Zojirushi is one of the best bread machine makers in the world. Since 2006, Zojirushi bread machines has help many get freshly baked, fluffy, delicious bread from their very own kitchen. I realize that these are not the cheapest that you will find out there but trust me, it is worth every penny spent because they are among the best that you will find. You will get exactly what you’re paying for.
All Zojirushi bread machines have two kneading blades that reduces the time it takes to knead the flour into perfection. The efficient kneading of the flour into a dough helps tremendously in improving the flavor of the bread.
If you are used to kneading the bread dough on your own (props because it’s hard work!), don’t worry about not getting used to the menu buttons. Zojirushi bread machines come with easy-to-control features and automated function settings that you can’t help but to love it completely. And hey, if you’re not a baking expert, no worries – from rye to white bread, you will find that with Zojirushi bread machines, you will not get an amateurish loaf.
Zojirushi BB-CE20 – Best Bread Machine
Among the many amazing Zojirushi bread machines, I would say that the best one would be the Zojirushi BB-CE20. This Zojirushi bread machine will make a freshly baked 2-pound loaf of bread in no time. It is well built, durable and easy-to-use with consistent excellent performance.
Its kneading blades mix all of the ingredients thoroughly and knead it into the perfect dough. Choose among the three shades of crusts and ten programmed settings from different kinds of bread. You can monitor all these through the large viewing window. Did I mention that you can make jams and cakes too?
Love the Shape
The very first thing that anyone would love about this bread machine is the shape of the loaf that it turns out. Since it sits on its long side, the bread comes out actually looking like it was oven-baked instead of that tall, weird thing with a rounded top.
Versatile, Convenient, and Makes Delicious Bread
You can customize the length of time for each baking step with this bread maker so that the gluten-free loaf turns out perfect. Of course, you can also make whole wheat bread, meatloaf, jam, cake, cinnamon rolls or bread sticks! Just use one of the 10 pre-programmed cycles. This versatility means that anyone, whether a seasoned baker or a first timer, can find settings to fit themselves.
The best thing about having a bread machine that has delay timer is that you can have fresh bread for breakfast or tea every day, but not having to wake up early to bake it. In fact, if you overslept, the machine keeps the bread warm up to half an hour for you. I was so pleasantly surprised at this thoughtful feature!
At any other time, you can just put everything into the machine, and leave it to do its work while you have hours of free time to do whatever you want, which would have been used to mix, knead, wait for rising and punch dough, if you were doing it yourself. You also don’t have to heat up your kitchen with a big oven. And the bread made by this bread machine will be just as good as what you make yourself.
The two kneading paddles are wonderful. Anyone who bakes bread know that when you get delicious bread in the end most of the credit goes to the kneading process, and having two instead of one paddle means you can be sure to have a great loaf!
For the whole baking process, you will only need to clean up a few things afterward: the included measuring cup and spoon, and the baking pan. The pan is non-stick so bread slides out without leaving a trace. If you hate having a hole in your loaf and bits of bread on the paddle, try taking out the paddle when the dough has risen for the last time and before the baking begins.
The ultimate question, should you buy? Well, I think at its price the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 is maybe slightly expensive for some, but all the wonderful features and the lovely bread that it turns out make it worth the money spent. After all you’ll be saving money and staying healthy by eating homemade bread in the long run!
Zojirushi BB-HAC10 – Best Small Bread Machine
Not everyone are blessed with a big kitchen, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t have what those bigger kitchens have. If you have a small kitchen space, or even a small family, this would be the perfect Zojirushi bread machine for you. A special feature of this bread maker is its ability to bake a loaf of bread from scratch in two hours.
Zojirushi has really been a great company to supply kitchens worldwide with the ability to make fresh bread through their array of automated bread makers. I trust only them to provide me with perfect gluten free bread, and now it seems that they have made a mini size bread maker especially for small families and those who do not consume bread as a staple during their meals.
A little heads up for those who are so used to Zojirushi, especially the fully programmable models because the Zojirushi BB-HAC10 does not have those in depth programming, so toss aside all that sophisticated timing for something more simple; a delay timer. Now do keep in mind this bread maker was never intended to bake for a large family, instead it would be put to better use by apartment dwellers or loners who happen to enjoy making their own bread.
Using this Bread Machine
Well I’d say I would use this if I didn’t have to make at least 2 lbs of bread for a single session, but this works very well when I’m too lazy to get my larger and more versatile bread makers out, not that this tiny one is not versatile enough (no programming? Oh no!). So anyway, just like you would any other bread maker, you place in the ingredients in, yeast powder and liquids, but no fruit, and if you are using the delay start you should never ever use dairy, asking why would be like asking what happens if you were to leave milk out on the counter for more than 20 minutes.
The buttons here are all labeled respectively, so just choose what type of bread you are making and the LCD display will show the always present countdown and temperature, nothing to worry about since you can’t change any of that.
This bread machine has all the regular things you would expect, the only difference would be the size of bread you can produce, this little dough puncher can whip out a maximum of 1pound, cake or bread, whichever you fancy. The regular dough maker functions like pizza and cookie are ever present (I rarely use them but I guess it’s a bonus). The quick bake cycle produces a fantastic loaf in just less than 2 hours, not as fast as others but I can say that there is no compromise in the texture or taste.
Nice Size, Not so Nice Looks
Now with all that aside let’s take a look at the cosmetic details of this bread maker. A big and obvious win would be the size, it’s small and so compact that you could store it, display it and even use it in one spot. A big bummer about the looks is that it has none, it plain white just like other zojirushi, but due to its size it seems very plain and unappealing, I didn’t like the way the edges would make it look like something round. The see through window on top is nothing to be surprised with, but it actually makes it look rather cute, if the unit did not have this I would have thought it was not too far from being a revolting sight. It also comes with a carrying handle.
The kneading paddle and the baking pan are both nonstick, the build is fairly secure but it would still be safe to clean under the paddle to prevent buildup.
For the end of the review I would say that I am satisfied with this Zojirushi BB-HAC10 bread maker, its small and it bakes just as well as anyone could. I would give this to a pair of newlyweds or when my kids are old enough to have a place of their own.
With the many automatic settings and customizable controls, you can just about make anything that you want; sourdough bread, pretzels and possibly a banana cake, with this Zojirushi BBCCX20. You can also experiment with its 13 hours timer so that you can wake up or come back home to a delicious smelling home!
A feature that I love about this Zojirushi BBCCX20 is its ability to store three customized recipes of your choice, so that the next time you want to make them again, just fill all the ingredients and let it do the magic. If you can’t figure it out, no worries, because you can just watch the manual on DVD.
It is a pretty big bread machine and can make a nicely shaped 2 lbs rectangular loaf of bread. What I like about this deluxe bread machine is that I can use it to bake bread for everyday and there are automatic settings but you can also customize the controls. During my test run, the 3-recipe memory function came in pretty handy because when I wanted to make a loaf of my favorite French pan d’espices, or French spiced bread, I didn’t have to go looking for the recipe all over again:)
Although it is pretty expensive, you do get what you pay for. In this case: easy baking healthy bread everyday! And tons of settings and tons of features, which will make many a loaf of yummy bread. There is a 3-stage crust control that helps you get exactly the kind of buttery crust you look for in a good loaf of bread.
The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating
They always say that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. And I think that with bread, it’s the same! Bread from this bread machine tasted great and I tried out some recipes from the included recipe book, which totally helped me in my decision.
I know it’s pricey then most other bread machines, but this is definitely one of the best bread machine that I have ever use. If you genuinely intend to use a bread machine frequently or almost everyday, then this is the one to get! You will be glad that you did because it’s well worth the extra money. I have use many bread machine and if you had used some other cheaper machine in the past and want one that works for sure, work for everyday and bake beautifully, look no further.