Bread Makers Buying Guide

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The smell of fresh-baked bread wafting through the house is a real treat. And although the art of bread making is treasured, so is the ease of making and baking bread with an electric bread maker. Baked goods such as bagels and baguettes can also be made in certain bread maker models.

Types of Bread Makers

Types of Bread Makers

You'll find an abundance of types of bread makers once you start shopping the category, so decide how many features you'd like in a bread maker before buying. Do you want to make a loaf or two of white bread? Or are you looking for a machine that will perform all types of baking functions and produce different bread varieties? Whatever your needs, there's a bread machine perfectly suited to be your mixing, kneading, rising, and baking solution.

Pan Shape

Look at the pan shape to know if it will produce the type of loaf you prefer. Some machines have a traditional loaf shape that bakes horizontally, while others bake vertically.

Size

Most machines produce a 1- to 2-pound loaf. Some machines give the option of baking loaves of varying sizes.

Types of Bread

Whole wheat, gluten free, and plain white breads each require a different cycle on a bread maker, so if more than traditional white bread is desired, the machine should have setting options.

Crust

Most machines have a setting to select for light, medium, or dark crust.

Timer

If delaying the time the bread is made is important, look for a machine with a timer or delayed start. For example, a 12-hour delay button is handy if you want to wake to fresh bread baking.

Fruit and Nuts

Adding dried fruit or chopped nuts to a bread machine is easy with an alert that signals the time to add ingredients during the cycle.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Knowing what you want to accomplish with a bread maker will help you decide what type of machine to buy—basic or advanced. An advanced bread maker has lots of settings and options for making more than just bread.

Shape

Depending on the shape of the pan, a bread maker produces a loaf that is round, square, or a traditional loaf shape.

Weight

The particular weight of loaf produced is specified for each machine. They usually range from 1 to 2 pounds.

Cycle

For making breads other than traditional white bread, the machine needs specific cycles. The cycles sometimes allow for a rapid rise as well as longer kneading.

Automatic or Involved

You decide how hands-on or -off you want to be in the bread-making process—there are machines that will do it all after the ingredients are added, or those that need attention at particular steps.

Counter Space

Look at the size or footprint of the bread maker, and decide if you have the counter space to support it when in use. Space constraints will help determine how large or small of a machine you should buy.

Color Choices

Common color choices are white, black, or stainless-steel bread makers.

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