Comparisons by BestReviews.com, AtTheBakersBench.com and Consumer Search suggested a variety of models for the best bread maker. These review websites often use multiple categories to rate units, based on the capacity and price of the unit.
The BestReviews.com roundup, updated in February 2015, named the Panasonic SD-YD250 as the best bread maker. This machine had a variable loaf capacity and a number of settings to make consistent bread for a reasonable price. The review also points out the Panasonic model can be noisy depending on which settings are used.
The baking review website AtTheBakersBench.com picks bread makers for seven categories: best overall, best big machine, best gluten-free machine, best value, best basic machine, best express machine and best small machine. It chose the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 as the best comprehensive bread machine. This model, which replaced the BBCCX-20, is a horizontal bread maker that bakes a reliably delicious loaf; however, it is much more expensive than its competitors. It features 10 pre-programmed baking cycles and a removable non-stick bread pan that is easily cleaned.
Consumer Search, a retail review aggregation website, also picked the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 as the best overall bread machine. The review notes that the unit is easily programmable and has a number of features, despite a higher cost than competing models. Consumer Search went on to pick models from Panasonic, Sunbeam and Cuisinart as the best value bread machine, best cheap bread maker and best gluten-free bread machine, respectively.