Bread machines have the capacity to bake anything from a 1-pound loaf to a 3-pound loaf. Most bread machines will bake 2 or 3 different sizes, and those sizes are 1-pound, 1.5-pound, 2-pound, 2.5-pound, or 3-pound. However, it’s rare to find a large bread machine that will bake up to a 2.5-pound or 3-pound loaf. Most will go up to 2 pounds because bread machines are for home use, and most families won’t need anything larger than a 2-pound loaf, otherwise the bread will go to waste.
To give you an idea, a 2.5-pound loaf can feed about 4 to 6 people. Singles and couples should opt for a machine that makes a 1-pound loaf. Small families of 2 to 4 people should opt for a machine that makes a 1.5 or 2-pound loaf.
If you need a big bread machine that will bake a 2.5 loaf or larger, then check out this list for the best models to choose from. We also did a list of small bread machines if you’re looking for a space-saver or something to bake less than a 2-pound loaf.
3 Best Large Bread Machines:
1) Panasonic SD-YD250 – Our Top Pick
The Panasonic SD-YD250 bakes 3 sizes: 1.5, 2, and 2.5-pound loaves. This bread machine was designed specifically for larger families. When it comes to quality, there are fewer choices among the bigger bread machines, but Panasonic does a good job with this one. We couldn’t find any flaws.
We like the bread it bakes. The crust is excellent and so is the texture of the bread. It produces consistent results. The awesome thing about this machine is that it has a automatic yeast dispenser which drops the yeast just at the right time. This feature definitely helps bake excellent bread.
Currently, we can’t find any other product on the market that can bake a 2.5-pound loaf and matches the quality of the Panasonic SD-YD250. It’s a quiet machine. It has two kneading blades which is perfect for kneading large dough. Incredibly, it’s priced just over $100 which is really good value for money. Since this machine can bake a 1.5-pound loaf, we would even go as far as recommend it to those who do not need to bake a large loaf. It’s truly a great machine. Take a look at our full review here.
2)Black & Decker B6000C
The Black & Decker B6000C is the only bread machine on this list that will bake a traditional 3-pound loaf. It also bakes a 1.5 and 2-pound loaf. It seems Black & Decker decided to jump a full pound from 2 to 3.
As a larger machine should, the B6000C has two kneading blades. Even though Black & Decker is not known for being a bread machine specialist, we found that the quality of the bread this machine produces is on par with the Panasonic. However, we found the Panasonic more pleasurable to use because of the way it was designed. It was done with more attention to detail and that’s reflected in the baker’s experience.
If you think a 3-pound loaf is an important criteria, then we think you will be happy with purchasing the B6000C. The bread maker does what it’s supposed to do – bake delicious bread – so you won’t be disappointed. Don’t bother with a small machine and think that you can just make two loaves, because it takes a tremendous amount of time and effort. If the Black & Decker B6000C did a poor job, we wouldn’t recommend it even if it can bake a 3-pound loaf. If you want to take a deeper look at this machine, read our review here.
3) West Bend 41410
The final large bread machine that we want to recommend is the West Bend 41410. It can make a 1.5-pound, 2-pound, or 2.5-pound loaf. One honorable mention about this bread machine is the gluten-free setting. So if “large” and “gluten-free” are absolute must-haves when choosing a bread machine, then the West Bend 41410 delivers on both. Once again, this machine also has dual kneading blades which is important for a large machine.
We put this in third place because it wasn’t as good as the other two in terms of bread quality. However it was good enough to make the list. You will be able to bake a traditional rectangular shape with this bread maker. It’s quiet and doesn’t vibrate. It even looks good. Competitively priced, it’s another great option for those looking for a big bread maker. Be sure to read our complete review here.