Our Top 3 Bread Makers for Fresh Homemade Loaves

These are the bread machines that deserve a spot on your counter

sliced bread on a wood board
Fresh, warm loaves like this brioche can be yours with one of our favorite bread makers.Thomas Payne

If the smell of freshly baked bread isn’t enough to inspire you to start baking loaves at home, then these high-end breadmakers will be. We’ve tested out a handful of the best machines on the market, and narrowed it down to three that produce delicious bread—some of them can even make pasta dough and jam, too.

With these machines, you'll find features like 1- and 2-pound loaf capability, convenient delay settings, easy cleanup processes, and plenty of bread recipes to help get you started.

Zojirushi BB-HAC10 1-Pound-Loaf Home Bakery

Zojirushi BB-HAC10 1-Pound-Loaf Home Bakery
This breadmaker is a compact model that yields 1-pound loaves and cakes.Amazon

There's nothing better than setting up a program on your breadmaker, popping in the necessary ingredients, and letting it work its magic. This model's selling point is its compact size (it barely takes up more counter space than a toaster) and its ability to crank out fresh 1-pound bread loaves and cakes. But it doesn't stop there—you can also make jam, cookie dough, and pasta dough using the specialized settings. Pro tip: try making a loaf of fresh brioche.

Zojirushi BB-PDC20BA 2-Pound-Loaf Home Bakery Virtuoso

Zojirushi BB-PDC20BA 2-Pound-Loaf Home Bakery Virtuoso
This Zojirushi model makes a 2-pound loaf in just under two and a half hours.Amazon

The Zojirushi Virtuoso can produce a delicious 2-pound loaf in two hours and 25 minutes when using the rapid course setting. But what sets this machine apart from the rest is its ability to create a whole range of healthy breads using different course settings (vegan, gluten-free, multigrain, and whole wheat, to name a few). Users will find both double kneading blades and dual heaters, features that yield optimum baking results—and the large LCD display is pretty great, too.

SKG 3920 Automatic Bread Machine

SKG 3920 Automatic Bread Machine
This SKG bread machine is ideal for new bread bakers.Amazon

For anyone flirting with the idea of baking bread at home, the SKG Automatic Bread Machine is a wonderful tool for beginners. With 19 programs, three loaf sizes (1, 1½, and 2 pounds), and a compact build, making a loaf at home is as easy as adding the necessary ingredients (recipes provided by the company) and pressing a few buttons—the machine does the rest.