- 1 Bread Machine Buying Guide
- 2 Best Bread Maker
- 3 Cuisinart CBK-100 2 LB Bread Maker
- 4 Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Lb Convection Bread Maker
- 5 Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser, White
- 6 Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf Breadmaker, Black
- 7 Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker, White
- 8 Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread Maker
- 9 SKG Automatic Bread Machine 2LB – Beginner Friendly
- 10 Hamilton Beach Programmable Bread Machine, 2-Pound – Bread Maker with Gluten-Free Setting (29882)
- 11 Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Home Bakery 1-Pound-Loaf Programmable Mini Breadmaker
- 12 Oster 5838 58-Minute Expressbake Breadmaker
- 13 Conclusion
Bread is perfect for breakfast. It is delicious especially when combined with tea, jam or butter.
Bread machines are gaining prominence in the world because people are getting tired of storing bought bread for more than a day.
The issue with storing bread after one day is that it loses its freshness. Plus, with the right bread maker, you can save up tons of money that would have been spent on buying bread over the long run.
But, how do you know the best bread machine? What are the features to look out for and how do you know the one that solves your needs?
This guide will provide all the information you need to know before you go out to buy a bread machine and how to find one that suits your budget.
- Cuisinart CBK-100 2 LB Bread Maker
- 2 lbs
- Read review
- Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Lb Convection Bread Maker
- 2 lbs
- Read review
- Editor’s Choice
- Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser, White
- 2-1/2 lbs
- Read review
- Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf Breadmaker, Black
- Read review
- Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker, White
- Read review
Bread Machine Buying Guide
When it comes to bread makers, pricing matters. You get what you pay for. This doesn’t mean all the affordable bread makers are not worth it, but the price of a bread machine will affect what it can do and how fast it does it.
The higher priced models tend to make even and well-made bread than their cheaper counterparts. Some potential buyers think what makes bread expensive is the amount of bread it can produce.
What makes a bread maker expensive is not the size of the bread it produces. It is the features that it comes loaded with. The presence of features such as programmable options determines to a certain extent the price of a bread maker.
Bread makers are sold at different price points depending on your need. If you need a bread maker to make bread for you on a regular basis, a $90 bread machine just won’t cut it. Even if it starts out great, it will probably not last as long as you expect.
Number of Programs
The best bread makers tend to come with some programs that enhance the final product that you can make.
Some bread makers have options for determining the kind of bread that you want to make – be it white, brown and wholemeal loaves with options to bake them fast.
Having a bread maker that can make your bread fresh in the morning by the time you wake up, would require you buying a bread maker that has a programmable setting.
Similar to what we have in automatic coffee makers, where you can set a timer to grind and brew your coffee just in time for when you wake up in the morning. You can also do same for your bread maker.
For those who are gluten intolerant, there are options for that in some bread makers. Most bread makers don’t come with it, but you can check if your machine is gluten intolerant by looking at the options it offers on the front panel of the machine.
Another form of program that can be found in bread makers includes a dough program. Dough programs are used to mix, knead and rest before producing the final bread output. Dough programs can also be used to make pizza and croissant dough. If cake and jam offerings are your thing, you could also go for a bread maker that has such feature.
One of the things that we noticed about new users of bread machines is their love for the ‘fast bake’ program. The fast bake
program allows you to bake your bread in less time than normal.
The trick is to be sure that the fast bake option is the kind of bread that you eat. If you only eat wholemeal bread but you buy a bread machine that only has a fast bake option for white loaves, you would not be able to use this feature to bake your bread.
Kneading Paddles are vital to how a bread maker works. Most machines come with at least one paddle which is used specifically for the dough.
Some bread makers with a dual kneading paddle could have one for dough and another for pasta. Having a single kneading paddle could also mean having a spare paddle.
An important fact of kneading paddles in bread machines is on whether or not you can remove the paddles after the kneading cycle which is very important when you want to make bread that won’t have a hole at the base of the bread. Some bread makers work automatically with a kneading alert that informs you to remove the paddles before it begins kneading.
While it is normal for bread machines to make noise while they operate, since their job involves kneading and mixing, the truth is that there are bread machines that have a quieter operation compared to others.
Also, some cheap bread makers tend to move while they knead the dough on your countertop and could end up falling on the ground. Having a higher end model could mean less noise and movement during the mixing and kneading process.
Some bread makers allow you to add fruits and nuts to your bread.
You can do this manually, but the trick is knowing when to add the nuts and fruits.
Specialized bread machines with such functions will sound an alarm that informs you of when to add fruits and nuts to your bread. You could also look for machines with special options that allow you to make specialized food items like pizzas, gluten free bread, and wheat bread. If you want a bread maker that does more than bread, look for the option you want in the machine before buying.
Best Bread Maker
The Cuisinart CBK-100 2 LB Bread Maker is a great bread maker that is stylishly designed and a top performer. Little wonder why it’s the #1 Best Sellers in the Bread Machines category on Amazon.
Cuisinart CBK-100 features a lot of options that makes baking bread easy to use.
This machine which can bake the basic white bread to all kinds of specialty bread like French bread, Whole
Grain and cake has a set of pre-programmed options that you can select for the production of these things.
It looks good and makes it great bread. This Cuisinart bread machine comes with a brushed metal appearance for that premium sturdy look. Easy to carry around and clean-up after use.
An interesting part of this machine is the carrying handles on the side. It has stay-cool handles that allow you to easily move the machine even after use.
The CBK-100 has a non-stick pan that is easy to clean in the sink or the dishwasher. The other parts of the device can be easily wiped with a damp cloth, as you can’t put water into some areas of the oven, like the baking area.
With the Cuisinart CBK-100, anything is possible. It’s only a matter of choosing the right settings. This bread maker takes the guesswork out of your baking process by giving you audible alerts as to when to do certain things that can have an impact on the final output.
It gives you audible signals to add yeast, extra ingredients and immediately, after mixing the dough, it will alert you to know if you want to remove the kneading paddles or not.
The control panel of the Cuisinart CBK-100 is where the magic happens. There is an LCD screen, which is not backlit, unfortunately.
We have options to select the loaf size before baking and 12 other menu options such as options to choose the type of bread you want (white, French, gluten-free, etc.), cake, dough, pasta dough, a bake only and a rapid bake option.
For most new owners, they often think the Rapid Bake Setting is for baking bread within 10 seconds. That is far from the truth. What it does is to give you options for bread recipes that use rapid rise yeast, unlike the normal bread that uses standard yeast.
The only caveat when using this option is to know that you can’t set the loaf size or the crust color.
For users with Celiac disease, it is important they eat bread that contains gluten. Cuisinart’s CBK-100 has a gluten free setting that can make the healthy bread that they need.
What you need is to buy a packet of gluten free mixture. If you don’t know where to start or how to make gluten free bread, not to worry. There are gluten free recipes in the recipe booklet that accompanies this machine.
The CBK is sold along with a 3-year warranty to protect you after purchasing the bread machine. The warranty is a send-in warranty, though, so if it requires repairs, you will need to cough up say $10 for shipping and handling, even if Cuisinart sends in an advanced replacement.
The good news from the reviews online is that Cuisinart’s machines rarely require repairs except you get a defective machine straight out of the box, in which case it will have to be replaced immediately.
|Looks well-built and has a cool stay handle.||The gluten free menu and the rapid bake settings have a fixed loaf size that you can bake.|
|Gluten free bread menu options.||You can’t program the machine for kneading, rising and baking options.|
|The CBK-100 is dishwasher safe.|
One of the talking points of the Cuisinart CBK-200 is the convection fan which circulates hot air round the baking chamber which adds to the crust color and crispiness of the bread. But, there is more.
The CBK-200 which is an upgrade to the CBK-100 from Cuisinart boasts tons of features that will make you drool.
There is a 15-minute pause function which allows you to stop the bread machine for 15 minutes to allow the dough to rise some more before the baking begins. The pause button is a timer set for 15 minutes. Once the timer elapses, it will continue the cycle again.
The stop/pause button can pause a cycle for 15 minutes if pressed once. If you hold it for three seconds, it will stop the whole bread program. This feature was not visible in the Cuisinart CBK-100, and it can come in handy when you make a mistake with the selection of a loaf.
Unlike with other machines, where you might have to unplug the unit to stop the whole cycle, with the CBK-100, you can easily stop the bread program and start over by selecting the correct setting that you want on the control panel and then pressing the start button.
With the Cuisinart CBK-200, unplugging the machine when you make a mistake won’t work. If you do unplug it, you still have to wait for 15 minutes for the unit to lose its memory after which you will be able to choose the correct setting for the bread that you want.
Rather than going through all this trouble, you can simply press the pause/stop button for three seconds until the bread machine stops the process.
16 pre-programmed menu options give you the freedom to make all kinds of things.
You have a choice of white bread to rapid white bread (suitable for when you need to use fast rise yeast), French/Italian bread, Low Carb. Bread, Gluten Free, Dough/Pizza Dough (for making dough for your pizza and others.), Jam, Bake only program.
The bake only program can be used for darkening a bread loaf that had originally been baked or for extra baking. It does not require the kneading or the rising cycle. It only needs to bake.
For those who eat gluten free bread, the CBK-200 has an option that allows you make bread that is gluten free. All you need is to get the mixture from your local supermarket, and you are good to go.
Another cool feature with the CBK-200 is the power failure backup which allows the machine to keep the recipe stored in the machine for a time period so you don’t have to restart the baking process.
|It gives an audible alert that notifies you on when to take out the kneading paddle.||This bread maker can be noisy when mixing and kneading dough.|
|It has great dough setting for making awesome pizza dough.||You can’t program your custom bread cycle.|
|The components are BPA free.||LED light is not backlit.|
|Has a pause/stop feature that allows you to stop the machine without having to unplug it.|
If having freshly baked bread in the morning is your thing, or you love to bake bread but you’re too busy for the traditional way, but still, bake, the Panasonic SD-YD250 Bread Maker is perfect for you.
The Panasonic SD takes weighs about 15.4 pounds and will take some countertop space in the kitchen. It measures 14″ Height X 13.5″ Width X 9″ Depth in dimensions.
This bread maker can bake bread in three sizes from 1.5, 2 and 2 1/2 pounds with a Crust Color selection option button; you will be able to make changes to the crust and the color as well.
The number of features that the SD-YD250 offers are simply amazing.
There is a 13-hour timer for delaying the bread making process which is a very nifty feature for users who want to wake up to delicious freshly baked bread in the morning. A 60-minute keep-warm function.
Users can use this to keep the bread fresh in the oven for an hour after it had been baked.
SD-YD250 has a control panel with intuitive buttons. There is a display window that shows you the options that have been selected as well as the timer.
There is a MENU option where you can select the bread type as well as a SELECT button where you can choose the bake option. If you want to change the loaf size, there is a SIZE button for that.
This button can also be used to change the sizes for the bake rapid and the bake raisin options.
What makes the Panasonic SD-YD250 impressive is that everything you want to create is only a button away. There are bread type options that can be utilized once you press their corresponding buttons from bake, pizza dough, French bread (loaf without sugar), Multigrain, Whole wheat and basic bread.
When it comes to notifications, we couldn’t have been happier. The SD-YD250 has audible signals consisting of eight beeps that will alert you once this machine has finished baking in other to add raisins or nuts.
When making bread that involves raisins or nuts, it is usually advised to add the nuts or raisins after the initial kneading cycle has been completed as if you add it too soon, it will get crushed during the first kneading cycle.
This machine comes with a 1-year warranty, and it is quite easy to clean. Some parts of the machine will need to be wiped with a clean and damp cloth.
Parts such as the body and the lid, the interior temperature sensor, the yeast dispenser. Other parts such as the bread pan and the kneading blade should be washed as you would wash a bowl. Don’t submerge in water as they are not dishwashers safe.
|Quite easy to clean.||Some parts of the machine such as the kneading blade are not dishwasher safe.|
|Lots of options and flexibility in the baking process.||Delay timer cannot be used with the dough options.|
|Sturdy construction with thick pans and thin kneading blades.||The lid is not a see-through.|
|Has an automatic yeast dispenser that keeps the yeast dry.|
The Zojirushi BB-CEC20 bakes a large traditional 2-lb. loaf of bread with ease. It has a quick baking cycle that can bake bread within minutes.
Zojirushi has always been known to make quality bread machines. Bakers worldwide respect them for the thoughts and precision they put into the technology behind their machines.
This machine as with other machines that we have reviewed in the past has a wide range of options that can be used to turn flour and yeast into any desired product. There is a SELECT COURSE button that allows you to choose between the following bread making preparation functions such as Basic (for the usual bread), Basic Wheat, Quick (bread that rises very fast), Jam, Cake and Sourdough Starter, etc.
For users who like to have control over the color of their crust, the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 has a button for modifying this. You can choose to select a light, medium or dark crust color.
Unfortunately, the crust control button only works for some course, not all of them namely: the Basic, Quick, Cake and Home Made courses.
Another thoughtful feature included in this machine is the Delay Timer. This button allows you to put all the ingredients in the machine and then set a timer as to when you want it to bake it for you. If you have guests coming into the house or you like waking up to the smell and taste of fresh bread in the morning – this feature is for you.
What you need to do is to ‘press the timer button to advance the time.’ The delay time starts from 10 minutes and the maximum amount of time it can delay is for 13 hours. If you repeatedly press the timer past 13 hours, it will go back to 10 minutes.
Similar to what we had in the Panasonic sD-YD250, the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 also has a Start/Reset Button. The Start button is pressed once to start the machine. It doesn’t start mixing right away, though; the device needs to preheat the ingredients in the bread pan.
Unlike with other low-end machines, you don’t have to switch off this machine when you select the wrong settings. You can easly turn it off with a button. To cancel your selection or stop the warming cycle, you can press the START button down until the machine beeps.
|Makes a large 2-loaf sized bread.||One side of the loaf tends to rise higher than the other side.|
|Quite heavy, so it won’t move on the counter while baking.||It is expensive.|
|The preheat function of this machine can be turned off.||You can’t change the loaf size.|
|Allows you to choose the crust color of your choice.|
The Sunbeam 5891 bread machine is a low priced machine with significant features but mixed reviews from owners. It’s by far the most affordable with amazing features to complement it.
This machine is one of the largest on the market measuring 19 inches in length. It takes up quite a lot of real estate on your countertop.
Made from a thick plastic outer shell painted in white and a gray menu cast on the front. There is a top lid with a small see-through window for checking the progress of your bread.
One would think the lower price would mean the functionality of this unit would suffer, but you’d be surprised what this machine can do. It has 12 settings that can be used ranging from making Basic bread, French, ExpresBake (in both 1.5 lb. and 2.0 lb.), Jam, Cake, and Bake.
It also offers three crust settings that you can choose from light to medium light and dark.
Our biggest joy with this low priced bread machine is the 13-hour programmable settings which allow you to load up the ingredients in the machine a night before and then wake up in the morning to freshly baked bread. We did notice some complaints from some buyers who said the delayed timer doesn’t work well with recipes that included eggs.
The baking pan inside the Sunbeam 5891 is a non-stick bread pan, and it will bake 1.5 and 2-pound loaves without stress.
As with the other machines that we have reviewed on this site, the Sunbeam 5891 also comes with an instruction book. The instruction manual and the recipes booklet are one of the reasons why this machine has so many negative reviews.
Buyers complained about inconsistencies in the manual and how the recipe booklet doesn’t include the right amount of each ingredient to use which leads to users producing disastrous results.
We advise you Google any recipe you want to use online rather than following the ideas in their recipe booklet.
|Has a see through window on the lid.||The recipe booklet is riddled with errors.|
|Makes bread in two different sizes.||It makes rumbles while it bakes.|
|12 preprogrammed baking functions.|
|Bakes your bread in about 1-hour|
The Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread Maker is a great bread machine for making all kinds of bread including gluten free and whole wheat. What makes this bread stand out is its automatic nut and fruit dispenser which adds the ingredient itself mid-way during the kneading process.
What we are used to seeing in most models is that the machine alerts you when it’s time to add the fruits and nuts to the kneading process.
The Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread Maker can make bread in 1 pound, 1-1/2 pound, 2 pounds and even a 2-1/2 pound loaf. There are 13 bread settings which can be used to select the type of bread that you want to make depending on your preferences. It also has settings to configure the crust settings of the bread and a customized setup feature which is one of the most praised features in this bread machine.
When it comes to understanding how the Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread Machine works, you need to look into the LCD control panel. It is easy to read and use.
This panel affords you the possibility to customize your personal setting for complex recipes. So you can customize the timer and the temperature for multiple steps in the baking process.
A significant feature that makes this bread machine worth considering is the collapsible bread paddle.
The collapsible bread paddle minimizes the size of the hole left at the base of a loaf by the paddle. If that hole concerns you a lot and you want to minimize it, then the Breville BBM800XL Machine will be perfect for you.
|Comes with automatic fruit and nut dispenser.||The collapsible paddle doesn’t work well.|
|Made from durable stainless steel.||External parts get hot enough to cause a burn.|
|Has a large see-through window.||There is an irregular baking temperature that makes baking with the machine a waste of time.|
|Comes with 13 pre-programmed settings.|
|Features an instruction manual, recipe book and a single kneading blade.|
Programmable Bread Maker (19 Programs, 3 Loaf Sizes, 3 Crust Colors, 15 Hours Delay Timer, 1 Hour Keep Warm) – Gluten Free Whole Wheat Bread maker
The SKG Automatic 2-LB Bread Maker is an inexpensive machine with a superior stylish design. It’s a new entry into the bread machine niche, and it’s designed to be lightweight and small in size due to the regular complaint of buyers of these machines complaining about how much countertop space their bread machine uses up.
If there is any complaint with this bread machine, it will have to be with the coating in the kneading paddle. We don’t consider this as a deal breaker as we believe there are still a lot of positives to be taken away from the SKG Automatic 2-LB Bread Maker.
In other to use this machine, you need to select the auto settings, after which the machine will set the timer and temperature for the machine to bake.
One feature that we are surprised to find in the SKG Automatic 2-LB Bread Maker is the 15 hours delay timer which allows you to set the ingredients in the machine by the time you go to bed in other to wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread. It will preheat, knead, rise and bake for you while you sleep.
While most machines come with 12 auto settings of bread types that they can use to create, the SKG Automatic 2-LB Bread Maker has 19 auto settings to choose from.
There is a 15-minute of Power Interruption Recovery feature that helps adjust to the power failure while still storing the recipes in the memory of the machine so you can continue what you were doing when power is restored within a 15-minute period.
Like most bread machines, we are pleased to know that this SKG Automatic 2-LB Bread Maker has a see-through window for us to monitor the baking process. One thing that we did notice was missing was the internal light offered by some higher end models.
|2-year warranty||It moves from one location to another during the kneading process.|
|15-minute power interruption recovery feature.|
|19-auto settings to choose from when baking bread.|
|The machine is quite easy to use.|
|The unit comes with a measuring cup and spoon.|
The Hamilton Beach Programmable Bread Machine comes in a variety of colors – white and black. It can produce loaf size in 1.5 and 2-pound loaves of bread.
There are 12 bread settings that include French, gluten-free, quick bread. There are options to select the crust color that you want.
The 12 bread settings available on this bread machine includes Basic, French, Gluten Free, Quick, Sweet, 1.5 lb. Express (for making a quick 1.5 loaf size), 2.0lb. Express, Dough, Jam, Cake, And Whole Grain and then Bake.
Some of these settings don’t have the options of choosing the loaf sizes or for tweaking the crust color for them. Those options are for selected settings.
As expected, this bread machine comes with one kneading paddle for usage and a spare for keeps. This means you don’t have to buy a replacement paddle as you already have one that you can use in the event of an emergency.
The bread pan has a non-stick coating, so your bread won’t stick to the base during use. The pan is a bit wide but not as deep as we would have loved, so it produces tall rectangular loafs. Due to how it’s designed, you will have to place the pan in the machine by twisting it and locking in a clockwise direction. To remove it for cleaning, you have to do the same thing but in an anticlockwise direction.
One of the standard features in bread machines today is a delay timer. With the delay timer, you can set the ingredients a night before so you can have freshly baked bread the next day.
This Hamilton Beach Programmable Bread Machine has 13 hours delayed timer and a 5-minute power interruption protection.
The Hamilton Beach Programmable Bread Machine can make two loaf sizes – 1.5 pounds and 2 pounds. While you can change the loaf sizes for most of the bread types, you can’t change it for some cycles such as the Quick setting, 1.5 lb. Express, 2 lb. Express, Dough, Jam, and Cake and Bake settings.
With the power interruption protection, you can be sure that the machine will remember your recipe when the power is restored back, so you don’t have to restart the process all over again.
There is a start/stop button as well. With this button, you can simply move from one bread setting to another without having to unplug the machine. What you have to do is to stop the kneading process and reset it with the STOP button.
|This bread machine is dishwasher safe.||Made of cheap materials.|
|There is a delay timer that allows you add ingredients a night before and bake the next morning.||Produces vertical rectangular bread.|
|Can bake loaf sizes of 1.5 pound and 2-pound sizes.||This machine takes up a lot of counter space.|
|No audio alert to inform you on when to remove the paddle before baking starts.|
The Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Home Bakery 1-Pound-Loaf Programmable Mini Breadmaker is a bread machine for small families or singles living alone. It can bake a 1-pound loaf easily.
It is a bit tall but takes up less countertop space, unlike its predecessor.
It features simpler settings, and it can make a dough, cookie dough, pizza dough as well as jams.
This bread machine works very fast, and it is user-friendly with intuitive buttons on the control panel that allows you to choose different settings and cycles.
A lot of features with this bread maker will interest you. There is an LCD panel that gives you visual to everything that you are doing.
Through the LCD panel, you can select the bread texture; change the crust from regular to light. You could also choose to use the quick baking mode which uses fast rising yeast to bake bread in as little as 2 hours.
There is an option to use the delayed timer so you can add ingredients to the machine, then set the machine to start baking after a particular period.
We love using this Zojirushi BB-HAC10 for the flexibility. If you also want to produce something other than basic bread, like French bread or cake, there are options created for these specialty items.
|Perfect for singles or smaller families.||It sometimes overcooks the bread.|
|Sturdy and solid build.||Cycles are not programmable.|
|Very quiet operation.||Pans stay hot for long due to their makeup.|
|The instruction manual can be confusing.|
The Oster 5838 58-Minute Expressbake Breadmaker is an affordable bread machine with collapsible paddles.
It features a 13-hour delay bake timer which allows you to delay the bake time till when you need the bread. So, you can put the ingredients into this machine in the morning and come back from work to meet freshly baked bread.
Once your bread is ready, there is a 60-minute keep warm feature that will ensure that your bread remains as fresh as possible till you’re ready to eat.
There are options to change crust color, a glass viewing window to monitor progress and an aluminum bread pan with non-stick coating.
The Oster 5838 58-Minute Expressbake Breadmaker is built to North American Electrical Standards.
|The aluminum bread pan has a non-stick coating.||Dark crust setting might turn out too dark.|
|It has a user-friendly control panel.||Kneading paddle leaves a hole at the base of the loaf.|
|Comes with a 13-hour delay bake.||No button for selecting loaf size.|
Finding the best bread maker for you will depend on what is important for you. Do you want a bread maker with a lot of options to bake different kinds of bread or you want a machine that can bake you big loaf sizes?
Your budget, as well as the special features that you will like to see in your bread maker, will determine the one you end up buying.
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