7 Features to look for when Picking the Best Gluten Free Bread Machine

Gluten FreeThe fact is, these days, most bread machines can be classified as a gluten free bread machine, but what features does the best bread machine have that beat all the rest? What makes the difference? There are only certain kinds of bread machines that do a fantastic job at baking delicious homemade gluten free bread.

The Best Gluten Free Bread Machine Will Mix the Dough Thoroughly

Ensure that your gluten free bread machine will mix the dough well. Most machines cannot mix our heavy gluten free dough well enough, leaving clumps of ingredients in the dough. The right paddle and and motor may be one of the most important features of the best gluten free bread machine. Many bread machines do not have paddles that are strong enough to handle gluten free dough. Bread machines made specifically for gluten free baking will likely have thick, heavy paddles to avoid those dreaded lumps and clumps. They will also have sturdy motors that will not burn out after a few years and replacing bread maker parts is not the easiest task.

Double Paddles

Double PaddlesTo increase the quality of the kneading cycle and to reduce the need to scrape the sides of the pans (but it won’t entirely eliminate it) we always suggest going for a bread machine that has double paddles. Double paddles just do a better job at mixing the ingredients which will prevent clumps from forming.

Programmable Settings

control panelProgrammable cycles will make your job as a baker far easier than those without. With the ability to program the cycles you have much more control at your fingertips. You can adjust settings based on the quality of the ingredients (not every bread mix is created equal, even if it’s from the same brand and store). Humidity also plays a huge role in the outcome of your bread so you may want to adjust the settings on hot days. Check with your bread machine manual on how to program your bread cycles.

Be Cool with a Cool Down Cycle

Another important feature that will produce high quality bread without dedicating your day to babysitting an appliance is the cool down cycle. Bread needs to be removed from the heat immediately after baking to prevent it from getting soggy or losing its flavor. Traditionally, removing the bread from the machine was the only route to avoiding this mishap, but a fan assisted cool down cycle will guarantee the heat is removed while saving you a step. In addition to the saved step, this can add an element of convenience. Throw the ingredients in the bread machine before work, program the appropriate cycles, and walk in the door after a long day to the smell of fresh baked bread.

Gluten-free setting: Not always necessary

Your 1st instict may be to check to make sure the bread machine has a gluten free cycle. While many bread machines have a gluten-free setting, the best gluten free bread machine may not. Bread dough that does not contain any gluten only needs one kneading and rising cycle instead of two. Over kneading will result in a very unappetizing, flat bread due to the air being fizzled out of the dough. If a machine does not have a gluten-free setting and we recommend it here, that is because it will have either a ‘rapid bake’ (or quick bake or express bake or some other variation), which cuts down the kneading and rising cycle time or the machine will be programmable.

Pause Button: a very under-rated feature

An often overlooked feature on bread makers is that of the pause button. While it is not as important as the durable paddles, programmability, and cool down cycle, it can come in handy. It will allow you to stop the process in the middle of any cycle, allowing you to add certain ingredients at very detailed times. It’s also nice for adjusting baking cycles when experimenting with new recipes that are still being perfected. One of the best reasons to make your own bread is the ability to experiment and a pause button can help with that.

Jam, Pizza Dough and Pasta, Oh My!

PizzaFor many people, buying a bread maker is a way to have fresh baked bread that accommodates their gluten-free diet or wheat allergies. Of course, there are more perks to using a bread maker at home and that is the ability to make your own delicious gluten-free or wheat free pasta, pizza dough and even jam, yummy!

So there you have it, consider this list the next time you are out looking for the best gluten free bread machine. These are our 7 essential items to look for when purchasing any model of bread maker.

But at this point, you might be asking yourself, what exactly is the best gluten free bread machine? Did you read this far thinking we would come out with the end all, be all of all bread machines? Although it would be great to label one bread machine as the best gluten free bread machine, it really does come down to personal preference. Our guide is a starter, but what about the size of the loaf you want to bake regularly? We can’t decide that for you. If you want a small loaf, check out the Gluten Free Zoji Mini. If size matters, go for the grand daddy of them all, the Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker. Maybe your prefer a more retro look, like the Breadman TR875? Pick the right one for you. And if you do, it will bring you joy that will last you many years to come in the form of a mouth watering aroma that fills your home and delicious bread on your plate. So go ahead, look around and find the best gluten free bread machine, made just for you.

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