There is nothing quite like the aroma and taste of fresh baked bread but with our busy lives, how many of actually have the time to make homemade bread? The answer is – everyone does if they have a bread machine.
With a bread maker, anyone can make fresh baked bread with very little effort. The only skills required are measuring ingredients, putting them into the machine, and pushing a few buttons. And the best thing about a bread maker machine is not only do they make great bread, but they allow you to control what you put into it. If you have allergies or are gluten intolerant, a bread maker is the perfect alternative to store-bought bread.
Bread makers were introduced on the market eighteen years ago. They have undergone many changes and improvements since then. In the past bread makers had a tall, square pan producing odd-shaped loaves whereas most machines today have a rectangular pan, which makes a more traditional-looking loaf of bread. One thing that has not changed is convenience – the breadmaker features allow you to bake bread without the need to hover around the oven.
The Top Three Bread Machines
Zojirushi BBCC-X20 – According to consumers, the Zojirushi BBCC-X20 is at the top of the list of best bread machines. It is a highly advanced machine with custom cycles, a sourdough starter, and two mixing paddles. This is said to be very flexible and able to make cakes, jam, and even meatloaf. Owners prefer the horizontal loaves it makes, which are more like store-bought loaves.
Panasonic SD-YD250 – The second favorite among consumers is the Panasonic SD-YD250, a mid-range machine. According to users, the Panasonic bread machine is flexible, easy to use, and quiet. As with the Zojirushi mentioned above, this Panasonic bread maker makes horizontal loaves. Negative features about this machine are it does not have custom cycles or a viewing window.
Sunbeam 5891 – Third in line is the Sunbeam 5891. It is priced low, easy to use, and is said to be an excellent bread machine. This compact breadmaker includes a jam cycle, bake-only and dough-only settings. It also has a crust color selector, which consumers like. The cons of this machine are it has basic programming options and users have stated they have had disappointing results with the bread machine recipes included with the bread maker.