What every best Bread Machines has:
- Consistent performance.
- A straightforward instruction manual.
- Relatively quiet operation.
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 -- especially since, if you're gluten-intolerant, you should probably have a dedicated machine for making gluten free breads to avoid the risk of cross-contamination. Fortunately, there are literally hundreds of reviews just for the CBK-100's performance on the gluten-free cycle. Owners 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.
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.
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.