What every best Bread Machines has:
- Consistent performance.
- A straightforward instruction manual.
- Relatively quiet operation.
Delivers consistently good results over the long term. Although the low price tag might lead you to expect otherwise, the Sunbeam 5891 earns high performance marks from reviewers. We see this across the board, from very experienced cooks who say it does just as well as much more expensive machines, and newbies who are thrilled at being able to make their own bread so successfully. Most say it consistently makes great bread, with a nice crust, even textures and delicious results. The one complaint we saw over and over was that the recipe book is terrible, that the recipes make no sense and the results aren't good. Instead, knowledgeable reviewers suggest buying a dedicated bread machine recipe book.
A basic, intuitive machine. A number of reviewers say they bought the Sunbeam 5891 because they saw reviews that said it's one of the easiest machines for a beginner to use, and that their experience proved that to be true. They say set up is simple and the instructions are easy to follow, but the machine is so intuitive, you don't really even need them. Several users say it's basically fool proof and made a good loaf of bread even when they weren't sure they did it properly. It's also reported as very easy to clean. One interesting finding: Quite a few highly experienced bakers buy this machine just to use for kneading dough, to save them the time and elbow grease. Then they shape, proof and bake it by hand. One expert reviewer says this works better than her pricier machines with thicker doughs.
A bit of a beast. If you're wondering what the trade-off is for an affordable bread machine, one answer seems to be aesthetics. Many reviewers consider the Sunbeam 5891 big and bulky, calling it a countertop space hog. It also makes vertical loaves, which is very common with bread machines, but seems to be a bit of a shock for newbies. It's also reported as noisy, and some say it jerks a bit when in use. However, this is one durable machine. We saw plenty of reviews from people who have had this for five or more years, and many who bought one for a parent or grandparent, then after seeing it in action for a year or more, bought one for themselves.