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Is a Toastmaster bread machine a worthwhile purchase?

In this day and age everything seems to be constantly going up in price, putting a squeeze on everyone’s wallet. Many folks today are looking to save money, especially on some essential food items. To help with the demand for cheaper food items such as bread, companies have begun to introduce a range of cheaper bread makers so you can make your own bread at home. Not only is fresh bread more tasteful, but it is also cheaper to make and will save you a trip to the shop! One such cheaper bread maker is the Toastmaster bread machine. This was introduced a few years ago, and is a very affordable way to make your own bread. But the question on your mind right now is whether or not the Toastmaster will be a reliable choice or not. To help you make this decision, we will have a look at one of their most popular models so you can try to decided this for yourself. Keep reading to find out more.

A look at the Toastmaster TBR15 Bread Maker

Although it is a few years old now, the Toastmaster TBR15 is still a very much sought after bread maker. If is one of the cheapest models you can currently get, and it comes with a range of features and programs to pick from. This machine can bake loaves in the size of 1lb to 1.5lb. Lets have a look at the design of the unit to start off with. The bulk of the unit is white in color, with the trim area surrounding the lcd being a grey color. This is a vertical style bread maker, so it will fit quite comfortably on most kitchen counters without taking up too much space. The full dimensions of the unit are 13″ x 11.75″ x 13″.  There are vents on both sides of the bread maker to eliminate some of the heat build up, and the power cord is roughly 32″ in length. One thing that sets this bread maker apart from many others is the viewing window on top. A viewing window is standard on most bread makers these days, however the included viewing window on the Toastmaster is much larger than any we have seen before. This allows you to keep a good view on your food as it is cooking.
The control panel is fairly simple and straightforward to operate. There are buttons to change the program, the crust color and to stop and start the machine. There are also up and down buttons to set the delay timer, which can delay the cooking of the bread for up to 13 hours in total. The different program settings are listed on the left hand side of the control panel for ease of access, and the the Toastmaster logo is featured to the right of the lcd. Aside from this the design is pretty standard with no real distinction from any other vertical style bread maker. Now lets have a look at the various cooking programs and settings that are provided by this bread maker.

Included with the Toastmaster bread machines is 8 cooking preset modes to allow you to make a variety of breads and foods. The very first program is the “Basic” setting. This is used for making simple kinds of bread, such as white or brown. This is the mode which most folks will use, and with it you can also choose the type of crust you prefer when using this option. The overall cooking time from start to finish is around 3:00 on this setting. Program number 2 is the “Fast Bake” option. This mode can make a 1.5lb loaf of bread in less that an hour which is very impressive. However you will need to follow the special recipe instructions if you want to be left with a edible loaf of bread!Mode number 5 is called “French”, and is designed for lighter kinds of bread such as French bread. In this mode, more time is dedicated to the kneading of the dough and the rising to create the best results. The forth program setting is called “Sweet”, and is aimed at any kinds of bread which contain eggs, raisins (or any dried fruit) or sugar. In this mode the machine will beep when it is time to add your raisins or any additional ingredients.
The fifth program mode is called “Whole Wheat”. This mode should be pretty self explanatory, and must be used if you are using flour that has more than 50% whole wheat content.  This mode needs a little bit longer to complete than the standard “Basic” mode, and cooking times are around 3:45 in total. The sixth program mode on the Toastmaster bread maker is the “Quick Bread” setting. If you are using a bread recipe that makes use of baking powder or baking soda, then this is what you must use. Total cooking times for this mode however are roughly half the amount of time it takes for a standard loaf of bread, and they measure in at about 1:30 or so.
The 7th mode is called “Dough”. If you want to make any kind of dough, then this will do all the hard work for you. No baking is done during this phase, and the total time need to complete this program is around 1:20. Lastly we have the 8th and final “Bake” mode.  If you feel that your bread needs a longer cooking time, then this can be set here and done in 10 minute increments. This mode made can also be used to making cakes, so keep that in mind if you have a sweet tooth.

So those are the different options and settings you can pick from. As you can see there is quite a variety of different options here for a budget bread maker. Being one of the cheaper bread makers on the market, this makes the Toastmaster a very tempting choice. There are many customers out there who have been using this machine weekly for the past few years and their bread makers are still going strong. For this reason we would definitely recommend the Toastmaster bread maker. Remember to shop around online to find the best deal possible. The Toastmaster TBR15 costs around $70, and comes standard with a one year warranty.