Breadmaker Rating Sources
Total of 16 Sources
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by Laura Moser
Our AssessmentEditors of The Wall Street Journal evaluate bread machines by testing recipes for white and wheat loaves, pizza dough, French bread and sweet bread in each machine. Five models are selected as favorites, including the Emerilware Bread and Baguette Maker, Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme, Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker, Sunbeam Bread Maker and Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker. Reviews are balanced, listing both pros and cons, although models that didn't make the cut are not listed.
Loafing Around: The Search for the Best Automated Breadmaker
by Mason Currey
Our AssessmentMason Currey tests five machines over the course of six weeks, rating each machine for bread quality, convenience, features and value. He says that none of them produced bread that could compete with the artisan loaves he buys from local bakeries, but they slightly outclass what you can get at the supermarket. The Panasonic SD-YD250 is best overall, winning by a hair over the more expensive but also good Zojirushi BBCC-X20, which has been discontinued.
Side by Side Bread Machine Comparison
by Editors of BreadInfo.com
Our AssessmentAt this bread-enthusiast site, editors rate eight bread machines, judging them on appearance, price, features, ease of use, results and customer service. It's clear that they test some of the machines, but not all of them. Their top pick is the Zojirushi BB-CEC20, which earns their only A-plus rating. Both the West Bend Hi-Rise Breadmaker and the T-Fal Emerilware Bread and Baguette Maker earn As, and the Panasonic SD-YD250 is awarded an A-minus rating.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is the best destination for bread maker user reviews. The Zojirushi BB-CEC20 has a near-perfect rating in hundreds of reviews. The Panasonic SD-YD250 also maintains a high average score (4.3 stars out of 5 from more than 1,000 reviews), as does the West Bend Hi-Rise (4 stars from more than 400 reviews). The Cuisinart CBK-200 also receives hundreds of reviews, but earns a lower rating.
Bread Machine Reviews
by Robert Barnett
Our AssessmentRobert Barnett of BreadMachineDigest.com reviews 14 bread machines, including the Zojirushi BB-CEC20. He offers a thorough evaluation and summary of features, bread quality and value. No formal ratings are offered, however, and reviews aren't dated. Several models have been discontinued.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentAlthough there is a more limited selection of bread machines at Walmart.com than at Amazon.com, the write-ups can be detailed. The West Bend Hi-Rise is an owner favorite, receiving 4.5 stars out of 5 in nearly 300 reviews. With about 40 reviews, the Panasonic SD-YD250 earns 4.4 stars.
by Contributors to Cooking.com
Our AssessmentCooking.com sells eight bread machines; six receive at least a few reviews. The Zojirushi BB-CEC20WB is the top-rated bread machine, with an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 in more than 230 owner-written reviews. The Cuisinart CBK-200 and Sunbeam 5891 also earn positive reviews from owners: The Cuisinart earns an average of 4 stars from nearly 80 users, and the Sunbeam, an average 4.5 out of 5 stars from about 85 users.
Best Bread Machines
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com makes it easy to see how many owners have rated the 76 bread machines reviewed here. Some bread makers have a handful of write-ups, while others have been reviewed dozens of times. The Panasonic SD-YD250 is among the top three rated units earning 92 points out of 100, but all three receive fewer than 25 reviews. The site also offers a useful ratings snapshot, with common pros and cons and a breakdown of ratings distributions.
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentU.K.-based Which? magazine thoroughly tests 18 bread makers, rating each for performance making white, wheat, rapid-cycle and nonbread items. They choose best buys with a thorough analysis of each choice. However, none of the recommended models is available in the U.S. The article does contain useful information on how to choose a bread machine and what features to consider when buying one.
by Marsha Psiroukis
Our AssessmentThis Australian-based consumer magazine tests 10 bread makers; only one model is available in the U.S., and it doesn't earn a recommendation. A Choice tester bakes a whole grain loaf in each bread machine using the manufacturer's instructions and recipes. Choice's bread expert then evaluates the finished loaves on crust color, shape, texture and grain distribution. Four models are recommended.
by Contributors to Chowhound.com
Our AssessmentIn this Chowhound.com discussion forum regarding Zojirushi bread machines, foodies weigh in on their experiences with company's models. Most owners indicate they are pleased with their Zojirushi bread makers. One user mentions the Breadman TR2500BC Ultimate, but does not make a specific recommendation. No one has commented on this thread since September 2011.
Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine (Model BBCC-X20)
by Jessica Harlan
Our AssessmentAbout.com's cooking equipment guide, Jessica Harlan, finds minor faults with the discontinued Zojirushi BBCC-X20, which has been replaced by the nearly identical Zojirushi BB-CEC20. She notes that most baking enthusiasts love the Zojirushi, which has multiple baking cycles and a preheat setting. She dislikes the beeping signal that indicates when to add nuts or fruit because it can't be disabled. Harlan also found that loaves might bake lopsided if you do not check the distribution of dough before the baking cycle begins. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker (Model SD-YD250)
by Jessica Harlan
Our AssessmentJessica Harlan, About.com's cooking equipment guide, likes this Panasonic bread maker, but says baking enthusiasts who like multiple settings will be disappointed. For the average user, she recommends this model as a basic machine that makes good bread. She says the included recipes and owner's manual are lacking requiring a call to customer service to determine which loaf size was appropriate for her recipe. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Emerilware Bread & Baguette Maker by T-Fal (Model 42EW705)
by Jessica Harlan
Our AssessmentCooking equipment guide Jessica Harlan reports that despite being leery of using a branded kitchen appliance that chef Emeril Lagasse barely uses, she was pleasantly surprised. Harlan says the T-Fal Emerilware Bread and Baguette Maker was easy to use and "makes bread with a nice crisp crust and well-developed flavor and texture." This double-paddle bread maker has multiple settings and is the only bread maker with an innovative baguette pan. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Bread Machine Reviews - Best Bread Machine Recommendations 2012
by "Mama Chef"
Our AssessmentBlogger "Mama Chef" runs this website devoted to bread machine tips and reviews. The discontinued Zojirushi BBCC-X20, the Toastmaster TBR20H, the Panasonic SD-YD250, the Sunbeam 5891 and the Oster 5838 are her top picks. Her reviews indicate that she tests each model and has used each several times. Reviews for each model also include helpful tips about helpful and unnecessary features.
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentTarget.com sells half a dozen bread machines -- each of which receives a handful of reviews. Each model, including a few Zojirushi units and the West Bend Hi-Rise, is only sold online. While there aren't enough reviews to consider this a valuable source of owner feedback, each machine earns high ratings.