Beginning bakers and experts are equally pleased with the performance of the Sunbeam 5891 Programmable Breadmaker. Reviewers say it offers a lot for the money, including 12 bread functions. There's also a consensus that this model is reasonably durable and lasts a long time. On the downside, the recipe book is widely panned and some owners find the machine overly bulky on the countertop; some also say it's noisy. Most agree that it's a great value and several reviewers have purchased more than one.
Delivers consistently good results over the long term. Although the low price tag might lead you to expect otherwise, the Sunbeam 5891 earns high performance marks from reviewers. We see this across the board, from very experienced cooks who say this does just as well as much more expensive machines, and newbies who are thrilled at being able to make their own bread so successfully. Most say it consistently makes great bread, with a nice crust, even textures and delicious results. The one complaint we saw over and over was that the recipe book is terrible, that the recipes make no sense and the results aren't good. Instead, knowledgeable reviewers suggest buying a bread machine recipe book from Betty Crocker or Better Homes and Gardens.
A basic, intuitive machine. A number of reviewers say they bought the Sunbeam 5891 because they saw reviews that said it's one of the easiest machines for a beginner to use, and that their experience proved that to be true. They say set up is simple and the instructions are easy to follow, but the machine is so intuitive, you don't really even need them. Several users say it's basically fool proof and made a good loaf of bread even when they weren't sure they did it properly. It's also reported as very easy to clean. One interesting finding: Quite a few highly experienced bakers buy this machine just to use for kneading dough, to save them the time and elbow grease. Then they shape, proof and bake it by hand. One expert reviewer says this works better than her pricier machines with thicker doughs.
A bit of a beast. If you're wondering what the trade-off is for an affordable bread machine, one answer seems to be aesthetics. Many reviewers consider the Sunbeam 5891 big and bulky, calling it a countertop space hog. It also makes vertical loaves, which is very common with bread machines, but seems to be a bit of a shock for newbies. It's also reported as noisy, and some say it jerks a bit when in use. However, this is one durable machine. We saw plenty of reviews from people who have had this for 5 or more years, and many who bought one for a parent or grandparent, then after seeing it in action for a year or more, bought one for themselves.
Cooking enthusiast Sharon Anne absolutely raves about the Sunbeam 891. It came in third (with two Zojirushi models tied for first) in an automatic bread machine poll she conducted, but she loves it, saying it's a very good value. However, she uses it only for kneading, not for baking.
Review: Bread Maker Reviews, Sharon Anne, Not Dated
The Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker earns an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars following more than 1,265 user reviews. Most say it's a great machine at a great price, and that they're thrilled at the quick return on their investment. They say it's super easy to use and cleanup is minimal. It gets a few durability complaints, but they're few and far between, and most come after the bread machine has been used for quite a while.
Review: Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker, White, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2014
About 90 owners post about the Sunbeam 5891, giving it an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars; around 97 percent of those owners say that they'd recommend it. Many say this easy-to-use machine has produced great results with a variety of cycles, adding that the price makes this a great value. There are a handful of complaints about bread that comes out too dense and dry.
Review: 18.91-in. Nonstick Breadmaker with Express Bake by Sunbeam, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of September 2014
In more than 220 reviews, the Sunbeam 5891earns an overall average of 4.2 stars out of 5, with 85 percent saying they would recommend it. Owners say it's a great value and they love its simplicity and consistent results. There are a few scattered complaints of dough not mixing thoroughly, but not enough to consider that a drawback.
Review: Sunbeam Programmable Breadmaker, 5891, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of September 2014
The Sunbeam 5891 earns 87 points out of a possible 100, based on reviews by nearly 100 users. That's impressive enough to make it a 2013 Viewpoints Reviewers' Choice. It gets very high marks for performance, ease of use and durability; scores are slightly lower for stability.
Review: Sunbeam 2-Pound Programmable Bread Maker 5891 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of September 2014