There are all kinds of products out there that when purchased, can provide great assistance in the kitchen with your culinary creations. One of today’s quickest growing kitchen sensations is the bread maker. Today, you can make your bread using a relatively small bread-making machine right in your own home. Add exactly the ingredients you want and realize endless possibilities without depending on the store. But, like any other product, there are winners and there are losers. We break through the crust and review the top bread makers to date.
Bread Makers – Definition & Use
A bread maker is also called a bread machine, a bread maker is an electric counter appliance designed specifically for making bread and baking it. Though some bread machine features will vary, most bread makers have similar functions, but different prices. If you’re interested in buying a bread machine, here’s what you need to know before making a decision.
Recipe ingredients are added to the machine’s bread pan in the exact order listed and the cycle chosen. The machine will mix and knead the bread dough, take it through a rest period, and first rising, then to the second rising and finish by baking the bread in the machine. Full cycles can range from two to three hours; many machines have countdown timers. Machines with a dough setting allow you to remove the bread dough after the shorter cycle is finished (first rising), where you can then shape it manually, set it to rise, and then complete the bread baking process in your range oven. A dough cycle is an important feature if you prefer your bread machine bread baked in the oven, rather than in the bread machine.
How we test Bread makers
We test bread makers by making a white loaf using both the manufacturer’s recipe (if one is supplied) and Good Housekeeping’s recipe. This tests not only how well the white bread setting works, but how well the bread maker deals with other recipes too. We repeat this test for wholemeal bread. We also test out the rapid bake setting – and then repeat to check for consistency.
If the bread maker has a gluten-free setting, we make a gluten-free loaf by using the manufacturer’s recipe and it doesn’t come with a recipe, we’ll use GH’s own. If the bread maker has a jam setting, which many do nowadays, we’ll make Good Housekeeping’s strawberry jam too. As we make a note of how intuitive the controls are to use and make a note of how long each program takes too. We also score the machines on their design features and instruction manual.
1. Virtuoso Plus Bread Makers
The Zojirushi Virtuoso Plus is the favorite of our Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab. With 15 different settings (including gluten-free and vegan), your family has so many options to get their ideal loaf of bread. There are even two rapid bake settings that can make white and whole wheat loaves in just two and a half hours. It has a built-in delayed start timer for up to 13 hours, and the machine displays the actual time (rather than time left) when your loaf will be done
2. Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Bread Makers
Zojirushi is a big name in the business of at-home bread machines. This is a point well proven by the big performer, BB-PAC20. The BB-PAC20 ensures a thorough rise and kneading process with the innovative, new designs of its kneading-blade and heating element arrangements. Traditional, 2-pound loaves with perfectly browned crusts come out every time. With the included measuring tools and the unit’s quick-bake, 2-hour cycle, you’ll be enjoying your homemade masterpiece in no time.
3. Breville BBM800XL
Breville boasts the convenience of custom loaf-making with this innovative unit. you enjoy perfect bread making, but with the fantastic added convenience of size choice: 1-pound, 1.5-pound, 2-pound, 2.5-pound. Interact with a very competent, electronic display and set preference settings for crust color and making process. All of the choices through settings and common-sense design factors make this unit a winner.
4. Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Bread Makers
Performing the way back into our list at number four is Zojirushi, with the BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme Bundle. First off, the BB-CEC20 is a fantastic breadmaker, between features and performance testing. On top of that, the accompanying bundle includes a great array of quality accessories. Impress your guests with premium fresh bread every time.
5. Panasonic SD-YD250
Panasonic’s SD-YD250 is also a high-choice bread maker. In its Settings include 3 loaf sizes, french bread, whole-wheat, white, delay timing, and more. Our heads always turn when there are so many user controls available. Included with this top bread-making machine are 40 bread and dough recipes, as well as baking tips, which are guided.
6. Breadman TR555LC Bread Makers
The Breadman TR555LC is another accomplished performer. Surprisingly light-weight compared to many other models, the design of this model works well. With simplicity as an obvious design goal, the TR555LC makes bread-making easy through its simple instruction guide, easy interface, and safety controls. Makeup to a 2-pound loaf with the help of 62 different programs and a timer system. Integral power interruption protection is built into this lightweight breadmaker.
7. Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Bread Makers
Slices of bread and bread dough aren’t the only specialties of the BB-HAC10. Create perfection with cookie doughs, pasta doughs, fresh fruit jams, and more. Features include a 13-hour delay timer, non-stick pan, kneading blades, LCD control interface, recipes, and more. As this model is sold in a kit, enjoy included extras like potholders and a cutting board.
8. T-Fal Emeril OW50050001 Bread Makers
T-Fal’s Emeril is a great addition to the kitchen. With ample controls, 14 pre-programmed settings, and a capacity of up to 3 loaves, this breadmaker is a pleaser. Overall performance is great and a 1-year warranty from T-Fal makes it even better. Another great perk of the T-Fal Emeril: accommodation for up to 4 baguette loaves. The Emeril also comes with additional pans, brushes, blades, and recipes.
9. Oster ExpressBake 5838
The ExpressBake 5838 by Oster is a great economy breadmaker. For those who plan on doing some light baking here and there, this model is perfect. Its 8 pre-programmed settings and extremely easy-to-use interface can get the casual baker ready for bigger endeavors, or simply suit an occasion. Enjoy a full, 2-pound bread-loaf, baked to perfection in under an hour. Includes, non-stick bakeware and a 1-year warranty from Oster.
10. Cuisinart CBK-200 Bread Makers
Do you like being in control of the details? The Cuisinart CBK-200 gives you just that. Control crust color, loaf-sizing, and more with the great design of this model. Audible tones indicate progress and benchmarks while the automatic convection fan system regulates bake conditions for error-proof results over and over. Make jams, slices of bread, doughs, and more. Finally, reap the benefit of Cuisinart’s accompanying 3-year warranty.
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