What is the Best Gluten-Free Bread Machine?

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If you are interested in buying a bread machine to use for making gluten-free bread, here are a few things to consider.

1.  Gluten-free dough needs a lot of mixing.  Bread machines are designed for mixing and kneading gluten-containing dough which is much thicker and way more elastic than gluten-free dough.

Most bread machines have one paddle that is used for mixing.  My Breadman machine has one paddle and often I mix the bread ingredients in my KitchenAid mixer and then add the dough to the bread machine for rising and baking.

Some machines have two paddles and do a better job of mixing. I’m pretty sure Zojirushi bread machines all have two paddles. I don’t know if other brands do too. Expect to pay more for a two-paddle machine, but it might be worth it if you don’t have to use your mixer first.

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2.  Gluten-free dough only needs one rise. Gluten-containing doughs rise, are punched down, and rise again, maybe even three times.  That’s not necessary for gluten-free breads.  A machine with a gluten-free cycle will likely eliminate the unnecessary rises.

3.  A gluten-free setting doesn’t mean it will make great gluten-free bread.  It takes a lot more than that to get a good loaf of gluten-free bread.  A good recipe or mix is much more important.

4.  A custom cycle is better than a gluten-free cycle.  My Breadman machine has both a gluten-free cycle and the ability to create custom cycles.  A custom cycle means that you can program a cycle to specified times for each part of the process.

Recipes and mixes vary greatly and you will often find that instructions given for mixing time, rise time, and bake time vary from one recipe/mix to another and may never match the gluten-free cycle times.

A programmable machine is worth much more than a machine with a gluten-free setting.

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5.  It takes less time to make a loaf of gluten-free bread than a loaf of wheat bread.  As mentioned in number 2, gluten-free bread does not need multiple rises and therefore the total amount of time is shorter.

Considering that, you might find that baking the bread in your oven is almost as easy, especially if you have a one-paddle machine and have to do the mixing by hand anyway.

What is the best gluten-free bread machine?  Probably one with two paddles and at least one (more is better) custom cycle.   But really, you might be the best bread machine.

What kind of bread machine do you use?  Do you like it?




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  1. http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-CBK-100-Programmable-Breadmaker/dp/B001C2KY7Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1334071346&sr=8-3
    I got this one from Amazon and LOVE IT!! It has a gluten free cycle on it and I’ve not had a loaf turn out bad yet.
    Moe

    • Deanna says:

      What are some recipes for GF breads you have used in this machine? I’m thinking of buying it and was hoping to not have to buy pre-made mixes.

  2. Linda,

    What recipe do you use for your bread machine? Also I wanted to tell you I tried your Multi Purpose pastry dough last night and loved it!! I made a chicken pot pie and it was incredible. The dough tasted flaky and like pie crust!! yay!! Thank you so much for your great recipes!! Ali

  3. I have had three bread machines since the late 80s.

    First one: Breadman – Corner Bakery (the best) – baked all kinds of bread at least twice a week before the whole wheat cycle died. I then bought a smaller Oster machine with the same multiple settings as the Breadman around 2001. It just didn’t bake whole wheat bread as good as the Breadman. So a couple years later, I bought a Zojirushi.

    About 3 years after buying the Zojirushi, I had to go gluten-free. The process of making the settings on the Zojirushi took too much time, so I then bought a Cuisinart with a GF setting.

    I have made successful loaves in the Cuisinart. The recipes that came with the Cuisinart work and I was able to modify them and use my oven recipes in the machine.

    I prefer using a ceramic loaf dish, because I have been able to get no-fail results. I believe the difference is the ceramic dish bakes hotter than a metal pan. I bought Paula Deen’s large loaf dish.

    I mix my bread using my stand mixer and then scrape it into the baking dish to allow it to rise. I check for a 200 degree F reading (using a food thermometer) before taking it out of the oven. That method always works for me.

    One of my sisters has the Zojirushi and she loves it, because she never had a bread machine. The Cuisinart sits on the back corner of the counter covered. Maybe one day I will bake another loaf in it.

    • Joyce Burton says:

      I made bread for 20 years with my Zojirushi and loved it. So, after I found I was gluten intolerant, I purchased a new one so I could program in the gluten settings. I was usually pleased with the results. However, I have since found a mix I love. It’s Pamela’s Gluten-Free Bread mix and I buy it from Amazon.com. My favorite is with the added poppy, sesame, and sunflower seeds. It also uses the regular bread cycle so should work with any of the bread machines. I slice the loaf and freeze it in a plastic container. It seems to last forever, since I don’t always use it that quickly. But then, sometimes I do!! I don’t like the ready-made bread and always want to have some available in the freezer!

  4. I’ve never used a bread machine, but these look like good tips. Like you, I use my Kithenaid stand mixer to mix the dough. Thanks for pointing out that GF bread only needs one rise. That’s how I do mine!

  5. Laurie H says:

    This is a great post as I was going to send out a twitter tweet with the same question. I loved my bread machine, it’s 10 years old and works great but no GF or custom cycle so I haven’t used it for a year. I’ll be checking back to read more comments and gather recommendations.

  6. Keesha says:

    We have a Cuisinart machine with a GF setting and use it to make at least one loaf a week. For about a year and half after my son and I were diagnosed, we made bread by hand. I don’t know that the bread machine makes a better loaf, but it means I can start it and leave the house rather than having to watch while it rises. We’ve tried a number of recipes, but this is our go-to: http://lynnskitchenadventures.com/lra/gluten-free-bread-machine-bread/ It slices nicely for sandwiches and my kindergartener has deemed it “normal” enough to take in his lunch and share with friends.

    • Gail Rawlings says:

      That recipe looks perfect and the info on the Cuisinart is as well. Just found out I need to go gluten free and have improved my digestive health tremendously but have made a huge dent in my pocket book. This will be very helpful. Thanks.

  7. I have a Breadman Pro and love it!

  8. Hi, we have a Zojirushi machine and I really like it. However, to be honest I am normally in a hurry to get a loaf a bread done so I quickly mix it up in the kitchenaide and pour it in. Then I have it programmed to rise for 30 min and bake for 60. I get a wonderful loaf every time that way.

    I purchase 125 Best Gluten-Free Bread Machine Recipes by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt and have really liked all of the recipes I have tried from there. I have changed many of the recipes to suit our family however, like eliminating the 2 egg whites called for in most recipes – we just use 1 egg to save on time and decreasing the time as well because I found that it just doesn’t need that long of a bake to cook.

    • Betsy, is yours a newer Zojirushi? I have an old one (1980′s) which I loved for all those years until I went GF. It has just the one programmable cycle which is a tedious process to set the first time, but great so long as I make the same bread each time…..not likely for me any more! LOL It does not have any options for adjusting rising or baking times or mixing by hand and just baking, etc. Can you give a few more details about your newer one….model, etc.? Thanks.

      • Hi Joey, I have the Zojirushi BBCCX20. I purchased it last August but it looks like it is now the old model.
        http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-BBCCX20-Bakery-Supreme-Machine/dp/B0000T6J3I/ref=sr_1_4?s=appliances&ie=UTF8&qid=1334192194&sr=1-4

        This has three programmable cycles which work great for me. The first I set for most recipes (a 25 min knead cycle, 70 min rise, and 60 min bake), my quick program (which is the 30 min rise and 60 min bake) and then a third which I have set like the first but without the knead cycle. I believe that you can set as many as three rises and three kneading cycles and as long of a bake time as you want. You maybe can alter the temp baked as well. There is also a pre-heat cycle if you want that.

        I also experiment allot on my bread but for the most part those cycles work for most of the recipes. My mixer gets used along with the breadmachine 3 out of 4 times because it is faster to the end result and then I don’t have to babysit the breadmachine making certain that everything is completely mixed in. I can then add the batter to the machine (without the mixing paddles because they mess up the bottom of the loaf more) and not have to worry about being gone when it is rising or baking. I have 4 kids and feel like I am always running out the door for something so even though the results are not as perfect for a loaf in comparison to the traditional pans, the convenience is worth it to me. I still make bread with the oven but not nearly as often as this is just more convenient.

        I wonder if the new machines are better at achiving an evenly brown crust? That is the one thing that is disappointing in this machine is the lack of an even crust. The top is lighter on this loaf than the sides.
        Sorry that this is so long! Hope that I answered your questions.

    • Annette says:

      Are there yeast bread recipes in 125 Best Gluten-Free Bread Machine Recipes by Donna Washburn that call for blanched almond or coconut flour? Do you make rolls/buns or just loaves of bread? Thanks! Annette

  9. Toni Hendrikx says:

    I have thezojirushi bread maker just got it yesterday was wondering will it do the gluten free bread or did I get the wrong Mach. Can I program it to make that bread .

  10. Hi All, I’m new to gluten-free baking, and I have a few questions. I have an old Panasonic bread machine, 2lb. capacity. I’m pretty certain it doesn’t have a GF cycle. Can I use it? Second, I bought a box mix to try, made by Gluteno that is gluten and wheat free. It comes with yeast, and I have to add water or milk, melted butter or oil, and 2 large eggs, or 1 egg and 2 egg whites.
    I was not aware when I bought it that it recommends a gluten free setting on bread machine. Any recommendations? I’d also like to know if a gluten-free diet has to be eliminating all gluten, or will my husband get some benefit if he does a “pretty good” but not perfect job.

    Thanks.

    • Ruth, you will have to experiment with the bread machine. A gluten free setting is not necessary. Try it using the setting for a basic white bread. If your husband is gluten free because he has celiac disease, then he needs to be completely gluten free. In fact, you should was that bread machine out thoroughly before using it for gluten free bread. You can learn more by looking at the GF Diet tab on my site.

  11. Melanie says:

    I have a question. I recently received a bread machine for Christmas and I was wondering if it’s ok to use it to bake regular and GF bread in it as long as it is cleaned out in between.

    • That would be pretty risky. Personally, I wouldn’t do it. But then I won’t even use wheat flour in my kitchen at all. See this blog post: http://glutenfreehomemaker.com/2011/09/can-gluten-in-air-harm-you/

      • Melanie says:

        Thanks! Nobody in my house has any problems with gluten, so I do plenty of baking with wheat flour, but my sister has celiac and I do quite a bit of baking for her when we have family parties. My bread machine is a Cuisinart CBX-100, which does have a GF cycle, which is why I was thinking about possibly making GF in it. However, it will mainly be used to make wheat bread for my family. Maybe I’ll just attempt GF bread by hand.

  12. Is it okay to use my old Zojirushi bread machine for gluten-free baking so long as I wash it well? I used it for regular wheat bread occasionally before I knew I had issues with gluten. I can’t seem to get my bread to turn out right making it the old fashioned way. It never seems to cook all the way through.

  13. Evie Knutsen says:

    I just bought a cuisinart bread machine that has a gluten free cycle. I am anxious to try it out.

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  15. Julie Baier says:

    My husband has been GF for a few months, though I’ve also been involved with my sister’s 3yr Celiac journey. I am considering purchasing a breadmaker. I am an experienced baker & cook and have a family with high expectations (They’re used to good homemade wheat bread and meals). I’m so frustrated with “good enough, I guess” results in making GF breads. Will a bread machine really give me any better, closer to the real thing results, or would I just be wasting more money? I have many GF flours, made up many blends, but find that each blend doesn’t work for a lot of things and many recipes call for even more different flours anyway. I’d hate to put out the $$ for a maker after everything else if it won’t give me the convenience & more-like-wheat-bread good results. The cost of a bread maker would buy a lot of Udi’s!!

    • Julie, I don’t think that a bread maker produces better results. Gluten-free bread is simply difficult to make and will never be the same as wheat bread. Smaller loaves do better (notice Udi’s loaves are smaller than wheat loaves), and bread machine pans are usually larger than ideal for gf. Also, the machines often don’t mix well enough. So, no. I wouldn’t purchase one if you’re hoping it will improve the bread. It’s only beneficial for those who want the convenience and are happy with the good enough results they get.

  16. So true. The goal with a bread maker is to save time and money without allowing myself, my kitchen, and my two small children (and everything they touch) to become caked in flour. I just started using my Zojirushi bread maker. After doing a some research and I got the mini (1 pound loaf) version, as it was half the price and (as someone else commented) GF breads tend to taste best in small loaves. I’m still playing with recipes, but each loaf tastes yummy, and as soon as I started adding an extra 10 minutes to the cooking time (this particular model doesn’t truly reach 350, more like 300 degrees) each batch came out perfect. (Note: Do not use the warming feature, it just takes out all the moisture and makes it crumbly. )

    A bread maker bread is never going to compete with artesian, hand-shaped loaves baked fresh in professional convection ovens with perfectly controlled heat and moisture. Never.

    However, it saves enough time and money… and it’s good bread. Most importantly, with the machine, I can get my 5 year-old involved in baking the GF foods. It’s hard to explain to my son why he has to take medicine every day and why he has to eat special foods. There are so many questions I can’t answer and so much I can’t do. Baking and cooking gluten-free is the one thing that I know I can do for him everyday. And teaching him to bake with me without the frustration of a tedious hand-made process that he wouldn’t be able to handle: it’s a very healthy part of him learning to accept/embrace his new dietary restrictions.

  17. marie grace says:

    I am very new to the gluten free way of life. This site provided me with a wealth of information. I googled Breadman bread machines, but there are so many models to chose from. Can someone tell me which one they use? Thank you!

  18. Janis Bryant says:

    I am searching for a good bread machine with a gluten-free setting, two paddles, a teflon coated pan, and a price under 150.00. I also want a beep signal when extra ingredients (like nuts or raisins) have to be added. Can anyone advise ?
    Thank you.

  19. I have a Hamilton Beach bread maker that I love It has one paddle but mixes very well with no strain on the motorIt does’t dance around on the counter but is sturdy and quiet It has the gluten free cycle which I use all the time.

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