There are various kinds of bread makers on the market. You’ll just need to take a few things into consideration when purchasing one. Read on for some options that will help you choose the best bread maker for your needs and budget.
The Oster 2lb Bread Maker can make a 2lb loaf in less than an hour and will run you between 40 and 50 dollars at most retail stores. It is a basic model, but if you’re just looking to make bread, this will do just fine.
Cuisinart is a highly trusted name in kitchen appliances and the Cuisinart CBK-100 2-lb Bread Maker can be purchased for just over a hundred dollars. This machine is made of metal so it is very durable. It also has extra features such as stay-cool handles and a removable lid.
For a more compact model, you can check out Hamilton Beach’s HomeBaker 2 Pound Automatic Breadmaker, which you can find at discount stores for under 40 bucks. It is small, so if storage space is an issue for you, this might be the perfect appliance for your needs.
Sunbeam’s 5891 2-Pound Programmable Bread maker is another great buy. It is on the smaller side but has easily readable controls on the front of the machine. This economical machine can be purchased for around $45-$50.
Another stainless steel top-of-the-line option is the BrevilleCustom Loaf BBM800XL Bread Maker. This model will cost you a few hundred dollars. It is well constructed and durable with a digital dial interface with lots of options. This bread machine is a good choice for those who like high-end name brands and lots of options.
Zojirushi has another high-end option in their Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme Bread Maker. The cost of this model is moderate. It is a larger machine with a quick bake cycle and very detailed instructions. It also features tons of pre-programmed as well as highly-customizable settings.
One of the most expensive bread makers on the market is the Sanyo GOPAN. The first bread-maker of its kind to be able to make bread from grains of rice, the Sanyo GOPAN is a revolutionary idea. It has a built-in mechanism that will mill grains of rice into flour, and in turn, use that flour to make bread without wheat. Expect to pay well over $300 for this model, but keep in mind-it can do what no other bread machine does-make bread from rice.
If you are confused about choosing your bread maker, here are a few questions you should ask yourself. Check out if you know the answers before buying.
How much bread are you going to eat?
While the idea of fresh baked bread is very appealing to most, the bread you make from scratch will likely not have preservatives and therefore will not have a long shelf life. If you have a big family, or just love bread, a bigger machine that can make 2lb loaves might be a good idea. But if you think you’ll have trouble eating it all before it spoils, a machine that makes smaller loaves is probably better for you.
Where will your bread maker live?
Do you have space to store the bread maker? Will it stay on the counter top or in a cupboard? If you’ve got a big kitchen or lots of storage space, this may not be an issue, but for those with limited space, a smaller machine would be the better choice.
Compliment your kitchen’s décor
Bread machines come in different colors-black, white and stainless steel are among the most popular. If it’s important to you that your appliances match, this could be something to think about before you buy.
Is it covered
Warranty information may be another deciding factor in your purchase. Especially if you’re going to invest in a more expensive model.
What features do you need
Bread makers have lots of different features, depending on the model. Some machines offer a delayed start option or a “keep warm” option that will keep the bread warm after it’s done cooking, while others have the ability to make specialty items, including gluten-free bread.
Pricing for your budget
You can spend anywhere from $40 to $400 on a bread machine. It’s important to pick one you can afford. While the higher priced machines may have a lot more options and features, most machines will make a perfectly good loaf of bread, which is-obviously-the main function of the bread maker. All the bells and whistles may be nice, but in the end, the most important function of the machine is that it makes a loaf of bread.
Will the noise bother you?
While essentially all bread makers will make some noise, the level can vary. The more expensive models are usually made with higher-quality materials and will be sturdier, in turn producing less noise when operated. The cheaper models made mostly of plastic may omit more noise and may even move around your counter a bit.
How soon do you want your bread?
Some bread machines take longer than others to produce a loaf of bread. Make sure you check out the time it takes from start to finish so there are no surprises when you go to make your first loaf.
Do you need a timer?
This is an option that will cost you more, but for some, it is a must-have. A fresh loaf of bread can be a wonderful thing to come home to after a long day at work.
While choosing the right bread machine for your needs can be a bit of a daunting task, doing your research and really thinking about what it is that you want out of a bread machine will pay off in the long run. Whether you’re short on space, or like to have the latest and greatest, whether you’re gluten-free or just looking for a good option to make a fresh loaf, if you choose the machine best suited to your needs and budget, you’ll be happy with your choice.