Oster Expressbake CKSTBRTW20 Review

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For consumers who want bread in a hurry, the express feature on this low-cost machine is a real plus, offering up bread in just under an hour. It features nine settings plus three for different crust shades; users grumble about hard-to-read lettering on the control panel.

The Oster Expressbake CKSTBRTW20 (starting at $59, Amazon) may be trumpeted as a machine that turns out bread in a flash, but it also prepares loaves in a more laid-back fashion. According to Oster Expressbake CKSTBRTW20 reviews at Walmart and Amazon this low-cost bread maker yields tantalizing rolls, pizza dough, and just plain bread, not to mention meatloaf and vegetable casseroles; for the best bread results, though, one user recommends adding dough enhancer, which lightens the texture and improves the taste. (See here for a full explanation.) Although users say the bread-making process is fast and easy -- dump and done in three hours, as one Oster Expressbake CKSTBRTW20 review notes; sufficiently effortless for a senior who has long since given up baking, adds another -- quite a few rely on the 58-minute express-bake function when time is running short. Oster concedes this may yield a loaf that's denser than usual, but consumers don't seem to bemoan the results. In fact, a number of Oster Expressbake CKSTBRTW20 reviews laud the speedy cycle. On the other hand, a few critique the build quality (flimsy pan, units that just don't work) and the finished product (bread that doesn't rise or cook through, crusts that don't brown).

Like other bread machines in its class, the Oster Expressbake CKSTBRTW20 turns out three loaf sizes -- 1, 1.5, and 2 pounds. It features nine settings, including the usual plus European, dough, jam, and three fast-bake cycles. Users can choose among three crust shades and set a time delay up to 13 hours. There's also a signal for adding extras, like nuts and fruit, and a glass window at the top for viewing. Although the footprint of the machine is just about square, the loaf pan has a somewhat horizontal orientation.

This budget bread maker is a no-hassle appliance that keeps many households happy and well fed.

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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