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Bread Maker Reviews
Bread Maker Reviews
Regardless what a bread machine costs, if it doesn't deliver a product worth eating, it's not worth anything at all. Bread maker reviews for our top picks roundly assert that these models are quite satisfactory, so much so that many consumers have deleted commercially baked bread from their weekly shopping lists.
Bread Maker Breads.Bread maker reviews for our top picks often include words such as "delicious," "yummy," "flavorful," and "heavenly" when describing the baked goodies and accompanying aromas. Many consumers indicate they use their bread machines at least once a week, mostly for loaves but also for pizza dough, rolls, quick breads, and the like. Most often they seem to rely on the manual/recipe book as a guide and stress the importance of following the instructions to a T; other bread maker reviews, however, allow that some experimentation with the rising agent (active dry yeast vs. bread machine yeast), the proportions, and the crust settings may be necessary. For more ideas and trouble-shooting tips on your way to bread nirvana, turn to the Internet. King Arthur Flour, for example, offers dozens of bread machine recipes, helpful hints, and FAQs; many manufacturers post helpful information, as well.
The West Bend Hi-Rise 41300 (starting at $79, Amazon) is a favored appliance in many households, according to bread maker reviews at sites such as Target. Scores of consumers praise the light and airy loaves -- including a whole wheat specimen -- and one post at Bed Bath & Beyond tells of grinding wheat at home for the ultimate in perfection. Another clear winner with consumers is the Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 29881 (starting at $50, Amazon), a model that reviews at Walmart insist produces excellent results, be it a loaf of white, buttermilk oatmeal (user tip: toast the oatmeal first), one of the gluten-free varieties, or a simple pizza dough.
The tall and wide shape of the loaves produced by the Oster Expressbake CKSTBRTW20 (starting at $59, Amazon) gives some consumers pause, according to reviews, but the taste and texture of the bread easily compensates. One veteran bread machine user declares at Amazon that the Oster Expressbake beats out other models and is the proximate cause of newly-added poundage, while another reports turning out nearly three dozen loaves over the course of two months. The consensus among reviews of the Breadman TR520 (starting at $59, Amazon) is likewise positive. Again at Amazon consumers write that the loaves are consistent and tasty, with gluten-free and quick breads hitting the near-perfect mark.
Another bread machine we researched, the Cuisinart CBK-100 (starting at $100, Amazon), merits consideration if a price point at the very top of the Cheapism range isn't a deterrent. This model finds favor with reviewers at Overstock and Zappos where bread maker reviews say it mixes the ingredients thoroughly and yields beautifully shaped loaves, excellent pizza dough, and appropriately soft challah (egg bread). One consumer writes of making bread daily for a hungry family of five and another reports that unsuccessful attempts at using yeast are now relegated to history.
Experience with the Breadman BK1050S (starting at $88, Amazon) is mixed. Some bread maker reviews describe regular and gluten-free loaves as moist with a crispy crust, but others gripe about poorly mixed dough and hard and misshapen loaves. The greatest source of displeasure, though, and the reason this model falls flat, concerns what seems to be a design flaw. Comments posted at Amazon and Target rail about a mixing/kneading paddle that scrapes the bottom of the pan and incorporates bits of nonstick coating into the dough.
Don't Bother Cheap Bread Makers
The claim to fame of this bread maker is the collapsible mixing/kneading paddle, but users complain that it scratches the pan's surface and draws nonstick coating into the dough. This model is loaded with 14 cycles, including low-carb and gluten-free, and features a 15-hour delay timer.Read more »
Breadman BK1050S Review
Oster Expressbake CKSTBRTW20 Review
Breadman TR520 Review
Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 29881 Review
West Bend Hi-Rise 41300 Review
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