West Bend 41410 Hi-Rise Loaf Programmable Breadmaker, 2.5-Pound
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- Three loaf sizes: 1.5, 2 and 2.5 pounds
- Offers settings for making basic, gluten free, specialty and wheat breads
- Light, medium or dark crusts
- Delay start cycle
- Keep Warm mode
- Accessories: dual Knead blade, nonstick pan, measuring cup and Spoon, Knead blade removal tool
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From the company that pioneered the concept of automating fresh baked bread at home in the 1980s, the new West Bend 41410 bread maker is perfect for novice or accomplished bread smiths. Makes 3 loaf sizes: 1.5, 2 and 2.5-Lbs.
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After the first incident where the dough blades came free, we contacted the manufacture and they promptly shipped us a new bread pan and paddles. We once again made several loaves of bread and before the same thing happened where the paddles came off during the kneed cycle and scrapped the pan.
We then made our second contact with the manufacturer and they again sent us another pan and paddles, as well as gave us the advice that our dough may have been too wet, as well as soaking the bread pan could cause discoloration of the dough. We were careful to not soak our bread pan as well as reduce the amount of water in our recipes and unfortunately again, the paddles lifted during the kneed cycle and scrapped metal and non-stick coating into the dough of our bread, making it inedible.
After going through 3 bread pans in 4 months I can only rate this as 1 star for this product. The manufacturer was excellent to work with just was unfortunate that the product was sub par. We contacted Amazon with our trouble, and even out of the warranty period, promptly refunded our money. We will be looking for a different bread machine and can not recommend this one.
I do write that I still love this machine and it's great value and worth. It has a powerful and quiet motor and I have not experienced any shimmying along my countertop. However, I write this review in hopes that West Bend will read it, make notes of its problems and enhance it. I will gladly purchase these enhancements, if ever offered from West Bend to have this appliance last another 20+ years in my home.
I've updated my review because I purchased this in June 2015 and now January 2016 it is no longer kneading the bread. I will contact the manufacturer to see what solution they can come up with but I have already noticed similar problems and I don't believe West Bend has rectified this problem. Save your money for the Zojirushi.
Before you bake bread in this machine, be sure to run it for an hour with a cup of water in the pan and the lid open. This helps burn off stinky stuff that is left from manufacturing and take it from me, you'll be happy to not taste that nasty stuff in your first loaf of bread. My second suggestion is to have all ingredients at room temperature. So, if you keep your flour in the refrigerator, take it out with the eggs, butter, milk, yeast or anything else you will be adding to your bread. This is important, trust me. Using the recipes from the manual, you are off to a good start. If you intend to bake a loaf immediately after the initial burn off, unplug the machine as soon as your preliminary cleaning out hour is up to allow it all to cool down. Otherwise, you will receive an HHH code designating that the machine has overheated and it won't work until after the cord has been unplugged for a while. When you're ready to bake a loaf, add liquids to the pan first with the fat of choice. Add dry ingredients and flatten them down evenly. Add the yeast, close the lid, press the menu button and select what you need. Be advised that because the pan is so thin, bread loaves tend to be darker than in any of my other machines.
This machine has very loud beeps but the mechanics are quieter than my other machines unless the dough is too flour heavy and causes strain. The baking time is equal, selections are similar, and this one takes up more space than my others. It is not my favorite bread machine but for me it is a good backup. My others are more sturdy, have a more powerful kneading operation, and their beeps are not as obnoxious. My favorite Breadman allows me to determine the exact functions I want rather than using a predetermined number.
If you are in the market for your first bread machine, this may be a good fit your you. I personally prefer a more heavy duty machine that may be louder, but doesn't jump around the countertop like this one does since it is so lightweight. As for the gluten free recipes, I have to stress the importance of maintaining a no flour environment or you risk contamination and if you are a sufferer of celiac disease, you may not be happy the next day. Gluten can remain in the seams of the lid, so be especially cautious.