Best Bread Makers

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 25, 2019
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
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Settings
Loaf Size
Extras
Warranty
 
PROS

It includes many great recipes for tradition bread. Plus, it comes with an additional heater on the lid to provide even baking. Doesn't produce any noise when it mixes the dough.

CONS

It's on the heavy side.

OUR VERDICT

For those looking to buy a high-quality bread maker machine that will serve for more than a couple years and allow baking a great variety of different types of bread, the Zojirushi BB PAC20BA might be the best bet. It's very easy to use and capacious enough to feed up to 4 people.

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 people, 2, 1.5 pounds

Extras
13-hour delay timer, Several special dough programs
Warranty

1 year

PROS

The “Expressbake” setting will be particularly useful for those who are often short of time. The quick baking mode will deliver you a loaf of fresh bread in about an hour.

CONS

The included measuring scoop and cup are a bit too flimsy.

OUR VERDICT

We would highly recommend the Oster Expressbake Bread Maker for busy families that would like to create customized loaves of bread to their taste. With 12 settings and 3 crust levels, you'll be able to make various types of bread, jam, and dough.

detailed parameters
Power

650 Watts

Settings

Basic, French, Whole Wheat, Sweet, Quick, Express Bake 1.0 lb, Express Bake 1.5 lb, Gluten Free, Dough, Pasta Dough, Jam, Bake, Cake;

3 crust color selection options, Automatic “keep warm” setting

Loaf Size

For 2-4 people, 1, 1.5, 2 pounds

Extras

13-hour delay timer, Viewing window, Non-slip feet, Measuring scoop, Measuring cup, Recipes included

Warranty

1 year limited

PROS

The easy-to-read screen and buttons facilitate the use of this bread maker. Also, it has a handy audible reminder for fruit and nut add-ins.

CONS

Some users find the beeping sound, which the machine makes, rather annoying.

OUR VERDICT

The Hamilton Beach 29882 is an optimal buy for first-time bread machine users, which will allow you to bake delicious homemade bread using neither preservatives nor trans fats. One of the best models in terms of price and quality ratio.

detailed parameters
Power
600 Watts
Settings
French, Gluten-free, Quick bread, Sweet, 1.5-lb express, 2-lb express, Dough, Jam, Cake, Whole grain, Bake
Loaf Size

For 3-4 people, 1.5, 2 pounds

Extras
Audible reminder when to add fruit and nuts
Warranty

1 year

PROS

The convection fan circulates the hot air evenly across the baking pan. As a result, you get richer crust color and better crispiness.

CONS

The bread pan might take you some effort to get it to seat properly.

OUR VERDICT

The Cuisinart CBK-200 boasts of a convection fan that will allow you to bake ideal bread loaves with appetizingly brown glows. What's more, it offers more than 100 bread, dough/pizza dough, sweet cake, and jam choices, which makes it an excellent solution for families that want to bring bakery home.

detailed parameters
Power

680 Watts

Settings

White, Whole wheat bread, French/Italian, Quick bread, Sweet bread, Low-carb, Gluten-free, Dough/pizza dough, Artisan dough, Rapid, Jams and chutneys, Last-minute loaf, Bake only, Convection feature, Keep warm, 3 crust colors

Loaf Size

For 2-4 people, 1, 1.5, 2 pounds

Extras

15-minute pause, 12-hour delay start, Timer, Power failure backup, Viewing window, Non-slip feet, Audible tones

Warranty

1 year limited

PROS

3 gluten-free and 3 healthy bread programs make this model a valuable purchase for all those individuals who stick to a healthy diet.

CONS

A back glossy panel tends to collect fingerprints. 

OUR VERDICT

Reasonably priced, the T-fal PF311E with 15 advanced cooking functions can be a good buy for those who don't want to shell out a lot of money on a sophisticated model. In addition to great functionality, this model is very durable and low in maintenance. Ideal for households with 2-4 people.

detailed parameters
Power

700 Watts

Settings

Gluten-free savory bread, Gluten-free sweet bread, Gluten-free cake, Rapid wholemeal bread, Wholemeal bread, Salt-free bread, Super rapid bread, Rapid sweet bread, French bread, Sweet bread, Cooking only, Dough, Cake, Jam, Pasta

Loaf Size

For 2-4 people, 1, 1.5, 2 pounds

Extras

3 crust settings, Viewing window, Non-slip feet, Nonstick coated inner pan and handle, 15-hour delay timer

Warranty

1 year

Zojirushi BB PAC20BA

Solid Machine

The Zojirushi BB PAC20BA bread maker is a popular model with many users, and we can see why. Though quite expensive, it will be a good investment for anyone interested in making home bread on a regular basis.

With 700 Watts of power, the Zojirushi BB PAC20BA makes a standard loaf in a little over than 2 hours and that's definitely not long, seeing as you won't need to do any hard work by hand. Plus, the BB PAC20BA has an additional heater on the lid, which allows achieving consistent and even results every time, with the crust being of the right color and thickness.

When it comes to smart capabilities, this bread maker has 10 pre-programmed settings. They include Basic, Quick Dough, Basic Dough, Quick, Quick Wheat, Jam, Cake, Basic Wheat, Sour Dough Starter, and Home Made. As you can see, with the Zojirushi BB PAC20BA you can make not only bread but also several types of dough as well as sweet jams, which makes it a sound choice for those who love baking.

There is also a Home Made mode which allows you to input your own settings and create really unique recipes. This setting supports up to 3 memory settings. Along with the memory settings, the device offers a 13-hour delay timer as well, allowing you to customize the baking time.

The Zojirushi BB PAC20BA bread maker bakes traditional sized 2-lb bread loaves and cakes and is especially great at making french dough, so you can experiment with recipes and prepare all sorts of baked goods.

Review of Zojirushi BB PAC20BA Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker

For Your Comfort

The Zojirushi BB-PAC20BA has a beautiful stainless steel casing that is sure to complement your kitchen. Furthermore, it feels extremely solid, expensive, and stable. However, stability has one downside - the machine weighs 27 pounds, meaning you'll need both your hands to carry the machine (if you decide to place it elsewhere).

On top of the unit, you'll find a large viewing window allowing you to watch the baking process without opening the lid. And in the lid, there's an additional heating element installed, for providing even browning results each time.

As for the interior, the unit has a traditional rectangular baking pan with two handles for easy removal of loaves and two paddles for fast and thorough kneading of baking ingredients.

Long story short, if you’re in the market for the best bread machine, this is the one to go for. With a unique top-browning element and dual paddle design, it by far outperforms other models in its price range.

Zojirushi BB PAC20BA Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker in the use

VIDEO
Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso® Breadmaker BB-PAC20
 

Oster CKSTBR9050-NP

Express Baking

The Oster company is a reliable producer of kitchen appliances that are known for their high performance, versatility, durability, and, what's more important, affordable prices. The Oster CKSTBR9050-NP Expressbake Bread Maker hasn't become an exception to this rule. This model incorporates all the helpful features you need in a bread maker, while not costing an arm and a leg. Let's take a closer look at it.

To begin with, the Oster CKSTBR9050-NP Expressbake Bread Maker is a fairly compact appliance with a small footprint that doesn't take much space on your counter. However, in spite of its fairly small dimensions, it offers great functionality and will let you bake all standard loaf sizes - 1 pound, 1.5 pounds and 2 pounds, making it a practical choice for small and mid-sized families.

Speaking of functionality, the Oster CKSTBR9050-NP Expressbake Bread Maker is featured with 13 pre-programmed settings, allowing you to make not only bread but also pastries, dough, and even jams. Also, it has 3 crust levels - light, medium, and dark - so it is easy to make a variety of breads with the taste and type of crust you want.

But what really sells the product is its “Expressbake” setting that will be particularly useful for those who are often in a rush. The quick baking mode will deliver you a loaf of fresh bread in about an hour.

Other perks of this model include "Gluten-free" setting, timer, and a delay cycle. The latter option allows you to set up the bread maker 13 hours in advance.

Review of Oster CKSTBR9050-NP Expressbake Bread Maker

Easy to Use

The Oster bread making machine looks unobtrusive on a kitchen counter, taking just 12 x 11 x 11 inches of room. It has a plain white body, with all the controls conveniently located on the top.

As simple as it is, it's also very straightforward to operate. You simply need to add ingredients and press a few buttons, which makes it a great option for inexperienced users. All the controls are clearly labeled and between them, there's a small LCD that shows the baking time and settings selected.

What new cooks will particularly appreciate is a recipe book that comes included with the purchase. The booklet contains hundreds of recipes as well as recommendations and tips on how to vary ingredients and measure them accurately, in order to bake delicious homemade bread.

Additionally, the box includes a removable bake pan, kneading blades, kneading removal tool, measuring cup, and a measuring spoon. Our minor niggle is that the included measuring tools are not very sturdy, so we recommend handling them carefully, in order to prolong their service life.

Overall, we would recommend the Oster Expressbake Bread Maker for busy families that would like to create customized loaves of bread to their taste. With 12 settings and 3 crust levels, you'll be able to make various types of breads, jam, as well as dough.

Oster CKSTBR9050-NP Expressbake Bread Maker in the use

Additional Info

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Hamilton Beach 29882

Budget-friendly Option

If you are looking for your first bread making machine and not sure whether you'll like homemade bread or baking process in general, it might make sense to turn towards entry-level models like the one from Hamilton Beach. Though featuring no bells and whistles, the Hamilton Beach 29882 gets the job done perfectly well and will allow you to extend your menu options. With its help, you will be able to cook not only bread, but also cakes, jams, flatbreads, croissants, and many other fluffy baked goods your family loves.

The Hamilton Beach bread maker isn't the most powerful, obviously. Yet, its 600 Watts power output should be more than enough for average use. Plus, when switched to the quickest setting, it bakes a 1.5-pound loaf in less than an hour, which is a very good result.

It's worth noting that the Hamilton Beach 29882 has only 2 loaf size options, which are 1.5 and 2 pounds. While we find it okay, some users, who live alone or eat only a little bread, might want to consider smaller models.

Review of Hamilton Beach 29882 Breadmaker

Settings

Although this bread machine comes at half the price of other big names, it offers 11 pre-set cooking programs, including French, 1.5-lb express, Quick bread, Gluten-free, Sweet, 2-lb express, Jam, Cake, Dough, Whole grain, and Bake. Three standard crust settings are present as well.

As you can see, the Hamilton Beach 29882 bread machine allows you to cook quite a lot of treats, including even sweet jams and dough for buns and pizzas. And two express settings will be handy for individuals that are short of time and need to get a loaf of bread as quickly as possible.

Preparing a variety of foods is quite simple with this unit - just add ingredients, select the needed cycle, and press start. Plus, you get a chance to bake at a pre-set time (up to 15 hours) thanks to a delay timer, which is also included. This way, you can load the baking ingredients into the pan before going to bed and enjoy freshly baked bread first thing in the morning.

Finally, we would like to say a few words about the construction of this bread maker. It has a sleek black body with a compact footprint and comes fitted with non-slip feet so you can be sure it will stand steadily on your worktop. The coating of the pan is non-stick, which means it will be easy to maintain it and remove bread loaves once they are ready.

All this makes the Hamilton Beach 29882 an optimal buy for first-time bread machine users. It will allow you to try out baking homemade bread without preservatives or trans fats. And all that without breaking the bank.

Hamilton Beach 29882 Breadmaker in the use

 

Cuisinart CBK-200

New Approach to Bread Baking

What distinguishes Cuisinart is that they don't fear to experiment and approach food making differently. And the Cuisinart CBK-200 is a great example of that. What makes it special, you may ask? It's one of the two Cuisinart bread makers that has a convection fan, which enables hot air circulation inside the pan resulting in richer crust color and better crispiness of a bread loaf.

Be ready that due to the fan, the Cuisinart CBK-200 will operate a bit noisy. However, this noise isn't loud and will unlikely draw much of your attention. What's more, the fan can be switched off anytime.

Another remarkable feature of the Cuisinart CBK-200 is a removable lid, which makes cleaning the baking chamber a breeze. The minimalist design of the bread maker adds to the ease of maintenance, requiring just a quick wipe of a damp cloth. Externally, the machine sports a beautiful stainless steel housing with glossy chrome detailing that makes it look very high-tech and allows it to match well any contemporary interior.

Review of Cuisinart CBK-200

For Your Convenience

Yet, there are plenty of other features about the Cuisinart CBK-200 that are worth mentioning. The appliance boasts 16 menu presets as well as the ability to work according to your custom cycles. And as the controls might seem too complicated for users, the manufacturer provides a detailed instruction booklet with the bread maker. The manual has a timetable for each setting to help you choose the needed loaf size and crust level (light, medium, dark). So, we believe that once you make your first loaf of bread, next time, you'll be able to figure out the settings very easily.

Made with a user's convenience of use, this bread maker creates audible beeps to notify you when it’s time to add the mix-ins, remove the dough paddle, or scrape the contents with a spatula (jam cycle). The beep alerts are on by default on most preset programs and, can't be switched off, just like in traditional multi-cookers.

All things considered, the Cuisinart CBK-200 is a solid bread maker that can bake 2-pound loaves in a bit different way. Owing to the convection technology, the appliance makes delicious bread with a chewy texture and a beautiful brown glow. That effect is surely worth a try.

Cuisinart CBK-200 in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
Cuisinart 2-lb Convection Bread Maker (CBK-200) Demo Video
 

T-fal PF311E

Good Value

T-fal needs no presentation. It's the worldwide leading brand that produces kitchen and home appliances at very competitive price tags. But for the most part, the company is known for its superior non-stick coating. And no wonder, this bread maker utilizes this type of coating.

When a loaf is ready, you will be able to remove it easily due to the proprietary nonstick coating of the bread pan and the included paddle. The bread will literally pop up of the pot.

Moving on, the T-fal ActiBread comes with a nice set of accessories which include a measuring spoon, hook, beaker and one blade. Though it lacks a baguette tray, it features many appealing functions.

The T-fal PF311E has an LCD display that shows the current settings, a delay-timer that allows you to start a baking cycle 15 hours before you need a loaf, a keep warm mode that keeps baked goods warm for the next one hour, 3 weight size settings, and 3 crust settings for choosing the crust color (light, medium, and dark). Add to that a powerful heating element and you get a perfect alternative to more expensive bread making machines at a budget price.

Review of T-fal PF311E ActiBread Bread Maker with LCD Display

Convenient Features

The folks behind T-fal know that nowadays modern society needs healthy food and so they designed the model that can produce healthy and gluten-free baked goods. That is to say, this bread machine is designed for mixing and kneading gluten-free dough which is thinner and less elastic than gluten-containing. A single paddle of this appliance will delicately rise gluten-free dough to perfection.

The functionality of the T-fal PF311E, however, isn't limited to gluten-free options only. Along with 3 gluten-free and 3 well-being programs, it features 9 other settings to choose from: super rapid bread, rapid sweet bread, sweet bread, cooking only, dough, French bread, cake, pasta, jam.

Unlike the previous model, the T-fal PF311E allows you to set the weight of loaf, choosing from 3 options available - 1, 1.5, and 2 pounds. This option makes the T-fal PF311E suitable both for a small household of 1-2 people and for bigger families that prefer to bake bread at home.

For users who've never made bread before, the appliance comes supplied with a recipe book containing 25 amazing recipes ranging from gluten-free and wholesome bread to its sweet varieties.

All in all, if you'd like to diversify your menu without compromising the taste and well-being, the T-FAL ActiBread is a reasonable choice. It houses big functionality but comes at a moderate price tag.

T-fal PF311E ActiBread Bread Maker with LCD Display in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


What customers say about this product

Key Specs

Bought for mom, in her 70's. She loves this machine. Easy to use and clean. Mom is gluten free and makes her own bread.

Size & Weight

The design is simple - the pan snaps into place with a quarter turn to lock it in, and comes out by turning the opposite way. Single blade to mix which comes out for easy cleaning.

Features

The loaves were mostly good, but the crust color setting selector was confusing to me.

Power

Perfect loafs at any altitude. It even remembered and picked up where it left off after a power failure. Great quality, easy to use.
 

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Comparison of Bread Makers

What Is a Bread Maker?

As it goes from the name, a bread machine is a kitchen appliance designed to make bread. With the help of a bread maker, you can save time and effort that you'd otherwise spend kneading the dough and waiting until it rises. Plus, it makes the whole process a lot simpler, which is important especially for those who are not seasoned bakers.

So if you love bread and want to make it at home without breaking a sweat, purchasing a bread maker will be a sensible decision. There are many different models available, and it should be easy for you to pick the one providing the functions and programs you need. To help you out, we've spent many hours researching the most popular bread maker machines, so you can buy yourself the best of the best bread makers.

If you like baked foods, you may also be interested in our selection of toasters or pizza makers. And one of our bread machines will help you prepare the perfect pizza dough with minimum effort required from you.

What Features to Compare

Power

When selecting a bread maker machine, power should be among the first things to consider as it decides the operation time and the baking speed of a device. To put it simply, the more powerful the bread maker is, the less time it will take to bake bread (or make jam, etc.). As a rule, modern breadmakers feature the power rate varying from 450 up to 1650 watts. Low-powered machines often include fewer modes (programs) than high-powered bread makers, and many of them do not have the function of dough kneading. So, make sure to check these when choosing a bread machine.


Settings

Settings or a number of modes (programs) are another aspect worth taking into consideration. Depending on how much you're ready to invest in a device, you may find models with a basic and more advanced set of settings. There are bread makers that feature 2 programs as well as those that include 25 modes and more. These programs vary in terms of time and temperature. The combination of these parameters determines the suitability of a breadmaker for certain baking tasks. That said, any breadmaker, regardless of its price tag, has a standard set of settings making it suitable for baking pastry. So, if you don't need the most high-tech bread maker machine with advanced technology, you can safely choose from more affordable models.


Load Size

Another feature to look at is the loaf size the chosen bread maker can create. A traditional range of loaf sizes goes as this: 1 lb, 1.5 lbs, 2 lbs, and 3 lbs. We assume that your choice should be based upon your family requirements. If you live with a large family and go through quite a lot of bread, it's only logical to choose a bread machine that can bake 2-3 lb loaves. And vice versa. If your household is small, there's no sense to go for the biggest volume.

Extras

The last but not the least, we'd recommend you to turn attention to the extra features bread makers offer. Though not necessary, and certainly not critical, many of them are nice to have. A delay timer, for example, will allow you to put off the start time of any program; an audible reminder will send you a signal when a loaf is ready; a viewing window will allow you to see what's happening inside the device. These are only some of the features that can be found in bread maker machines, and this list can be further extended. Hopefully, our rundown of the most popular bread machines available in the market will help you narrow down your choice.

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