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245 reviews | 4.4 out of 5
Bought this bread maker 2 weeks ago we use it everyday. we make white bread, banana nut bread, dough for pizza, everything. it comes with a recipe book. it is very easy to use. the settings are perfect you just hit the setting you want then walk away it beeps when its done. the pan is very deep we make bread and then cut it in half because the pieces are twice the size you would buy in the store. the loaves are rectangular shaped. it has a window so you can see exactly what it is doing. My husband loves this thing he cant stop making bread it's awesome we have bread in the freezer because we don't eat this much bread he makes it faster then we can eat it!!
I bought this machine before Christmas specifically to make gluten-free bread.
So far, I have not tried from-scratch recipes, but have had good luck with mixes for cinnamon-raisin and whole grain from B.R.M. The short cycles do not work for gluten-free bread. The mixes recommend the basic over 3 hour setting and that seems to work.
Even though the time is long, I can put in the room-temperature wet ingredients ( liquids plus oil and egg), then the dry on top with a hole in the middle for the yeast, set the machine and forget it.
One trick I use is to warm the water in the microwave before whisking with the oil and somewhat cold egg(s). That way I don't have to leave my eggs out of the fridge.
I'm hoping to graduate to from-scratch recipes, but the mixes are convenient.
I am a fan of whole grain. Never liked to eat doughy white bread, even before I discovered I needed to go gluten-free.
This bread machine is very easy. I was making bread shortly after opening the box. Their recipes are so simple for the basic white and wheat but also has many other kinds. I figured there would be a lot of prep for it but it all goes in the pan and mixes everything itself and off it goes. Most of the time it takes to make the bread is for the time used on mixing and rising. The only downfall I've seen is that it wobbles on the more heavy flour recipes. The good thing is that it smells great and makes other things like jam and pizza dough.
I bought this breadmaker for my 82 year old Mother that loves to bake. Thanks to the easy directions and simple receipes, she is back in the kitchen.
We have found it to be better than the previous machine and look forward to many tasty treats from the kitchen
This machine was a gift for myself for Christmas and I've been making bread every other day since! Great machine. I use the user guide and other sources and this machine works 'em up just fine. Only issue I have had is when I made a dense loaf, the machine literally walked off the counter! I ran back into the kitchen, picked it up, plugged it back in and it finished the cycle and baked the bread into as beautiful a loaf as all the other recipes. Have tried all different sizes from 1, 1-1/2 to 2 lb loaves with no issues. This is a workhorse of a breakmaker. It's not my first machine. My first machine was a DAK back in the early 80's (very heavy machine) and I've had other makes since then. This is the best so far. Right size, right weight, pan easy to put in and take out of the machine and it doesn't pop out or dislodge like some others, display is easy to read. Suggestions for newer models: I like to remove the paddle before it bakes and would like a few beeps that it's ready for the final raising cycle. The user manual could use a little revamping in the recipe department. Other than that -- it's great a great product. Oh, used Walmart site to store -- awesome service. Hope it never goes away!
As a huge bread fanatic, I had been going through bread-product withdrawals after discovering my many food allergies including gluten, milk, and eggs. We have yet to find an edible store-bought gluten free bread, so this product was a life saver! It makes GREAT gluten free bread that even my wife admits is just as good as the regular stuff! (and her "bar" for good food hasn't been lowered like mine has due to a multitude of food allergies). My wife just throws in the flour mix, egg replacer, yeast, etc, turns it on, and a couple of hours later we have a mouth-watering loaf of bread! It does everything for you--you don't even need to mix the ingredients, and the only dirty dish you end up with is the pan which comes out quite clean actually when you take the bread out! We haven't yet tried making anything in it other than "plain" bread, but for that alone we both agree that this is the most worthwhile thing we've bought in years, and for a lot less money than most of the other bread-makers we've seen!
I really like the breadmaker. It is smaller than my previous one so it takes up less counterspace. One note, during the initial kneading cycle the user needs to scrap the flour from the sides of the loaf pan so that everything mixes up properly. The bread is delicious and the maker is easy to program and use.
I have made eight loaves so far of Whole Wheat bread with this breadmaker and every loaf has been the same.....Fantastic! The best whole wheat bread I could find off the store shelf had so much preservatives (one famous brand has a chemical similar to fertilizer) that I decided to make my own. The ONLY ingredients are Whole wheat flour, water, a very small amount of brown sugar, yeast and small amount of salt. The bread holds up well for several days, I eat a loaf every four or five days (2 lb loaf). The taste is wonderful. The texture is quite dense and the bread is heavy, so you can use thin slices. Very easy to clean, super easy to use, just dump in ingredients and wait three hours and enjoy. The loaves are slightly "stubby" so your slices might not go into a toaster. I toast mine in a toaster oven. I calculated the cost of a loaf about $1.60. I found King Arthur flour to be the best whole wheat flour. available at Wal Mart.
I love the machine and recommend it highly.
It wasn't as loud as I expected from what I read on the reviews. It is so simple to use! You just dump all the ingredients in the basket and you'll have a delicious loaf of bread 3 hours later or less!!!
Great Machine, I use mine every other day if not every day and It has held up great!
I purchased this bread maker at my local Walmart for just $30 yesterday. The red sale sticker on the box said $35, but it rang up for $30. I made bread last night and it came out perfect. I followed a recipe from Allrecipes.com that said to put the yeast, warm water and sugar first, then the flour, salt & veg. oil. I did a 1.5 lb. loaf on the basic setting with medium crust color. I used all-purpose flour not the bread flour that it called for. The bread came out soft with a flaky crust perfectly baked. I will try the method (liquid ingredients, then the dry ingredients, then the yeast on top) as stated in the manual next time to see if that works. Also, I will try with bread flour in the future to see the difference. Definitely a great product for the price! It seems to be sturdy, easy to use, and easy clean-up!
I used to make homemade bread by scratch. The kneeding dough part was particularly time and strength consuming.
It is so nice to just load the ingredients and let this breadmaker do all the work!
It comes with recipes and utensils, (tsp/tbs, measuring cup, etc). Since their cup measured 3/8 inches, I use that one and put a small piece of electrical tape at the line to see it, (old eyes), but use my glass cup for the other measurements.
Another customer mentioned the machine jumping around the surface its on when kneeding. I found that to be true the first time. However, I think it all has to do with measuring and placement of the ingredients because it hasn't happened since.
When I mean placement, I mean making sure that it's evenly distributed, (the flour), in the baking pan.
And, as directions say, making a hole for the yeast. They want everything room temperature and I think that is also key in a good loaf of bread.
All and all, we love it. We've baked 1 loaf a week and it's getting better and better.
Highly recommend this product for those who don't want to spend a lot of money, but want a really yummy loaf of bread.
Can't top the aroma of baking bread in the house either. :)
This works great for gluten free breads.
Measurements have to be exact.
Worth the price.
We purchased this breadmaker as a Christmas gift for me, but i can't keep my husband away from it now. It makes awesome bread with no effort from our part. Set it and forget it.
All we have to do is put the ingredients in and watch the bread being "created".
The bread comes out SO GOOD!
I would most definitely recommend this product!
I got this as a gift for Christmas and have not bought a loaf of bread or jam since! I make a couple of loaves a week and have made jam twice in it. My 4 year old tells me I am the best bread maker in the world! I have manipulated some of the recipes that come with the machine to reduce the fat and eliminate the sugar and they have turned out great!
Some helpful hints- The blade is fairly small so I find it doesnt always mix up the dough enough during the kneading cycle, so if you check after a few minutes, stick a spatula in and scrap the flour of the edges it will then mix (a little annoying but not a huge deal)
For making jam put some foil over the pan and put a few small slits in it. The jam splashes quite a bit and will get all over the inside of you machine if you don't.
I have thought about buying a breadmaker for years and used a Walmart gift card to buy this one. I chose it because it was close to the value of my gift card and I have had good luck before with Oster appliances.
In the first week, I have baked 3 loaves - two from mixes and the last one from scratch. Every loaf came out great.
Read the other reviews before using - their tips are helpful. Follow the instructions exactly (other than you should NOT press the "start/stop" button to "clear the screen" at the beginning of a cycle as the instructions say to do. That will start the cycle.) You can select all the menu options without pressing that button. Also, it's best to make a "hill" out of the dry ingredients by spooning them over the stir/knead blade, rather than pouring them in evenly in the pan. That keeps you from winding up with unmixed dry ingredients in the corners. Also, it helps during the first stir cycle to use a rubber spatula to scrape the dry ingredients from the corners.
Note also that the instructions do not make clear that on certain bread-type settings, you cannot choose the crust color or the loaf size.
For the price, though, this appliance makes very good bread. You could pay a lot more and maybe have a few more options or better instructions, but I doubt the bread would be any better.
I marked the durability 4 stars only because I have had it such a short time. It seems to be very well built and should be durable. Also, clean up is exceptionally easy - the bread comes right out with very little residue in the pan.
I bought this item a two days ago, so I don't really know how durable it is. We needed a bread machine when our 3 year old was diagnosed with soybean allergies because in our small town we couldn't find any other bread then rice bread (which is like a brick) that is soy free. I've made two loaves so far and they are fantastic! It is extremely easy to make, and I love the express option. We just made sandwiches for lunch from bread that was made in 58 minutes! And it was delicious!
Oster is great about replacing the bread machine at no charge but only 3 times and I have exceeded my 3 time limit. They just don't last and it is a hassle having to get them to send you a new one only to have it go out within a year's time as well. Product is shoddy.
The Oster Expressbake bread machine is THE BEST. I was a little hesitant about ordering a bread machine, because I had never used one before. Let me tell you, this machine is SO easy to make bread and it comes out perfect everytime. I love making bread at home and this machine is one of the best investments I have ever made. Highly recommend this machine to someone looking for a top-notch bread machine.
I bought this as a gift for my wife, as she has always been an excellent cook, and she was looking for an easier way to make bread. This bread maker has multiple useful settings, so you just add ingredients and set it, then it leaves you to do other things. It makes clean-up easier too. We have the only had this since Christmas, and have already enjoyed several loaves of bread, and a pizza made by this product.
Since this was our first venture at purchasing a bread maker, I didn't want to spend too much money, only to have it not be used very much, or for it to break down right away. I think the small investment was very wise, and I plan on enjoying the bread my wife makes for many years to come.