Who does not like the smell of freshly baked bread? Everyone loves them. In fact, whenever you pass a bakery you feel like going inside and buying bread because of this delicious aroma. Now, the same aroma can be part of your kitchen if you opt to buy a bread machine. Bread machine or bread makers as they are known are a must for every kitchen. If you want fresh bread or if you want to eat healthy bread then you should opt for a bread maker.
Initially these bread makers used to be costly and not everyone could afford them but over time and with many manufacturers in the market, you can easily get one for as low as $50 to $300. Bread makers not only help you make bread, they also help you to make jam and dough for cakes etc. Bread makers come with many settings and all you need to do is to just add the ingredients and click on the settings and in some time you will have freshly baked bread.
There are many bread machines on offer and each one has its own pros and cons. After checking many of the machines we found the following 3 to be the best according to us:
1. Oster CKSTBRTW20
This bread maker is capable of making bread loaves of 2 pounds. It has an LCD screen where you can check your settings. The bread maker has 9 bread settings and the crust settings can be set to light crust, medium crust or dark crust. The major advantage that this bread machine has is that you can add any extra ingredient like fruits or nuts at any time while cooking. It is very easy to operate and it is among the best sellers in the baking segment. The only problem that we could find is that the machine has just a single paddle.
2. Conair Cuisinart CBK-100
Another very capable bread machine, the CBK-100 has 12 programmed options and the usual 3 crust settings. The best part about the machine is that the paddle and the pan can be removed and easily washed. The machine comes with handles, so that it can be easily carried from one place to another. Many people like horizontal bread but they can never make it in their conventional ovens, but the CBK-100 provides the opportunity to make horizontal bread. The machine is relatively inexpensive and is also very durable. The only con that we could find was that the machine is larger than others and hence it takes more space.
3. Hamilton Beach Programmable Bread Machine
One of the best bread machines on offer that is good as well as affordable. The machine comes with 12 program settings and the usual 3 crust settings. The best part is that you can bake one, one and half and two pound loaves of bread. Ease of use is another advantage. You can remove the bread pan and paddles. The bread pan comes with a handle which we thought was very handy. We could not find any negative for this product.