Breadman BK1050S Review
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.
Rising to the top of our price range, the Breadman BK1050S (starting at $88, Amazon) seems as though it should be a top bread maker. But while some Breadman BK1050S reviews tell of crispy crusts and moist interiors, many others are filled with grievances. At Target, for example, users complain about dough that doesn't rise or mix properly and loaves that look odd. When using the rapid cycle for whole wheat bread, notes one Breadman BK1050S review, the end product is small and hard. Just as telling, comments posted in a raft of Breadman BK1050S reviews, including those at Amazon, report that scraps of nonstick coating wind up in the dough because the paddle scrapes the bottom of the pan. Users go on to cite other problems with this model's unusual collapsible paddle such as folding down in the midst of a mixing or kneading cycle, failing to retract prior to baking as it is meant to do, and a paddle mount that comes loose.
The Breadman BK1050S can make 1-, 1.5-, and 2-pound loaves and boasts 14 functions, including gluten-free, low-carb, and artisanal along with the standard basic, French, whole wheat, jam, etc. There are three crust settings, an automatic dispenser for add-ins like nuts and fruit, and a 15-hour delay start. Its claim to fame is the collapsible paddle, which is designed to tuck away before baking so there's no telltale hole in the bottom of the loaf. As noted above, however, the actual workings of this feature are a source of disappointment for many consumers.
Despite the appealing array of features, including a stainless steel shell and the innovative paddle, this bread maker falls short on performance.