West Bend Hi-Rise 41300 Review

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Capable of turning out four loaf sizes between 1 and 2.5 pounds, this budget bread maker features 11 settings and a delay timer. It's an excellent choice for consumers who want horizontal loaves suitable for sandwiches.

Bread lovers seeking high-end functionality in a budget-end bread maker are drawn to the West Bend Hi-Rise 41300 (starting at $79, Amazon). Reviews of the West Bend Hi-Rise posted at Walmart laud the tasty, light, and good looking loaves; dual mixing/kneading paddles; and user-friendly controls. Consumers tell of its time-saving virtues and quiet operation, although a few West Bend Hi-Rise 41300 reviews mention dough clumping at one end of the pan, a minor problem that's remedied by a quick intervention (open the machine and re-position the dough). At Bed Bath & Beyond users' West Bend Hi-Rise 41300 reviews likewise pronounce this bread maker a find, citing the perfect results and clear improvement over the traditional, manual process. A veteran bread machine user deems it one of the best ever in a West Bend Hi-Rise 41300 review at Amazon, and specifically commends its ability to handle dense ingredients. Consumers also like the horizontal orientation of the pan, which yields a loaf that looks suitable for sandwiches.

The West Bend Hi-Rise features 11 settings, including several for different types of bread (basic, French, whole wheat, sweet, quick, and sandwich), one each for dough, jam, and bake, two for faster cycles, and one for "homemade." This latter function, more commonly found on upmarket models, gives users the ability to customize the cycles (kneading, rising, and baking) for a more artisanal touch. Users can also choose among three crust shades and set a delay start for up to 13 hours. The West Bend Hi-Rise produces horizontal loaves weighing 1, 1.5, 2, or 2.5 pounds. It uses two mixing/kneading paddles simultaneously and a dual-loaf pan that's sold separately means two loaves can be prepared at once.

One downside to the West Bend Hi-Rise is the manual. Some users say it's tough going and the recipes don't always work out. But with a little experimentation, even these detractors turn out fresh, flavorful, and high quality loaves. And the others -- their appetite for fresh and healthy bread was sated from the get-go.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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