Sourdough, focaccia, soft pretzels, French toast, baguettes, pizza — carbs are the comfort food we need right now. Maybe that’s why everyone seems to be baking bread lately! If you, too, would like to fill your home with the aroma of fresh-baked bread, but find yourself short on time (or patience) for all the kneading, rising, and preheating required, bread machines were invented for you.
These handy gadgets do (almost) all the work: just measure ingredients, pour them into the bread pan, choose a cycle, and press start! In a couple of hours, you’ll have a crusty, delicious loaf ready to cut into and slather with butter and jam. Even better? Some of these machines make the jam for you! (Also yogurt, pasta, pizza dough, and more.)
We’ve chosen five of the best bread machines to give you a hand in the kitchen and help you crank out all the delicious carbs you can handle. Scroll down for our picks!
(Please note that due to high demand, some items may have longer shipping times than usual, or be temporarily out of stock. Retailers are restocking quickly though, so keep trying!)
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Best High End Bread Machine
With 15 different settings and a see-through window so you can see your bread baking, this 2-pound capacity machine has everything you need. Dual kneading blades and a heater in the lid make for perfect blending and even baking, and an LED display tells you where your bread is in its cycle. This one can handle multigrain, whole wheat, gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan loaves, is easy to use, and comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty for peace of mind.
Where to buy: $339.99, Bed Bath & Beyond
Best Customizable Bread Machine
An automatic fruit-and-nut dispenser makes it easy to make walnut cranberry, raisin, olive, and other delectable varieties of bread in this smart bread machine. It knows how long your loaf needs to bake as soon as you make a selection, so you can set a custom time and have it hot and ready to eat at the exactly when you want it. You can also create your own recipes with this best-selling machine!
Where to buy: $299.95, Breville
Best Multifunctional Bread Machine
Where to buy: $269.95, Amazon
You can make so much more than just bread with this powerful machine! Yogurt, jam, cake, and pasta are all possible with its 15 different settings, three loaf sizes, customizable crust colors, and one-hour “keep warm” feature. If you want a bread machine that does it all, this is the one for you.
Best Convection Bread Machine
Where to buy: $149.99 Bed Bath & Beyond
Convection baking guarantees quick, even results by circulating the air around your masterpiece. The crust on your loaves will be second to none, and multiple menu options let you easily make low-carb, gluten-free, and artisan loaves. A tone signals you when its time to put in nuts, fruit, or other add-ins, and a second tone lets you know when you can remove the unbaked dough and shape it by hand before baking in your own oven.
Best Bargain Bread Machine
Where to buy: $54.99, Amazon
You don’t need to spend a fortune to get a good, basic breadmaker. This Amazon bestseller has everything you need to create a delicious loaf, and an “Express Bake” setting lets you enjoy home-baked bread in just 90 minutes. It kneads your dough, lets it rise, and bakes it, all without you doing a thing. What more could you want in life?