Bakes bread evenly
Adjustable loaf size
Kneading paddle doesn't get baked into loaf
Gluten-free and low-carb settings
Takes up a lot of counter space
Gluten-free loaves can come out flat
Hard to see into viewing window
We purchased the Breadman 2-Pound Professional Bread Maker so our reviewer could put it to the test in her kitchen. Keep reading for our full product review.
Fresh bread might be one of the most underrated simple pleasures in life, which is why so many people invest in an appliance like the Breadman 2-Pound Professional Bread Maker. However, while you may be on a mission to find a bread machine for your kitchen, the last thing you need is another gadget that sits around, simply gathering dust in the pantry because it’s too complicated or doesn’t deliver impressive results.
We put the Breadman 2-Pound Professional Bread Maker to the test to find out if it could bake delicious loaves of bread and whether it was easy and convenient enough to use every day. Read on to find out what we discovered.
Design: Worthy of dedicated counter space
The Breadman 2-Pound Professional Bread Maker is rectangular and quite large, measuring 16.6 x 12 x 15.6 inches. Because of its size, it’s difficult to store in most cabinets, but if you have enough spare counter space, its stainless steel exterior makes it a beautiful addition to the kitchen.
The overall design is unassuming. There’s black detailing along the bottom of the lid and a small digital screen on top. Underneath the screen are several buttons—including the timer, menu, loaf size, and start/stop—used to control the bread maker. There’s also a viewing window on the top of the machine so you can check in on your bread as it bakes. While we thought this had the potential to be a useful feature, there’s no light inside, which makes it hard to see what’s going on, even in a well-lit room.
Inside the bread machine, there’s a baking pan that comes out easily with a slight tug on the handle. At the bottom is a collapsible kneading blade, which is one of our favorite aspects of the design. After mixing the ingredients and kneading the bread dough, the blade lies flat so it doesn’t get stuck in the bottom of the loaf. This is a common problem we’ve experienced with other bread machines, so this feature was greatly appreciated.
Features: Beyond a bread machine
The Breadman Bread Maker has 14 pre-programmed bake settings, including white bread, whole wheat bread, French bread, sweet bread, quick bread, gluten-free bread, low-carb bread, dough, and even jam. In addition to the bread type, you can also control crust color, choosing between the light, medium, or dark options.
Although the Breadman has a 2-pound maximum loaf capacity, it also gives you the option to make different sized loaves. We liked that you can opt for 1- or 1.5-pound loaves, which could prove useful if you have a small family or just want fresh bread more often.
Although the Breadman has a 2-pound maximum loaf capacity, it also gives you the option to make different sized loaves.
The machine also comes equipped with an automatic fruit and nut dispenser, in case you want to make something like raisin bread. With other bread machines, you have to manually add mix-ins about 30 minutes into the baking cycle, but the Breadman allows you to fill the dispenser at the same time you add ingredients into the baking pan. This saved us a trip back to the kitchen to mix in additional ingredients.
Finally, the Breadman goes beyond standard bread making, as it has settings to make pizza dough, artisan-type doughs, and jam.
Performance: Picture perfect loaves
To get acquainted with the machine, we started by baking the basic white bread included in the instruction manual. We ran the regular cycle, and then we made another loaf on the “White Rapid” cycle to see how the two loaves compared.
The regular cycle took just over three hours, while the rapid cycle took one hour, 45 minutes. Both loaves had a soft, fluffy interior with an evenly baked crust, but the regular cycle loaf did rise higher and more evenly than the rapid cycle one. The loaf from the rapid cycle was also more dense and a little gooey in the middle. While we certainly didn’t mind eating the rapid-cycle bread—it was delicious with a little butter spread on top—the texture was more reminiscent of an Italian loaf, rather than a regular white bread.
Unfortunately, the gluten-free loaves we made didn’t rise as beautifully as the regular flour loaves, but this was something that we expected. Gluten-free bread is often difficult to execute, and our expectations weren’t too high going into our test. However, we did appreciate that there was a pre-programmed gluten-free option and several gluten-free recipes provided. That being said, even though the gluten-free loaves didn’t look as appealing, they still tasted delicious fresh out of the machine and toasted with a little butter.
One thing that really impressed us was how easily the loaves came out of the bread pan. Since the kneading blade is collapsible, it lies flat after mixing the ingredients and kneading the dough. Because it folds out of the way, it doesn’t end up being baked into the bread like with other bread machines we’ve tried. The loaves came easily out of the pan when we turned it upside down, and there was no need to yank them free or cut the kneading blade out of the loaf, ruining the aesthetic of the bread.
Because it folds out of the way, the kneading paddle doesn’t end up being baked into the bread like with other bread machines.
We also liked that the baking pan lifts out without needing to be unlocked. Because the pan is really hot after baking, it can be difficult to get a comfortable grip on it, which makes unlocking the pan a tricky task on other bread machines. With the Breadman, we could easily lift the pan out without burning our hands.
Included Accessories: Your measuring tools and recipes
In addition to the bread machine, the box included a liquid measuring cup and an adjustable dry measuring spoon that we could toggle between ½ teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, and 1 tablespoon.
The bread maker also came with a spiral-bound booklet that had detailed instructions for making bread and numerous troubleshooting tips to help if your bread doesn’t come out right. The booklet includes 84 bread machine recipes, ranging from basic white bread to low-carb almond bread and even things like blueberry pineapple preserves. The recipes even give detailed instruction and measurement changes for different loaf sizes, which we appreciated—after all, who wants to do baking conversions if they don’t have to?
However, we did think it was odd that several recipes called for ¼-teaspoon measurements, when the measuring spoon didn’t have that option. Instead of guessing, we pulled out our own measuring spoons and used those instead.
Price: Not the cheapest or the most expensive
At a retail price of $129.99, the Breadman 2-Pound Professional Bread Maker falls somewhere in the middle of the average bread machine price range. While you can certainly get a machine for less, we think the pre-programmed gluten-free and low-carb settings and the ability to customize the loaf size make the Breadman Bread Maker worth the extra cost.
Competition: Similar options with different features
Breville Custom Loaf Bread Maker: The Breadman shares a lot of similar characteristics with the Breville Custom Loaf Bread Maker. They’re both made of stainless steel and feature automatic fruit and nut dispensers, as well as a collapsible kneading blade. You can also customize your loaf size in both machines, but the Breville allows you to go slightly bigger with a 2.5-pound loaf option. If you have a big family or are regularly serving a crowd, this size increase may be worth the extra price, as the Breville retails for closer to $250.
Oster Expressbake Bread Machine: If you’re looking to make fresh bread on a tighter budget, the Oster Expressbake Bread Machine, which retails for $69.99, may be a better fit for you. It’s rather large—boasting a 2-pound loaf capacity—but it’s taller-than-it-is-wide design reduces its overall countertop footprint. While you can choose from 12 different bread settings with the Oster, you’ll lose the gluten-free and low-carb options, but the Oster does have an “Expressbake” setting that churns out bread in less than an hour.
- Product Name 2-Pound Professional Bread Maker
- Product Brand Breadman
- UPC 74005700717
- Price $129.99
- Weight 17.2 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 16.6 x 15.6 x 12 in.
- Color Stainless steel
- Item Model Number BK1050S
- Warranty 2-year limited warranty (US and Canada only)
- What's Included Bread maker; recipe book; measuring cup; adjustable measuring spoon