A Brief History Of The Manufacturer Of The Sunbeam Bread Maker
Over a century after the brand first appeared as the houseware’s subsidiary of a Chicago animal shearing and trimming company, Sunbeam continues to feature a broad array of housewares such as those that first made the brand an American institution. Today, one of Sunbeam’s most popular kitchen appliances is the Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker, which is garnering a reputation among consumers and retailers alike for being one of the best compact, low-priced bread making machines.
The Sunbeam Bread maker 5891, which sells at the time of this writing for as low through Amazon.com, weighs only 19 pounds and features 12 baking functions plus three selections for crust shading, a detail many home break makers consider just as important as the overall bread consistency, according to several reviews of the product. The unit does not take up very much counter pace—its dimensions are 14x19x13.5 inches.
The Sunbeam Bread Maker makes up to a two-pound bread loaf and features a 13-hour timer for delayed baking, rather similar to the long-familiar slow-cook crockpot, and a user has an easy-to-read digital LED function and time display with a touch-control panel at the front of the unit. Also, the 5891 features what Sunbeam calls an Express Bake Bread maker Cycle, allowing bread making in less than an hour. Finally, if simple maintenance is also, a goal, the 5891 includes a removable non-stick baking pan that cleans easily and is dishwasher safe, and the touch control panel can be cleaned easily with a soft cloth.
Sunbeam Bread Maker Reviews
Based on numerous consumer reviews at several Websites where the 5891 can be purchased or discussed, the single most frequent complaint about the machine is that, while the instructions for using the machine are clear and accurate, the bread recipes included in the booklet are inaccurate and often downright wrong—on several consumer review sites and online shopping portals, the consensus has been to discard the booklet recipes and go with either an independent bread making recipe book or use your longstanding recipes. Once you do either, these reviewers say, the 5891 is the best bang for the few bucks spent to buy it.
One drawback is that it’s not a programmable bread maker. There are numerous pre-set settings, but you technically can’t program your recipe into the machine like you can with a Zojirushi. So for the more experienced baker that likes to experiment and tweak their recipes down to the molecule, temperature and cooking time, you would want something more. With the amount of presets, however, this is would suffice for a novice breadmaker.
The only other complaint has been that loaves tend to fall—but this complaint, too, spoke of the Sunbeam bread maker recipes included in the instruction booklet. Once again, these reviewers say, using an outside recipe source or the user’s own longstanding bread recipes did not result in falling loaves while using the 5891. Over 400 Amazon.com customers offer positive reviews averaging three and a half out of five stars. These consumers, too, criticized only the manual-provided bread recipes and urged buyers to use their own or buy other bread making cookbooks. Consumers who bought a 5891 and posted reviews to Cooking.com said they would buy it again if the need arose.
- Incredibly Simple to Use
- Very affordable for most people
- Great for beginners.
- Good for light or casual users.
- Large Viewing Window
- Recipes that come with it aren’t that good.
- Can be noisy
- Experienced bakers need something better.
- It can take up a decent amount of counter space
- Not programmable.
Final Thoughts on Sunbeam Bread Machine Review
Overall, this isn’t what I would recommend to most of my friends and family. Sure, if you’re on a tight budget, by all means, get it. It’s better to have this than nothing at all, but if you can spend the extra money, I would take a look at some better models for not only a higher quality bread but for heavier use. You might think that you will not use it that much, justifying the price. But believe me, baking your bread can become an addiction. There is no comparison to any store-bought bread out there. Once you get used to it and see how easy it is, you will be baking more often. So if that’s the case, you might as well invest in something better for yourself.