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which machine... Breadman or zojirushi

sudo's picture

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im looking for a good bread machine came down to these two. Dont remember the model of bread man but its the new one that does everything. would appreciate some feed back on this. both these machines cost over $200.

dixie_'s picture

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I have had a Zojirushi Q20 for several years. It is the less expensive model without all the bells and whistles, but it is a very good machine. I primarily use it to just knead and go through the first rising, then take dough out and bake in my regular oven. King Arthur lists this particular one in their baker's catalog for $159.75 and the more expensive model at $179.95. Their toll-free number, in case you don't have it, is 800-827-6836.

Jean_'s picture

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If you haven't bought one already, be sure to check with the manufacturer to see how available replacement parts are. My first machine was a mid-range Japanese model (I can't remember the brand name). When the paddle coating failed and was no longer non-stick, we tried to get a replacement for it and were told we had to buy the whole bread container. This was not much cheaper than going to Walmart and buying a new machine, which we did. We bought a Regal Kitchen Pro for around $70. When that paddle failed the company sent us a new one, free! If you are just going to use it for mixing dough, there certainly is no reason to spend over $100 for your machine.

Valerie_'s picture

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I've had one of the Breadman machines for about 2 years now. Gets heavy use in winter (loaf a week or so), less in summer. I love it. I actually use it to make bread (not just dough) and love the fact that the paddle doesn't stay in the bread when we remove the bread from the pan. (Our old machine used to leave the paddle in the bread. Made it difficult to cut a loaf...)

When I bought the Breadman, I was looking for it or the Zojirushi as both machines were rated highly by Consumer Reports (in the top 3). I chose the Breadman because the Zojirushi was about $75 more expensive and had to be special ordered.

sudo's picture

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Thankyou all for your responses.I think that I mostly will only doing the mixing and kneading in the bread machine. I will take it out to bake it Most of the time,but for those lazy days It will ne nice to have those bells and whistles.I want a good solid machine that will hold up to heavy use.I know that king Aurther did a good review on the zojirushi and its the one they use. Again thankyou everybody for your response. sudo

Wolverine's picture

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Just curiosity - but why don't you mix the dough in your mixer ( this is supposing you have a kitchen aid or such ) and let it rise, etc., etc. Doe the maching speed the process? ( As you can tell, I don't have a bread machine - if it makes things better/quicker/easier, I will get one, though) TIA

Chiffonade_'s picture

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Wolverine - the convenience factor of the bread machine is that you dump everything in and the machine does all the work, including baking. Part of that convenience would be negated by using two appliances.

A friend of mine got a bread machine from her husband but didn't use it because she didn't like the shape of the ensuing loaf. I suggested she use the bread machine to do all the mixing, kneading and rising - then, instead of letting the machine bake the bread, take out the dough, shape it into whatever she wanted, and then bake it off in the oven. I watched some of this process through the window atop the machine - ah, technology!!

(Frankly, I find smacking around a batch of brioche dough less expensive than therapy - and you have something yummy to eat afterward.)

dixie_'s picture

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Wolverine - I don't have a good mixer is main reason I use bread machine. The convenience of it just suits me - dumping in and letting it go through the dough setting as Chiff pointed out.

Rebecca's picture

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I have the large Zojirushi & love it. I've had it for about 2 years. I bake sandwich bread in it 2 or 3 times a week & use it for kneading dough about 4 times a week, sometimes more. Its the only bread machine I've ever owned so can't make brand comparisons. The nonstick does start to go after a bit but doesn't seem to affect the bread much; when I bake in it, I spray the paddle rods & the paddles with Everbake nonstick spray (King A. suggests this).

I used to use the KitchenAid to mix dough but I had to babysit it while it was going & the bread machine kneads the dough SO WELL - much much better than the KitchenAid & much better than I could ever do by hand. Everything rises beautifully & the time you save allows for more bread & rolls to be made over the week. You can make the starter in the machine, let it sit overnight, add other ingredients, knead & rise all in the machine. You save dirtying extra bowls & the countertop, too. The Zoj. allows you to specify all the cycle times (& has a delay function) in the "Homemade" setting - if you are not baking in the machine, this is a great feature - if the Breadman doesn't have this programmable feature then check out the ZOj.

Have fun with your machine!

Wolverine's picture

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.."I watched some of this process..."

Chiff, it took me a couple of seconds to figure out you weren't SITTING on the machine! How bad is that!?! I have never been near a bread machine, didn't realize the lid had a window in it - too funny!

Now - this item is going on my X-mas list - for convience. I like slapping dough around too - family appreciates the therapy as you state! ;-)