A relatively inexpensive machine with superior styling, great customer service and a unique yogurt making option.
The SKG bread maker is a new entry in the bread machine category. It is a lightweight machine with a small footprint and a distinctive European style in its design. Overall reviews to date are extremely positive with 76% of current owners awarding it a 5-star rating on Amazon. The only minor pattern of complaints was related to the kneading paddle losing some of its non-stick coating over time, and some laments about the minimal recipes in the instruction manual. The price currently listed on Amazon.com is $97.
The SKG features 19 pre-programmed settings which is the most we’ve seen on any bread machine we’ve reviewed. Many of the settings are the standards like white-bread and dough settings, but it also features a gluten free and whole wheat setting in addition to a yogurt setting.
“Can you make gluten- free bread? From rice flour or other types of flour that doesn’t contain wheat?”
That’s all I use this bread machine for. There’s a setting on it for GF bread. It turns out great! I use millet, sorghum, teff flours to make mine.
Like many other machines you can make jams and jellies with the SKG, but this is the first time we’ve come across a yogurt setting.
“Does it have a setting for fruits nuts adding to baking bread?”
Hi. Yes, it does have that. After the dough kneads you’ll hear a beep. That is when you add in fruit, nuts, etc.
Like all bread machines it offers the option for 3 crust colors from light to medium to dark. It also has a 15-hour delay feature but never add dairy ingredients like milk, eggs or butter to a delayed cycle. Those ingredients will spoil quickly during a delayed cycle.
The machine was also reported to operate quietly even during the kneading cycle.
Quiet, versatile, and all around awesome!
The Bread Pan
The bread pan bakes a traditional, vertical loaf and has a non-stick coating that is not identified. The machine is manufactured in China and all machines that we have investigated from China offer a Teflon or Teflon derivative as the non-stick coating.
“Dimensions of baking pan?”
5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ (high)
It has a single, fixed paddle and touts extra room around the bread pan to allow for more even baking.
I love how the bread comes out. I’m giving it 2 stars because I’ve had it for 2 months and the paddle is already wearing out.
I’m a little worried about the quality of the Teflon surface: the blade is already starting to show wear, but the bucket is still ok
The machine will bake a 1-pound, 1.5-pound and 2-pound loaf. There were a couple of complaints about 2-pound loaves rising too high.
I have made two 2-pound loaves and each time, the bread has touched the window, once popping the lid entirely off.
This high-rise can be a result of certain ingredients in some recipes, but this is a fairly compact machine and it may be more a function of the machine size rather than a recipe problem with 2-pound loaves.
Customers have stated that the control panel is easy to use but there were minimal complaints about difficulty seeing the settings.
The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is that the “settings window” can be difficult to read.
This is a common lament due to the fact that few bread machines offer a backlit control screen. There are no programmable settings, but most owners seem satisfied with the variety of settings across the 19 pre-sets.
Viewing Window In The Lid
Like most bread machines it has a viewing window in the lid but there is not an internal light that is offered on some of the more higher-priced machines we’ve reviewed. There was one complaint about the lid not closing properly unless carefully aligned, but it was the only complaint on this subject.
The hinged lid has a good bit of float to it, so when you close the lid it often closes off-kilter and has to be repositioned.
One of the biggest complaints we’ve seen across a range of bread machines is the quality of the instruction manual. SKG gets high marks for the clarity and directions in its manual but there is one limitation. It appears that they only offer one recipe for each one of the 19 settings and are fairly insistent that you only use the recipes in their book.
Love the bread maker and all the different settings! Just wish the cook book that came with it had more recipes.
You can download more recipes from the manufacturer and print them out, but some people prefer a manual that offers a bit more recipe variety from the outset.
Instructions are very clear and user friendly.
The machine measures 15″ x 13″ x 11″ and weighs 10.3 pounds. That’s rather light for a bread machine, but there were no complaints about the machine vibrating or “walking” on the counter during the kneading cycle. It also has what is described as “non-skid” feet so that may be a factor in machine stability. However, it does have a very tall profile and you’ll need a countertop with enough clearance below cabinets to easily lift the lid.
The first thing I noticed and liked about this bread machine is its small size and footprint.
SKG describes the color of the machine this way: “Sleek design and piano varnish in silver color.” Amazon.com describes the color as “white.” It also has a curious saying or slogan printed on the side of the machine that some people found to be a bit confusing.
I do find the “Quality Life of Petty Bourgeois” emblazoned on the side to be weird.
The SKG has a two-year limited warranty and lifetime customer service.
“My machine died today (5 months old) -it just stopped in the middle of the cycle & didn’t start again. Tried everything in book. Any tips?”
Never happened to me. Though, this bread maker has a two-year warranty, so you should be covered.
It’s customer service rating were very high and owners consistently mentioned how satisfied they were with the customer service department.
Customer service has been super helpful and quick to respond to my e-mails
The company is great with customer service.
The Bottom Line
It appears that SKG has put together an interesting and high quality product. It has excellent customer service and the combination of its 19 pre-set programs and the yogurt option make it unique in the bread maker machine category. The limited number of recipes in the factory issued instruction book is offset by the additional recipes that can be retrieved from their website or via email.
The only issue worth watching is the wear on the kneading blade which appears to have the same non-stick coating as the pan. If it is in fact Teflon or a Teflon derivative, flaking of the coating into a recipe is a problem. Hopefully it’s one they correct if it’s a chronic problem because the machine shows great promise for both amateur and serious bread makers.