Breadman TR2700 Bread Maker Review by Elsy Haschke
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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.
First, the good news. There’s plenty of it. The Breadman TR2700 offers 11 pre-set functions, a good deal more than many competing models at this price point. Among them are pre-sets for White, Whole Wheat, French, and more… the usual array of choices.
But you can also easily make Sweet, Low Carb, and even Gluten Free with this unit. There’s also a setting that makes it easy to prepare Pizza Dough and, unlike some models, this unit has plenty of power for kneading it thoroughly.
That Gluten Free setting deserves a little more attention. It’s unusual to see a pre-programmed setting for a style of bread that is notoriously tricky to make well. Breadman deserves much credit for recognizing that and supplying a built-in, easy-to-set option.
It has plenty of size to make a healthy loaf of any type, too: 19″ x 11″ x 15″. That’s unusually large for a mid-price bread maker. Though the loaf weight is no greater than average – there are 1 lb, 1.5 lb, and 2 lb options – the result will be plenty of slices for everyone.
And, Hallelujah, because of the large width, the TR2700 creates horizontal-orientation loaves. Vertical bread may be just as tasty but it’s trickier to slice into an attractive presentation.
Because that large case is made of stainless steel and houses a Mylar control panel the whole exterior will clean up easily. The pan is non-stick so that’s no problem either.
Also, that large case allows for a very good-sized rectangular viewing window. No problem seeing everything that goes on inside during every cycle. When it comes time to remove the bread, the large lid has a conveniently large lip you can flip up with ease.
The TR2700 also houses one of my favorite “add on” features: an automatic ingredient container. If, like me, you love to add raisins or nuts mid-cycle – but, also like me, you’re a little forgetful sometimes (or just too darn busy) – this feature is a real loaf-saver. The little cup at the top is easy to access and no trouble to clean out later.
The delay timer is also a cut above the competition. You can set it for up to 24 hours ahead. Many others only go up to 13 hours. The latter is fine for overnight or “away at work” advance preparation. But if you take a day trip somewhere, or perhaps have a recipe that calls for substantial resting time for the ingredients, this option is ideal.
The Power BackUp feature is equally above the competition. Many bread makers will keep their settings through a power outage that lasts 5 or 10 minutes. The TR2700 increases that to a full 60 minutes! That’s one I haven’t seen before and very welcome around my house, especially in winter.
Possibly the best, and most unusual, feature of the TR2700 is the “convection oven” attribute. Like its namesake, that mechanism circulates hot air throughout the chamber, ensuring a superbly even bake around the entire loaf. No more hotspots or crusts that are either too light or too dark. And to offer that in a model at this price is, to the best of my knowledge, unprecedented.
When you combine that with the ability to store up to five different recipes – to customize kneading time, baking time, and more – you know you’ve got a winner.
The Bad News
All that sounds lovely, and it is. But, sadly, there are a number of things about the Breadman TR2700 that can make it an iffy choice. They all boil down to manufacturing quality.
One of those potential trouble spots is the mechanism that keeps the pan securely in place. Clips of the sort used in this model are a common feature on bread makers. I prefer those models that have a means of securing the pan at the base; such pans are usually easier to get out and keep it rock solid during operation. Still, many models with side clips work fine.
Regrettably, the TR2700 isn’t always one of them. Because of variances in the manufacturing process, they can be too far apart, too close, or just too stiff or flimsy. That means either the pan isn’t well secured – leading to well-known baking problems – or too tight, making it hard to remove.
In the first case, it can lead to an uneven knead, if not outright failure. When the clips are too tight you might even have to use a screwdriver to pry the pan loose. Not something you want to do ever but especially not with hot bread still inside.
Things get worse from there in about 20 percent of the units (judging by the number of complaints on Amazon, which are pretty consistent about the types of problems).
They range from excess noise and movement of the case during kneading – an odd problem for a bread maker that weighs 20 lbs – to missing or damaged parts. They also encompass such things as uneven baking – a loaf may be too dark on the bottom when perfect on top.
That last one suggests the convection feature isn’t working quite right on some of these. Or, it might be a heating element that stays on too long. Whatever the basic cause, it’s not a design problem because it affects only a certain percentage of bread makers. Hopefully, the company can improve on that.
Worst of all maybe is how Customer Service has dealt with some of these reported problems. A certain number of lemons is to be expected and tolerated. But if you have to pay for return shipping, or get a rep who doesn’t provide a polite, professional experience, that’s a bigger failure than a few bad bread makers.
The Breadman TR2700 is a stellar bread maker – when it works right. That’s the case in about 80% of the units out there. Unfortunately, that 20% is large enough to make me wary of recommending this one. It’s particularly sad because there are tons of fine bread maker machines out there still going strong after 10 years or more.
If you want to take the risk, and you get a good one, you’re undoubtedly going to be happy with this model. If not, you can try again with a replacement if you’re the persistent type. With luck (which given the numbers is on your side), you won’t have to take advantage of the Breadman TR2700’s 2-year warranty.