Are you a single person? Are you married without children? Small family? Do you want a bread maker that makes a small loaf?
We have spent hours searching for bread makers that can make small 1 pound bread loaves. Here are the results of our quest to find the best bread maker for small loaves.
Zojirushi 1 Pound Loaf Mini Bread Maker
This small bread machine by Zojirushi is smaller than most bread makers. The Zojirushi BB-HAC10 mini bread maker is 8-1/2 inches wide, 11-1/4 inches deep and 12-1/4 inches high. It bakes a 1 pound bread loaf in its vertical shape bread pan. It cannot bake bigger loaf sizes.
Its best feature is its small size which saves space if you have a small kitchen. It is suitable for a single person, couple or a small family of three individuals. Its limited size might someday be a disadvantage if you ever want to bake bigger bread loaves.
What are its menu settings?
The Zojirushi BB-HAC10 has the following menu courses:
- Basic (Regular/Firm)
- Quick Baking
- French Bread
- Dough Setting
- Cookie/Pasta Dough
You use the mode select key to select the bread making courses. Note that the cookie, cake and jam courses have their own separate buttons.
Can it make gluten free bread?
The Zojirushi BB-HAC10 does not have a gluten free setting for making gluten free bread loaves.
Nevertheless, you could use its quick bread cycle and a 1 lb gluten free bread recipe to make a gluten free bread loaf. If you cannot find 1 lb recipes, just use 2 lb recipes and halve the ingredients.
Can it prepare pizza dough?
Yes, you may use its dough setting to prepare pizza dough for about one pizza crust. The bread machine needs almost two hours to knead, rise and prepare the pizza dough.
Does its kneading blade leave a hole?
Yes, its single kneading paddle leaves a small hole in the bottom of the 1 lb bread loaf. This Zojirushi mini bread maker does not have a collapsible kneading blade.
Vertical or horizontal 1 lb loaf shape?
It usually produces an almost square shaped loaf. If it rises higher before baking, it looks vertical. It definitely does not make a horizontal bread loaf. Only bread machines with a horizontal baking pan can do that.
How big is the 1 pound bread loaf?
You can get about 8 slices from a 1 lb bread loaf made in the Zojirushi mini bread maker. You might get 6 thick slices and 10 very thin slices.
Where do I find 1 pound bread recipes?
You can use a search engine to find 1 lb bread machine recipes from around the world wide web. You can also use a 2-pound bread loaf recipe and simply halve all the ingredients. This is a quick and dirty way to get down to a 1 pound bread machine recipe.
Another option is to buy a bread machine recipe book, such as Bread Machine Magic, that has 1 lb bread loaf recipes within its pages.
Does it have an automatic fruit and nut dispenser?
No, it does not have an automatic ingredient dispenser. There is no space in this small size bread maker for an automatic raisin and nut dispenser. It gives a beeping noise to let you know when you may add fruits and nuts by hand. If you are interested in an automatic dispenser, then you may read our review of bread machines with a fruit and nut dispenser.
Verdict: Zojirushi BB-HAC10
We think the best small bread maker for making 1 pound loaves is the Zojirushi BB-HAC10 mini bread maker. It is unfortunately the most expensive 1 lb loaf bread machine on the market. It costs almost $200 (check current price at Amazon.com). If you want the best small loaf bread maker, then the Zojirushi mini bread maker is the machine you should get.
SKG 1 Pound Loaf Mini Bread Maker
This very small bread maker from SKG can bake two loaf sizes in its nonstick coated baking pan: 0.7 lb to 0.9 lb loaf or 1 lb to 1.3-lb loaf. It does not need much counter space and its size is perfect for one or two people.
Is it a new product?
It seems to be a new product that does not have a lot of reviews. Nevertheless, the reviews are mostly positive. We did not know about the SKG mini bread maker until we came across it during our search for 1 pound loaf bread machines.
What are its menu options?
The SKG 1-lb mini bread maker has 19 menu settings, which is a lot for such a small bread maker. It includes rare options such as rice bread, corn bread, sticky rice, rice wine and yogurt. Its menu options for making bread are basic, French, sweet, ultra-fast and quick bread. It also has options for dough, knead or bake.
Here is a list of its 19 menu options:
8. Rice Bread
9. Corn Bread
10. Purple Rice Bread
12. Sticky Rice
16. Rice Wine
Does it have a gluten free setting?
No, it does not have a gluten free menu setting.
Does it have a delay timer?
Yes, it has a 15-hour delay timer. Do not use the delay timer for making 1 lb bread recipes that contain egg or milk that might spoil before it is baked.
How many watts?
The SKG 1-lb mini bread maker uses about 450 watts.
What is included?
There is the nonstick coated baking pan, the single kneading blade, a metal hook, measuring cup, measuring spoon and user manual with 19 recipes. The baking pan has a nonstick coating, so do not use metal utensils which will scrape the pan coating. Do not immerse the baking pan in water and do not wash it in the dishwasher.
Verdict: SKG 1-Lb Bread Machine
We think the SKG mini bread maker is interesting, but it is still a new mini loaf bread machine that we do not know well. At less than $100 (buy it from Amazon.com), it is the only tiny bread maker alternative to the more expensive Zojirushi mini bread maker. You might buy it if you are willing to take a risk on an unknown brand name to save a significant amount of money.
Thank you for reading our review of the best small bread machines for making 1-lb bread loaves.