Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker Review

Yes, Sunbeam, the same company that sells bread on grocery store shelves, makes a bread maker. Make delicious Sunbeam-style bread in the comfort of your own home with this sleek, compact bread maker.

The Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker weighs 17 pounds, so it’s heavier than the Hamilton Beach model in this review, but it’s lighter than the huge Zojirushi bread maker.

Much like the other manufacturers in this review, the Sunbeam bread maker comes with tons of features you would expect from a high-tech device.

2 Pound Bread Maker Display

The computer contains 12 cooking functions, three crust settings and a LED display. Buttons give you complete control over every aspect of bread baking.

Features of the Sunbeam 5891 2 Pound Programmable Bread Machine

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    Programmable Functions: You can make bread for all three meals with the programmable functions on this bread maker. Create cinnamon raisin bread for breakfast with the sweet bread function, regular whole wheat loaves for sandwiches at lunch and then rolls or French bread for dinner thanks to the dough function.
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    Three crust settings: Light, dark and medium, depending on your preferences. No matter what crust selection you choose, each loaf of bread comes out warm and delicious based on your ingredients. You can also bake cakes and make jams.  
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    Convenience: For most breads, all you do is add the liquid first and then the dry ingredients in the prescribed order specified in the recipe. After that, you can have a loaf done in an hour. The 13-hour delay timer lets you put ingredients in the machine before you go to bed so you get a fresh loaf first thing in the morning. If you have a busy day ahead, you can put ingredients in the bread maker in the morning so you have fresh bread for dinner.
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    Easy Cleaning: The nonstick elements of the baking pan lead to an easy clean-up afterwards. Just wash the pan off with hot, soapy water and a dish cloth. The manufacturer does not recommend putting the pan in the dishwasher. The kneading paddle cleans up just as easily. Despite this limitation, it’s still fairly easy to make the best-tasting bread on your block
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    Easy Controls: The control panel has a numbered coding system so you know precisely what mode you’re in when the bread bakes. Six buttons give you precise control over the baking times and every other function. The Menu button switches among baking modes, while the timer buttons increase or decrease baking times. The LCD display clearly shows what’s going on within your bread maker.
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    Two Pound Loafs: Make up to two pounds of bread at once, or you can choose to make 1 ½ pounds for lighter, airier breads. The bread maker is more compact, so instead of a longer, rectangular loaf you get a loaf that’s closer to a square shape. Either way, the loaf turns out hot and delicious. The squat nature of the loaf works well for gluten-free recipes as the dough rises more compared to the Zojirushi pan.

Pros

Here are some notable pros of the Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker:

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    Compact
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    Programmable
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    Easy to use

Cons

Here are some notable cons of the Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker:

  • Heavier than comparable models
  • Not dishwasher safe

Pricing

The Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker is available to purchase on Amazon for $59.87

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Can this bread maker handle gluten-free breads?

A: So long as the motor can handle whole wheat bread, it can make gluten-free varieties.

Q: Is this model cheaper than other bread makers?

A: Yes, this Sunbeam model is one of the lowest-priced models you can find.

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Verdict

Although not perfect, Sunbeam’s Programmable Bread Maker is a good starter Bread Machine. The programmable functions are standard and the loaf pan is not as big as full-sized machines. This bread maker works in a pinch, and you can even make jam with it much like every other modern bread maker.

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