West Bend 2 Lb. Breadmaker
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- Non-stick coated 2 lb loaf pan
- Electronic settings with 12 menu selections
- Delay start to have fresh bread whenever you want it
- 600 Watts power
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It makes a beautiful loaf of bread, nice and even across the top. The pan is very deep so a recipe for a 1 1/2 pound recipe doesn't even come close to the top. The crust is perfect set at medium.
The instructions say to put the pan in the machine empty, lock it in place and then fill it with the ingredients. I fill it on the counter and then put it in the machine with all the ingredients in it. That way I don't take the chance of spilling anything into the baking chamber.
Overall, I'm very happy with it and thought it was a wonderful value for the money. I hope it lasts a long time! Replacement pans are about $20, which is a fair price. The "basic" setting is 3 hours for a 2 lb. loaf, for a 1 1/2 lb. loaf it is 2 hours 53 minutes.
Jan. 2013 update. This machine continues to produce great loaves of bread. After owning it for about 6 months the stem that the paddle sits on started to turn stiffly, so I ordered a new pan to have it on hand for when the pan failed.Read more ›
The book contains a number of recipes, but I used my recipe that I had been using in my Breadman Bread Machine. I like the crumb a lot better. It was more like that of an Artisan bread with holes, and it had a nice, chewy crust. I like that the crumb is not as dense as it is with my old machine. The bread was so good, that I would eat a slice with nothing on it. I can't wait to try making a loaf with buttermilk.
If you have never owned a bread maker, try this one. It is easy to use and quieter than my old one. I have only made a light-whole wheat bread, and I'm anxious to try Italian and French loaves.
You will not be disappointed.
November 25, 2012 Update:
Well, it's been more than 18 months since my last review, and I am still very happy with my bread machine. I recommended it to two friends, and they are extremely pleased with theirs as well.
The bread pan isn't a standard horizontal bread pan. It's much deeper and feels a little more cheaply made than the Toastmaster and Breadman bread pans I've had. The nice thing about its depth though, is that it doesn't fling flour all around the inside of the breadmaker. Also, it locks into place by its base, not by clips on the side. It seemed to have a sturdier connection that way. I don't know if it would hold up to extensive use, since I didn't end up keeping it.
It was very quiet, including the beeps. That's a double edged sword because though it's nice that it isn't intrusive, I also couldn't hear that it was finished unless I was nearby. I loved the quietness of the motor but wished I could hear the beeps a little more. I'd have been fine with that though, had it baked the way I wanted it to.
I ended up sending it back because my unit overbaked the bread pretty much every time. No matter how I adjusted the ingredients, bread type, or color settings, the bread came out over browned and tough. I found I had to remove it 10 minutes early to get the loaf to be lightly brown and soft. With the amount I use my breadmakers, that wasn't acceptable. I've read plenty of reviews on this breadmaker, so it seems like maybe the unit I had was defective. No one else has mentioned this issue and I have enough experience using them that I know there wasn't a way around it on mine.Read more ›
Update: 11.19.11 We have now been using this bread maker for four months and I continue to be happy with it. The only problem I notice is that a trace of the ingredients do not completely mix up from the corners of the baking pan. If you open the lid and "help" with a spatula while mixing this is not an issue. Most often I simply set the controls so that we have freshly baked bread in the mornings so I am not able to help with the mixing. On the positive side, not completely mixing up from the corners does not in any way impair the taste of the bread.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This bread maker has turned out to be an amazing buy for us. We hardly ever buy pre-made bread now as it is very easy to dump the ingredients in, push and button and have... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D&RW
We purchased this machine about 2 years ago and now the coating of the knead bar is flaking. You can even remove it by hand. Read morePublished 3 months ago by johanna
We winter in Florida for 4 months. The thing has been used to make pizza dough for 16 months. Has not been used more than 30 times. Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. Slaterbeck
This would probably be a good choice for someone who expects to use their bread maker infrequently. It's inexpensive and makes tasty bread. Read morePublished 6 months ago by LauraG
I actually only used this to make bread a half-dozen times. However, I used it to make dough probably on an average of 3-4 times a month. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kevin M. OBrien