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Top Of The Best Bread & Loaf Pans Reviewed In 2018

Last Updated May 1, 2018
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Adrian HoffmanHi! My name is Reginald Meyer. After putting in 50+ hours of research and testing, I made a list of the best Bread & Loaf Pans of 2018 and explained their differences and advantages.

In this article, I will be categorizing the items according to their functions and most typical features. I hope that my Top 10 list will provide you great options in buying the right fit for you.

 

 

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№1 – USA Pan Bakeware Aluminized Steel 1 Pound Loaf Pan

 
USA Pan Bakeware Aluminized Steel 1 Pound Loaf Pan
Pros
Made in the USA Aluminized Steel 1 Pound Loaf Pan, commercial grade and heavy gauge – measures 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.75 inch
Unique corrugated surface design facilitates air circulation for evenly baked goods and quick release
Coated with Americoat – a silicone that is PTFE, PFOA and BPA free
 

 

№2 – Walfos Nonstick Silicone Bread and Loaf Pan Set of 2, No odor, Easy baking mold for Homemade Cakes, Breads, Meatloaf and quiche (2, Red)

 
Walfos Nonstick Silicone Bread and Loaf Pan Set of 2, No odor, Easy baking mold for Homemade Cakes, Breads, Meatloaf and quiche (2, Red)
Pros
– In 2018, Walfos silicone loaf pan is stronger than ever, keep the shape well. And Reusable For Up to 1,000 Uses.
– Unlike aluminum pan, silicone bread loaf pans don’t need coating to keep NON-STICK, more healthy. Flexes to pop out foods with ease; no stuck-on foods or messy cleanup
 

 

№3 – Good Cook 8 Inch x 4 Inch Loaf Pan

 
Good Cook 8 Inch x 4 Inch Loaf Pan
Pros
Heavy duty easy clean non-stick coating
Great for breads, cakes and side dishes
Dishwasher safe
 

 

Instructions

Put all of the ingredients into your machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.

Program the machine for basic white bread, and press Start.

When the loaf is done, remove the pan from the machine. After about minutes, gently shake the pan to dislodge the loaf, and turn it out onto a rack to cool.

Who should get a bread machine

A bread machine can be a great tool for anyone who likes the idea of having fresh bread at home but doesn’t have the time or the ability to make it by hand. Baking bread takes time and effort: usually you have to mix it, knead it, let it rise, shape it, let it rise again, and bake it. But a good bread machine can do all that for you. Just measure the ingredients into the pan, turn the machine on, and you have a loaf of bread three to four hours later. It’s a great way for busy households to keep a steady supply of bread, and it’s a valuable aid for anyone with physical limitations like arthritis that make it hard to make bread by hand. Making bread from scratch in a bread machine is also likely to be less expensive than buying a nice loaf, and that goes doubly for gluten-free bread, which most newer models can handle with ease.

For most recipes, it takes no longer than minutes to load the machine with ingredients, and it’s safe to leave running while you’re away. Even better for busy people, most machines have a delay timer, so you can set it up in the morning and come home to freshly baked bread after work. Most machines can also be used on the “dough” setting (which does everything but bake the bread) to have fresh dough ready for cinnamon rolls in the morning or for an easy pizza dinner on a weeknight.

Clockwise from bottom left: bread from the West Bend, Zojirushi, and Hamilton Beach machines.

For people with food allergies or restrictions, a bread machine offers total control over what goes into your bread for a fraction of the effort that it takes to make bread by hand. Most newer models of bread machines even include a setting for making gluten-free loaves, so they can be big boon for anyone with gluten sensitivities. More so than wheat bread, store-bought gluten-free bread can be expensive and mediocre quality; a good bread machine will make a fresher loaf for cheaper.

If you already own a bread machine and aren’t happy with the way your bread turns out—if the ingredients aren’t mixed thoroughly, or the crust comes out uneven or dark—consider swapping it out for our top pick. And if you already love your bread machine but are using an inexpensive model, consider moving on to our upgrade pick, which is worth the steep price tag if you know you’ll be using it all the time.

Pull Quote

All that said, a bread machine is not for everyone. It’s a big appliance, and though most bread machines do have settings that allow you to make other things like jam and cake, for the most part it’s meant to do one thing: make bread. It’s also not foolproof. Like any other baking project, bread made in a bread machine requires precision. Haphazardly dumping in ingredients without careful measuring is likely to yield an uneven loaf at best (and a rock-like lump of baked dough at worst). Those with a tiny kitchen are probably better off just buying their bread, and those expecting something utterly effortless will likely be disappointed. A bread machine is also not great for making super chewy, crusty, artisan loaves like those in, say, the

Tartine Bread cookbook, which require much slower rising times and hotter oven temperatures. For a relatively easy version of that, you’re better off trying Jim Lahey’s famous no-knead bread (this recipe comes from The New York Times, parent company of Wirecutter).

How we picked

From left to right: the West Bend Hi-Rise, T-fal ActiBread, and Zojirushi Virtuoso.

A good bread machine just needs to do one thing: make bread as good as or better than you could make by hand with less effort. In some ways, a bread machine loaf will always be a little different than what you’d bake in your oven. It will always have a hole in the bottom from where the mixing paddle was. And because the heating element is right up against the bread pan, you should expect the crust to come out a little thicker and tougher than oven-baked bread. But with a good bread machine, neither of these things should matter much. You can still make a sandwich out of the one or two slices with a hole, and the crust will still be tasty.

The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook ) to help narrow down what to test. Hensperger’s book was filled with information on the ins and outs of using bread machines, and numerous discussions on the Fresh Loaf (a popular forum for bread bakers of all types) offered more insight.

Keeping that in mind, and after consulting with experts and reading through bread machine reviews and cookbooks, here are the criteria we used when selecting and testing bread machines:

Loaf shape

A lot of bread machines use a single paddle to knead, which means the bread pan has to be taller than it is long to keep the dough contained where the paddle can reach it. This yields a rather odd-shaped loaf and very tall slices of bread. PJ Hamel, the senior digital content editor for King Arthur Flour, prefers something “that is pretty much the shape of a regular loaf of bread.” There aren’t many models like this available, but those that are out there use two side-by-side paddles instead of one in order to reach the dough on both ends of the pan. Two paddles don’t necessarily do a better job of kneading than one (that’s more up to the motor), so the main reason you might want a machine with two paddles is the shape of the loaf pan.

Settings

We looked at bread machines with up to 1different settings, each with kneading, rising, and baking times adjusted to suit a particular type of bread (or cake or jam). But not everyone needs salt-free bread or wants to make pasta dough in their bread machine. For anyone who isn’t planning to really geek out on their bread machine, the most essential settings are: basic (or white) bread, whole wheat bread, sweet bread, and dough. A gluten-free setting is also important if that’s what you plan on using your machine for, since gluten-free bread requires more kneading and less rising than any wheat bread. Hamel and Perry both recommend getting a machine that also allows you to program your own cycles, but that may only be useful if you like to tinker with recipes. Another important feature is a delay timer, so you can load the machine with ingredients and set it to start baking a few hours before you wake up in the morning, or as soon as you get home from work.

Most bread makers are two-pound machines, which means they make a two-pound loaf of bread, though they usually also offer the option of making a 1.5-pound loaf. That’s not an exact measurement (obviously the weight of a loaf of bread will vary based on the ingredients) but it’s roughly the size of loaf you’d buy in the grocery store. There are some one-pound and three-pound machines available too, but the former makes a loaf too tiny to be of use to a household larger than two people, while the latter seems unreasonably large for an appliance that already takes up a lot of room in the kitchen. We decided to only test machines with a two- or 2.5-pound capacity.

Slicing a loaf from the T-fal ActiBread.

For best results, it’s important to weigh out your ingredients.

For every recipe, we weighed out both wet and dry ingredients rather than measuring by volume. This ensured precision and consistency across multiple tests, and is a better approach to making bread—and all baked goods—in general (baking pro Alice Medrich has a good explanation of why over on Food52).

Late in the game, we also had to go back and retest several machines after one of our frontrunners (the Hamilton Beach Programmable Bread Machine) suddenly began overproofing bread. This was when we brought in a sixth machine (the Oster 2-pound Expressbake, which is in the same price range as the Hamilton Beach) for testing. We made more loaves of white and gluten-free bread in multiple machines during this second round, ultimately baking 30 loaves in all.

In every test, we also paid attention to how easy each machine was to use. We noted how much noise each machine made (some can be quite loud, and may also jump around on the counter), and how easy each pan was to clean (because all bread machine pans contain greased moving parts for rotating the paddle, none are dishwasher safe).

T-fal PF311E ActiBread Programmable Bread Machine

If you’re looking for a slightly more compact bread machine or are interested in more gluten-free options, the T-fal PF311E ActiBread Programmable Bread Machine has a couple quirks but consistently made evenly kneaded, risen, and baked bread. It’s a single-paddle machine, so it does make a taller loaf than anything you’d find at the store, but it also has a smaller footprint than the West Bend or the Zojirushi. It excels at gluten-free loaves, and while it tends to bake bread on the dark side, using the lightest crust setting yields a nicely golden exterior.

Slices from the T-fal were too big to fit in the toaster: their tops stuck out even when the lever was down.

In comparison to the standard-sized, 9-by-5-inch loaf from the West Bend or our upgrade pick, the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker, a loaf from the T-fal has the odd, extra tall, almost cubelike shape that is actually standard for most bread machines. Slices from it were too tall to fit in our favorite toaster. But the dimensions of the pan, which uses one paddle instead of two, also mean the T-fal takes up fewer square inches of counter space. And the single paddle doesn’t run the risk of shoving all the dough to one side of the pan and leaving you with a lopsided loaf, which is not something we encountered in testing, but definitely a possibility with two-paddle machines.

The loaf from the T-fal (left) is much taller than the loaf from the West Bend Hi-Rise bread machine.

Loaves from the T-fal came out evenly kneaded and risen. They had a fine, even crumb and a smooth domed top, without any of the floury, unmixed corners or the collapsed, overproofed tops that we got from machines like the Oster 2-Pound Expressbake or the Hamilton Beach 2988Programmable Bread Machine. Their only flaw was that, when baked on the medium setting, the crust tended to come out dark––evenly baked, but nonetheless dark. The white loaf was still tasty but at least a shade darker and with a thicker crust than most of the other loaves we baked, while the whole wheat loaf sweetened with honey (which scorches easily) looked burnt. When we retested with the machine on the lightest crust setting, loaves came out a nice golden brown, so it’s not a dealbreaker, but it’s something to keep in mind, especially when baking sweet loaves that can burn more easily.

The T-fal’s regular gluten-free setting passed our testing with flying colors, producing a tall, soft, spongy loaf from the Zojirushi recipe. It’s also the only machine we tested that actually included more than one gluten-free setting. It has three: regular gluten-free bread, sweet bread, and cake. We didn’t test all three, and for anyone not interested in baking gluten-free, it seems excessive, but if you are avoiding gluten, it could be a bonus.

A few of the other settings on the T-fal also seem unnecessary, such as a program for making pasta dough and the one for making salt-free bread. It also has options for making jam and cake, standard for most bread machines. We also haven’t tested these settings, so we can’t say how successful they are, but they probably won’t get much use with most people.

Overall, however, the T-fal has all the settings you’d want in a bread machine: basic, whole wheat, sweet bread, and dough, plus a delay timer up to 1hours. The buttons are clearly marked, the settings menu is easy to navigate, and the backlit screen is easy to read. At the time of writing, it’s comparable in price to the West Bend. It also has a one-year warranty, and T-fal sells replacement pans and paddles on its website.

For serious bread bakers

The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker is a high-end machine that’s worth the cost if you love to bake bread and want more control over the mixing and baking process. It’s a sturdy, reliable machine, and in addition to having a number of pre-programmed settings, it also allows you to customize and save your own. Like the West Bend, it uses two kneading blades, and creates a standard-sized loaf. Every bread we made came out beautifully risen and baked, with a soft crumb and a crust that wasn’t too thick.

Overall, all the loaves we baked in the Zojirushi were great but not significantly better than the ones from the West Bend, which is why it may not be worth the steep price for everyone. But many people swear by Zojirushi machines: Both Marsha Perry of the Bread Machine Diva and PJ Hamel of King Arthur Flour say Zojirushi has been their preferred brand for decades, and it’s a favorite of many of the bread enthusiasts on the Fresh Loaf forum. A few features make it a good investment for anyone looking to upgrade from a less expensive machine or spend a lot of time making bread. For one thing, the Zojirushi allows you to program your own cycle, adjusting kneading, rising, and baking times to the minute. It also allows you to save up to three of these custom cycles.

The control panel on the Zojirushi is easy to navigate.

The settings on the Zojirushi are easy to use, and the digital display lights up, making it easy to read. And, rather than telling you how long the bread has left to bake, like all the other machines we tested, it tells you what time the loaf will be done. That sounds minor, but it’s nice not to have to do the mental math. (Just make sure the clock is correctly programmed first.)

The competition

The Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread Maker was one of the more expensive models we tested. It has some nice features, like an automatic fruit and nut dispenser and the ability to adjust the time on any cycle as well as program your own. But it’s violently loud when kneading, and it overcooked the sides of every loaf we made.

Like the Oster Expressbake, the inexpensive Hamilton Beach 2988Programmable Bread Machine ran hot and overproofed our white bread, leaving the interior spongy and the top sunken in. It also has a gluten-free cycle that goes through two rises instead of one. Gluten-free bread doesn’t have the strength and elasticity to rise again after being punched down, so the Hamilton Beach gluten-free loaves always came out collapsed and dense.

The Black & Decker B6000C Deluxe 3-Pound Bread Maker is another one of very few machines to feature two paddles instead of one. But we chose not to test it because its 3-pound capacity makes it huge and incapable of making 1.5-pound loaves, which is the standard for many recipes.

The Cuisinart CBK-200 Convection Bread Maker is enormous, and

Cook’s Illustrated says it always overheated in their testing, leading to overproofed bread, so we decided not to test it.

The Cuisinart CBK-100 2-lb. Bread Maker is just an older version of the CBK-200. It’s just as huge, and not much better reviewed, so we chose not to test it.

The Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme is an older version of our upgrade pick and doesn’t include a gluten-free setting, so we chose not to test it.

The Zojirushi BB-HACHome Bakery 1-Pound-Loaf Programmable Mini Bread Maker is only capable of making tiny, almost cube-shaped loaves, so it’s not as practical as most other machines.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 1by by 2-inch pan.

Mix together granulated sugar, eggs, and milk in a bowl; add vanilla. Pour over cubed bread and let sit for minutes.

In another bowl, mix and crumble together brown sugar, butter, and pecans.

Pour bread mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the top and bake for 3to 4minutes, or until set. Remove from oven.

For the sauce

Size

The bread machines make various sizes of loaves, from pounds to pounds. The best bread makers give you options of various sizes. That way, you can bake different kids of loaves for different occasions.

Look at the size of the bread maker and how much space you have in your kitchen. If the is machine large, ensure that you have enough counter space to keep it.

Bread shape

This is purely based on your preference. Do you want the traditional large rectangular loaf of bread? Perhaps you prefer bread that’s round or square.

Do you want bread that stand vertically or lays horizontally? Note that in order to make horizontal loaves, the machine needs to have kneading blades in order to properly mix and knead ingredients.

Programs and Settings

Any bread maker worth your time has to have some degree of programmability. For instance, there are the crust control settings, where you can pick from light or dark options.

Sometimes you can bake dough without kneading, or knead dough without baking (like for pizza dough). In more advanced machines you have pre-programmed settings for different types of bread.

Some machines even allow you to pre-program your own settings. Do you like making bread with additional ingredients like dried fruit or nuts?

There are bread makers that come with indicators to alert you when the time reaches to add them. Some even have trap doors to automatically add the ingredients for you.

There are bread makers that come with time delay settings- some going as long as 20 hours. They allow you to conveniently plan and schedule the baking process.

For instance, you can add the ingredients to your bread maker just before going to bed and then set the timer to start baking at a.m. You can set it to prepare bread in time for an event, or come home from work to find your freshly baked bread waiting for you.

Noise

All bread makers mix and knead dough, so they make noise to some extent. How much noise they make depends on the quality of the machine. Low quality ones will be very noisy.

They may also vibrate and move on your counter, and risk falling to the floor and getting damaged. High quality bread machines are made of sturdier materials and make less noise.

Oster CKSTBRTW20 2-Pound Expressbake

213Reviews Oster 2-Pound Expressbake Bread Machine…

This Oster CKSTBRTW20 machine comes with bread settings and crust settings. It can make everything from whole-wheat and sweet bread to gluten-free and French bread.

Conair Cuisinart CBK-100

101Reviews Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Lb Convection Bread…

This bread machine comes with 1pre-programmed menu options, crust settings. Its lid, pan and paddle are removable, which makes it convenient for washing.

Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf

16Reviews Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread…

It Breville BBM800XL machine even has custom recipe charts. In addition to the pre-programmed settings, you can manually input selections for preheating, kneading, rising, punching-down, baking and warming phases.

Breadman TR520 Programmable

63Reviews Breadman TR520 Programmable Bread Maker…

This automatic bread maker is fully programmable and comes with crust settings and functions for bread and dough. You can make bread of 1, 1.and pounds.

Bread makers are user-friendly.

In fact, it’s arguably the easiest appliance to use in your kitchen. Simply dump the ingredients into the machine, choose your preferred settings and press start.

You can then forget about it completely until you here the beep indicating your bread is ready to be eaten.

They are convenient.

No one likes the hassle of making bread by hand- all that kneading is tedious and time consuming. The bread machines have automated the entire process, and at the end of everything you get a high quality fresh loaf of bread.

The bread machine can be used in place of many appliances in the kitchen.

Take the cake setting for instance. It allows you to make cake from scratch. Consequently, it has taken the place of the stand mixer, hand mixer and the oven;

Quick bread recipe using carrot and walnut

This multi-purpose quick bread works for breakfast, brunch, or just served up with a nice cup of tea. The carrots. walnuts and yogurt give it a really moist texture. Spread with cream cheese for extra indulgence.

Lodge Bread Co

Chances are you’ve seen Lodge Bread Co on your Instagram feed. That’s because the rightful blogger darling offers some of the city’s best bread and highly Instagrammable toasts. The long fermentation of seasonal whole grains make for an exceptional bread that comes in varieties like country, seeded country, and whole wheat.

Bread Lounge

In an industrial space very fitting of the Arts District, Ran Zimon’s Bread Lounge services restaurants and Downtown denizens alike with naturally leavened bread that is made on site. Select from wonderful varieties that include fig and walnut, Kalamata olive, and potato rosemary.

For the sauce

Mix together cup granulated sugar, 1/cup melted butter, egg, and teaspoons vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir together until the sugar is melted. Add the brandy, stirring well. Pour over bread pudding. Serve warm or cold.

This recipe call

This recipe calls for WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR! The texture of the bread pudding was great. However, the excessive amount of sugar was a huge setback and distorted the flavor of the bread pudding. I will probably use this recipe again in the future. However, I will definitely decrease the amount of white and light brown sugar.

So many options

So many options – this is a good base to get creative with too! We took it to church a everyone wanted the recipe! We used left over hot dog buns, added blueberries and some blueberry jam then crumbled muffins on top. It was out of this world! It is fun to experiment with for sure!!!

Preheat the oven to 350º. Grease a 1by by 2-inch pan.

Mix together cups granulated sugar, eggs and milk in a bowl; add teaspoons vanilla. Pour over cubed bread and let sit for minutes.

In another bowl, mix and crumble together brown sugar, 1/cup softened butter and pecans.

Pour bread mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the top and bake for 3to 4minutes, or until set. Remove from oven.

 

 

 

 

How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the Bread & Loaf Pans by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your Bread & Loaf Pans wisely! Good luck!

So, TOP3 of Bread & Loaf Pans

 

 

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