The baguette-baking feature of the T-Fal Emerilware Bread and Baguette Maker is clearly the main draw of this machine for both professional reviewers and home bakers who describe the feature as "unique," "fun" and "ingenious." As for other attributes, there's wide agreement that the model makes tasty bread and other baked goods, and for those with large families or big appetites, the ability to make a 3-pound loaf is considered a boon. But reports of mechanical problems and poor customer service are evident, and there are concerns that the bulky unit eats up too much counter space. Overall, if you're really into baguettes, this machine may be the butter to your bread, so to speak; but if you're looking to solely bake breads and cakes, our other model recommendations may better suit your needs.
Delivers great taste and texture, but mechanical failures are an issue. There seems to be little question that the Emerilware Bread and Baguette Maker serves up tasty breads and other baked goodies, as this sentiment is widely expressed in both professional and user reviews. About.com's Jessica Harlan, for example, reports that this model "makes bread with a nice crisp crust and well-developed flavor and texture." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Meanwhile, editors at BreadInfo.com say the baguette feature "works quite well." Users posting to Amazon.com are similarly enthusiastic about the model's performance, with one saying the crust selector works better in this machine than in others, and another complimenting it for achieving different textures as necessary for different baked goods, such as breads, cakes and baguettes. Another user writes, "Great bread from the first loaf." Nevertheless, there are more than a few reports of mechanical failures, ranging from problems with the paddles to a total shutdown. Many users also complain that the company's customer service is not particularly responsive.
Easy to use, but with some reservations. Most reviewers say the Emerilware Bread and Baguette Maker is easy to use, although some do point out quirks or shortcomings. The BreadInfo.com editors discovered that some settings require as many as 12 or 13 button pushes to find the desired setting, and they point out that the electrical cord is relatively short (although they note this isn't normally a problem in modern kitchens). They also note that the baguette-making process is a bit "cumbersome," although they add that it's also "fun." The lack of a backlit display is also a problem, according to some users.
Big and bulky. While many bakers appreciate the 3-pound loaf capacity of the Emerilware Bread and Baguette Maker, this capacity comes at a price -- and that price is its appearance. Professional reviewers and home bakers note that the machine is large, with some users noting the unit is a counter hog, compared with other models. Further, editors at The Wall Street Journal complain about this bread maker's bulky plastic exterior and find fault with the "unmissable" Emeril logo, concluding, "We weren't totally seduced by this machine's appearance."
Not a problem, users say. The EmerilWare Bread and Baguette Maker garners very few comments about its noise level, either positive or negative. Professional reviewers don't make mention of it at all, and only a handful of users address this issue, noting that the machine operates quietly.
1. The Wall Street Journal
Review Credibility: Excellent In a test of an unspecified number of bread makers, this was the biggest-capacity machine (capable of making a loaf up to three pounds). This Emerilware model also garners praise for its two kneading paddles and baguette tray. The editors consider the machine's appearance a "minus," however, citing its "bulky plastic exterior" and "unmissable" Emeril logo.
Review: Bread Makers, Laura Moser, Feb. 5, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good Editors at this website -- which is totally devoted to bread making and related products -- call the Emerilware Bread and Baguette Maker a good buy for the price. They like that it can make bigger loaves than the average bread machine, and they say the baguette-making function, though slightly "cumbersome" is nevertheless "ingenious" and "works quite well." They also like the one-hour warm cycle, for use once baking is done. On the negative side, they point out that the machine is large (it has to be, they say, to make the large loaves), and that to reach some settings, there's a lot of button pushing required. The electric cord is also considered short, although they add that's typically not a problem in modern kitchens.
Review: Side by Side Bread Machine Comparison, Editors of BreadInfo.com, Undated
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 80 users post to Amazon.com about the Emerilware Bread and Baguette Maker, giving it an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Most say it makes delicious baked goods, and many praise the dual paddles, which they say make for better kneading. Some also like the variety of options as well as the baguette feature. Some users, however, report mechanical problems, ranging from parts that stop working to a total machine meltdown, and some find the manufacturer's customer service unsatisfactory.
Review: Emeril by T-fal OW5005001 3-Pound Automatic Bread Machine - Baguette and Bread Maker with Recipe, White, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good Cooking 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 Emerilware Bread and Baguette Maker was easy to use and "makes bread with a nice crisp crust and well-developed flavor and texture." She notes that the baguette function is unique, and says the model is well priced, considering that it does "a little more" than others. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Emerilware Bread & Baguette Maker by T-Fal (Model 42EW705), Jessica Harlan, Not Dated