Nothing beats waking up to the aroma of freshly baked bread and slathering it with butter or jam (or both). With more people than ever before opting for homemade bread, these super-convenient bread makers come in handy. All of these machines (favorites of the Good Housekeeping Institute's Kitchen Appliance experts) make it super easy for busy people to bake their loaves at home.
According to our Kitchen Appliance experts, the following are the best bread makers on the market:
- Zojirushi Virtuoso Plus Bread Maker is the best overall bread maker.
- Hamilton Beach Bread Maker is the best value for money.
- Cuisinart CBK110 Automatic Bread Maker is the best bread maker for beginners.
- Breville Custom Loaf Bread Maker is the best bread maker for families.
- Cuisinart CBK-200FR Convection Bread Maker is the best bread maker for gluten-free bread.
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Bread makers are great because they allow you complete control over the ingredients you use, and they are a much easier way to accommodate food allergies or preferences than baking bread by hand. Most newer models include gluten-free settings, making it simple for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity to make bread without the dense, chewy texture that GF loaves are notorious for.
A bread machine will also save carbohydrate lovers money in the long run: a basic homemade bread recipe costs about $1.50 per loaf. Meanwhile, a loaf of bread at the supermarket can cost anywhere from $2.50 to $5.
And, because these machines do the majority of the work, you barely need to check on the bread. Load the ingredients into the machine, set it, and forget it. After a few hours, you'll have a warm, freshly baked loaf (and if you make too much, we've got tips on how to properly freeze your loaf).
01. Virtuoso Plus Bread Machine
The Zojirushi Virtuoso Plus is our Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab's favorite. Your family has so many options with 15 different settings (including gluten-free and vegan) to get their ideal loaf of bread.
There are even two quick bake settings that allow you to bake white and whole wheat loaves in just two and a half hours. It has a built-in delayed start timer that can last up to 13 hours, and the machine displays the actual time (rather than the time remaining) when your loaf will be ready.
Loaf Weight: 2 lbs.
15 pre-programmed functions and three crust settings are available.
02. Hamilton Beach Bread Maker
Hamilton Beach's machine is significantly less expensive than most other bread makers, making it an excellent choice if you'd like to try your hand at making bread but aren't sure you'll do it on a regular basis.
This model has an LCD display, a timer, and a variety of options to help you get the perfect loaf. Simply place the ingredients in the machine, select one of the 14 pre-programmed cycles, and wait patiently for your freshly baked bread.
Loaf Weights: 1, 1 1/2, and 2 pounds
14 pre-programmed functions and three crust settings are available.
03. Automatic Breadmaker CBK110
This Cuisinart bread maker is the best-selling bread maker on Amazon, and it comes with a recipe booklet specifically designed for the appliance. Because of its vertical shape, it has a small footprint, and a window allows you to see what's going on inside.
The simple control panel includes pre-programmed bread options. The final load has an unusual appearance (vertical with a frequently misshapen top), but it tastes great and cooks evenly.
Loaf size: There are three sizes available, ranging from 1 to 2 pounds.
Settings include 12 preprogrammed options and three crust options.
04. Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread Machine
This bread maker can produce four different sizes of loaves, with a maximum weight of 2 1/2 pounds, which is a large loaf of bread suitable for large families or hearty eaters. It also has a dispenser that adds mix-ins like nuts and fruits automatically.
Its nonstick pan allows for easy removal after baking, and it, like all Breville appliances, has a top-notch, intuitive control panel with a plethora of cooking options.
Loaf sizes: 1-, 1-1/2-, 2-, and 2-1/2-pound loaves Settings: 13 pre-programmed and manual settings, as well as three crust settings
05. Cuisinart CBK-200FR Convection Bread Maker
This stainless steel convection bread maker circulates air to create the perfect crispy crust. Its three crust color options and various loaf sizes allow you to make personalized, fresh-baked bread.
The bread machine has 16 pre-programmed menu options, including gluten-free and low-carb settings, as well as recipes to assist you in making the perfect loaf.
Loaf sizes: There are three sizes available, ranging from 1 to 2 pounds.
Settings include 16 pre-programmed options as well as three crust options.
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