Best Bread Makers

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 30, 2017
Bread is delicious. Bread you've made yourself is even better. If you like baking and want to enjoy tasty bread or pastry, you need to get a breadmaker. Check our brand-new comparison of 5 best bread machines. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Settings
Loaf Size
Extras
 
PROS

Goes with excellent recipes for traditional bread.

Small paddles easily come out of a loaf.

2 paddles mix the dough without noise.

CONS

Beeping sound (when the bread is ready) might be annoying and can't be turned off.

OUR VERDICT

If you want to bake delicious classic bread, this model is for you. Extremely useful for cooks who need to make a lot of dough.

detailed parameters
Power
700 Watts
Settings
Basic, Basic Wheat, Basic Dough, Quick, Quick Wheat, Quick Dough, Jam, Cake, Sour Dough Starter, Home Made
Loaf Size
For 4 persons, 2, 1.5 pounds
Extras
13-hour delay timer, Several special dough programs
PROS
Panasonic bread maker is very quiet and makes very little noise. Capable of baking XL-size (2.5-lb) loaves. Inner pan is easy to clean.
CONS
It's impossible to program your own baking cycle.
OUR VERDICT
Panasonic is a fantastic breadmaker which is mostly suited for large families who like eating fresh and healthy bread every day.
detailed parameters
Power
550 Watts
Settings
Bake, Rapid Bake, Raisin, Sandwich, Pizza, Rolls Raisin Dough, Basic, Whole Wheat, Multi-Grain, French, Cake
Loaf Size
For 3-5 persons, 1.5, 2, 2.5 pounds
Extras
Programmable menu options, 13-hour delay timer, Non-stick inner bake pan, Built-in handle
PROS

Accurate baking and quiet mixing.

Recipe book contains a lot of detailed instructions.

Multiple loaves and programs are available.

CONS

The baking pan is covered with a very thin enamel so it can be easily scratched.

OUR VERDICT

It is a great choice for a really reasonable price. Allows you to cook versatile bread, jam and even dough.

detailed parameters
Power
680 Watts
Settings
Basic/White, French/Italian, Whole Wheat Bread, Sweet Bread, Gluten Free, Packaged Mix, Cake/Quick Bread, Dough, Pasta Dough, Jams, Bake-Only, Rapid Bake
Loaf Size
For 2-4 persons, 1, 1.5, 2 pounds
Extras
13-hour delay timer, Stay-cool handles, Viewing window
PROS
Oster bread maker offers quite a lot of settings. Can bake a loaf of healthy bread within just 58 minutes. The manual contains a lot of recipes.
CONS
You can't wash the baking pan of this bread maker in a dishwasher.
OUR VERDICT
Oster bread maker is an awesome appliance that will always bake delicious bread for your family.
detailed parameters
Power
500 Watts
Settings
Basic, French, Whole Wheat, Sweet, Ultra Fast (1.5 lb), Ultra Fast (2 lb), Quick, European, Dough, Bagel Dough, Jam, Bake
Loaf Size
For 3-4 persons, 1, 1.5, 2 pounds
Extras
13-hour delay timer, Viewing window, Non-stick aluminum bread pan
PROS

Provides even heat for high-quality baking.

Includes a collapsible kneading paddle.

Handy automatic fruit & nut dispenser.

CONS

The loaf is not as high as in other bread makers.

OUR VERDICT

This breadbread maker is very powerful and boasts a lot of pre-programmed settings. Also, it is affordable.

detailed parameters
Power
850 Watts
Settings
White, White Rapid, Whole Wheat, Whole W. Rapid, French, French Rapid, Sweet Bread, Quick Bread, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Dough, Artisan Dough, Jam, Bake Only
Loaf Size
For 2-4 persons, 1, 1.5, 2 pounds
Extras
Automatic nut and fruit dispenser, 15-hour delay timer

What is a Bread Maker

In the following review, we have compared 5 most popular bread maker. This small kitchen appliance makes baking at home easy: it does everything automatically so you don’t have to worry about it. A user just needs to put all the ingredients (the order and amount are stipulated in a user’s guide that goes with every bread maker) into a pan and choose an appropriate program. Afterwards, you can go and do anything else you want to - the bread maker machine will do everything by itself: it will knead the dough, let it rise, and then bake.

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What Features to Compare

The first thing to pay attention to is the Power every bread maker has. The baking speed depends on it - the more powerful a bread maker is, the faster it prepares the pastry or bread loaves. As usual, most breadmakers have the power varying from 450 to 1650 Watts. Low-power bread machines, in general, have fewer modes (programs) and some of them can’t knead the dough.

The next aspect to consider are the Settings that are also called modes or programs. Every bread maker has a certain set of settings - basic or advanced. The number of settings can vary from 2 to 25. The programs are different in terms of dough kneading time, baking time, and temperature. The combination of these parameters allows the breadmaker to cook different types of bread or pastry. All models usually have the common settings such as standard or quick baking. Also, keep in mind that some bread maker machines allow you to set the settings by yourself.

Also, you need to check the Loaf Size - a loaf weighing 1 lbs. is enough to satisfy a daily requirement for a family. Though the best bread makers can bake loaves up to 2 lbs. Therefore, you need to check the model according to a number of people you need to feed.

Finally, there are several more features to consider and we call them Extras. For example, some bread makers have additional settings such as delay timer (which allows you to put the start of the program off), an audible reminder that lets you know when the baking is finished, a viewing window through which you can control the baking process, and so on.

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Zojirushi BB PAC20BA

Power

Zojirushi is one of the market leaders in terms of bread maker machine. It has the power of 700 Watts which might seem quite little but it isn’t so. For example, it can bake a loaf within slightly more than 2 hours though a lot depends on what setting you choose. For example, if you choose a Regular Basic mode it will take a bit more than 3 hours to bake a loaf.

Settings

This bread maker has 10 pre-programmed settings. Here they are: Basic, Quick Dough, Basic Dough, Quick, Quick Wheat, Jam, Cake, Basic Wheat, Sour Dough Starter, and Home Made. As you can see, this appliance can make jam,and several types of dough. Perfect choice for those who adore baking. There is also a Home Made mode which allows you to input your own settings and create really unique recipes.

Loaf Size

Unlike many other bread maker machines, this one can bake only a single size of bread - 2 pounds. It may seem not enough, but the quality of bread is perfect and scores of positive comments from buyers prove it. A conventional bread loaf you buy in a department store weighs around 1 pound, so making a 2-pound loaf of fresh bread is quite reasonable.

Extras

The baking pan has small metal rakes that make it easy for you to take it out. Of course, Zojirushi bread maker has a 13-hour delay timer. Also, there is a handy Exclusive Home Made Menu mode with 3 memory settings supported. There is also a LED control panel which shows all the settings and important data.


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Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso® Breadmaker BB-PAC20
 

Panasonic SD-YD250

Power

Panasonic bread maker has the power of 550 Watts which is enough to knead dough and bake a loaf of bread. Also, relatively low energy consumption will quite positively impact your electricity bills. The quickest baking setting (Basic Bake Rapid) will take 1 hour and 55 minutes which isn't actually quick, yet it will let you bake a large, 2.5-pound loaf of bread with crispy crust.

Settings

This fantastic bread maker offers quite a lot of baking and dough-making settings. There are several Bread programs: Basic (for usual bread), Whole Wheat (bread made of whole wheat flour), Multigrain (for bread with a mix of cereals), French (for loaves with crispy crust), Bake Only (for cakes), and Pizza (makes dough for the most famous Italy's dish). Also, Panasonic has several baking options: Bake, Bake Rapid, Bake Sandwich (for loaves suitable for sandwiches), Bake Raisin (the beep sound lets you know when to add raisins and other nuts, etc.), Dough (this mode allows you to make dough for croissants, pizza, and so on) and Dough Raisin. Also, you can choose one of three available crust colors: Dark, Medium, and Light. Keep in mind that some crust colors aren't available for some baking programs, so don't forget to read the manual before choosing the right setting.

Loaf Size

This Panasonic bread machine can prepare loaves of the following sizes: M (which is 1.5 pounds), L (2 pounds), and XL (2.5 pounds). Therefore, this bread maker can be purchased for a big family use. Kids just like adults will surely do justice to having such an appliance at home. What's there more enjoyable than having a crispy toast made from fresh, homemade bread? Panasonic bread maker will please your taste buds!

Extras

Just like other best bread makers, this model has a 13-hour delay timer. If you don't have time to bake bread, you can simply add all ingredients in the pan, set the time and leave. Panasonic bread maker will complete the work by the time you're all back home. Usage of the device is more than welcoming. Made of non-sticking coating, cleaning it is a breeze. Get the inner pan out by the push of the lever and wash it in the water. The only minor drawback of this model is lack of a viewing window. The backing process is unseen. Rather than that, it's a great device that will cope with most tasks and make your baking sessions easier!

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Panasonic Bread Maker
 

Cuisinart CBK-100

Power

This bread maker has the power of 680 Watts. It isn’t the best result in our bread maker review, but it’s quite good for baking all kinds of dough. You just need to carefully follow the cooking instructions from a user's manual. Keep in mind that it is impossible to bake a loaf of bread within just 25 minutes, no matter how powerful the bread maker is.

Settings

This bread maker machine has 12 pre-programmed settings: Basic/White, Whole Wheat Bread, French/Italian, Sweet Bread, Gluten Free, Cake/Quick Bread, Packaged Mix, Pasta, Bake-Only, Dough, Rapid Bake. There are also programs for other products: Dough and Jam. All the programs are shown on a control panel and you just need to push a necessary button. Pay attention that this bread machine can cook jam which is an advantage. The Rapid Bake mode is available for 1.5-pound loaf only and you can't change it.

Loaf Size

There are 3 available loaf sizes this bread maker has: 1 pound, 1.5 pounds, and 2 pounds. The choice is good enough for cooking for a small or big family, so you will be glad. However, if you need a larger loaf (3 pounds) for a big family you might prefer another model. Keep in mind that some settings are available for a certain loaf size only and it's impossible to choose a loaf size.

Extras

First of all, Cuisinart bread maker has a viewing window through which you can control the baking process. Next, there’s a delay timer that allows you to delay the cooking for up to 13 hours. Also, you can set up a Warm Cycle feature and the machine will keep a loaf warm for 1 hour, so you will be able to eat a tasty hot bread when you are back home.


VIDEO
Cuisinart 2-lb Bread Maker (CBK-100) Demo Video
 

Oster CKSTBRTW20

Power

Oster bread making machine has power of 500 Watts and though it isn't the best result in our review, this unit is quite capable of baking bread, making dough, jam, and so on. And if you think Oster bread maker will cook for too long, you're wrong - the heating element is good enough to bake bread within just 58 minutes (in express bake modes).

Settings

Oster bread maker has quite a lot of settings that include not only different bread recipes (Basic, French, Whole Wheat, Quick, European), but also allow you to prepare some other dishes such as jam and dough. If you like pastry, like bagels, for example, you can choose Bagel Dough mode and experiment with baking. Many people don't like waiting for too long till their loaf of bread is ready and that's why Oster offers 2 express bake modes - Ultra Fast for a 1.5-pound loaf and Ultra Fast for a 2-pound loaf. The users' manual contains a lot of recipes and detailed instructions about each of the 12 available settings. However, keep in mind that any of express bake modes doesn't allow you to choose the crust color and use the delay timer. So, you can only load the ingredients and push the 'Start' button.

Loaf Size

This fantastic bread making machine allows you to cook bread of 3 different sizes: 1, 1.5 or 2 pounds. There's a special button 'Loaf Size' that allows you to select the size you need in the appropriate settings (some of them give no choice). Most recipes are for loaves of 1.5 or 2 pounds. Such a loaf should be just the right size for a common household of 3-4 people.

Extras

Just like expensive bread makers, this Oster appliance has a delay timer that allows you to put the baking off for up to 13 hours. Therefore, you can enjoy fresh bread when you get home after a long and exhausting working day. Of course, some settings don't allow to use a timer - you can find more information in the users' manual, so you should read it before using the appliance. Oster bread maker machine allows you to track the baking process through a small viewing window. The removable baking pan can't be washed in a dishwasher! Therefore, use a soft sponge or some other rag.

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Oster 2 Pound Expressbake Breadmaker
 

Breadman BK1050S

Power

Breadman bread maker is quite powerful - 850 Watts which ensures an even heating and baking. Also, the breadmaker is fast: for example, if you want to get a fresh bread within just an hour, you can choose a Rapid mode (it is available for White, Whole Wheat, and French settings) - and you will get a 2-pound loaf.

Settings

Breadman has 14 pre-programmed settings such as White, White Rapid, Whole Wheat, Whole W. Rapid, French, French Rapid, Sweet Bread, Quick Bread, Low Carb, Gluten Free. Also, you can choose a program to prepare Dough, Artisan Dough or Jam and if you need just to bake bread, without kneading the dough, - choose Bake Only. As you can see, some settings are quick variants of ‘full-scale’ settings.

Loaf Size

Just as the majority of bread makers in our review, this model has 3 available loaf sizes: 1 pound, 1.5 pounds, and 2 pounds. The latest setting is the only one available if you pick a Rapid mode. A usual bread from a supermarket is usually equivalent to a 1-pound loaf from a bread making machine, so you can bake quite a lot for your family.

Extras

This bread maker has an automatic fruit and nut dispenser that makes cooking much simpler. For example, cooking cupcakes will be much simpler compared to the rest of the bread machines. Also, Breadman has a 15-hour delay timer so you can put off the baking according to your own desire and timetable.


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