What every best Bread Machines has:
- Consistent performance.
- A straightforward instruction manual.
- Relatively quiet operation.
Thousands of happy owners can't be wrong: they make the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme one of the highest-rated bread makers we spotted. It's versatile, highly programmable, and makes an excellent, horizontal loaf of bread -- which means the slices look like store-bought, better for sandwiches and toasting. It features 10 baking cycles as well as custom settings, delay start and auto shutoff. This bread maker has been around for years, and plenty of users say it's still going strong after almost daily use. See our full review »Buy for $269.95
The big downside to virtually all bread machines is that they are big -- some are as large as microwave ovens. But the Zojirushi BB-HAC10 is an exception, offering big performance with a smaller footprint. This 1-pound bread maker is very versatile, with a range of settings, including three bread textures, cookie and pasta dough, and a quick-bake cycle. At just 8-1/2 by 12-1/4 by 11-1/4 inches, it won't take up much real estate on your counter or in a cupboard.Buy for $187.37
The Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser offers great performance and a good range of settings at a price that both experienced and new bakers say is a great value. This machine has all the essentials, including three loaf sizes, a delay-start function and an automatic yeast dispenser. It's easy to use and clean, owners say, and results are deliciously consistent. There are seven bake/dough options and five bread options. Indicator lights show when the bread or dough is done. See our full review »Buy for $112.37
The Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker is a highly affordable bread maker with some features usually found only in pricier models, such as a viewing window, delay start, three crust preference and three bread sizes. But what really thrills bakers is the dough only cycle, perfect for those who are weary of mixing and kneading. The 5891 is easy to use and clean, and consistently makes delicious, perfectly baked bread. It's durable too, with some owners reporting it's still going strong after several years. See our full review »Buy for $69.99
If you've gone gluten-free, for whatever reason, it's time to rejoice because you now have something to spread your jam on again. Reviewers say the Cuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable Bread Maker makes gluten-free bread that's light, crusty and delicious. Even those who aren't following a gluten-free diet say they absolutely love the results. Thanks to a dedicated gluten-free setting, owners say it's also super easy to use. The CBK-100 can make any type of bread, but if you need a dedicated gluten-free machine, try this one. See our full review »Buy for $99.95