While shopping I have always followed a dictum, ‘Don’t buy a thing till it seems friendly’. Hold it in your hands, turn it downside and try to feel the movement of the handles or other parts in your hands; if you find it easy and comfortable; this means that the cookware is a good one for you. But there is some electronic cookware that doesn’t fit into this category, such as, the bread machines. Hence, I thought to pen down some characteristics which can guide every person to buy a bread machine that suits him or her, the best.
Find a model that suits your budget. Don’t invest in a bread machine which is very cheap and has no quality of any accord. Similarly, don’t invest in a bread machine which is so expensive that once you buy it, you will have to cut off your other expenses and stay on a frugal diet so to compensate for the money loss. Specify a range of money you are able to shell out, and then search the best bread machine in that range.
Bread shape, type, pan, and quantity:
It goes without saying that the amount of bread loaf produced in the machine, the shape of the bread machine, the size and shape of the pan of the bread maker and the other variants of the bread which can be made are some of those parameters which can never be neglected while purchasing a bread maker. There are a lot of models these days which allow making more than one type of bread as well as more than one type of crusts on the loaf; so, the choice should be made keeping them in mind.
The bread machines come with one as well as two paddles for the dough kneading. Buying the one with two paddles will be a better option as it ensures good kneading and doesn’t leave you in a problem if one paddle stops functioning or breaks (unlikely). Choose the one with sturdy paddles. You won’t want to buy a bread machine just because the earlier one got is paddle broken.
Though it is very unlikely that the paddles might break, but if the amount of water and dough is not as per the instructions, the dough may get a bit tighter and this can result in paddle breakage.
Delayed Timer and Alarm:
These days, the Bread Machines come with ‘Delayed Timers. This means that you can set the timer in the night after keeping all the ingredients and the machine will start baking on the set time. And by the time you wake up, your kitchen will be full of the wonderful aroma of the freshly baked bread. Then, there are the ones with alarms warning the user of the bread readiness, nut or fruit addition cycle and various other things.
Though this might not be a big problem for all, but some people prefer their peaceful home to remain peaceful and for them, the bread machines with very less or zero noise will be the best option. However, the noise level varies on the basis of the model too. Hence, better go for a demo before you buy one.
Special Baking Settings:
Some machines offer you a lot more options in terms of normal bread, fruit bread, rye bread, jam, jelly, pizza dough, gluten free bread, noodles, cake, sour dough bread and a lot more. All these features will be useful if you are a bit particular about your bread. If you are not a fan of cooking, then you might not need such an extensive bread maker.
Final Word – A perfect balance of Quality and Cost:
Everybody has a different budget and different set of requirements in terms of quality. Hence, it is important that you make the purchase keeping that balance of cost and quality in your mind. Ensure that you purchase the bread machine which is in your budget and of the highest quality in that budget.