Most bread machines bake loaves that stand up vertical because the bread pan is shaped that way and it has only one kneading blade. Bread machines that bake horizontal loaves, like the loaves you buy from the bakery, have bread pans that are longer and not so high.
Automatic bread machines that make traditional shape bread loaves have two kneading paddles to ensure the ingredients are mixed and kneaded well. Here are the costs and benefits of two of the best bread machines with horizontal loaf pans.
Zojirushi BB-CEC20 with 2-lb Horizontal Loaf Pan
The Zojirushi BB-CEC20 bakes a 2-pound traditional shape bread loaf in its rectangular bread loaf pan. It has two kneading blades and a strong motor for better mixing and kneading results.
The menu options available are Basic, Quick, Wheat, Dough, Jam, Cake, Sourdough Starter as well as three Home Made Menus which you can customize and save with your own preferences. The Quick baking cycle bakes a bread in about 2 hours.
It has a 13-hour delay timer and 10-minute power failure back-up feature. This Zojirushi bread machine measures 12.8 x 13.6 x 18.9 inches and weighs 20 pounds.
- Requires a lot of counter space.
- It has a list price of more than $200 (get a good deal at Amazon.com).
- It does not have a gluten free menu option.
- It has a large viewing window.
- It costs more than other bread machines because it is bigger and better.
- It has a rectangular baking pan which produces a traditional horizontal loaf shape.
—> You may read our review of the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 2-pound loaf bread machine for more information.
West Bend 41410 with 2.5-lb Horizontal Loaf Pan
The West Bend 41410 Hi-Rise bread maker replaces the older model West Bend 41300 bread machine. The 41410 has a horizontal loaf pan with two kneading paddles for better dough kneading, higher rising and more traditional shape bread loaves.
It has 12 pre-programmed menu settings, 3 crust color selections (the usual light, medium and dark) and 3 loaf sizes to choose from (1.5, 2 or 2.5 pounds). It has a gluten free menu setting if you are interested in making gluten free bread loaves.
Its delayed start function can delay the completion of a bread program by up to 13 hours. It also has a keep warm feature for keeping the bread warm after it has finished baking.
The West Bend 41410 Hi-Rise bread maker weighs 7 pounds less than the Zojirushi BB-CEC20: it weighs 13 pounds. This could make it less stable than the Zojirushi when kneading difficult dough. Do not put the West Bend near the edge of the kitchen counter or it might fall on the floor when it kneads heavy dough.
What else? It has power interruption protection. Viewing window in the lid. Did we mention the horizontal baking pan? Yes, we did.
The West Bend 41410 bread machine comes with a nonstick bread pan, two kneading blades, measuring cup, measuring spoon, kneading blade removal tool, instruction manual and recipe booklet.
- It sometimes kneads and rises the dough with lopsided results.
- Recipe booklet is on the thin side, wish there were more recipes to choose!
- It is a long bread maker, so you need deep counter space and high cabinets to open the lid completely.
- Affordable price (check latest prices at Amazon.com).
- Horizontal loaf pan.
- Two kneading blades.
- Gluten free setting.
—> We have a written a review for the West Bend 41410 Hi-Rise bread machine: read more about its features, advantages and disadvantages.
Let us conclude this short review of bread machines that bake horizontal loaves in their rectangular bread pans by making two statements.
If you want a bread machine with a horizontal loaf pan and have more than $200 to spend, then get the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 from Amazon.com.
If you want a bread machine with a horizontal loaf pan and have less than $200 to spend, then consider buying the West Bend 41410 Hi-Rise from Amazon.com.
P.S. You may also examine the newer Zojirushi BB-PAC20 bread machine (read full review) which makes horizontal loaves in its 2-pound bread pan. It has a gluten free setting for making gluten free bread as well as a unique heating element in its lid. The older model Zojirushi BB-CEC20 does not have a gluten free menu setting or an extra heating element.
Thank you for reading our review about bread machines with horizontal bread loaf pans.