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I am contemplating buying a bread machine - for those of you who use one - what brand do you recommend and why?

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Last updated: Jan. 10, 2013 10:13 am
Posted: Jan. 10, 2013 7:02 am
Answered by: Karen Scully
Jan. 10, 2013 7:03 am
I just heard that some bread machines have a setting that makes jam. Check for that if that is something that interests you.
Emily Nicole
Jan. 10, 2013 7:08 am
OSTER! Some Bread machines overknead the bread and it always comes out terrable. I had one that was a Westbend like that...It also had a feature that rose the bread out of the pan when it was done but instead it just destroyed the loaf of bread. My MIL has a Oster, My Mom, has a Oster, and I have a Oster now. We all love our bread Machine :)
Alison Jane
Jan. 10, 2013 7:14 am
I just got an Oster for an early Christmas gift from my parents and it has been awesome. I made the rolls for Christmas Dinner using it and they were such a hit. It is easy to use and even the little instruction manual had some great recipes. I have nothing but good things to say about my machine and I would recommend an Oster.
Jan. 10, 2013 7:33 am
I also recommend Oster. Have used mine for years and still makes great bread.
Jan. 10, 2013 7:37 am
So far - Oster seems to be winning this horse race - - and I'm going to the Oster website to take a look at what they have. But I'll still take input from anyone wanting to chime in on this. Thanks everyone!!
Jan. 10, 2013 7:48 am
ok - i just cruised through the Oster website and they list 2 breadmakers - one is called a "2 pound loaf breadmaker express" and the other is "58 minutes bread express" - - - which one do you have? (those of you with an Oster breadmaker)
Jan. 10, 2013 7:51 am comes the old nag ready for the glue factory....mine is westbend and i love it. it makes an oblong loaf pan and make up to a 3 pound loaf. most will just make a 2 pound loaf or less. did i cross the finishline yet?
Jan. 10, 2013 8:02 am
I know you want answers from bread machine owners, but here's one from a non-owner. Save your money and make bread by hand. There's a reason there are so many bread makers at resale shops, and that's because they don't always make the best bread. Use a bowl and wooden spoon to mix the dough and knead it by hand so you get the "feel" of it. A machine can't do that and you will have the satisfaction of knowing you made it all by yourself :)
Judy in Delaware
Jan. 10, 2013 8:11 am
I have a Breadman....$60 on Amazon. Didn't want to spend a lot because I didn't know if I'd like it or use it much. Wrong. LOVE it and use it 2 or 3 times a week. I mostly use it just for the dough cycle. I've never had any luck with making bread by hand. This one makes either 1, 1-1/2 or 2-pound loaves. No jam cycle, though.
Jan. 10, 2013 8:13 am
UPDATE to my last post....mine is a Black and Decker....not weesbend (that one is the dead horse). sorry!
Jan. 10, 2013 9:15 am
I wish I could figure out the "feel" factor in bread making. I know people who are bread makers and they use phrases like "it pushes back" or "it gets less tacky" or other terminology that I don't understand because I have failed at breadmaking so many times that there is an "X" factor that I'm just not getting. It's not for lack of trying - it's just too much failing that has me in the corner saying "uncle". So I've decided to put a positive spin on this and let technology do what I can't. I'm a good cook - I'm even a good pastry (dessert) cook - - just not a bread baker. And I can live with that. But I do love fresh bread - the smell of the dough, the smell of it cooking, and the luscious end result - so I will attain the end result just in an advanced technology way. I do applaud and those of you who are "hands on" bread bakers - - please be sure to pass that talent and ability on to another - I sure wish someone would have passed it on to me. But alas, that is not the case - so I'll take what I can get and go the route of finding the best bread making machine that I can find. Thanks for everyone's input - - I'm still reading and looking. I'll probably ask the PM peepers to chime in on this also.
Jan. 10, 2013 10:13 am
I agree with Sugarnspice, either do it by hand or use a good stand mixer. The 2 bread machines I have owned in the past never did a very good job of kneading the bread with those tiny twirling blades. By hand is also an option.
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