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The purpose of this buying guide is to help you find the best bread machine for your lifestyle and budget and kitchen!

Here are links to the complete guide:

In Part 1, we went over basic features you’ll be considering when it comes to researching bread makers. In Part 2, we discussed the most popular extra features available on bread makers.

Here, we will briefly discuss basic strategies for buying a bread maker. Let’s face it, homemade bread is NOT as common as homemade cookies. So there will possibly be more trepidation going into buying a breadmaker then buying a cookie pan.

Let’s go!

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Here Are Things To Consider

1. Be Conservative

There tend to be two types of people when it comes to buying things that are not so common.

  1. Be ConservativeOR…
  2. Swing For The Fences

For the conservative approach: will you really need all these bells and whistles? But the hesitation will end up being: Well, what if I find I really love my bread making and need to upgrade often? Isn’t that just a waste of money then?

“Swinging For The Fences” comes from baseball where you attempt to hit the next pitch over the fence for a home-run. In other words: If all these little features are only a little bit extra, shouldn’t I just go ahead and buy the one with all the features? But then again, what if you don’t use all those features?

Sometimes you don't need all those features

Sometimes you don’t need all those features

There are arguments to be said for each approach, HOWEVER, when it comes to bread makers, you have to consider also that the more moving parts there are, the more complicated the engineering.

We definitely recommend the cautious approach when it comes to buying a bread maker. Go for what you think your needs are first and buy the best bread machine for those needs. Then “level-up” as needed. If in the future you need to upgrade, it doesn’t hurt to have two bread makers. You can always hand one down.

And this should help: A bread-maker is actually a perfect hand-me-down gift. Because it’s one of those things that people have probably thought about getting but wouldn’t get for themselves, which makes it a perfect gift. It is also rather expensive so the receiver may feel awkward getting it, but if you explain it’s an extra, it will make them more receptive! So extra bread-maker problem solved!

2. Go Basic… Part Deux

The other reason we say “Go Basic”. Bread makers can be pretty finicky machines. All bread makers are made differently and recipes that work with one bread maker may not work with the other.

For that reason, if you are new to bread making, go basic without the extra features. It will give you some good experience with learning to use a bread maker which can only help if you decide to move on to newer bread makers with more features.

3. User Manual and Recipe Book

This is more important than you might think, especially in a society that shuns reading the manual.

Let’s repeat this:

Every bread maker is different!

So that recipe off the internet you just found… may not work in your bread machine.

User Manuals and Recipe Books made SPECIFICALLY for that bread maker are always good. And even then, sometimes the recipe times may end up being off. So for beginners, you definitely will want to see a user manual and recipe book, then research if the recipe timings are accurate or not.

As an example, Zojirushi is known for making their manuals detailed AND available for download on their website

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Zojirushi is well known for making their manuals available on their website

A good user manual will be very essential especially for first-time users. Take time reading through the instructions and see if they are something you understand in an instant. If not, then opt for a bread machine that has a more user-friendly manual. A good manual must tell you all the specifics of using a bread machine down to the proper maintenance of it.

If it comes with instructional videos, then it will be much better too!

Manufacturer Reputation

The big brand names you might be familiar with: Panasonic, Cuisinart, Oster, Sunbeam, etc. that make home appliances in general have for the most part entered the bread machine market as well. However, there are some “kitchen appliance specialists” as we call them that are not as well known that also make bread makers. Make sure you research them, their warranties, and their customer service.

There are some complicated parts to bread machines since it is automating what actually is a fairly complicated task. Which means some more complicated parts (like kneading paddles for example).

So you will want reliability and good customer service.

And we are going to tell you right off the bat that one of our favorite kitchen appliance companies is Zojirushi. Great quality product, great customer service, AND detailed user manuals.

Warranty

Along with the above, we definitely recommend a minimum 1 year warranty because of the more complicated engineering that goes into bread makers. We mentioned earlier in the guides that manufacturers are still trying to get some of these designs right; our example was crust color which seems to generally be hit and miss amongst different manufacturers.

Another good indicator: all bread makers are different and a recipe that works in one bread maker does not work in another. When’s the last time that happened for a cookware set where one recipe for fried vegetables worked in one pan but not another?

So as they continue to experiment, you can bet the technology changes, and with that comes more likelihood of something needing replacement

So in our opinion, for bread maker purchases specifically, a warranty (with good customer service) is a must.

THAT CONCLUDES THIS PORTION OF OUR BUYING GUIDE

Be on the lookout for:

Part 4: Recommended Brands and Models

Where we discuss the top bread makers and recommend models and brands.

Here again are all the links to our entire “How To Buy A Bread Maker” guide

Thanks for reading!

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