Top 5 Best Bread Makers for 2021

Our search for the best bread makers was a sacred quest of sorts. We’re sandwich fanatics here at Kitchen Authority and we like to get the bread right. Check out our guide to the best sandwich breads here.

Bread is a glorious food stuff. It can be eaten anywhere and is consumed by nearly every culture on earth. We especially like it golden brown served fresh from the office SMEG Toaster. It’s even more popular than rice as a source of carbohydrates globally.

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Our favorite Bread Maker of them all is the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Bread Maker. This is the top performer by far. Well worth it!

Our alternative recommendation is the budget model from ZENY, the ZENY Programmable Bread Maker which packs a mighty punch for very little money.

While mass-produced factory bread may not be very healthy, making your own bread gives you complete control over the ingredients and you can create great-tasting healthy products for your family really easily.

With a breadmaker, it’s even easier still. Kitchen Authority readers that own a breadmaker will never go back to not owning one. It’s that simple.

Our complete guide to breadmakers includes everything that you need to know to make an informed choice when choosing your first breadmaker: the history of bread and breadmakers and how to choose the right bread.

We also recommend the best bread makers and offer some helpful care instructions to help you get the most out of your investment in a bread maker. Enjoy!

However, we really recommend you read the whole guide and find the perfect bread maker for your family – it’s not as long as it looks, we promise.



There are a lot of bread makers out there, but we wanted to keep our top choices affordable without compromising on the quality of the finished product. So, we tested a ton of different models and whittled them down to these very best.

Oster Expressbake Bread Maker


Enjoy fresh, homemade bread with the Oster Electric Bread Maker at a bargain price.

It’s easy to use and can crank out a 2-pound loaf in less than an hour with their EXPRESSBAKE cycle.

Includes a gluten-free setting and a 13-hour delay timer!

Bread making at its finest

oster expressbake bread maker

Best Budget Bread Machine Runner-Up | ZENY Programmable Bread Maker

Bread makers are, generally, not cheap.

The ZENY, however, is a bargain buy. It also cuts very few corners to get to the lowest price tag out there for a bread maker.

zeny programmable bread maker

It makes 2 pound loaves of bread, which is substantial and has 19 different pre programmed baking functions, like a gluten-free setting or a french bread setting. Perfect for rice bread to gluten-free bread and everything in between.

The baking pan is easily removable too.

Our only complaint is that it’s not the prettiest of models but at half the price of its nearest competitor it’s a no-brainer.

You can check the latest price of the ZENY Programmable Bread Maker online.


Best Beginner’s Bread Machine | The MasterChef Bread Maker

This is a solid beginner’s bread maker. It comes with a great recipe guide which gives you plenty of ideas to put the 19 pre programmed settings inside to good use.

This bread maker even makes jam! Seriously.

masterchef bread maker

There’s also a nice viewing window and it makes up to a 2 pound loaf which is great for most family’s needs.

It also comes with measuring equipment to get the ingredients together.

You can check the latest price of the MasterChef Bread Maker online.


Best Artisan Bread Machine | Sunbeam Bread Maker

The Sunbeam bread maker is an odd duck and we picked it because we loved the shape of the loaves that it makes.

It offers a choice of 12 pre programmedfunctions, which is a little less than our budget pick, but we liked the open window design and the LCD display is brilliant (particularly if you’re long-sighted like me).

sunbeam bread maker

When we tested this one out I came home to a beautiful 2 pound loaf of gluten-free bread and it was one of the best loaves of bread I’ve had in a while.

The programmable function means you can always come home to a perfectly baked loaf of bread and we’re happy to recommend this as a great bread maker.

You can check the latest price of the Sunbeam Bread Maker online.


Best Bread Maker In Black | Hamilton Beach HomeBaker

The Hamilton Beach HomeBaker is one of the few bread maker designs that comes in a sleek eye catching black.

We could look at it all day, to be honest, the styling is great. It has 2 kneading paddles, and the paddles remove easily and one acts as a spare too.

hamilton beach homebaker

You can cook up to a 2 pound loaf inside on this without a problem and gluten-free bread is easy too.

You can’t go wrong with this solid bread maker.

You can check the latest price of the Hamilton Beach HomeBaker online.


Best Pro-Quality Bread Maker | The Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Bread Maker

Hamilton Beach scores its second entry in our top 5.

It’s fair to say that while bread makers cannot be used on an industrial scale, if they could – they’d probably use a machine like this.

Become a bread making expert with this machine, make anything from a loaf of white bread to fresh brioche bread, simply by adding ingredients, selecting a cycle and calming waiting for the baking process.

hamilton beach stainless steel bread maker

This bread maker has 14 pre programmed cycles or settings: Making wheat, white, gluten-free, French, artisan bread, and more. Almost every type of bread you can think of, it can make.

You’re also able to choose between three different loaf sizes and three crust settings: 1, 1.5 or 2 pound loaves and light, medium, or dark crust.

It’s a very strong, well-built machine which looks the part of the professional in a shiny stainless steel finish.

The kneading paddles can be removed easily and the whole thing is non-stick and beautifully easy to clean.

It’s our favorite of them all but it does come at a slightly higher price than the others.

You can check the latest price of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Bread Maker on Amazon.



Our Final Thoughts on the Best Bread Makers

We hope that you have enjoyed this guide to bread makers and have found it helpful.

We really want you to be able to choose the perfect breadmaker with this resource.

For now, though, we wish you and, hopefully, your new breadmaker all the best.

We hope that you and your family really enjoy the taste of freshly baked bread every day. It really can’t be beaten.


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