Realtors say that there are two ways to make your house more marketable – the smells of fresh coffee and fresh baking. I am sure that most of us would agree that fresh home made bread is an absolute delight. Warm from the oven, there is very little to beat a slice of buttered fresh bear with strawberry jam.
Making bread from scratch is a very therapeutic exercise, but very few of us have the time to indulge, and need the services of a bread making machine to help us along the way.
There are many machines on the market ranging from those designed for the enthusiastic amateur to the semi-professional. Selection criterion will include the amount of user involvement, the types of dough that can be created and baked, the size of the loaf, a timing option to allow you to have fresh baked bread for breakfast when you wake in the morning, and how easy it is to clean.
Often a bread maker will provide the opportunity to make other items, like jams, pizza dough for pizza bases, or even sponge mixes.
If you want specialty or artisan breads with fruit or nuts, then a horizontal baking option is a must to stop the fruit or nuts all ending up at one end of the load.
To help you choose here are the top ten bread makers we reviewed in 2015.
Table of Contents
- 1 Oster CKSTBRTW20 2-Pound Expressbake Breadmaker, White
- 2 West Bend 41300 Hi-Rise Electronic Dual-Blade Breadmaker
- 3 Breadman TR2500BC Ultimate Plus 2-Pound Stainless-Steel Convection Breadmaker
- 4 Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Home Bakery 1-Pound-Loaf Programmable Mini Breadmaker
- 5 Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker, White
- 6 Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 29881 2 lb. Bread Machine
- 7 Zojirushi BBCCX20 Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine
- 8 Cuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker
- 9 Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser, White
- 10 Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread Maker
Oster CKSTBRTW20 2-Pound Expressbake Breadmaker, White
The Oster CKSTBRTW20 2-Pound Expressbake Breadmaker is a budget priced, countertop breadmaker. It makes up to a two pound loaf, and has nine different bread settings for different types of baked items. Operation is via a front mounted LCD screen. The timer allows delayed baking for breakfast or when coming home from work.
Ideal for the beginner.
West Bend 41300 Hi-Rise Electronic Dual-Blade Breadmaker
A large breadmaker, the West Bend 41300 Hi-Rise Electronic Dual-Blade Breadmaker takes up a lot of real estate on the counter. It has a larger capacity at 2.5 pounds, and the dual blade mixer speeds up the mixing process. You can choose from 11 different baking options and a variety of loaf sizes. Again a timer allows for delayed baking.
Not the prettiest, but one well worth considering, offering great value for money.
Breadman TR2500BC Ultimate Plus 2-Pound Stainless-Steel Convection Breadmaker
The Breadman TR2500BC Ultimate Plus 2-Pound Stainless-Steel Convection Breadmaker is good-looking machine designed as a family capacity breadmaker. It is excellent in design and build.
Capacity is two pounds, and a special ingredient hopper allows baking of specialty breads like raisin bread. There are sixteen programmed baking options, three crust settings and a Rapid Bake capability. Additional settings include low carb and Gluten free. A twenty- four hour timer is included. One excellent feature is the ability to save up to five personal recipes. Towards the top end of the price range, but considering the range of features offered, very good value for money.
Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Home Bakery 1-Pound-Loaf Programmable Mini Breadmaker
A simple and easy to use small breadmaker, the Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Home Bakery 1-Pound-Loaf Programmable Mini Breadmaker is ideal for a single or couple. With a snazzy design and a carrying handle it is easy to bring out for use and store away again. Capacity is a one pound loaf. It has a thirteen hour delay timer and comes with a recipe book. Certainly one to consider for singles and couples.
Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker, White
Very similar to other options, the standout feature of the Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker is its low price. It has a two pound capacity and the usual range of features including a thirteen hour timer and a number of baking settings. Ideal for the beginner.
Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 29881 2 lb. Bread Machine
The compact Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 29881 2 lb. Bread Machine provides a high quality machine at a low price. Feature by feature, it invites comparison with bread makers twice the price. The usual array of features are provided, including a delay timer and a number of baking settings. Easy to use.
Definitely one to consider.
Zojirushi BBCCX20 Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine
Zojirushi claim that theZojirushi BBCCX20 Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine is able to bake almost anything bakeable.
Capacity is a two pound loaf, and the usual features of delay timer and several different bake settings. It is sturdy in design and manufacture and easy to use. The included recipe book, specifically made for this machine, and when you have the perfect recipe, the machine can store up to three custom recipes.
Cuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker
As we move towards the top of the list, the price increases. Not the cheapest on the list, the Cuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable Breadmakeris a splendid product. The breadmaker offers the usual array of features, including 12 pre-programmed menu options, 3 crust colours and 3 loaf sizes which together offer over 100 baking choices. Other nice touches are the included measuring cup, measuring spoon and Recipe Book. Cuisinart provide a limited 3-year warranty. Definitely to be considered by the more serious baker.
Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser, White
If you want to stop buying mass-baked commercial bread, this is the maker you need. The Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser It will meet most, if not all of your baking needs.
It is quite large, so you may wish to consider the effect on your worktop space. Not one to be brought out, used, cleaned and stored away again. Another consideration is the relatively large load size at 2.5 pounds.
Coming with the usual array of features, one nice addition is the automatic yeast dispenser, ensuring that the correct amount of yeast joins the mix at the right time.
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Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread Maker
If you must, absolutely must buy a breadmaker, buy this one. It offers four loaf sizes from one pound to 2.5 pounds, and thirteen automatic settings with three crust options. When you have experimented and found the perfect recipe, you can store up to nine custome settings. The usual time delay function is included. You are helped with the recipe book setting out forty-six recipes including Basic, Whole Wheat, Gluten Free, Crusty Loaf, Sweet, Yeast Free, Dough, Jam, and the up to nine Custom Recipe Charts. One nice addition is the automatic add-on ingredient dispenser, ensuring that the correct amount of fruit or nuts joins the mix at the right time. Visually it is a splendid addition to your kitchen.