Best Bread Makers

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 18, 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

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

CONS

Beeping sound, which alerts to the end of the bread making process, might appear annoying for some people, and it cannot be turned off.

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. Easy to use and capacious.

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
Warranty

1 year

PROS

3 gluten-free and 3 healthy bread programs make this model a valuable purchase for all those 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 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

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Includes all the essential programs and settings found in premium models. Can be used for jams and various types of bread and you can customise the crust colour. Comes with a recipe book containing plenty of bread recipes and helpful tips.

CONS

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

OUR VERDICT

The Cuisinart CBK-100 bread maker is a value purchase. It supports a great number of settings giving you the opportunity to bake all kinds of bread as well as make jams. And it has the longest manufacturer's warranty, adding to its benefits.

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
Warranty

3 years limited

PROS

The Oster CKSTBRTW20 bread maker is an affordable model that has a very good performance and many useful settings for making bread, jams and jellies. Plus it has an "Expressbake" setting that will enable you to bake a loaf of bread in around one hour which is really quick.

CONS

Doesn't have a dedicated gluten-free setting.

OUR VERDICT

Though a bit less powerful than some other bread makers, the CKSTBRTW20 is a good performer overall. For its price, it has great functionality including 9 pre-programmed settings and 3 crust colors and it bakes bread fast enough.


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
Warranty

1 year limited

PROS

Includes a collapsible kneading paddle which helps prevent the appearance of holes on the bottom of bread loaves.  Has as many as 14 baking functions, including controls for making gluten-free and low-carb bread.

CONS

It is quite bulky.

OUR VERDICT

In its price range, the Breadman BK1050S is by far the most functional bread maker you can find. With so many settings as well as a fruit and nut dispenser included, the appliance will let you bake not only traditional bread but also some more complex recipes.

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
Warranty

2 years limited

Zojirushi BB PAC20BA

Power

The Zojirushi BB PAC20BA bread maker is a favorite of many users and we understand why. It's a durable appliance that, despite being rather costly, will be a good investment for anyone interested in making home bread on a regular basis. With 700 W of power, the device 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.

Review of Zojirushi BB PAC20BA Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker

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, as well as 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.

Zojirushi BB PAC20BA Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker in the use

Loaf Size

Unlike many other bread maker machines, this one can bake only a single size of bread - 2 pounds. Of course, it's not a dealbreaker, but for couples eating little bread, that size might appear to be too much. That said, given how healthy and tasty this bread is, we doubt it will be wasted. Besides, running the device for over two hours just to make one pound of bread is not very smart in terms of energy saving.

Detailed review of Zojirushi BB PAC20BA Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker

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.

Zojirushi BB PAC20BA Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker application

VIDEO
Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso® Breadmaker BB-PAC20
 

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


What customers say about this product

Key Specs

I like its versatility - I have tried French bread, a couple of different types of white bread, honey oat, and cinnamon raisin bread and more - with no problems.

Size & Weight

This is a well-designed little unit, that functions on-par with waffle machines of its size and competently bakes waffles.

Features

The reason you're looking at this particular model is most likely because it has removable plates that can be placed in the dishwasher.

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.
 

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

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

Shape of bread comes out very could, could be slightly improved. Its timer is hard to decipher and has caused us to open early a couple of times. At this time I can say we like it much.

Size & Weight

It works fantastically well! I've made all different types and sizes of bread without any issues.

Features

I love the variable crust color and the fact that you can make large or small loaves.

Power

If the power goes out, it remembers and picks up where it left off.
 

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

What customers say about this product

Features

The crust, even on light setting, gives a nice golden, crunchy loaf.

Key Specs

It works, use it to make French baguettes, easy to clean and run. wish it had a timer shutoff option because to make baguettes you need to stop the machine right before it starts baking in order to form the loaves manually.

Size & Weight

It is the American way to make things better with less material.

Power

The power chord is a good size, and the way the instructions are written corresponds very well to the display buttons.
 

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

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

Even more, it has all of the settings I used on my Sunbeam (although it is missing the cakes, which I didn't use) AND the automatic fruit and nut dispenser!

Size & Weight

Nice size for countertops, and not so bulky that you need to put it away after every loaf.

Features

Everything works as promised, however cycle times and duration not reflected on display window nor are they available from support group.

Power

The cord has enough length.
 

What Is a Bread Maker?

Just like indicated by the name, a bread machine is a device 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 good decision. There are many different models available, and it should be easy for you to pick 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.

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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 power ranging from 450 to 1650 Watts. Low-power bread machines, in general, have fewer modes (programs) and some of them do not have a kneading setting.

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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