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Breadman TR520 4 Star Rating: Cheapism Good Pick
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Here's the rap on the Breadman TR520: a good, basic, no-frills bread maker for a decidedly budget price. In Breadman TR520 reviews at Amazon, users commend the output and operation, saying this machine affords an effortless route to homemade bread and easily bests store-bought loaves in terms of texture and flavor, whether cinnamon raisin, white bread, or gluten-free. One reviewer writes of spurning a high-price model in favor of the Breadman TR520 and has no regrets. Some reviewers note that recipe-tweaking may be necessary and they provide useful tips for optimal results, such as using bread flour, removing the paddle at the end of the last kneading, and oven-baking the loaf. That said, grumbles about performance and the model's design do surface in Breadman TR520 reviews, including some at Target. A number of consumers report dry and heavy loaves with a tough crust and many grouse about a control panel with white-on-yellow lettering that's hard to read. Several users have devised their own work-arounds for this problem: memorize the display layout, cut out labels from the manual and tape on the panel, write over the words with a waterproof pen, use a flashlight.

Despite its square footprint, the Breadman TR520 (starting at $59, Amazon) makes a relatively horizontal loaf, which one review at Wayfair describes as "squat." Options for loaf size include 1, 1.5, and 2 pounds and there are three choices for crust shade. This model has eight functions, including a fast-bake cycle (less than one hour), a one-hour keep-warm cycle, and a 13-hour delay start. It also signals the proper moment for adding nuts and pieces of fruit. The pan and paddle must be washed by hand.

Once you become familiar with the display panel, this is an easy-to-use bread maker that handily meets expectations but may, on rare occasions, disappoint.

by Elizabeth Sheer (Google+ Profile) – November 29, 2012
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