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The purpose of this buying guide is to help you find the very best bread maker for your lifestyle.

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Homemade bread is becoming more and more popular as specialty dieting becomes more popular. Gluten-free recpies, wheat-free recpies, and organic foods are being recognized more often these days for healthy eating. And with that comes shopping for top bread makers. Now that we’ve gone over quite a bit of knowledge, it’s time for some recommendations

Onward!

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Recommended Manufacturers

Recommended Kitchen ProductsThere is a wide array of bread maker machines and looking for one should not be a difficult task. However, nailing the right brand which suits to your needs and budget may take some research to ensure quality and reliability.

You will find well known names like Panasonic, as well as some names that specialize in kitchen appliances that you haven’t heard of like Zojirushi and Breadman.

While these brands share common features, each may also have distinct characteristics that would make you want to say ‘yes.’ For example, Breadman and Zojirushi machines have delay-start timers as well as extra rapid features that let you pre-program and customize recipes.

Panasonic bread makers, on the other hand, have special features which indicate the best time to add other ingredients such as raising or walnuts. These specific bread makers may also contain a special trap or compartment which adds the ingredients for you at an allocated time.

It is also important to note that good bread machines come from countries which also make mouth-watering breads and pastries. Japan, for example, offers quite efficient bread machines indicating the country’s strong passion for baking as well as cooking.

Also important: warranties offered and customer service, two very common sense criteria

And one criteria often overlooked with other appliances: user manual and recipe book with accurate timings for that specific model.

Zojirushi Bread Makers

Zojirushi bread makers

Zojirushi is one of our favorite brands. Made its name known for both rice cookers and instant hot water dispensers. While they do not make the most attractive products, they make some of the most reliable products. As an example, their countertop hot water dispensers are second to none.

For breadmakers, their appliances are solid quality and in our top 10 recommended models, they hold three spots!

And for customer service: they have reputable solid customer service. And their online website is built out very well: user friendly and a lot of information. In fact their user manuals and recipe books are available online for free! You can peruse them before you purchase!

One fault with the bread machines is generally it’s a fixed size and capacity. Whatever size you get, that’s the size of bread you will make. Another thing to consider with Zojirushi is that the cost tends to be a bit on the higher side.

In general, when you see the name Zojirushi on any appliance, you can think no frills, solid, and a good choice, though at a cost.

Oster Bread Makers, Sunbeam Bread Makers

Sunbeam-Oster Bread Makers
Oster and Subeam (or Sunbeam-Oster) is a more well-known brand name. Their few selections of bread makers tend to do very well with their owners. Quite durable. A lot of features. Leaves a bit to be desired with a recipe book tailored toward this specific bread maker.

They generally have a lot of nice extra features though, including jam and jelly makers.

Sunbeam name brand connotates more to the no-frills inexpensive bread making. Very quiet too. And express settings that work well.

Reasonably priced.

Panasonic Bread Makers

Panasonic Bread Makers
Surprisingly, a well known name in electronics makes a top bread maker machine. A lot of extra luxury features like express baking and a variety of cycles, yet fairly well designed and easy to use

Like many big companies, customer service leaves a bit to be desired.

Recommended Models

Considering the above, here are recommended models.

Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker

Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser Pic

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Reasoanbly priced
  • 13 hour advanced programming
  • Removable pan
  • A bit loud
  • Easy to use
  • Customer service has mixed reviews
  • Recpie guide has mixed reviews

Sunbeam 5891 Breadmaker

Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker Pic

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inexpensive
  • Express baking settings
  • Quiet
  • User manual and recipe book leaves something to be desired
  • Can make jam

Oster CKSTBRTW20 Expressbake Breadmaker

Oster CKSTBRTW20 2-Pound Expressbake Breadmaker Pic

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Express bake setting
  • Easy to read display
  • Fairly inexpensive
  • Makes jam and jelly
  • Easy to clean
  • Recipe book leaves something to be desired
  • Relatively loud

Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker

Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker Pic

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good crust making
  • Quality double kneading blades for consistency
  • Express/Fast baking setting
  • Quality engineering
  • Detailed manual and recipe book
  • Pricey

Zojirushi BB CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme Breadmaker

Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme Breadmaker Pic

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 13 hour advanced programming
  • 10 automatic settings
  • Detailed manual and recipe book
  • Quality material and baking: even and consistent
  • Pricey
  • Recipes detailed, but wish there were more

That Concludes Our “How To Buy A Bread Maker” 4-part Buying Guide

We hope that this “How to Buy a Bread Maker” buying guide has provided you adequate information that will effectively help you in deciding which product can best meet and satisfy your requirements. Just take your time in learning and assessing the several bread machines and research bread machine reviews and consider what is most important for you.

When in doubt, go more basic when it comes to bread makers.

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

Thanks for reading!

References:

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  2. http://www.breadmachinedigest.com/beginners/choosing-a-bread-machine.php
  3. http://cookingequipment.about.com/od/giftbuyingguides/a/Bread-Machine-Buying-Guide.htm
  4. http://www.consumersearch.com/bread-machines/how-to-buy-a-breadmaker
  5. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Bread-Machine-Buying-Guide/28147/g.html
  6. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/appliances/kitchen-appliances/breadmakers/breadmakers-buying-advice-405/index.htm

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