Best Breadmakers

Top 10 Rated Breadmakers 2014

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As we looked at a variety of breadmakers from different manufacturers, we had several important factors in mind:
1. Ease of cleaning, with nonstick parts and a removable lid being especially helpful
2. A variety of baking modes for breads, cakes, jams, baguettes, pasta and pizza doughs
3. Creates bread with good texture, flavor, crisp outsides and soft insides
4. Dual paddles for higher rises and more thorough kneading
5. Ease of programming, with clear buttons and a display
6. A comprehensive instruction and recipe book
7. Additional accessories like measuring cups and spoons
8. Different loaf size and crust shade selections
While your needs may vary based on your family size, experience level, and expectations from your breadmaker, this selection of the top 10 breadmakers offers a wide array of features.

Colors: Black, White
Makes 2-lb. rectangular loaves
700 watts
9 pounds
12.8″ x 13.6″ x 18.9″

A versatile, top-quality appliance, this Zojirushi breadmaker makes not only 2-pound loaves of bread but also meatloaf, homemade jam, and chocolate cake. Its wide viewing window…read more


Color: White
Makes horizontal loaves of 3 sizes up to 2.5 pounds
550 watts
15.4 pounds
14″ x 13.5″ x 9″

A high quality, easy-to-use automatic breadmaker from Panasonic, this model comes with recipes for 40 types of bread, including white, wheat, multigrain, French, and fruit breads…read more


Color: White
Makes horizontal loaves in 3 sizes: 1 lb., 1.5 lbs., 2 lbs.
9.5 pounds
11 3/4″ x 10″ x 11 3/4″

Lending an air of simplicity to the kitchen, the Breadman TR520 breadmaker is capable of creating a variety of delicious homemade bread. There are 8 different pre-programmed settings…read more


Makes loaves in 3 sizes: 1 lb., 1.5 lbs., 2 lbs.
9 pounds
18″ x 12.2″ x 15″
 

An efficient breadmaker that does most of the hard work for you, this Cuisinart model lets you choose from 3 loaf sizes and 3 crust shades. Its 12 pre-programmed settings are quite versatile…read more


Color: White
Makes medium and extra-large loaves
15 pounds
12.8″ x 11.1″ x 14.5″

An all-in-one breadmaker ideal for novice and experienced bread bakers alike, the Panasonic SD-RD250 makes horizontal loaves in medium and extra-large sizes. One nifty feature we appreciated…read more


Color: White
Makes 1.5-pound and 2-pound loaves
24-inch cord
15.2 pounds
12.75” H x 16.38” D x 12.38” W

A competent breadmaker for an amazingly low price of $70.79, the Hamilton Beach 29881 has user-friendly, easy-to-program controls that let you bake a wide variety of breads, including French, whole grain…read more


Color: White
Makes 2 loaf sizes (1.5 or 2 pounds)
15.8 x 9.9 x 12 inches

A breadmaker that makes the entire process easy for the user, the West Bend 41413 produces high rises and two sizes: one and a half or two pounds. The knead blades come with a tool for easy removal…read more


Color: White
Makes 1-pound loaves
9 pounds
8″ x 11″ x 12″

A compact breadmaker ideal for small households, the Zojirushi BB-HAC10 sits unobtrusively on the counter or gets put away in the cabinet, its carrying handle making it easy to transport…read more


Color: White
Bakes 1.5-, 2-, or 3-lb. loaves
10 settings
18.1 x 14.1 x 12.2 inches

If you’re just starting out with making homemade bread, then you’ll appreciate this automatic breadmaker from Black & Decker that does most of the hard work for you. The tools for the Black & Decker B6000C…read more



 

Breadmaker Buying Guide

So you’ve decided you want to experience the joys of making homemade bread and smelling it bake in your kitchen—now you need to select a breadmaker. It’s nice to know that there is a wide selection of quality models ranging from only $50 up to $300 or more.

Functions and programs

Which breadmaker you choose depends on what you expect from the machine:

  • Do you want the ability to experiment with various types of bread, such as whole wheat, multigrain, gluten-free, sweet, baguette, French, Italian, or banana bread?
  • Are you interested in using a breadmaker to bake cakes or prepare dough for pizza and pasta?
  • Would you like a machine that also makes non-bread items like meatloaf and jam?

Most breadmaker models today come pre-programmed with baking modes or settings that allow you to make a wide variety of breads. You just need to follow the recipe and instructions for mixing the flour, yeast, and other ingredients to get mouthwatering results.

Design and controls

Breadmakers don’t differ wildly in style, but you may find that you prefer one with a large viewing window and a bright LCD display that highlights your programming selections. Even if a breadmaker doesn’t possess a window, that shouldn’t disqualify it. Some people argue that a breadmaker offers more even heating and crispier crusts without one.

Size and shape

How large is the family you’re baking for? If you’re single or one of a couple, you can get by with a small model that makes a 1-pound loaf, which yields about 8 slices. For a larger family, you’ll probably want a model that makes loaves up to 1.5, 2, or 2.5 pounds. A 2.5-pound loaf provides roughly 20 slices—more than enough to satisfy a family for several days.

Whether a loaf comes out horizontal or vertical doesn’t affect the taste, but you may have a preference for one or the other. A tall slice from a vertical loaf may be more difficult to fit in the toaster.

You also need to think of size in terms of the machine’s footprint. If you’re going with a big breadmaker, will you be content to let it take up a lot of counter space, or will you okay with lugging it out of a pantry for each use? Smaller models make smaller loaves, but they’re also easily portable and don’t take up much more space than a toaster.

Noise

The kneading and baking a breadmaker performs is a very involved process, but you probably don’t want a machine that rattles and dances across the counter. Check up on reviews to get an idea of how much noise it makes.

Cleaning

As with any kitchen appliance, cleaning the breadmaker is the least fun part. However, if the machine is equipped with nonstick, removable parts, the task becomes much easier. Some models have a detachable lid that gives you better access to the inside cavity. Note which models have dishwasher-safe parts and which require hand-washing.

Instructions and recipes

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a breadmaker that doesn’t come with an instruction manual and recipes. If possible, browse through the manual before making a purchase to see how comprehensive the directions are. Do they walk you through each baking mode? Do they tell you how long each kneading cycle lasts? Do they offer clear recipes for a wide variety of breads, cakes, and jams?

If the manual leaves something to be desired, there are plenty of breadmaking books available that are all-encompassing. Beth Hensperger’s “The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook” is a widely popular choice, featuring over 300 step-by-step recipes.

Brittany Rowland Brittany Rowland researches new developments in Appliances, Kitchen and CE products features with a vigor to which few would aspire… but someone has to do it. See more about Brittany

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