Can a Rosewill bread maker rise to the challenge of baking bread at home? Read our review to learn more about Rosewill bread machines.
What are Rosewill bread machines?
Rosewill bread machines are not popular or well known. This is not a surprise since Rosewill Inc. has only been in existence since 2004.
The headquarters is located in California, but they also have offices in China. The first products they sold were computer products, but now they are also selling various home appliances such as bread makers.
Rosewill has two bread machine models to offer: the R-BM-01 and the RHBM-15001. They are both affordable, but what are their similarities and differences?
Our review of these Rosewill bread machines looks at the features of each bread maker. We also answer a few common questions about their ability to make bread.
Rosewill R-BM-01 Ultra Fast Bread Maker
The Rosewill R-BM-01 bread maker consists of the plastic bread machine housing which includes the lid (with a viewing window), control panel with display, bread pan and single kneading blade. A measuring cup, spoon, hook (for removing kneading blade from bread) and instruction manual are included.
The controls are similar to other bread makers in the same price range. Press the menu button to select one the 12 menu programs:
1. Basic (for normal bread recipes)
2. French (has longer rise times)
3. Whole Wheat (longer preheat time)
4. Quick (bread recipes that use baking soda/powder)
5. Sweet (bread recipes that contain lots of sugar)
6. Ultra Fast I (bakes a 1.5-pound loaf in 58 minutes)
7. Ultra Fast II (bakes a 2-pound loaf in 58 minutes)
8. Dough (knead and rise dough recipes, no baking step)
9. Jam (cook jam or marmalade)
10. Cake (mix and bake a cake with baking powder/soda)
11. Sandwich (bread with a light texture and thin crust)
12. Bake (no kneading or rising, just a baking function).
You continue by choosing a light, medium or dark crust color with the color button. The default crust color is medium.
Press the loaf button to select a either a 1.5-pound or 2-pound loaf size. The default loaf size is 2 pounds.
The delay timer has a maximum of 13 hours. You set it with the “TIME +” or “TIME -” buttons.
Add the recipe ingredients to the bread pan. Avoid stuff that might easily spoil like eggs or milk. Choose the menu program, crust color and loaf size. Calculate the time between the here and now and the time when the bread should be completed. For example: it is now 7 p.m. and you want the bread to be finished by tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. or in 12 hours. Use the timer buttons to set the time displayed to “12:00”. Press the stop/start button to activate the delay countdown.
Adding Extra Ingredients
The Rosewill R-BM-01 does not have an automatic dispenser for fruit or nuts. It has an audible add-in alert that can be heard during one of the kneading cycles. Open the lid and add the extra stuff.
Automatic Keep Warm
Like most bread machines, the Rosewill R-BM-01 will go into a keep warm mode for one hour after the baking cycle is completed. Press and hold the start/stop button for a few seconds to stop the bread machine. Remove the bread as soon as possible because the keep warm cycle might darken the crust.
Power Interruption Memory
A power outage is an annoying occurrence when baking bread. The Rosewill R-BM-01 bread machine has a 15-minute memory. If the power comes back on before fifteen minutes is over, then the bread machine will continue with the bread program.
Cleaning the Bread Maker
The bread pan and paddle is coated with a nonstick substance. Be careful not to scratch the coating when cleaning the pan and the paddle. The bread pan and kneading blade appears to be dishwasher-safe. Wipe the housing, lid and viewing window with a damp cloth.
What loaf shape is the bread pan?
The bread pan is rectangular, but it does not produce the long traditional loaf shape of an oven pan or a bakery bread. We guess it can be described as a short rectangular horizontal loaf (roughly 5 x 7 inches).
Are bread recipes included with the bread maker?
The Rosewill R-BM-01 instruction manual provides the following bread maker recipes:
- Basic egg bread
- Whole wheat carrot bread
- Perfectly easy white bread
- Chocolate bread
- White bread
- Raisin bread
- 100% whole wheat bread
- French bread
- Corn bread
- Ultra fast bread
- Sandwich bread
Are there any jam recipes in the manual?
There are two recipes in the manual for spiced peach jam and strawberry jam. We did not see any recipes for cakes. To be honest, the instruction manual is very basic and looks like it was done on a word processor.
Can it make gluten free bread?
The Rosewill R-BM-01 does not have a gluten free menu setting for making a gluten free bread loaf. There are no gluten free recipes in its instruction manual.
Nevertheless, you might try a gluten free bread machine recipe and use the quick menu setting because it does not have a punch down cycle.
We, and others, recommend the Cuisinart CBK-100 (read our review) for making gluten free bread loaves.
Can it make corn bread?
The instruction manual has a recipe for making corn bread with the quick bread setting. The corn bread recipe uses 1 cup of cornmeal and more than 2 cups of all-purpose flour.
Can it prepare pizza dough?
The Rosewill R-BM-01 has a menu option for making dough. You can use this dough setting to prepare most kinds of dough, including pizza dough. However, the instruction manual does not have a recipe for making pizza dough. You need to find and use your own bread machine pizza dough recipe.
Does it remind you to add fruit and nuts?
According to the instruction manual, the bread maker gives a few audible beeps somewhere during the kneading cycle. Unfortunately, the manual does not provide a timetable for when this happens. We wish there was a proper timetable that listed all the knead, rise, alert and bake times for each menu program, but there is nothing of the sort in the manual.
What is its power consumption?
The Rosewill R-BM-01 is a 600-watt kitchen appliance. It is made for the American market and its electrical requirements are 120-volt / 60Hz.
|The Rosewill R-BM-01 has the same functions and menu programs as other budget price bread machines. It performs well and bakes good bread machine bread, but it will not last as long as a Panasonic or Zojirushi bread maker. However, it costs less than $100 (see prices at Amazon.com).|
Rosewill RHBM-15001 with Automatic Dispenser
The Rosewill RHBM-15001 is similar to the other Rosewill bread maker, but it has an automatic fruit and nut dispenser. It also has a gluten free menu option. A measuring cup, spoon and kneading blade removal hook is included with the bread maker. It has a nonstick baking pan with a single kneading blade.
The menu programs of the Rosewill RHBM-15001 is almost the same as the menu programs of the R-BM-01 bread machine. The Ultra Fast I & II programs of the R-BM-01 are replaced by “Gluten Free” and “Rapid Bake” when it comes to the RHBM-15001. The rapid bake program is obviously a combination of the ultra fast programs.
The default loaf settings of the Rosewill RHBM-15001 are for a 1.5-pound loaf with a medium crust color. Use the color button to select a light medium or dark crust color. There are only two loaf sizes available: 1.5-lb or 2-lb.
The display shows the program number, operation time, loaf color and loaf size.
The 13-hour delay timer is set with the timer plus and timer minus buttons. Note that the timer cannot be used for rapid baking, baking only or cooking jam.
The start/stop button is pressed once for starting the bread maker. The bread maker can be paused by pressing the start/stop button while it is busy. Press it again to continue with the bread making program.
The Rosewill RHBM-15001 has a 60-minute keep warm cycle. Press and hold the start/stop button until it beeps to stop the bread maker.
Automatic Fruit and Nut Dispenser
The Rosewill RHBM-15001 is an inexpensive bread maker with a fruit and nut dispenser. You load the raisins or nuts into the dispenser and it drops the contents into the baking pan when the dough is kneaded.
Please note that this dispenser is NOT for dispensing yeast. Read our Panasonic SD-YD250 with yeast dispenser review if this is a feature you want.
What is the running watts of this bread maker?
It uses 500 to 550 watts. Its electrical requirements are 120V, 60Hz. It is made for use in American households.
What happens if the power goes out?
The bread machine will remember its current position for up to 10 minutes during a power failure. Restore the power within ten minutes and the bread maker continues making the bread.
Are there recipes in its instruction manual?
Yes, the instruction manual has 11 recipes, that is one recipe for each program (excluding the bake only program). Most bread machine recipes have an ingredient list for either a 1.5-lb or 2-lb loaf size. However, the quick bread recipe is only for a 2-pound loaf size. The rapid bake recipe is for a 2-lb bread loaf.
Can it make a 100% whole wheat bread loaf?
The whole wheat bread recipe in its manual uses 1 or 2 cups of whole wheat flour (depends on loaf size) and about 2 cups of plain flour. We would say that it does not make a 100% whole wheat bread recipe because the recipe in the manual uses a mix between whole wheat and all-purpose flour.
|The Rosewill RHBM-15001 bread maker is a cheap bread machine with a white plastic housing and lid. Its price is similar to the Breadman bread makers that also have fruit dispensers. Its price is under $100 (view current price at Amazon.com).|
Will the Rosewill bread makers rise to the occasion?
When it comes to price, they certainly do. They both cost less than $100. They both produce edible bread. It is what you expect from a cheap bread maker.
How long will they last?
Probably a few years like most other Oster, Breadman or Sunbeam bread machines. Somewhere along the way you might have to replace the bread pan or even the motor. Then it might be time to buy another cheap Rosewill bread machine.
Thank you for reading our review of Rosewill bread machines.