The Best Bread Machines (2019 Reviews)

Bread is a staple for most households and versatile food to have in your pantry. However, store-bought bread will only last so long and is rarely bakery-fresh. A great alternative to is making your own bread at home; you can have fresh slices whenever you want and have more control over how it is baked. If youre afraid that baking your own bread might be too difficult, youre in luck!

Bread machines are specially designed to bake perfect loaves of bread while being much easier than using the oven. After you add the necessary ingredients, a bread maker kneads, proofs, and bakes dough all by itself. These machines also let you customize the crust and even add extra ingredients like fruit or nuts. Weve made a comprehensive buyers guide to help you shop and learn more about these appliances. Well also give you our top picks for the best bread machine available today.

Our Top Picks: Summary

The Best Bread Machines: Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Zojirushi Virtuoso Plus
Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Plus

The bread maker with the best results and reliability.

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Why We Picked It

Professional chefs and avid at-home bakers will find the Zojirushi BB-PDC20BA Home Bakery Virtuoso Plus Breadmaker consistently makes beautiful loaves of bread. This machine makes a 95 loaf that rises well and most closely resembled store-bought bread after baking. This model is also notable for making a thin, light crust for tastier slices of bread.

The Virtuoso Plus features two sturdy paddles at the bottom of its bread pan for kneading dough. It has 14 pre-programmed settings and the ability to create your own Homemade setting. Bread types include white, whole wheat, and multigrain with additional options for gluten-free, salt-free, sugar-free, and vegan loaves. The Virtuoso Plus features multiple rapid settings to cook bread in two hours and can be used to knead and proof bread without baking. Selecting a function is easy, thanks to the Zojirushis large LCD display.

Keep in Mind

As a premium bread maker, the Zojirushi Home Bakery is more expensive than other models.

In a Nutshell

  • Regular shaped 2-pound loaves
  • Consistently soft bread
  • 14 pre-set functions
Best Budget: Hamilton Beach
Hamilton Beach 2 lb Digital Bread Maker

New bakers and shoppers on a budget will love the premium functions on this bread machine.

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Why We Picked It

The Hamilton Beach Digital Bread Maker is perfect for new bakers who arent sure how much use theyll get out of a bread machine. This appliance is cost-effective but still gives you many of the same functions found in premium models. There are 12 baking options, including French, sweet, cake, and jam. There is also an option for audible reminders to add fruits and nuts to your bread at the appropriate time.

You can customize your loaves based on size and crust. You can make either 1.5-pound loaves or 2-pound loaves; both sizes also have dedicated express functions. You can also choose dark, medium, or light as your preferred crust setting. A standout feature of this bread machine is how easy it is to clean. Both the non-stick interior pan and individual paddles are dishwasher safe. There is even an extra paddle included so you can clean one while still using the bread maker.

Keep in Mind

Some users have experienced issues with the mixing functions, especially when making pizza dough.

In a Nutshell

  • Most affordable
  • Easy to clean
  • Audible directions
Best Convection: Cuisinart CBK-200
Cuisinart CBK-200 2 lb Convection Bread Maker

This bread maker uses a convection fan for more efficient and even baking.

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Why We Picked It

The Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Lb Convection Bread Maker uses convection heating to give you a more effective baking process. People who like darker or thicker crusts will find that this model gives you the crispiest coat, but its light crust setting is better for those who dont want their bread too dark. New bakers will appreciate the multiple audible reminders for mixins, removing the paddle, or removing the dough (based on setting).

This bread machine features 16 menu options and can cook three different loaf sizes: one pound, one and a half pounds, or two pounds. Types of bread include white, whole wheat, sweet, gluten-free, and French/Italian. It uses one paddle to knead dough and has preset functions for pizza dough and artisan dough. The Cuisinart also features a power failure backup that will save your bread cycle and continue if power is lost mid-use.

Keep in Mind

The Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker is a very large machine, so it isnt ideal for anyone with limited counter or storage space.

In a Nutshell

  • Efficient convection heating
  • Three loaf size options
  • 16 cooking functions
Most Versatile: Breville BBM800XL
Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread Maker

This bread machine uses advanced tech features to make baking easier.

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Why We Picked It

The Breville BBM800XL Custom-Loaf Bread Maker gives you smart technology features and extra customization for your loaves. There are four different loaf sizes to choose from: one pound, one and a half pounds, two pounds, and two and a half pounds. The varying sizes are perfect for home cooks, and the 46 step-by-step recipes included are great for anyone new to making bread.

The smart LCD screen displays baking progress, the 13 pre-programmed functions, bread size, and crust color. This bread machines cover has a window so you can visually check your bread and interior lighting for easy viewing. The automatic fruit and nut dispenser releases ingredients during the kneading phase and evenly distributes them. The interior pan features a collapsible kneading blade that folds in before baking begins. This bread maker also features power interruption protection for up to 60 minutes.

Keep in Mind

The Breville bread maker is a bit more expensive than other options, and only has one small kneading blade.

In a Nutshell

  • Four loaf sizes
  • Smart LCD screen
  • Automatic fruit and nut dispenser

How We Chose the Best Bread Machines

We carefully examined every bread machine to identify the most trustworthy models available today. We focussed on finding the best bread makers that made great tasting bread and helped simplify baking. To give you a better idea of how we determined the top appliances, some of our considerations are detailed below.

Ease of Use

It was essential for us to suggest bread machines that were easy to control. We focused on finding large, clear displays that give you all the information you need to know. We also paid attention to how button and control configuration. Some of the easiest to use models included one-touch cooking options and a menu that is easy to navigate. It was also crucial that we found models with removable interior pieces for easy cleaning. All of the appliances we found featured non-stick pans and paddles to make it simple to keep your bread machine clean.

Consistency

We wanted to make sure that every bread machine we suggested gave you consistent, evenly cooked loaves of bread. The heating method and interior design are vital in ensuring an even color on the crust. The top and bottom of the loaf should have the same color, and both sides should be cooked evenly without any undercooked pockets. The kneading blades also have to mix all of the ingredients thoroughly. We preferred bread maker with two paddles because they do a better job of mixing and distributing the contents.

Timers and Programs

The best bread makers allow you to customize your loaf. We paid close attention to the functions and cooking options to find models with the best features. Our favorite bread makers give you multiple bread options, including the most common types like white, wheat, and whole grain. The kind of crust should also be customizable; the control typically has levels from light to dark but also adjusts the thickness (light crust is the thinnest). All of the models we found also feature a delayed cook timer so that you can have your bread ready at the perfect time like when you wake up in the morning.

Customer Reviews

Customer reviews are a resource we use to gauge how reliable and well-designed a product is. Any bread maker with persistent issues (like performance or broken parts) will have poor user reviews. We also judge the longevity of a product based on people who have owned them (or similar products) for many years. A lot can be learned about a companys reputation and customer service from previous customer experiences.

How Does a Bread Machine Work?

Bread machines are meant to take all the manual work out of baking bread. When using your bread maker, ensure that the pan is clean and the kneading paddle is installed correctly. Simple measure your ingredients and pour them into the appliance. After you select the proper settings, the bread maker will knead your dough. Once thoroughly mixed, the machine will proof the dough so it rises. Most makers will have a second knead and proof phase. Finally, the oven will switch on to bake your bread.

Using a bread machine is simple and easy. It is also much more cost-effective compared to buying loaves from the store in the long run. Additionally, bread makers save time since all the mixing and kneading is done automatically. With bread machines, you wont know how its coming out until the bread is finished. As a result, some people might prefer to cook in the oven since its easier to adjust based on how the bread looks.

What to Look For in a Bread Machine

When youre looking at bread makers, it is essential to find one that has the best options for your needs. Certain functions, sizes, or price ranges might be perfect for some people but not others. To help you narrow down your choices, consider the following points while you shop.

Automated Settings

If youve never made bread at home, you might want to invest in a bread machine with automated settings. These pre-programmed functions take the guesswork out of food prep and baking so that your loaves of bread will come out perfect every time. Most models will have basic settings for white and wheat bread, as well as different levels for the crust. Bread machines with more functions will allow you to make more complicated types of bread without extra effort. Some automated settings like fast-cooking options are ideal for anyone that wants quick results from their machine.

Versatility

Some bread makers can be used for a wide variety of cooking tasks. Machines with kneading functions (that dont automatically cook afterward) allow you to mix dough for an oven-baked loaf, prepare pizza dough, or even mix pasta dough. Some bread machines also allow you to add fruits and nuts into your mixture to make tasty bread loaves. Bread makers with additional options for gluten-free or sugar-free bread are great for people with food sensitivities. Some more premium models even allow you to make cake.

Loaf Size

The size and shape of your bread machine will determine how many slices you get per loaf. The most common size for bread machines is two pounds (meaning is yields a two-pound loaf of bread). Some have more versatile options for cooking multiple different loaf sizes. Rectangular machines with two kneading blades tend to give you more traditionally shaped loaves. Vertical machines have a smaller square footprint, but end up making taller loaves of bread.

Machine Size

The size and shape will also affect how you can store your bread maker. Models that produce two-pound loaves (or higher) will take up the most room. Especially dual blade models, which are longer and use more counter space. Smaller machines are best for anyone who has limited counter space or plans on keeping their bread maker in the cabinet when not in use.

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