Best Bread Maker
Home bakers often find that making bread is challenging. It's time consuming to make by hand, and if the temperature kneading, rising, and baking times aren't exactly right the result is a disappointment at the table. A bread machine helps to automates most or all of the bread making process, so you can enjoy a fresh homemade loaf whenever you like with a minimum of time and effort.
Best Bread Maker Overall:
In 1986, the first home bread making machine was invented in Japan. Within 10 years their popularity began to soar in the United States, and even though these early models were some of the most basic units available, they quickly became sought after counter top appliances for home use. Early bread makers were only good for making 2-3 basic loaves of bread, but the most modern types can transform your kitchen into a bonafide bakery, making them an incredible and versatile addition to any kitchen.
All of the bread makers on this list will feature conveniences as one-touch baking, pre-programmed cycles for different types of bread, three crust colors for a light, medium or dark crust, a timer to make sure the bread is ready when you want it. They also will have quick bread baking modes allowing less baking time than the standard 3 to 4 hours normally required for a loaf of bread. Price will be no object on this list, but there will be a model offering you the best bang for the buck with great features at an affordable price.
Please note, high quality ingredients and yeast are the key to great loaves of bread. Without those two essentials, you will not get a decent loaf no matter what bread machine you’re using.
The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker is the most expensive bread maker here, but if you want the best tasting and best looking bread, this is the bread maker for you. It can make jam, make and bake a cake, and it can even whip up meatloaf too. The quick bread feature makes basic loaves in 2 hours, a cover-mounted heating coil makes sure all sides of the crust are browned evenly. Read Full Review
The Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread Maker is computerized with 60 pre-programmed bread recipes and touted as the smartest bread maker ever. It has an ingredient tray that once filled, will add the ingredients automatically to the loaf at the correct time. The paddles retract to minimize paddle marks on the loaf. Read Full Review
The Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser dispenses yeast automatically for perfect bread every time. It has 12 pre-programmed settings, and will produce goods like raisin bread, pizza dough and even fruitcake for the holidays. The loaves are vertically orientated, it will make up to a 2 1/2 pound loaf, and comes with a one year warranty. Read Full Review
The West Bend 41410 - 2.5 lb. Hi-Rise Bread Maker is the lowest priced and most bang for the buck unit here. It has 12 preprogrammed settings, makes basic bread loaves in under two hours, and has both a large viewing window and an LCD screen. Read Full Review
The T-fal PF111 Balanced Living Programmable Automatic Bread Machine comes with 12 pre-programmed bread settings, and one of them is for gluten free bread. It makes two loaf sizes, 1.5 and 2 pounds, and it has the most rugged non-stick surface on our list. Read Full Review
Best Budget Bread Maker:
There is nothing like the aroma and taste of homemade bread. However, in this modern fast paced world, it’s hard to find the time to bake bread the old fashioned way. Bread machines, do most of the work for you, with budget models doing the job at a very affordable price without sacrificing taste or quality, often because they’re constructed much like higher priced options. For example, kneading paddles, timed cycles, and cooking coils work virtually the same way as they do with the most expensive bread models.
Each of these breadmakers feature basic functions like one-touch baking, pre-programmed cycles for specific types of bread, a timer so you can have bread ready when you want it, and a crust color selector for choosing the type of crust you crave. These selections also come with a recipe booklet specific for their design and function, but they all have basic recipes to get you up and baking bread the moment you unpack your machine. Around 80 dollars will be the maximum you'll pay for any of these breadmakers, and some will be found for considerably less.
Please note, as with all bread machines, you must use a quality, active bread yeast. Failure to do so will likely result in a substandard loaf of bread no matter what type of bread machine you use.
The Rosewill R-BM-01 Programmable Bread Maker, makes loaves of bread in as little as 3 hours. It has a 13 hour programmable timer, a 60 minute bread warmer, and you can choose whether you want a light, medium or dark crust. Read Full Review
The Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker allows you to make basic recipe bread, like white and wheat, in only one hour or less on express mode. It comes with an LED screen with push-button pad, and you can also specify the color of your crust. Read Full Review
The Oster CKSTBRTW20 2-Pound Expressbake Breadmaker has a 13 hour programmable timer for bread when you want it, an express bake option to make a basic loaf of bread in less than an hour, and will make up to a two pound loaf. The LCD screen is large and easy to read and this unit is tops in reliability. Read Full Review
The Breadman TR520 Programmable Bread Maker makes basic bread loaves within just one hour. It has a special signal for adding in ingredients when making more complex breads, and also features a 13 hour programmable timer. Read Full Review
The West Bend 41410 Hi-Rise Loaf Programmable Breadmaker features many pre-programmed basic settings like white, wheat, jam, cake and 1 hour bread. It has two kneading paddles for hi-rise bread, and comes with a memory function so even if the power goes out, it will still retain the timed program which had been selected. Read Full Review