The West Bend 41300 Hi-Rise bread machine offers a horizontal loaf pan shape with two kneading paddles at an affordable price.
This West Bend bread machine has all the usual functions such as crust color, loaf size, delay timer, dough, bake and jam. It even has a home made menu setting for programming your own knead, rise and bake times. This article considers its most essential features as well as its advantages and disadvantages.
|Please note that the West Bend 41300 bread machine has been replaced by the newer West Bend 41410 Hi-Rise bread machine. You can read our review of the West Bend 41410 for an overview of its features, advantages and disadvantages. You may also view prices and information for the West Bend 41410 Hi-Rise at Amazon.com.|
West Bend 41300: List of Features
- 11 menu selections available.
- Home made menu option for your own knead, rise and bake times.
- 3 crust color settings: light, medium or dark.
- Choose between four loaf sizes: 1, 1.5, 2 or 2.5 pounds.
- Horizontal shape nonstick loaf pan.
- Lid with viewing windows.
- Maximum time delay is 12 hours and 58 minutes per program.
- Power interruption memory storage of up to 5-minutes.
- Two kneading blades.
- Only use with a 120 volt AC electrical outlet, do not use a converter or transformer.
Control Panel Buttons and Display
Press the “Menu” button to select one of the following menu options:
4. Super Rapid
5. Whole Wheat
11. Home Made
The “Temp” button changes the crust color settings. The medium setting is selected by default.
The “Loaf” button is for choosing a size option from 1 pound up to 2.5-pounds. It only applies to the basic, French, super rapid, whole wheat, sweet and sandwich menu programs.
The unlit LCD display shows the selected program number, program time remaining, loaf size mark, crust color mark and the active program mode mark.
Use the “Time” button for setting a delayed program end time. You also use it to edit the process times when programming with the home made menu setting.
Press the “Process” button to edit the knead, rise, bake and warm cycles of the home made menu program. Unfortunately, the bread maker’s memory will only store the settings if it is never without power for more than 5 minutes. This means that you will have to reprogram the home made custom settings again if the bread machine has been unplugged or without power. It is only a small annoyance, but it is mentioned in the manual.
Press the “Start/Stop” button to start a program or press and hold it to cancel a program.
Pressing any button will make a sound, unless that specific function is not available for selection.
There will be a sound alert towards the end of the second kneading cycle on the basic, whole wheat and sweet menu programs. This is a reminder to add fruit or nuts, if the recipe needs extra ingredients mixed in with the dough.
Other sound alerts occur at the end of the menu program and again after the warm cycle has stopped.
The bread maker can remember the current program position for up to 5 minutes if there is a power outage. If the power takes longer to be restored, you will have to start over again and throw away the current ingredients.
- Bread rises consistently.
- The machine seems to knead and rise whole wheat dough well.
- The strong motor and two kneading blades mix and knead nicely.
- Home made programmable cycles: two kneading, three rising, one baking and one warm cycle.
- The rectangular bread pan produces a long, horizontal loaf shape for bread slices that fit better in a toaster.
- The West Bend bread maker recipes in the manual are not very good.
- The manual does not list the bread cycle times for each of the bread programs.
- Sometimes the dough rises higher on one side of the pan which causes the loaf to be lopsided.
- It does not have an automatic fruit and nut dispenser, you have to wait around for the audible alert to add extra ingredients yourself.
It is a good idea to use the bake cycle (menu option 8) to burn off any manufacturing oil residues that might be present before you use the bread maker to make your first bread. Open all the windows so the smell can escape, or you can do it outside the house (the only time the bread machine should ever be outdoors!). This prevents your first loaf from tasting like a factory floor. Wash and wipe the inside of the pan afterwards.
The West Bend 41300 bread maker comes standard with a horizontal bread pan and two kneading blades. Accessories that are included with the bread maker are a measuring cup, measuring spoon, kneading blade removal tool and instruction manual with recipes.
You will need to remove both kneading blades from the bottom of the completed bread loaf. You can do this with the included removal tool. Be careful or else it is going to leave two big holes in the bottom of the bread.
Since the West Bend 41300 has been replaced with the newer West Bend 41410 Hi-Rise bread maker model, there might not be any replacement bread pans or parts available for purchase.
Nevertheless, available parts for the West Bend 41300 are still listed for sale on the West Bend website and you might be able to buy bread pans and paddles from the company itself. If you buy the West Bend 41300 (see offers at Amazon.com), you can use it for a few years until something breaks and that will be the end of it service life unless you can buy the replacement parts.