If you’ve never had a breadmaker before, you might be thinking, do I really need one? What can you actually make with a bread machine?
For those who have owned bread machines before, you know how incredibly versatile they are. But, the problem with most of them, is that they usually only last about 2 years.
#1 Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker
Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker
The Zojirushi Breadmaker is our top choice for the best bread maker.
It comes with a full array of diverse recipes using a breadmaker. Just a few of the recipes their cookbook includes:
- Apple danishes
- Banana bread
- Challah bread
- Cheese and onion bread
- Chocolate cake
- Coffee cake
- Tea bread
- Pizza dough
- Gluten free bread
- Gluten free donuts
- Salt-free bread
- Sugar-free bread
- Vegan bread
- Focaccia bread
- Homemade pasta dough
- Corn bread
- Sugar cookie dough
They include more recipes on their website (https://www.zojirushi.com/app/recipe/breadmakers?ids=417)
If you’re looking for the most durable, long-lasting breadmaker, this is the best bread maker choice for your home kitchen.
You can make 6+ loaves/week for years (4-5 years)
Other breadmakers claim that they can make gluten free bread, but it just doesn’t turn out as well and consistent as the Zojirushi Breadmaker .
The cost of making bread in your new breadmaker will save you money in the long run.
Once you purchase your bread machine yeast and bread machine flour you’ll be ready to try out your new bread machine!
You can have fresh bread readily available within 2.5-3.5 hours depending on the recipe.
The top of the breadmaker includes a heater in the lid. This brown’s the top of your loaf ever so slightly to give you a perfect loaf of delicious bread.
The Zojirushi Breadmaker is easy to clean. Hand wash the paddle and loaf pan after each use and let it air dry for a couple hours so you have it all ready for your next fluffy loaf of bread.
You may have to replace the paddle after several years of use. You can easily purchase this online when you need it, unlike other brands where it’s difficult to source replacement parts
Mixer is loud. However, most bread machines are loud. They have moving parts and they need to be able to mix their ingredients effectively. This might be something to think about if you’re planning on putting the delay timer on to have fresh bread in the morning. Perhaps keep it downstairs, somewhere that you won’t hear it mixing away when you’re sleeping.
What other recipes can you make with a bread maker?
- Pita bread
- Naan bread
- Pumpkin spice bread
- Calzone dough
- Cinnamon buns
- Cheese bread
- Multigrain bread
- Lemon cake
- English muffins
- Hamburger buns
What if you want to make gluten free bread?
It comes with several recipes for creating gluten free breads.
- Gluten free donuts
- Gluten free apple walnut cake
- Gluten free carrot cake
- Gluten free green tea bread
- Gluten free raisin bread
- Gluten free pizza dough
What kind of gluten free flour can you use in your bread maker?
- King Arthur Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
- Pillsbury gluten-free flour
- Manini’s Multi-purpose gluten-free flour
What if you want dairy free bread?
Substitute the milk for:
- Almond milk
- Cashew milk
- Coconut milk
- Oat milk
How do you store your freshly made breadmaker bread?
Store your freshly baked, cooled down loaf in an airtight container. Be sure to only slice off what you are using at the time. If you slice all of the bread when it’s cooled, it could stale faster.
Store it in the fridge to keep it fresher a bit longer. You’ll want to use it up within 3 days of making your loaf, or store it in the freezer. It doesn’t last as long as bread you purchase in your local grocery store because it doesn’t have the same preservatives as your freshly baked bread.
This is actually one of the perks for having a breadmaker. You get to control what you’re putting into your body. You know exactly how much sugar, salt, etc. is going into the recipe, so you can be more informed about how much you’re consuming on a daily basis.
For people with allergies, this can be a life-saver. You can select your flour, salt, sugar/sugar-free, nut-free environment as you need it for your own dietary needs.
How do you slice your bread?
Use a serrated knife to cut your bread to your desired thickness.
How to clean your breadmaker?
Is it dishwasher safe?
No, you need to handwash the loaf pan.
How do you properly measure your ingredients for your breadmaker?
The Oster Breadmaker is a good starting point for those just getting into having a breadmaker. It has step by step instructions for beginners to help you learn how to make your first loaf.
Although the cookbook it comes with doesn’t come with many recipes, it gives you a great starting base to begin making bread at home.
I have tried these recipes in the cookbook:
- White bread
- Italian herb bread
- Pizza dough
- Bread pretzels
My favourite recipes by far is the bagel recipe! There’s nothing better than having a fresh bagel out of the oven, and lathering on the cream cheese for breakfast on the weekend.
I received the Oster 2lb Bread Machine for Christmas last year. My husband said he didn’t think we would use it much, but his attitude changed within a few weeks.
I have used my breadmaker to make several different types of cakes, rolls, dough, and bread. We’ve only had one for a year and I can’t imagine not having it.
My husband realized he could use it for making pizza dough, he didn’t have a huge mess to clean up after. When he makes pizza dough, it makes enough for 2 large pizzas. I never expected such a small machine to be able to make that much dough at once.
Sometimes we use ½ the dough for a pizza, and then leave the other ½ in the fridge and use it the following day to make another pizza.
We use our bread machine at least once a week to make different recipes. It saves us time, it’s less mess, and it saves us money. I love using it make quick dough recipes like pizza pretzels for lunches during the week.
I like to leave my breadmaker on the floor when it’s in use. When it’s actively mixing 1 ball of dough, it can unbalance itself easily. We’ve had ours end up on the floor, so now it just lives on the ground after that.
The lid for this machine just rests on the top, there isn’t a latch or anything for it.
- Simple operation
- Expressbake- makes bread in 1 hour
- Paddle comes off easily after baking
- Pan can wear out over time
- Loud/rattles around
- Bread maker cookbook doesn’t have many recipes
Sunbeam 2-Pound Breadmaker, White
- Budget friendly
- Paddle bakes into the loaf, difficult to retrieve
- Large unit, storing this machine might be difficult if you don’t have a ton of space