Think about how lovely it would be to wake up to the aroma of baking bread, and how equally satisfying it would be to present a warm, soft loaf of yeast or quick bread at the table for any meal. This programmable machine makes it so easy, there's no excuse for not making your own breads. You can put all the ingredients into the machine the night before, or the morning of, and program it to have the bread ready and waiting at the appropriate time.
What used to be a time-consuming, messy process is now a snap. Measure the ingredients into the Breadman Plus, push a few buttons, then go for a walk in the park. Return a few hours later--or after a good night's sleep--to the unforgettable aroma and taste of homemade bread. This machine will even make the jam to top it off.
The Breadman Ultimate makes and bakes most kinds of yeast bread--white, whole wheat, rye, honey banana, or crusty French--as well as quick or batter breads. Try the recipes in the booklet or your own favorites--just be sure the dry ingredients total less than about 5 cups so the dough doesn't overflow the 9-1/2-inch (nonstick) baking pan. If your recipe calls for adding ingredients late in the kneading cycle, there's a tray to hold and automatically dispense them. If you want to make bread that doesn't conform to the loaf shape, the machine can mix and raise the dough prior to shaping for baking in a conventional oven.
For the beginner the process couldn't be easier, and even if you're an old hand at making bread from scratch, you'll find yourself baking much more frequently. And this machine quickly pays for itself: think of how many $3 or $4 loaves you won't be buying over the bread maker's lifetime! One drawback is worth noting: If you're a fan of the Breadman Plus, you may be less satisfied with the mixing results of the Ultimate's single bread hook versus the Plus's dual dough hooks. --Toni Reineke
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Makes great bread but...., Aug 28, 2023
I've had this machine for a couple years and it makes consistently great bread for me. I'll admit to not being very adventurous - I have one white/rye recipe that I like and happens to be particularly convenient to set up. Couple of things to watch out for:
The machine walks and makes a lot of noise during the knead cycles. As others have observed, give it space on the counter. Don't plan on running it overnight within earshot of the bedroom!
Do not soak the pan in water to clean it! I've learned this the hard way. The weak spot is the shaft seal. It gets worn and allows water to seep down the shaft. The shaft may be stainless steel, but the bearing is plain steel. (Not bronze - what were these clowns thinking!) It evetually rusts and seizes up. Worse, the entire assembly is riveted together and is unrepairable. You're stuck having to buy a whole new pan, which as of today is $40 - an utter ripoff, given the quality of its construction. This problem, BTW, also argues against setting up the machine on timer, since sitting with unmixed ingredients also exposes the shaft to water leakage.
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slipping belt, Aug 25, 2023
I have had the same problems as others....the belt keeps coming off and the machine keep making a whirring sound....I finally got sick of taking the bottom off to put the belt back on...so left the bottom off.....I think the problem is the wheel doesn't have a solid rim around it....and that's how the belt comes off. I think it's time for a design change.
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Best thing since sliced bread..., Aug 24, 2023
I love bread, but bread from the grocery store is bad for you ( refined flours, ingredients you can't pronounce). So I got the Breadman ultimate and it rocks. I make a 1.5 loaf of whole wheat/flax meal bread a week. There is nothing better than a turkey and hummus sandwich on homemade whole-wheat bread. This thing is super easy to use. The timer option is great. I can mix up the ingredients the night before and wake up in the morning to the smell of fresh baked bread. So far the over all quality of the machine seems pretty solid, although I've only had it for two months. I would also highly recommend the Progressive International Clearly Fresh Bread Keeper. The slicer guide that comes with it is well worth the $9 by itself.
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Glad it malfunctioned!, Aug 19, 2023
I was impressed with the imposing stature of the Breadman Ultimate when I had it. It baked one successful loaf of whole wheat bread and one unsuccessful loaf of zucchini bread that were both made from recipes in the instruction manual accompanying the machine, and then it shorted out and wouldn't come on when plugged in. I returned it receiving a full refund, a ten dollar consolation promotional gift, and all shipping charges.
The machine is built too tall to be convenient when on a standard height counter top. It may be okay on a lower cart or buffet. I'm not sure why it went on the blink, but if it hadn't I probably would have kept it. As it was, I decided to purchase the Zojirushi BBCC-X20 and am supremely glad I did. The panel display is conveniently slanted as is the viewer window making working with it so much more enjoyable. I had originally thought that I would prefer the one kneading paddle design such as the Breadman Ultimate has, but have found the small indentations of the Zo to be barely noticeable. Also, since I use whole grain flours almost exclusively, the dual paddle design will likely be better since it can withstand the rigors of whole grains better.
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kneading paddle, Aug 18, 2023
I have used this machine for a year. Everything is good except the kneading paddle. This is an aluminum paddle driven by a stainless steel shaft. The paddle worn out in a few months and became very loose. Some users noted black grease at seal area, I think that's aluminum power mix with the dough. The non-stick coating on the tip of the paddle worn out too. I do put walnut and oatmeal in my bread. If you make only white bread you may not have the same problem. Next time I will look for a bread machine with stainless steel paddle and no coating.