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Top Bread Machines

Bread machines fill your kitchen with a fantastic aroma. We think more people would own a bread machine if they only knew how simple and satisfying they are. The Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards recognize the top bread machines on the market, based solely on the product reviews we collect and publish daily on Viewpoints. Our reviews are written by ordinary consumers, not professional testers. These blenders all meet Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice award eligibility and represent the top 9 percent of 83+ bread machines reviewed on Viewpoints. Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh-baked bread? Visit a bakery or start one of your own.

Viewpoints recommends these two bread machines as top choices:

Zojirushi Home Bakery Mini Breadmaker BB-HAC10

Best Overall: Bread Machines

Zojirushi Home Bakery Mini Breadmaker BB-HAC10 ($233)

Rated 97 | 18+ reviews

A bread machine for couples, the Zojirushi Home Bakery Mini Breadmaker bakes a 1-lb. loaf “perfect, fluffy every time,” say reviewers. “Definitely well built and gets the job done.” And its slim design saves countertop space. The Zojirushi’s quick cycle bakes bread in under two hours.

“The bread comes out marvelous each time. There are a number of settings for different types of bread. It’s very simple to clean the exterior of the machine with a simple baby wipe. I also love seeing the bread being made through the window.” kingoftheink, Reviewer since 2010

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Sunbeam 2-Pound Programmable Bread Maker 5891

Best Value: Bread Machines

Sunbeam 2-lb. Programmable Bread Maker 5891 ($43)

Rated 85 | 91+ reviews

This little kitchen helper is inexpensive, but mighty. With 12 functions and an ‘ExpressBake’ cycle, reviewers can’t believe they scored such a bargain. Some even call it a “life saver” or swear they “can’t live without it” and “wouldn’t trade it for anything else.” This Sunbeam bread machine also has a non-stick, removable pan.

“I have made wheat, honey wheat, rye, French, rolls, sandwich rolls and pizza. It has helped me to stay on budget while enjoying homemade bread.” ty09, Reviewer since 2011

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More Top Bread Machines

These five bread machines are award-winners too! They meet the tough criteria for a Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice award and are also highly recommended: 

Panasonic Programmable Bread Maker SD-YD250 Panasonic Programmable Bread Maker SD-YD250 ($136)

The Panasonic comes with an automatic yeast dispenser, non-stick inner pan and built-in handle for easy removal. Choose between several baking modes, loaf sizes and crust colors. Viewpoints-rated at 93 based on 33+ reviews, this machine is “definitely worth the dough.”

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West Bend 2-Pound Bread Maker 41400West Bend 2-Pound Bread Maker 41400 ($90)

This machine different loaf sizes, crust control and includes 12 pre-programmed settings for basic, French, jam and more. Viewpoints-rated at 91 based on 15+ reviews, this versatile and inexpensive bread machine has reviewers calling it a “kitchen necessity.”

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Oster ExpressBake Bread Maker 5838Oster ExpressBake Bread Maker 5838 ($80)

This affordable bread machine has the ability to make a 2-lb. loaf in less than an hour with 8 pre-programmed bread settings and a 13-hour programmable delay so you can wake up to fresh baked bread any day. The machine that “never fails to impress”is Viewpoints-rated at 88 based on 133+ reviews.

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Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker CBK-200Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker CBK-200 ($129)

This versatile bread machine comes with 16 preset bread-making options including low carb and gluten free. The machine offers a multitude of features from crust sizes to a ‘Perfect Timing’ alert to add fruit and nut mix ins. Viewpoints-rated at 85 based on 61+ reviews, this machine makes the “best and easiest homemade bread.”

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Breadman 2-lb. Bread Machine TR520Breadman 2-lb. Horizontal Bread Maker TR520 ($59)

The Breadman 2-lb. Bread Machine is a workhorse in the kitchen and easy on the budget. Choose between the options of three crust shades and three loaf sizes. A “great bread machine for the price,” Viewpoints-rated at 85 based on 22+ reviews, reviewers like the fact that it’s easy to use with “near perfect” results each time.

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Editor’s Note: Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards were given in October and November, 2013, and current product ratings may differ.