The West Bend Hi-Rise Breadmaker is a good, basic bread machine that makes horizontal loaves, which many users prefer because they resemble store-bought bread. It also has two mixing paddles, which experts say do a better job than a single paddle at mixing and kneading. Professional reviewers praise its easy user interface, quiet operation and the quality of the bread it bakes. Users also give the bread quality high marks. For those who are not hardcore breadmakers, the West Bend Hi-Rise Breadmaker is a good budget alternative to both the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 (*Est. $240) and the Panasonic SD-YD250 (*Est. $120) .
The West Bend Hi-Rise Breadmaker garners about 270 owner-written reviews at Amazon.com and more than 220 at Walmart.com. At Walmart.com it is the best-selling breadmaker as well as the best reviewed. It also receives high marks in a handful of reviews at Epinions.com. Editors at BreadInfo.com compare eight machines, giving them grades from A+ to B-, based upon appearance, performance, price, durability and customer service. The West Bend Hi-Rise Breadmaker is given a grade of A, placing it second, behind the highly rated Zojirushi BB-CEC20.
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Editors compare eight machines for appearance, performance, ease of use and cleaning, and give the West Bend Hi-Rise Breadmaker an A grade, ranking it second to the highly rated Zojirushi BB-CEC20 and calling it the best value in breadmakers. They like its stylish design, saying it's lightweight and sturdy with an easy-to-use control panel and quiet operation. It makes good basic white bread and handles dry and very thick dough.
Review: Review: West Bend Hi-Rise Breadmaker, Editors of BreadInfo.com
At Amazon.com, the West Bend Hi-Rise Breadmaker receives overall good reviews in about 270 owner reviews. Some compare it favorably to the pricier Zojirushi BB-CEC20. First-time users are impressed with its ease of use and the quality of its bread. A few complain that the bread is difficult to remove from the pan and the paddles leave large holes in the bread.
Review: West Bend 41300 Hi-Rise Electronic Dual-Blade Breadmaker, Contributors to Amazon.com
The West Bend Hi-Rise Breadmaker is the highest rated and the best-reviewed breadmaker at Walmart.com, earning an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 in more than 220 reviews. Users like the horizontal loaves, variable loaf sizes and ease of use. New users are particularly pleased with their results in baking good bread right out of the box. Scattered complaints include inconsistent baking results and difficulty in removing the paddles from the bread.
Review: West Bend Hi-Rise Breadmaker, Contributors to Walmart.com
About 10 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.33 stars out of 5. Owners like the multiple loaf sizes and dual kneading paddles. One hundred percent of reviewers say they'd recommend the West Bend to a friend.
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