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Best BreadMaker

Barmaley's picture

Best BreadMaker

What is the best brand bread making machine from the point of view:

A) Features

B) reliability

C) warranty?


Any oppinion is appreciated :) 

sphealey's picture

You might want to search for the previous discussions on this topic - there have been several.

IMHO for breadmakers there is Zojirushi, and there is everything else.  Zos are built like tanks, have all the features you need, and Zo actually sells spare parts (blades and buckets).  The only thing they lack is a pause function, which is a bit annoying, but other than that they approach the DC-3 level of perfection in a mechanical device.


bunns's picture

I have used a "Breadman" for years but It is finally getting tired. 

I used to make cinnamon rolls alot with it but I nedd to get a new one. 

I am intrigued with all of the reviews I see on the "Morphy Richards Breadmaker.  It is a british made product, and it seems to be growing in popularity.

I recently read some reviews on it at this site:

Anyone have some thoughts?

pweimann's picture

Although the Zo does lack a "pause" button, turning off the power or unplugging the machine serves the same purpose; when the power is restored, the Zo will continue on from the point at which it was interrupted.

Yerffej's picture

Given the type of breads and processes that you have been asking about I should note that you are most unlikely to be making great rye bread or sourdough bread in a bread machine.


Barmaley's picture

I know, Jeff,

I am thinking about using it for kneading and proofing only using partial cycles


Crider's picture

"If you still have to use a bread machine to make sourdough, the best overall answer seems to be to use a bread machine that has a "bake now" option. When the machine has finished kneading, pull the dough out, pull out the paddle, and drop the dough back into the machine. Unplug the machine from the wall and wait for the dough to rise. Once it has risen, plug the machine back in and press the "bake now!" button."


Seems like a bit of extra work, but I suppose it might work.

sphealey's picture

The 2-paddle Zo works fine for dough.  Anything you bake out in it, regardless of recipe, will be of the soft sandwich loaf type, but I have had no problem building a sour then having the Zo do the mix and first rise.  Out of the machine for 0-1 more rises (often in the refrigerator), then shape and bake on the stone.


Janknitz's picture

You should consider less expensive machines.  While everyone raves about the Zo, it's very expensive.  Some less expensive machines can handle the kneading and proofing just as well.  Look for those with programmable features and/or dough only cycles. 

laxmom4x's picture

I agree, if you are just using it for kneading and proofing, use a much less expensive brand, like the Sunbeam   it has a dough only cycle and is about 55 dollars.

mrfrost's picture

Be wary of the Sunbeam 5891. I own one and loved it...for the first 6 months or so that I was able to use it.

The gasket in the paddle shaft assembly may be prone some sort of rupture and leak, which causes a black lubricant to contaminate the dough. I saw at least one other complaint about this in a users forum at Amazon.

Certain models of Regal and Oster breadmakers may also use this same bread pan/shaft assembly.

If you do get this machine, give it(many) a good workout with doughs at the upper limit of it's capacity while the machine is still within the return period.

Otherwise does a good job of kneading, once you make sure it has incorporated all the ingredients.

cgmeyer2's picture

i've had 2 welbilts in the past 30 yrs. my current one has ~ 12 different functions plus it makes jams/jellys. i thought my 1st (shaped like a robot) expired but my aerospace engineer husband got it working again; we gave it to our son.

take care, claudia

tikidoc's picture

Love my Zo!

xioxxio's picture

Panasonic hands down is by far the best!

doneill241's picture

I had an Oster for 20+ years that was okay.  But I just got a new Zojirushi in early December 2010 and LOVE it!  I found a recipe online that eliminates the need for bread flour (which is more expensive) and uses regular flour.  The bread was so delicious that even my oblivious husband said it was the best bread he's ever tasted.  The ZO makes excellent pizza dough (enough for 2 pizza) which eliminates our ordering pizza!  It browns perfectly on the bottom even without a pizza stone.  This machine is wonderful and worth every penny (I got it for less than $200 on Amazon when they ran a 30% off sale).  Love it!

chetc's picture

Bread machines. I have purchased around 15 of them in the last 2 yrs, I mainly buy only the 2 lb models, I get them at yard sales but mainly at Thrift stores, the most expensive one I purchased was around $5.00 and down to about a bit under $2.00 and I use them to make bread at times, mostly use them to mix dough, and they do a good job at that, with a 2 lb Breadman, I can make enough dough for 3 large thin crust pizza pies easily. or 2 large loaves of bread, I give some of them away to my kids & relations, and sometimes I get them a back up machine when I see them for $2-3 dollars. I have gotten quite a few of them brand new at those prices too. I just love a bargain



doneill241's picture

Chet, I am very impressed!