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Differences in brotforms?

SulaBlue's picture
SulaBlue

Differences in brotforms?

I'm looking at four different sources for brotforms: SFBI, Breadtopia.com, King Arthur Flour and Amazon.com. The prices range WILDLY from $16.25-$32 for an 1-pound oval brotform! What could account for the differences? I've gotten the impression that King Arthur just overcharges for everything on its website based upon my experience with their flour. On their website it's $4.95 while I can buy it at my local grocery for $3.09 on sale and $3.29 regularly. Amazon leans towards the higher end, but at least they offer free shipping, and that might pay off by time I get everything I'd like as Breadtopia's shipping seems to be based on price-point and I was going to get several things. King Arthur Flour is offering up to 30% off until Monday, but then there's still that whole shipping cost thing.

gavinc's picture
gavinc

I found that the most expensive are the cane brotforms made in Germany and are the best performers.  You get what you pay for is my experience.

Gavin.

Janknitz's picture
Janknitz

They do have splices because they are made from more than a single piece of cane.  But that doesn't seem to make much difference in the final product, IMHO.  

jackie9999's picture
jackie9999

I've just ordered one from breadtopia.com.  It measures 8 3/4 and is for a 1 1/2 lb load (680grams) which is the size I like to make.

It looks to be a good quality and shipping to Canada was under $5. I did want an oval one as well but, oddly enough, adding the second item to my cart more than doubled the shipping. So I will see how I like the round one and order the oval later on.

 

NetherReine's picture
NetherReine

I got mine from Breadtopia several months ago (along with my La Cloche and many other items) the quality is great, the prices very reasonable and they have excellent customer service!  No, I don't work for them, I just think that when a company offers good prices and good service, they deserve word of mouth praise.  Breadtopia is always my first stop when looking for baking toys!

flourgirl51's picture
flourgirl51

I ordered mine from brotform.com

The shipping was very fast. I made rye bread to sell at our farmers market and they were a big hit. I am really hooked on them now!