Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 29881 Review
Super cheap and super easy, this bread maker garners praise for the high quality bread it produces. This is a top entry-level model with 12 settings, including gluten-free and express cycles, and a dishwasher-safe paddle and pan but only two loaf sizes.
For a modest investment, there's a lot of bread to be had from this small appliance. Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 29881 reviews posted at Sears say the low price makes it a perfect starting point for beginners, as does its user-friendly operation. Just as critically, users are high on the bread it produces. Whether whole wheat or white or maple oatmeal, most reviews at Amazon report an end product with a good rise, proper crust, and consistent texture -- and that goes for gluten-free breads, as well. We found some disagreement in Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 29881 reviews about the need for precisely measured ingredients and the accuracy of the included recipes. But we also found general consensus that loaves pop right out of the pan; a few users happily note that the paddle remains in the pan rather than baking into the bread.
The Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 29881 (starting at $50, Amazon) features 12 settings, one each for six types of bread, including gluten-free. There are also settings for dough (e.g., pizza, pita), jam, bake, and cake, although one Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 29881 review reports unsatisfactory results with this latter setting -- baking time exceeded the usual oven process and the cake fell apart when removed from the pan. Additionally, there are two express cycles based on loaf size, either 1.5 or 2 pounds. The vertical orientation of the pan yields a square-ish loaf that's a bit disconcerting to some consumers who aren't sure just how to slice and serve it. The HomeBaker 29881 offers three crust shades and boasts an audible alert for adding ingredients like fruit and nuts. It comes with two paddles but uses just one; paddles and pan are dishwasher safe.
Despite a smattering of reports about limited durability, the Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 29881 is an appealing deal for novice and experienced bread machine users alike.