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Cuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker Review

By: Kelly Burgess on November 16, 2016

Bottom Line

The Cuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable Bread Maker gets some serious love from the gluten-free crowd. They say it's super easy to use and makes amazing gluten-free bread that tastes like "real" bread. Many call this machine a "miracle" that has improved their lives after a celiac diagnosis.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Dedicated gluten-free setting
  • Makes a variety of gluten-free breads

Cons

  • Large; heavy
  • Custom settings don't work in gluten-free mode
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Breaking it down

Performance

Perfect gluten-free results. The Cuisinart CBK-100 gets overall good reviews as a bread machine, but since it's our top pick for a gluten-free bread maker, we're focusing on that feedback. Fortunately, there are literally hundreds of reviews just for its performance on the gluten-free cycle. They say you can't beat the results and the bread tastes delicious -- vastly superior to store-bought gluten-free bread. There are a number of reviews from parents or spouses of gluten-intolerant individuals that say that, while they can eat regular bread, the gluten-free bread that this machine produces for their loved ones is just as good. However, the crust comes out a lighter color overall than regular bread, and you can't use some of the custom settings in the gluten-free mode, such as loaf size and crust color. Many reviewers have experimented with different gluten-free mixes and found a number that work well in this machine.

Ease of use

Couldn't be simpler. Measure out the ingredients, push the button, wait a couple of hours, and enjoy your gluten-free bread, say reviewers. Many say it does the work for you, but, as with any bread machine, you need to be sure to keep the wet and dry ingredients separate. More experienced reviewers also say the results are better if you bring your ingredients to room temperature first, so you may want to plan for that extra time. The baking pan is reported as easy to remove and very easy to clean.

Lifestyle features

A heavy-duty machine. Where you store the Cuisinart CBK-100 between uses might be a bit of a dilemma. At 22 pounds it's a lot to heft if you have to haul it in and out of a cabinet, though the sturdy, stay-cool handles are a help in that regard. On the other hand, it's large and boxy, so it will take up some space on your counter if you decide to leave it out. On the plus side, reviewers say the brushed stainless finish is attractive. Cuisinart is renowned for its durable products and this bread maker is no exception -- we found virtually no reports of breakdowns. It comes with a long, three-year warranty.

Our Sources

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2016

The Cuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable Bread Maker earns an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 in more than 1,650 reviews. While there are some scattered durability complaints, most say it's a great bread machine with delicious results. The gluten-free setting gets particular praise.

Contributors to BedBathandBeyond.com, As of November 2016

In more than 110 reviews, the Cuisinart CBK-100 gets an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5, and 84 percent of those would recommend this bread maker to a friend. Owners say it's truly a fully automatic machine that makes a great loaf of bread -- even gluten-free. The CBK-100 is also reported as easy to use and clean.

Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of November 2016

The Cuisinart CBK-100 garners close to 50 reviews here, with an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, and 94 percent of owners would recommend this bread maker to a friend. Owners say it makes a great loaf of bread and they like its many programs and alerts.

Michelle Palin, Oct. 20, 2013

Michelle Palin writes a popular blog for the gluten-free, dairy-avoiding crowd that includes recipes, tips, and suggestions. For making gluten-free bread she recommends two Cuisinart models, the BMKR-200 PC and the Cuisinart CBK 100. She says both machines allow you to skip the extra rise setting and their instruction manuals include gluten-free bread recipes.

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