Few things are more delicious than freshly baked bread and a good bread machine allows you to make this special treat with ease. Originally invented in Japan, the bread maker made its way to the US in 1987 and has since become one of the most popular kitchen appliances. There are now dozens of models available with an impressive range of features. The best bread makers allow you to make many types of bread and come with pre programmed settings to help you make each type of bread perfect.
Best Bread Machines 2016
These are the best bread makers you can buy:
- Zojirushi BB PAC20 Bread Maker
The Zojirushi BB PAC20 features double kneading blades which ensure that the dough is kneaded thoroughly and allow the bread to rise higher. It makes a traditional sized two pound loaf. A heater built into the top makes sure the bread is cooked evenly every time. The Zojirushi has a 13 hour timer delay so you can put in all your ingredients and tell the machine when your bread should be finished—a great way to make sure you wake up to fresh bread every morning.
Another thing customers love about the Zojirushi is its versatility. Not only can you make any kind of bread imaginable, you can also make other baked foods that come in loaf form such as meatloaf and even liquids such as fresh jams. It is an expensive kitchen appliance at $364 but its durability and versatility make it well worth the money.
- Panasonic SD YD250 Bread Maker
If you frequently have guests you want to share fresh bread with this bread maker is the machine for you. It allows you to make three different loaf sizes: 1 pound, 2 pounds or 2 ½ pounds. An automatic yeast dispenser makes sure your bread gets exactly the right amount of yeast.
The Panasonic SD YD250 also features pre programmed settings for different types of bread including white bread, whole grain, French bread and banana bread. There’s also a setting that allows you to mix the dough without baking it, which is ideal for pizza dough and artisanal breads. It comes with a recipe book containing over 50 bread recipes for you to try.
- Oster-CKSTBRTW20-2-Pound Expressbake Bread Maker
With 9 pre programmed settings including French bread, white bread and sweet breads, this machine produces delicious 2 pound loafs. You can also choose between dark, medium or light crust. If you want to make artisanal bread or prepare pizza dough there is a setting that will just mix your dough without actually cooking it. Adventurous cooks will also love the setting for jam.
Like the Zojirushi, the Oster-CKSTBRTW20-2-Pound Expressbake comes with a 13 hour delay timer so you can put the ingredients in before bed and have it baked just in time for breakfast.
- Conair Cuisinart CBK-100
The Cuisinart CBK-100 can make loaves in three different sizes—1 pound, 1 ½ and 2 pound loaves—and also allows you to choose between light, medium or dark crust. 12 preprogrammed menu options allow you to experiment with different types of bread and a 13 hour delayed timer makes it easy to set up fresh bread for breakfast. The Cuisinart CBK-100 is also remarkably easy to clean thanks to its removable lid, pan and handle.
- Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 29882
This sleek black bread machine can make 1 ½ pound loaves as well as traditional 2 pound loaves and features 12 pre programmed settings including settings for jam and cake. You can also choose between 3 different crust settings. The delay timer makes it easy to set up freshly baked bread to go with breakfast and this bread machine is also built to keep your bread warm for several hours at a time.
- Breadman TR520 2-Pound Horizontal Bread Maker
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a bread maker but you still want something with a variety of features the Breadman TR520 is an excellent choice. Despite only costing $98 this bread maker comes with 8 pre programmed bread settings, 3 crust settings and a 13 hour delay timer. It can also be programmed to make loaves in different sizes. If you’re making bread with fruit and/or nuts in it a signal bell will tell you when to add these extra ingredients.
- Sunbeam 2-Pounds Breadmaker, White
Another great option for somebody on a budget, the Sunbeam 2-Pounds Breadmaker only costs $84.99. It can bake your bread in under an hour and you can use the delay timer to set up fresh bread for breakfast or dinner. There are also 13 preprogrammed options for different types of bread and 3 options for crust shades. Unfortunately you don’t get to choose what size of loaf you want—the Sunbeam always makes a 2 pound loaf.
The Bottom Line
All of these bread machines are high quality but the one that’s right for you depends largely on your budget, how much you want to experiment with different types of bread and how many people there are in your house. The Zojirushi’s bread will be closest in appearance to what you would get in a store but they will all make delicious bread.