This was my first bread machine, and I love it. It's so easy to use, and doesn't take too long. A normal loaf of white bread takes 3 hours, but there's a quick setting if you're in a hurry…I've tried several of the recipes from the booklet and they were all great. Ashley, Amazon.com
Stellar - Great for dough and makes excellent bread of all types, including gluten-free.
Simple - If you're not great at precise measuring, this machine will forgive you.
A Looker - Simple, white appliance with a modern shape that looks good on the counter.
Ultra-Quiet - Wiggles a bit during kneading, but barely makes any noise.
The Hamilton Beach HomeBaker is fast and efficient, producing great-textured, savory bread that slides right out of the non-stick pan, including gluten-free bread that's indistinguishable from regular bread. It offers 12 pre-programmed settings, including quick bread, and three crust options for easily making different bread varieties, dough for pizza, rolls, or pitas, and jams.
Some reviewers say the bread pan feels flimsy and may dent, and the crust settings aren't always consistent, sometimes resulting in bread that's too crisp or browned. Overall, it's durable with few complaints of an early demise, and it does have a one-year warranty.
-Malorie Sellers, Home & Garden Editor, March 2014