What to buy
- PANASONIC SD-251 # - $249
- BREVILLE BB290 - $170
- SUNBEAM BM2100 (see note below) - $100
Note: the SUNBEAM BM2100 is only recommended if you want a cheap, no-frills machine that does the basics well. This model got good scores for making white bread and costs just $100, but it isn’t as easy to use as the others.
# The PANASONIC SD-251 has been discontinued.
One factor in your choice could be whether you want a traditional horizontal loaf or are happy with a vertical shape (the risen crust is on a short rather than a long side).
Most of the tested breadmakers have a horizontal pan, but two of the three in the What to buy list (BREVILLE and SUNBEAM) deliver a vertical loaf. See the features table for details.
What about the rest?
- The BREVILLE BB420, GEORGE FOREMAN and PANASONIC SD-253 are all at the high end of the price range ($250–$289) but don’t make bread as well as the similarly priced PANASONIC SD-251 and the cheaper BREVILLE BB290 in the What to buy list. The PANASONIC SD-253 has a good range of programs, though.
- While the $199 SUNBEAM BM7800 is easy to use and has a good range of programs, it got only average scores for baking.
- Being cheap ($100) and easy to use probably won't compensate for the BREVILLE BB280 having the equal-lowest scores for making white bread - both from scratch and from a premix. The SUNBEAM BM2100 in the What to buy list is a better choice if you want to keep to this lower price point.