It looks nice enough to leave on the counter. The larger loaf setting tends to allow the bread to rise high enough to stick to the top, but this just makes cleaning a little harder, doesn't cause any other problems. Elizabeth, Amazon.com
Meets Expectations - Makes great bread, including gluten free, with some consistency issues.
Straightforward - Fairly easy to use, although the instruction manual is confusing.
A Looker - Stainless-steel bread machine looks great on the countertop.
Ultra-Quiet - Silent during operation, and it doesn't vibrate or "walk" across the counter.
The stainless-steel T-fal Balanced Living Breadmaker is an attractive countertop appliance with 12 programmed menu settings and three crust options. This bread machine has a quick-bread setting for both 1.5 and 2-pound loaves, as well as a gluten-free setting. Overall, this T-fal bread machine produces great-tasting bread in multiple varieties. Amazon reviewers point out the occasional inconsistency, such as bread that's too dense or too crusty.
The instruction manual isn't very detailed and is somewhat confusing, with only a few included recipes. It's backed by a one-year warranty, but the only complaints we read are about units that arrived defective.
-Malorie Sellers, Home & Garden Editor, March 2014