This bread machine is the first one i’ve ever had. While it was a bit larger than i expected, the machine still fits nicely on my countertop. The machine makes a variety of bread types and sizes. Works great and produces wonderful results. The instruction booklet comes with about 10 – 12 recipes, so if you are looking for recipes to use, there will be some included. The directions were easy to understand and i was able to make bread the very same day i received the machine. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a breadmaker.
I got 3 years out of this inexpensive bread maker and used it weekly for two of those years. It gave up the ghost two weeks ago (motor quit). I have no complaints about the machine. The last 6 months i was using it on the ‘dough’ feature and then baking the bread in my oven, only because baking it in a regular loaf pan allowed the finished sliced bread to fit better in our toaster.
West Bend 2 Lb. Breadmaker (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Non-stick coated 2 lb loaf pan
- Electronic settings with 12 menu selections
- Delay start to have fresh bread whenever you want it
- 600 Watts power
Wonderful to have fresh bread instead of store bought. Kids really enjoy it and when it broke (see next) it was a noticed by all. Died 4 months later but i’m still going to give it 5 stars and here is why. We called the company, and with minimal information given to them regarding date code, etc they are shipping us a new replacement by fedex. Sometimes things break, but the vendor is willing to back it up with no hassle or hoops to jump through so it retains 5 stars. ————————revision – 2. First one died as explained above. Company quickly replaced it.
Our old sunbeam finally quit because the kneader (?) in the pan finally gave out. We’re satisfied with our replacement. First loaf set with ‘color’ at medium didn’t rise enough and the top was white. Changed color to dark and they’ve been perfect. Possibly my wife’s recipe needed the extra heat.
While this is a touch noisier than i’d like it to be, it works well. I couldn’t make un-crumbly bread loaves, and i never did figure out how to slice the odd-shaped loaf sensibly, but i do like it for dough. I use 75% whole wheat dough every time, so i often set flour and liquid (water, canned milk, juice for sweet breads) to soak overnight (which does really improve rising), run it on mix for a few minutes, unplug it to reset it, and let it sit overnight. I then plug it in in the morning on 8 (dough cycle), let it finish the cycle, take it out, shape it or freeze it (yummy pizzas are easy with this dough), and let it rise again before baking. The other shortcoming of this particular brand is that there’s no pause button. You have learn the timing of the cycles if you want to remove the dough to do something fancy right before baking in the machine, as the book that comes with it doesn’t detail the minutes in each stage of the cycle. But i got it very cheaply, in the month before christmas (when these seem to be cheapest), and i don’t regret it. I make all my own bread and i was darned tired of kneading. Hint: you really need to freeze grated (or better, diced) cheese for cheese bread and add it as late as you can in the final mix cycle.
West Bend 2 Lb. Breadmaker (Discontinued by Manufacturer) : This breadmaker works very well. I have two disappointments with it. First, the instruction/recipe book does not list the timings of the machine, ie: the times the different cycles take – so that one knows when to add extra ingredients (such as nuts and fruits to the dough during the last few minutes of the knead cycle, or a time when one can remove the dough in order to remove the kneading blade so as not have the blade baked inside the loaf making for difficult slicing and broken slices. Second, on the 1 and 1½ pound loaves, most of the dough balls up in one corner rather than making a loaf it produces a ball of bread which does not cook well in the center. One 1½ pound loaf i did had a ‘half loaf’ appearance with a small knob which rose out almost to a corner of the pan on the end opposite of the accumulation of the most dough.
I use their wholewheat recipe with my extra doses of nuts and seeds and with some herbs, sometimes a bit of milk or malt root beer, celery salt or grated carrots, almond slices or onion chips. I craft the most amazing nutritious and delicious german-style breads – fast and easy. I take out the inner container, put all ingredients in [first the liquid ones. Stick it back into the machine, set up the program, select ‘dark’ for crust and start it. I like to give it additional 30 minutes bake [setting program to number 12]. Minimum is 1h but i simply stop it after 30 minutes. As my breads are wholewheat and super heavy and moist [i add italian cold pressed olive oil] inside, i need a bit extra time. Setting to program 12 is useful to get crust that’s a bit thicker and addictingly crunchy and out of this world. ]
Bought this bread maker for my wife. I looked at many other bread makers before settling on this one. It received great reviews and the price was unbeatable. Neither of us have ever used a bread maker before. This unit is very easy to use and makes wonderful bread. It may not have all the bells and whistles of the more expensive machines, but it does what it promises and it does it well.
I bough this machine for my son. He loved it so much, he raved about it, so i bought a larger double-blade one from the same manufacturer for myselt, and i also love it. It makes perfect pizza dough, and the home made bread is fantastic – i no longer buy bread from the store.
I love this breadmaker so much. My co-worker turned me on to it so i bought one in an effort to be healthier and to be able to make bread with ingredients i can actually pronounce. Not only is the bread healthier this way but it tastes delicious. I let my friend sample one of my breads and she was hooked instantly. I actually bought one for her as a housewarming gift. This machine makes it so easy–just put in the ingredients and a few hours later you have a fully baked loaf–no kneading, nothing. At first i was worried that this might be one of those appliances that you use once and then it ends up sitting there collecting dust afterwards, but i have been using it regularly for months now and never buy bread from the store anymore. I love knowing what’s in the food i am eating. I am trying hard to stay away from chemicals and processed foods and this machine definitely helps me do that.
My wife and i decided to get a bread maker and initially i was thinking of taking the plunge on one of the high-end models. After reading many reviews on several models in the $200+ range, i took a look at this one. As far as i could tell they all had pros and cons and this one seemed like as good a solution as any. We’ve had it for a month or so and are very happy with it. It seems to be well made and works as expected.
It has been almost two years since i purchased this bread machine. I use my bread machine about 2 times per week. It is now getting a little worn down. Liquids are starting to leak out the bottom of the bread pan. I have adjusted to this by putting in some of the dry ingredients ahead of the water so that the water cannot easily leak out. Also, the machine makes a lot more noise than it used to. Even though i have the bread machine in the garage, i no longer make bread at night because it wakes my wife up (i sleep through most anything though. That being said, it seems like i always end up wearing out a bread machine after a couple of years. I tried an expensive one once (a zojirushi) and it wore out in about the same amount of time.
We love our bread machine bread and make a loaf a week average. This west bend is a good value and works fine, but the 2 lb loaf’s finished texture is not as compact as the 1 1/2 lb loaves. We also had to order new plastic bags to fit that size. Now, we only make 1 1/2 lb loaves and are quite happy with all the results. West bend supplies great recipes on line.
I’ve been using bread machines for close to 20 years now. Some have been very high end 200$ and up machines and one was a kmart no-name blue light special. I make bread 3-4 times a week so a truly cheap machine will wear out on me in 6 months. When my cuisinart finally suffered it’s last gasp we also had an expensive car bill. Looking about we decided to try this unit. Like most bread machines, the negative reviews were largely operator error or the rare manufacturer defect (replaced a cuisinart over that once so can happen to anyone). Smile, i am a very happy camper 7 months later with a background in the high end machines who can tell you this is a perfectly decent machine. It’s easy to load and set and doe not have the total flexible nature of a fully programmable one but most of us do not need or use that. There are 2 tricks to this machine. It likes an extra tb or 2 of liquid in a 2 lb loaf because it ‘breathes more’ so some escapes and it does not deal kindly with those who try to measure flour by scooping it from the bag.
Have had machine for over a month and make bread 3 to 4 times a week. Will admit that the first 2 or 3 loafs where not perfect but after that have been getting some great bread. Have even been using it to mix and knead dough for stuff that i will have to rollout and bake in the ovendownside – you must follow directions to a t if you are using the timer for a latter start. When ever i start the machine, i always check the dough about 5 mins after it starts to mix and will add a little water/flour depending if the dough looks dry or too wet. If set the timer to start while you are not there to check the dough, better measure the flour and water perfectly.
I ordered this bread machine based on the other good reviews i read. I really love it for my gluten free breads. The bread rises so nicely and the texture is light, soft and airy. The machine does not have a gluten free cycle, but that did not concern me. I use the dough cycle, when it is finished mixing thoroughly, i turn the machine off, let the dough rise about 50 minutes then just bake it. I have made six loaves and perfect every time. I may buy another just for back up. If you want perfect gluten free bread that is soft and moist inside and a nice crunchy crust, i highly, highly, highly recommend this machine. Sorry, i have no idea how regular wheat bread is in it, but i am sure based on these facts, one would not be disappointed.
I bought this as a gift for my wife, who had been hinting for a bread machine. In the 2 months since she got it, she’s made dozens of loaves and every one has turned out fantastic. She’s used other brands in the past and rates this one better than units costing several times as much. Highly recommended, especially considering the price. Only time will tell, but so-far, so-good.
I am very pleased with this bread maker. The cost was low and the quality/features are high. I just completed my 10th loaf and have had no problems. I usually make a whole wheat/multi-grain bread with variations and have had all loafs come out excellent. I have owned a different bread machine for years but had lost the enthusiasm for it due to its shortcomings but now i’m back and loving the bread.
We’ve been using this product for a couple of months now. I had a breadman machine for 20 years that we finally wore out after using it 2-3 times per week. I had been looking for a replacement scanning reviews and finally decided to try this model due to reviews and low cost. There seem to be many bread machines out there with very mixed results, so i didn’t want to spend too much money in case it didn’t work well or broke quickly. So far the west bend has lived up to reviews. We make a lot of dough and then cook it ourselves and all the different varieties have come out perfectly. We’ve used it a time or 2 for complete loaves and the results have been mixed. We have used different recipes than the owners manual lists, so that may be the cause. Pro’s: easy to use, lots of options available, low costcons: a little on the big side, takes up a lot of counter and/or cabinet space.
Arguably my greatest amazon purchase to date. I think it would just be easiest to list the things i love. At the onset, my only complaint is that the pan makes a loaf that is closer to a square than a rectangle:1) the dough mixing option is the best. I use it the most as i prefer to mix the dough (with the auto warming feature) then bake it in a baguette pan or stone in the oven. 2) the non stick internal pan is really not stick. You could get away with just wiping it down and not even washing it. 3) it doesn’t get overly hot and is a reasonable size. 4) $55 seems like a steal, so far i have not had a single problem with it. 5) there are a million options for all types of bread, dough, and speeds.
This bread maker does the job. It’s inexpensive and so far i’ve had decent-sized loaves and no failures. We bought this to make our own low-sodium bread, particularly in hot weather when using my oven would make life inside unbearable. When salt is left out of the recipe, the yeast rises too fast. Ways to control the yeast so it doesn’t cause the dough to explode out of the pan is to add no salt and less yeast (e. Of yeast instead of 2); or, add no more than 1/2 tsp. Of non-sodium baking powder (ener-g) and the amount of yeast called for in the recipe.
Most of the time i use the dough setting since a standard size loaf is better for sandwiches. When the bread is part of a meal, the shape of slice doesn’t matter so i use a setting that makes and bakes the loaf. Homemade bread costs a fraction of the store bought bread and tastes much better.