Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, 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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of bread and baking tools before — including a toaster made for artisan bread, the best cast-iron pot for no-knead bread, and every tool experts recommend for baking — here we’ve rounded up the best bread machines, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated bread machine
Nearly 2,500 customers gave this bread machine five stars, because, as one reviewer, says, it “has all the features you could want,” such as, “a viewing window, four bread types, light/medium/dark crust settings, and much more. It beeps when it is time to add fruit and delay timers.” People love that they can make multiple loaves of bread in no time, like this mom of six who writes, “With this bread machine, I won’t dread bread-making day since the machine does 90 percent of the work for me. As a first-time bread machine user, I definitely recommend giving in to the new technology and investing in a bread machine. This one proved to be very easy to use and made very delicious bread for my family.” Another experienced bread maker was “dumbfounded” by how high quality this machine is for such a low price, writing, “How does this plasticy, light weight, cheap-looking (with all due respect) bread machine make a way better bread than my previous expensive, high-end bread machine? How? Just how? The dough mixed well, rose well, and after it baked, the crust was just perfect, and the crumbs, oh the crumbs! It is moist, soft, bouncy, chewy, nutty, did I mention soft? Forget about all the over $100 or $200 expensive bread machines. Just get this one.” Plus, reviewers loved they could save money on bread after buying this. “Baking your own bread with this machine is easy and economical. You can take pride in it just as you would when making bread and kneading it with your own two hands,” as one reviewer sums it up.