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Can you imagine waking up to the smell of fresh bread in your home? And having fresh bread at any time? Well, don't let your imagination run away with you! Today ReviewBox presents the bread machine, a product that allows you to create homemade bread without the need to put your hand in the dough! But before you buy yours, we'll explain how home bread makers work, what you should know before choosing the right one for you and which ones are the best on the market.




First, the most important thing

  • A bread machine is a real asset to your kitchen if you want to bake your own bread, practically, effortlessly and without mystery.
  • With a good bread machine, you not only bake the most different types of bread, but you can also make cakes, pizza dough and even jams.
  • Before deciding on a particular model, we will show you the main factors to consider such as the number of programs available and the capacity of the machine

The Best Bread Machines: Our Picks

Buying Guide

Bread is one of the most consumed foods in the whole country. That warm bread is always present on the tables of families of all genders, races and social classes. So much so that some people prefer to make bread at home, warm, with their own recipe. Are you part of this group? Then continue reading our Buying Guide and learn all you need to buy the perfect bread machine for you.

criança comendo pão sentada

There is no shortage of warm bread on the Brazilian table, is there? (Source: Danil Roudenko / 123RF.com)

What is a bread machine and what is the difference to a conventional oven?

In the stressful routine of everyday life, certain pleasures are often left aside. Making your own bread is one of them, as it's a lot of work to get your hands dirty. Making homemade bread requires time to mix the ingredients, physical effort to knead the dough, patience to let it rest, knead some more and then put it to bake and watch.

Mãos sovando massa de pão sobre bancada coberta de farinha.

Those who opt for the conventional way of making bread have to have the time, energy, strength and patience. (Source: HomeMaker / Pixabay)

At the end, there is a beautiful mess left to clean, with flour everywhere. For this, and the practicality, most surrender to the industrialized breads. The problem is that most of these breads are formed by preservatives and large amounts of sugars and fats. The good news is that bread machine manufacturers have made the process easier.

Now, laymen and amateurs can venture into the production of custom breads, in a practical and healthier way. Besides saving your time, bread machines allow you to make different types of breads, saving on energy, effort and cleaning time. Check out the table below with the main differences between making bread in the bread machine and using the conventional oven.

Bread machine Conventional oven
Bread preparation Mix the ingredients, knead, rest and bake It takes manual effort and time to mix and knead the dough
Baking time Emits audible warning when the bread is ready You have to monitor while baking to avoid burning
Energy consumption Energy saving Spends more energy
Cleaning Ease of cleaning Leaves a lot of dirt and mess
Quantity Bakes only one loaf at a time and in only one format Bakes more quantities of breads of various formats

What are the advantages of the bread machine?

If you are still not convinced of the benefits of buying a bread machine, we will show you all the pros and cons of this product. Fact is that the bread machine is an appliance that has many more advantages than disadvantages. Do you know the step by step manual production of homemade bread that we mentioned above? Well. With the bread machine, you just need to put all the ingredients in the form, select the desired program and turn on. That's it! The machine does everything by itself: mixes, kneads, gives rest time and bakes.

In addition, you do not need to watch the recipe and worry if the bread will burn, because the machine beeps when the recipe is ready. Cleaning is also simple, due to the non-stick pan. But the facilities do not stop there! With the bread machine, in addition to producing various breads, you can also make cake dough, pizza and jams.

All bread machines have a timer, so you can program the production.

Besides all these advantages, all the machines have a "Timer". With it you can program the production of bread up to 13 hours in advance. But as not everything is perfect, you need to be aware of some precautions to ensure the success of your recipe. First you need to follow the instructions of the manual to the letter, especially with regard to the measurements of the ingredients and how to insert them in the form. Otherwise, your recipe will fall apart. To help you, we created the table below with the advantages and disadvantages of a bread machine at home.

Advantages
  • Warm bread at any time
  • No preservatives and controlled sugars and fats
  • Different types of breads, pies, sweets and jams can be baked
  • The time when the bread is ready can be programmed
  • Easy to use and clean
Disadvantages
  • You have to follow the recipe step by step
  • Although delicious, they are different from the bakery breads
  • All the breads have the same shape
  • Some models make noise
  • About 3 hours for the bread to be ready

How much does a bread machine cost?

The bread machine is an appliance that has an excellent cost-benefit ratio, although the prices vary a lot, from R$260 to R$2600. However, the cheaper options meet perfectly in terms of quality, functionality and design.

For those who want to make an extra income, it is worth investing in more expensive machines. According to experts, if you use the machine to bake white wheat bread twice a week, you will recover your investment after 7 months

Purchase criteria: Decisive factors when choosing your bread machine

All bread machines available on the Brazilian market come with a non-stick pan, timer, recipe manual, measuring cup and measuring spoon. However, there are important differences between them to consider before purchase. To help you with your decision we have listed below the factors that differentiate one model from another:

  • Number of functions
  • Bread weight options
  • Weight and dimensions of the machine

Below, we explain in detail each of the factors for you to purchase the ideal bread machine.

Number of functions

One of the main factors that differentiate one machine from another is the number of functions or cycles. The most common is that home bakeries have 12 functions, which can reach 14. These functions are critical to the success of your recipe, because each has a specific time and temperature to maximize the performance of the dough of each bread.Although the number of cycles varies between bread machine manufacturers, some are common to all. However, especially if you need a special diet, it is important to check if the machine has the cycles you want such as "Gluten Free". With this function the temperature and resting time of the dough are adjusted to suit almond and millet flours, for example.

Bread weight options

Before buying a bread machine, ask yourself what size bread you want to bake. Some manufacturers allow you to choose from a variety of weights. For example, before baking, you can decide whether the bread will weigh 450g, 600g or 900g. Check out the table below which shows the bread size options each brand manufacturer offers.

Britânia Cadence Mondial Tramontina
450g 700g 450g 500g
600g 1000g 600g 750g
900g 900g 1000g
1200g 1250g

Machine weight and dimensions

Why is it important to observe the weight of the bread machine and its dimensions? Firstly so you can make sure there is space in your kitchen to accommodate the home baker. Some machines are wider, some are very tall and some have extensive depth. Second because there is no point in making this investment and leaving your machine hidden in a cupboard. In general, you need to reserve a space of at least 40cm for your bread machine. Regarding the weight, it is also important to check if the place where your machine will be located is resistant enough. Most bread machines weigh around 6kg, with a maximum of 7.8kg.

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