What is a bread maker :
In simple words, a bread making machine or bread maker is an appliance for baking bread. It consists of one bread pan with one or more paddle at the bottom, mounted in the centre of a small oven. To start the bread making process, first, add the recipe ingredients to the pan in the exact order listed. Next, select the setting (what type of bread you want, crust colour etc.) and the machine will do all the processes for you. The order of the ingredients is important because the yeast used in bread making got activated if it comes in contact with water. So, until the process starts, the yeast and water should be kept apart.
Bread making machine buying guide :
Most features are common in all best bread makers we are reviewing in this post. We have listed down few common features below that will help you to decide before making the purchase.
Size of the Bread :
A mid-sized bread maker can make bread from 1 pound to 2.5 pounds. A 1 pound loaf yields about 8 slices, 1.5 pounds loaf yields around 12 and 2 pounds loaf gives 16 pieces usually. Also, machine baked bread lasts 2-3 days only. So choose a bread maker that makes enough bread for you.Most of the machines we have reviewed above can prepare all these sizes of bread.
Gluten is typically found in wheat, rye and barley. Most bread maker comes with a gluten-free setting. This option is helpful if you are sensitive to gluten.
Viewing window :
Not a must-have feature but if you want to watch the bread rise, go for a model with a viewing window.
Delay timer :
Delay timer let you set the starting time at night and wake up to the smell of a freshly baked bread.
People have a different opinion on each model. Read all reviews and check what are the common problems people are facing.
Now, let’s move to the next part i.e. top 5 bread makers currently available in the market. All bread makers we are reviewing here are designed for beginner level users. If you have any queries on any product,please leave us a comment :
Top 5 Bread maker machine to buy :
|name||maximum bread size||pre-programmed functions||link|
|Hamilton Beach||2 pounds||12|
|Sunbeam 5892||2 pounds||12|
|Aicok Bread Machine||2.2 pounds||15|
|SKG Bread Machine||2 pounds||19|
|T-fal Bread machine||2 pounds||15|
5. Hamilton Beach Programmable Bread Maker Machine :
Hamilton Beach Bread maker machine comes with 12 program cycles for different type of breads. For example, use the ’basic’ setting to prepare breads from basic bread flour or ’quick’ setting to prepare quickly bread recipes using only baking powder or soda. You can select your loaf size 1.5 LB or 2 LB. Similarly, you can change the type of crust to light, medium or dark.
It comes with a digital display to display the stage of the bread making process. You can select your loaf size, set the cycle and select crust type using the buttons available near the display. This machine also offers one delay timer to start the backing later as per your convenient. It will remind you with a beep when the time is to add fruits or nuts. Using Hamilton Beach, you can also prepare pizza dough, cakes, jams, flatbread and croissants.
It comes with one bread pan, 2 kneading paddles and one recipe booklet with Bob’s Mill custom gluten-free recipes for your reference. It uses one paddle to prepare the bread. So, after one bread is completed, you can use the second paddle to prepare the next bread.
1. 12.4 x 16.4 x 12.8 inches and weighs 12.8 pounds.
2. 12 different settings.
3. You can prepare bread, cakes, jams, pizza dough, flatbreads and croissants.
4. Digital Display with a delay timer.
5. Non-sticky dishwasher safe pan and 2 kneading paddles.
4. Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker :
Sunbeam is a 600 watt programmable bread maker that can make 1 pound, 1/2 pound or family sized 2 pounds bread. 12 different settings are available to choose from. You can prepare a variety of bread as well as dough, jam and cake. It also provides different crust selection settings to select from light, medium and dark crust.
Sunbeam 5891 comes with one 13 hours programmable start-stop timer, using that you can change the start time instead of having the machine run as soon as you load your ingredients. Set the time for next morning and your breakfast will be ready automatically. For ultimate convenience, use ExpressBake cycle and prepare a break under one hour.
This machine comes with one large LCD display to indicate the selected settings and shows you each stage of the bread-making process. It also has one large viewing window to monitor the baking process.
Comes with one non-sticky and removable baking pan, you can easily clean and wash the pan using water and dishcloth. It also comes with one instruction book with bread recipes.
1. 1/2, 1 or 2 pounds sized bread maker.
2. 12 different programmable bread settings. Different crust settings.
3. Can prepare dough, jam and cake.
4. Delay timer, ExpressBake to prepare a bread under one hour.
5. LCD display, viewing window, easy to wash.
3. Aicok Bread Machine,2.2LB Programmable Bread Maker :
Aicok bread machine comes with 15 programmable settings for Soft Bread, Sweet Bread, Sourdough, French Bread, Whole-Wheat, Quick Bread, Sugar-free, Multigrain, Milky Loaf, Cake, Raw Dough, Leaven Dough, Gluten-free, Bake, and Yogurt. You can make any sort of bread or dough you want.
It allows you to select from 3 different loaf sizes and 3 different crust types. Maximum bread size is 2.2 lb.Other sizes are 1.1 lb and 1.65 lb. Crust types are light, medium, and dark.
It is a beginner friendly machine. On top, one LCD screen displays all the selected settings and time. It shows you everything like the type of bread selected, crust type, size of the loaf etc. Around this display, 6 buttons are there for changing the settings and to start/pause/stop the machine. It also has one large view window to keep the backing process visible from outside.
Aicok bread machine allows you to add ingredients and begin the baking process later up to 15 hours. It has one power failure backup function that stores all the settings even if the power supply is interrupted ( up to 15 minutes).Even, after the bread is ready, it can automatically keep it warm up to 1 hour.
You will get 5 accessories: one bread container, one dough hook, measuring cup, measuring spoon and stirring rod.
1. 15 programmable settings.
2. 3 different loaves and 3 different crust types.
3. 2.2 lb maximum size.
4. Digital display.
5. Free accessories: bread container, dough hook, measuring cup, measuring spoon and one stirring rod.
2. SKG 2LB Automatic Programmable Bread Machine :
A beginner friendly and reasonably priced, SKG programmable bread machine comes in a stylish piano varnish colour. It features 19 different bake settings including basic, quick, sweet, French, whole-wheat, rice bread, gluten free, dough, cake, jam, yogurt, bake etc. It allows you to select from different crust settings: light, medium or dark. You can even customize how large the loaf size should be. Three different sizes are available: 1 lb, 1.5 lb and 2 lb.
It has one delay timer that allows you to make bread according to your schedule. Maximum time for the timer is 15 hours. So, you can add the ingredients in the morning and have fresh bread when you come back from work in the evening. It comes with a power failure recovery system that will continue your baking process if any power interruption occurs during the process. Maximum interruption time it can handle is 15 minutes.
SKG Breadmaker can keep your bread warm for up to one hour. On top, it has one LCD display to show you all settings and baking timing, 6 buttons to select and change all settings and one viewing window to check the baking progress without opening the lid. If you have not used any bread maker before, the user manual includes 19 different recipes for all 19 programs.
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1. 19 different bake settings.
2. Light, medium and dark crust colours and 1/1.5/2 LB loaf size.
3. Prepare bread within an hour or after 15 hours using its delay function.
4. 15 minutes power interruption recovery and 1-hour automatic keep warm delay timer.
5. Top loading lid with LCD display and viewing window.
1. T-fal PE311E Breadmaker machine :
T-fal PF311E ActiBread Bread machine is made of sturdy and durable stainless steel and features easy to use controls. This machine comes with 15 pre-programmed settings with three settings dedicated to gluten-free recipes. It includes gluten-free salty, gluten-free sweet, gluten-free cake, rapid whole wheat, salt-free, whole wheat, rapid, rapid sweet bread, French bread, sweet bread, cooking only, dough, cake, jam and pasta.
You can select your crust colour from three different settings: light, medium and dark. Similarly, you can choose from three different loaf-size: 1 pound, 1.5 pounds or 2 pounds to suit your needs.
With the 15 hours delayed function, it can prepare bread automatically whenever you want. Simply add the ingredients and select the type of bread you want and it will be ready to eat in time.It also has automatically keep warm function that keeps the bread warm for up to one hour. It has an intuitive LCD display panel that indicates all your settings and selection for easy reference. It is a lop loading maker and the lid comes with a display window.
You will get 5 accessories with the package: a measuring cup, measuring spoon, hook, kneading blade, and one recipe book. This book contains 25 different recipes including few gluten-free recipes.
1. 15 pre-programmed settings
2. Three crust colour and 1/1.5/2 pounds loaf size.
3. 15 hours delayed function and 1 hour keep warming feature
4. LCD display, top viewing window.
5. 5 accessories: measuring cup, measuring spoon, hook, kneading blade, and one recipe book with 25 different recipes.