K132670 - West Bend 41300 Hi Rise Breadmaker
BEST BREAD MAKER EVER!!!!!!
West Bend makes the best breadmakers on the market. This is my second West Bend breadmaker, and it is the only brand I will ever own. I had my first one for around 20 years!! I have owned this one for over a year, and love it just as much!! The old one still works, and I am sending it with my daughter to college! The only thing I can say about the previous reviewer is that she probably used water that was too hot. If you do not use room temperature water 75-85 degrees, the bread will not come out properly. My nine year old twins even make bread in this and it comes out perfect!! They of course use a bread machine mix, but my point is that this machine is very easy to use!! This breadmaker also makes horizontal loaves, not vertical loaves like some machines. The loaves come out looking just like they do if you would have purchased them at your local bakery!
Not good for me
I had a bread maker that made light and fluffy bread. It died after about 20 years. I have been making bread a lot lately so this was a big loss. I ordered this bread maker. There was no reviews. I made 3 loaves of bread with each very heavy and dense. I returned it and ordered a Panasonic which was more money but well worth the difference in the finished loaf.
Worth the money
I received this yesterday and made my first loaf of bread today. I used the recipe for sandwich bread that was included in the manual (menu option #10) and it came out absolutely perfect. The only "gotcha" that is not mentioned in the manual is to use the bake cycle to burn off the manufacturing fumes before using the machine the first time. I found that tip on a different website and am glad I did. Do it in a well ventilated area as it does smell. It only takes an hour for the bake cycle so was not terribly inconvenient. The other thing to watch for is that the paddles bake into the bottom of the loaf. I didn't catch that until I cut into the first piece and wondered why the knife wasn't going all the way through. The machine was relatively quiet during the kneading cycles and had minimal vibration on the counter. I would recommend this to anyone in a heartbeat.