Breadmaker Buyers Guide – What You Need To Know About Breadmakers

A breadmaker (bread maker), also known as a bread making machine or bread machine is a kitchen appliance used primarily for making bread.

Breadmakers can do more than just baking bread loaves. Some models can also make baguettes, pizza, pasta and bagel dough, as well as jam and meatloaf, using different cycles.

Many breadmakers also have a timer to allow the appliance to activate without operator attendance, and some high-cost models allow the user to program a custom cycle.

We put together this comprehensive breadmaker buyers guide to help people find the best breadmakers and make a wise purchase.

1. How many different types of bread can it make?

Consumers prefer different types of bread for different tastes and health reasons. So, it’s important to know how many different types it can make: white, whole wheat, multigrain, French, sandwich, raisin, etc.

2. How many loaf sizes and how many crust shades does it provide?

Another important point is the size and crust shade selections. A household with 2 members will need smaller loafs than those with 5-6 people. Some breadmakers offer 3+ sizes of loaf, which is perfect in most cases. In addition, the lightest to darkest crust shades are an important factor for most consumers.

3. Can it prepare pizza or cake dough without cooking it?

Breadmakers can have extra functions like mixing and kneading pizza dough without baking it, which can be a big plus for some consumers. This is an extra feature that adds to the value of the appliance and if it’s present, you may want to look into it closely.

4. Is there a timer function?

If you like to eat your bread freshly baked then having a timer is a huge value. It allows you to set the timer in the morning before leaving for work (or at night before going to sleep) and have your freshly baked bread ready for the breakfast or dinner.

5. Does it have an easy/fool-proof way to add yeast?

Most of the time, adding the right amount of yeast at the right time is what makes or breaks the bread quality. Some models have yeast dispensers that make this process as fool-proof as it can be. The user just needs to add a specific amount of yeast into a special container and the machine will add it to the mixture at the right moment.

Unfortunately most bread makers (especially the cheaper ones) will not have this feature.

6. How detailed/simple are the controls and the display?

Breadmaker models have different displays and controls which vary mostly based on the price. While some people may like detailed displays and a lot of controls that help them do very different things, some others will like simple controls and won’t want to deal with complex things.

7. Is the baking pan easy to remove and clean? Is it non-stick?

The only maintenance a bread maker requires is cleaning the baking pan. If it’s easy to remove and clean, that will be a plus for most users. Plus, the level of ease and safety provided for when you need to handle the pan after baking is important (is the handle easily reachable, is there a risk of touching other hot parts when handling it?)

And most importantly, the baking pan should be non-stick for ultimate convenience. Nobody wants to clean leftover dough from the pan and they will all want non-stick pans.

8. Is the blade easy to remove?

In almost every machine, there will be a blade attached to the bottom of the pan. The blade is used to mix and knead the bread, and it will have to be removed once the bread is baked.

What’s important here is being able to easily remove the blade without damaging the bread (since it will be inside the bread when the baking is complete).

9. Is the breadmaker compact, silent and stable?

The above three aspects are important too. If the machine is compact, users will not need too much counter space to use it (in fact, if it’s small enough and frequently used, they can keep it on the counter indefinitely).

Silent operation is also important. Most breadmakers only make a noise during certain stages like kneading and work silently for the remainder of the process. If a bread maker makes loud noises all the time, people will be seriously disturbed since it takes a few hours to make a bread in most cases.

And last but not least, some breadmakers are not stable, which means they tend to jump around on the counter. This is not only annoying, but it will also negatively affect the mixing and kneading and ultimately ruin the end result.

10. Does it have a gluten free setting?

While this may not be important for all users, some people who are allergic to gluten will want to have this feature.

11. Does it come with a recipe book?

Although not directly a deal maker or breaker, having a detailed recipe book is always a good thing. People love to try new things and if they can use a recipe book that provides instructions specific to the machine, the results are practically guaranteed.

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