The Oster CKSTBR9050 bread maker has a very traditional look. A big, rounded rectangle houses controls on top in front of the flip-up lid. From that humble beginning, it blossoms into a workable appliance that turns out fine bread.
The Breadman TR2700 looks like a scaled-down version of a commercial bread maker. It’s a pity that the reality doesn’t always live up to the appearance. It offers a nice loaf size and houses a number of outstanding features on a large, well-laid-out control panel. But the occasional unreliability of the unit makes it a bit of a gamble.
The West Bend 41300 and West Bend 41400 bread makers are not identical twins. Yet they’re close enough cousins that deciding for one over the other can be a bit tricky. At the slightly lower price for the 41400, though the 41300 already is very low, that choice becomes trickier still. So, what to do? Only a close look at the features of both models will help us out of this dilemma.
I’ve used a lot of bread makers over the years. Some I’ve been been bored by and others got my chef’s juices flowing. The West Bend 41300 sits comfortably in the latter category. I can’t say I’d rate it the best I’ve ever used but it’s a fine model, especially taking into account the super low price.
The Breville BBM800XL (also known as Custom Loaf Bread Maker) case is a little plain and the window is small, but where it counts – features and quality – this bread maker is a beautiful giant. This bread machine lets you make a big loaf in a small space. Better still, it offers a ton of customization to make bread just the way you like, yet the automated features make it uber-easy to use for novices.
Sometimes it’s a delight to tear your hair out wondering which bread maker to choose. I had that experience when trying to decide between the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 and the BB-PAC20. It was a delight because, in the end, I knew I couldn’t really go wrong.
Isn’t it great that one manufacturer has designed a model that makes the process so easy – and the results so tasty – that anyone who enjoys fresh bread can now share the effort? The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 is also known as the “Home Bakery Virtuoso”. It’s well named. While it is simple to operate, you would struggle long and hard to find a homemade bread recipe you could not execute with this bread making machine.
Sometimes, comparing models from the same manufacturer is an exercise in futility. They’re typically designed to appeal to different people, who usually balance price and features. But that’s exactly the point in a head to head comparison between the Cuisinart CBK-100 and the Cuisinart CBK-200. You want to know whether the extra features justify the extra expense. How do those two models compare? Is the CBK-200 worth more?
The Cuisinart CBK-200 bread maker is kind of an odd model. Retro looks, part convection oven, this product is definitely unusual. The majority probably won’t get too thrilled over the looks of this appliance. But, then, maybe the majority doesn’t weigh the value of kitchen products too much on appearance. And, since it’s always a personal matter, some may even think the retro, rectangular, stainless steel case is quite attractive. To each her own. More objective factors definitely deserve an extensive hearing here.
I’ve always loved a good looking appliance. So, I started off with a prejudice against the Cuisinart CBK-100 bread maker. That feeling is gone. The darn thing works so well I just had to change my mind. I’m not delighted with its appearance (a matter of personal taste, to be sure) but I am with its function. It’s reliable, easy to use, and makes very fine bread. That’s what counts, after all. So, I’m happy the CBK-100 conquered my initial prejudice.