Setting a new standard in automatic bread makers
Clearing the hurdles that leave other high-end bread makers struggling to make the cut; the Breville BBM800XL gets the best marks on our automatic bread maker list for its streamlined appearance, a medley of options for custom baking, state-of-the-art controls, and professional-grade features.
Overall, the sleek machine hits the right notes with home chefs of all levels, setting a new standard and bringing a fashion sense to the playing field of high-end bread makers. Straight out of the box, the flexibility of the Breville gives it a significant lead over the other machines in its class.
For busy home cooks, automatic settings take the work out of making homemade bread; a twist of the dial and a push of a button set things in motion after you added the ingredients to the basket. For passionate bakers, the advanced controls let you manually adjust time and temperature according to your custom recipes and personal preferences.
Smartly Designed for Creative Cooks
The Breville Custom Loaf machine integrates smart technology that automatically calculates the optimum baking time with a weight/ temperature button. A fruits and nut hopper automatically adds extra ingredients to the dough according to your directions, without the hassle of doing it manually at the sound of an alert.
The rectangular baking tray can accommodate loaves from 1 to 2.5-pounds. (One note about baking smaller loaves, the diameters of the pan affect the finished shape, producing slightly awkward rectangles that are wider than they are tall.)
Thirteen setting for traditional, whole wheat and gluten-free bread, a variety of dough, jams, and cakes display on an elegant LED screen; adjusted by the turn of a classic, stainless steel knob.
Hybrid functions include the ability to set the temperature and time according to complicated recipes including multiple knead, rise, and bake cycles for complex recipes. The sophisticated design also lets you store nine custom settings for easy access.
Incorporates Function and Style
What sets the Breville Custom Loaf machine so far ahead of its competitors is its advanced features and chic design. In addition to the standard, high-end operations including a 13-hour delay timer, and three crust settings; this machine sports a pause button to shape crusts by hand.
The design blends an easy to clean, stainless-steel body with an optimized LED display; taking the appliance beyond utilitarian and making it a centerpiece of any kitchen. These elements highlight why the Breville is ahead of the pack, the machine is made with quality and attention to detail that others lack.
What’s in the Box?
Breville includes two interchangeable paddles with the BBM800XL; one that collapses when the kneading cycle is finished to eliminate the tell-tale holes in the bottom of a bread loaf, and another fixed blade for use with jams that require constant stirring. A 45- recipe booklet and instruction manual provide step-by-step instructions and includes directions for gluten-free, yeast-free, and whole wheat bread.
Alternative: Hamilton Beach 29882 Bread Maker
The Breville BBM800XL Bread Machine is temporarily unavailable, but this one is a great alternative. The Hamilton Beach 29882 Bread Maker is perfect for dough prep for rolls and pizza, and allows you to bake homemade bread without preservatives or trans fats.
1st Runner Up-The Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Home Bakery
The Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Home Bakery heads up our list of runners-up for its smart and simple design, making a 1-pound loaf is a matter of choosing your bread from the easy-to-use LED display and pressing start.
The Zojirushi’s fast bake function bakes a perfect bread in 2 hours. Its timer warms up the ingredients before the kneading cycle, and settings include programs for cookie dough in addition to the standard options.
Perfect for small families that don’t need large loaves of bread.
2nd Runner Up- Sunbeam 5891 Bread Machine
Second, on the list of runners-up, the Sunbeam 5891 Budget bread machine is an affordable option that has many features similar to the expensive models.
Its 12 settings include baking options for white, whole wheat, and sandwich bread, fruit loaves, dough, cakes, and jams. It comes with the standard delay timer, three options for crust texture, and can make loaves from 1.5 to 2 pounds.
The Sunbeam is also fast, beating the other bread makers in this particular category by finishing a small loaf of bread in under an hour.
Alternative: Zojirushi BB-PAC20
The Sunbeam 5891 Bread Machine is temporarily unavailable, but this one is a great alternative. The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker includes a gluten-free setting that has a rest cycle, three rise stages, a baking period, and a keep-warm function at the end of the process that browns the loaf of bread to perfection.
3rd Runner Up- Panasonic SD-YD250 Bread Maker
Completing the list of runners up is the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker. The machine has a built-in program that adjusts for the climate and room temperature and an innovative heat feature that adjusts itself during crucial stages in the baking process. Pre-programmed settings include functions for basic bread, whole wheat, multi-grain, French bread, rolls, pizza, and cake. The SD-YD250 also has a 13-hour delay timer and automatic yeast dispenser. The machine’s versatility and ease of use make it perfect for beginning bakers.
Alternative: Hamilton Beach 29881 Bread Maker
The Panasonic SD-YD250 Bread Maker is temporarily unavailable, but this one is a great alternative. The Hamilton Beach 29881 Bread Maker is an all-purpose, inexpensive bread machine that comes in ahead of the game and produces homemade bread that exceeds the price tag.