Breadman is a brand that’s part of the Spectrum Brands portfolio. Like us, you’ve probably never heard of this parent company, but you may already be familiar with some of their other brands like Remington personal care products, Black & Decker appliances, and George Foreman grills. Spectrum Brands is a Fortune 500 company with a long history in America.
There used to be a few machines in the Breadman lineup, but as of now, it seems like the only one that remains available for sale (unless you can find old stock) is this Breadman 2 lb Professional Bread Maker (BK1050S) model. The one thing we’d like to mention about Breadman machines are their low carb programs. We don’t remember seeing this program in any of the other brands, and given the popularity of keto diets in recent years (along with gluten-free), we think this is something many bakers look for in their purchase. And we have a feeling that the ability to handle low carb bread well will be a norm in all bread machines in the future.
You will notice on the bread machine that there is something that looks like a vent on the lid. This is where you can add fruit and nut which will dispense automatically into your dough during the baking cycle. This bread machine is among one of the few that have this feature. Budget machines don’t tend to have automatic fruit and nut dispensers, so this is a nice surprise given the price point of the Breadman BK1050S.
Our Breadman BK1050S Review
Off the bat we see a great deal of potential with the Breadman BK1050S. It’s a well-priced machine with plenty of features and a recipe book with so many recipes that you probably won’t need to get a cookbook
in the near future. There’s a fruit and nut dispenser which is helpful for baking special breads. There’s a large viewing window on the lid. There’s a delay timer that can be set up to 15 hours in advance rather than the usual 13 (a reminder: when using the timer, do not use ingredients that will spoil – for instance use powdered milk instead of fresh milk).
You can choose to bake a 1-pound, 1.5-pound, or 2-pound loaf which makes this bread machine suitable for either small or large families. You can adjust the crust to light, medium, or dark. And for those who really don’t like the idea of having the paddle baked into the bread and causing a hole, the Breadman BK1050S has a collapsible kneading paddle.
On top of all those features, it has several neat programs like gluten-free, artisan dough, and low carb (this one being the most unique in our opinion). There are several low carb recipes made for this machine including low carb rye bread, low carb pecan bread, and low carb whole wheat bread. To wrap things up, it comes with a two-year limited warranty (very good, because most are only one year). Basically, this machine has everything you would want from a bread maker.
The thing we noticed, however, is that there are quite a bit of issues with this machine in terms of performance. For starters, you may find that the paddle comes off while the dough is mixing and you’d have to fish it out of the dough. The other more important issues are that the paddle has a tendency to scrape the pan so that the non-stick coating comes off – not good at all – and that oil from the machine leaks into the dough and bakes into the bread – yikes. After doing some digging, it seems like these issues have been known for a number of years and that there is a rather high incidence rate.
Issues like these definitely make the experience frustrating but it’s a good thing this bread machine has a two-year warranty. If these issues happen to you, please contact Breadman for a fix. Their post-purchase support is among the best we’ve seen and as far as we know, these issues are covered under the warranty.
When it is working properly the bread machine can do some awesome things: cinnamon rolls, raspberry pecan twist, olive loaf. It’s great that there are plenty of recipes Breadman gives you to work with. The other thing we want to talk about is low carb bread. To be honest, we haven’t actually been successful in making low carb bread in a bread machine because it always doesn’t seem to rise properly. It’s edible, no doubt, but we feel that the texture can be better. This is probably due to the properties of the ingredients and how they act with each other. Low carb bread is notoriously difficult to get right. We’re still experimenting and if we do come up with some foolproof recipes we’ll be happy to share them with you.
Breadman BK1050S Rating
Quality of Bread
The Breadman BK1050S is a well-priced bread machine with a ton of awesome features: fruit and nut dispenser, low-carb and gluten-free programs, three loaf sizes perfect for families of all sizes, and a two-year warranty. But it’s also known to have issues with performance which could be deal-breakers for you.
Breadman BK1050S Features At A Glance
- Makes a 1-pound, 1.5-pound, and 2-pound loaf
- Has a 15-hour delay timer
- Has a fruit/nut dispenser
- Has a large viewing window on the lid
- Has a menu of pre-programmed settings printed on the lid
- Has a two-year limited warranty
- Has 14 pre-programmed settings: White, White Rapid, Whole Wheat, Whole Wheat Rapid, French, French Rapid, Sweet Bread, Quick Bread, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Dough, Artisan Dough, Jam, Bake Only.
- Comes with instruction manual, recipe book, measuring cup, spoon.
As you can see from above, the Breadman BK1050S machine is jam-packed with features and has phenomenal post-purchase support with a two-year warranty. We had to take points off because of reliability and performance issues with this machine. Given the high incidence rates, we really can’t tell you that your machine will work properly from the start. On the other hand we see a lot of good things with this bread machine. We really hope to see all its issues fixed once and for all.
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