I like nothing more than the smell of fresh baked bread in the morning! When you make bread using a machine you can just toss in the ingredients and go. No manual kneading, rising, and baking necessary.
On the other hand, bread machines can be bulky so make sure you have the space! They also are expensive. Making your own bread will save money in the long run – but iv you make the bread using a bread machine then it will take longer to see those returns.
Personally, my favorite feature on a bread machine is the timer. I love being able to set it so there is fresh bread ready in the morning.
Here are a few tips when shopping for a bread machine:
- Choose the capacity that fits your family. Most bread machines make 1, 1 1/2, or 2 lb loaves.
- If you want to set when the bread will be finished then choose one with a delay timer.
- A keep warm feature is nice for short periods of time – but if you let it sit too long then it will be soggy.
- If you want to bake the bread in your oven then choose a machine that has the option to just make the dough.
- There are tons of recipes available if you want to make “fancier” breads. If you have a used book store in your area than check it! Mine always has some great bread recipe books.
You can purchase a bread machine from a local store or online. Costco sometimes has some great deals on bread machines!
QVC.com has the Cooks Essentials 2 lb bread machine on sale for $59.88 (retail $95) and you will get 4% back if you shop through Mr. Rebates. Your total spent would be $57.48 after the rebate! It is rated 4.6 out of 5 (47 ratings)
Amazon has the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker on sale for $124.70 and free shipping (retail $300). It bakes up to 2 1/2 lb loaves! It is rated 4.5 out of 5 (413 ratings)
Amazon also has the Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker on sale for $54.88 and free shipping (retail $87). It is rated a 4.0 out of 5 (346 reviews)
Cooking.com has the Emirilware Bread Maker for $149.99 and you can get 6% back through Mr. Rebates (total spent would be $140.99 after the rebate). It bakes up to 3 lb loaves! It is rated a 4.6 out of 5 (11 ratings).
What bread machine do you have and how do you like it?