I have had 2 different ones--one in the US and one in the UK and both times bought the cheapest one on offer and it always did fine. My UK one i got at Argos for £30 and it has never let me down. A more expensive one can drop the paddle and make a neater looking loaf but we've always had the kind that leave a little hole in the middle of the loaf and it has always been ok. When you slice it one slice is funny because of the paddle hole but the rest slices lovely.<br><br><br><br>
I say go cheap--but that's just me. The ones I've had have had all the same features as the expensive model except the paddle drop.
I have a black and decker 2 lb one. I recently heard that 3 lb ones are available -- depending on what the smallest loaf size this will make is, I'd certainly consider one of those for my next one. My black and decker one makes good bread, but it beeps too much -- it beeps when you're supposed to add raisins or whatever and it beeps 1 hour before it's done to ask if you want additional rise time. It's really annoying when I'm running it at night while I'm asleep -- I'd like it to have an option to turn the beeping off.
I have a really old breadmaker (Panasonic, I think), so I don't have any recommendations for newer models. I will say though, that I use the rice setting even more than I use the machine for making bread or dough, and it's been really handy for all of those things. It might even make good jam, but I tried that function once and wasn't completely happy with the results.<br><br><br><br>
If this machine ever breaks, I'd definitely look for another one with multiple functions.
I have an Oster and I love it. I make more than bread in it. I've made pizza dough, pretzel dough, dinner rolls, breakfast rolls..you can even make pasta in it. I've had it for about 2 years now and use it pretty often. I've not had any trouble from it at all. I highly recommend it.<br><br><br><br>
You can usually get them cheaper on Overstock.com or Amazon than you can in the store.
My mom got one (cheapest available) at Wal-Mart and handed it down to me after a while. The bread that it made was fine. We've both found we prefer to make bread by hand, so I've since passed the bread machine on to yet another owner.
I'm now on my 2nd Breadman (by Salton) breadmaker. I bought the 1st one 6 years ago and used it so much, I wore it out last year, finally.<br><br><br><br>
I got the new Breadman ... model # TR2200C (it's the one with all the bells and whistles). I got it b/c I liked the option for customizing your programs which is GREAT if you want to work with different types of breads for which the "regular" cycles won't work. And also great for working with different types of flour for which the regular cycles won't work at all. New one is (a little) quieter than my old one which is a plus.<br><br><br><br>
Look for the 20% off coupon from Bed, Bath and Beyond in the mail and then go buy it at the store for a nice savings. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=""> (That is, if they carry this model or whatever breadmaker brand you choose it in your store.)
I've heard good things about the Breadman.<br><br><br><br>
However, I loved my Zojirushi and hope to get another one soon. (I gave it to my brother when I moved overseas.) I especially liked the double paddles and the horizontal loaf, rather than the single paddle & vertical loaf other machines make.<br><br><br><br>
It has a lot of options for different cycles and you can make dough in it as well -- it's great for making pizza crust.
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