Horizontal Bread LoafIs baking a horizontal loaf of bread important to you? Then you will want to make sure the bread machine you purchase bakes a horizontal loaf!

Some people don’t realize that bread machines make loaves of bread in all shapes and sizes. They assume that a bread maker will bake a traditional loaf like the ones you get at the supermarket. But in reality, bread size can be anywhere from 1 to 3 pounds and shapes can be anything from horizontal to vertical.

Why? It all comes down to space. Bread machines that make horizontal loaves take space, so some manufacturers change the shape – often vertically – to better suit small kitchen spaces. It’s the same reason why densely populated cities have mainly high rises.

How do you pick a bread machine that makes a horizontal loaf? It’s hard to tell from the exterior, because the baking pan that is inside is the thing that makes the loaf horizontal. To help you choose one, we put together a list of the best horizontal bread machines based on our reviews and the ratings of other customers.

Top 5 Horizontal Bread Machines:

1) Zojirushi BB-PAC20 – Our Top Pick

The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 bakes a great traditional loaf of bread and more. It has dual kneading blades which is ideal for kneading larger dough. There are plenty of pre-programmed settings including one for gluten-free bread. You don’t have to wait for your ingredients to come to the correct temperature since the machine is smart enough to do that for you. The machine performs well no matter what you are making and feels like a high-end machine.

But the main reason why we chose this as our top pick for making horizontal bread is the heater on the lid, which makes a perfectly crusted horizontal loaf. It’s what sets this machine apart from the rest. Read our full Zojirushi BB-PAC20 review here.

2) Zojirushi BB-CEC20

The Zojirushi BB-CEC20 is almost identical to the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 we wrote about above. In our review we mentioned that we didn’t know why Zojirushi made such identical machines. But if we were to speculate, it’s that they invented the “revolutionary” heater lid and slapped it on the BB-PAC20. Then they kept the BB-CEC20 without a heater lid so that people who enjoy lighter crusts at the top can choose this machine. That’s basically the only reason we think people would choose one over the other.

The other deciding factor is probably just the appearance. Either way, whichever Zojirushi you get, you’ll be making delicious horizontal loaves. That’s because the temperature control and quality of Zojirushi is in its own class.

3) Panasonic SD-YD250

First of all, the Panasonic SD-YD250 will make a horizontal loaf, but not in the traditional sense. It features a tall baking pan so your loaf might come out a little taller than usual. Still, we really like the Panasonic SD-YD250 for its features. For instance, it has a dedicated automatic yeast dispenser that will add yeast at the precise moment. This is a truly under-appreciated function because yeast makes a huge difference in how delicious your bread will be. Plus it makes bread as small as 1.5 pounds to as large as 2.5 pounds.

Once you use the Panasonic SD-YD250 you will learn to appreciate the attention to detail Panasonic has put into its bread machine. It rounds out the top 3 on our list because in addition to its functions, it’s incredibly affordable, priced just above $100 online. Check out our complete review of this bread machine here.

4) Cuisinart CBK-100

Cuisinart CBK-100 2 LB Bread Maker
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The Cuisinart CBK-100 is a good choice for those looking for a solid horizontal bread machine minus the fancy features of Zojirushi and Panasonic. It is perfect for small families since it can make a small 1-pound loaf, yet equally perfect for large families with a 2-pound loaf capacity. While it doesn’t have fancy dispensers, the machine has an alarm that sounds to let you know when the time is right to add extra ingredients. It’s an all-around quality bread machine. Read our thoughts about it in more detail here.

5) Black & Decker B6000C

If price is a huge factor in picking a horizontal loaf bread maker, then we urge you to check out the Black & Decker B6000C. If you compare it to the Zojirushi bread makers, the Zojirushis are definitely better in most aspects, but it depends on how much you value these aspects. The advantages of the Zojirushi are: it waits for the ingredients to come to the correct temperature, a sturdier build, it’s quiet, better standard loaf sizes, and has an excellent original recipe book. Yet the Black & Decker B6000C is still a powerful machine and it definitely earns a spot on this top 5 list. You can read more about it here.