • Gluten-free breads, low carb breads, jam, nut fruit and raisin breads as well as artisan dough are some of the preprogrammed baking functions.
  • The breadmaker comes with a 15 hour delay timer to ease scheduling.
  • An innovative technology for even distribution of heat is used in this breadmaker.
  • The breadmaker is also loaded with an automatic fruit and nut dispenser to simplify the bread making procedures.
  • Collapsible kneading paddles are present in this breadmaker so as not to cause any holes in the bottom of the breads.
  • A viewing window helps bakers monitor and track their baking process.

Freebies

  • A collapsible measuring cup.
  • An adjustable measuring spoon.
  • A recipe book of 80 recipes compatible with this breadmaker.
  • Two years limited warranty.

What Makes It The Best Buy !

​The inexpensive price against some of the high end features offered in this breadmaker is a big attraction for the buyers. It makes it one of the best buys in the wide spectrum of many other bread makers available in the market. Its 15 hour delay timer is another attraction as most of the other bread making machines features a 13 hour delay timer as per the industry standards. The presence of collapsible kneading paddles in this bread making machine bake loaves just like in professional bakery breads, without the existence of any hole in its bottom. Its automatic fruit and nut dispenser eases the manual process of adding fruits, nuts and raisins into the bread dough. The breadmaker’s artisan dough preprogrammed feature is also a great attraction not found in most of the other bread making machine models available in the market.

​Any Warning Bells ?

​Collapsible kneading paddle is a major cause of concern as reported by many consumers. Sometimes, it gets pulled back at the wrong time and scratches the inner Teflon coating of its baking pan. Due to the malfunctioning of its wooden paddles, some consumers have complained about the scratched Teflon getting mixed in the bread as an ingredient. Getting the replacement parts for this bread making machine is also a major area of concern as reported by many consumers. Some buyers have also complained about the bread not getting baked properly and results in abnormal size loaves, texture and taste behaviour.

Breadman BK2000B 2-1/2-Pound Bakery Pro

Breadman BK2000B 2-1/2-Pound Bakery Pro

Spectrum Brand Holdings, Inc. established its bread making machine brand Breadman around 200 years back with an objective to launch some of the most innovative breadmakers. Breadman is a brand entirely dedicated to the manufacturing of bread making machines. The company has launched a wide range of breadmakers during their long journey of manufacturing some of the best breadmakers in the market. The range of Breadman’s machine starts from the most basic breadmaker models to some of the most advanced breadmaker models. Starting from the collapsible kneading paddles to the inclusion of automatic fruit and nut dispenser, Breadman has worked on many other rich features in their wide spectrum of bread makers.

​Utility and Usage

​Breadman BK2000B 2-1/2-Pound Bakery Pro Bread Maker with Collapsible Kneading Paddles and Automatic Fruit and Nut Dispenser is one of the most innovative and advanced bread making machines launched by Breadman. It is one of those breadmakers that is capable of baking professional bakery-style breads easily at home. Baking breads in four different loaf sizes of 1 pound, 1.5 pound, 2 pounds and 2.5 pounds has never been so easy before the launch of this breadmaker. The breadmaker is unique of its kind because it uses a dual bread pan baking system and comes with two 1 pound baking pans and one 2 pound baking pan.

​Not only one traditional 2-pound / 2.5 pound bread loaf can be baked using this breadmaker, but it also allows baking of two 1-pound bread loaves simultaneously. Whole wheat breads, sweet breads, jam, brown breads, low carb breads, dough and gluten free breads are only some of the breads that can be easily baked using this unique breadmaker. Automatic fruit and nut dispenser equipped in this breadmaker uses Breadman’s patented technology. It allows the users to add 2 to 3 cups of fruits, nuts and raisins into the bread dough without any manual intervention.

​Features

  • Dual baking pan system in this breadmaker allows baking of two 1 pound breads simultaneously.
  • The breadmaker comes with a unique 60 minute keep warm cycle option to keep breads fresh even after baking.
  • The 7 minute power backup system keeps the memory alive even in case of power outage.
  • Four different loaf sizes of 1 pound, 1.5 pound, 2 pounds and 2.5 pounds possible with this breadmaker.
  • The breadmaker is also powered by an innovative heat diffusion technology.
  • An automatic fruit and nut dispenser allows easy addition of 2 to 3 cups of fruits, nuts and raisins.
  • The collapsible kneading paddles ensures that the breads are baked neat and clean.
  • Three crust shades – light, medium and dark allowed with this breadmaker.
  • The breadmaker comes loaded with 13 customizable baking functions.
  • Whole wheat breads, sweet breads, jam, brown breads, low carb breads, dough and gluten free breads baking modes are a part of its customizable baking functions.
  • 15 hour delay timer allows easy scheduling.
  • A viewing window for watching the entire baking process.
  • Presence of Mylar control panel.

Freebies

  • Spiral-bound recipe book includes 80 baking recipes.
  • Adjustable measuring spoon.
  • Collapsible measuring cup.
  • Two years limited warranty.

What Makes It The Best Buy !

​People interested in innovative advanced bread making features against a fair price would find this breadmaker as the best buy against any other bread making machine available in the market. Three baking pans with dual baking pan system allows baking two 1-pound breads side-by-side. The patented automatic fruit and nut dispensers is an easy to use feature in this breadmaker. Collapsible kneading paddle helps bake neat and clean bread without the presence of any holes or ruptures. Keep warm cycle option, power backup system, compact size-shape and durability are some of the other features making it rock in the market of bread makers.

​Any Warning Bells ?

​The only drawback as complained by the customers is about the breadmaker’s collapsible kneading paddle. Some of the consumers have complained that the paddles aren’t well designed and adjusted in this breadmaker model. The paddles of this breadmaker scratches the inner Teflon coating of the baking pan at times due to which the bread may get some traces of Teflon coating.

Breadman BK1060S 2-Pound Professional Bread Maker with Collapsible Kneading Paddles and Automatic Fruit and Nut Dispenser

Breadman BK1060S 2-Pound Professional Bread Maker with Collapsible Kneading Paddles and Automatic Fruit and Nut Dispenser

Today, Breadman has emerged as America’s number one professional breadmaker brand with their wide spectrum of bread making machines launched in the market. The company is considered as one of the most innovative bread machine companies. Some of the most advanced models from Breadman are well designed for consumers who are interested in making a variety of professional breads at home. Offering some of the most advanced features within a limited budget is the speciality of this bread machine company. The company has something on offer for everyone, whether you are an amateur breadmaker (ready to learn) or a professional breadmaker (ready to experiment).

​Utility and Usage

​Breadman BK1060S 2-Pound Professional Bread Maker with Collapsible Kneading Paddles and Automatic Fruit and Nut Dispenser is a bread machine that offers professional bread making results from your bread machine inside your home. The company uses an innovative perfect bake technology to ensure that the heat gets evenly distributed all inside the baking pan. 1 pound, 1.5 pound and 2 pounds bread loaves can be easily made using this automated and advanced breadmaker. Consumers can choose from a range of three crust shades – light, medium or dark for their breads. This bread machine is also equipped with 14 inbuilt baking functions.

​Sweet loaf, low carb, jam and gluten free are only some of the baking functions loaded in this breadmaker. Collapsible kneading paddles in this breadmaker ensures professional bread making experience by eliminating the cause of hole formation at the base of breads as experienced in some other breadmaker brands and models. Its automatic fruit and nut dispenser is a boon to consumers who want to bake professional sweet breads or nuts and raisin breads at the ease of home. Addition of fruits and nuts at the right time is no more an issue with this bread making machine as everything is handled automatically.

​Features

  • 1 pound, 1.5 pound and 2 pounds bread loaves can be made with this breadmaker.
  • Light, medium and dark brown crust shades of bread can be selected by the consumer.
  • 14 inbuilt baking functions eases the bread making process for consumers.
  • Sweet loaf, low carb, jam and gluten free functions are included in its long list of inbuilt baking functions.
  • A 15 hour delay timer helps consumer schedule their baking operations well in advance.
  • An innovative perfect bake technology ensures even distribution of heat inside the baking pan.
  • An automatic fruit and nut dispenser adds nuts, fruits and raisins automatically at the right time.
  • The presence of collapsible kneading paddles ensures hole free breads exactly like professional breads made in bakeries.
  • The digital display of this bread making machine helps the consumers to easily operate it.

Freebies

  • Collapsible measuring cup.
  • Adjustable measuring spoon.
  • Recipe book containing 80 recipes.
  • Two years limited warranty.

What Makes It The Best Buy !

​Rich bread making features in a budget price is one of most important attraction of this breadmaker. This bread machine is already included in the list of best buys bread machines available in the market. The perfect bake technology is an innovative feature used in this bread machine to ensure even distribution of heat for offering perfect bread making experience. Professional great quality breads without any hole is another special feature of this breadmaker. Automatic nut and fruit dispenser is best suited for baking sweet breads so that the consumers do not need to worry about adding ingredients at the right time in the bread dough. 15 hour delay timer is another important feature only found in some advanced bread machine models. Cleaning the baking pans is quite easy because of its detachable nature.

​Any Warning Bells ?

​Inner Teflon coating in the baking pan and the presence of collapsible kneading paddles have been the reason behind the alarming bells raised by some consumers. Some consumers have reported that its collapsible kneading paddles does not seem to fit against the companies promise of seamless baking operations. In some bread makers, the kneading paddle scratches the inner Teflon surface of its baking pan. It gets mixed in the bread dough and spoils the entire bread making experience, as reported by some consumers of this bread machine. The design and function of collapsible kneading paddles seems to be an issue with Breadman.

Oster 5838 58-Minute Expressbake Breadmaker

Oster 5838 58-Minute Expressbake Breadmaker

Oster brand is owned and operated by Jarden Consumer Solutions, a subsidiary owned by Jarden Corporation. The company had its root laid down long way back in the year 1924 by Mr. John Oster. A small company was started to market and sell a hand operated hair clipper. In 1946, the company took a turning twist by diversifying its range of products from barber equipments to house electrical appliances and bought Stevens Electric. It was the same company that had invented the first liquefier blender in the year 1923. Manufacturing Blenders, Mixers, Juice Extractors, Toasters and Breadmakers became the primary business area of the John Oster Manufacturing Company. Later in 1960, Sunbeam Corporation acquired this growing company and made it as a wholly owned subsidiary.

​Utility and Usage

​Oster 5838 58-Minute Expressbake Breadmaker is well known for its capacity to bake loaves of traditional and fresh aromatic 2-pound, 1.5 pound as well as 1 pound breads in less than an hour by using its innovative EXPRESSBAKE® technology. This bread making machine is a number one choice for bakers interested in owning a simple to use inexpensive breadmaker at their home. You can enjoy the fresh aroma and enticing taste of fresh baked bread without facing any troubles. Its push-button control panel offers an easy to use operating environment even for beginners. Breads baked using this bread making machine comes out in perfect horizontal shaped loaves.

​White bread, whole-wheat bread, sweet bread, cinnamon-raisin bread, basic bread, French bread, dough, pasta, marmalades and jams are only some of the recipes that can be easily made using this small and compact breadmaker. A digital display, viewing window, eight bread bake settings, indicator lights, start/stop switches and a 13 hour delay timer are some of the most important features loaded in this compact inexpensive breadmaker. Its innovative EXPRESSBAKE® technology offers two different baking cycles of 58-minutes and 80-minutes to be used from the menu settings as per the convenience and requirement of the consumers.

​Features

  • Breadmaker is loaded with a capacity to bake bread loaves in sizes of 1 pound, 1.5 pound and 2 pound.
  • Breadmaker is loaded with a capacity to bake breads in any of the three crust shades of light, medium or dark.
  • Eight bread bake setting functions for easy and automated baking operations.
  • Whole-wheat, basic, sweet, French, jam bake, dough, marmalade bake, pasta, 58-minute EXPRESSBAKE® and 80-minute EXPRESSBAKE® cycle technology are some of options loaded in this breadmaker.
  • The breadmaker is also loaded with a 13 hour delay timer pre-scheduling baking operations.
  • The breadmaker functions on an innovative EXPRESSBAKE® cycle technology for quick bread baking procedures to bake breads in less than an hour.
  • The large digital LCD display and an easy to use push-button control panel of this bread making machine promotes easy operation.
  • 1-hour keep warm technology keeps the bread fresh and warm even after baking.
  • A see-through viewing glass window for monitoring the baking process.
  • The breadmaker is also equipped with cool-touch housing for extra safety.
  • The removable non-stick aluminium baking pan is easy to use as well as easy to clean.

Freebies

  • Measuring cup.
  • Spoon.
  • Kneading blade.
  • Removable non-stick aluminium baking pan.
  • Recipe book.
  • One year limited warranty.

What Makes It The Best Buy !

​This breadmaker is most popular for its easy operation, compact oval design and inexpensive price as compared to many other bread makers available in the same price range in the market. The use of its innovative EXPRESSBAKE® cycle technology makes it one of the best buy breadmakers for all those consumers who want to bake fresh bread quite quickly. The inclusion of a removable non-stick aluminium baking pan is another feature loved by bakers. Breads are rolled out without getting stuck in the baking pan as well as cleaning of baking pan is also quite easy. Cool-touch housing adds extra safety to the baking operations of this bread making machine.

​Any Warning Bells ?

​Some consumers complained that the oval shape of this bread making machine doesn’t makes it a perfect fit as a counter top breadmaker in their small kitchens. Not being durable and having expensive repairing costs are some of the other negative opinions given by some customers of this breadmaker. The breadmaker is also considered as a very basic breadmaker and is not fit for advanced bread baking functions.

Nesco BDM-100 Classic Bread Maker

Nesco BDM-100 Classic Bread Maker

NESCO is an abbreviation for a brand National Enameling and Stamping Company. The company started its operation somewhere in 1930s by manufacturing buckets, pans, pots, farm and cooking accessories in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is the same company, where the engineers innovated the concept of portable oven. NESCO® Roaster Oven is a flag innovation in the list of several other innovations made by the company. NESCO has gone through a series of change in its ownership, but stabilised after The Metal Ware Corporation purchased NESCO in the year 1981. A new wave of innovation and redesign started. Company branded its product under the names of NESCO® and American Harvest®. Today, the company is quite popular in US and Canada for its wide range of kitchen appliances including Roaster Ovens, Jet Stream Ovens, Dehydrators and Breadmakers.

​Utility and Usage

​Nesco BDM-100 Classic Bread Maker is one of the best breadmakers available in the market to make a large variety of homemade breads at ease. You are only required to add the ingredients in this Nesco American Harvest bread making machine and get ready to taste soft fresh breads in loaves of either 1 pound or 1.5 pound sizes. Not only a variety of breads, but you can also make cakes, jam and dough for rolls, pizza and pasta. This breadmaker comes with a total of 12 digital program settings namely Basic, Whole Wheat, Bake, French, Quick, Ultra-fast, Jam, Pasta, Cake, Dough, Sweet and Dessert.

​The breadmaker’s adjustable crust control feature offers a choice of three crust shades namely light, dark and brown for the desired bread texture as per the personal preferences of the consumers. The non-stick baking pan ensures that the bread is not stuck at any point inside the bake pan during baking. It is also easier to clean the baking pan quite easily due to its non-sticky nature. The breadmaker is also loaded with a 13-hour delay function to help consumers pre-plan their baking activity in advance. Its large LCD Display support easy baking operations. The breadmaker also comes loaded with a 60 minute keep warm function to keep the bread fresh for longer durations even after baking.

​Features

  • The breadmaker has a capacity to bake bread loaves in sizes of 1 to 1.5 pound.
  • The breadmaker has an adjustable crust control feature to bake breads in varying crust shades of light, medium or dark texture.
  • The breadmaker comes with 12 digital program settings functions.
  • Basic, Whole Wheat, Bake, French, Quick, Ultra-fast, Jam, Pasta, Cake, Dough, Sweet and Dessert settings are included in its programmed functions list.
  • Its 13 hour delay timer helps consumers to pre-plan their baking operations well in advance.
  • A large LCD display equipped in this breadmaker is quite simple to operate.
  • The breadmaker’s 60-minute keep warm function maintains the bread warm and fresh for longer duration even after baking.
  • The viewing window of the breadmaker helps consumers to monitor their bread making operation.
  • The non-stick pan of the breadmaker helps baking neat and clean bread loaves and also helps in easy cleaning.
  • The 10 minute memory resume feature of this breadmaker comes quite handy in cases of short term power failures.

Freebies

  • Measuring cup.
  • Measuring spoon.
  • Non-stick bake pan.
  • Owner’s manual.
  • One year limited warranty.

What Makes It The Best Buy !

​This Nesco American Harvest breadmaker is best suited for small families interested in buying a good breadmaker in budget price. Considering all the features offered in this breadmaker, we can confidently say that it is one of the best buy budget breadmaker available in the market. This compact sized and light weight breadmaker is a full featured powerful breadmaker needed by small households. Making square loaf breads is not a dream for the consumers owning this breadmaker at their homes. This breadmaker is a number one choice for small families and small kitchens. Durability is also an important feature of this breadmaker as well as being termed as the money saver breadmaker.

​Any Warning Bells ?

​The breadmaker is not the best fit for large families due to its limited maximum loaf size of 1.5 pound. Noise is another concern raised by some of the consumers, but the same consumers also agreed that the noise is not as bad as in some other noisy breadmakers available in the market. Some consumers of this breadmaker have also complained about a bit of jiggling while kneading, but not substantial.

Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker

Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker

Sunbeam brand is owned by Jarden Consumer Solutions. It is a subsidiary company of Jarden Corporation – a traded NYSE company (JAH). Jarden Corporation is the same company that also owns one of the other famous brand Oster – well known for its wide range of bread makers. The company started its operation in the year 1897 under the name of Chicago Flexible Shaft company. In 1946, the company was incorporated in the name of Sunbeam Corporation. Sunbeam is well known for its punchline – Solutions for Your Everyday. It has a wide range of products in the segments of pet care, humidifiers and heaters, pain relief, heated bedding, garment care and kitchen appliances. Sunbeam 5891 is the only bread maker model manufactured by Sunbeam.

​Utility and Usage

​Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker easily fits as a compact counter top breadmaker in a small corner of a small kitchen. The breadmaker supports baking of family sized rectangular shaped traditional 2 lb loaf breads. It also supports baking of two other bread loaf sizes of capacity 1.5 lb and 1 lb. You get an option to choose from a variety of three crust shades from light, medium and dark textures. People interested in baking a bread really quick can bake a bread in less than an hour by using its ExpressBake feature. The bread maker comes loaded with a total of 12 baking function including Basic, Sweet, Quick, French, Cake, Whole Wheat, Dough, Sandwich, Jam, Bake, ExpressBake 1.5 lb and ExpressBake 2 lb.

​Making bakery-style artisan breads is not a dream for the owners of this bread maker. A wide range of breads including whole-wheat sandwich bread, cinnamon-raisin bread, home style white bread, chocolate walnut-zucchini bread and banana-pecan bread can be easily made using this programmable bread maker. You also get a baking recipe book with this bread maker. The presence of a large viewing window is helpful for monitoring the bread making process and its easy to read large LED display makes the programming quite easy for everyone. A 13-hour delay timer and non-stick baking pan are some of the other features of this bread maker from Sunbeam.

​Features

  • The bread maker allows baking breads in three different loaf sizes of 1 lb, 1.5 lb and 2 lb.
  • The bread maker also offers a choice of three crust shades from light, medium and dark textured breads.
  • The bread maker is loaded with 12 baking functions.
  • Basic, Whole Wheat, Sweet, Bake, Quick, French, Sandwich, Cake, Dough, Jam, ExpressBake 2 lb and ExpressBake 1.5 lb baking functions are pre-loaded in this bread maker.
  • The bread maker also features a 13-hour delay timer to schedule baking in advance.
  • Its large LED display and easy to use touch panel makes the programming quite easy for everyone.
  • The bread maker is also equipped with a large viewing window for monitoring.
  • The bread maker also comes with a non-stick baking pan.
  • ExpressBake in this bread maker comes quite handy, whenever you want to bake breads quickly within an hour.

Freebies

  • A measuring cup.
  • A measuring spoon.
  • A hook.
  • A kneading blade.
  • A removable non-stick baking pan.
  • Instruction book.
  • Recipe book.
  • One year limited warranty.

What Makes It The Best Buy !

​Expressbake is one of the rich features that is loved by a large group of consumers. Many consumers have also appreciated this bread maker for its ease of use touch panel. The bread maker can be easily cleaned because of the presence of a removable non-stick baking pan. Design and durability of this bread maker is also loved by many customers. It is also a favourite bread maker for consumers who have small kitchens because of its compact shape and design. All the features at an inexpensive price tag makes this bread maker as one of the best buys in the market.

​Any Warning Bells ?

​Being noisy is a warning bell associated with this bread maker. Some consumers complain about its oblong pan shape, while some consumers have also complained about the failure in its paddle design system. Design and its compact nature is criticised by many consumers and some of the consumers have also reported that all the recipes mentioned in its recipe book doesn’t works with this bread maker.

Breadman TR520 Programmable Bread Maker

Breadman TR520 Programmable Bread Maker

Breadman is a brand included in the Global Batteries & Appliances Division of Spectrum Brand Holdings. Breadman as a breadmaker brand has always strived to help families enjoy the smell of fresh baked breads and crispy taste of professional baked breads at home. Bread making innovation has been a part of the company’s long tradition of bread machine making excellence. Breadman have been the pioneers by launching some of the most innovative bread making technologies in their bread machines to ease the comfort of bread baking at home. Starting from the most basic breadmakers to some of the most advanced breadmakers, Breadman has a bread machine to fit the requirement of each and every consumer.

​Utility and Usage

​Breadman TR520 Programmable Bread Maker is an easy-to-use bread machine used for baking 1-, 1-1/2- and 2-pound bread loaves at home. As with any other bread making machine, you get an option to choose amongst the three crust shades of light, medium and dark bread textures. Automatic fruit, nut and raisin dispenser is not available in this breadmaker, but it comes equipped with a fruit-and-nut-add-in signal bell to help bakers add the ingredients at the right time in bread dough. The bread machine is also equipped with eight pre-programmed baking functions to ease the baking process. The combination of a digital display and push-button control panel helps the users in programming this breadmaker quite easily.

​The bread machine not only supports baking of all the simple breads, but also supports some special bread and dough recipes. Honey wheat bread, hearty rye bread, classic French bread, cinnamon raisin bread, cranberry oat bread, cheesy onion focaccia, cinnamon rolls as well as dinner rolls can be easily baked with this breadmaker. The baking pan in this breadmaker is made up of non-stick inner coating to support quick cleanup after baking. The paddle is attached with its electric chord and can be used as and when required. A viewing window, 13-hour delay timer, removable lid are some of the other features of this bread making machine.

​Features

  • 1-, 1-1/2-, 2-pound bread loaves can be baked used this breadmaker.
  • Light crust, medium crust or dark crust shade breads can be baked using this breadmaker.
  • The breadmaker comes loaded with eight baking functions.
  • The breadmaker is loaded with a 13-hour baking delay timer.
  • A viewing window helps consumers monitor the entire bread baking process.
  • The bread machine’s removable lid enables easy handling of baking operations.
  • Instead of automatic fruit and nut dispenser, this bread machine uses fruit-and-nut-add-in signal bell to pull the attention of bakers at the right time.
  • Push-button control panel in this bread machine is easy to operate.
  • The digital display of the breadmaker lets the users see the programming functions on display.
  • Eight baking functions comes preloaded in this bread making machine to support easy bread baking at home.
  • The non-stick baking pan of this breadmaker is easy to clean.
  • The removable lid in the breadmaker helps consumers bake breads at ease.
  • Quick loaf feature of this breadmaker helps consumers to bake bread even within an hour.

Freebies

  • A paddle.
  • A measuring cup.
  • A measuring spoon.
  • Recipe book.
  • User manual.
  • Two years limited warranty.

What Makes It The Best Buy !

​This breadmaker is one of the best buys because of a long list of rich baking features offered at a relatively inexpensive price range as compared to any other breadmaker available in the market. It is value for money breadmaker. This bread making machine is also quite compact to fit in even small kitchens. The simplicity to use this breadmaker is another feature that pulls it in the list of best buys by many customers. An enthusiastic bread baker gets lots of opportunities to experiment for baking a wide range of bread and dough recipes using this breadmaker.

​Any Warning Bells ?

​This breadmaker has got mixed feedback from the bread machine buyers. Some buyers are of the opinion that this breadmaker’s control panel is quite difficult to read. The bread machine has also been observed to create considerable vibrations while kneading dough as complained by some customers. Custom programming feature is also missing from this bread maker. In a nutshell, we can say that this breadmaker is only facing some basic design flaws, but could be the best choice considering the price tag.

Panasonic: NEW Home bakery (One Loaf of Bread Type) SD-BMS105-SW Silver White (Japan Import)

Panasonic: NEW Home bakery (One Loaf of Bread Type) SD-BMS105-SW Silver White (Japan Import)

In 1918, Panasonic was launched in the name of Matsushita Electric Housewares Manufacturing Works by Konosuke Matsushita. This small company of three people started manufacturing two-way socket and attachment plug. Panasonic Corporation is a Japan based company. In a span of around 100 years, the company has emerged as the leaders in electronics and consumer market. “A Better Life, A Better World” marks the philosophy of the company. Panasonic is dedicated to manufacture products, which are capable of simplifying the lives of people all across the world. LCD, TV, digital Camera, laptop, home appliances including bread machines are some of the most popular consumer products manufactured by Panasonic.

​Utility and Usage

​Panasonic: NEW Home bakery (One Loaf of Bread Type) SD-BMS105-SW Silver White (Japan Import) is a 100% pure Japanese imported bread machine. It is one of the best bread machine manufactured by Panasonic. It comes loaded with 30 pre-programmed baking functions. The bread machine is very popular in Japan. The quick bread feature of this bread machine is capable of making breads in just 54 minutes. Multi grains bread,whole wheat bread, French bread, banana bread, rye bread, rice bread, natural yeast bread, dry yeast bread, steam case bread, soft basic bread, jam, cake, mochi as well as udon (fat noodle) can by easily made using this excellent bread making machine at home.

​The automatic fruit and nut dispenser as well as the yeast dispenser loaded in this bread machine makes the entire bread making process automatically. The breadmaker is also very popular in Taiwan and is imported in the USA only for some specific customers interested in buying this breadmaker. The delay timer of the bread machine helps consumers program their breadmaker at night so that they can get fresh baked breads in the morning. The large LCD display of the bread maker can be easily operated even by novice breadmakers. This bread machine is also known as the top model in 105 series of Panasonic home bakery products.

​Features

  • The breadmaker is capable of making one bread loaf at a time.
  • Quick bread feature of this breadmaker bakes the bread within 54 minutes.
  • The breadmaker is equipped with 30 preprogrammed bake menu settings.
  • The breadmaker also comes with a steam case to help bakers make white bread or steamed bread easily.
  • Dry yeast, steam case, natural yeast, jam, cake, soft bread, whole wheat bread, rye bread, rice bread, French bread are some of the menu options available in this bread machine.
  • The breadmaker bakes 1 lb bread loaves.
  • The bread machine is also equipped with an automatic fruit and nut dispenser for making sweet and raisin breads.
  • The breadmaker also comes with a yeast container.
  • The delay timer is also handy for pre-programming the bread machine to get fresh breads ready in the morning.
  • The breadmaker comes with a large LCD display for easy programming.

Freebies

  • Measuring cup.
  • Raw seed container.
  • Measuring spoon.
  • Mittens.
  • Baking pan.
  • Instruction manual.
  • One year warranty.

What Makes It The Best Buy !

​High quality and rich features make this breadmaker as one of the best buys not only in Japan and Taiwan, but also in the USA and many other parts of the world. It is one of those bread making machines which comes fully loaded with a wide range of baking options through its rich and varied range of baking functions. The breadmaker is not only capable of making different type of breads, but it is also capable of making a wide range of other recipes too. It also lets you bake bread in only 54 minutes with the help of its quick bake technology.

​Any Warning Bells ?

​This breadmaker is a bit on the expensive side. It might not be suitable breadmaker for consumers on a tight budget. The bread machine is loaded with a large number of baking options and is over-functional for consumers, who are only interested in buying a bread machine for baking only breads. This breadmaker is also imported from Japan so the availability might be concern at some locations. Being bulky is another warning bell associated with this breadmaker.

Oster CKSTBR9050 Expressbake Bread Maker

Oster CKSTBR9050 Expressbake Bread Maker

John Oster manufacturing company was founded by John Oster Sr. in the year 1924. It is a brand owned by Jarden Consumer Solutions, which is a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation. The company is also listed on NYSE as JAH. In 1960, John Oster Manufacturing Company was acquired by Sunbeam. The company launched its first complete automatic blender Osterizer® blender. Oster as a brand has been the pioneer in the market of kitchen and cooking appliances. Different types of blenders, mixers, electric knives, food processors, toaster, ovens, roasters, burners, deep fryers, pressure cookers, pizza oven, juicers, kettle, coffee makers, bread machines and several other products are manufactured and sold by Oster. In 2010, Oster brand became the leader by launching their most innovative product – Oster® Baby.

​Utility and Usage

​Oster CKSTBR9050 Expressbake Bread Maker is a family bread machine capable of baking up to a maximum of 2 pound loaf breads easily at home. The bread machine offers an option to choose the bread crust color from the three crust shades light, medium and dark brown texture. This bread machine comes loaded with 13 bake settings. Consumers can make breads as well as dough, jam, cake and even pasta dough at the comfort of their home. The most appealing feature of this breadmaker is its Expressbake technology. The consumers can bake bread in less than an hour using this innovative technology of quick baking.

​Basic bread, whole-wheat bread, French bread, sweet bread, and gluten-free bread are some of the bread varieties that can be easily made not only by professional breadmakers, but also by novice breadmakers using this easy to use bread making machine. The bread machine is also equipped with a 13-hour delay timer to let consumers delay the baking time as per their requirements. Customers can use this feature to pre-plan their baking activities 13 hours in advance. The non-stick removable baking pan is easy to clean. Large LCD display and easy to use push-button control panel features are loved by many consumers as it offers them a smooth baking operation. The glass viewing window lets you look inside the machine to monitor your bread making process without opening its lid.

​Features

  • The bread machines is capable of baking 1, 1-1/2 and 2 pound bread loaves.
  • The bread machine let the consumers choose from the three crust shades – light, medium and dark texture.
  • A total of 13 bake setting functions are loaded in this bread machine to let consumers make bread, dough, cake, jam and pasta dough.
  • Basic bread, French bread, whole wheat bread, gluten free bread, sweet bread, Expressbake 58 minutes are some of the pre-programmed settings available in this breadmaker.
  • The 13-hour delay timer of this bread machine is quite helpful for scheduling baking operations in advance.
  • A large LCD display, an easy to use push-button control panel and a large viewing window of the bread machine makes baking easier.
  • By using the Expressbake feature of this breadmaker, you can make breads only in 58 minutes.
  • The breadmaker comes with a removable non-stick baking pan for easy cleaning.

Freebies

  • A measuring cup.
  • A measuring scoop.
  • Two kneading blades.
  • A kneading blade removal tool.
  • A removable non-stick bake pan.
  • A recipe book.
  • An instruction manual.
  • One year limited warranty.

What Makes It The Best Buy !

​An inexpensive breadmaker loaded with lots of bread baking features makes it a perfect bread making machine even for large families. Easy to use baking operations, 13 pre-programmed menu settings and a 13-hour delay timer offers value for money at such a cheap price. The Expressbake technology is a boon for consumers who want to make breads within an hour. Removable non-stick baking pan is another feature loved by consumers. This bread machine falls in the category of compact and light weight breadmaker model to easily fit in a small corner of a kitchen.

​Any Warning Bells ?

​Some consumers are not happy with its small mixing fingers mechanism. Fitting the baking pan after cleaning is another problem reported by some consumers of this bread machine. Nothing much to report about the warning bells as most of the consumers consider it as one of best buys based on the low price against the rich features offered in this breadmaker.

​Choosing the Best Bread-Making Flour

​It’s a wonderful idea to begin making your own bread, but if you don’t use the correct ingredients, you might end up with terrible results. Flour is one of the important ingredients needed for making bread and the vast selection of different flours on the market may make it seem quite complicated to pick one specific type. In fact there are over ten different types of flour which can be used, but that does not mean that each one is made for bread making purposes. Below is information on flour in general as well as the different types of available flour so that you can easily choose the type that suits your needs the best.

​The important thing to remember when picking out your flour for use with your best bread machine is that flour is not exclusively used for bread. Flour is used for baking all sorts of different types of things which makes it important that you don’t pick the wrong type of flour. However, some types of flour can be used for almost anything because they contain the universal ingredients necessary in baking different types of foods. These ‘universal’ flours may not be the best for bread making machines.

​So what is flour made of exactly? Flour can be made up of different types of grains or seeds. They are turned into a powder-like substance in order to provide vitamins and nutrients to the bread or other foods being made. Keeping different types of flours around the home is a great thing to do when you make bread on a regular basis with your bread machine. Owning the very best bread machine in the world won’t provide you with outstanding results unless you use the proper type of flour. This is why it becomes important for you to keep different types of flour at home since every bread recipe will have you using different types of flour. Keep in mind though that each type of flour has a different shelf-life which makes the expiration dates different for each type of flour. The best way to buy flour when first using your bread machine is to buy smaller bags of flour for the main types used. This will allow you to use it up before it goes bad. It is important not to use flour once it is no longer good because it could cause serious health issues.

​Most types of flour will last roughly six months if it is kept in a cool dark place. Do not leave flour lying around on the counter since sun-light can make it go bad much faster. Whole-wheat flour will go bad faster than other types because of the natural oils that are found within it. If you absolutely want to store your flour for longer periods of time you can place it in a freezer and it will not go bad before a couple of years. However, this may compromise the taste and your best bread machine won’t be able to make the best bread when using de-frosted flour.

​Alright so now that you’re aware of what flour can do and how long it can be stored, let’s take a look at the different types of flour on the market. Each type of flour has different nutrients and will provide you with different results when making bread.

​All Purpose Flour: If the type of flour you are trying to find is long lasting flour, you will definitely want to buy all-purpose flour. This type of flour is the ideal type for those of you who wish to make lots of bread since it is less expensive than other types of flours and it can be stored for much longer periods of time. It is also among the universal flours which can be used to create almost any type of wheat related food.

​Bread Flour: Although the name of this flour seems to say it all, the bread flour has much more than you may think. When using this type of flour with your best bread machine you will have more protein than with other flours. The contents of this flour are high in protein and are mainly cultivated in the spring time. This type is excellent for making bread, muffins and other similar foods.

​Bread Machine Flour: Probably the best choice of flour for bread machine use; this flour provide you with a special ingredient which helps the dough remain intact. The acidity within this flour is that special ingredient and it is based upon citric fruits. An overall great flour for bread making machines.

​Brown Rice Flour: Among the naturally made types of flour, the brown rice flour gives you a fat-free alternative due to its healthy nature. This is mostly used for making whole wheat bread because the flour derives from grains of rice.

​Cake Flour: When making bread, cake flour should normally be avoided. Even with the best bread machine, cake flour will always provide you with cake-like bread. This flour is not nutritional, it has low amounts of proteins and nutrients yet it is ideal for baking cakes or cookies. If you choose to use your bread machine for cakes or cookies then this will become the ideal flour.

​Corn Flour: This type of flour is derived from actual corn and is very popular Latin-American nations. This flour will provide you with excellent textures for tortillas and for ‘harder’ bread types. Although it can be used for making bread in a bread machine, it is not recommended.

​Organic Flour: This type of flour is very popular these days because of the way it is made. Organic flour is a fully natural type of flour that does not use any chemicals or synthetic products while making it. This provides you with whole-wheat flour that is basically taken directly from the earth. It is mainly used for making healthy breads.

​Whole Wheat Flour: One of the most common types of flours on the market, this healthy type of flour provides you with quality bread filled with nutrients. This type of flour is made using the entire wheat berry so that you can benefit from all of the vitamins, nutrients and proteins found within it. You can use this type of flour for a large variety of baking foods.

​Now that you know a little more about the main types of flour, you will be able to make your choice more wisely when it comes time to use your best bread machine. Although some recipes call for a specific type of flour, once you gain some experience with your bread machine, you will be able to modify recipe according to your taste buds and your needs as far as nutrients are concerned. Flour is among the most important ingredients in making your own bread, which makes it vital that you choose the best suited flour for the type of bread that you want to make.

​Additional Tips for making your own Bread

​Making your own bread is a great way to pass the time and enjoy a homemade quality meal. When you use the best bread machine at home you will have the entire family coming together to enjoy the fresh out of the oven loaf of bread. The strong smell of freshly baked bread and the delicious aroma definitely makes it worth making bread yourself, but there are a few things you should be aware of before getting started.

​Freeze Leftovers: Making bread with your new bread machine will be fun and exciting, but there will often be leftover bread. Most of the time you will want to eat the bread when it is fresh out of the bread machine, but you might not be able to eat all of it up. Even with the entire family pitching in, you will be left with too much bread at times. Freezing the leftover bread will allow you to store it for much longer. However, keep in mind that you cannot freeze a loaf of bread twice. Once you have frozen and unfrozen a loaf of bread, you cannot put it back into the freezer a second time. Nonetheless, the best bread machine bread will be able to be stored for several weeks and even months in a freezer.

Restore Stale Bread: Losing your bread because it has gone stale is always unfortunate, especially when you have put so much time and effort into making it. When the bread you made with your bread machine goes stale you can restore it. Simply wrap aluminium foil around the homemade bread and then place it in the oven for roughly 10 minutes. This will bring the bread back to an edible state so that you can enjoy your fresh bread once more. However, this can only be done one time per loaf of bread; doing so twice will make the bread dry.

Use a Slicing Guide: Once you have used your best bread machine to create a delicious loaf of bread, you will want to slice it perfectly in order to display your bread in a wonderful way. Slicing the bread may seem quite simply, yet it is one of the most difficult parts of making bread. Slicing bread without a slicing guide will most likely result in uneven slices of bread and slices that crumble or fall apart. A good quality slicing guide can be purchased for a couple dozen dollars and will last a lifetime. Using a slicing guide will allow you to take your freshly baked loaf of bread and slice it into even and consistent slices. Not only will this make it easy to use the bread such as placing it in a toaster and such, but the end result will also look much more professional. If you’re going to spend several hours baking a delicious loaf of bread, you might as well make it look amazing.

Get a Quality Bread Knife: Since you will most likely be making lots of bread with your best bread machine, you should definitely keep some money to invest into a high quality bread knife. You should not use just any regular knife to cut your bread because the difference will show up on the bread slices. A regular knife will tear and crumble to slices, leaving you with very ugly slices. However, a good quality bread knife should easily cut right through bread, leaving you with perfectly straight slices. In order to cut bread properly you should make a sawing motion with your hand and the knife should go right through within a matter of seconds. You shouldn’t have to put much force into slicing bread loafs and if you do need to apply force onto the knife, your knife is probably not sharp enough. Keep your bread knife sharp at all times will allow you to benefit from a superior cutting experience. Even if you don’t necessarily own the best bread machine on the market, you will still want to have a superb bread knife.

​Things that could go wrong

​Before we had the luxury of using bread machines to make bread with ease, most people who wanted to make their own bread from home had to go through complex procedures. Making the dough, kneading the dough and other tasks were involved in order to get the perfect loaf. With so many steps involved, many things could go wrong when making bread without a bread machine. However, even if you own the best bread machine in the world, things can still go wrong. Obviously, the issues are much less likely to arise when using a bread machine as compared to doing the entire thing by hand, but yes it is still possible to make mistakes. Fixing loaves of bread when mistakes seem be made may seem impossible, but there are actually things you can do to save your bread.

Loaf Doesn’t Rise: This is actually the most common problem to arise with people who make their own bread using bread machines. Whether you have the best bread machine or not a loaf that doesn’t rise is caused by the ingredients. The first thing to check out is how much yeast you have used. Yeast is the most important ingredient because that is what makes the bread rise in the first place. If your loaf of bread isn’t rising, you have probably not used enough yeast. However, the yeast could also be no good anymore so try another type of yeast if yours is past its expiration date. Flour may also be the reason behind this issue, but it is not often the case.

Loaf Rises too high: Although this is less common than a loaf that doesn’t rise at all, it might happen to you. There is no need to worry when your loaf of bread rises too high because there are ways to prevent this from happening. Just like with a loaf that doesn’t rise at all, yeast is the issue. You have probably used way too much yeast in your recipe, so verify this before everything else. If you have used the correct amount of yeast, then you can add some salt in order to prevent the yeast from being too active.

Heavy Loaf of Bread: Experiencing a loaf of bread that is too heavy might be disappointing because unfortunately, it is too late to fix it. However, you can certainly avoiding having a dense loaf of bread in the future by fixing your mistake. A heavy loaf of bread is often caused by a lack of liquids. In order to avoid having another dense loaf of bread, you should add more water next time. This could have also been caused by too much flour. Try to add either less flour or more liquids next time around and the results will be astonishing.

Several Holes Covering the Bread: So you just made your first loaf of bread with your best bread machine, yet you noticed that the bread is covered in holes. This can be very frustrating since you have followed the recipe to the letter and have spent top dollar on a new bread machine. The main reason for the appearance of these air holes on your loaf of bread is caused because you have added too much water. Reducing the amount of water in your recipe will most likely fix this issue immediately. However, if the problem continues after reducing the water, try reducing the amount of yeast. You will often notice that there are many holes in the bread when adding too much yeast. The problem with these holes can either be caused by too much water or too much yeast. The only way to know which one is by testing it out yourself.

​Bread Machine Maintenance & Proper Care

​Although making your own bread with the best bread machine will take quite a lot of time from the moment you begin to the moment it is ready to eat, you should still take the time to perform a final step; cleaning the bread machine thoroughly. If you enjoy smelling the strong and delicious aroma of homemade bread then you will want to keep your bread machine intact in order to be able to continue making bread for many more years to come. Maintenance for your bread machine can be done quite rapidly once you get used to your machine, but you should definitely clean it out after every use. This will avoid any unwanted build-ups of dough and other ingredients. Since you are using yeast to make bread which is essentially bacteria, it is vital that you provide the proper care for your bread machine in order to avoid leaving any of the bacteria within the machine.

​The first thing to remember when cleaning out your bread machine is to let it cool first. You don’t want to clean the machine while it is still warm because you could injure yourself or even damage the machine itself. Also be sure that it is unplugged while you are caring for it. Once the bread machine is cool you can begin by removing the bread basket and cleaning it out thoroughly. You will probably notice some lumps of dough stuck to the basket which should be removed immediately. If you don’t remove all of the leftover dough, it will bake with the next batch and this could compromise your following loaf of bread. You can remove all of the lumps using a plastic spoon or a wooden spoon; avoid using metal spoons or forks because this could damage the basket.

​Once the large lumps of dough have been removed from the interior of the basket, you can begin cleaning it out with detergent. Using a dish detergent and a sponge, wipe the interior completely so that it become clean and good as new. However, do not leave the soap inside of the basket because letting it soak is not necessary and can damage the basket. Once the basket is completely clean, proceed towards cleansing the paddle. This is very important because it will most likely get dirty while baking your bread loaves. The paddle and the exterior should be quite easy to wash depending on your bread machine, but most of them are made to be cleaned with ease.

​The final part that should be considered while cleaning your best bread machine is the interior oven region of the machine. This is a little more complex because you cannot pour any water inside of it. Water could damage the elements that are used for heating the bread and could ultimately break your bread machine entirely. Rather than pouring water within it, you should use a brush to get all of the dough and crumbs out of there. Remember to wait until the bread machine is cool because otherwise you could severely burn yourself on the element inside of this part. You can use a damp cloth and then wipe it dry once you are done cleaning the entire machine.