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5 Good Homemade Bread Makers Reviewed for 2017

Updated on February 9, 2017
Looking for a good bread maker to use at home? Here are 5 budget options that do a great job.
Looking for a good bread maker to use at home? Here are 5 budget options that do a great job.

If you love the smell and taste of homemade bread, but don't want to put in the effort of making it, consider purchasing a bread maker. Bread makers are some of the most convenient pieces of kitchen equipment to have around.

Even if you want to bake your item in the oven, you can use a bread machine to mix up your dough and save you the time. Some bread machines include the option to use to make other things in it like dinner foods, or cakes.When you are looking for a bread machine, there are some things to consider. Find reviews that talk about quiet operation; this is handy if you set your bread to bake before you wake in the morning.

You don't want to wake up to a machine clunking around while mixing the dough, do you? If you have a small kitchen, then look for a machine that is made in a more compact size. Also, consider if you how much bread you want to make. If you live alone, then a 1 pound bread machine will be more than enough. If you are feeding a family, you will want to think about getting a 2 pound bread machine.

Top 5 Bread Makers for Home Use 2017

Looking for a bread maker to use at home? Here's a look at our favorite budget options.

1. Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker

The Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker is one very highly rated machine. This bread maker will not only bake your bread, you can use it to mix up any kind of dough. I love making pastries and pizza, but I hate mixing the dough myself, so this feature is nice. For controls, you get a push button panel with a small LCD digital screen.

You can choose three different loaf sizes, and there are three settings for crust color as well.You can opt to make up to six different types of bread or dough including basic, whole wheat, multi-grain, french, pizza and cake. There are also four different bake modes to get the best result. This machine does not feature a viewing window, but the manufacturer claims that windows don't retain the heat as well. The time on the bread maker will let you set it to work up to 13 hours ahead of time.

One of the best features to this machine is the YeastPro automatic yeast dispenser.You simply measure the yeast into the lid and then the bread maker will automatically add it at the perfect time. It has a nonstick coating to make it easier when getting your loaves out. I like the cookbook that comes with this machine; it features over forty recipes to use with it. As an added bonus, when you purchase this bread maker, you get a measuring spoon, a measuring cup and a kneading blade.

For emergencies, there is a power interruption protection built in that lets the baking process continue, even when there is an interruption in power for 10 minutes or less.

5 stars for the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker

2. Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme Bread Maker

Now check out the Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme Bread Maker. This 2 pound loaf maker gives you a lot of bread for your efforts for sure, but it does so much more. With the ability to make things like meatloaf, jam, cake, and other foods, this machine is really a multi-tasker!

For bread, you get three crust shades to choose from and ten pre-programmed settings for different breads. It also has a timer that can be set thirteen hours in advance if so needed.This machine does come with a viewing window so you can watch your creation take shape. With your purchase, you get a double ended teaspoon/tablespoon, an 8 ounce measuring cup, and a small cookbook. The LCD control panel is very user friendly, and very easy to read.

As with some of the others, this bread maker features a 10 minute power failure back up, and has a nonstick pan. I like best about this device, is that it has a smaller footprint than other bread machines; it doesn't take up near as much counter space.This machine seems pickier than others I've tried; it is imperative that you follow the directions on the recipes exactly. If your ingredients are just a little mis-measured, your loaf will not turn out well.

The way it bakes the loaves seems just a little uneven but it just means one end is a little darker than the other. You should keep in mind that this machine is not good for smaller loaves than 2 pounds; the dough does not spread out evenly and you'll have some weird shaped bread.

3. New Sunbeam 5891 Bread Maker

Another great bread machine that his highly rated, is the Sunbeam 5891 Bread Maker. This is also a 2 pound bread maker that features all the options you have come to rely on. I love their express option that takes less than an hour; this has been very convenient when heading out the door to a potluck dinner.

The machine features a window on the top, a non-stick pan, and an attractive LCD screen with all options available by push button. You have 12 settings for different kinds of baked bread, and can also make jam in this machine. There are also three crust settings as well. This one also features the 13 hour delayed start for your convenience.

One thing I have noticed is that this unit seems to be louder while it is mixing your dough; not overly however but enough to get my attention. I think the thing I like best about this machine is that it is so much more affordable than others on the market, but you get the same quality of bread out of it.You should be aware that the recipes that come with the instruction manual, tend to have a lot of yeast; I've had much better luck at finding good recipes online.

I love that the bread pan is so easy to clean. It features a removable mixing paddle to make cleaning even more convenient. If you are new to bread machines, but don't want to break the bank, this would be a great first purchase.

4. New West Bend 41300 Bread Maker

The West Bend 41300 Bread Maker makes 4 different sizes of horizontally shaped loaves. These include 1 pound, 1 pounds, 2 pounds, and 2 pounds. This has to be my favorites feature overall since I don't always want, or need to, make the same sized loaf each time.

You get eleven pre-programmed settings, with three crust shades, and a 12 hour delay timer on the digital control panel. Your purchase includes a measuring cup and spoon; knead blade removal tool, and manual with recipes.This unit features dual knead blades for lighter bread, and a higher size. The only drawback I have found is that there is a long wait before you get to the "add in" setting to put fruit, or nuts in your bread.

The size of the bread is just about perfect for toasting it without it sticking out of the toaster. I have found that the bread that is cooked in this machine tends to come out with a more consistent texture than when I've used other units. I have also been impressed with how quiet this bread maker runs. Overall, this is also a well rated, affordable piece of equipment to use for homemade bread.

5. Cuisinart CBK - 100 Bread Maker

Lastly is the Cuisinart CBK - 100 Bread Maker. This workhorse will give you 1 pound, 1 pound, and 2 pound loaves at your preference. You also get eleven pre-programmed menu selections, one of which is gluten free.

This is extremely helpful since all we make is gluten free loaves in our home and cooking times can be different than with traditional bread. It also features a "mix in" option for things you want to add to your bread.I love that the kneading paddle is removable for easier cleaning, that it has a viewing window, a power failure backup, and a 13 hour delay timer. This unit comes with a measuring cup, measuring spoon, and recipes for gluten free breads.

It is nice to have the alarm beep to let me know when the kneading is done so I can take the paddle out, but it is really loud. This machine is actually one of the largest I've used. Make sure you have enough counter space, and storage space, to own this machine. Aside from some of the minor drawbacks, this machine has been very user friendly and I'm very happy with the loaves I get from it; including the gluten free ones.

Bread Maker Buying Guide / Advice

Decide what kinds of breads you want to make. Most bread makers have the same features but some have an additional option for “add ins”. I prefer to have one with this feature to add in fruit, or nuts into your bread.

A window can also be nice to peek in at your bread while it is baking. While there is some speculation that not having a window retains the heat better, for a nicer loaf of bread, I've personally not been able to tell the difference.

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