Featuring a beautiful modern design, the Sunbeam 5891 is a bread machine that will make 1.5-pound to 2-pound loaves. The removable nonstick baking bread pan is a rectangular shape, though horizontally a little shorter than the traditional loaf. The bread pan comes with a detachable single kneading blade in the center. With regards to functions, the Sunbeam 5891 comes with 12 pre-programmed ones. There’s basic, French, whole wheat, quick, sweet, express (1.5 pound or 2 pound), and a few other cycles for specialty items such as dough and cake. It also has a 13-hour delayed timer as some of the more expensive models. This feature will allow you to push back the baking time up to 13 hours. This means before going to bed, you can set it to bake in the middle of the night so that you wake up to freshly baked bread in the morning. One feature that is unique to the Sunbeam 5891 is the large viewing window at the top of the machine, where you can see almost the whole top of your bread as it bakes. This is useful to monitor how your bread is baking.
Other features that come with the bread machine are the ability to control the shade of crust. You can select either light, medium, or dark. The Sunbeam 5891 comes with an instruction manual and recipe book too. For the amount of functions and features that come with the Sunbeam 5891, one might think it’s an expensive machine. But we bought the machine at about $59 on Amazon which includes free shipping. We definitely think it’s quite good value for the price. For example, it does everything that the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 does, but costs $200 less. So is it a good buy? Take a look at our review below to find out.
Our Sunbeam 5891 Review
Upon unwrapping the bread maker, we immediately noticed that it was lighter than some of the other machines we’ve tested. The design is simple and elegant. It comes in white. There’s a large menu and LCD screen at the front of the machine. And the lid opens at the top. There’s a large window at the top that looks extremely useful. We like that you could see the bread as it bakes.
With this machine, we wanted to test how it would deal with making 1.5-pound and 2-pound loaves because that’s what it advertises. Also, we tested how it would perform when it comes to making one of the specialty breads in the recipe book: chocolate walnut-zucchini. In general, we found that the recipe book was lacking. It’s nice to have, but serious learners would want to look at getting some additional recipe books. Besides, it’s not as detailed as the Zojirushi instructions manual and recipe book. Which could be a good or bad thing depending on if you like detailed, thorough instructions. First we started with the 1.5-pound loaf. We set the machine on the Express Bake specifically for the 1.5 pound loaf and at dark crust. The bread baked in about an hour. So they really do mean “express”. No problem with this experiment. Everything from start to finish was great. It makes just the same delicious bread as our tests with other machines.
Next, we tried the 2-pound loaf. We set it at the Express Bake 2-pound and at light crust. This is a bit larger than the last, so when the dough was kneading in the machine, we found that it moved quite a bit. We were worried that the machine will move too much all over the counter and drop, so we had to be careful with that. Again, the bread baked nicely and the crust was much lighter than the last. After these two experiments, we think it’s best not to load this machine with a 2-pound loaf. Though it can bake a 2-pound loaf, it seems to struggle a bit and move around. So stick with the 1.5-pound bread. Also, a good idea is to only use the Express cycles for regular bread. Because we don’t think it would be able to bake specialty bread perfectly in an hour. As for the chocolate walnut-zucchini, it was a nice surprise. First we think the flavor was delicious. Who knew chocolate and zucchini bread would taste so good? Second the bread was beautiful. It was also easy to make. Just follow the instructions.
Sunbeam 5891 Rating
Quality of Bread
The Sunbeam 5891 will make a tasty loaf of bread despite lacking all the bells and whistles. It does a great job making specialty breads too. It's the machine to choose for those shopping on a tight budget.
Sunbeam 5891 Features At A Glance
- Makes a 1.5- or 2-pound rectangular loaf
- Bakes bread in about 1 hour, has a 13-hour delayed timer
- Has 12 pre-programmed baking functions: basic, French, whole wheat, quick, sweet, Express Bake (1.5 pound), Express Bake (2 pound), dough, jam, cake, sandwich, and bake
- Has 3 different crust selections: light, medium, dark
- Has an extra large viewing window at the top
- Comes with instruction manual, recipe book, removable bake pan and single kneading blade
All in all, we thought that this machine is the perfect option for those looking for an inexpensive machine. It does what all the other expensive models do (bake tasty bread!), but don’t expect it to make a perfectly browned loaf like the expensive models, not rumble as it bakes the 2-pound loaf, or not breakdown after 3 years. If you want a more reliable machine, maybe it’s worth paying more for another model. For the price, we were happy with our Sunbeam 5891 purchase.
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