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The Best Bread Machines on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing ones. We’ve covered other kitchen gadgets for carb-lovers in the past, like long-slot toasters, toaster ovens, and cast-iron pots for no-knead bread, here we’ve rounded up the best-reviewed bread machines on Amazon for easy at-home bread making. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best bread machine for beginners

SKG Automatic Bread Machine 2-Pound

“As newbies to this sort of thing, we thought we were making some compromises in order to keep things simple. We’ve had the machine for about a month now and have probably made six or seven loaves (each a different kind and in three different sizes) without a single failure. To say this machine is foolproof might be a slight exaggeration, but it’s pretty darn close.”

Best bread machine for experienced bakers

Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker
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Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker

“Let me start by saying I make the most delicious, perfect bread. I have yet to find any bread that even comes close to what I make at home by hand. But bread is exhausting to make so I don’t get to make it as often as I like. The first loaf [with the Zojirushi] was made straight from the book, following the exact recipe and I have to tell you it came out near perfect. The crust was soft but firm with a beautiful color, the texture of the bread was soft, moist and tight. More importantly, the taste was excellent. The closest I have come to my own recipes. I have only made one loaf so far and I threw it together very quickly with no effort at all and the results were amazing. If the loaves stay consistent, I found a serious contender for my homemade bread.”

Best 17-setting bread machine

KBS Bread Machine

“I have wanted a bread machine for a long time … years! But I was nervous about investing in one and then it not being all that I wanted it to be. Well, this machine is all that I wanted it to be. To tell the truth, I am mad at myself for taking so long to buy a bread machine because this machine is SO easy to use. I’ve had it for about a month now and have been making one to two 1-pound loaves a week. Last thing I wanted to share: It’s easy to clean. Nothing really sticks to it so a light soapy water rinse cleans it every time. This machine has changed my life and is well worth the investment.”

Best 15-setting bread machine

T-fal ActiBread Bread Maker

“So far I’ve made a couple loaves of wheat bread, both of which were easy and a great success! I followed the recipe exactly as I don’t have the confidence to experiment just yet. I appreciate the convenience of have freshly baked homemade bread with such minimal effort.”

Best 12-setting bread machines

Oster 2-Pound Expressbake Breadmaker

“Very easy to use and the instructions booklet is thorough and teaches you all of the basics to baking all types of bread with this machine. I never mastered making bread by hand (Or even making the dough without it tasting or smelling like beer!) and this helps me tremendously! My first loaf of bread and my pizza crust tasted amazing; matter of fact, my son picks everything off of the pizza just to eat the crust only. I am now truly addicted to this machine and I cannot wait to try even more recipes! And no, I don’t even buy bread from the store anymore!”

Cuisinart Compact Automatic Bread Maker Silver

“Did I tell you I love this appliance? Did I tell you I have a newfound popularity because of it? That my warm, parchment wrapped, twine tied loaves (presentation is everything) are attracting a following? That using the ‘delay’ setting to have fresh-baked bread with a morning pot of coffee has done more for my marriage than Viagra and the Kama Sutra put together? Well, I’m telling you now. If you’ve been thinking about a bread machine, take the plunge. If you’ve tried making bread the traditional way with disastrous results, this is your moment. With the Cuisinart Breadmaker, you’ll have a pleasingly brown, round loaf (that practically screams ‘homemade the old-fashioned way’) in an hour.”

Sunbeam Programmable Bread Maker, 2-Pound

“This is the first bread maker I’ve ever owned so I cannot speak to it being better than all of the others available. I can say that I have baked bread in this bread maker every day for the last few weeks and it has consistently turned out delicious. I used to bake bread in the oven (from scratch) but it is so much more time consuming. With this bread maker, you just toss in the few ingredients you need and let it go (I add the wet ingredients first, then dry, then yeast on top). I’ve also used the programmable feature several times and it worked well.”

Best bread machine for gluten-free bread

Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 2-Pound Bread Maker Machine

“This machine has been heaven-sent. Sounds dramatic, I know; however, my husband has celiac disease, and we live in a rural area that has practically no availability of gluten-free products. This machine has a gluten-free cycle. I have baked several loaves, and every loaf has been perfect. Slices well and looks just like regular store-bought bread. I’ve also used the dough cycle for pizza. Worked great! Though I was unsure how wise it would be to add a bread machine to my kitchen because we live in an RV, where weight and utilizing space is critical, it has turned out to be a very good investment. The machine has paid for itself already.”

Best convection bread machine

Cuisinart 2-Pound Convection Bread Maker

“I’ve been spoiling my family with home baked bread for over two decades now. Until I purchased the Cuisinart, I was always a little dissatisfied with the uneven baking result of bread machines and hugely dissatisfied with how quickly the machines would break. This machine is much better. First, the convection feature means that my loaves are evenly baked — a long shot from the practically burnt bottoms and the pale tops of other machines. I’m very happy with the options, operation, and ease of use. It’s quite simply the best bread machine I’ve owned.”

Best small (1-pound) bread machine

Zojirushi Home Bakery 1-Pound-Loaf Programmable Mini Breadmaker

“Can’t begin to describe how fantastic this little wonder is! It arrived two months ago and I have been making at least two loaves a week. I love an uncluttered kitchen, but this gem has earned a permanent spot on my countertop. I’ve rearranged my pantry so my flours and other supplies are within easy reach so I now spend less than ten minutes prep time for a fantastic homemade loaf of deliciousness. Previously, I used a KitchenAid stand mixer with dough hook for kneading. And although I have made many wonderful loaves in my time, the MiniZo gives me the same results (if not more consistent) while freeing up my time.”

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The Best Bread Machines on Amazon, According to Reviewers