Best Bread Machines
If you love freshly baked bread, but hate the time-consuming prep work then let a bread machine do the work for you. These appliances mix, knead, and bake all with minimal supervision. Some of the advantages of making your own bread include:
- Cheaper – Over the life of a bread machine you will save money over buying store-bought bread.
- Better Tasting – You can prepare any type of bread including artisan loafs which will be much more fresh than anything you can buy.
- Healthier – You control the ingredients you add, so you won’t have any additives or preservatives.
When shopping for a bread maker you obviously want one that consistently bakes great tasting bread. Some other features to look for include pre-programmed bread cycles (at a minimum a normal cycle and dough cycle), quiet operation, simple intuitive controls, size of the machine (a 1-pound loaf yields about 8 slices while a 2.5 lb loaf yields about 20), add-ingredient signal for nuts or raisins, delay timer so you can wake up to freshly made bread, easy to clean, and specialty options or settings like for gluten-free.
Pricing ranges from about $50 to $300 for the best models. Below we review our top picks for the best bread machines.
Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker
We highly recommend this Zojirushi model – there really are no negatives except the price, so just be aware that there are cheaper options available if price is a concern for you.
Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf Breadmaker
We highly recommend the BB-CEC20, although for a few more dollars you could get the BB-PAC20. There are also options available that are much cheaper as well.
Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Home Bakery 1-Pound-Loaf Programmable Mini Breadmaker
It has several different settings and controls including 3 bread textures, cookie/pasta dough setting, french bread, cake, jam, and quick bread. It also has a non-stick kneading blade and pan, 13 hour delay timer, and a window to keep an eye on the baking process.
If you want a small bread maker then we highly recommend this Zojirushi BB-HAC10.
Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread Maker
The Breville BBM800XL has a smart LCD screen displaying the 13 automatic settings, 3 crust colors, and 4 loaf sizes between 1 and 2.5 lbs. It also has a beautiful stainless steel design for those of you into the appearance of appliances on your counter.
The quality of bread it bakes is quite good, maybe just a touch below Zojirushi and one common complaint is that the top does not get as brown as the sides and bottom of the loaf.
West Bend 47413 Horizontal Hi-Rise Bread Maker
Other features on this West Bend model include 12 digital settings, 3 levels of crust control (light, medium, dark), and 13 hour delay timer.
Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Pound Convection Automatic Breadmaker
T-fal PF311E ActiBread Programmable Bread Machine
This T-fal bread maker has 15 settings including 3 different gluten free settings. It also has 3 loaf sizes (1, 1.5, or 2 lbs), 3 crust settings, and 15 hour delay timer.
Hamilton Beach 29882 Bread Maker
Some other features include 12 settings, 1.5 or 2 pound loaf settings, 3 crust settings, and large digital display with delay timer.
We recommend the Hamilton Beach 29882 Bread Maker for anyone who wants a cheap bread machine that still gets the job done.
Best Bread Machine Comparison Chart
|Crust Settings||Automatic Add-in
|Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker||9.4||$299.00||2 lb||2 lb||10 + 3||Light, Medium, Dark||No||Up to 13 hours||Yes||18 x 10.5 x 13 in|
|Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme Breadmaker||9.3||$265.22||2 lb||2 lb||10 + 3||Light, Medium, Dark||No||Up to 13 hours||No||12.8 x 13.6 x 18.9 in|
|Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Home Bakery Programmable Mini Breadmaker||9.1||$199.99||1 lb||1 lb||9||Light and Regular||No||Up to 13 hours||No||8.5 x 11.25 x 12.25 in|
|Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread Maker||9.0||$249.99||2.5 lbs||1 lb, 1.5 lb, 2 lb, 2.5 lb||13 + 9||Light, Medium, Dark||Yes||Up to 13 hours||Yes||9.6 x 16.4 x 13.3 in|
|West Bend 47413 Horizontal Hi-Rise Bread Maker||8.8||$136.97||3 lb||2 lb, 2.5 lb, 3 lb||12||Light, Medium, Dark||No||Up to 13 hours||Yes||11 x 15.5 x 13.5 in|
|Cuisinart CBK-200 Convection Automatic Breadmaker||8.8||$144.41||2 lb||1 lb, 1.5 lb, 2 lb||16||3||No (Audible tone to manually add)||Up to 12 hours||Yes||18 x 12.2 x 14.875 in|
|T-fal PF311E ActiBread Programmable Bread Machine||8.7||$100.48||2 lb||1 lb, 1.5 lb, 2 lb||15||Light, Medium, Dark||No||Up to 15 hours||Yes – 3||16 x 12.5 x 14 in|
|Hamilton Beach 29882 Bread Maker||8.5||$47.69||2 lb||1.5, 2 lb||12||Light, Medium, Dark||No (Audible tone to manually add)||Yes||Yes||12.38 x 16.38 x 12.75 in|