Baking bread at home has risen in popularity over the past couple of years as people have spent more time indoors. In fact, according to The Washington Post, the pastime was so popular in 2020 that the United States nearly ran out of flour and yeast. So if you’re doing some last-minute shopping for a foodie friend, go for the Hamilton Beach bread maker, which is still guaranteed to arrive before Christmas if you order now.
This 4.5-star-rated appliance has plenty of features to keep users experimenting with new recipes all winter long. It has 12 programmable settings so you can make delicious treats like French bread, gluten-free loaves, pizza doughs, cakes, and even jam. You just need to put your ingredients into the machine, pick what you want to bake, and press start. The buttons at the top of the device let you customize your loaf with two size and three crust darkness options. You can also set a delay start timer that will bake your bread while you’re away and keep it warm for an hour after it’s finished.
This compact piece of kitchen tech has over 14,000 reviews, with more than 10,000 of them being a perfect five stars. One reviewer, who’s made bread for over 70 years and used a bread maker for over 30 years, loved what the machine produced. “…[For] those you who want a product that lives up to expectations and promises of the manufacturer, you will also be satisfied,” the veteran customer wrote. Another customer, who has children with Celiac disease and can’t eat gluten, wrote a similarly glowing review. “I bought this bread machine in conjunction with The Gluten-Free Bread Machine Cookbook, and it has performed beautifully to make us affordable bread for my family,” the parent wrote.
Head over to Amazon to find the Hamilton Beach bread maker for $90 and get it in time for the holiday season.