Best Bread Makers

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 4, 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
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Settings
Loaf Size
Extras
 
PROS

Exclusive Home Made Menu allows you to save up to 3 of your favorite recipes in the memory of the device so you can keep them always at hand. 

CONS

Can bake only one loaf of bread at a time. 

OUR VERDICT

All homeowners who prefer homemade bread to store-bought loaves will want to have a bread machine like the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Bread Maker. Besides standard size loaves of rectangular shape, it can bake rolls and many other goods, including even meat rolls. 

detailed parameters
Power

700 Watts

Settings

Basic, Basic Wheat, Basic Dough, Quick, Quick Wheat, Quick Dough, Jam, Cake, Sour Dough Starter and Home Made

Loaf Size

For 4 persons, 2 pounds

Extras

13-hour delay timer, Auto shut-off system, Non-slip feet, Viewing window, 3 memory settings

PROS

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

CONS

A back glossy panel tends to collect fingerprints. 

OUR VERDICT

If you aren't ready to spend a lot of money in a bread maker, the T-fal PF311E with 15 advanced cooking functions can become your best investment. At the fraction of cost, it has the functionality of more expensive models and is just as easy to use. Perfect 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 persons, 1, 1.5, 2 pounds

Extras

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

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-CEC20

Multitasking Model

Zojirushi makes your baking experience easy and enjoyable. The Zojirushi BB-CEC20 bread machine has a lot of great features that every customer would like to pay for. Besides the main function of bread baking, it features 10 settings for kneading dough and preparation: Basic; Basic Wheat; Basic Dough; Quick; Quick Wheat; Quick Dough; Jam; Cake; Sourdough Starter; and Home Made, and 3 settings for crust color: Light, Medium, and Dark.

The Zojirushi BB-CEC20 bakes a 2-pound loaf of bread in a traditional rectangular shape in around 2 hours, and its 13-hour delay timer allows you to schedule baking, so you can load in the ingredients in the evening and wake up to freshly baked bread in the morning. The machine has a user-friendly LCD control panel that will show you when the baking cycle comes to the end. Along with the bread maker itself, the package contains the instructions, video presentation, and a recipe book so you can quickly get the hang of making homemade bread and use it with ease and convenience. The Zojirushi BB-CEC20 is available in black, white, and stainless steel colors.

Review of Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme Breadmaker

It is worth buying

Using the LCD control panel, you can select from 3 crust shades, 10 pre-programmed settings, and set the timer. The labeled buttons are so clear and intuitive you might not even need to watch any instructions. Besides straightforward and user-friendly control panel, the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 has a large viewing window that allows you to keep an eye on your loaf and make the needed adjustments mid-way through the baking process, which is important for customers who often bake bread from the yeasted dough.

Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme Breadmaker in the use

Other special features

What sets the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 bread machine apart from some of the competition is that it comes with a solid, heavy, and quality nonstick pot. Cleaning it is easy and hassle-free. However, like all nonstick coated pans and appliances, it requires careful handling, so beware of cleaning it with anything but wooden utensils. One more feature homemakers appreciate in the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 is the Exclusive Home Made Menu which allows saving up to 3 recipes in the memory of the device. Handy for households that prefer only a few types of bread and rarely experiment with baked goods recipes. When the baking cycle ends, the machine switches to "keep warm" mode automatically, unless you remove a loaf of bread immediately.

Detailed review of Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme Breadmaker

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

T-fal PF311E

Taste and well-being

The manufacturers from 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. 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 big families who prefer to bake bread at home. Like most bread makers presented on the modern market, this one comes with a nonstick coated inner pan.

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

Convenient Features

It is made of stainless steel and plastic and 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 functions that make it worth a buy. Thus, 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 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.  

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

More Perks For Ease of Use

When a loaf is ready, you will be able to remove it easily due to the nonstick coating of the bread pan and the included paddle. The bread will pop up of the pot quite literally. For users who've never made bread before, the bread maker comes supplied with a recipe book containing 25 amazing recipes ranging from gluten-free and wholesome bread to its sweet varieties.

Detailed review of T-fal PF311E ActiBread Bread Maker with LCD Display

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

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.

Review of Cuisinart CBK-100 2 LB Bread Maker

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.

Cuisinart CBK-100 2 LB Bread Maker in the use

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.

Detailed review of Cuisinart CBK-100 2 LB Bread Maker

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.

Cuisinart CBK-100 2 LB Bread Maker application

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).
Review of Oster CKSTBRTW20 Expressbake Bread Machine

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.
Oster CKSTBRTW20 Expressbake Bread Machine in the use

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.
Detailed review of Oster CKSTBRTW20 Expressbake Bread Machine

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.
Oster CKSTBRTW20 Expressbake Bread Machine application

VIDEO
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.

Review of Breadman BK1050S 2 lb Professional Bread Maker

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.

Breadman BK1050S 2 lb Professional Bread Maker in the use

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.

Detailed review of Breadman BK1050S 2 lb Professional Bread Maker

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.

Breadman BK1050S 2 lb Professional Bread Maker application

VIDEO
Breadman 2lb. Professional Bread Machine Video Product Review
 
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