Zojirushi BB-HAC10 bread machine

The Zojirushi BB-HAC10 is our choice for the best small bread machine.

Small family? No kitchen space? No problem! There are plenty of small bread machines that you can buy without finding an extra appliance cumbersome. As a matter of fact, if you consume bread regularly, we think it’s going to be one of the greatest appliances you ever got.

When making this list, we not only wanted to find some small bread machine choices, we wanted to pick out the best of the best. We looked for how well each baked bread. How did the bread look? How did it taste? How easy was it to use the machine? We considered all the factors someone would look for in a bread machine, and came up with these great choices.

5 Best Small Bread Machines:

1) Zojirushi BB-HAC10 – Our Top Pick

Before ordering the Zojirushi BB-HAC10, we already knew it was going to be a space saver. It stands vertically and makes 1-pound loaves. This is great for small families or those who do not consume a lot of bread. The bread machine weighs 9 pounds which is super light among bread machines. However, it doesn’t feel flimsy. Zojirushi leads all brands in manufacturing bread machines so their quality is reflected in this model.

As far as features go, the Zojirushi BB-HAC10 has the capability of sensing the correct temperature of the ingredients before it starts baking. This feature is present in all Zojirushi machines. As usual, we were impressed with the quality of the bread. We really like the bread that Japanese bread machines bake. The aroma and texture is unmatched. To put into one sentence, the Zojirushi BB-HAC10 is a small but mighty machine. Read more about what it can do in our review.

2) T-fal PF111

Despite being a small bread maker, the T-fal PF111 can bake a 2-pound loaf (as well as 1.5 pound). Many describe this bread machine as compact because it does almost everything you would expect a bread machine to do jammed into this small machine. It even has a gluten-free setting. We’re quite amused that a small machine has such a loud design for its size (it’s actually very quiet!). It’s black and silver with a green finish on the lid. We actually think it looks nice. Again, this is a small machine that can do a mighty load of things, so it comes in at second place on our list.

3) Oster CKSTBRTW20

The Oster CKSTBRTW20 has up to a 2-pound loaf capacity which is great for large families that want a small machine. It weighs only 8 pounds, but it doesn’t seem as sturdy as the Zojirushi BB-HAC10. Still, this machine is a best-seller for a reason. It’s priced at about $60 only and does a great job baking bread. It’s one of the best value bread machines out there. Even though it’s lightweight, it doesn’t “run around” the counter and is quiet. You can read more about its features here.

4) Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 29881/29882

Similar to the T-fal bread maker, this Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 29881/29882 makes a 1.5 and 2-pound loaf. However, it’s a little on the heavy side for its size as it weighs 15 pounds. It might be annoying if you have to move it into storage all the time. That said, it’s an awesome little machine that has an equally awesome little price tag. For those wanting a budget machine to make gluten-free bread, you will be happy to know that it comes with a gluten-free mode. An audible reminder for adding in fruits and nuts is a great feat. All in all, we think it’s another good choice among small bread makers.

5) Sunbeam 5891

The last bread machine we want to feature is the Sunbeam 5891. It bakes a 1.5 or 2-pound loaf. Some of the highlights of this machine are the large viewing window at the top, large LCD display, and an express baking setting that will bake bread in under 1 hour. However, the drawback of this machine is that it is heavy at 18.6 pounds. It’s one of the reasons we couldn’t put this machine at the top of our list. And even though it bakes bread well, we felt there were areas of improvement (read more here). For what it’s worth, the machine is still a good option for those searching for something small.