We are officially a year into quarantine, and I cannot count the amount of Instagrams I’ve seen of homemade loaves of bread. One friend in particular documented literal months’ worth of trial and error, and it was fascinating to me. However, the whole idea of kneading dough for at least half an hour? Not super enticing.
Because of this, I did my research for the best bread makers that will give you a delicious loaf every single time. From Elite Gourmet’s affordable bread machine to the upscale Cuisinart bread maker, these five will churn out your best bread – minus the elbow grease.
If you’re a baker on a budget, Elite Gourmet’s bread maker is highly rated and affordable. With three options for loaf sizes, ranging from one pound to two pounds, and a 15-hour delay timer, you’ll never bring anything but bread to potlucks ever again.
Whole bread, French bread, bread without yeast – it can all be made in this bread maker. Choose the cycle, crust, and loaf size (up to two pounds), then let it go. If you’re planning on throwing in extras, like fruit or nuts, you can set the maker to beep when it’s time to add them.
Three crust colors, one to two pounds at a time, all in a small appliance? Yeah, this Cuisinart bread maker is perf. It has 12 pre-programmed options, including for gluten-free and cake, so concoctions of all kinds will turn out exactly how you want them every. single. time.
This bread maker isn’t limited to bread – it also makes bomb pasta. It comes with everything you need, including a collapsible paddle. If you’re a pro at making bread and are simply over the kneading, you can make your own tried-and-true recipes in it.
The premium-est of the premium bread makers. The double-kneading blades work the dough in just the right way for the perfect ball, and the dual heaters bake and warm the bread evenly. The best part: there’s a Rapid setting, so your loaf is finished in less than two and a half hours.
Would you buy a bread maker, or do you prefer to knead it out with your hands? Do you already have a bread maker? Let us know in the comments!
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