My bread machine is barely holding on with all this baking that I am doing lately. Thus, I have started to look for a new and maybe more professional one.
I did some research online and really like this summary:
The website says 4 key components to consider before buying bread machine are power, setting, loaf size and extras.
The first thing to pay attention to is the Power every bread maker machine has. The baking speed depends on it – the more powerful a bread maker is, the faster it prepares the pastry or bread loaves. As usual, most bread makers have the power varying from 450 to 1650 Watts. Low-power bread machines, in general, have fewer modes (programs) and some of them can’t knead the dough.
The next aspect to consider are the Settings that are also called modes or programs. Every bread maker has a certain set of settings – basic or advanced. The number of settings can vary from 2 to 25. The programs are different in terms of dough kneading time, baking time, and temperature. The combination of these parameters allows the bread maker to cook different types of bread or pastry. All models usually have the common settings such as standard or quick baking. Also, keep in mind that some bread maker machines allow you to set the settings by yourself.
Also, you need to check the Loaf Size – a loaf weighing 1 lbs. is enough to satisfy a daily requirement for a family. Though the best bread machines can bake loaves up to 2 lbs. Therefore, you need to check the model according to a number of people you need to feed.
Finally, there are several more features to consider and we call them Extras. For example, some bread makers have additional settings such as delay timer (which allows you to put the start of the program off), an audible reminder that lets you know when the baking is finished, a viewing window through which you can control the baking process, and so on.
Before making my final decision I will investigate a bit more. But it seems like a good start!