The West Bend 41410 has a horizontal loaf pan with two kneading paddles. It is an inexpensive alternative to the expensive Zojirushi dual blade bread machines.
The West Bend 41410 might not be built to the same high standards as the Zojirushi bread machines, but it can do the same things.
Our West Bend 41410 Hi-Rise bread maker review gives a rundown of its features, control panel, display, buttons, audible alerts, questions, advantages and disadvantages.
West Bend 41410: List of Features
- 12 menu settings.
- 3 crust colors: light, medium or dark.
- 3 loaf sizes: 1.5 lbs, 2 lbs and 2.5 lbs.
- Automatic keep warm cycle after the baking cycle has finished.
- Black plastic exterior.
- Delayed-start timer for up to 13 hours.
- Household use only.
- Nonstick horizontal bread pan with two kneading blades.
- Power interruption protection for up to 5 minutes.
- Works with a 120 volt, AC electrical outlet only.
- Cost: check prices at Amazon.com.
It is strongly suggested that you clean your new West Bend 41410 Hi-Rise 2.5-lb bread maker before you attempt to bake a bread loaf. To do this, you add a cup of water to the baking pan and lock it into the machine. Start the bread machine on the bake setting (menu option number 12) while you leave the lid open. This will burn off manufacturing oils that may still be present.
Never immerse the bread pan in water. Do not clean it in the dishwasher and be careful not to scratch the nonstick surface with abrasive cleaning chemicals and scourers. Rather wash the inside of the pan with a mild detergent, warm water and a soft cloth.
The control panel of the West Bend 41410 lists 12 menu options for baking bread, kneading dough, making cake or cooking jam. It features an LCD display as well as various buttons for choosing your desired settings.
The LCD display shows the number of the menu program selected (1 to 12). It also displays the total length of the program (hour:minutes) which will decrease as the bread is being made to show the time remaining until completion.
The top row of the display shows a marker at the weight/size of the loaf (1.5lb, 2.0lb, 2.5lb). The bottom row of the display shows a marker at the crust color currently selected (light, medium, dark). The left and right side of the display are reserved for the active program mode cycle marker from “Knead1” until “Keep Warm”.
Menu Selection Button
The menu button is used for selecting the bread program you want to use. The menu selections offered by the West Bend 41410 are the following:
1. Basic: for bread recipes containing mostly bread flour.
2. French: for making light white bread.
3. Whole Wheat: for making bread that contains more than 50% whole wheat flour.
4. Sweet: for bread recipes that contain raisins, cinnamon or other fruity ingredients.
5. Super Rapid: for making a loaf rapidly in under 2 hours.
6. Sandwich: for a light bread with a thin crust that makes a good sandwich.
7. Gluten Free: for gluten free and low-carb bread recipes.
8. Mix: this program mixes dough that contains no yeast (for basic pasta dough).
9. Dough: it prepares dough without baking it.
10. Cake: use it for mixing and then baking a yeast cake recipe or a boxed cake mixture.
11. Jam: cook jam and marmalade.
12. Bake: straightforward one hour baking cycle without any kneading or rising cycles.
The bread machine has no specific menu option for making pizza dough, but the instruction manual has a recipe for making pizza dough using the dough setting.
Loaf Size Button
You use size button to select the desired loaf size: 1.5 lbs, 2 lbs or 2.5 lbs. Be aware that it only works with the following menu programs: Basic, French, Whole Wheat, Sweet, Super Rapid, Sandwich, Gluten Free and Cake. The default loaf size setting is for a 2.5-pound bread loaf.
The two timer buttons are used for increasing or decreasing the time when the delayed program ends. Please note that it does not work for these settings: Mix, Cake and Jam. The West Bend 41410 instruction manual contains specific information about using the delayed start function.
The West Bend 41410 bread machine is set by default to a medium crust color, but you can choose a light or dark crust color as well.
Press this button to start a program or press-and-hold it while the bread machine is busy to cancel a program. To avoid cancelling a program, be sure to set it correctly before starting the bread machine.
Generally speaking, if you press a button it will beep, unless that function is unavailable for selection. Certain programs, mainly the sweet program, will sound an alert during the second kneading cycle to remind you to add sweet ingredients such as raisins into the dough. The bread machine also beeps when it has reached the end of a program.
The West Bend 41410 will store the current program position for up to five minutes during a power failure and will resume working if power is restored within that brief time window. Any longer than five minutes and it won’t remember what it was doing or where in the process it was. Unfortunately, the bread will not get done and you will have to start over again.
Is the delay timer available for the dough setting?
The delay timer function seems to be available for the dough setting. It is the mix, cake and jam settings that are unavailable for delayed start programming.
Can it prepare jam?
The West Bend 41410 has a jam setting (number 11) for cooking jam or marmalade. The manual only has one jam recipe for making strawberry jam. You will need to find more jam recipes if you do not like strawberry jam.
Which setting for making banana bread?
You can use the sweet setting for making a banana bread recipe. The instruction manual has two recipes for sweet breads: coconut bread and raisin bread. Listen for the add ingredient audible alert during the second kneading cycle and add the fruit, raisins or nuts. Remember to chop the ingredients into small pieces so it mixes well and does not obstruct the kneading blades.
Can it make a gluten free loaf?
It has a gluten free setting for making this type of bread. The manual has two recipes: a basic gluten free bread and a lemon poppyseed gluten free bread.
- It has a gluten free menu option for baking gluten free loaves.
- The LCD display shows a marker at each stage of the bread making process.
- Affordable bread machine with two kneading blades and a rectangular bread pan.
- Two kneading paddles knead the dough much better than a single kneading paddle.
- It does not have handles for carrying it around.
- It does not have a programmable menu option like the older West Bend 41300.
- It does not have an automatic fruit and nut dispenser: add ingredients by hand.
- It is not heavy and might vibrate around on the counter while kneading dough.
- The bread pan cannot be cleaned in a dishwasher or immersed in water because the kneading blade bearings might be damaged.
The West Bend 41410 dual blade bread machine is an affordable alternative to the expensive Zojirushi BB-PAC20 bread machine (reviewed here). It produces a traditional shape bread loaf from its horizontal loaf pan.
Nevertheless, the Zojirushi bread machines have programmable home made program cycles. You cannot program the West Bend 41410 with custom knead, rise or bake cycles. The Zojirushi wins when it comes to creating your own custom bread programs.
The West Bend 41410 Hi-Rise bread maker is a newer model than the previous West Bend 41300 Hi-Rise bread machine (41300 review). Both of these models offer a lot of settings at a lower price point.
However, when comparing the West Bend 41410 against the West Bend 41300, you discover that the 41300 has a home made programmable function that you can customize according to your own preferences. The West Bend 41410 does not have a programmable menu program.
|The West Bend 41410 Hi-Rise bread maker costs less than $100 (check current sales price). The West Bend 41410 might serve the beginner bread machine baker very well. It includes a measuring cup, measuring spoon, kneading blade removal tool and instruction manual with recipes.|
West Bend 41413 Bread Maker
There is another model called the West Bend 41413 Hi-Rise. It has a vertical bread loaf pan with a single kneading blade. It can produce only two loaf sizes: 1.5 lbs or 2 lbs. You may read more about the West Bend 41413 bread maker at Amazon.com.