It’s that time of year when I march into my basement pantry and pull out the bread machine. I know why I do it. It’s because the weather is cooler, and I’m starting to cook heartier meals– soups, lasagna and other pasta dishes. Just as it begins to turn dark outside, I generally start a fire and open a bottle of red wine. But nothing warms the soul more than the smell of freshly baked bread, and nothing compliments a hearty meal more than a loaf of bread made fresh in your kitchen. Here are three of our top-rated bread machines to get you through the winter, along with a few delicious bread machine recipes you’ll want to save.
The West Bend bread maker receives rave reviews from reviewers, including one who calls it a “kitchen necessity.” At $89.99, this quality bread maker earns a 91/100 rating and earned a Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice award. This machine is amazingly quiet, and it also comes with 12 pre-programmable settings for any kind of bread you might want to make. You’ll even find instructions and recipes for gluten-free and low-carb options.
“The bread is delicious and consistent, which isn’t always the case when doing it by hand. Oh, and its so quiet. If it wasn’t for the buzzer I’d forget about it. Its really easy to use [and] clean up is a snap.” –usernamechallenged, Reviewer since 2011
Here’s a recipe for Pumpkin Pecan Bread you can make with this (or any other) bread maker!
This Panasonic is the perfect, easy bread maker, with tons of digital controls and options. You can find it for about $120. Another Reviewers’ Choice award winner with a 93/100 rating, it mixes dough, kneads it and bakes three different loaf sizes, plus the settings allow you to select different textures depending on what kind of bread you’re making.
“The machine makes a great loaf size that is about 2.5 pounds and works well for any family.” –stef42678, Reviewer since 2007
“I use this machine several times a week. I make just the regular homemade bread which we use for sandwiches or toast. I usually make some type of breakfast bread, such as date nut, raisin, etc. once a week…The machine is a ‘no brainer’.” –JanHill, Reviewer since 2009
Looking for the perfect cinnamon roll recipe for the bread machine? Look no further.
Oster is known for making quality bread makers, and this ExpressBake is no different, earning an 87/100 rating. Bake bread under an hour – and for just $80. There are eight bread settings, a keep warm feature and a delay bake option. After nine years, one reviewer says their Oster ExpressBake is still going strong!
“We use it at least once a week for pizza dough (throw in the ingredients and an hour and a half later you have pizza dough ready to roll!) and once or twice a week for bread.” –atvtnv, Reviewer since 2008
“This bread maker is fabulously cheap and efficient.” –noellebilly, Reviewer since 2009