The cost-effectiveness of a Sanyo bread maker depends on variable factors, including the cost of the machine, frequency of use and the cost of ingredients and electricity. Shoppers can begin to calculate an estimate of cost-effectiveness by dividing the cost of the bread machine by the estimated number of uses.
They can then calculate the per-loaf cost of common bread ingredients such as flour, yeast, water, sugar and salt. The average bread maker uses approximately .4 kWh of electricity per loaf for a standard bake cycle. Comparing the sum of these costs with the price of store-bought bread provides an estimate of the cost-effectiveness of this appliance.