For those looking for a breadmaker on a tight budget, the Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker is probably the cheapest breadmaker you are going to find. Coming in at less than $55, it is ideal for someone with experience of making homemade bread by hand who wants to save themselves the hassle of kneading and baking.
The machine can produce fine quality bread of two different loaf sizes — 1 1/2 pounds and 2 pounds — but what you save in cost you have to makeup by checking the dough during kneading.
But don’t be under any illusions: this breadmaker provides great value for money. If you know the tips and tricks necessary to use it, you can save up to $100 on what you would pay for a top-of-the-range bread maker.
Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker Features
- Two different loaf sizes — 1 1/2 pounds or 2 pounds
- Three different crust shades
- Nonstick bread pan and paddle
- Settings for jams, cakes, and doughs13-hour delay timer
- Astonishing low price
- Astonishing Value
It is difficult to understand how Sunbeam can be turning a profit with this breadmaker being so inexpensive. While it may not have the all singing, all dancing features of its more expensive cousins, it still has a wide variety of different settings.
You might not expect it for the price, but beyond making loaves, this breadmaker can produce jams, cakes, and dough. It also has three different crust shade options, a 13-hour delay timer, and an easy-to-use control panel.
Tips and Tricks
I’m inclined to think that one of the main reasons the Sunbeam 5891 is so cheap is because of the poor recipe booklet that comes with it. Those who have tried to use those recipes have invariably been disappointed. If you know to avoid them, you can still enjoy fluffy bread from this machine by looking for recommended recipes online or buying a book like Betty Crocker’s Best Bread Machine Cookbook.
Along with the recipe booklet, you may also need to give the machine a quick check during the first 5-10 minutes when it kneads the dough. A spatula may be required to ensure none of the flour is left unmixed in a corner of the bread pan, and you may also need to add a little flour or water as appropriate. After that, you can shut the lid and let it do its stuff.
If you know your bread making, then the Sunbeam 5891 is practically a steal. For those new to breadmaking who want to just add the ingredients, set the machine, and get a consistent loaf every time, it is worth spending a little more to get either the fantastic Zojirushi BB-CEC20 or the sturdy and reliable Panasonic SD-YD250.